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Here’s How Strokes Happen to the Young

Luke Perry’s death, following a massive stroke, is both a tragedy and a bit of a mystery. The actor was just 52 years old, and the vast majority of strokes occur in much older people.

Mr. Perry’s family has not offered details about the medical findings, but deaths from stroke in younger age groups are rare. About seven in one million Americans under age 50 die annually from strokes caused by a blocked blood vessel, and nine per million die from a brain hemorrhage, the two main types of strokes.

While stroke can be as devastating in younger patients as in older ones, risk factors vary significantly between the two groups.

Here are some of the most common causes of fatal stroke in a man of Mr. Perry’s age, according to Dr. Lee H. Schwamm, director of the comprehensive stroke center at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Dr. Lawrence R. Wechsler, chairman of the department of neurology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Arterial dissection. The lining of an artery tears and separates from the vessel wall. A blood clot forms at the site of the tear and travels to the brain, eventually blocking the flow of blood to brain tissue.

This can happen after a sudden movement of the neck, including neck manipulation by a chiropractor or when playing sports. In some cases, Dr. Wechsler said, it has happened to people riding roller coasters.

No one knows why some people are vulnerable. It seems to have genetic links less than 1 percent of the time, according to Dr. Schwamm.

A patent foramen ovale, or “a hole in the heart.” When a baby takes its first breath, a passageway between the left side and right side of the heart is supposed to close. In about 25 percent of people, it remains open. In some of these people, the hole can raise the odds of stroke.

Small blood clots normally get swept into the lungs, where they are cleared. People with a P.F.O. may have a blood clot that instead crosses the heart and is swept to the brain.

A blood clot the size of a pencil tip can kill, Dr. Schwamm said. But unless a P.F.O. causes a nonfatal stroke, doctors do not close it; it doesn’t cause problems, and most people never even know they have it.

Blood clots. Some people, usually because they have a genetic mutation, are prone to developing blood clots that can travel to the brain.

A heart defect or rhythm disturbance. A structural heart defect can be caused by various things, such as damage from a previous massive heart attack. As a result, clots can form inside the heart and be ejected into the bloodstream and enter the brain.

Clots also can form because a person has a heart rhythm disturbance such as atrial fibrillation.

Artery narrowing. Some drugs can make arteries suddenly close, cutting off blood to the brain. In younger patients, this narrowing often is caused by the use of stimulants or drugs that interfere with the neurotransmitter serotonin.

An aneurysm or an arteriovenous malformation. An aneurysm is a balloon-like bulge in a blood vessel. An arteriovenous malformation is a tangle of blood vessels containing arteries and veins.

When either is present, a vessel in the brain can suddenly burst, flooding the tissue with blood and causing a stroke.

Sometimes these problematic blood vessels cause symptoms such as minor seizures, Dr. Wechsler said. In those situations, neurologists may intervene and try to remove them.

But many people never know they have an underlying problem until they suffer a brain hemorrhage.

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What You Should Know About the Zika Virus

Many people are unaware of the Zika virus. That is because it is extremely rare and was once exclusive to the specific regions of Asia and Africa closest to the equator. However, in recent years, the virus has made its way to Central America and Mexico, as well as the Caribbean islands, and now many parts of the US. Zika is transmitted to humans by a type of mosquito that is only active in the daytime. This mosquito is known as Aedes, and can be identified by its unusual white markings.

Read: Important information from the CDC on Zika

Zika Symptoms

This virus, which causes Zika fever in humans, is closely related to West Nile and yellow fever. An infected human may experience conjunctivitis, which causes red eyes and irritation. Some will also experience a mild fever and joint pain, as well as occasional rashes. However, many people who contract Zika will suffer no symptoms at all. Serious illness is uncommon and death by Zika is nearly unheard of.

Symptoms may resemble those of the dengue condition. Dengue is transmitted by the same mosquito genus, which is why a blood test is a good idea. It is important to know which virus you have to fully understand the seriousness of your condition. Be sure to inform your doctor of any trips you have recently taken, as Zika may be transmitted from one location to another. If an infected human is bitten by a mosquito, that mosquito may transfer the virus to another human, creating a greater health risk for those in your community.

If allowed to spread, the Zika virus could potentially thrive in the southern United States, as well as northern Australia and most of the South American continent. Despite being a mild virus, it is crucial that all sufferers do their part in containing the virus and preventing it from spreading to new regions. If you live in or have visited some of these regions and believe that you are infected, talk with your doctor immediately.

