Aerobic Exercise Changes the Brain

aerobic exercise seniorA recent study found that aerobic exercise had a larger positive effect on MRI’s the brain than stretching.1 The volume of the brain increased. Also, the aerobic exercise group had a significant improvement on executive brain functioning tests. The researchers are hoping to find ways to head off or reduce the impact of Alzheimer’s Disease in seniors.

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Eye Drops Instead of Injections for ARMD and Diabetic Retinopathy

eye drops for macular degenerationEye drops may soon replace gene therapy injections for Age-Related Macular Degeneration and Diabetic Retinopathy. 1 Delivering drugs to the back of the eye currently requires an invasive injection. The associated discomfort discourages many patients from consenting to this type of treatment. The new delivery technique is special eye drops that gently make their way to the back of the eye.

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New “Artificial Pancreas” for Diabetes

diabetes pump and sensorThe Food and Drug Administration has granted approval for a new artificial pancreas that is hailed as a breakthrough for patients with Type I diabetes. Manufactured by Medtronic Plc, the MiniMed 670G1 combines an insulin pump with an insulin sensor. The sensor sends blood sugar data to the pump every five minutes. Then, the pump releases the correct amount of insulin. This technology saves finger-pricks and frequent monitoring of blood glucose levels.

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Age-Proofing Your Eyes to Preserve Vision

senior anti-ageingWhile Americans spend billions of dollars each year on how they LOOK, little attention is given to how they SEE. Seniors are especially vulnerable to eye diseases such as glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, and cataracts, as well as hypertension-related eye damage such as retinal vein occlusion.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology issued guidelines on aging and the eye as a result of its 2015 Eye-Q© Survey1 (updated with 2016 data).

Here is a summary of their recommendations.

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Keep Your Eyes Young and Healthy: Avoid Cataracts, Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma

elderly vision preservationAs we age, our chances of developing a serious vision problem increase significantly. More than half of people over the age of 70 years old have an eye condition such as cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration; people with diabetes often develop diabetic retinopathy. These limiting conditions decrease the quality of life. Being a retired senior means having time to enjoy life, read, travel, play golf, enjoy hobbies, and socialize with friends and family. However, participating in these activities requires clear vision.

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Two Eye Exercises for Computer Eye Strain

eye exercisesAmericans are spending at least 5 hours per day close-up looking at computers, tablets and smartphones.1 However, our eyes were not designed for extended hours of close-up work. In the same way that we need regular physical exercises, we also need eye exercises. We evolved as hunter-gathers, and our eyes are made to scan the landscape. Modern technology has resulted in wide-spread computer eye strain. Symptoms include short-term dry eyes, worsening farsightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatism, eye focusing disorders and poor eye coordination. Continue reading “Two Eye Exercises for Computer Eye Strain”

Zeaxanthin & Lutein Help the Eyes & the Brain

brain eye health Zeaxanthin Recent research has found that the carotenoids zeaxanthin and lutein not only support vision, but also help the brain work more efficiently, protect bone structure and stem cells, help in medical diagnostics, and much more. In fact, these powerful antioxidants are key to long-term health. Especially as people get older, they need enough of these nutrients to help ward off disease and maintain quality of life.

As a person ages, the brain becomes less efficient. More mental activity is needed to accomplish thinking tasks that were easy in youth. This effect may not be obvious to an observer. However, an fMRI reveals how efficiently the brain is operating. Continue reading “Zeaxanthin & Lutein Help the Eyes & the Brain”

Preserving Vision Naturally Through Chinese Medicine

Chinese medicineChinese Medicine can support eye health and help preserve vision. This traditional modality is helpful for people looking to reduce the risk developing eye disease and maintain healthy vision. Additionally, patients with existing eye conditions such as chronic dry eyes, cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and eye floaters can benefit from Traditional Chinese Medicine as part of their treatment plan.

Chinese medicine includes the use of acupuncture, herbs, as well as Tui Na (massage therapy), Gui Sha (skin scraping), and Qigong (physical exercises and breathing techniques). Acupuncture involves tiny, disposable needles painlessly inserted at certain points on the body. Continue reading “Preserving Vision Naturally Through Chinese Medicine”

Eye Tests Show Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease

parkinsons diseaseAlzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease may appear first in the eye, possibly years before the first clear symptoms of the either disease appear. This offers hope of detecting two devastating and common diseases in their earliest stages. Damage from these brain and central nervous system diseases may prove very difficult to reverse. Detecting these illnesses, which impact mostly the elderly, as early as possible could mean treatments that slow the diseases’ progress and preserve functioning. Several recent studies on the eye hold promise of reliable early detection, routine screening and therefore, early intervention.

Alzheimer’s Disease and the Eyes

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Can LED Lights Damage the Eyes or Disrupt Sleep?

LED lightsLED light bulbs are becoming very popular, but what is their effect on the eyes? Low Emitting Diode lighting uses up to 95% less energy than their incandescent counterparts. Before replacing your home or workplace’s indoor lights with LEDs, consider two downsides:

  • LEDs do not give off near-infrared radiation, which is necessary for health
  • They emit large amounts of blue light, which disrupts sleeping patterns and over time can contribute to eye disease.

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