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22/Feb/2019

Laredo, Texas is known for many things – from our excellent food, down to the hidden historical gems you can discover throughout the city. One of our most famous traditions is one closest to our hearts, the annual WBCA Carnival, an event where year after year streets are filled with both locals and out of town visitors, all wanting to enjoy the exciting family-friendly celebrations.

Although this is a fun celebration, it can be stressful, especially for parents with young children. The event is meant to be an occasion for you and your family to enjoy and make memories that will last a lifetime, not one that ends in an emergency room visit.  At Laredo Emergency Room, want to make sure that doesn’t happen and help make this celebration as stress-free as possible, so we have put together some steps you can take to prepare and hopefully avoid any accidents that will get in the way of a fun-filled day:

1.) Before heading out to the carnival grounds, make sure all members of your family understand and abide by the Carnival rules. It is important to take note of everything from the instructional signs to listening to park instructors. Carnival grounds can be hectic and filled with areas that have dangerous machinery or wires. Following the rules can help children avoid running the risk of a severe injury when they may not be paying close attention to being safe over having fun.

 

2.) Be mindful of your families footwear. Before heading out to enjoy the carnival festivities, make sure that you and your family members are wearing close-toed shoes. Due to the massive crowds the carnival annually sees, it can be tough for festival officials to keep track of broken glass, potholes, and various other items that can be stepped on or tripped over. Wearing proper footwear will ensure that your family will get around more safely and comfortably when maneuvering through the crowded areas.

 

3.) Members of your family or group should also take time to identify and agree on an emergency meet-up location. This predetermined spot will allow your family to locate each other if someone gets lost from the pack. When picking out a meeting place, it is also a good idea to locate where the nearest bathrooms and the police/medical tents are, in case of an emergency arising that requires immediate medical or authoritative attention.

 

4.) Due to the massive amounts of people that come to enjoy the carnival, there is also a large number of germs that follow. It’s essential that after holding on to rides and using the restrooms, you and your children are washing your hands, keeping the spreading of germs and bacteria at bay. The WBCA carnival also brings out many furry faces, such as livestock and various other friendly animals. Although adorable, and fun to pet, it is crucial to make sure your children are sanitizing their hands when they are done at the petting zoo.

 

Finally, with all the fun the festival brings, it can also distract you from important signals your body is trying to send. It is vital that you are making sure you and your family stay hydrated and not overindulge in the delicious carnival treats. It’s also a great idea to bring a bag with medicine, bottled water, band-aids, hand sanitizer and various other medical items that can help to handle spontaneous issues these long carnival days might bring.

We hope these tips are helpful to all of those in attendance of this fun annual event! If you should find yourself facing a medical emergency this celebratory season, anything from a stomach ache to a broken bone, Laredo Emergency Room is here to help!

 

For more information on the George Washington Birthday Celebration, please visit: http://www.wbcalaredo.org/event/wbca-carnival-sponsored-by-mcdonalds-of-laredo/

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22/Feb/2019

Congratulations!

You have made it through another year of holiday travel, complete with crowded airports, busy freeways, and stressed family members. Travel stress always seems to be amplified over the last months of the year, but how many of us experienced an emergency that made traveling that much more hectic? Maybe food poisoning had you sidelined during Christmas, or one of the kids managed to hit their head on the fireplace at your relative’s home. Whatever it might have been, the next time you face an emergency while out of town, you can be ready to face it with a few helpful tips:

1.) Be Prepared. The best thing you can do when getting your holiday (or any time of year) travel plans together is to be prepared for anything that might befall you or your loved ones while on vacation. If you’re going overseas, be aware of any health concerns going on at your destination. Arm yourself with a travel health kit that not only includes prescription and over the counter medications, but also first aid supplies, vitamins, and your health insurance information. Pack clothing that will protect you from the elements, whether it’s sun or snow. Give your body a fighting chance against illness by staying hydrated and getting plenty of sleep before and during your trip.

2.) Know Your Options. One of the hardest issues to face when dealing with a medical emergency at home or on vacation can be where you can go to receive care, and which establishments will accept your insurance. There is nothing like a heavy medical bill to compound an already hectic health emergency, and this is something that can usually be avoided with a little planning. Most insurance providers have a tool on their website to find the closest urgent care, emergency room, or hospital. Use these tools to do some research and make a plan for the best course of action in the worst case scenario. Do you have a travel credit card? Check with your card company to see if they offer coverage for medical expenses.

