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rom vaulting over a pole, to tap dancing in front of a national television audience, being active is important to Kay Glynn. As one of the world’s best pole-vaulters in her age group, staying in optimal physical condition is essential. Maintaining her body in a world-class condition has never been more difficult for Glynn, as father time, inches closer in the race of life. Glynn, 60, has competed the last couple of years with osteoarthritis in her hip. She has hip replacement surgery scheduled for late this summer, after her track and field sched-

ule. What waits for her remains unknown. “I just have to adjust my workouts to what I know I can do and I make a lot of compensations,” Glynn said. “As long as I keep moving, it keeps going.” Glynn, who lives in Hastings, is nationally ranked in the pole vault, high jump and long jump. She owns world records in her age group in the pole vault both indoors and outdoors. At the 2011 Masters World Track and Field Championships, Glynn won three gold medals in the pole vault, high jump and long jump. Glynn has told doctors she wants to keep

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competing in the pole vault, since it is the least bothersome for her hip, even though it’s hard for the doctors to understand why. “They don’t have anybody that says can I pole vault after this operation, so they can’t exactly tell you that they recommend that,” Glynn said. “So I just told them, well I was going to try if everything went well and they said ‘I’m sure you will.’” Glynn’s hip problems started about six years ago, but doctors told her it was a pulled muscle. She rehabbed the injury and continued to compete. However, Glynn avoided practicing hurdle drills or high jumping because of the pain. In 2011, the pain returned, which occurred during two off weeks at the end of the summer. Glynn found out months later she had bone on bone arthritis with two cysts. The doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. told her she might not have had the pain until the cysts developed recently. Glynn was born with hip dysplasia, a congenital misalignment of the hip joint, which she thinks contributed to the arthritis. She hasn’t run much since, but has been able to strengthen her hips and is now making a come-back to compete in most of the field events except the sprint and multi-event competitions. “My doctors have said that I must be doing something right and that as long as it doesn’t hurt, I should just keep doing whatever it is that I’m doing,” she said. Glynn does hip strengthening exercises every day and sees a massage therapist twice a month. Because of the arthritis, Glynn has limited the amount of activity for workouts. For example, she uses the elliptical machine, instead of jogging. Glynn consistently practices the pole vault though. She uses fewer steps to get to the pit (four to six, instead of the typical 14) and works on her technique and upper body strength to compensate. During competitions, Glynn tries to run at least 12 steps. She said she relies on stretching, and some of her acrobatics to help her prepare for the other events like the long jump and high jump.

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), about 10 million Americans have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis. There is a 1-in-4 risk for people to develop osteoarthritis, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Glynn will compete at the USATF Masters/ Open State Meet at Central College in Pella June 29. She also has two track meets in July, the USATF Masters Nationals in Olathe, Kan. and the NSGA Nationals in Cleveland. A few injuries aren’t going to slow down Glynn. “I’ll always be active,” she said. After years away from track and field, Glynn started competing again at the age of 48 in 2001 when she took part in the Iowa Games. A three-time state champion in the long jump for Nishna Valley High School, Glynn was inducted into the Iowa Girls High School Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1979. Just a couple years later, she started competing in heptathlons, which consists of seven track and field events throughout two days. As part of training, Glynn first learned how to pole vault.

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She was taught the pole vault by former Central College associate coach Guy Mosher and received coaching once or twice a month. “After I pole-vaulted the first day, I said ‘oh this is really fun I’m going to keep doing this’” she said. Glynn set up a pole vault pit in her backyard, courtesy of Grinnell College where she also has a high jump. “A lot of times now, I go to the

college meets and I can pole vault unattached [to a school] and I tell the kids, well I should be good,” Glynn said. “I’ve been at this like 10 years, even though I’m 60.” When not pole vaulting, Glynn is the co-owner of Costello’s Insurance Agency in Malvern, along with Mike, her husband of 40 years. Glynn and her husband have three children and six grandchildren. She said her family knows her competing in track

