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7 Simple Signs Of Health Troubles

Turns out, you don’t need tarot cards or a crystal ball to predict the future… you can do this for yourself by relying on the observations of your own five senses. You might be surprised to learn that many health problems often begin with a physical change you might not think is anything to be concerned about, something so subtle you might not notice it at first. Yet these changes can be warning signs you’ll want to heed.

One of the most surprising links between the senses and chronic disease comes in the form of hearing loss. Hearing loss is more likely in those who have diabetes. The higher than normal blood sugar may also do some damage to the blood vessels in the ears themselves. If you notice a decline in hearing, have a full hearing evaluation, as well as a physical and blood work, to see where you stand.

Vision changes can be an early signal of cognitive decline. The veins in your eyes are very much the same as the ones in your brain, so larger veins in your eyes could indicate a decline in the health of your brain years before any signs appear. Your eye doctor will be able to examine you for this.

If your sense of smell is slipping, this has been shown to be a potential early sign of Alzheimer’s disease according to the latest studies in the area. The changes that come in smell may appear much sooner than those that happen I the rest of the brain. If you’ve noticed a decline earlier than age 70, talk with your doctor.

Bad breath is a well-known (and despised) sign of gum disease, but this unfortunate problem can also be linked to erectile
dysfunction.
Brush and floss daily and make sure you have regular dental exams and cleanings every year. If it persist despite your good dental care, talk with your doctor to look for other causes.

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WARNING: The truth about Moles, Warts and Skintags…

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Your own reflection can tell you a lot about what’s going on inside your body. Those who look older than their age, with 3 to 4 visible signs of aging, have a higher chance of heart issues later on according to research. If you’re concerned by looking older, ask your doctor to check for any other heart disease risk factions and remember that you can change your risk by the choices you make going forward.

Your hairline can give clues to thyroid issues, and while thyroid issues affect many hormones in the body, one of the most visible is the hormone that is linked to hair growth. You might see your hair getting dry or coarse before it begins to fall out, you might also notice thinning of your eyebrows. Talk with your doctor about your concerns and have blood work done to check for thyroid hormones.

Smooth, spot free fingernails are a sign of good health. If yours have redness underneath this could be an early sign of lupus. You may also notice swelling and puffiness at the base of your nails or a rash on the backs of your hands and fingers.

If you have concerns about these, or any symptoms you are experiencing, talk to your own doctor. An honest discussion and careful evaluation by a trained professional will reassure you, and perhaps set you on the path to better health by making healthy choices about what you eat, and how active you are. Early intervention is also incredibly beneficial, often keeping you healthier, longer than you might be otherwise.

To your good health,

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Important Things To Know About Heart Attack

Almost 785,000 Americans will have a first heart attack sometime during 2013. That’s scary. One of the most important things to realize is that the symptoms of a heart attack might not always be what is shown on TV or in movies. What you do in those first vital moments can change the course of the rest of your life.

When a heart attack happens, time is critical and seconds count. Here’s what the experts want you to do.

Don’t wait to get medical attention, the longer your symptoms last, the greater damage is being done to the heart muscle. The start of symptoms is a signal from the body that blood flow to your heart has been blocked. At the hospital they can take steps to quickly restore the blood flow, preventing more damage.

Don’t drive yourself, or let someone drive you, to the hospital. Call 911 for an ambulance as this vehicle has equipment to perform an EKG on the way to the hospital and treat any heart rhythm abnormalities you might have. During a heart attack your heart can stop, and the ambulance has the equipment your car does not to restart the heart, as well as EMTs to perform CPR.

Chew one uncoated aspirin while waiting for the ambulance as this can help slow the formation of blood clots that can be the cause of a heart attack.

Once at the hospital there are many treatment options for heart attack. The most effective is angioplasty, a minimally invasive, nonsurgical procedure that opens the blocked artery; sometimes clot-destroying medications are given to remove the clot that is blocking the artery. In rare, rather serious cases, emergency coronary artery bypass is performed.

So what symptoms should you watch for? In real life, heart attacks are nothing like the grasping the chest in agony and falling to the ground scenes on TV. Heart attack symptoms are truly quite variable, many patients say they felt more of an ache or discomfort, a dull pain in the chest that might seem like indigestion, but there’s also nausea, shortness or breath or heartburn. Some patients have arm, neck, jaw or even back pain as well as upper stomach discomfort, dizziness, change in heart rhythm and sudden cold sweats.