Zika Virus Treatment

Unfortunately, there are no medical treatments for Zika. In fact, rest is one of the few ways to deal with the illness. It is also recommended that the sufferer remain as hydrated as possible and use common over the counter pain and headache medicine to reduce the severity of their symptoms. The virus typically lasts for a week or less, after which it leaves the blood stream permanently. Just one week of precaution could help prevent the spread of Zika.

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Fasting Before a Cholesterol Screening

After scheduling your wellness visit at one of our two convenient Long Island locations, your physician may ask that you don’t eat or drink anything after midnight the night before the appointment. The reason for this is so that your doctor can order a fasting lipid panel. A lipid panel is a test that measures the fats or lipids in your blood. These are total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides.

There is some controversy over whether the test results are more accurate if you have fasted. New studies have shown that there isn’t a significant difference in cholesterol test results, but there could be higher triglyceride levels after having eaten. Both high cholesterol and high triglyceride levels could be indicators of a risk for heart disease.

One of the issues with not having fasted before your blood is drawn for a lipid panel is that your doctor, or the lab, will delay the test until such time that you can return after having fasted. This is sometimes counterproductive because of a person’s busy schedule. The patient may not have the time to schedule another test, or may just not bother if it is inconvenient.

For this reason, some health care professionals will go forward with the testing if the patient hasn’t fasted. The test results will still be a good indicator of lipid levels. Either way, it is very important to have this test performed so that your doctor can take immediate action if he feels you are at risk for cardiovascular disease.

Be Proactive with Your Health Care

The take-away from this information is that you, as the patient, need to be proactive with your preventative care. When you make an appointment for a physical, always ask if you will need to fast before arriving at the office or lab, and for how long. If you have not fasted, or just forgot, tell your provider before your blood is drawn. That way, he can be cognizant of how the test results might be adjusted to reflect a more accurate reading, especially for your triglyceride levels.

It is important that you schedule a wellness visit or physical once a year, or as recommended by your doctor and/or medical insurance provider. This visit should include a lipid panel test, requiring a blood draw to check cholesterol levels and triglycerides.

Schedule Your Cholesterol Screening Today

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Understanding the Highs and Lows of Testosterone

Getting a high, or even normal testosterone reading, offers some bragging rights for some men once they hit a certain age range. This may be the reason why most men can’t go two feet without seeing an add for testosterone supplements. But what does the average man know about testosterone and what is considered normal testosterone levels? Let’s explore a bit.

Normal testosterone levels in men range from about 300 to 1,000 nanograms per deciliter of blood. For men that are within normal testosterone range levels, elevating their testosterone may not show much of a difference in your energy levels, libido, and overall confidence, but for those men that are under normal levels, it could be life changing.

“You don’t see the big improvement once men are within the normal range,” said Dr. Shalender Bhasin, an endocrinologist and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. The largest differences in terms of energy and sex drive are when men go from below-normal to normal levels.

In a 2015 study, sex drive was improved in men who were considered to have lower than normal testosterone levels – around 230. For those that were already considered to be in the normal range of about 300 to 500, there was no major difference to report.

Around the age of 30, men can expect testosterone levels to decrease, on average, approximately 1 percent per year. While the initial drop may not be too noticeable, for men in their 40’s to 60’s, the drop in testosterone levels can be debilitating. Loss of testosterone over a sustained amount of time can lead to symptoms of loss of libido, sluggishness, and depression, according to some studies.

The Food and Drug Administration approves testosterone therapy in the form of gels and injections for men with levels under 300. Men that have had a stroke or heart attack within the last six months, or who are at a greater risk for prostate cancer, should avoid testosterone therapy.

Testosterone therapy and treatment has also exploded as a niche industry, catering to men suffering from low testosterone levels. Companies like Ehormones MD, with locations throughout the country, help men take a proactive approach towards treating the effects often associated with low testosterone.

Hormone and testosterone therapy companies typically provide full-service when it comes to treatment. Patients can often expect an initial consultation, scheduled lab work, meeting with a physician that regularly treats low testosterone patients, prescribed testosterone therapy treatment, and more.

However, it’s important to understand that testosterone therapy services like those provided by Ehormones MD are not a one or two month process, and patients should be aware that longer commitments, like gym memberships, are often the norm.

