Fit over 50 Update — Reduce Red Meat

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In my and Phil Bishop's book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You, we write of the health benefits of avoiding "non-processed red meat (i.e., deli meats): A diet quality score based on the PURE study, which advocates eating more of seven key foods—fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, fish, dairy, and non-processed red meat—has been linked to lower premature deaths and reduced cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke in at least three large independent studies.Fit over 50, Essential 2 Preventive Care Order Fo50 Here CNN now reports that research “finds that changes in your red-meat-eating habits can be tied to your risk of early death.” The findings were published in the BMJ. NPR's “The Salt” blog reports that the “study, which included about 80,000 men and women,” found…
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Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — Join a Gym?

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This Q&A was adapted from my just-released-book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You. It was adapted for the September issue of Today's Christian Living. If you don't have a subscription, I highly recommend it. ORDER HERE Dear Dr. Walt, I’m looking into a gym membership. But, all of the brawny bodies there are intimidating to me. Any suggestions? —Unsure in Utah Dear Hesitant, Many folks are intimidated about going to the gym because of the muscular people they encounter. But older Americans stand to gain the most from weight lifting of any segment of our society. Researchers have found at least ten benefits to strength training as we age: Improved functional strength and flexibility, making us less vulnerable to falls or other injuries.Increased bone…
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Fit over 50 Update — Sitting Too Much Kills

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In my and Phil Bishop’s book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You, we write: “If you’re plopped on a bed, couch, or chair right now,” write the editors of Reader’s Digest, “you might have what is arguably the most common health problem in America today—sitting disease.” That might sound silly. But prolonged sitting—sedentary living—has been shown by researchers to play a significant role in many of the most troublesome health issues of our time, from obesity and heart disease to diabetes and depression.Fit over 50, Chapter 12, MOVE! (page 149) Order Fo50 Here A new study adds to what we told you in our book … Researchers from the University of Cambridge report that sitting too much results in up to twice the likelihood of premature…
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Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — How should I stretch before exercise?

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This Q&A was adapted from my just-released-book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You. It was adapted for the September issue of Today's Christian Living. If you don't have a subscription, I highly recommend it. ORDER HERE Dear Dr. Walt, I’ve been told I need to stretch before exercise. Do you recommend any particular technique? —Stiff in South Dakota Dear Inelastic, It is true that one of the biggest issues for all of us as we age is the loss of flexibility, or range of motion (ROM). Reduced ROM can cause problems ranging from inconvenience to injuries. The accumulation, over the years, of injuries to our joints may keep us from doing things we could easily do when we were younger.  I recommend static stretchingas an…
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Monthly Family Update – October 2019

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Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter: Just released, my newest book, “Fit over 50”Interview about “Fit over 50” with Dr. James DobsonLast Month’s EventsNext Month’s EventsPast Issues 1) Just released, my newest book – “Fit over 50” Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You released on August 6. You can learn more about the book and order it here. Feel free to share this information with family and friends. ORDER HERE 2) Interview about “Fit over 50” with Dr. James Dobson I was interviewed by Dr. James Dobson for his national radio program, “Family Talk” about my just-released book, “Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You.” You can listen to or download either or both podcasts here: Thursday, September 19th: listen…
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Fit over 50 Update — Sleep Sounder, Live Longer

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In my and Phil Bishop's book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You, we write (page XX): Tim Herrera, the Smarter Living editor for the New York Times, writes, “Imagine this: Someone walks up to you and pitches you on a brand new, magical pill. This pill can measurably improve your memory, overall cognitive performance, ability to learn new information, receptivity to facial cues, mood, ability to handle problems, metabolism, risk for heart disease and immune system. Would you buy it?” He answers, “Yeah, yeah, you saw this coming: That pill exists, but not in pill form. You can have all of those benefits for free, and all it takes is going to bed a little bit earlier. That’s it.” And he’s right! And, we explain why…
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Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — How important is flexibility?

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This Q&A was adapted from my just-released-book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You. It was adapted for the September issue of Today's Christian Living. If you don't have a subscription, I highly recommend it. ORDER HERE Dear Dr. Walt, I know it’s important to keep up our strength as we grow older, but I saw a news report that said it was just as important to keep up our flexibility. Is that true? —Not Flexible in Florida Dear Unbendable, It is true that one of the biggest issues for all of us as we age is the loss of flexibility, or range of motion (ROM). Reduced ROM can cause problems ranging from inconvenience to injuries. The accumulation, over the years, of injuries to our…
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Fit over 50 Update — How to Live Longer