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A woman experiences different symptoms when she’s having a heart attack, ones that are sometimes subtle and hard to identify. They may not even feel chest pain, though some women do of course. For a women, sudden weakness/fatigue, body aches or flu like symptoms are often what you see.

The amazing thing is how far we’ve come in treating heart attack; the medical technology available today is doing wonders for people. Most patients can go home, and back to their regular lives, within days of being treated. Still heart attacks are life-changing events and you need to look at your current lifestyle. Can you be eating better? How can you work regular activity into your life going forward? Can you cut your stress levels? And what about quitting smoking?

You’ll be taking medication regularly after your heart attack, and you’ll need to be consistent about follow up with your cardiologist and primary care doctor. The good news is that making these changes will truly increase your odds of never having another heart attack.

To your good health,

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Living Alone Ups Risk Of Death From Skin Cancer

Here’s a tip on skin cancer for those who live alone. Our skin is, after all, one of the largest organs of the body, but one we don’t usually think about in terms of healthcare and diseases that put our very lives at risk. Research from the Karolinska Institutet on skin cancer is the first to show that there are differences in the prognosis of a particularly dangerous form of the disease (known technically as cutaneous malignant melanoma) depending on both your gender and living status.

That’s right, a single man, no matter his age, is more likely to die from this disease than is a man living with a partner. This form of skin cancer is one of the fastest growing cancers for white populations and is increasingly a health problem for younger people.

Doctors will tell you that there are three forms of skin cancer, melanoma being the hardest to treat. The other two, basal cell and squamous cell, are more common and can be effectively treated, often in the doctor’s office. You can cure melanoma of the skin if the tumor is surgically removed before the cancer has had chance to spread to other parts of the body. If your cutaneous malignant melanoma is caught early the long-term survival is over 90%. Advanced disease at the time of diagnosis makes the prognosis far more dire.

The latest study used data from the Swedish Melanoma Register, a nationwide, population based sample of those with cutaneous malignant melanoma diagnosis in Sweden during the years 1990 to 2007. The team looked at the risk of dying of melanoma for over 27,000 patients and any relationship to their living status at the time of diagnosis. During the study period 13,400 men were diagnosed and about 2,400 died. The statistical formula used adjusted for things that researchers know affect a prognosis like the characteristics of the tumor itself, gender, level of education and the part of the body where the tumor developed.

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There are so many “scare” stories that it’s sometimes hard to know what to believe. Which is why this is so timely…

Find out how you, too, can:

- Have freedom from the pain and irritation of your unsightly moles, warts, or skin tags

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Living alone for men was found to be significantly (from 30 to 50% in fact) linked
to a reduced survival that’s partially attributed to a more advanced stage of
disease at diagnosis. This applies to men of all ages, regardless of education
level or where they live. Older women living alone also have a more advanced
disease at time of diagnosis, but this group didn’t show any effect on prognosis.

Clearly we need more targeted interventions to detect this cancer earlier in men since this is key to surviving the disease. Skin exams during doctor visits or clinic checks are possible options. Of course, living on your own, it’s hard to do skin self checks, so it will be especially important for singles to get careful skin exams on a regular basis.

To check for melanoma, your doctor, or a dermatologist, will do a close, thorough exam of your skin surface, and perhaps a biopsy of any suspicious area. You may also have your lymph nodes checked to see if they are enlarged, including a sentinel lymph node biopsy. Imaging tests such as PET scans, CT scans or MRI scans may be ordered to see if cancer has spread to other areas of the body such as the lungs, liver or brain.

To your good health,

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Serious Downside To Tech Use

Here’s something to think about for you guys who can’t live without technology in hand. Studies have found that mobile use appears to play a role in both erectile dysfunction and poor sleeping patterns. Neither is a topic that easy to talk about, but the facts are important, and will help you suffer less, recover faster.

