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When it comes to aging,
Bebe Shaw didn't hit the genetic lottery. Her mother died from congestive heart
failure , her father of a heart condition. The younger of her two brothers had
a heart attack at age 52, and her younger sister is on the verge of congestive
heart failure . Shaw, 69, has high cholesterol -- a serious risk factor for
heart disease .
With such a checkered
health history, she's not taking any chances. "I am an advocate of
exercise and diet ," says Shaw, who works as a paralegal in Ocala, Fla.
"I play tennis 3 days a week, go to spinning and Zumba classes at the Y
twice a week, and try to ride my bike on a nearby trail every day." She
also eats well, takes a statin drug to control her cholesterol, and visits her
doctor regularly for checkups and screenings.
Aging: Nature or
Looking at your
relatives' medical histories is like peering into a crystal ball. You get a
glimpse at your future but not the whole picture. You can't change the genes
you inherited, but you can avoid habits that contributed to your family's
"Some people can
have a family history of heart disease, but it's actually a history of smoking
, overeating, and [an inactive] lifestyle. And if you adopt that lifestyle,
you're going to run into the same problems your parents did," says James
Pacala, MD. He is the associate head of the Department of Family Medicine and
Community Health at the University of Minnesota.
Lifestyle was a big
factor in Shaw's family: Her father was overweight, and her younger brother, a
Take preventive action
now to help make sure you're healthy into your 60s, 70s, 80s, and beyond.
"You must remain active and engaged. By that, I mean physically and
mentally active and socially engaged," says Pacala, who is also president
of the American Geriatrics Society. He ticks off the necessities: aerobic and
resistance exercises, a balanced diet that's low in saturated fat and high in
fruits and vegetables, and brain games and social outings to keep you sharp.
You also want to try to
avoid diseases. "Get your immunizations , your cancer screening tests,
your cardiac and osteoporosis risk factors assessed before you have those
problems," Pacala says.
Staying Forever Young
We've all seen 70- and
80-year-olds who look and act decades younger. How do they do it? Pacala shares
a few secrets.
Refuse to take it slow. "There's a sort of societal expectation
that you're supposed to slow down as you get old, and I think you should fight
against that," Pacala says. "Don't let your grandkids get up and mow
the lawn for you and get you a glass of water. Get up and do it yourself."
Take a daily walk. Even if your pace is gentle and the distance
is short, the time spent on your feet will help keep your bones strong.
Read the newspaper with
your morning bowl of oatmeal.
Keeping your mind engaged could ward off the brain changes that lead to
Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia , while the whole grains in your bowl
help prevent heart disease.
Downsize your portions. Overeating leads to obesity and diabetes ,
which can shorten your lifespan. An overstuffed plate has also been linked to
memory loss in people 70 and older.
Routine Oral Health Assessments at First Prenatal Visit
Teeth cleanings and dental X-rays are safe for pregnant women,
according to new recommendations issued by The American College of
Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College). Ob-gyns are now being advised to
perform routine oral health assessments at the first prenatal visit and
encourage their patients to see a dentist during pregnancy.
“These new recommendations address the questions and concerns
that many ob-gyns, dentists, and our patients have about whether it is safe to
have dental work during pregnancy,” said Diana Cheng, MD, vice chair of The
College’s Committee on Health Care for Underserved Women, which issued the
guidelines. According to The College, oral health problems are associated with
other diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory infections.
“We want ob-gyns to routinely counsel all of their patients, including pregnant
women, about the importance of oral health to their overall health,” said Dr.
More than a third (35%) of all women report they haven’t been to
the dentist within the past year. Approximately 40% of pregnant women in the US
have some form of periodontal disease, including gingivitis (inflammation of
the gums), cavities (tooth decay), and periodontitis (inflammation of ligaments
and bones that support the teeth). The physical changes caused by pregnancy can
result in changes in the gums and teeth. Periodontal disease during pregnancy
is most prevalent among black women, smokers, and women on public assistance.
“We can all reassure our
patients that routine teeth cleanings, dental X-rays, and local anesthesia are
safe during pregnancy,” said Dr. Cheng. “Pregnancy is not a reason to delay
root canals or filling cavities if they are needed because putting off
treatment may lead to further complications.” One potential benefit of
improving a woman’s oral health: It may decrease the transmission of
cavity-causing bacteria from mother to baby. This can help lessen the future
risk of cavities in children.
Ob-gyns are encouraged to reinforce practical advice for their
patients: Limit sugary foods and drinks, brush teeth twice daily with a
fluoridated toothpaste, floss once daily, and visit the dentist twice a year.
Pregnant women with severe vomiting (hyperemesis) or gastric reflux can help
avoid damage to their teeth from stomach acid by using an antacid or by rinsing
with a teaspoon of baking soda in a cup of water after vomiting.