Joshua Zuckerman, Ehormones MD President, states that “a patient must be on hormone replacement therapy for a minimum six months to achieve full benefits, but most choose our 12-month program due to the volume discounts” the pharmacy offers for longer-term commitments.

If you feel that you may be a candidate for testosterone therapy, or have additional questions on the topic, speak with your physician to get a full understanding of what normal testosterone levels are in men of your age.

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10 Healthy Foods to Improve Your Mood

While many believe “comfort” foods, like macaroni and cheese, greasy fries or a Boston-crème doughnut, will help them feel better, the scientific evidence disagrees. The research on which foods have a long-lasting influence on mood suggests a feel good treat should actually be something that is good for you!

The article “Diet and Mental Health,” published on, reports research suggests what people eat may affect both their physical and mental health. According to another study, published in Nutritional Neuroscience, it is just as important to minimize consumption of prepackaged and high-processed foods as it is to eat more wholesome foods. Not only will a healthful/wholesome diet help control your weight, there is scientific evidence that strongly suggests better dietary choices can help ward off symptoms of sadness.

Oral Health

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The American Dental Association also points out that a well-balanced diet with a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein will help your teeth stay healthy. For more information on how nutrition can benefit your oral health, contact your local dentist for more information.


nuts to improve health

All nuts are densely packed with protein, fiber and beneficial fats. You should try to eat about one ounce of mixed nuts every day. While all nuts contain highly-value nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids, walnuts, almonds and especially cashews are the go-to nuts for improving attitude.

Cashews have been making headlines for years as a potential natural antidepressant because the nuts contain high levels of vitamin B3 and magnesium. Additionally, cashews contain L-tryptophan, an amino acid the body uses to synthesize serotonin, a “feel-good” neurotransmitter.

Grass-Fed Beef

grassfed beef improves mood

Jacka says high-quality proteins are an essential component of an attitude-boosting diet. She also points out that grass-fed beef is an excellent example of a high-quality protein as well as a solid source of omega-3 fatty acids that have both shown promise in managing depression. Studies have also shown a correlation between high blood-sugar levels and negative feelings. Protein is vital in balancing blood-sugar levels, which has a significant role in controlling depression and mental illness.

Researchers from Australia sought to demonstrate how red meat benefits those with depression and anxiety in 2012. They looked at a group of 1,046 women aged 20 to 93 years, and found something jaw dropping.

The women who ate less than three to four servings of lamb or beef weekly were twice as likely to get a depression and/or anxiety diagnosis. That’s right: TWICE as likely. The researchers also discovered that lifestyle and demographics could not have accounted for the result.

A single serving of grass-fed beef is also a good source of vitamins B2, B3 and B6 and contains nearly 50 percent of the USDA recommended daily amount of vitamin B12! Grass-fed beef is also an incredibly high source of protein and contains essential amino acids like cysteine, histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tyrosine, tryptophan and valine. All of these nutrients have been shown to have benefits in boosting mental health.


salmon improves mood

While it has long been touted as “brain” food, fish is a food that has shown a multitude of health benefits across myriad of studies. According to findings published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, fish plays a substantial role in numerous traditional regional diets, such as the Mediterranean and Japanese diets, many of which show anti-depressive benefits. Jacka suggests consuming three-ounces of fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon, two or three times a week. As an added bonus, the American Dental Association says that because it is so rich in important vitamins and minerals, like calcium and Vitamin D, eating fish is a good way to keep your teeth strong.

Whole Grains

whole grains improve mood

Eating high fiber, unprocessed whole grains, instead of refined flours and processed-flour products, will benefit both your body and enhance your attitude. Marjorie Nolan Cohn, RD, CDN, a New York based dietitian, says keeping blood-sugar levels stable by not overindulging in sweets and highly-refined simple carbohydrates helps to stabilize blood-sugar levels that in turn help to regulate neurotransmitter secretions. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, men should consume 38 grams of fiber a day and women should get 25 grams a day.


fruit to improve mood

A review of studies published in the journal Nutrition examined the correlation between high fruit consumption and depression. The review showed a strong relationship between eating a lot of fruit and lower incidence of feeling depressed. This is believed due to the high levels of macro and micronutrients, including vitamins and minerals contained in most fruits.