3.) Don’t Stress. This last tip may sound like a tall order, but one of the most important things to keep in mind when dealing with any medical emergency is to keep a level head. Staying calm for yourself and your family members can go a long way in de-stressing the situation. It’s true that you can’t predict an emergency. But, if you have prepped and planned for this situation, you should be ready to face most of the illnesses, bumps, and bruises that come your way.

You don’t always need to be prepared for the worst, but the more complete plan you have, the less you will be surprised when emergencies do arise!

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22/Feb/2019

How often do you hear a friend or family member say their allergies are killing them? Several studies have shown that when the pollen count rises, there is an increase in emergency room visits for both younger children and adults. In recent years, scientists have put a more significant focus attempting to understand and explain why various weather patterns affect our immune systems.

Our bodies get used to particular weather patterns. When there are sudden changes to those patterns, this can have a direct influence on our immune and musculoskeletal systems, causing illnesses to arise or allergies and asthma to become hyper-reactive. Every season is known to bring their personalized allergies, so as we enter the winter season, it is essential to be aware of the expected forecast.

It is no secret that winter in Texas can have drastic swings in weather, but most people are not aware that cold swings can bring much more than chilly days. The winter season is also known for being the worst allergy period in Texas. The cold days bring on what Texans call, ‘cedar fever,’ the informal term given to allergies caused by the Texas mountain cedar trees. Cedar pollen can cause intense allergy symptoms, famous for copying flu symptoms. Another favorite set of allergies seen during this time are the indoor allergens, as dust mites are known to thrive in the cold weather. Although they might not sound harmful, during a season where most individuals spend a majority of their time indoors, cold weather can lead to extreme receptivity to these indoor pests.

For these colder weather months, here are some mindful tips to think about that can help keep your asthma and allergies at bay during this heightened season.

1.) Pay attention to the weather. Checking local pollen and mold counts can be beneficial, letting you know if you need to be spending less time outside if you are likely to be reactive.

2.) Start the preparation for your allergies early. If you show the same allergy symptoms annually, ask your doctor if you can start taking allergy drugs a few weeks before the peak of the allergy season.

3.) Use the air conditioning to filter out mold and pollen. Using a dehumidifier can also be preventive to keep mold growth and dust mites at bay.

4.) Keep your doctor involved. Be sure you are aware of the specifics of your allergy causes; you can request an allergy skin test, which can show the exact triggers of your symptoms, making it easier to take preventative action.

Also, consider asking your doctor about immunotherapy, an allergy shot or even the allergy tablets. They can be accommodating to keep your allergies under control.

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22/Feb/2019

It’s always the same thing – every January, people across the country resolve to lose half their body weight, suddenly turn vegan, or run a full marathon the following week. The problem with these goals, as admirable as they are, is that they are not attainable New Year’s resolutions, at least in the short term. All too often, people who make such far-reaching, lofty goals each January 1 are more likely than not to be disappointed – and then even more likely to fall back into their old bad habits.

At Laredo Emergency Room, we recommend a more measured, gradual approach to your healthy New Year’s resolutions.

Making these small, simple tweaks to your diet can make surprisingly big changes in your overall health and physique:

Hydrate smart. Of course, you’ve heard the age-old wisdom about drinking eight glasses of water every day – and if you’re like most people, you fall short of that goal most days. But if you look at what you drink each day, including coffee, sodas, alcoholic beverages, and other drinks, you may find that you actually drink plenty of fluids – just not the right kinds. Switch even just some of your sugary or high-calorie favorites for water with lemon. Adding lemon to your water not only gives your otherwise bland drink a bit of zesty flavor – but it also boosts metabolism.

Go whole. Switching from white or refined grains to whole grains is one of the easiest ways to improve your diet. Virtually all grain-based foods, from tortillas, breads, and muffins, to cereals, pastas, and pizza crusts, are available in whole wheat varieties. People who make this simple swap have better digestive health, lower cholesterol, and lower body weights than people who eat white, refined grains. A Nurses’ Health Study, documented by the National Institutes of Health, even concluded that increased intake of whole grains can protect against coronary heart disease, which can help keep you out of Laredo Emergency Room.