Some new studies have found that men who spend too much time with their phone deal with these unpleasant problems in the bedroom. In one project that was published by the Environmental Health Trust, men who carried powered on mobile phones for more than four hours a day had a higher risk of erectile dysfunction, perhaps the result of the heat or radiation emitted by the device. It’s the length of time carried that matters, and is especially worrisome when you think about where you keep your phone… if your phone is between your desk and your private parts for hours at a time you might want to rethink that.

Erectile dysfunction, ED, is the name given to the condition when a man can no longer get (or keep) an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Having trouble in this area once in a while is not unusual… fatigue or too much alcohol can do that. When ED is an ongoing problem, it can bring terrible stress for a man, be the source of relationship problems and certainly impact his feelings of self-confidence. ED can be the result of poor blood flow to the penis due to narrowing blood vessels. It can also be caused by medications or a chronic illness such as heart disease or poorly controlled diabetes.

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Fact: Poor Sleep Increases The Risk of Death/ Disease

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When it comes to poor sleep, technology is being found to play a pretty significant part.

A recent UK YouGov poll uncovered that 28 million adults (nearly 6 in 10) get under seven hours of sleep a night, 78% of the people told researchers they used electronic gadgets (phones and laptops or tablets) before bedtime.

The blue light that comes from these devices suppresses the production of melatonin, the body’s natural sleep-inducing hormone according to respected expert on sleep, psychologist Richard Wiseman.

It’s harder than ever to unwind before going to bed. Our culture over stimulates us so that by the time we get to bed… we’re even more tired than ever. But the bedroom is no longer treated as a sleep only place, there’s a TV in the bedroom. More than half of those examined in research admitted to having a television in the bedroom. Another 29% said they had a laptop or mobile phone there. Worse yet, more than one in ten said that the bed has turned into an extension of their workspace. This is a growing cause of concern for many… lack of sleep due to technology, overstimulation is not a good thing for people.

No one is suggesting you destroy your devices… but it’s likely there are limits you’ll want to set on how often you use them. Power down all devices about two hours before bedtime, keep limits on how often you check them during the day and practice leaving the devices at home once in a while. If the thought of turning your device off for a few hours at the movies makes you break into a cold sweat, it might be time to take steps to end your dependence on that device.

To your good health,

Marriage Might Help Cancer Survival

Here’s an important find on surviving cancer. Research out of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have found that being married might significantly improve your chances of surviving the most dreaded of all diagnoses, cancer. For singles who may be reading, don’t despair, there is good news for you on this front as well.

The study appears in the Journal of Clinical Oncology and included over 700,000 healthy people who had been diagnosed with one of the ten most commonly fatal forms of cancers in the U.S. In case you’re wondering, as we were, what those cancers are, we’ll list them here – lung, colorectal, breast, pancreatic, prostate, liver/bile duct, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, head and neck, ovarian and esophageal. The team controlled for variables that might affect cancer occurrence and survival, things like socioeconomic status, age, race, sex and level of education.

They saw that those who were married were more apt to find their disease early, get treatments that offer the potential for a complete cure, and thus live longer. In fact, the team saw a 20% reduction in deaths for those who were married compared to the single (by choice, widowed, separated or divorced) patient.

That’s a benefit that’s better than several of the chemotherapies used to treat cancer!

The study senior author, Dr. Paul Nguyen finds this pretty astonishing, and believes that there’s something about the type of support you get in a good marriage that leads to better survival. And while the link between marriage and cancer survival was strong, it was not a direct cause of better survival among the patients.

Why do marrieds do better? It’s likely that spouses stay up to date on their partner’s health, especially in terms of making sure they get the recommended cancer screenings at the right ages. There’s no one to nag a single person in quite the same way as a spouse can. We know that getting those screenings is key, they find cancers in their earliest, most treatable stage.

For the singles, 17% were more likely to have a cancer that had moved beyond its original site, known as metastatic cancer. This makes treatment tougher and survival less assured. The unmarried patients in the research were also 53% less likely to get appropriate therapies, in part because the information given to cancer patients can be overwhelming. Having someone who can hear (and remember) all the facts, figures and options and help you make judgments and decisions that are best for you appears to be rather valuable in terms of surviving cancer.
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The benefit of having a spouse at your side continues during cancer treatment the researchers found. These treatments can often be uncomfortable, painful even, and tough to handle day in, day out. A spouse offers help, support and encouragement in these tough times; helping the patient go on, get through.

