Sex, Alcohol and Dessert, Oh My!

Now that I have your attention, let me tell you just what these 3 so-called “evil” items can do for you to make your life heavenly!

Now that I have your attention, let me tell you just what these 3 so-called “evil” items can do for you to make your life heavenly!

Sex: We need to stay satisfied in all areas of our lives, so we don’t fill the void with something else, like to much unhealthy food. Healthy foods like asparagus & artichoke hearts can improve your sex drive and increase desire!

Alcohol: By raising your HDL, you increase your healthy cholesterol and make way to get rid of the bad! Drinking 1 and only 1 drink per day is OK! After dinner is the best time.

Dessert: This is a tricky subject. We could have a nice piece of fruit or maybe a low-fat cheese stick as our dessert. However, if it’s someone’s birthday or a special occasion, go ahead and have a small piece or just a bite of whatever it is you want. Afterwards, like I always say, just get right back on track with your next meal or snack. Do not deprive yourself of anything, and in doing that you’ll be successful!

Have a healthy dinner with that special someone then dessert,  maybe 1 chocolate chip cookie or a piece of fruit, or maybe even a wedge of cheese. Add an alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink of your choice, and we all know what comes next – sex! Enjoy!

Your Parent Has Dementia: What to Talk to Their Doctor About

Make sure all their doctors are aware of all the medications she is taking.

Q: My mom is 94 and has dementia. She is taking a whole medicine cabinet-full of medications and I think they actually make her fuzzier. How should I talk to her various doctors about what she is taking and if she can get off some of the meds? — Gary R., Denver, Colorado

A: Many dementia patients are taking what docs call a "polypharmacy" — three or more medications that affect their central nervous system. And we really don't know how that mixture truly affects each individual person.

A new study in JAMA Network that looked at more than 1 million Medicare patients found almost 14% of them were taking a potentially harmful mix of antidepressants, antipsychotics, antiepileptics, benzodiazepines such as Valium and Ativan, nonbenzodiazepine benzodiazepine receptor agonist hypnotics such as Ambien or Sonata, and opioids. And almost a third of those folks were taking five or more such medications. The most common medication combination included an antidepressant, an antiepileptic, and an antipsychotic. Gabapentin was the most common medication — often for off-label uses, such as to ease chronic pain or treat psychiatric disorders, according to the researchers from the University of Michigan.

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