along with dancing, her other passion, is important to her. “I think they like to hear about what I have done,” Glynn said. “They all have their own things that they do. We’ve each got our own hobbies.” In addition to competing in track, Glynn also dances. Her dance disciplines are tap, jazz, ballet, as well as acrobats which coincides with a gymnastics background. In addition, she also performs with a group of other tap dancers from the Mills County area. The group is called Something to Tap About and all the members are over the age of 40. The group has performed at various functions around the area and will perform June 27 in Shenandoah. Staying active, along with the music and the dancing, are important to Glynn. She sees that as inspiration and a motivator, as well as a complement to her training regime. “Even when I’m pole vaulting, I bring music out with me and sometimes I have to stop in my pole vaulting and dance to the music, then go back to pole vaulting,” she said. Dance has been helpful to Glynn when competing. “You get your quickness from the tap dancing and timing with the gymnastics, ballet even helps as far as your technique work as well,” she said. “It’s all been important in everything else I’ve done.”

Glynn formerly owned a dance studio but has semi-retired. She does meet with much of her class from the studio once a week to practice for 90 minutes.

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eaching the half-century mark in life and looking beyond provides a golden opportunity to take stock. Are there ways you could improve and enrich your life? Opportunities abound in Mills and Montgomery counties for those nearing or surpassing the 50-age mark. Red Oak is the home of the Montgomery County Family YMCA; and Glenwood offers the Mills County YMCA, two good places to start. For example, Glenwood seniors may join an “O.W.L.S.” (Older, Wiser, Livelier Swimmers) class for fun and fitness or “Body Pump” classes, using weight training to build bone density. In Red Oak, one can participate in Lifestyle Splash, Yoga classe or slightly modified “Chair Yoga” at the Y. Both facilities offer varying degrees of cardio exercise programs, both in the water and on dry land. There is also opportunity for less structured activity.

“We have regulars who come and walk the track just about every morning,” said Montgomery County Program Operations Manager John Blomstedt. “Some are very business-like about it, they do their laps and leave. For others it’s a social event. They visit as they walk, solving the problems of the world.” One can also hike or bike on the trails in Stanton or Red Oak or along the Wabash Trace, which runs through Mills County. Golfing is a popular sport with many seniors. Ask the men who participate in “Wobblies,” driving, chipping and putting their way around various courses every Monday throughout the summer. In addition to physical fitness, mental and emotional well-being are important as people age. Upon retirement, some choose to begin a second career, like Roy Marshall, who, upon retirement from his years as Fire Marshal, began writing a regular column for a newspaper. Some

work full-time, others part-time. Many choose to volunteer their time and talents in a meaningful way, at church for example, or at a hospital, nursing home or animal shelter. In Montgomery County there is the Montgomery County Animal Rescue, where Director Jan Black estimates 60-70 percent of the volunteers are over 50. It’s a similar story at Hooves and Paws Rescue in Mills County, where more than half of the volunteers are seniors. Then too, there are the creative arts. At the Wilson Performing Arts Center, members of the 50-plus crowd are learning to play instruments, performing in community theater, chorus and/ or dancing and doing Zumba. Others are sewing costumes, constructing scenery or serving as ushers at performances. Simply attending those performances enriches the lives of many others. Staying active and involved is a a good way to enjoy the second half-century of life.


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igh blood pressure is sometimes called the ‘silent killer’ because it has no symptoms, except in extreme cases. It’s critical that the millions of people who have high blood pressure learn how to control it, before it’s too late. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), more than 76 million U.S. adults have been diagnosed with high blood pressure. The high force of blood flow can damage arteries, the heart, kidneys, eyes and the brain. If uncontrolled, high blood pressure increases your risk of heart disease and stroke, which are the leading causes of death in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fortunately, there are steps you can take to get your high blood pressure under control. These include eating healthfully, maintaining a healthy weight and not smoking. Eat healthfully. When it comes to eating healthfully to help keep blood pres-