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In my and Phil Bishop's book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You, we have a chapter titled, "Five Habits to Live Ten Years Longer (or More)!" (page 137) and another, "You Need to Know Four Numbers" to live longer (page 141). Order Fo50 Here The American Heart Association has a similar approach it calls, "Life's Simple 7." Improving your scores has been shown to improve cardiovascular risks and outcomes. The score factors in smoking, diet, physical activity, body weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood glucose levels. You can improve your score with the lifestyle changes we recommend in our book and your quantity and quality of life is likely to improve. Unfortunately, as shown in a new study over an 18-year period that ended…
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Dr. Dobson Highlights Larimore’s Newest Book

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Family Talk radio said of their broadcasts this last Thursday and Friday: On these enlightening broadcasts, Dr. Dobson has two informative conversations with Dr. Walt Larimore. They examine the health tips covered in Dr. Larimore's new book, Fit Over 50. You can still listen to or download either or both broadcasts here: Thursday, September 19th: listen or download here.Friday, September 20th: listen or download here. You can order your own copy of "Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You" here. ORDER HERE
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Dr. Walt on Dr. Dobson’s “Family Talk” Today (Part 2)

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I was grateful to be with my friend, Dr. James Dobson, in his "Family Talk" studio recently discussing my and Phil Bishop's new book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You. Dr. Dobson and I are recording today's program. We recorded two shows about the book. You can listen to today's program, PART TWO, Friday, September 20th, here. If you missed yesterday's program, PART ONE, on Thursday, September 19th, you can hear it here. You can also order a copy of the book by clicking the link below. ORDER HERE
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Dr. Walt on Dr. Dobson’s “Family Talk” Today (Part 1)

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I was grateful to be with my friend, Dr. James Dobson, in his "Family Talk" studio recently discussing my and Phil Bishop's new book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You. We've been friends since 1995. I was one of his Vice Presidents at Focus on the Family from 2001 to 2004. We recorded two shows about the book. You can listen to the first one, PART ONE, today, Thursday, September 19th, here. I'll post the link to PART TWO in the blog tomorrow. But, you can order "Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You" here. ORDER HERE
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Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — Maintaining Younger Looking Skin

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This Q&A was adapted from my just-released-book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You. It was adapted for the July issue of Today's Christian Living. If you don't have a subscription, I highly recommend it. ORDER HERE Dear Dr. Walt, I’d like younger looking skin. Is there an easy way to do this? —Young-in-Heart in California Dear Youthful, The basic answer is to avoid the UV light from the sun that both can harm and age your skin. Want proof? Look at your arm. The side on top looks older than the underside, correct? And, the upper side is one exposed the most to sunlight. Furthermore, your skin is exposed to the sun’s harmful UV rays every single time you go outside, even on cloudy…
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Fit over 50 Update — Time Outside

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In my and Dr. Philip Bishop's book, "Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You," we have an entire tip (#6 -- Get Outdoors [page 121]) in which we reveal the amazing health benefits of getting outside. We tell our readers about Japanese researchers who are describing "shinrin-yoku," which means "tak ing in the forest atmosphere" or “forest bathing,” as “the practice of spending time in a forested area in an effort to reap wellness rewards. ORDER HERE But how much nature is enough? It turns out recent research says "120 minutes a week." According to a recent report in the New York Times, “The study examined data from nearly 20,000 people in England who took part in the Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment…
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Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — How Can I Get a Safe Sun Tan?

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This Q&A was adapted from my just-released-book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You. It was adapted for the July issue of Today's Christian Living. If you don't have a subscription, I highly recommend it. Order HERE. Dear Dr. Walt, How can I safely get a suntan? —Pale in New Mexico Dear Pallid, Simply put, and this may be a shock, but you cannot. The American Society of Dermatologic Surgeons says, “There is no such thing as a healthy suntan. Any change in your natural skin color (caused by UV light) is a sign of skin damage. Evidence suggests tanning greatly increases your risk of developing skin cancer.”  But, there is a safe and effective way to get a tanned appearance – and that is by using…
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Fit over 50 Update — Blueberries Promote Heart Health

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Eating blueberries reduces the risk of a cardiovascular event In my and Phil Bishop's book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You, we write (page 32): A colleague of mine has suggested a simple formula for good health: 0-5-10-30-150. 0 = zero cigarettes; 5 = five servings of fruit and vegetables a day; 10 = ten minutes of silence, relaxation, meditation, or prayer a day; 30 = a body mass index (BMI) of less than 30; and 150 = the number of minutes of exercise per week. Order Fo50 Here The New York Times reports “researchers estimate that eating a cup of blueberries a day reduced the risk of any cardiovascular event by 13 percent and the risk of coronary heart disease by 11.4 to 14.5 percent.”…
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Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — Are Tanning Beds Harmful?

