20 years ago I underwent my first brain operation. I was 19 years old when I began developing severe headaches which sometimes blurred my vision. As time passed, my headaches occurred more frequently and at times, I would blackout.
Doctors first thought my symptoms could’ve been related to a more serious vision problem, or possibly from the few minor concussions I had experienced as a kid. After several tests including a CT scan, the doctors found a benign brain tumor pressing on my frontal lobe.
Prostate Cancer continues to be the most common type of cancer found in males, other than skin cancers, and remains the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men today.
Don’t take your health lightly. Attending routine doctor’s appointments, including scheduling and attending annual physicals and screenings is critical to both identifying and diagnosing prostate cancer in its earliest stages.
It can only be beneficial to become familiar with your personal risk factors for prostate cancer and to be mindful of what symptoms to watch for.
It’s no coincidence that Men’s Health Month is celebrated during the same month as Father’s Day each year. While Father’s Day is celebrated to recognize the selfless contributions that fathers and father figures make in the lives of their children, Men’s Health Month in intended to help ensure those men can stay healthy and in their families’ lives for years to come.
We all know that men and women differ in countless ways, including our nutritional needs. As women, we need certain nutrients throughout pregnancy for both our health and the health of our unborn children. In addition essential nutrients can work to help prevent diseases such as breast cancer and heart disease.
Men also need vital nutrients even more so as they reach middle-age in order to help them to maintain muscle mass, and help prevent certain diseases such as prostate cancer and heart disease.
Many of us don’t realize how much of an impact the foods we eat have on our brains. We are now being made aware more and more that "brain foods" really do exist. Studies continue to show how our diet affects our memory’s ability to function as we age.
Chocolate, ice cream, potato chips, and deep-dish pizza may taste good while going down, but they do nothing to nourish our brain or body, while typically leaving us feeling bloated and sluggish.
When you think about fitness, you may automatically think about marathons and muscles, but do you ever think about your brain fitness. Keeping our brains active and fit now gives it a better chance at staying in shape down the road.
Our brains play a critical role in every aspect of our lives, from learning, problem solving, working and playing, personality, aptitude and especially memory.
Two years ago my dad wandered off for the first time since being diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. He left the house in the middle of the night while my mom was still sleeping. Thankfully, he was wearing his MedicAlert bracelet, and was safely reunited with my mom within about an hour of leaving the house.
He is 68 years old and was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s eight years ago. Over the past few years, the disease has slowly progressed and he now needs to have someone with him at all times.