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lzheimer’s disease affects millions of people across the globe. In the United States alone, the Alzheimer’s Association estimates one in eight older men and women has the disease, which is the sixthleading cause of death in the country. Few families have not been affected by Alzheimer’s disease, and many relatives of those with the disease fully understand the role family history can play. Research into the disease is ongoing, and it’s already yielded valuable information that may help reduce the prevalence of this devastating disease in the years to come. One byproduct of researchers’ efforts is the discovery that it may be possible to prevent or delay the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease through the implementation of a combination of healthy lifestyle choices. The following are a few healthy habits that may help men and women reduce their risk for Alzheimer’s. • Exercise regularly. A study conducted by Scottish researchers and published in the journal Neurology in 2012 touted exercise as the most effective way for adults to protect their brains from Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers examined roughly 700 70-year-old participants, all of whom were born in 1936, who were asked to report their levels of physical activity. Each participant then received an MRI at age 73. Those tests revealed that the participants who were more physically active showed less brain shrinkage and fewer white matter lesions, both of which are indicators of Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, the Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation reports physical exercise reduces a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s by 50 percent and can even slow further deterioration in those who have already begun to develop the cognitive problems associated with Alzheimer’s. Researchers continue to study the relationship between physical activity and the development of Alzheimer’s diseases, but the evidence is mounting that regular exercise, regardless of a person’s age, is a great way to reduce risk for Alzheimer’s. • Eat healthy. What you put into your body may also reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s disease. The brain operates at

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and researchers have found a potential link between heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Researcher Larry Sparks of the Sun Health Research Institute in Arizona and formerly of the Kentucky medical examiner’s office studied brain tissues with a goal of finding early signs of Alzheimer’s disease. He discovered those who had the telltale plaques of Alzheimer’s disease also had heart disease, suggesting heart disease may be a forerunner of brain diseases like Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association feels this link between the two will only grow stronger in the years to come, suggesting a heart-healthy diet that reduces a person’s risk of heart disease may also reduce the risk for Alzheimer’s down the road. More information on a heart-healthy diet is available at www. heart.org. • Stimulate yourself mentally. Mental stimulation can help the brain stay sharp, and men and women who find ways to stay mentally stimulated can reduce their risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Embrace activities that require communication and interaction with others, and find time for additional tasks that can stimulate your brain. These may include studying a foreign language, reading, trying your hand at mentally stimulating puzzles such as crosswords or Sudoku and other activities that emphasize organization. Such activities are essentially workouts for your brain that can help it stay sharp as you age. • Remain socially active. Staying socially active into older adulthood is important for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that research has indicated the brain functions better when men and women are not isolated from others. Memory and cognition are stronger when people remain socially active and engaged in their society, so retirees should look for ways to revive their social lives as a means to protecting their brains from the onset of Alzheimer’s or dementia. Alzheimer’s disease remains an enigma in many ways. But ongoing research continues to show men and women can take measures to actively prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and improve their quality of life as a result.


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here’s a gr group of women in town who can be seen in any crowd. wh They are laughing and having fun together at the theater, in restaurants and on vacation. Some wear costume jewelry; some wear feather boas, but they all wear one similar item of clothing. These ladies all wear a red hat. The Red Hat Society began 15 years ago when Sue Ellen Cooper of Fullerton, Calif., gave her friend Linda Murphy a gift for her 55th birthday: a red hat and a copy of the poem “Warning” by Jenny

Joseph. The poem is about a woman who declares when she turns old, she will do what she wants, which includes wearing a red hat with a purple dress. According to Tish Fitzsimmons of Glenwood, the motto of the Red Hat Society is “fun, frivolity, friendship and freedom.” “Cause at this stage of life – why not?” Fitzsimmons said. “And for women who have reared their families and have worked hard…at this point in their lives, they deserve to have fun.” Founders Cooper and Murphy began

attending events together wearing red hats with purple dresses, and as they went out to have fun, they gathered more and more women who wanted to have fun with them. When the founders had 18 friends in their group, they began to branch out, and by 2003, there were 40,000 Red Hat Chapters worldwide. It did not take long for this group to reach southwest Iowa. “We had our first information meeting in 2004 - we had our anniversary in April,” said current Glenwood “Queen

