The Wellness Letter delivers practical, evidence-based coverage of the news about preventive medicine, self-care, nutrition, fitness, and mental well-being in clear, engaging, easy-to-read language. Our editors at the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley constantly review the latest research to clarify often-conflicting and superficial media reports and give you the edge in your quest to live the best life you can.
Each issue of Health After 50 is packed with the latest cutting-edge health news on both general health topics such as nutrition and weight control, and chronic illnesses such as COPD and dementia. Choose between Print, Digital or Print + Digital and receive access to the full archives!
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The more you know about arthritis, the more you will understand the rationale behind the treatment, and the better prepared you will be to participate in your own arthritis management.
That’s why the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health has engaged one of the leading arthritis experts to bring you the 2019 Arthritis White Paper.
The 2019 Back Pain and Osteoporosis White Paper is designed to keep you fully informed and up-to-the-minute on new developments in the diagnosis and treatment of back pain and osteoporosis.
Medical experts tackle all common types of back problems ranging from simple muscle spasms to disc herniation, spinal stenosis and collapsed verterbral bodies. They also address osteoporosis, a common cause of spine and hip fractures; and more.
You will explore the causes and diagnostic techniques, learn about preventive steps that can spare you from considerable pain and examine the latest treatments, including drug and surgical options. This White Paper will help guide you in working with your doctor to make informed medical decisions about back pain and osteoporosis.
More progress is being made in controlling cholesterol—and reducing the incidence of coronary artery disease—than at any time in U.S. history! There has been so much research in this area that major guidelines for managing cholesterol released only a few years ago have already been updated with new advice about certain cholesterol-lowering medications.
All the important advances in cholesterol research that you need to know about are collected—and condensed in the 2019 Controlling Your Cholesterol Wellness Report from the University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter.
The more you know about managing your heart condition, the better prepared you will be to deal with the symptoms. Learning as much as possible about the causes, effects and treatments for heart disease is the first step toward living a full life without the pain and physical limitations that often accompany Coronary Heart Disease (CHD).
In your copy of the 2019 Coronary Heart Disease White Paper, you’ll receive a thorough overview of what the medical field knows about CHD: the causes, symptoms, diagnostic tests and procedures, treatment options and heart-smart lifestyle choices to help you maintain optimal wellness despite your CHD.
When your emotions cloud your outlook, interfere with your relationships or affect the way you sleep at night and function during the day, you may be suffering from depression or an anxiety disorder.
Physicians have achieved stunning success managing these life-altering conditions, and their latest findings can be shared with you right now.
The focus of the 2019 Depression and Anxiety White Paper is on understanding and successfully coping with the most common mood and anxiety disorders.
The lessons of the last decade are clear: Effective management of diabetes in the early stages is the best way to prevent or minimize future complications. People with prediabetes can prevent their condition from worsening, while those who have been diagnosed with diabetes have effective ways to monitor their condition and control their blood glucose levels.
In the 2019 Diabetes White Paper, a leading expert reports on the latest diabetes treatment strategies and explores recent research on diet and lifestyle and the newest advancements in treating type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
With thousands of different dietary supplements to choose from no one person can keep up with all the new developments in nutritional therapies. That’s where the 2019 Dietary Supplements Wellness Report can help save you time and money while improving your health. Our experts tell you exactly what you need to know about the particular dietary supplement you’re thinking of taking … plus, how to apply key research findings to improving and maintaining your own health.
Symptoms related to digestive disorders can be alleviated, and often completely eliminated, with the right combination of medication, dietary changes, exercise, weight loss, stress reduction and surgery.
In the 2019 Digestive Disorders White Paper, you will discover exciting advances and the most useful, current information to help you prevent or treat conditions affecting the digestive tract.
You’ll find a thorough overview of what the medical field knows about upper and lower digestive tract disorders (including everything from gastroesophageal reflux disease [GERD] to peptic ulcers, and irritable bowel syndrome to colorectal polyps and conditions that affect the liver, gallbladder and pancreas.
Eating healthy can pay big dividends—in improved health, increased vitality, and greater longevity—to men and women who are choosy and deliberate about what they pile onto their plates. But it’s not simply a matter of will power.
Learn how to shop, cook, and serve balanced, nutritious meals in the 2019 Eating for Optimal Health Wellness Report—an authoritative, absolutely current resource you can turn to for evidence-based guidance.
If you’re like most people over age 50, having a heart attack is probably one of your major health concerns—and understandably so. Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in Americans. As a result, you might think that heart attacks are an inevitable part of growing older. But there’s nothing inevitable about them at all.
In fact, heart attacks are highly preventable. Regardless of your gender or age, you can dramatically reduce your chances of having a heart attack by incorporating into your everyday life the information you’ll find in the 2019 Heart Attack Prevention White Paper.
