SOCIAL ISOLATION IS ON THE RISE, AND CAN ADVERSELY AFFECT HEALTH
BY ROBYN PASSANTE
It’s common knowledge that loneliness and social isolation can lead to depression — and vice versa. But feeling lonely for an extended period can be detrimental to one’s health in a variety of other ways, some of which might not seem all that obvious.
“Research is coming out that that social connectedness is one of the most protective things, particularly as people age,” said Bluffton psychologist Maria Malcolm. “When you think about loneliness and social isolation, it’s a stressor on your mind and on your body, and it’s well-documented that when you are experiencing chronic stress, that is going to negatively impact a lot.”
GET THE SKINNY ON HOW, WHAT AND WHY YOU EAT
By Robyn Passante
In the fight against fat, there are those who count calories and those who count carbs. But what really counts, says local wellness counselor Erin Risius, is the what, how and why we eat.
The following are specific symptoms typically associated with certain cancer types:
Some common gastrointestinal cancer symptoms include: cramps, bloating, gas pain, changes in bowel/bladder habits, constipation, diarrhea, bloody stools, rectal bleeding, anemia, and/or jaundice. Learn more about symptoms of colorectal cancer.
Some common gynecologic cancer symptoms include: abnormal vaginal bleeding (after menopause, between periods, following sexual intercourse), pain during intercourse, pelvic/back pain, pain on urination, and/or watery, white or pinkish vaginal discharge. Learn more about symptoms of ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, or cervical cancer. (more…)
According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, the following are warning signs of a medical emergency:
– Bleeding that will not stop
– Breathing problems (difficulty breathing, shortness of breath)
– Change in mental status (such as unusual behavior, confusion, difficulty arousing)
The most common sign of stroke is sudden weakness of the face, arm or leg, most often on one side of the body.
Other warning signs can include: (more…)
Many people want to build up some “insurance” against dementia and other memory problems. But there’s no need to invest in pricey brain-training programs. Instead, do-it-yourself lifestyle changes have been shown to help ward off memory loss and dementia, reports the February 2015 Harvard Women’s Health Watch. The following strategies lead the list:
The renowned American writer, John Gregory Dunne died in 2003 of a sudden heart attack minutes after he and his wife, Joan Didion visited their dying daughter in the ICU.
In her best-selling memoir following his death, The Year of Magical Thinking, Didion says, “research to date has shown that, like many other stressors, grief frequently leads to changes in the endocrine, immune, autonomic nervous, and cardiovascular systems.”
When someone feels intense emotions, the body’s stress response kicks in. “Broken-heart syndrome” is a cardiac disorder with psychogenic dimensions that mimics a heart attack. But in this condition, unlike the typical heart attack, the coronary arteries are open.
The skin is the largest organ – about 20 feet long if laid flat – and a very public venue where you willingly and unwillingly express emotions.
Psychological stress can exacerbate skin disorders, including hives, eczema, psoriasis, urticaria (itching), acne and rosacea. Tens of millions of Americans suffer from chronic skin ailments, and one of the most serious is cancer.