Bee” Diane Bruce. “The group was started by Karen Achterhof. I just happened to be at Mills Masquers one night and I turned around and said ‘I didn’t know there was a red hat group in Glenwood,’ and she said ‘we are just now starting it.’ That’s when I joined.” “The head of each group is called the Queen (Bee),” Fitzsimmons recalled fondly. “Karen objected to being the Queen (Bee), so instead we decided to call her the Head Red.” The Glenwood Group, known as the “Red Hatitudes” has a $5 annual fee, and the national group has a $19 per year fee. Many of the Glenwood members only belong to the local group. Bruce, as Queen Bee, collects the $5 fee and a stack of selfaddressed, stamped envelopes from the ladies so they can receive invitations to the monthly events. The ladies take turns planning social events once a month. In the nine years the Glenwood group has been in existence, this past January was the only month there has not been at least one event. “It wasn’t due to weather or anything, it just simply didn’t happen,” Bruce said casually. “It’s an unorganized, organized group,” said Red Hat Society member Phyllis Schwanninger. “It’s a lot of fun.” There are officially 26 members in the Glenwood group. Their monthly outings, which nearly always include some form of luncheon or tea party, have ranged from spending a few hours visiting the Dodge House in Council Bluffs or Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha to weekendlong trips to places such as Branson, Mo. Bruce recalls her first trip to Branson fondly. “We spend a couple of nights in a hotel,” she said. “We have breakfast meetings, they have contests such as a pajama contest. They also have shows you can go see. There are vendors where you can get Red Hat merchandise and they give away door prizes.” “Since the economy went south, we have tried consciously to do things economically and stay closer to home,” said Fitzsimmons. “We have a good turnout.

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illions of people rely on herbal remedies to treat a variety of ailments or conditions. Although the efficacy of herbal remedies is not often backed by federal monitoring organizations, many users of herbal products find them highly effective. Though these remedies come from nature, not all herbal medicines are harmless. They may have side effects or interact with mainstream medications. It is important for consumers to weigh the risks. The World Health Organization estimates that between 65 - 80 percent of the world’s population rely on alternative medicine as their primary form of healthcare, while only 10 - 30 percent of people use conventional medicine like the products that are sold over-the-counter and at pharmacies. The American Medical Association has urged its members to better educate themselves on alternative medicines. In fact, almost one-third of American medical schools, including Harvard University, Yale University, Georgetown University and John’s Hopkins University, now offer coursework in alternative medicines. Perhaps because of their popularity and relative ease of purchase, herbal remedies are surrounded in misinformation. Many people believe because herbs are not chemical drugs, this makes them completely safe. Yet, some herbal remedies do have adverse effects, as do vitamin and mineral supplements. In order to be treated by both alternative and conventional medicines, individuals need to educate themselves

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that i l legal d r u g s about like mariHerbal remedies can be safe, but t h e only when used in an informed way juana and opitruths and and with the support of a doctor. um come from natmyths surroundural sources, and those ing herbal products. drugs are far from completely safe. • Herbal compounds vary in strength. Even the tobacco in cigarettes is from a While many conventional medicines naturally growing plant, and smoking are carefully produced and tested to is responsible for the majority of lung ensure consistent potency, some herbal cancer cases every year. Ginseng, ginkremedies are not. The strength of one go biloba and even garlic supplements herbal product may not be consistent can thin the blood and make one bleed from pill to pill or between brands. It more freely. Certain vitamins in high can be difficult to maintain consistency levels can be toxic. Kava kava, taken with products that come from nature. for anxiety, can sometimes cause liver Just as grapes may produce a different damage. tasting wine year after year, herbs may • Herbs are not always regulated. not always produce the same potency. In the United States, herbs are not • There are side effects. Natural regulated by the Food and Drug Addoesn’t always mean safe. Keep in mind