If you have hypertension (high blood pressure), you have one of the most prevalent disorders in the United States. About 20 percent of people with hypertension don’t even know they have it. That’s because hypertension is a “silent disease” and usually gives few or no warning signs before it erupts with major complications such as a stroke.
Avoiding hypertension or detecting it early can dramatically reduce your risk of stroke, heart attack and kidney disease. Fortunately, in most cases, the condition can be easily detected and is usually controlled with a combination of diet, exercise and medication.
The 2019 Hypertension and Stroke White Paper provides you with valuable insights on managing hypertension and preventing stroke.
In the 2019 Lung Disorders White Paper, you will discover exciting advances and the most useful, current information to help you prevent or treat conditions affecting your lungs. Asthma, Bronchitis, COPD, Emphysema, Influenza, Emphysema, Interstitial Lung Disease, Lung Cancer. You will learn how to prevent these diseases and, when symptoms arise, the best ways for you to work with your doctor to diagnose and treat them.
If you’re over 40 and you haven’t noticed a change in your mental alertness and memory, you-unfortunately-are likely to sooner than you think.
Not a pleasant picture. But now there’s hope—and good news—regarding memory and aging!
It’s all detailed in the 2019 Memory White Paper. This is essential reading for any man or woman looking to maintain optimal cognitive mental health throughout his or her lifetime.
Your no-nonsense guide to staying well. You can turn to this resource for the latest evidence-based guidance on how you can live a longer, more active, healthier life.
You might think that dietary changes made later in life will have little effect on your health. But changing dietary habits and losing weight in middle or even old age can significantly improve how you feel and can decrease your risk of chronic diseases.
To help you in your quest for a healthier lifestyle, leading nutrition and weight control authorities have joined together to bring you the 2019 Nutrition and Weight Control White Paper.
The 2019 Prostate Disorders White Paper is designed to help you become better informed and better prepared to deal with whatever prostate problem you may have now, or may develop in the future.
This unique and informative publication is published as a means of sharing everything we know about conditions of the prostate in significant depth, yet in layman’s language.
Prostate disorders experts and doctors review the major medical journals, clinical trials and research studies, and bring this cutting-edge health information straight to you.
Most of us take our vision for granted until we develop a disorder like cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or diabetic retinopathy. It’s important to realize that early detection of disease is essential.
Fortunately, if you have one of these eye disorders and are treated early enough, the progression of disease often can be slowed or even halted, helping you return to daily activities such as driving, grocery shopping, reading and performing household tasks. Get the facts you need NOW to prevent vision loss, and learn about the most current and effective treatments for common eye disorders.
The guide to keep you on the leading edge of women’s health. An authoritative resource—from one of the world’s most respected public health institutions—that you can turn to for evidence-based guidance on how women can live longer, more active, and healthier lives.
If you have been diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation it’s critically important to learn everything you can now—so you can partner with your doctor effectively, ask the right questions and understand the answers.
That’s why the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health has engaged a team of top atrial fibrillation experts, Dr. Hugh Calkins, Dr. Ronald Berger, Dr. Gregory Marcus and Dr. Pate D Thomson, to bring you Atrial Fibrillation: The Latest Management Strategies. This authoritative Special Health Report contains vital information you won’t find in any other single source. Get straightforward answers to your questions about living with atrial fibrillation—the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia—with expert medical guidance on the newest treatments, based on recently updated clinical practice guidelines.
If you’re a caregiver, you know first-hand what it’s like: Getting swept up in a flurry of tasks—bathing, shopping, cooking, feeding, making arrangements for medical care, managing behavioral problems, making decisions for the ill person that you have never had to consider before—while simultaneously trying to cope with your own anxieties and fears. It’s an extremely hard job—and often it feels like you’re in it alone. But you’re not.
That’s why we asked two world-renowned Alzheimer’s specialists—Dr. Peter Rabins and Dr. Ann Morrison—to write this practical, no-nonsense guide, Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s Disease: A Guide for the Home Caregiver. It’s a frank and intimate conversation on caring for the dementia patient.
Knowledge is key when it comes to treating prostate cancer successfully. Prostate cancer is unusual in that there is NO CONSENSUS among doctors about the best treatment for prostate cancer—or even, in many cases, whether any type of treatment at all is necessary.
In Choosing The Right Treatment For Prostate Cancer, you will learn about each one of your treatment options, its pros and cons, and what factors in your own test results and personal circumstances would indicate choosing one prostate cancer treatment over another, and which is likely to help you achieve the best outcome.
