MISSION STATEMENT: Welcome to my Blog! My goal with this blog is to inform and to inspire my sixty plus readers! You are never to old to exercise! Keep moving! All opinions, thoughts and statements are mine based on 69 years of living! Injuries and surgeries past and present will be discussed! If I recommend a product or a lifestyle change it is something that I myself have used or have experienced! All nutrients and supplements I recommend may appear to be harmless but please check with your MD! Some may interfere with your current medications! This blog will be ongoing! Posts will be made when I feel I have worthwhile opinions, thoughts and statements! I may go back and review past posts to make changes if I feel necessary! Before undertaking any exercise routine please check with your health care provider!






Friday, December 27, 2013

ANDROZENE

Androzene is another male enhancement product. I called the 800 number and after listening to  a tape that was  repeated twice I spoke to the customer service rep. I was startled at the $120.00 plus price, even if I bought three it would average about $83.00 per bottle plus high shipping costs. Many of these products that claim to increase your sexual desire, excitement and your orgasm contain similar products. I was offered  a special deal that was not offered to anybody else according to the representative. A simple return process is stated on their web site with the guidance of a customer representative. If it is so simple why the need for a customer rep? I am guessing that they try to dissuade you from returning the product. After a twenty minute conversation I ask if there were any side effects and I mentioned that I have heart disease. " Then you should not use the product" he said. I suggested that customer service reps should ask at the beginning of the conversation if the caller has any medical conditions that would preclude the use of Androzene. Please, with any of these male enhancement products if you are having any issues consult with your physician. If you don't smoke, exercise, maintain a healthy weight and eat well, you may never need a male enhancement product.

Monday, December 23, 2013

BORON

I don't recall what compelled me to post about boron. Maybe a TV ad regarding how to boost your T level.  But I feel it may be important to mention this element. It is required in trace amounts, 1-3 mg/day by our body for the absorption of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. It also increases bone strength which is excellent for baby boomers and the elderly. It also increases muscle and maybe this is where I read/heard about boron. Maybe it is a key ingredient in products that increase strength and T levels. All such products should be reviewed by your physician. My multi vitamin-mineral supplement does not contain boron. It can be found in raisins, nuts and legumes. All of which I consume.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

YOUNGER, YOUNGER AND YOUNGER

I don't need to be reminded that I am aging. I see it every morning looking into the mirror. As my dad would have said "it's better then the alternative"! I would add, as long as you maintain your health. Baby boomers, 1946-1964 have created a market that adds $$$$$ to numerous companies. Skin care, skin treatments, mini facelifts, Low T supplements, exercise videos and exercise equipment, bladder problems, ED concerns, even stair lifts are increasing the bottom line to cosmetic and drug companies, etc. My question is why are the actors in these commercials so young and getting younger? Pure marketing!

Friday, December 20, 2013

TRANS FATS

I am a label reader! I need to be, we all need to be. I have heart disease so it is more important for me to read labels. Yet, it is never to late to change for the better your fat intake. Trans Fats are considered to be the worst fat. They not only raise total cholesterol but also your LDL, the bad fat and lower your HDL, the good fat. French fries, fried chicken, processed foods such as cookies and donuts contain trans fats. The good fats are the monounsaturated and polyunsaturated contained in nuts and avocados. These good fats are necessary for proper body function. When reading labels look for "hydrogenated" or "partially hydrogenated"  these terms generally mean Trans Fats.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

VITAMIN-MINERAL SUPPLEMENTS

As mentioned in an earlier post I said that I take a vitamin - mineral supplement. Since then it has been reported that vitamin - mineral supplements may be of little benefit and possibly a waste of money. They may well be. I will continue to take them regardless of the reports. When I was younger I took a  B Complex, a vitamin E, a vitamin C and a multi mineral, each containing large doses. Today it is one pill containing much smaller doses. I also take a fish, flax, borage oil supplement every other day and a C Q10 for my heart. Although I feel that I eat healthy I may be missing something especially Vitamin D because my time in the sun is limited.