13 ministration. They don’t oversee the production, sale and use of herbal products. That means the safety and usefulness of these remedies may not be adequately documented. • Herbs and conventional medicines are not always compatible. While herbal treatment can be used in combination with traditional medicines, a medical doctor should be consulted before taking medications in tandem. Complications can arise from the interaction between conventional medicines and herbal medications. Herbs may reduce or increase the effects of certain medications that can result in organ damage or even fatality. St. John’s Wort, for example, which is used to improve mood, may reduce the effectiveness of oral contraceptives and also changes the plasma concentrations of omeprazole, a GERD medication. • Herbal remedies may delay doctor visits, putting men and women at risk. Thanks to the relative ease with which herbal remedies can be purchased, people may put off seeing a doctor when they aren’t feeling well, preferring to try an herbal medication first. This could prolong effective treatment of disease or put off a diagnosis of a more serious ailment. Before taking any herbal remedy, discuss your treatment options with your physician. Be honest about your concerns regarding conventional medicines and try to find a solution that leads to a successful outcome.

<Continued from Page 5 • It has better absorption from the blood stream for use by cells. • It is effective at activating proteins which help lower cholesterol levels and contribute to anti-aging. Because this valuable antioxidant is only available in small amounts in each blueberry, those interested in adding pterostilbene to their diet can take a daily supplement including pTeroPure, a nature-identical form of pterostilbene. Learn more about pterostilbene and locate supplements containing pTeroPure

at www.pteropure.com. Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight raises your blood pressure and blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels, as well as lowering the amount of good cholesterol, according to the AHA. So losing even a little weight can reduce blood pressure in many overweight people. The best ways to do that are to modify your diet and get moving. The Surgeon General recommends that adults engage in moderate physical activities for at least 30 minutes on most

days of the week. These activities: • Can be performed in episodes of at least 10 minutes, and can be spread throughout the week. • Include flexibility and stretching exercises. • Include muscle strengthening activity at least two days each week. Talk to your doctor or healthcare provider about how you can increase your physical activity safely and modify your diet to help obtain a healthy weight. Don’t smoke. Smoking damages blood

vessels and speeds up the hardening of the arteries, making it a major risk for heart disease and stroke. If you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you do smoke, talk to your doctor about programs to help you quit. If you’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure, don’t wait to get it under control. Take action now so you can have a healthier future.


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<Continued from Page 12 We have several fellowship halls associated with the churches. We will go there and do things like our members that have taken world trips perhaps will present a program to us of their experiences. Sometimes we will have a really good photographer in our group and she will give us a presentation of her latest and greatest photographs. There’s usually a small fee for the church hall, but it’s very inexpensive, and I think that is one of the things that makes it so popular.” Red Oak also has a Red Hat group known as the “Happy Hatters.” The group of around 15 ladies have met at least once a month for the last eight-10 years and partake in various activities including shopping, eating and mostly just visiting with old friends. They occasionally travel to area towns like Shenandoah, Atlantic and Walnut for afternoon outings. In addition to the local groups, Red Hat Societies across southwest Iowa have an annual Spring Fling in order to connect with their fellow Red Hat sisters.

“The spring flings are quite spectacular,” Fitzsimmons said. “I still remember walking into my first one and just gasping. It was quite memorable to walk in and see 300 women in red and purple!” “We did it two years ago,” said Bruce, who as Queen Bee helped to organize the event. “We held it in the Catholic Church and we had 260-plus ladies. We had a circus theme, so we had a magician, and I brought in the Something to Tap About group.” The 2014 southwest Iowa gathering will be held this summer in Shenandoah. The Glenwood group is comprised of women from ages 50 to more than 90, and nearly all are retired. The group does not have an age requirement, but there are rules about what you wear. Any woman over age 50 who chooses to join the society wears a red hat with purple clothing to the gatherings. Women under age 50 are able to join the Red Hat Society, but they may not wear a red hat with purple – instead, they are known as ladies-in-waiting and wear a pink hat with lavender clothes. At age 50, they

have a “Reduation” when they receive their red hat. The Red Hat Society is meant for strictly social purposes. “We have been contacted to see if we would do charitable things, and we really do not,” Bruce said. “Instead of a gift-exchange, we bring in things for the (Mills County) storehouse at Christmas time. That’s the one charitable thing we do every year. We don’t put on programs or anything.” The main purpose is camaraderie. “I thought it would be fun to dress up, dress gaudily, and have fun with girlfriends, so I joined,” said Schwanninger, who was also one of the first members in Glenwood. “It’s about keeping in touch with old friends and making new ones.” Bruce appreciates having a group of friends with which to be active. “When I was working, I had plenty of things to do,” Bruce said. “Now that I’m retired, it just gives me something to do once a month. As we get older, we need things to do. I do things with my church, but this is another outlet to reach out to people in the community.”

