#LivingTo100: Have Diabetes? Ask your doctor about Coenzyme Q10.

Coenzyme Q10 is a vitamin-like substance found in all parts of the body. Its actions resemble those of vitamin E.

Coenzyme Q10 plays a critical role in the production of energy in every cell of the body. It aids circulation, stimulates the immune system, increases tissue oxygenation, and has vital anti-aging effects. Deficiencies of coenzyme Q10 have been linked to diabetes, periodontal disease, and muscular dystrophy.

Mackerel, salmon, and sardines contain the largest amounts of coenzyme Q10. It is also found in beef, peanuts, and spinach. Most people consume about 10-15 milligrams per day mainly from meat and fish. Vegetarians should be aware that their intake may be less than optimal and should consider food-based supplements.

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#Livingto100: Maintain your immune system

As a body ages, the immune system becomes more fallible, leave it increasingly vulnerable to viral attack. The older you get, the more likely a seemingly benign cold or flu can develop into something more serious. The tips below will help you develop and maintain a strong immune system

Wash your hands.
Whenever you wash your hands, sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to yourself. This will ensure that you wash your hands long enough to get rid of germs. Antibacterial soap is not necessary. Any kind of soap is effective as long as you do lather up for 30 seconds.

Cough into your sleeve.
Stop sneezing into your hands. Instead, aim for the crook in your elbow or your shoulder. That way you do not touch your nose, eyes, or mouth with your hand and you are less likely to pass on germs.

Aim for 8 hours of sleep
Sleep allows your body to rest and restore its energy levels. Without restful sleep, we become irritable, inattentive and more prone to accidents.

Eat healing foods
Nutrient dense foods like almonds, avocados, raspberries, and quinoa will help you feel more energetic, look healthier, and sharpen your mind.

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#Livingto100: Avoid Burnout when Caring for an Elderly Parent

You can only care for another person as well as you care for yourself. Many caregivers of elderly parents become so focused on the patient that they disregard their own needs. If you are stressed-out, anxious, not able to eat or sleep, it is time to give yourself some extra care.

Meditate
Substitute the time you spend worrying about your parent and use this time to meditate. Meditation is a proven way to stress.

Support Groups
One of the best supports for a caregiver is another caregiver, especially someone dealing with the same illness or condition. List of support groups in the U.S.

Give yourself a daily treat:
– Go for a walk outside.
– Putter in the garden.
– Read for 30 minutes undisturbed.
– Call a positive friend.
– Have coffee with a friend.
– Go window-shopping.
– Sit in the park and listen to the birds.
– Knit, scrapbook or some other type of arts and crafts.

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#LivingTo100: Vitamin B for Bloodshot Eyes

Bloodshot eyes occur when the small blood vessels on the surface of the eye become inflamed and congested with blood. This is usually in response to an insufficient supply of oxygen in the cornea or tissues covering the eyes. They are usually a consequence of eyestrain, fatigue, and improper diet. Consumption of alcohol can worsen bloodshot eyes.

A deficiency in vitamin B2 can also cause bloodshot eyes. If this is the cause, once the body receives the nutrients it needs, the congestion in the blood vessels should disappear.

Vitamin B2, also called riboflavin alleviates eye fatigue and is important in the prevention and treatment of cataracts. High levels of vitamin B2 are found in cheese, egg yolks, fish, legumes, meat and poultry. Herbs that contain vitamin B include alfalfa, burdock root, and chamomile.

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#LivingTo100: Help for Depression

Depression affects 20% of Americans over the age of 18 every year. It is one of the most common medical problems in the United States. Depression affects young and old and is twice as common in women as in men.

Food and nutrition can have a profound effect on mental health. A poor diet, especially one with a lot of junk foods is a common cause of depression. The levels of brain chemicals called neurotransmitters, which regulate our behavior, are controlled by what we eat, and neurotransmitters are closely linked to mood. Eating complex carbohydrates raises the level of tryptophan in the brain and has a calming effect on mood. High-protein foods promote the production of dopamine and norepinephrine which promote alertness.