The findings of this most recent study support those from 2005 that found older married women with breast cancer had a lower mortality risk than their unmarried counterparts.

The good news for single people is that anyone close to you… best friend, parent or sibling or another loved one can fill this role. This may be especially true for a man who has cancer, as they seem to benefit more from marriage than women do.

To your good health,

Low Testosterone In Men And CVD Risks

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a terrible condition, now research in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism finds that men who have low testosterone levels may be at increased risk for this dangerous disease. We know that testosterone is the name given to the male sex hormone that’s key to keeping up sperm production, sex drive and the strength of bones. It’s also responsible for a man’s deep voice and increased muscle mass.

Testosterone levels are known to drop by 1% every year after a man reaches his mid 30s, considered his prime. Levels also fluctuate during the day, with the highest in the morning. Stress and other life events might up the speed of a natural age related decline. Low testosterone has been shown to cause increases in body fat, loss of muscle bulk and body hair as well as symptoms like fatigue, depression and lack of sex drive. If you’re worried, find out what’s a normal level for your age.

Cardiovascular disease is a term that covers many problems, a lot of them tied to a process known as atherosclerosis, the condition t hat comes when plaque builds up on the artery walls. The buildup causes the arteries to narrow, which makes it that much harder for blood to flow through the body. If a clot forms, it can stop the flow, and this is often a source for a heart attack or stroke. Other conditions that fall under the cardiovascular disease umbrella include heart failure (when the heart isn’t pumping blood as well as it should), arrhythmia (abnormal rhythm of the heart) and heart valve problems in opening or closing.

A team from Ghent University Hospital located in Belgium has found that those low testosterone levels might also be associated with a higher risk of either being diagnosed with or dying from cardiovascular disease. It’s a modest connection according to the researchers. To conduct the work, the team examined earlier studies that analyzed cardiovascular disease and testosterone levels conducted between the years 1970 to 2013. The review brought modest evidence that low testosterone levels are associated with a higher risk of CVD.

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But, and this is significant, there was little evidence of any association between atherosclerosis (the hardening of the arteries that can lead to stroke or heart attack) and low testosterone levels. There was also no evidence of any link between testosterone levels and heart attacks.

The work also saw that although many older or middle-aged men are given testosterone replacement therapy (at lower testosterone levels) this appears to have no positive affect on cardiovascular health. There are many gaps in our understanding of how testosterone levels and heart disease might be connected, and more research in this area will need to be conducted.

The research does demonstrate that testosterone levels in men are important indicators and should be monitored as more study in this area is being conducted. A healthy diet and regular exercise are two very natural, side effect free ways to help any man feel (and look) his best no matter what his testosterone level.

To your good health,

The Impact Of Estrogen On Waistline

Aging is not for sissies. As the years pass, many men come into the complaints of mid life… the beer belly, the lack of strength when working out and a lower libido than in years past. The culprit, experts once believed, was testosterone, because men naturally start to make less of it as the years pass. A deficiency of this male sex hormone was thought to be the sole reason that a man might start feeling the typical midlife complaints. But another surprising fact has come out, one that doctors think might encourage more study of how men’s bodies age.

It seems that estrogen, the female sex hormone, plays a much bigger role in a man’s body than anyone thought. Falling levels are part of the reason for the expanding waistline, just the same as in a woman. The idea that estrogen has a role for men is a major advance according to Dr. Peter J. Snyder who is a professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Snyder is leading a large research project on hormone therapy for men over 65 years old to try and find out which hormone does what in a man, and how body functions are impacted at different levels of hormone.

Until now, experts have focused almost exclusively on how estrogen affects women and how testosterone affects men. Estrogen is made from testosterone in both men and women, with men making so much that they end up with almost two times the amount as postmenopausal women. As the levels of both hormones naturally go down with age, the body naturally changes.

A recent study appearing in The New England Journal of Medicine provided the most conclusive evidence to date that estrogen is a big part of male midlife problems. Some male problems blamed on testosterone deficiency now appear to be almost exclusively caused by the drop in estrogen. It suggests that different side effects kick in at different levels of deficiency in testosterone. Testosterone is the chief regulator of muscle tone and lean body mass, but it doesn’t take as much of this hormone as we thought to maintain muscles. For a young man 550 nanograms of testosterone per deciliter of blood serum is the level considered average, a reading of under 300 nanograms is thought to be so low that treatment with testosterone gels is needed. But this level is arbitrary, without a clinical rationale.