BMR / BASIC METABOLIC RATE

BMR is the amount of energy expended while being at rest. As we get older your BMR decreases. Hence our constant struggle with weight gain. Aerobic training such as running has little impact on our BMR, although it is excellent at burning calories. Weight training has a better impact at raising our BMR. Simply put: muscle is better at burning fat when you are at rest. Increasing muscle mass increases our BMR, muscle is gained by weight training.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

HAND SOAP VS ANTIBACTERIAL GEL

Recent findings have found that hand soap may be more effective then antibacterial gel. I am "old school," I will walk the extra 50 steps to use hot water and soap rather then the gel when I leave the gym. It is the very last exercise I do. Gel has it's place; I keep a bottle in my car to use when I finish pumping gas or whenever hot water and soap are not available.

Monday, December 16, 2013

#DIABETES2

Type 2 Diabetes is an ever increasing problem! The health costs of diabetes runs into the billions. I saw an ad on TV for a Type 2 Diabetes drug. The side effects were numerous and some of the side effects were dangerous. This is a disease that can be mitigated or even prevented by simple lifestyle choices. This includes losing weight/weight control, exercise, eating healthy and not smoking.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

LOSE WEIGHT AND SAVE MONEY

Not as hard as it sounds! As a matter of fact it is quite easy. Not really!  The answer: eat the suggested "serving size" ! Here are some of the "serving size" that I must contend with: 1/2 cup of ice cream. Who does that? I surely don't, it's more like 3 cups; 3 tbls of egg whites in the AM, more like 12 tbls; 6 saltine crackers with my lentil soup, more like 12-15 crackers. The lentil soup lists 2 servings per can, its the whole can for me; 7 fries, more like 15! Eating healthy is not difficult if you put your mind to it and to use the knowledge and common sense we hopefully acquired over 60 years plus. A treat once in a while is fine. The battle for me is "serving size" and portion control. 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

BIPOLAR / DEPRESSION

Something was wrong! Confused, out of touch, scared, feeling alone! I was doing last minute 2004 Christmas shopping.  Getting to my car and driving home was to be a major achievement. I contemplated calling my brother. I managed to arrive home to be with my family. Something was still wrong. I sat in my chair hoping that being with my family would mitigate what was happening to me. It didn't! I now call it the "episode" and it was not nice. It must have been frightening to my daughters and parents. I was delusional and also displayed severe OCD. My daughters remained with me and called my brother early AM who took me to the Emergency at the local hospital. The next thing I knew I was being taken to the local psychiatric hospital. I was diagnosed as Bipolar!  Although I thought I was there for several days I was told by my brother it was two weeks. I was placed on four medications, probably the reason I lost all track of time. I returned home trying to assess what had just happened. I needed to face certain business and financial issues.
Most of all I needed to face the diagnosis of  me being Bipolar. The "episode" all to often came back to my memory. Was suicide ever in my thoughts? That question was always asked by my MDs. I would tell them "no" !  Several months later I fell into a terrible depression. It lasted about two weeks and it was like nothing I  had ever experienced. By Pass surgery was easier to handle because it was physical not mental. I slept and would eat only when I was hungry, not for the enjoyment of eating and would struggle to answer the phone. I only wished to fall asleep, that was my only relief. One day I made the decision to get out of bed and go for a walk at the nearby park, I also thought that if I did not I may die in my own bed. Although my business and financial problems still existed it was my mental condition I was concerned with. I walked every day and started going to the gym which helped greatly but I also had the wonderful support and love of my brother and sister in law whom I owe my life too, the love and support of my wonderful daughters, also a network of dear friends that I will never forget.
In the interim I had to make a lot of difficult choices but as my oldest daughter would say " Dad, it's just stuff"!
It has been nine years which is hard to believe since that day in Dec. Have I been depressed since? Of course! Do I feel bipolar symptoms? Yes! The good news: I am only taking one med 2-3 times/day and 1/2 an ambiem at bed time which I plan to discontinue. Exercise has helped greatly! I do not lie in bed in the AM thinking. In my opinion the worst thing you can do. I get up early have my coffee, eat a small breakfast, watch the news and realize how fortunate I am! I surround myself with family and great friends, listen to music, and keep in touch with the friends I cannot see as often as I would like. I have a better understanding, empathy and sympathy of the issue of mental illness.


