Saturday, December 17, 2016
What should you do to improve your knee function if you have osteoarthritis? The answer, of course, is to exercise more and to concentrate on strengthening your quadriceps muscles. These are the muscles on the front of the thighs that help extend the lower leg and stabilize the knee. We jave been preaching this in our books, but this point was hammered home by a new analysis of more than 8,000 people with knee arthritis. It was found that those with weak quads had worse symptoms and increased functional decline compared to those with stronger muscles.
Strengthen the muscles and improve the symptoms. This is true for the knees as well as other parts of the body.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Of course we get the flu vaccine for its protection against catching the flu. It also seems as though there are secondary benefits that go beyond the primary intent. For example people who get the flu vaccine are at reduced risk for developing atrial fibrillation.
This was the finding of a Taiwanese study of more than 11,000 people with a-fib to a comparable group without the condition. We are firm believers in the value of vaccination to prevent the disease. Additional benefits such as this are intriguing and add to the value of the vaccine.
Have you had your flu vaccine this year?