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Muscle strength and size are unaffected until testosterone levels get under 500 nanograms. The accumulation of fat happens at the levels at the higher end of the deficit spectrum, 300-350 nanograms. In terms of sexual desire and performance, both call for estrogen and testosterone and these hormones improve things in this area as they go up. It’s too early to make specific recommendations, and no one is suggesting men take estrogen as high doses cause feminine features to appear.

The hope is that treatment with testosterone might help men walk more quickly, feel more vigorous, have better function sexually, help mentally and strengthen his bones.

To understand what’s behind the changes in a middle-aged man in your life, talk frankly with his doctor. If he is having sexual problems, taking testosterone may bring a benefit. But if he’s complaining of flagging muscle strength or other midlife symptoms, something else might be involved.

To your good health,

Cancer: What Midlife Men Should Know

Important news for middle aged men. Even modest fitness improvements appear to bring down disease risk according to new research. As you’ve heard, fitness has a huge impact on your chances of getting serious diseases, including cancer. This latest research finds that men who were considered fit in their 40s, 50s and 60s were less apt to get lung or colorectal cancer decades later on in life.

According to Dr. Susan Lakoski, who is an assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Vermont, other research has found that physical activity protects against certain cancers, but fewer studies have looked at the impact of fitness to see if fit men would get or die from cancer. This current study was presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting.

To conduct the work, Lakoski and her team examined over 17,000 men who had one cardiovascular fitness assessment as part of a preventive checkup at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas TX when they were 50 years old, on average. The subjects walked on a treadmill under a workout that involved changing speed and incline. The results were categorized into five different groups from lowest fitness to highest fitness levels. Later the team looked at Medicare claims to find the subjects who had gotten any of three common cancers, lung, colorectal or prostate.

The average follow up period of the study was 20 to 25 years, and during those years 2,332 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer, 276 were found to have colorectal cancer and 277 developed lung cancer. Also 769 of the subject men died, 347 from cancer, 159 of heart disease, 263 from other causes. The men who were the most fit on that treadmill test, compared to the least fit, had a 68% lower risk of lung cancer, a 38% lower risk of colorectal cancer. The prostate cancer risk didn’t go down with improved fitness, but the risk of dying from it did.

As you might expect, the lower fitness levels raised the risk of cancer and heart disease, even if a man was not obese. The researchers also accounted for factors that can increase cancer risk, like smoking habits and age.

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What’s more, even a little improvement in fitness level helped the body. You don’t have to be highly fit to get some benefit. Moving out of the least fit group was the most protective against both cancer and heart disease. What you’re after is a moderately intense level of activity for 150 minutes a week; vigorous workouts should be 75 minutes per week. A combination of the two intensities also works.

Experts have no explanation for the protective effect of fitness, and the current study suggests a link between fitness and cancer protection, not a cause and effect relationship. Many mechanisms are likely at work here – so until we know more it will be hard to say for certain that fitness and cancer protection are related.

In the meantime, if you’re middle aged and struggling to keep active, don’t give up. There’s never been a more important time in your life to try and be as fit as you can. Midlife fitness really can pay off, both for your brain and for your body. So it’s important that you make time for exercise, for yourself, in all the hustle and bustle of your daily routine. If you don’t, who will?

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Soy/Tomato Combo Prevent Prostate Cancer

Here’s the latest on preventing prostate cancer. While this form of cancer is the most common form of disease in men, it is nearly 100% treatable when diagnosed and addressed in the early stages. Oncologists will tell you, preventing cancer is always better than fighting the disease once its taken hold.

Earlier work in this area had found that prostate cancer rates are lower in nations where soy is a regular part of the diet. In fact the soy isoflavones serum and prostate levels in lab mice are very similar to Asian men who eat a serving (or two) of soy a day. Researchers from the University of Illinois are now reporting that two foods – soy and tomato – may actually prevent this cancer in mice when eaten in combination. The study was done on genetically engineered lab mice, bred to develop a rapidly progressing, aggressive form of prostate cancer.

