PREVENTION & HEALTH

Browse for articles and tips on things like keeping your blood pressure down, healthy eating, physical fitness, lifelong learning and other ways to prevent disease and stay healthy as you age.

7 Strategies for Getting Over Your Fear of Going to the Dentist

"There's a stigma associated with the dentist, and I think it stems from the fear of pain," she says. "I've had patients tell me that their toothache hurts worse than giving birth. Oral pain is very real, but if you see a dentist regularly, many of the painful issues can be prevented. Additionally, thanks to advances in technology, for many, dentistry can be a pain-free experience."

By Ruben Castaneda

For US News & World Report

A Simple New Blood Test That Can Catch Cancer Early

Jimmy Lin is developing technologies to catch cancer months to years before current methods. He shares a breakthrough technique that looks for small signals of cancer's presence via a simple blood test, detecting the recurrence of some forms of the disease 100 days earlier than traditional methods. It could be a ray of hope in a fight where early detection makes all the difference.

Jimmy Lin at TED2017

When to Get Your Bone Density Tested

"The guidelines, issued by the United States Preventive Services Task Force, suggest that all women 65 and older undergo bone density screening, a brief, noninvasive, safe and inexpensive test covered by Medicare. It is called a DEXA scan. For women past menopause who are younger than 65, the guidelines say a scan may be appropriate depending on their risk factors for osteoporosis."

By Jane E. Brody 

For The New York Times

Understand Your Numbers

"Understand what your blood pressure numbers mean, and learn the consequences of not committing to a plan to lower your blood pressure."

American Heart Association

12 Signs That A Thyroid May Not Be Working As It Should

"According to the American Thyroid Association, about 12 percent of Americans will have thyroid conditions at some point in their lives. By their estimate, 20 million Americans currently have thyroid conditions, but over half completely unaware."

Healthy Way

How to Exercise Safely When You Have Osteoporosis

"Weight-bearing exercise is one of the best ways to prevent osteoporosis, and it can also help to maintain bone density in people who have been diagnosed with osteoporosis or osteopenia. Some other forms of exercise, such as strength-training and balance training — both of which can also be weight-bearing — can also be helpful in preventing falls and making it easier to perform tasks of daily living."

By Ingrid Strauch 

For Everyday Health