AUDIBEL PROMOTES HEARING HEALTH

According to hearing health providers, nearly one in five Americans age 12 years and older – 48 million people – experience hearing loss severe enough to hinder communication. Hearing loss is the third most prevalent age-related disability in adults age 75 years plus, following arthritis and hypertension. Only 5 percent of hearing loss in adults can be improved medically or surgically. The vast majority of Americans with hearing loss are treated with hearing aids.

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TAKING CARE OF YOUR AGING SKIN

As you age, you may notice wrinkles and brown spots on your skin. Aging makes skin more prone to dryness. Your skin also becomes thinner and loses fat, making it less plump and smooth. Cuts and bruises might take longer to heal. How skin ages will depend on several factors: your heredity, lifestyle, diet and other personal habits, such as smoking. Sunlight is another major cause of skin aging.

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A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP IS GOOD FOR SENIOR HEALTH

For some seniors,getting a good night’s sleep is an everyday challenge. Some sleep specialists recommend seniors sleep about seven and a half hours on average, while others say seniors need to get as much sleep as they always have to function at their best. The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) convened experts from the fields of sleep research, anatomy and physiology as well as pediatrics, neurology and gerontology to reach a consensus from the broadest range of scientific disciplines.

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IT PAYS TO KNOW PROSTATE CANCER SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

grown large enough to put pressure on the urethra or the tumor grows into surrounding tissues and organs. Because of the proximity of the prostate gland in relation to the bladder and urethra, prostate cancer may be accompanied by a variety of urinary symptoms. Depending on its size and location, a tumor may be pressing on and constricting the urethra, inhibiting the urine flow. Some prostate cancer signs related to urination include trouble starting or difficulty urinating; stopping while urinating; pain or burning during urination; frequent urge to urinate at night; blood in the urine (hematuria); loss of bladder control; and decreased flow or velocity of the urine stream.


Other symptoms include painful ejaculation; blood in the semen; erectile dysfunction; swelling in the legs or pelvic area; and bone pain that doesn’t go away. Late signs and symptoms of prostate cancer, which occur as the cancer grows or spreads to other parts of the body, include weight loss, fatigue, nausea or vomiting and anemia.


To diagnose prostate cancer, your doctor may do a digital rectal exam (DRE) to feel the prostate for lumps or anything unusual. Blood tests for prostate specific

The prostate is a walnut-sized gland that is part of the male reproductive system. It is located beneath the bladder and in front of the rectum. Male hormones called androgens stimulate the activity and growth of the prostate.


Many men’s prostates get larger as they grow older due to a non-cancerous condition called prostate enlargement or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Prostate cancer is the most common malignancy (besides skin cancer) diagnosed in men. Nearly 1.1 million men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year around the world. It affects one in seven men in America.


The risk factors for prostate cancer include being over 65 years old – the older a man gets, the more likely he will develop prostate cancer. Your risk of prostate cancer is higher if you have a family history of it. Prostate cancer is more common among African-American men as compared to Asian/ Pacific Islanders and Native American and Native Alaskan men.


The American Cancer Society recommends men make an informed decision with their doctors about whether to be tested for prostate cancer beginning at age 50 years. Prostate cancer may not cause any signs or symptoms in its early stages because it is a slow-growing cancer. The symptoms do not appear until the cancer has

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antigens (PSA) are also used in prostate cancer screening. Treatment depends on the stage of the cancer and how fast it grows. Options include watchful waiting, surgery, radiation therapy, hormone therapy and chemotherapy.


To reduce your risk of prostate cancer, try eating soy products such as soy beans and tofu; tomatoes and food containing tomato sauce; vegetables such as cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli; fish such as salmon and sardines; walnuts; and flaxseed. Leading a healthy lifestyle can also help you reduce your risk.


Sources and Resources


•  American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org)

•  Cancer Treatment Centers of America (www.cancercenter.com)

•  MedLine Plus (www.medlineplus.gov)

•  Prostate Cancer Treatment Research Foundation (www.pctrf.org)