                                     


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

ANDROFEN / LOW T

I have Low T! Blood tests proved it. It affects my energy and strength and that's all. Also a shoulder condition known as " frozen shoulder" in 2007 prevented me from doing my normal workout for two years which also affected my strength. I used very light weights and hi reps as a self induced form of physical therapy. I have made slow and steady strength gains over the past two years. Although regaining the strength I had pre 2007 probably will never happen. I called the 800 number out of curiosity although I never intended to purchase the product but I did have questions. There was no service rep to talk to, only a menu, they just wanted your address to ship your trial offer that was in "limited" supply. I went online and to my surprise, not really, the intro offer was $9.95 and then every month an automatic shipment was made which would appear on your credit card for $59.40. I have been told that to cancel an auto bill  to your credit card was difficult. If I ever decide to purchase a T booster I can do it for a lot less then $59.40/mth at a local retailer. Be careful when purchasing any OTC T booster or ordering from an info commercial, if there is any predisposition in your family for prostate cancer a T booster may/could cause a problem. Plus there may be harmful side effects. I would always check with your doctor.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

FALLS / DANGER

I mentioned in my first post how being fit can help you recover from surgery, illness and falls, etc. When you reach sixty plus your chances of falling increase because of loss of leg strength and balance. A bad fall can precipitate a downward spiral. I almost fell late last night tripping over a running shoe! A touch of irony? My leg strength and balance enabled me to recover. I highly recommend simple balancing exercises and leg strength exercises.















Monday, November 11, 2013

I HAVE HEART DISEASE

I waited 12 days to post because I wanted to obtain my blood work results and my nuclear stress test results. My blood work results were very good. The numbers I was mainly concerned with was Cholesterol which was 128, HDL 43, LDL 72,  remember I take 80 mg Zocor, which is a high dosage, Triglycerides 66 and my PSA was 1.21! Many other numbers were involved which were all within normal-good range.
My stress test went very well. Almost 15 minutes on the treadmill with progressively increasing incline and speed. My angioplasty and bypass surgery was 17 seventen years ago next month. My doctor told me the average by pass lasts 10 yrs, I didn't know that piece of information. I asked him what is the longest time he has ever experienced from a bypass patient ? His answer- "17 years" !  He recommended a heart catherization to check for blockages with a possibility of another angioplasty if a problem exists. The first one 17 yrs ago failed within two months followed by bypass. "Whoa" was my response! "I feel very good, my exercise routine involves weight training, a cardio workout which could be riding the stationary bike, walking on the treadmill, hitting the heavy bag HARD, jumping rope, only for a minute or two because of my knees and swimming, does that sound like a bad heart to you"? We compromised, I will be back in four months. He wtote me a prescription for nitro glycerin which I didn't need 17 yrs ago when I had a serious blockage. I know my body better then anybody, believe me, if I feel anything out of the ordinary I will call the doctor ASAP!
I also realize that some bypass patients unfortunately resume their bad habits which may include: smoking, eating poorly and lack of exercise.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

ONIONS / HEALTH BENEFITS

I started using onioins in my single egg and egg white omelets to add flavor along with green peppers and some feta cheese. So I decided to google the health benefits of onions and I was amazed! The benefits included: fighting cancer, heart disease and diabetes.




Friday, October 11, 2013

JOINT DISCOMFORT

I went for the results yesterday of my visit to the  joint and spine center last week. Good news, bad news scenario as I suspected. Nothing atypical for a 65 yr old. Treatments began immediately!


 Treatments for my joint discomfort will consist of chiropractic, physiotherapy, and injections in my left and right knee and lower back. The injections were not a corticosteroid but a natural healing substance.  I will be having treatments until mid Feb. I was also given a back brace and knee brace to wear 2 hrs each day and an electric stimulation kit for my knee to be used 30 min each day. Will keep everybody posted!

