Brynna Connor MD
Estrogen helps lengthen the lifespan of osteoblasts — the cells that build new bone tissue. When women go through menopause, they produce far less estrogen, making them lose bone more quickly.
By the way, you may have heard the old adage “beer before liquor, never sicker” and “liquor before beer, you’re in the clear” but Connor says there isn’t really any truth to that advice.
Sildenafil, tadalafil, vardenafil, and avanafil are generally safe to take for most men. However, men with certain conditions should avoid these medications.
“The endocannabinoid system is widespread through the entirety of the central nervous system and peripheral regions. Like the sex steroid hormones, the endocannabinoid system regulates many physiological functions and behaviors,” said Brynna Connor, M.D.
Spending time in the sun can be great for your health. A little bit of sunlight encourages your body to make vitamin D, which is important for bone health, nerve and muscle function, and immune health. Too little vitamin D can lead to weakened bones and may be linked to conditions like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Being outside can also lower stress levels and boost mental health.
“You really have to consider what you need from your health insurance plan—and not plan for being 100% healthy all the time, even if you’re young and have been healthy previously,” adds Dr. Connor. “Illness or injuries can happen unexpectedly, so be realistic about what you need and what you can afford.”
A low-fiber/low-residue diet is a diet with the end goal of having fewer and smaller bowel movements each day and it may help calm symptoms of gastrointestinal illnesses or help prepare the body for certain medical procedures.
In young adults, the prostate is about the size of a walnut. However, it continually grows larger with age, potentially reaching the size of a lemon by the age of 60. In some cases, it may grow too large, leading to an enlarged prostate, also called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
Aging is also linked to damage. Small molecules called reactive oxygen species (ROS) can form within cells. ROS damage DNA and cells, causing a cell to age. On the other hand, antioxidants are substances that get rid of ROS, helping prevent and heal damage.
According to Dr. Connor, the most marked loss in bone mineral density occurs during the 12 months before a person’s final period and the first two years afterward.