< Continued from Page 8 son’s disease, but scientists are exploring a potential relationship between the loss of cells in other areas of the brain and body and Parkinson’s disease. According to the PDF, scientists have discovered signs of Parkinson’s disease have been found, not only in the mid-brain, but also in the brain stem and the olfactory bulb. Concerned men and women who have or have had a family member with Parkinson’s disease often want to know if there is a genetic link. Evidence to a possible genetic link remains highly controversial and inconclusive, so any potential genetic implications regarding Parkinson’s disease remain unclear. Some evidence has suggested that toxins in the environment may cause Parkinson’s disease. These toxins, which include manganese, carbon monoxide and carbon disulfide, may selectively destroy the neurons that produce dopamine, potentially causing Parkinson’s as a result. Certain medications and street drugs have also been known to produce symptoms similar to those associated with Parkinson’s. Antipsychotics used to treat severe paranoia and schizophrenia as well as MPTP, a synthetic heroin contaminant, can cause Parkinson’s-like symptoms.

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the benefits Fiber is the part of fruits, vegetables and grains the body cannot digest. There are two types of fiber. Soluble fiber dissolves easily in water. It takes on a soft, jelly-like texture in the intestine (Metamucil or Citrucel, oatmeal and apples). Insoluble fiber passes almost unchanged through the intestines. Insoluble is the type of fiber that adds bulk to your bowel movements (think whole wheat, bran and kidney beans). Both kinds of fiber help prevent constipation by making stools soft and easy to pass. A high-fiber diet is useful in the prevention or treatment of a number of gastrointestinal diseases, including diverticular disease, constipation, irritable bowel disease and Crohn’s disease. A high-fiber diet is also recommended for persons with hyperlipidemia, diabetes and obesity. Gradually increase the fi-

ber in your diet and increase your water intake to minimize bloating and constipation when eating more fiber. This is definitely a trial and error process and each individual will require/tolerate different amounts of fiber. A goal is to include 25 to 35 grams of fiber total each day. Increased fiber should come from a variety of food sources. Talk to your doctor about taking a fiber supplement (there are sugar free varieties available for persons with diabetes). To get your fiber from foods, eat 3 - 5 servings of vegetables daily, and 2 - 4 servings of fruit daily. Lettuce is actually a poor source of fiber, but you can add fiber to a salad by including tomatoes, carrots, green peppers, cucumber slices and other fresh vegetables. Eat fruit instead of drinking juice. The juice has the fiber removed, so fruit is a healthier alternative which will add fiber to your diet. Also include 6 serv-

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Did you know? A transient ischemic attack, often referred to as a “mini stroke,” is an event that’s similar to a stroke. When a person has a TIA, the symptoms are just like those of a stroke, but they last less than 24 hours before disappearing. However, that disappearance does not mean a person is in the clear, as a TIA is a serious warning sign of stroke. According to the National Stroke Association, up to 40 percent of people who experience a TIA will go on to have an actual stroke, and studies have shown that nearly half of all strokes occur within a day or two of having a TIA. But even those people who do not have a stroke within 48 hours of having a TIA are still at risk of having a stroke. In fact, 10 to 15 percent of people who have a TIA will have a stroke within three months. Symptoms of a TIA are sudden and may include confusion; difficulty speaking or understanding; numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, particularly on one side of the body; vision trouble in one or both eyes; trouble walking; dizziness; and/or loss of balance or coordination. Interrupted blood flow to the brain is often behind a TIA. A lack of blood and oxygen in the brain often leads to the temporary symptoms described above. Should you or a loved one exhibit any of the aforementioned symptoms, seek medical help immediately, even if the symptoms feel or appear as if they are subsiding. A quick response might just prevent a full-on stroke.

