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Healthy Geezer: Eyeglasses were not so Superfocus

Monday, April 27, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Second of four parts

There are three basic ways to correct faulty vision: eyeglasses, contact lenses or surgery.

In this column, we’ll cover eyeglasses.

Eyeglasses correct the following vision problems:

Nearsightedness (myopia), which blurs distant objects.

Farsightedness (hyperopia), which blurs near vision.

Astigmatism is caused by an uneven curvature of the eye’s surface that produces abnormal focus.

Presbyopia is a natural condition of aging that makes it more difficult to focus on near objects.

Healthy Geezer: From bifocals to trifocals to contacts

Friday, April 17, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

First part

Q. I’m getting fed up with my bifocals and I want to make a change to something else. What are my options?

This is a big subject that is important to seniors, so I’m going to do a series of columns on the topic.

I want to start out with my personal history because it is a perfect example of the universal problem of correcting faulty vision as we age.

When I reached my early 40s, I noticed that my right arm was getting too short to hold books at the proper reading distance.

Healthy Geezer: From bifocals to trifocals to contacts

Saturday, April 11, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

First part

Q. I’m getting fed up with my bifocals and I want to make a change to something else. What are my options?

This is a big subject that is important to seniors, so I’m going to do a series of columns on the topic.

I want to start out with my personal history because it is a perfect example of the universal problem of correcting faulty vision as we age.

When I reached my early 40s, I noticed that my right arm was getting too short to hold books at the proper reading distance.

Healthy Geezer: Water, Dupuytren’s Contracture, indigestion

Saturday, April 4, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. How much water should I drink every day?

Water intake is a health issue that you should discuss with your doctor before deciding how much you should drink. The amount you drink is dependent upon the state of your health.

The simplest answer I could find to this very complicated question is this: If you aren’t thirsty and you produce one to two quarts of light yellow urine daily (the average output for an adult), you’re probably taking in enough water.

Healthy Geezer: Buckle up, welcome to the Stroke Belt, y’all

Friday, March 27, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I love southern cooking and I was wondering what you thought about it from a geezer health standpoint.

Every time I’ve traveled south, I’ve been struck by the food many southerners eat. Lots of fat, salt, sugar and other harmful foods in great quantities.

I remember trying to get a Kaiser roll in a neighborhood grocery story in North Carolina. The best I could do was a Moon Pie, a chocolate-covered pastry made with two round graham cracker cookies and marshmallow filling in the center.

Healthy Geezer: Don’t look CMT in the mouth

Friday, March 20, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. My 40-year-old son was diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. What can he expect from this as he gets older?

Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) was identified in 1886 by three physicians: Jean-Martin Charcot (sharr-KOE) and Pierre Marie, both in France, and Howard Henry Tooth, in England.

CMT is also known as hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy (HMSN). CMT is a group of related conditions caused by inherited mutations in genes.

Healthy Geezer: Read labels to reduce sodium in your diet

Friday, March 13, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I have high blood pressure and I’m trying to cut down on sodium in my diet. Should I switch to sea salt from regular table salt?

Sea salt is made by evaporating seawater.

Table salt comes from underground mines.

Sea salt sounds healthier, doesn’t it? It evokes lots of images of crashing surf, tanned bodies, marlin jumping out of the water. How bad can it be?

Sea salt and table salt contain the same amount of sodium chloride. Switching won’t help you with your high blood pressure. But you’re on the right track.

Healthy Geezer: Topics are big feet, C. diff, varicose veins

Monday, March 9, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Do feet get larger as you age?

Feet get bigger over decades of pounding. Some people over the age of 40 can gain half a shoe size every 10 years.

Feet flatten out because their supporting tendons and ligaments lose their elasticity. As the tendon along the length of the sole elongates, the arch lowers.

Another reason feet enlarge is that the force of your weight thins the fat pads cushioning the bottom of the feet.

Healthy Geezer: Injections may alleviate knee pain

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I heard there’s this “goop” that you can get injected into your knee that can ease pain. True?

The “goop” is hyaluronan, a thick lubricant and shock-absorber in joint fluid. Hyaluronan injections, also called viscosupplements, are given to people with osteoarthritis.

Viscosupplementation began in Japan and Italy in 1987, in Canada in 1992, in Europe in 1995 and in the United States in 1997.

The knee, which is the largest joint in the body, is made up of the thighbone (femur), shin bone (tibia) and the kneecap (patella).

Healthy Geezer: How about more than an apple a day?

Friday, February 21, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. What happens to you if you eat more than one apple a day?

I realize that this question was meant to be humorous, but there is a serious answer to it.

Believe it or not, there is a three-apple-a-day diet, which I’ll get to later. But, first, let’s discuss an apple a day.

We have to go back in time to Wales to find the origins of “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

The earliest known record of the maxim is in an 1866 edition of Notes and Queries magazine: