Health Signals

Learn about normal signs of aging and when there may be cause for concern.

Shingles: A Legacy of Chicken Pox

Posted by on Mar 4, 2013 in Health Signals | 0 comments

“Shingles” is a painful, blistering rash experienced by about 130,000 Canadians every year. Your risk of having an episode of shingles increases after age 50, but the majority of people experiencing shingles are 60 or older. Here are the ABC’s of shingles:   What are the symptoms of shingles? Shingles symptoms begin with headache, fever and the chills, and upset stomach. These often occur before the rash appears. Usually the rash occurs on one side of the trunk of the body but can also erupt on the buttocks, neck, face and scalp. The rash produces painful, reddish, fluid-filled...

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Health Risks & Family History

Posted by on Nov 18, 2012 in Health Signals | 0 comments

We don’t choose our blood relatives but, in some cases, our future health may depend on knowing more about them! Our genetic make-up may increase our risk or pre-dispose us to developing chronic conditions or diseases. Knowing our family’s health history may help us take steps today to prolong both our years of life…and add life to our years!   Lifestyle choices have a major effect on our health, but tuning into our family health history helps us know our risk of developing chronic conditions like heart disease, stroke, diabetes or cancer. Identifying these risks early on...

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Health Product Buzzwords: Buyer Beware

Posted by on Mar 1, 2011 in Health Signals, Safety Concerns | 0 comments

More people than ever are looking for “health foods” and dietary supplements to help with chronic problems, and to take a more active role in their own health. The exploding demand for these products has spawned many new terms in the media. But what do these buzzwords actually mean? “Organic” means that no synthetic pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, bio-engineering or ionizing radiation have been used on produce. Organic meat comes from animals that were not given antibiotics or synthetic growth regulators. Producers who market “certified...

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Osteoporosis and Bone Health

Posted by on Mar 1, 2011 in Health Signals | 0 comments

 According to Osteoporosis Canada, at least 1.4 million Canadians over the age of 50 – one in four women and one in eight men  – suffer from this disease. What is osteoporosis? This disease has been called the “silent thief” because you may not experience any symptoms until a fracture occurs. Literally meaning “porous bones”, osteoporosis is a disease in which bones lose density, becoming more porous and therefore more fragile. What are the risks? More porous bones can lead to increased risk of fractures, especially of the hip, spine and wrist. Of the more than 25,000 hip fractures reported...

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Dental Health May Slow Aging

Posted by on Mar 1, 2011 in Health Signals | 0 comments

Flossing our teeth is a simple habit, costing next to no time, money or effort, that can add years to our life.  According to www.realage.com, brushing and daily flossing can reduce your “biological” age by as much as 6.4 years – and possibly extend your lifespan by that amount. Gum disease is the most common “infectious disease” in the world. Seven out of ten Canadians will develop gum disease sometime in their lives. Sore, swollen gums and bleeding are among the first symptoms. In advanced stages, receding gums and even tooth loss can follow.  There may even...

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Dementia or Normal Aging?

Posted by on Mar 1, 2011 in Health Signals | 0 comments

Worried about an elderly person’s behaviour change? How do you distinguish between normal memory changes that occur with aging – and the more serious possibility of dementia, such as Alzheimer Disease?  A few things to watch for: Forgetting things – including peoples’ names and events – is more common as we grow older. But forgetfulness together with confusion could be a warning sign of more serious problems. And forgetting names of family members or familiar places is not an expected change. Here are some other warning signs: Doing or saying the same things...

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