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Addressing the basics of breast cancer

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a woman consumes, the greater her risk of breast ccording Are there different types of breast cancer? cancer becomes. to BreastBreast cancer can be invasive or noninvasive. • Diet: Researchers often cite diet as a risk faccancer.org, Invasive breast cancer occurs when abnormal tor for various cancers, and breast cancer is no one in eight American women will develop invasive breast cancer the course of her lifetime. Though this figure is based on Ameri c a n women alone, it’s safe to say millions of women across the globe face a similar fate. While organizations such as the Susan G. Komen for the Cure have been instrumental in raising awareness of breast cancer, many people remain largely uninformed about breast cancer and what, if anything, they can do to reduce their risk. But the more people understand b r e a s t cancer the more formidable a foe they become for this potentially deadly disease. What is breast cancer? Breast cancer is an uncontrolled growth of breast cells. According to Susan G. Komen For the Cure, between 50 and 75 percent of breast cancers begin in the ducts, which carry milk from the lobules to the nipple. Between 10 and 15 percent of breast cancer cases begin in the lobules, which are the milk-producing glands of the breast. Over time, these cancer cells can invade nearby breast tissue and may even spread into the underarm lymph nodes, which give the cancerous cells a pathway to the rest of the body.

cells from within the ducts or lobules break out into nearby breast tissue. When this occurs, the cancer cells can spread to the lymph nodes, which may allow them to spread even further throughout the body to organs like the liver and lungs and to bones. Noninvasive breast cancer occurs when abnormal cells grow within the milk ducts but have not spread to nearby tissue or other parts of the body. But noninvasive breast cancer can develop into invasive cancer.

Are there warning signs of breast cancer? There may be no initial warning signs of breast cancer. A developing lump on the breast may be too small to notice, which only highlights the importance women must place on routine breast cancer exams. A mammogram, for example, is an X-ray of the breast that might detect symptoms of breast cancer women did not notice. When such symptoms are detected, then further testing can be conducted to determine if breast cancer is present. Women or their physicians might also detect breast cancer before a breast exam. A lump or mass on the breast can be detected during a selfexam or on a routine doctor visit. But the American Cancer Society notes that several unusual changes in the breast may also be symptomatic of breast cancer. These changes include: • Breast pain • A lump in the underarm area • Nipple discharge other than milk • Nipple pain or the nipple turning inward • Redness, scaliness or thickening of the nipple or breast skin • Skin irritation or dimpling • Swelling of all or part of the breast What are the risk factors for breast cancer? Some risk factors for breast cancer are beyond a person’s control. You can’t stop aging, you have no way of changing your family history, and there’s nothing you can do about your own medical history. However, there are risk factors for breast cancer that are within your control. • Alcohol consumption: Alcohol can affect a woman’s ability to control blood levels of estrogen, which can increase her risk for breast cancer. Studies have indicated that the more alcohol

exception. However, there are no specifics as to which foods increase a person’s breast cancer risk. But studies have shown eating a lot of red and/or processed meats may increase a person’s risk of developing breast cancer. Low-fat diets that include lots of fruits and vegetables may reduce your risk of developing many diseases, including breast cancer. • Exercise: How often a person exercises may increase or decrease his or her risk of developing breast cancer. Studies have indicated exercise can reduce breast cancer risk, and the ACS recommends both men, who are not immune to breast cancer, and women get between 45 and 60 minutes of physical exercise five or more days per week. • Weight: Being overweight is a significant risk factor for breast cancer, especially for women after menopause. Higher estrogen levels increase a person’s risk of breast cancer, and estrogen levels increase when a person has more fat tissue. Maintaining a healthy weight pays various dividends, not the least of which is reducing your risk of breast cancer. Thanks to various organizations promoting breast cancer awareness and research, many individuals have at least a basic knowledge of the disease. While knowledge alone cannot prevent the onset of breast cancer, it may help men and women better protect themselves and their loved ones from a disease that afflicts millions of people across the globe each year.


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