According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, many sight-stealing conditions can be prevented or slowed down with proper care and simple lifestyle adjustments such as:

1. Avoid inverted postures in yoga. Studies show head-down positions can increase eye pressure and are not recommended for glaucoma patients.

2. Avoid tight neckties. Researchers say that a too-tight necktie may increase the risk of glaucoma by increasing blood pressure inside the eyes.

3. Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, especially green, leafy ones. One study showed that people who ate more leafy vegetables have a 20 to 30 percent lower risk of developing glaucoma.

4. Exercise regularly. According to the National Eye Institute, eating a healthy diet and getting exercise have been shown in earlier studies to protect against age-related macular degeneration. People who engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity also appear to have a lower risk of developing glaucoma.

For more information, visit www.aao.org/eyecareamerica.


Tips for women to get doctors to listen

A recent article from www.health.com shares tips from Maya Dusenbery, author of “Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed and Sick.”

To get doctors to listen and take issues seriously, Dusenbery suggests the following:

Educate yourself: Connect with those sharing similar symptoms, learn about tests that are offered and investigate your family health history.

Be specific about your symptoms: Describe symptoms specifically like where it hurts, when the issue started and remedies you’ve tried.

Insist “This is not normal”: “Trust that you know when something is wrong,” Dusenbery writes, and speak up.

Switch doctors: If necessary, ask for a referral to another doctor.


‘Phubbing’ threatens basic human needs

“New research has shown that ignoring someone you’re with in a social setting to concentrate on your mobile phone — called ‘phubbing’ — can have a negative effect on relationships by threatening our basic human need to belong,” according to a recent story at sciencedaily.com.

The study from the University of Kent studied individuals who were being phubbed in a one-to-one social setting. In the study, 153 participants watched an animation of a conversation and imagined themselves as one of the people shown.

It found that phubbing negatively affected how people felt about that one-to-one interaction.

Researchers said this form of social exclusion threatens fundamental needs of belonging, self-esteem, meaningful existence and control.


Advice from ‘aging’s rock stars’

A recent Kaiser Health News story discussed how two strangers from opposite ends of the country and with opposing political views, Harlene Goodrich, 80, and Dorothy Kelly, 91, are “aging’s rock stars.”

The two agreed on some basics for aging well:

— Forming and reforming circles of supportive friends

— Actively participating in political and non-political groups

— Finding outlets for creative talents

— Keeping physically active

— Staying emotionally active in ways that inspire the mind and nurture the spirit

They also said to say yes to opportunities and cited humor as one of the most important necessities.

“Humor is an important thing when you reach the point in your life when every week contains at least one doctor’s appointment,” Goodrich said.

— Brandpoint