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This Q&A was adapted from my just-released-book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You. It was adapted for the July issue of Today's Christian Living. If you don't have a subscription, I highly recommend it. Order HERE Dear Dr. Walt, My wife and I are having a debate. I believe tanning beds are safe and the salon I go to says so. She’s read that they’re not safe at all. Who’s right? —Tan in New York Dear Bronzed, A friend said, “When I married Miss Right, I didn’t realize her first name was Always.” Chock another one up for the missus. When it comes to tanning beds or sun lights, I never recommend them, nor do dermatologists. According to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery…
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Fit over 50 Update — Are Dogs Owners Healthier?

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Dog Owners Get More Exercise In my and Phil Bishop's book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You, we write ... Did you know there are lots of benefits of pet ownership? The CDC reports that the bond between people and their pets can (1) increase fitness due to increased exercise, (2) lower stress, perhaps in part due to increased outdoor activities, (3) decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels, and decrease feelings of loneliness and increase opportunities for socialization.Fit over 50, page 117 Order Fo50 Here Now a New York Times article report that “dog owners are about four times more likely than other people to meet today’s physical activity guidelines, according to a large-scale new study of dogs and exercise.” Dog owners spent close to 300…
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Monthly Family Update – September 2019

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Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter: Just released, my newest book, “Fit over 50”Interview about “Fit over 50” with Dr. Nick PittsLifetime Achievement AwardToday’s Christian Living“Ask Dr. Walt” columnTSI Fan WritesLast Month’s EventsNext Month’s EventsPast Issues 1) Just released, my newest book – “Fit over 50” Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You released on August 6. You can learn more about the book and order it here. Feel free to share this information with family and friends. ORDER HERE 2) Interview about “Fit over 50” with Dr. Nick Pitts I was interviewed by Dr. Nick Pitts on the national radio program, “Point of View” about my just-released book, “Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You.” You can listen to…
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Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — How Do I Use Sunscreen?

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This Q&A was adapted from my just-released-book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You. It was adapted for the July issue of Today's Christian Living. If you don't have a subscription, I highly recommend it. Order Today Sunscreen tips from the American Academy of Dermatology (tinyurl.com/ApplySunScreen):   Most sunscreen products work by absorbing, reflecting, or scattering sunlight. They contain chemicals that interact with the skin to protect it from UV rays. All products do not have the same ingredients. If your skin reacts badly to one product, try another one or see a doctor.It takes at least 15 minutes for your skin to absorb the sunscreen and protect you. If you wait until you are in the sun to apply sunscreen, your skin is unprotected and…
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Fit over 50 Update — Walk to Live Longer

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Women who walk 2 miles a day live longer than the less active In my and Phil Bishop's book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You, we write ... “If you’re plopped on a bed, couch, or chair right now,” write the editors of Reader’s Digest, “you might have what is arguably the most common health problem in America today—sitting disease.” That might sound silly. But prolonged sitting—sedentary living—has been shown by researchers to play a significant role in many of the most troublesome health issues of our time, from obesity and heart disease to diabetes and depression. Sitting too much, according to a study from the University of Cambridge, is twice as likely to lead to premature death as being obese! Regular exercise increases…
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Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — How Do I Protect My Skin from Cancer?

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This Q&A was adapted from my just-released-book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You. It was adapted for the July issue of Today's Christian Living. If you don't have a subscription, I highly recommend it. Order the Book Here Dear Dr. Walt, We’re planning to hit the Jersey shore several times this summer and are finding all types of different advice on how to protect our skin and prevent skin cancer. Since skin cancer runs in my and my spouse’s family, count us interested. —Sun Seekers in New Jersey Dear Tan Your Hides, Reducing exposure to harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays can reduce your risk of getting skin cancer, including melanoma. The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the sun causes 90 percent of all nonmelanoma…
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Fit over 50 Update — Can Processed Foods Kill?

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Ultra-processed foods cheap, easy, but increase premature death risk In my and Phil Bishop's book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You, we write about ... Order Fo50 Here Studies link ultra-processed foods with higher CV, death risks. One study published in The BMJ associated eating ultra-processed foods with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and a second linked it to a higher risk of early death. A related editorial said that although the studies were well designed, more research is needed. © Copyright WLL, INC. 2019. This blog provides a wide variety of general health information only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from your regular physician. If you are concerned about your health, take…
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Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — Is It a Skin Lump or Cancer?

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This Q&A was adapted from my just-released-book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You. It was adapted for the July issue of Today's Christian Living. If you don't have a subscription, I highly recommend it. Order a Copy Here Dear Dr. Walt, Everybody in our family has lumps and bumps and skin growths—but how do we know when one might be cancer? —Bumps in Missouri Dear Lumps, Although there are many types of skin cancer, knowing the “ABCDE warning signs” of melanoma (the most dangerous skin cancer) can help you find not only early melanomas, but other skin cancers, also: A = Asymmetry—one half is unlike the other half.B = Border—an irregular, scalloped or poorly defined border.C = Color—is varied from one area to another;…
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