Eat slowly. The body takes about 20 minutes from the time you eat to feel full, which means that if you go back for a second helping before those 20 minutes are up, you may find in the end that you’ve overeaten. In other words, you were satisfied with your first serving – you just didn’t know it. Eating slowly allows your body to catch up to your appetite, reducing the chance that you will overeat and consume more calories and fat than your body actually needs. Eating slowly can also reduce the risk of heartburn and abdominal discomfort.

Size right. Portion control can go a long way toward losing weight. Our culture of huge portions is catching up with Americans in a big way, and the trend has spread from the restaurant table to the kitchen table. Gradually cutting back portion sizes can trim calories and fat from your diet each and every day, helping you to lose weight without actually changing what you eat or restricting you from eating your favorite foods. Giving yourself specific amounts of snack foods, rather than eating right out of the box or bag, and keeping snack foods hidden from view can also help.

These helpful yet completely do-able strategies will have you feeling better, less bloated, and more energetic – and likely will help you trim a few pounds while you’re at it, all without making major changes. See, attainable New Year’s resolutions are possible, if you just take it in small steps.

 

Hiring a personal trainer is another fantastic approach to achieving your health goals in 2019. Learn more about the top things to look for in this blog: How to Pick a Personal Trainer

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22/Feb/2019

As much joy as the holidays can bring for many of us, the season also brings with it more than its fair share of safety risks. With fireplaces aglow, candles burning, and string lights sparkling on giant piles of tinder, it’s a time for caution as well as merrymaking. Throw in a houseful of festive kids and pets, and your holiday joy could quickly turn into a trip to Laredo Emergency Room for your little ones, or a trip to the emergency vet for your furry companions.

We really don’t want you spending your holidays seeking emergency medical care for the ones you love most, so we’re sharing these holiday safety tips that will help you keep your kids and your pets safe all season long.

  • Watch the cords. Whether you string lights only on a simple tree in the corner or deck out your entire house in LEDs, the electrical cords from string lights can pose a major safety risk, especially for children and pets. Cords that snake out along the floor pose a tripping hazard that can result in falls and injuries to children, and can serve as a chewing temptation for pets. Very young children may even play among the strings and become strangled. So be sure to tuck away all cords and, when you can’t avoid running cords along walls, use cord covers designed to keep cords in place and protected.

 

  • Choose battery-operated candles. Kids are fascinated by fire and often can’t resist the temptation to experiment with lit candles, even if only to blow and watch the flames dance. The problem is that those dancing flames can catch nearby flammable materials, resulting in a potentially catastrophic fire. Pets are often fearful of flames, which may cause them to panic and accidentally overturn a lit candle. The National Fire Protection Association says that the top three days for home candle fires are Christmas, New Year’s Day, and New Year’s Eve. Luckily, battery-operated candle choices abound, with many realistic-looking options available to help you avoid adding to those numbers.

 

  • Screen the spread. The holidays bring with them many opportunities to indulge in once-a-year treats. Those delicious additions don’t just add calories to our diet – they also pose risks to our children and pets. Overeating can cause nausea and abdominal pain for all of us, but children oftentimes are even more sensitive to ingredients that are new to them and may have more significant reactions. Children also love to grab handfuls of the treats that pop up during the holidays – but because “bite-sized” treats are not one size fits all, children are more likely to choke on these goodies. Be sure to check all treats for size before you serve to your children. Pets are highly sensitive to the delicious smells of holiday foods and often can’t resist sneaking a serving for themselves – so beware of leaving out chocolate and any other foods that may be harmful to your pets.

 

  • Travel safely. The winter holiday season is one of extensive travel for many families with kids and pets, whether on the road or by air. Making your holiday trip safe for the kids and pets in your family is easy with just a few guidelines. First, always buckle up your children, even for long car rides, whether in a baby seat, booster, or the car’s seat belt. Pets can comfortably ride crated if you have the space, or you can fit them with their own seatbelt or car seat. Make sure to never let your pet out of the vehicle without a leash. If flying, don’t have your child sit on the aisle, where passengers are most likely to become injured by passing carts or other passengers.

 

These holiday safety tips are sure to help make your season more enjoyable for you and your family.

But if you should find yourself facing a medical emergency this holiday season, Laredo Emergency Room is here to help 24/7/365.