NUCLEAR STRESS TEST

Arrived at my cardiologist office 7:15 AM  10/8 for my nuclear stress test. BP 107/72, very slow moving pics of my heart were taken, 14 mins on the treadmill with a steady increase in speed and incline to push my heart to a 140/min pace. BP and EKG were always monitored. Recovery heart beat was excellent. More pics were taken of my heart. I am presently waiting for results of the pictures which will identify any blockages, narrowing of the arteries, etc.


Nov 7th is my appt with my cardiologist to review my test results.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

SHINGLES VACCINE / FLU SHOTS

I had chicken pox so I did get the shingle vaccine!  Why? There is a high correlation between chicken pox and getting shingles as the Merck ads on TV very strongly show. The vaccine is expensive so shop around. I also saw the pain my dad was in, a Purple Heart recipient, a street kid from Brooklyn and he told me it was the worst pain he has ever experienced!

I did not get the flu vaccine! Never have. Rolling the dice? Lucky? Maybe! I eat well, take vitamins, take an aspirin a day, exercise and  most important-I am a prolific hand washer! The very last exercise I do at the gym is washing my hands with soap and hot water! I can't remember the last time I had the flu or a bad cold. Speak to your doctor! If your 60, I am 65 they will probably recommend the vaccine.

Friday, October 4, 2013

PAIN / DISCOMFORT

Please understand: When I blog about joint pain or pain in general I do so realizing there are millions and millions of people in this world suffering from major debilitating pain. My pain is more discomfort, I am still able to go to the gym and do things that many people cannot do, on a 1-10 scale with 10 being the highest degree of pain, I have never been there!

I had an appt today with a joint and spine center to help me deal with my discomfort. X-Rays were taken of my knee, thumb, wrist, lower back, elbow, and shoulder. Next Thursday I meet with DO's, DC's and PA's to determine my next course of action.






Thursday, September 26, 2013

PAIN / JOINT DISCOMFORT



I am considering going to a Joint and Spine Center that takes an integrative multi discipline approach to joint pain other then surgery and pain killers. My knee pain is my major concern. I don't need to run, a simple jog would be nice, or jumping rope if I am not able to run. I have had chronic lower back pain for years resulting from a hairline fracture in a lower vertebrae. Thumb pain from a fracture during high school wrestling, elbow pain from - who knows what, wrist pain! I suspect I will be told it is from a degenerative/arthritic process caused by the aging process.

Monday, September 23, 2013

CHEST PAIN

I had a peculiar chest discomfort all day Sat, even contemplated going to the hospital. It was not an across the chest pain, there was no pain in my arms or shoulders, no shortness of breath. I realized the pain was located almost at the intersection of my two surgical incisions made during my bypass surgery, tender to the touch. It finall y subsided. Then this morning I realized what probably caused the discomfort: the exercise known as "dips." That is where you hoist yourself up between two parallel bars, elbows at 90 degrees and you raise to 180 degrees and lower yourself back to 90 degrees, repeat, a great tricep and shoulder exercise. The exercise puts pressure exactly on the spot where the discomfort was located. I realized this as I was doing them this am. Remember: I don't recommend self diagnosis, if you have any prolonged chest discomfort please notify your physician or call 911!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

#OBESITY

 This country has an obsession with obesity especially among children. This obsession is a good thing. Yet many of our TV ads feature fast food and family restaurants, many endorsed by pro athletes and celebrities showing meals that easily contain 1000-1500 calories, that's before drinks and dessert.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

THE BATTLE

" Fighting the battle" was the response of a friend of mine at the gym this am when I asked him how were things going? Name your battle: aging, according to Betty Davis "old age ain't no place for sissies" fighting it is impossible but you can slow it down; don't smoke, don't  drink alcohol excessively, wear sunblock, and exercise! Are you battling joint/muscle pain? If the pain/ discomfort continues after ice/heat visit your doctor. Depression? Surround yourself with family, friends, listen to music, and what I found to be of great help- exercise. If your depression continues visit your doctor. In some cases medication may be needed.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

