PATHS TO HEALTHY AGING by Dr. Azarani and Dr. Ayati is now available in electronic format (Kindle, Nook, & iTunes) in addition to the print format (Create Space, Amazon, & B&N). This simple workbook covers key topics in healthy aging--nutrition, mental health, physical health, medications and choosing the right physician—with suggested action plans for each. It contains clear explanations of important aspects of the science of aging based on current research combined with practical advice that is punctuated with vivid and inspiring stories. This book guides you toward creating a joyful and sustainable lifestyle to take you along the path to healthy aging.
Research has shown that many diseases (such as diabetes, heart and kidney diseases, oral cancer, pancreatic cancer, leukemia, etc.) have oral manifestations, including swollen gums, gum disease, mouth ulcers, and dry mouth. Poor oral health can also lead to other health problems including digestion disorders (such as bloating, belching, gas, indigestion, abdominal pain, nausea, irritable bowel syndrome, intestinal failure, etc.), oral and facial pain (due to dental and gum disease), weight loss, and frailty. Improper jaw alignment can lead to jaw pains and headaches. Also, if you suffer from chronic arthritis you can develop pain in the jaw, specifically in the temporomandibular (TM) joint that attaches the jaw to the skull. This sometimes manifests itself as a headache, and it can interfere with chewing food.
Make sure to brush and floss your teeth at least twice per day, eat a healthy balanced diet, avoid cigarettes (which may contribute to gum disease and oral cancer) and visit your dentist at least every six months so that she/he can keep an eye on your dental and oral health. Always share your up-to-date medical history and a list of your medications with your dentist, and your dental history with your primary care provider or geriatrician.
Mehrdad Ayati, MD, Board Certified in Geriatrics and Family Medicine
WEIGHT LOSS IN THE GERIATRIC POPULATION
It is very alarming to me when my patients or their family members report weight loss--more alarming than if they are overweight, have high blood pressure or uncontrolled blood sugar levels! Scientific studies tell us that weight loss in older adults is associated with an increased rate of disease and death. Data indicate that even the loss of a small percent of weight over a three-year period is associated with multiple negative health outcomes such as frailty, fatigue, a higher risk of infection, delirium (confusion) and an increased death rate in the elderly.
Dr. M. Ayati, Geriatrician, Board Certified in Geriatrics and Family Medicine