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22/Feb/2019

We all know that trying to live a healthy lifestyle day in and day out can be difficult. You’re supposed to keep track of your calories, your sleep, and your steps on top of working out, meal prepping, and making sure you’re not eating junk – we’re exhausted just typing it all out! Thankfully, we live in a day and age that there is an app or a gadget for just about everything, and lately, there have been more than a few technological devices aimed at helping you maintain your health that has popped up. Here are some of the best health gadgets you can stock up on this Black Friday for yourself, or the health nut in your life:

PainPod

Chances are you probably know someone in your life that suffers from chronic pain if you don’t suffer from it yourself. The PainPod is a wearable gadget that is a safe substitute for painkillers that is powered by microcurrents and biomedical technology that is able to understand the body’s nervous and electrical systems and work to manage pain, improve muscle performance, and speed up recovery! All you have to do is stick it on the area that is in pain and the Pod goes to work! If this isn’t the future of healing, we don’t know what is.

Phillips Centrifugal Juicer

Are you getting enough fiber? Would you even know where to start if you weren’t? A good juicer can take the guessing out for you; welcome the Phillips Juicer! This gift comes complete with FiberBoost technology, which will allow you to switch the texture of your juice. The creamier the juice, the more the fiber (up to 50% more). This juicer is also super easy to clean, making it more likely for you to actually use it and not leave it on your kitchen shelf!

Nokia Thermo

Getting your temperature taken has never been easier. With the Nokia Thermo, all that’s necessary to get an accurate reading is to swipe the Thermo across your forehead and the device reads your temperature from your temporal artery.

Apple Watch

When Apple set out to change the face of personal technology, we don’t know if they had your workouts in mind, but they certainly have changed the way we track our physical activity. The Apple Watch is so high-tech, it can track your calories burned based on the type of workout you’re doing, your heart rate, age, and weight. Doing high-intensity interval training? Apple knows. Swimming a few laps in an outdoor pool? Apple knows! It also has the ability to keep track of your activity day after day, year over year, sending you motivating and encouraging messages to “close your rings!” along the way. Just slap on your watch and literally watch the burned calories add up!

While no device can make you healthy by itself, having high-tech toys to help you along the way can provide motivation. So, after stocking up on these gadgets, let there be no more excuses – get out and get moving!

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22/Feb/2019

Across the nation, sport related injuries are on the rise—and they can contribute to many factors. The physical stress is often too much for the growing bodies of young athletes and wearing the proper safety gear isn’t always enforced. And this just scratches the surface.

Studies have now connected concussions to prolonged participation in football. The condition known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE, has led to life-altering physical and mental conditions for many prominent professional athletes. Although sports leagues and schools have sparked nationwide campaigns to help encourage safety in sports at all ages. And though sport related injuries are now on high alert, dangers of suffering injuries are no less alarming. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reported the following:

1.) Football accounted for 1, 0240,022 doctor office, emergency room, and hospital visits

2.) Soccer accounted for 368,726 injuries

3.) Cheerleading caused 75,307 injuries

4.) Gymnastics contributed to 67,542 injuries

This is why parents must get involved to keep young athletes safe, in addition to efforts from programs such as Heads Up Football and our very own, here at Laredo Emergency Room. The following are some simple ways you can help protect your child from injuries:

  • 1.) Heart Screenings – Unfortunately, a life of sports is not meant for everyone, especially those of us with heart conditions. It’s never easy to take away something they love, but sometimes that’s the best way to protect our loved ones.
  • 2.) Stretching and Warming Up – To help prepare their body for exercise, make sure they loosen their joints and increase their blood flow by stretching. Encourage them to gently prepare for physical activity by warming up.
  • 3.) Playing with Kids Their Age – Your child can be as large as an older kid and still not as physically mature. Letting them play with them may be too big of a risk and literal hit to take.
  • 4.) Avoiding Excessive Fatigue – Some schools of thought have suggested fatigue contributes to sports-related injuries. Until the cause and correlation are clear, we should not let our children over-extend themselves.
  • 5.) Buying the Right Shoes – Running routes on wet grass in sneakers is an injury waiting to happen. Investing in the right shoes can help keep them out of our ER and on the playing field!
  • 6.) Staying Hydrated – Losing just 1% of their body’s water content can increase the likelihood of injury.
  • 7.) Avoiding Playing while Injured – When not under profession sports contract, playing injured should be out of the question. Let them heel before they get back on the field.
  • 8.) Watching Their Temperature – Combining sports with temperatures in the upper 90’s too 100’s can equal a heat stroke. In the summer, at its hottest, young athletes face the most significant risk.
  • 9.) Consuming Nutritious Foods – Sports injuries can often be a sign of nutritional imbalances. Help avoid the problem by preparing pre-workout-foods that have a healthy balance of proteins, carbs, and calories.
  • 10.) Joining a Team Sport – Youth sports participation can not only help improve your child’s health and physical fitness, but can also boost their self-esteem, and improve their leadership skills!