Consuming a wide variety of fruits, especially bananas and blueberries, is ideal. Bananas are sweet and healthful treat that have been shown to increase feelings of “happiness.” A study published by the US National Library of Medicine, “Effects of Acute Blueberry Flavonoids on Mood in Children and Young Adults,” show blueberries to have potential benefits for improving attitude. The USDA recommends people try to eat about two cups of fruit a day.


Going for a carrot, instead of a chocolate-chip cookie, when you are feeling down may not be your first thought. However, the science says root vegetables and greens are the better choice. Jacka points out that the same research that links higher-fruit intake with improved disposition also suggests that increasing vegetable intake positively correlates with the same result. Leafy-green vegetables also have many amazing health benefits, as the plants are very high in crucial vitamins and minerals like calcium and folic acid. The American Dental Association also chimes in here, reporting that these nutrients are crucial for strong teeth and gums!

Fermented Foods

fermented foods improve mood

Rapidly emerging and expanding research in gut-health issues is suggesting diet choice is critical in maintaining the intestinal microbiota that appears to affect both health and behavior. Fermented foods like sauerkraut and certain yogurts are quality sources of these beneficial bacteria, known as probiotics.

Peas and Beans

peas and beans improve mood

A study published in The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging showed beans, peas and legumes are a large part of the Mediterranean diet and seem to play a role in helping to manage temperament. Peas and beans also help support a health gut by supplying prebiotics that sustain beneficial gut bacteria.

Hot Chocolate

hot chocolate improves mood

While the ADA may not be too crazy about this one, a study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology looked at the cognitive benefits of consuming one chocolate drink a day for one month. The study found people who drank coco had the highest boost in positive feelings, believed due to the polyphenol content in hot chocolate.


coffee improves mood

The results of a dozen studies, reported in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, suggests that drinking just one cup of caffeinated coffee a day could boost both short- and long-term mood, The study showed that protection tops out at 400 milliliters, or about two cups, of coffee per day.


Are there specific foods that help your mood? Feel free to comment below!

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Is there a genetic factor to strokes?

Having a stroke can be a difficult time in anyone’s life. While it is not always easy to determine just what may cause someone to suffer a devastating stroke, experts believe there is a genetic component regarding the risk factors that can lead to this medical event. The following is an overview of how you can reduce your risk of suffering a serious stroke.

High Blood Pressure Can Lead to Stroke

Many people have a family history of hypertension which is also known as high blood pressure. If anyone in your immediate family has this condition, it can raise your risk of suffering strokes or life-threatening blood clots.

Obesity Can Lead to Stroke

Being overweight can also raise your risk of heart related problems. If you have a family history of obesity, you can reduce your risk by taking steps to lose weight and keep it within normal limits.

High Blood Cholesterol

High cholesterol can be hereditary and a precursor to strokes. If you have not had a recent cholesterol screening, now is the time to do it so you can take steps to reduce it if necessary. High cholesterol can cause blood to thicken and lead to blood clots as well as strokes.

Stroke and Effects of Diabetes

If you have diabetes, you know how important it is to eat a healthy diet. Keeping your blood sugar steady will enhance your health and keep the risk of heart attacks, strokes and blood clots at bay.

Lifestyle Choices Impact Likelihood of Stroke

There are some lifestyle choices that can raise your risk of having serious strokes. Some things you can do now to prevent health problems are:

  • Quit Smoking
  • Eat A Healthy Diet
  • Exercise Most Days Of The Week
  • Lose Weight

Stroke Risk Factors

There are certain things that increase your risk of strokes. Some of these risk factors include:

  • Being Over 55 Years Old
  • Having A Family History Of Strokes
  • Being A Woman
  • Being African American
  • Having A History Of Prior Strokes

If you have a family history of strokes, it is important to schedule regular physicals and checkups with your physician to determine how you can reduce your risk of suffering one yourself. This is especially important if you have had strokes previously, as this may increase your risk significantly. Taking the time to eat right, see your doctor and exercise can help reduce your risk of strokes even if you have a family history of the condition.

