The Link Between Hearing Loss and Dementia

Memory loss and hearing loss, long assumed to be just more consequences of aging, now may be linked, according to recent research. Studies have shown that among those over 60, hearing loss accounted for over one-third of the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s. The two also have many symptoms in common, such as:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Increased distrust of others’ motives
  • Problems talking and understand others
  • Inappropriate responses to social cues
  • Feelings of isolation
  • Lower scores on tests of mental function
  • Denial
  • Defensiveness or negativity

The link between hearing loss and memory loss may be hidden in our brains. When we hear, sound travels into the ear and stimulates small hair cells. These cells then trigger electrical impulses to travel along nerves to the brain stem and then to the temporal lobe- just above the hear. All in all, the temporal cortex, occipital cortex, posterior parietal cortex, and brain stem all have a hand in our ability to hear a sound and perceive its location.

Hearing loss can also have a negative impact on the brain’s activity. Age or exposure to loud voices can make small hair cells disappear, which then makes it harder to capture sound. If you hear less sound, your nerves become less active and in turn, your brain becomes less active as well. An inactive brain can lead to nerve cell death, tissue loss throughout the brain, and decreased functioning.

 

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If you or one of your loved ones are experiencing any of the symptoms discussed above, ask your doctor about getting tested for hearing loss. Several encouraging studies have shown that patients with Alzheimer’s improved their ability to understand and communicate after being fitted with hearing aids.

 

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Skincare for Diabetics

While many diabetics expect the dietary changes that diabetes leads to, what many diabetics don’t expect is how diabetes can affect skin. As many as one-third of people with diabetes will have a skin disorder caused or affected by diabetes at some point in their lives; luckily, many of these skin issues can be prevented with basic skincare techniques.

 

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Diabetics tend to develop skin conditions as a result of high glucose levels, weakened immune systems, weakened blood flow, and occasionally, insulin usage. For example, high glucose levels can lead to dry skin, which can then lead to itching, cracking, and rashes. A weakened immune system can cause bacterial or fungal infections, and weakened blood flow can make it difficult to heal from wounds. Insulin usage can lead to rosacea, or, in rare occasions, yellow skin.

To avoid these potential skin disorders, diabetics can employ proper skincare as a preventative measure. Diabetics should bathe with mild soap and warm water daily, moisturizing afterwards to avoid excess dryness and avoiding long, hot showers, which can also lead to dryness. Keep your home more humid during winter, when the air is drier, and moisturize regularly during cold, windy winter weather and after washing hands. Keep your blood pressure and glucose levels controlled, and include foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids (like salmon) in your diet to nourish and strengthen your skin.

Diabetics may want to create a first aid kit for skin to keep on hand in their homes. This kit can include antibacterial ointment, clean petroleum jelly, gauze pads, hypoallergenic tape, cleansing towelettes, and Coban self-adherent elastic wrap.

Diabetics should also be wary of potential foot problems, such as blisters, cracked feet, infections, and skin conditions caused by a lack of circulation or diabetic nerve damage. Diabetics can prevent foot problems by wearing shoe inserts to maintain their foot shape, as well as examining their feet daily to prevent any damage. Finally, diabetics should see their doctor at least once a year for a foot examination that focuses on circulation and sensation.

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Modish and inexpensive varicose veins treatment through compression stockings

Compression therapy is usually the initial approach and an inexpensive way  to help treat varicose veins. The use of medi compression stockings helps reduce venous pressure, move blood more efficiently through your legs, relieves heaviness, swelling and aching legs.

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Compression stockings apply pressure in a gradient fashion- highest around the ankle with less pressure as they go up the leg.  They come in various designs, sizes, series, lengths and strengths measured by mmHg (unit of pressure). It is advisable to get a doctor’s prescription for the appropriate and adequate strength/pressure and size your legs need.

These stylish specially fitted elastic hose are breathable and durable. A garment that helps alleviate lower leg discomfort and can protect against further development of venous disorders.

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Heartburn and hectic lifestyle

Do you know that a hectic lifestyle and work-related stress may cause you to suffer heartburn? Medical studies have shown that a hectic way of life and stressful times lead to behaviors that can trigger heartburn as normal routines in regards to meals and exercise may not be followed and disrupted.

Heartburn is related to acid reflux disease. It is suggested that a few lifestyle changes and relaxation will significantly reduce the occurrence of acid reflux symptoms.  Moreover, doctors prescribe proton-pump inhibitors, whose main action is a pronounced and long-lasting reduction of gastric acid production like Dexilant for its treatment. According to studies dexilant side effects had a low occurrence and the most common side effects such as diarrhea, stomach pain, nausea, common cold, vomiting, and gas affected a low percentage of patients taking the drug.  Yet it is advisable for heartburn sufferers to consult a doctor before taking up any medication for proper diagnosis and prescription.

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