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22/Feb/2019

Here’s the good news: the rate at which American men are getting prostate cancer has been undergoing a fairly steady (and significant) decline for years  according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the bad news is that prostate cancer is still the second most common cancer in American men. This makes having a basic understanding about the disease, as well as your personal risk factors for getting it, as important as ever for men.

The prostate sits just below a man’s bladder, in front of the rectum, and surrounds the urethra. While its normal size is about that of a marble, it tends to grow as a man advances in age, which can put pressure along the urethra, affecting the flow of urine. Enlarging of the prostate is a relatively common occurrence, but, unfortunately, the symptoms of prostate cancer can be mistaken for the symptoms of an enlarged prostate. Therefore, it’s critical to see your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • A frequent urge to urinate, especially at night
  • Difficulty controlling the flow of urine
  • A weak, interrupted urine flow
  • Pain during urination or ejaculation
  • Difficulty in getting or maintaining an erection
  • Blood in urine or semen
  • Pain or pressure in the rectum, lower back, hips, or thighs

Again, the problem with this list of symptoms is that it is eerily similar to those of other conditions, such as an enlarged prostate – which causes many men a great deal of discomfort, but for which many men may also procrastinate seeking treatment… a delay that can be deadly when we’re talking about something as serious as cancer.

(By the way, at Laredo Emergency Room, we do treat men who have experienced medical emergencies associated with enlarged prostates, and we can tell you that seeing your doctor sooner rather than later is best, even if you don’t suspect cancer as the culprit.)

 

When the above symptoms indicate the presence of cancerous tumors, it usually means the cancer is more advanced and more difficult to treat. That means screenings are essential to your men’s health routine – and can find the cancer before you experience significant symptoms. Laredo Emergency Room physicians advise our patients without symptoms to have prostate screening done yearly beginning at age 40 if you have a family history of prostate cancer, age 45 if you are African American, and by age 50 for everyone else.

 

To be screened for prostate cancer, you need only have a simple blood test called a PSA test, which measures the level of protein produced by the prostate. Some physicians will conduct a rectal exam in addition to a PSA test. Elevated PSA levels may prompt your doctor to ask you to undergo further testing.

 

When screening is this easy, it’s hard to understand why so many men put it off … so Laredo Emergency Room urges you to take control of your health and talk to your doctor – especially if you have any symptoms. Taking a little bit of time out of your busy schedule once a year as your doctor recommends can save your life.

 

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22/Feb/2019

We all know that the month of July is a time for fun in the sun! Many of us are flocking to vacations, pool parties, camping trips and sporting events that will occupy a large part of our time during the warmer months. These activities can be exciting, but they can often take a dangerous turn if we are not thinking about our exposure to the elements – Heat Exhaustion can strike without notice or warning, and quickly turn to the more deadly Heatstroke without treatment.

The CDC tells us that heat-related illness kills up to 600 people every year in the US alone, but we can easily avoided it if we can recognize the risk. Obvious risk factors like time of day and activity level do play a major role in the onset of heat-related illnesses, but there are other contributors that may not be as easily noticeable. Some important factors to recognize are:

1.)Using prescription medication – The elderly are especially susceptible to heat-related illness due in large part to the use of medications that are used to treat heart conditions, blood pressure or urinary problems. If you are out and about on a hot day with your grandparents or other older friends, be sure that they are properly hydrated, shaded and have frequent breaks from activity.

2.)Alcohol use – It’s safe to say that people who are on vacation or at a backyard party are usually not thinking about the risk of sun exposure as their first concern, especially once someone has had a few drinks, protection from the sun may be an afterthought. For those times this summer when the only thing on your mind is having a good time, be sure that sunscreen, shade, and hydration come first!

