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5 Reasons Why Women Live Longer Than Men

Posted on: May 14th, 2015 by vgmforbin
There are a number of reasons why women typically live longer than men. Find out why!

There are a number of reasons why women typically live longer than men. Find out why!

 

Do you want to live a long life? Of course! There are a number of things you can do to increase the longevity of your life. One of them is being a woman. Women live an average of five to 10 years longer than men. Throughout every stage of life, men are more likely to die than women. Factors such as culture, genetics and other influences can play a role in life longevity. Check out five of the reasons why women tend to live longer.

  1. Heart disease

The higher level of estrogen that women possess protects them from heart disease for 10 to 15 years longer than men. Estrogen raises good cholesterol, lowers bad cholesterol and makes the inner lining of the coronary arteries more flexible.

  1. Higher metabolic rates

While being able to burn calories at a higher rate helps men lose weight faster, it also means that they burn through their stem cells faster. Frequent injuries or surgeries can also use up a man’s reserves faster.

  1. Weaker social connections

Women have a tendency to interact more with people and form connections that are linked to a longer life. Women also tend to be more verbal and talk frequently with friends, which strengthens life-prolonging relationships.

  1. Riskier lifestyle habits

Although the lifestyle gap between men and women is closing, habits like smoking, eating and drinking too much, along with holding in stress, can contribute to higher blood pressure and heart disease risk.

  1. Immune system challenges

Another reason why men don’t live as long as women is associated with the immune system. Women are usually born with longer telomeres. Telomeres are the components at the end of chromosomes that act as a guide of cell age. Longer telomeres allow the immune system to function longer and healthier, causing individuals who have them to live longer.

There are other contributors to men dying sooner than women, such as their bigger body size, greater susceptibility to disease, high-risk occupations and chromosomes. Whether you are a man or woman, old or young, LA Medical has solutions to help you live a longer, better life. Contact us or check out our products in our online catalog!

Age is Just a Number

Posted on: May 14th, 2015 by vgmforbin
It is never too late to become active and improve your health!

It is never too late to become active and improve your health!

 

We have all heard this quote time and time again and research shows that this is true! It isn’t just about the number of birthday candles on your cake, but your levels of activity. Research has shown that sedentary lifestyles are harmful to health, while active lifestyles help people to live age with fewer health problems. Many older individuals know this, but think they have missed their window and it is too late to live active. Think again! We have some fun ways that you can enjoy sports, adventure and healthy living!

Swimming

Swimming improves both strength and cardiovascular fitness. Working out in water is an ideal choice for older individuals because it is easy on the joints, safe and effective. Other perks of underwater activity include increased flexibility, better bone density and a healthier heart.

Yoga

Uniting the mind, body and breath can help increase flexibility and ease stress. Whether you practice in your home or join a group, yoga has been shown to increase strength and improve circulation.

Cycle

Cycling is easier on your legs and joints than running, but offers the same cardiovascular benefits. Take a spin around the block or join a cycling club to meet new people and spend time outdoors!

Hike

Going for a hike will connect you with nature, get active and reap health benefits such as better circulation, mobility and a reduced risk of hospitalization. Another benefit of hiking is the sense of independence that escaping into nature can bring.

Volunteer

Last month, we featured a blog about 5 Benefits of Volunteering. Volunteer opportunities keep you active and give you fun opportunities to help others. A few ideas to get you started are walking dogs at the shelter, helping clean or plant flowers at your local park or lend your energy to a local project.

As you can see, it is never too late to get active. Set a goal for yourself and go for it! LA Medical wants to help you live an active and healthy life. We have mobility products that can help you get moving. Check out these and our other products in our online catalog.

Gotta Go Right Now

Posted on: December 30th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Urinary incontinence is a common problem, especially among aging adults.

Urinary incontinence is a common problem, especially among aging adults.

