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    50+: Live Better, Longer

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    1. Eating to Control Diabetes and Blood Sugar

      What you eat -- and when you eat it -- can affect your blood sugar levels. These food tips, in addition to following your doctor’s advice, can help keep your blood sugar levels in check. "When you’ve spent a lifetime developing eating habits, you can't just flip a switch and change them overnight,"

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    2. Help a Loved One Eat Right

      It may take a little work to figure out what's keeping your loved one from eating, but once you do, you can help. Two experts -- Mary Fennell Lyles, MD, and geriatrics dietitian Dixie Yow, RD, offer these tips to make sure your loved one is getting the nutrition they need. "You have to investigate a

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    3. Healthy Aging: What Can You Control?

      When it comes to aging, Bebe Shaw didn't hit the genetic lottery. Her mother died from congestive heart failure, her father of a heart condition. The younger of her two brothers had a heart attack at age 52, and her younger sister is on the verge of congestive heart failure. Shaw, 69, has high chole

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    4. The Secret to Healthy Aging

      Who doesn't wish for a fountain of youth? Magical youth-restoring springs exist only in legend, but science does point to a few simple, healthy habits that can help extend your life. Heather Whitson, MD, associate professor of medicine (geriatrics) at Duke University School of Medicine, shares the m

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    5. Leading Causes of Disability

      Your odds of becoming disabled before you retire are about 1 in 3. And some of the causes of disability might surprise you. Some conditions that cause people to miss work include: Arthritis Back pain Heart disease Cancer Depression Diabetes Here's a closer look at some of the most common disabling c

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    6. Improve Your Odds for a Long and Healthy Life

      You know the story: Somebody's 99-year-old aunt never exercised, smoked her whole life, and lived on a diet of red meat and ice cream. So why bother with healthy living, right? "For every one person who lives a long life of unhealthy choices, there are countless others who die prematurely because of

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    7. How to Ease the Financial Pain of Sports Injuries

      Playing sports is good for you in many ways. It's a great way to be active, connect with friends, ease stress, and enjoy your free time. Still, injuries can happen. If you've had a sports injury, here are five ways to minimize the impact on your wallet. Have you had a doctor check out your injury? T

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    8. Heart Disease: What Are the Medical Costs?

      Heart disease can affect more than your health. It can have an impact on your finances, too. Here's a rundown of the costs of heart disease -- and some advice about how you can protect your wallet. In 2010, the cost of cardiovascular disease in the U.S. was about $444 billion. That includes costs fo

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    9. Exercises to Lower Your Blood Sugar

      It’s never too late to reap the benefits of exercise, whether you’re 45 or 95. First of all, it simply makes you feel good to move. By becoming more active, you can also lower your blood sugar to keep diabetes under control. “You don’t need to run a marathon to get results,” says Dawn Sherr, RD, of

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    10. Safe Sex for Grown-Ups

      When dance instructor Joan Price of Sebastopol, Calif., met the love of her life in her line dancing class at the age of 57, she was already wise to the steps and spins of modern dating, especially when it came to sex. She had been dating for years following her divorce, mostly short-term relationsh

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