The Doctors: Lost Muscle Mass & Strength Decline
By the time you’re 70, you could lose up to 1/4 of your muscle! Patricia, a 58-year-old woman, shared with The Doctors that she was an incredibly active woman until she suffered a back injury years ago. She was barely able to walk and struggled just to cook because it hurt to be on her feet for more than 15 minutes at a time. Because of that, she lost muscle mass, and while she’s slowly recovering, she doesn’t have much of an appetite. She was hoping for advice on getting strength and muscle back.
Dr Paul Wischmeyer explained that you can lose 8% of your muscle mass for every decade you are over 40. When you’re over 70, you can begin losing 15% of your muscle mass. Getting sick or prolonged bed rest can contribute to even more muscle loss. If you lose a lot of muscle mass after a surgery or an injury, it can lead to prolonged recovery, hospital readmission, and possibly even mortality.
Decrease in muscle strength can also affect balance and affect one’s ability to perform everyday tasks like going up the stairs or getting out of a chair. To prevent muscle loss, as soon as you’re able to, get active again. Weights or resistance bands can increase muscle strength and endurance.
The Doctors: How To Recover & Build Muscle Mass
You should also soak up the sun to reap the benefits of vitamin D. Vitamin D is vital for muscle recovery, and most Americans are vitamin D deficient. It’s also necessary to eat right and add high-quality protein. Protein and amino acids contribute to muscle growth and recovery.
A nutrition shake like Ensure Enlive can help you get the protein and nutrients you need if you find that you don’t have much of an appetite. The drink also supports bone, heart, immune, and digestive health.
The Doctors: Fruits & Vegetables Trigger Allergy Symptoms
Next, The Doctors explained that for those who are allergic to specific types of pollen, eating certain fruits and vegetables could trigger allergy symptoms. It’s known as Oral Allergy Syndrome. If you have an allergy to ragweed pollen, you may want to steer clear of honey, banana, melon, chamomile tea, and sunflower seeds. If you have an allergy to grass pollen, look out for melon, orange, tomatoes, and watermelon. It’s okay to indulge, just be aware!
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The Doctors: Atrial Fibrillation & Dementia From Warfarin
The Heart Rhythm Society estimates that 3 million people in the U.S. have atrial fibrillation or a-fib. For most, the common arrhythmia isn’t life-threatening, but if untreated, can cause blood clots to form in the heart. At a San Francisco meeting for the society, new research will be presented showing how a-fib patients may have an increased risk of developing dementia, linked to the clot-preventing drug warfarin. The lead doctor in the study believes the drug may affect blood flow to the brain and that a-fib patients “need regular blood test to make sure their warfarin levels are in therapeutic range.”
The Doctors: Lupus L.A. Fundraiser
Lupus L.A. raised over $400,000 at the 2016 fundraiser titled A Night of Superheroes. Many of the stars who attended shared their personal connection to the disease that can damage any part of the body. Creed star Michael B Jordan has seen first-hand what the disease can do, because his mother was diagnosed years ago.
The Doctors: Prevent Green Mark From Jewelry
Before the end of the show, Dr Travis Stork revealed a neat trick to help you avoid that unsightly green ring your jewelry can sometimes leave behind. Simply apply a coat of clear nail polish to the inside of your ring and let it dry, then wear it as usual. The polish provides a barrier to prevent the coloring!