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 70 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.