If you’re concerned because you’ve experienced recurring “senior moments” … if you have any history of AD or related memory disorders in your family … if a loved one has been showing signs of memory loss that concern you … if you are caring for someone recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and are wondering about a new drug or therapy … Then it’s critically important to learn everything you can about this devastating disease now so you can make informed decisions about getting the correct diagnosis and treatment—so you can partner with your doctor effectively, ask the right questions, and understand the answers. In Diagnosing and Treating Alzheimer’s Disease, you’ll learn how AD is currently diagnosed … the existing drugs that are used to treat it … and various new therapies that may some day provide better treatment. You’ll learn answers to key Alzheimer’s Disease questions.
Your eyesight is a precious gift that should last a lifetime. Unfortunately, for many people with glaucoma, the loss of vision is a very real threat. If you have glaucoma, our new report Glaucoma: Preserving Vision is written for you. This new Report will give you the information you need to make informed treatment decisions that could save your sight. You’ll find straightforward, informed answers to your most important questions about managing glaucoma, a condition that affects an estimated 3 million Americans.
Following prostate surgery, men can confront another potentially more troubling complication: urinary incontinence. The good news is that most incontinence is temporary. However, for some men it persists and will continue to persist unless you take the right steps to treat this condition, which if left untreated can lead to embarrassment and even social withdrawal. Whether you are already experiencing incontinence symptoms or you are a candidate for prostate cancer surgery and would like to take steps to reduce the risk of incontinence Managing Urinary Incontinence After Prostate Cancer Surgery provides the information you need.
There are steps you can take, RIGHT NOW, to lower your risk of getting cancer. Preventing Cancer puts the risks into perspective. It details lifestyle changes you can start today to help you reduce your risk of cancer in the future. It also tells you what you need to know about the screening tests that can help prevent cancer or increase the likelihood a tumor will be detected early, when it is most treatable. The report details 12 essential lifestyle recommendations to help you reduce your risk of cancer—providing data, research and bottom-line advice on each.
Presenting the latest thinking on restoring sexual intimacy after radical prostatectomy, plus answers to dozens of questions from patients on sexuality and prostate cancer.
This Special Report on Sleep is full of practical, up-to-date help for how you can get a good, restful night of sleep. And even if you’re already a restful sleeper, The ABCs of Sleep will help you learn more about sleep to help you stay that way.
Interest in vitamin D has increased tremendously over the past decade. Some experts have gone so far as to proclaim that the world is currently in the midst of a Vitamin D revolution. And while there is no question that vitamin D is an essential nutrient—and its role in bone health is well established—there are still so many unanswered questions. The Benefits of Vitamin D: Bone Health & Beyond looks at the latest research and current thinking on the Vitamin D revolution. Drawing on analysis and guidance from leading vitamin D researchers and health organizations—the Endocrine Society, the Canadian Cancer Society, the National Osteoporosis Society and others—The Benefits of Vitamin D: Bone Health & Beyond consolidates the research, providing page after page of provocative argument and debate.
Presenting the latest thinking on managing benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) … plus answers to dozens of questions from patients like you. This authoritative 70-page special health report contains vital information you won’t find anywhere else – information you need so you can make the best-informed decisions possible about your future treatment.
A healthy mind goes with a healthy body. Of course, the reverse is also true: A healthy body goes with a healthy mind. It’s a virtuous circle that’s worth encouraging. It’s not easy to change personality traits or your outlook on life. But you might have more control over your well-being than you realize. We invite to learn more about our new Special Report, The Science of Happiness, and join John Edward Swartzberg, MD and the editors of the Wellness Letter as we explore some of the fascinating research on emotional health, the harmful effects of anger, the benefits of mind-body exercise, how to boost your sense of well-being, and, yes, even the advantages of certain types of stress. Written in easy-to-understand layman’s language, this report on happiness explores many key issues related to emotional well-being. Learn more.
The key to navigating the supermarket is to keep healthy eating in mind in every aisle. And that’s where we can help.
The Wellness Supermarket Buying Guide takes the nutrition expertise of the Wellness Letter and makes it actionable—from the moment you first step into a store to do your grocery shopping. It will help you make the best choices from among the dizzying array of options you face. You’ll find advice on how to select foods that are healthier and more environmentally friendly—and on how to get out of the store faster and with more money left in your pocket.
If you have chronic bronchitis or emphysema, Treating and Managing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is written for you. It’s critically important to learn everything you can about your condition so you can make informed decisions about your treatment—so you can partner with your doctor effectively, ask the right questions, and understand the answers. This authoritative 79-page report contains vital information you won’t find in any other single source. Armed with this knowledge, you can work closely with your doctor to breathe easier, minimize restrictions, and maximize to whatever extent possible the quality of your life.
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