Urinary incontinence occurs when you are not able to keep urine from leaking out of your urethra, the tube that carries urine out of your body from your bladder. This is often a problem with older individuals. You may occasionally leak urine or you may not be able to hold any urine. There are different types, causes and treatments for incontinence that you may not be aware of.

There are five types of urinary incontinence:

Stress incontinence is the most common type of urinary incontinence and happens when a person leaks urine when they cough, sneeze, exercise or do anything that puts pressure on the bladder.

Urge incontinence occurs when the bladder muscles are too active. People with urge incontinence lose urine as soon as they feel a strong desire to go to the bathroom.

Overflow incontinence is the feeling of never completely emptying the bladder.

Mixed incontinence is the combination of stress and urge incontinence.

Functional or environmental incontinence occurs when people cannot get to the toilet or get a bedpan when they need it. The urinary system may work well, but physical or psychological disabilities prevent normal toilet usage.

Urinary incontinence can be caused by temporary problems, such as urinary tract infection, vaginal infection, constipation, obesity, smoking, high-impact aerobics or effects of medicine. Incontinence can also be caused by other permanent conditions, such as:

  • Aging (bladder holds less and urine stream may be weaker)
  • Weakness of bladder
  • Hormone imbalance in women
  • Immobility
  • Diabetes

If you think you may have urinary incontinence, contact your doctor. Some questions to ask could be:

  • What type of incontinence is it?
  • What is causing it?
  • What are treatment options?
  • How can the bladder be strengthened?

If you or your loved ones are experiencing bladder issues, LA Medical offers a range of incontinence products to fit your lifestyle and help you live comfortably.

Taking Care In The Commode

Posted on: October 17th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
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Older individuals are staying in their homes longer than before which increases the possibility of a dangerous fall.

 

There are almost 200,000 bathroom accidents every year. Most of these involve older adults. If you are concerned about safety in the bathroom, LA Medical has some solutions that could help ensure the well-being of you or a loved one.

OId style toilets can not only be uncomfortable, but dangerous as well. The low seating style can make it hard to sit down or get back up. The lack of balance and strength can cause harmful falls. By installing an elevated toilet seat with handrails can make it easier to get up and down while providing balance support to prevent a fall.

The bathtub may seem more dangerous than relaxing to some individuals. Stepping in and out of a bath or shower can be slippery and dangerous. Many senior citizens use towel bars and racks to support themselves but these were not made to support human weight. By forcing so much body weight on a device that isn’t sturdy, you are putting yourself at risk for a terrible slip. Consider investing in a transfer chair that allows you to easily sit and slide into the bath or shower without having to step over the wall of a tub. LA Medical also offers different grabs and bars that are designed to resist a lot of weight and can be strategically placed near the toilet and bath to offer stability and safety. There are also bath seats available for those who do not feel comfortable standing in a shower or have difficulties sitting all the way down into a bath.

With many elderly individuals staying in their homes longer, it is important to consider bathroom safety. Older people are at an increased risk for bathroom accidents and preventing falls should be a concern for everyone. LA Medical wants to help you and your loved ones make the bathroom a relaxing room once again.

5 Benefits of Life After 65

Posted on: July 28th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Age with ease and have fun along the way with LA Medical!

Age with ease and have fun along the way with LA Medical!

As people age they may become more aware of their growing medical and health needs. They may pay more visits to the doctor, have more prescriptions, or struggle with tasks that used to come easy. While aging is a process that typically involves extra care and attention, there are also many benefits that come with it. LA Medical has supplies to assist you or a loved one around your home and when going about daily life. We are confident you could use our products to ensure better safety and comfort in the life of you or a loved one. Below are 5 benefits that come with aging we hope you can relate to.