FISH OIL /LARRY KING

Obviously most of my posts relate to being 60 plus! Although some posts will be passing thoughts about well let's just say "things" that enter my thought processes. These thoughts may occur while driving, at the gym, walking, watching TV, lying in bed. I will express only the thoughts that hopefully assist you! All of my thoughts for the most part are just my opinions. Here is an example: While watching the news early this am I saw a channel with the heading "Larry King Special" "Larry King investigates Omega XL. "  It caught my interest because I take Omega's, not XL just plain old Omegas. Lately the benefits of taking Omega's have come under scrutiny so this investigation by Mr King caught my attention. If I was not mistaken and I could have been, this appeared to be nothing but one huge infomercial! I called the toll free number, thought it was very expensive for an omega supplement. You also get the hard sell. Before you purchase any omega supplement please check with your doctor. Thoughts and opinions similar to this one I plan to share with you!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

I HAVE HEART DISEASE

I HAVE HEART DISEASE! Made an appointment with my cardiologist Oct 8th for a Exercise Nuclear stress test. It's been 17 yrs since my angioplasty in Oct 96 and By Pass Dec 96! This will be my first visit to see Dr Chen in about 17 yrs. Not to swift, but I have had no issues and have felt very good!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

CONFUSED / MEDS

I will see an ad on TV promoting a certain medication and then literally ten minutes later I will see another ad advertising a law firm stating that the same drug advertised ten minutes ago may cause severe complications!

Friday, August 16, 2013

COPD

COPD: Another TV ad that annoys me: you know the guy with the elephant sitting on his chest. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a condition that is mainly caused by smoking! Do they mention that in the ad? No! Maybe a public service anouncement would be appropiate! The side effects are mentioned, which are numerous.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

SUPPLEMENTS/VITAMINS

Although I eat healthy; consuming fruits, veggies, grains, the good fats, fiber and protein. I do take a multi vitamin- mineral supplement labeled " Men's 50 Plus" not to be confused with the "Men's" label I also see on the counters! Most vitamin and mineral supplements addressing different age groups among men and women, there is even one specializing in teenagers, contents are very similar! The supplements addressing men are similar but will possibly contain zinc for the prostate and lycopene for the heart. Whereas a women's supplement may contain more calcium! I also take one capsule that contains krill oil for my omega's 3's and another capsule that is a C Q10 supplement for my heart.



Tuesday, August 13, 2013

ED MEDS

ED MEDS: When Viagra and Cialis were placed on the market I remember it was marketed for the purpose of  helping men who had diabetes which could cause ED or men that were in their sixties, seventies or older. Several years ago I began to notice TV commercials that had young actors in their late forties and fifties portraying men needing an ED medication. I had mentioned to a friend of mine that if you need an ED med so young you had better see either a cardiologist, a vascular specialist, a urologist or maybe even a therapist. It was quite a fortuitous statement! Needing an ED med at such a relatively young age is now used as a "marker" for possibly a much larger problem! An opinion: The drug companies that make these products want you to believe that you need these products to be effective. If you don't smoke, exercise, maintain a healthy weight and eat well these products may never have to be taken.


10/29 These actors are getting younger and younger!

THOUGHTS / AGING

I felt all of my 65 years today! Slow moving when I got out of bed and very achy!  Took a pain reliever! Made it to the gym which is less then a mile away and struggled through a shoulder routine. I must admit I am glad I went, I feel much better mentally and physically.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

#MELANOMA

BE AWARE: Be aware of physical changes! July 07 I noticed a mole under my right arm while shaving. There was nothing ominous about it except that it literally appeared overnight. I called my dermatologist and was told I had to wait six weeks for an appointment. My response was "if this is an aggressive type of melanoma I won't be here in six weeks" ! I was given an appointment within several days! The suspicious mole was removed and sent to pathology. The dermatologist who is a friend of mine called me when the path report came in. It was second or third stage melanoma! I  don't remember! I was very scared but calm! A blood test was given at a local lab that was negative. The following week a 12 hr day at St Joseph's that included every scan you can imagine and then surgery! My lymph nodes were examined! All was clear! Then the following week a trip to The Winthrop Cancer Center at Emory! The specialists wanted me to take an experimental drug at their expense! I declined! I thought I was clear but they informed me that I had a 50/50 chance of the cancer returning. I am now very vigilant at self examining, not only for unusual moles but for headaches, lumps, etc. No more days at the beach and as a former Long Island, NY beach lifeguard I do miss spending time at the beach when I am in NY. When I do go out in the sun it is after 2 pm with an SPF of 30!