It is ok to ask for help.

Suicide Hotline: 800-784-2433.
Immediate Medical Assistance: 911.
Crisis Call Center: 800-273-8255 or text ANSWER to 839863
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1?800?273?TALK (8255).
Support groups

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#LivingTo100: Beware of common chemical hazards

Carbon monoxide
Unintentional carbon monoxide (CO) poisonings account for about 15,000 visits to the emergency room each year. Everyone is susceptible to the odorless, colorless gas, but older adults are more vulnerable to CO poisoning because they are more likely to have a health condition that lowers their tolerance for it.

Carbon monoxide lurks in enclosed or semi-enclosed spaces around your stove and heating system.

How to avoid it carbon monoxide poisoning:
– Install carbon monoxide detectors near kitchen and sleeping areas.
– Have heating systems and stoves checked annually.
– Avoid the use of nonvented combustion appliances.
– Never burn fuels indoors except in stoves or furnaces designed for that purpose.
– Know the symptoms: headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion.

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#LivingTo100: Is carob healthier than chocolate?

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Chocolate: Myth or Fact?

Myth: Chocolate causes acne.
Fact: Chocolate does not cause acne.

Myth: Carob bars are a more healthy choice than chocolate bars.
Fact: A carob bar usually has the same amount of calories and fat as a similar-size chocolate bar. Carob is a common substitute for chocolate. It is processed from the seeds of the carob tree.

Myth: Chocolate has a lot of caffeine.
Fact: Chocolate contains caffeine, but the amount of caffeine is typically small. Eight ounces of chocolate milk has about 5 milligrams of caffeine, compared with 3 milligrams in 5 ounces of decaffeinated coffee.

Myth: Some people are chocoholics.
Fact: Research has not proven that people can be addicted to chocolate. Some people have a stronger preference to chocolate than others. However, this preference may be more connected to its taste, aroma and texture and an addiction to a chemical substance in chocolate.

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#Livingto100: Avoiding Asbestos and Mesothelioma

There are many bumps in the road to good health. Unfortunately, for many that “bump” is cancer. The many types of cancer can be overwhelming – most people have numerous friends and family members that have been impacted by the disease. Of the many types of cancer the spotlight is often shed on just a handful while others remain relatively unknown leaving Americans more vulnerable.

Mesothelioma is one of those rare diseases – there are 3,000 people diagnosed with the disease each year in the United States. September 26, on Mesothelioma Awareness Day, is the one day a year that mesothelioma is given the spotlight.

Asbestos exposure is the only known cause of mesothelioma. When inhaled the asbestos dust is embedded in the lining of the organs developing into cancer. The toxin was used widely in construction and building materials into the 1970s. While there are now strict guidelines in the United States surrounding asbestos use it is still legal to use in the country.

The key to #Livingto100 – avoid asbestos and seek medical attention if you think you may have been exposed. Mesothelioma prognosis is so poor because the disease is often misdiagnosed multiple times before a correct diagnosis is given and treatment can be administered. The disease is most often diagnosed in the third or fourth stage – when patients are given 12 to 21 months to live.

There are four types of mesothelioma – pleural, peritoneal, pericardial, and testicular. The most common form of the disease in pleural mesothelioma, which occurs when asbestos imbeds in the lining of the lungs. Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma are often mistaken as the flu or pneumonia. Symptoms of the disease include difficulty breathing, fluid buildup in the lungs, fatigue, weight loss, fever and night sweats.

Asbestos is often found in buildings constructed up to the 1970s – if you live or work in such a building do not be afraid to ask about the presence of asbestos. Be your own health warrior and increase your chances of #Livingto100.

To learn more about the dangers of asbestos and mesotelioma join the Mesothelioma Awareness Day tweet chat on September 26 at 12 p.m. ET using the hashtag #EndMeso

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