3.)Being overweight or obese – anyone carrying more weight can be prone to overheating quickly. As the body is expending more energy to move, it also cannot process the heat it’s taking on through thicker bodily layers. This combination can be a fast track to heat-induced issues for people who are overweight.

We know that recognizing risk factors is half the battle when it comes to fighting heat-related illness, but the other half is being able to identify heat exhaustion and heatstroke in time to avoid permanent physical consequences.

 

Heat Exhaustion

 

Heat Exhaustion can be thought of as the precursor to Heatstroke, and though it is less serious, treatment should be rendered immediately if you see someone displaying symptoms.  Identifiable symptoms of heat exhaustion are:

  • Muscle cramping
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Excessive sweating
  • Cold, clammy skin
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Headache

 

The best treatment for Heat Exhaustion is to help that person to cool themselves and lower their body temperature. A person suffering from mild Heat Exhaustion can recover if they take the steps rest and thoroughly rehydrate – move into the shade, remove excess clothing, drink water or a sports drink, and run cold water over the skin if it’s available. If the symptoms do not improve within an hour, it’s time to call a doctor.

 

Heatstroke

 

After the stages of Heat Exhaustion progress, we are now dealing with the most dangerous heat-related illness: Heatstroke, and it can be deadly. Heatstroke can cause damage to nearly every major bodily system if not treated immediately. Recognizable symptoms of Heatstroke include:

  • Hot, dry skin (this person is no longer sweating)
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Confusion
  • Slurred speech
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures

 

It is vitally important that anyone who is suffering from Heatstroke seek emergency medical attention immediately because as we mentioned before, permanent damage to the body and its functions can occur very quickly.

 

The bottom line for fun in the sun: if you’re going to be out in it, be prepared! Pack sunscreen, shady hats, and plenty of fluids. The risk of Heat-related illnesses can definitely be scary, but with awareness and knowledge, you can enjoy your summer fun knowing that you’re ready to handle the heat!

 

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22/Feb/2019

Studies have found that people have the potential to be their happiest in their 50s. If you are in your 50s with many of life’s challenges well behind you, you may agree. Perhaps you have a little more free time – more time to focus on what fulfills you. More time to find new interests. More freedom and flexibility.

 

However, your 50s can also be a time of some physical decline for those not staying vigilant about their health. A slower pace of life can also induce boredom and even depression. Physical aches and other medical conditions can begin to show up, seemingly out of nowhere, leaving you with a feeling of hopeless.

 

On the other hand, there is good news! In your 50s, you are still young enough to stay fit – or even to get fit if you aren’t already. And you are also young enough to learn new habits, adopt new ways of thinking, and adapt to new lifestyle changes that will leave you happier than ever – like these:

 

  • Eating smarter – Including more healthy fats, like those found in salmon, almonds, and avocados, has been shown to improve heart health. Eating more fruits and vegetables, fortified cereals, and other sources of whole grains, are great choices for bodies with slower metabolisms. Be sure to drink your milk, too – or find calcium in other foods like low-fat cheeses.
  • Exercise – It’s never too late to start the latest exercise craze – or to return to a sport you loved in your youth. Regular exercise can help reduce your risk of memory problems later in life, keep your joints strong and flexible, and lower your risk of heart problems and cancer. Whether you enjoy a brisk walk, a jog in the park, yoga, or even weight lifting, exercise is great at any age – and using technology to track your progress is a great way to stay on track and accountable to yourself. Smartphone apps and wearable gadgets abound and can help you improve your health one step at a time.
  • Continue to learn – This phase of life is the perfect time to learn something new – like a musical instrument, a foreign language, a craft or technical skill, or even a new vocation that can turn you into a budding entrepreneur. Science shows us that learning actually keeps our brains healthy, in addition to making us happier people.
  • Socialize – In our 50s, many of us are starting to find ourselves with empty nests. That makes it a great time to build our social circles. Host a book or dinner club. Organize a block party. Make new friends. Even a new friend with four legs can be a great addition to your life – and pet owners have been found to have lower cholesterol and risk of heart disease. Go figure, and go adopt today!
  • Take care – Even if you aren’t the type to dutifully visit your physician’s office once every year, make it a habit in your 50s. Staying on top of your health with regular well checks in your 50s can help you identify early signs of manageable, treatable conditions – before they become debilitating.  In other words, visiting the doctor now while you are still healthy can help keep you that way for decades more to come.

 

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