Simple Rules for Living a Healthy Lifestyle

Simple Rules for Living a Healthy Lifestyle

In today’s world, many people are attempting to learn as much about nutrition as possible. Taking this step is important and advantageous because eating foods that promote mental and physical well-being can provide a wide range of wonderful, life-giving benefits. Some of them include clearer thinking, mood stability, and boosted immunity. Luckily, there are several simple rules for eating well you can follow to ensure that you can lead a life of balance and wellness. Here are some of them:

Avoid Foods That Have Been Processed

One of the most important steps to follow as you pursue a lifestyle of healthy eating is avoiding foods that have been processed. When you eat unprocessed foods consistently, you prevent your body from being bogged down from the wide variety of potentially dangerous chemicals that are now systematically incorporated into food products. Processed foods also have a higher potential to lead to heart disease. Note that there are a wide range of delicious natural foods that you can consume regularly, including fruits and vegetables. Also be sure to choose brown rice instead of white rice. And rather than selecting refined grains, choose whole grains. Finally, eating two fresh oranges is much better than buying an eight-ounce glass of orange juice.

Stay Hydrated by Drinking More Water

The majority of Americans are dehydrated, and this is a primary factor leading to a wide range of unwanted health conditions. Some of them include constipation, frequent headaches, and mood instability. To avoid these unwanted outcomes, make sure that you start drinking more water every day. One simple way to make it happen is filling a 64 ounce water bottle with liquid and carrying it with you throughout the day. Try to empty the bottle before the day ends. Also get in the habit of consuming more water-rich foods such as apples and oranges.

Choose Your Restaurants Wisely

Many health coaches now advise people to prepare their own food as frequently as possible. This is a wonderful way to ensure that you know what’s going in your mouth, but it’s also important to note that many if not most people will still want to dine out at least occasionally. To ensure that you can enjoy a delicious, nutritious meal and not have to worry about what’s going in your food, make sure that you choose your restaurant wisely. Ideally, you want to select restaurants that create all of their menu items with unprocessed foods.

Find the Ideal Doctor

Periodically consulting with your physician regarding your food choices and how they’re impacting your level of wellness is a good idea. The key to success with choosing a physician is finding someone whose opinion you trust. Note that having a medical physical is a wonderful way to help you determine whether your diet might be impacting things such as your weight, body mass index, blood pressure, etc.


Implement These Healthy Eating Strategies Today!

If you’re serious about leading an incredible life, know that eating well is imperative. Use the information located in this outline to get on the road to a life of wellness right now!

If you have specific questions about your health or need a physicians opinion on leading the best lifestyle, contact Sisselman Medical Group today.

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Are you at risk for cardiovascular disease?

Cardiovascular disease, or heart disease, is a condition that affects the function and structures of your heart. Causes of heart disease includes multiple factors, such as atherosclerosis, which is the hardening and narrowing of the arteries due to plaque build-up, abnormal heart valves which affects how blood flows through the heart, diseased heart muscle (such as from a heart attack), birth defects of the heart, and abnormal heart rhythms. Heart disease is currently the number one cause of death in the United States.

Risks of Heart Disease

There are two categories of risks related to heart disease: modifiable and non-modifiable. Modifiable risks include factors that can be changed, such as smoking, physical inactivity, poor diet, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Non-modifiable factors are factors that can’t be changed. Examples of non-modifiable factors includes family history of heart disease, age (there is a greater risk over 65 years old), ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status related to stress, anxiety, and depression.

Having a single risk factor does not necessarily mean you will develop heart disease, but having multiple factors does increase your risk. Your doctor will discuss your family history and assess your risk during your regular health visits and will order further testing, such as blood tests or an EKG, if necessary. Early identification of risk factors can help promote your heart health.

Symptoms of Heart Disease

The symptoms experienced varies from person to person and depends on the type of heart disease you have. For example, if you have heart disease involving the blood vessels, you may experience chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, and pain in the neck, jaw, or upper back. Patients with heart disease involving weak heart muscle may experience fatigue, swollen feet or legs, irregular heart beats, and breathlessness.

Heart Disease Prevention

Prevention of heart disease requires being aware of modifiable risk factors. Making changes to your diet and exercise are important. Lifestyle choices such as avoiding smoking and managing your stress are also essential. Additionally, regularly meet with your trusted family physician for wellness visits and physical exams and to discuss any necessary changes to your health. Sisselman Medical Group is happy to provide cardiovascular risk assessments for our patients.

If applicable to your situation, your health care provider will also discuss warning signs of a heart attack and stroke during your visit. Help keep your heart healthy by scheduling an appointment with Sisselman Medical Group at either their Massapequa or Commack office locations.