Wednesday, August 7, 2013

LISTEN / HEART

LISTEN:Listen to your body! It may save your life! Sept 96 - Experienced a minor discomfort while running, I went to the Emergency Clinic, my doctor and a cardiologist, they all said I was fine! Another discomfort two weeks later, my doctor sent me to the cardiologist for further checking. I had a 80% - 90% blockage of a major artery known as the "widow maker." After an unsuccessful angioplasty I was admitted to St Joseph's Hospital Christmas 1996 for bypass surgery! I was told that if I was not in such good shape and if I was obese, smoked or diabetic I would not have made it to the OR!

GLUCOSAMINE / CHONDROITIN

Purchased some glucosamine/chondroitin today to lessen joint pain. I miss jumping rope and jogging/running. I will give it 30 days, then I will make a decision to continue or discontinue!

Discontinued after 30 days. May try another brand.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

WESTHAMPTON BEACH / PARIS

The pictures you see are of Westhampton Beach NY, 2006, for those of you that believe that beautiful Long Island beaches don't exist!.... My trip to Paris in May 2013 with my two beautiful, wonderful daughters is something I will never forget! The history, the architecture, the cafes. A truly magnificant city! The trip was their Christmas gift to me.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

HEALTH/FITNESS

HEALTH/FITNESS: " Health is wealth" ! If you smoke--Quit! Smoking ages you internally and externally! Causes strokes, heart disease and many different cancers! A close friend of mine suffered a stroke three years ago, his doctor told him without hesitation that smoking caused his stroke. He immediately went from 1-2 packs a day to zero packs a day. Good for him and his family with whom I am very close! When you quit smoking your health improves immediately.
Be active! Jogging is excellent, but at 65 I can no longer jog so I walk or ride the stationary bike! I envy those 50 plus people who are still able to jog! Jumping rope is a great exercise and fun to do to music. Could be tough on the knees, be careful. Swimming is an excellent activity to tone and burn calories without putting stress on your joints! I plan to start swimming! My surgeon recommended doing cardio for 30 min every day and that was 17 yrs ago. It does not have to be continuous, break it up; take the stairs, walk briskly to your car,etc.
Weight Train to maintain muscle mass and to tone! Dumbbells and an adjustable bench is all that is needed! Biceps, triceps, chest, back, legs and shoulders can all be worked by doing 1-3 exercises per muscle group! Don't forget the abs! Simple crunches would be a good start.

  • Perform 1-3 sets, 
  • 12-15 reps per set of each exercise! 
When you reach 3 sets, 15 reps comfortably, increase the weight! Joining a gym would be ideal to get professional instruction and also from the social aspect to meet people who have the same goals as you!

Breakfast is a meal you should not miss! It jump starts your metabolism! It should consist of protein, some carbs and fat! My typical breakfast is one egg, or egg whites, 1/2 bagel or whole wheat toast with organic peanut butter, 1-2 cups of coffee. I have no more then two eggs per week. I may also have on a non egg day some whole wheat or oatmel pancakes with some turkey bacon without nitrates or nitrites!! You can find pancakes that do not contain any HFC!

Lunch: Tuna or chicken salad on whole wheat bread with lettuce and tomato and an apple.

I may have a protein shake later that day.

Dinner: Chicken breast, lean beef, salad, or pork chop with vegetables! Maybe a glass of red wine or a light beer.

I really try to avoid eating anything past 7-8 PM!

Chocolate and sweets are my weakness so I try to minimize my intake. Not easy!


BEING FIT WILL ALSO AID IN RECOVERY FROM FALLS, INJURIES, SURGERY, ETC!

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