From the age of 4 to 18 weeks, the subject mice were divided into four groups – one got 10% whole tomato powder as part of the diet, another got 2% soy germ, a third got the tomato combined with soy germ and the fourth served as the control group, getting just standard lab mouse food. This time frame was meant to reflect an early and lifelong exposure to the bioactive compounds and elements in the foods studied.

The mice fed tomato and soy germ were found to have no cancerous lesions in their prostate when the study ended, compared to ALL the mice in the control group who had no soy or tomato. Study lead John Erdman, a professor of food science and nutrition from the University of Illinois and colleagues found that eating tomato, soy and the combination of the two all significantly brought down prostate cancer incidence, but the combination gave the best results. Only 45% of the mice fed both foods ended up with this disease, compared to 61% in the tomato only group, 66% in the soy germ group.

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But before you go out and stock up on tasty tomatoes, there’s another rather large study from 2009 conducted by experts at the National Cancer Institute and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center that found that lycopene, the antioxidant so abundant in tomatoes, is not what prevents prostate cancer. Even though earlier studies had suggested a diet full of lycopene would provide protection against prostate cancer, this study didn’t follow that line. The work appeared in the May 2007 issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. The findings were a disappointment, as the researchers were hoping for a simple, affordable way to bring down risks of prostate cancer.

Erdman suggests that perhaps the brunt of nutritional focus be on the soy germ, as it has a very different isoflavones profile than the rest of the soybean. Soy germ is very high in isoflavones, daidzein and glycitein, but low in genistein, the substance that usually gets most of the attention. In fact, the soy product used in the research was low in genistein, but still had plenty of power when it came to preventing cancer.

While you wait for more work to clarify the picture to stay healthy and cancer free, continue making healthy eating choices, exercising regularly and following up with your doctor.

To your good health,

Risk For Heart Trouble and Marriage

Putting all the late night jokes aside… a team of researchers in Finland has found that being married is actually good for the heart of both spouses. Earlier research that focused on only men suggests that being single, or living alone, ups the risk of being diagnosed or dying from heart disease. This latest work is the first bit of research to look at both men and women in terms of marriage, heart health and survival after a heart attack.

The report, published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, included over 15,300 patients who’d had a heart attack between the years 1993 and 2002. Of these, 7,700 died sometime in the 28 days after the initial cardiac event. Heart attacks happen when the blood flow to a part of the heart is blocked for enough time for part of the muscle to be damaged or die. Each year an estimated 935,000 people have a heart attack in the U.S. and fortunately a good many return to work and their normal lives within weeks of the event.

This latest research included both sexes and suggests that marriage cuts the risk of acute coronary events and death from these events in both men and women, and for all ages according to lead researcher Dr. Aino Lammintausta, who is from Turku University Hospital. Especially at midlife, men and women who are married and living together are expected to have a considerably better prognosis after a heart attack and less risk of heard disease than those who are single.

Unmarried men were from 58% to 66% more likely to have a heart attack, the rate for single women was 60% to 65% when compared to the same sex part of a couple who were married.

When it came to risk of death from heat attack, the risk was far greater for single men and women. The risk for men was 168% higher than for married men, the risk for women 175% higher than for their married counterparts. The odds held even after adjusting for age.

Why does marriage appear to confer such a benefit? Single people are more likely not to take care of themselves, to be in poorer health overall than those who are married. It’s also possible that single people are not as ready to take preventive measures, things like daily aspirin, statins for cholesterol or blood pressure medications, as a married person would be.

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Risk For Heart Trouble and Marriage Continued…

Other factors? Married people are usually better off financially, have more friends and social support and live healthier lives – all these things encourage good health. It’s especially important to acknowledge the role of social support in heart health.

Another possibility, married people may call for an ambulance sooner than a person alone, on their own. As to why marrieds survive better after the event, they often get better treatment in the hospital with a healthy mate to advocate for them, and certainly after discharge, at home with that same person there to see they take medication, eat right and follow the treatment plan.

For better or worse, it appears that being married is associated with better heart health and a lower risk of death from a heart attack, though more study is needed to confirm the finding. And if you’re single… there are things you can do to help yourself. For starters, set up a support system for yourself, someone to turn to when illness or emergencies strike.

To your good health,