Are you at risk for glaucoma?

Glaucoma is an eye disease that affects an estimated 2.7 million people in the United States. It is most often associated with increased pressure within the eye that damages the optical nerve, but higher eye pressure is not always present. It is a progressive condition that can eventually lead to blindness. New diagnostic glaucoma techniques and treatments can help to preserve your vision. If you have a family member who the condition, you should familiarize yourself with the risk factors for this serious vision problem, so you can protect your vision throughout your life.

Glaucoma Symptoms

There are two forms of the disease, the open-angle type and the angle-closure type. In the open-angle type, there are typically no symptoms in the early stages. This absence of symptoms means that vision loss can progress significantly before it is noticed. In angle-closure, the individual may notice a variety of vision problems, such as:

· Hazy vision or blurring

· Rainbow-colored haloes around lights

· Severe pain in the eyes or in the head

· Nausea and vomiting accompanying pain

· Sudden vision loss

Risk Factors for Developing Glaucoma

Individuals who have a family history of the disease are at higher risk for developing it themselves. People over the age of 40 are more likely to develop this eye condition than younger individuals. If you are nearsighted or farsighted, you are at greater risk. If you have high pressure in the eyes, you are at increased risk. Individuals with diabetes, migraines or circulatory problems, you may be at higher risk. Those who have had an injury to the eyes may have increased risk. Also, African Americans and those of Hispanic heritage are at greater risk. In addition, people with thin corneas or thin optic nerves are at greater risk for this eye disease. Your eye doctor can tell you if you have these issues.

Sisselman Medical Group Offers Glaucoma Screenings

Sisselman Medical Group offers a wide range of services at reasonable cost, including the glaucoma test to make it easy for you to schedule regular monitoring of this eye disease. Because this eye disease is not always easy to detect, we provide a number of testing methods. Your glaucoma test score range will indicate if there are changes in the eyes that are consistent with the disease. A number of treatments are available to delay progress of the condition.

If you are at risk for developing this eye condition, make sure your eyes are tested regularly for signs of this sight-stealing disease. Contact Sisselman Medical Group today at our Massapequa office or our Commack office to schedule your screening by a physician, so you can start early treatment that will protect your vision.

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Is it harder to lose weight as we get older?

As we get older, our bodies change. Unfortunately, for many, this makes it difficult to lose weight. Those at a high weight lose it less easily than they would have in their 20s. So, what exactly slows down the body’s ability to lose weight and stay at a healthy weight as it ages? There are several factors involved in this answer.

Slower Metabolism As We Age

The first is that, as the body ages, it has a slower metabolism. In fact, metabolism slows at a rate of about 5-8% per decade. Weight gain in previous years can affect your metabolism, even if you are able to lose that weight. You will need to consume fewer calories per day than those who have not experienced a dramatic weight gain and weight loss. After you hit 50, each calorie counts. If you keep eating like you did at 25, your body won’t be able to metabolize the nutrients like it did at that age, and this, of course, can make it difficult to lose weight.

Declining Levels of Sex Hormones As We Age

In addition to your metabolism slowing down as your body ages, your sex hormone levels decrease. Women might find themselves gaining about a pound each year during peri-menopause and menopause. Your body’s changing hormone levels impact your appetite and energy levels. This is when we tend to become more sedentary since we simply do not feel like we have enough energy to get sufficient exercise. Ghrelin (a hormone secreted in the stomach) increases when we don’t get enough sleep, skip meals, or become dehydrated, which can cause us to feel more hungry.

How to Speed Up Your Metabolism

So, how can you counteract that pesky hormonal hunger and keep your body’s metabolic rate at an ideal level? If you are in your 50’s or are a woman who will be starting menopause soon, consider cutting about 200 calories out of your current daily intake. Additionally, you will want to monitor your eating and exercising habits so that you keep your ghrelin level within an ideal range. You can do this by eating within an hour of waking up, not skipping meals, and staying well hydrated.

Hitting middle-age is not a death sentence, although it can sometimes feel like it when you cannot lose weight. There is hope for good health as your body ages though. Keeping your ghrelin levels in check by eating appropriately and getting sufficient exercise can make a huge difference for many people. If you are concerned about your inability to lose weight, talk to your doctor or physician to find out how to proceed with crafting the right diet and exercise routine.