  • When someone turns 65 years old, they are granted senior citizen status. They are now able to receive Medicare, an affordable health insurance from the government that can offset many health expenses.
  • The government also provides every senior citizen with Social Security to ensure their financial wellbeing. The amount allocated depends on the individual’s income, retirement account, and taxes.
  • Senior citizens receive discounts at many restaurants and stores after providing proof of their age.
  • After retirement, it is still possible to find enjoyable part-time work. Whether for enjoyment or to make extra cash, there are companies that hire seniors for specific positions and agencies available to help with placement.
  • There are community centers all across the nation for seniors to gather at and socialize. They often have organized activities and volunteer opportunities to work at with your spare time.

Life after 65 can be an exciting time as you find new hobbies to enjoy or have time to travel to places you’ve always wanted to go. Keep your health in mind with LA Medical and call us today for your medical supplies!

5 Health Concerns that Come with Age

Posted on: July 25th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
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LA Medical explores common health changes our bodies may encounter as we age.

As people age they are faced with illnesses, disease, and pain than they may have never experienced before. Changes occur on the inside of the body as well as the outside. It is important to care for your health early in life to reduce the risk of issues later on. Simple steps like wearing sunscreen can protect your skin and prevent premature aging. LA Medical offers a wide range of safety equipment and aids in our online catalog to assist you. We invite you to visit our site today and allow us to meet your health and comfort needs. Listed here are 5 health concerns that come with age.

Falls- With age comes the risk of more falls. More than one third of 65 year old individuals experience a fall, which are the leading cause of death from injury in this age group. Grab bars can be installed on any smooth surface in the house for extra assistance.

Limited Mobility- Due to an illness, injury, or surgery, many elders experience limited mobility. Canes, walkers, wheelchairs, and scooters are all available through LA Medical to assist in stability and balance.

Arthritis- This is the most common chronic illness in the United States that affects the joints, muscles, ligaments, cartilage, and other internal body areas. It can be very painful and is often genetic.

Menopause- Women hit menopause at different times around their mid-40s. It has symptoms of hot flashes, mood swings, weight gain, sleep disorders, and others. It is best to be educated of the changes occurring and understand it is a normal aspect of aging.

Osteoporosis– Bones become thinner and weaker with age. When there is not enough calcium stored in the body, it is extracted from the bones. When bones are less dense, they are prone to fractures and breaks. It is important to consume enough calcium and vitamins to provide the body with sufficient nutrients.

Now is the time to take responsibility for your body and increase your strength and activity to prolong your health as long as possible. LA Medical values you and your health and we invite you to take advantage of our products for your needs!

Healthy Aging- What it Means to You

Posted on: September 17th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Healthy AgingSeptember is Healthy Aging Month. This is a great time to take a good look at how you are aging and what you can do to take more control of your health and your future.

We all age; some of us age better or slower than others, some age longer than others and we all know someone who doesn’t seem to age at all. What about you?  LA Medical works with people of all ages and health types. We have manual wheelchairs, power wheelchairs and hundreds of other products for people who are either recovering from or living with an illness or injury, or simply need assistance as they age. We know that every person has different needs, and that’s why we’re here.

How can we assist with your healthy aging? Here are some ideas:

The best way to keep your mind sharp and keep dementia at bay is by keeping your mind active. Consider taking a class or go back to school.  Many local community colleges offer classes on hundreds of different subjects and interests. Choose from classes on anything from painting, pottery, photography, cooking, basket weaving, you name it, it’s out there!

Check with your local County Extension office. Every county has one and they are a wealth of information and classes, many of which are either free or very affordable. Call them or search online.

Consider taking college courses. Non-traditional student numbers are growing on campuses across the country. These more experienced students are prized by teachers for the better attitudes, love of learning and input they offer in class. Many courses are offered at night and online that accommodate busy schedules or people who may have problems with mobility.

Shut off the TV! TV is a passive activity that has been proven to actually dull our brains. Try reading a book, doing puzzles, gardening, going to hear a lecture or even listening to books on tape instead. It’s okay to have some TV in your life (news and educational programs) but watching mind numbing programs is not good for the brain…or anything else. LA Medical wants you to stay age healthy!