You probably won’t be surprised to know that there is a strong the link between exercise and life expectancy. I’d like to tell you about a simple test score that can predict your life expectancy based on your fitness levels. Also, in relation to improving/maintaining fitness levels, I’d like to tell you some surprising news … Read more
Are you suffering with excess skin after weight loss? Like many of my patients, maybe you have lost weight recently in an effort to boost your health and lower your risk for serious diseases like diabetes and heart disease. And like my patients, you may not have been prepared for the loose skin that can … Read more
Exercise is an important component of medicine. Some of the health benefits of squats for women are that it strengthens your muscles – your heart being one of the most important – burns fat and relieves stress. You also become more resistant to the effects of stress by exercising. Aerobic exercise is good at achieving … Read more
One of the things I frequently hear from patients is, “Dr. Blankstein, what can I do to prevent a heart attack?” They often have the wrong idea that protecting their heart involves having to learn a lot of complicated nutritional information, follow a low-fat, tasteless, boring diet, perform exhausting exercise and make impractical lifestyle changes. … Read more
On a recent trip to China, I couldn’t help take notice of how many people practice the ancient art of Tai Chi – a spiritual exercise program. Everywhere I went I saw people practicing it in parks and other public places. The people I spoke to about Tai Chi all told me basically the same … Read more
Okay, guys, this one is just for you. A new year is right around the corner and you’ve been thinking about all those new directions you want to go in. Hopefully, getting and staying healthier is one of them. If so, I’ve got an early holiday gift – make that 5 early gifts – geared … Read more
Bones can become weak at any age, but just growing older does put you at higher risk for fractures and/or developing osteoporosis. However, it isn’t a given that you suffer bone loss or weakness as you age. You can continue to have healthy bones long into your golden years if you give them what they … Read more
I’ve always counseled my patients about the need to keep a healthy weight. It not only makes you look and feel better but it decreases your risk for serious diseases. Many doctors, though, have shied away from telling their patients that they need to lose weight. Why? For one reason, patients tend to take comments … Read more
Many of my patients tell me that they are under increased stress at work these days. Their stress seems to stem from several areas – working longer hours with heavier workloads with little-to-no increase in income. Because of the current economic conditions, many people are afraid to express their concerns. They fear losing their job … Read more
Rosacea can have profound social implications. People often think that a rosacea sufferer may even be a heavy drinker as the redness can mimic the same flushed face that frequently accompanies drinking alcohol. Rosacea patients often avoid social outings, or even going to work, as they are so self-conscious. It can be a distressing and embarrassing condition. As I tell my patients, there are several things you can do to both prevent outbreaks of rosacea and minimize its appearance when they do occur. Let me share with you what those things are.
Although most of my patients who try natural testosterone enhancement report that those measures have helped, they may not have been enough to boost testosterone levels high enough to relieve their particular symptoms. The same may be true for you, and like my patients, you may now want to try direct testosterone supplementation through your doctor. In order for you to make an informed decision, here are the pros and cons that I explain to my patients about male hormone replacement.
A strong skeleton means a strong body, one that can keep you together and moving the rest of your life (which I wish you a long, healthy and happy one!). What keeps your skeleton strong? There are several things, but generally a plain and simple little mineral called calcium is what gives all the bones of your skeleton strength. Let’s talk, then, about what calcium does for your bones and how you can be assured that you get enough of it so your skeleton stays strong.