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Submitted by DrShahAdmin on Fri, 08/10/2012 - 10:45

"In Time" is a movie starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried which is a sci-fi futuristic adventure where everyone is 25 years old physically on the outside.  Interestingly, Justin Timberlake is older in real life than the actress Olivia Wilde who portrayed his mother.  While this idea may seem far fetched, researchers are still looking at why we age and how to delay it.  

The various theories on why we age classified as follows:

  • Programmed - our cells are programmed to age
  • Endocrine - hormones control how we age
  • Error theories - we age as errors build up in our body
  • Genes - Telomeres, longevity genes play a role in how we age

Just as we have preventive medicine to treat heart issues and other systemic disorders, in the future, we may have a way of treating our aging.  For now, a common sense approach of diet, exercise and lifestyle can help us age gracefully..... along with a little tweak from Dr. Shah.

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Submitted by DrShahAdmin on Thu, 08/09/2012 - 16:44

Didn’t you know tape on your nose is this summer’s fashion trend?

Although not all surgeons will have you tape your nose, some surgeons feel this helps in healing. Check with your surgeon before trying anything that he or she did not specifically tell you to do.

The pressure of the tape presses out the swelling. In addition, the taping helps the skin envelope conform to the newer, often smaller nose structure .  Some patients tolerate taping very well for long periods, others can't. If you cannot tolerate taping, the signs are usually irritation, redness, and bumps from the tape. Stop taping in this case and discuss with your doctor any alternatives to taping.

Typically, Dr. Shah recommends taping only at night.  Begin immediately after the splint is removed. Do this for at least 6 weeks. In some cases, you may notice that your nose may need a prolonged amount of taping. To get the best results from taping, it’s

The reason for tape on your nose in the first place is for the nose to encourage the skin to shrink wrap down onto the underlying bone and cartilage. This is particularly helpful in rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty patients who have medium to moderately thick skin. These patients have skin that takes longer than average to shrink down following surgery. Their skin is also more prone to forming dense scar tissue between the bone/cartilage skeletal structure and the skin. If this occurs before the skin actually shrink wraps down, unwanted excess scar tissue will be laid down and inhibit any further shrink wrapping. In some cases, the unwanted scar tissue will contribute to development of prominent contours and bumps that can distract from the final rhinoplasty result. Taping the nasal skin can minimize the likelihood of these undesirable occurrences.

Once started, it is best to continue taping for several months in order to gain maximal benefit from this exercise. Patients are recommended to tape the nose prior to going to bed every night. The tape can then be removed in the morning before starting your normal daily routine. If you are able to keep the tape on the nose longer than just overnight, all the better.
Make sure you clarify with your rhinoplasty or revision rhinoplasty surgeon that taping the nose is, indeed, indicated in your case. In addition, your rhinoplasty surgeon should direct you specifically on his or her desired technique for taping the nose.

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Submitted by DrShahAdmin on Sun, 08/05/2012 - 09:00

Are you a juicer or a blender? Let’s find out!

First, you need to know what the difference is...

Juicing is a process which extracts water and nutrients from produce and discards all the fiber. Without all the fiber, your digestive system doesn’t have to work as hard to break down the food and absorb the nutrients. This is especially helpful if you have a sensitive digestive system or illness that inhibits your body from processing fiber.

Blending is the process of finely chopping up the entire fruit or vegetable, skin and all, to produce a smooth consistency. Blending produce leaves all the fiber in the mixture, which helps create a slow, even release of nutrients into the blood stream and avoids blood sugar spikes. The fiber in smoothies also helps you feel full longer!

So which is healthier for you? Essentially both of these processes will give you a fulfilling amount of vitamin intake and nutritional value. But like anything in this world each has its pros and cons.

Juicing Pros:

  1. Juicing is great because it extracts all of the water and nutrients from vegetables, leaving behind only the plant fibers.
  2. Your body is better able to absorb the nutrients without having to digest the dense bulk of the plant.
  3. You can fit an incredible quantity of vegetables into a single glass of green juice, leaving you with simple, smooth and delicious drink that packs an incredible nutritional punch!

Juicing Cons:

  1. Juicers can be very expensive and hard to take care of. They need to be thoroughly cleaned after every use to prevent rusting.
  2. Stocking enough fresh, organic vegetables to make daily juices can also be somewhat expensive.
  3. It’s worth noting that though green juices typically are usually low in sugar, several store bought juices can have a very high glycemic load and may cause blood sugar imbalances.

Blending Pros:

  1. The only equipment you need is relatively inexpensive – a blender.
  2. Smoothies also tend to be a little bit more filling since the plant fibers are present (but still easy to digest, compared to raw whole vegetables.)

Blending Cons:

  1. Compared to digesting juice, your body will have to work a bit harder to digest a smoothie and absorb the nutrients.
  2. It’s difficult to pack in the same volume of vegetables into a blender, your smoothie won’t be as nutrient-dense as your green juice.

So now after reading the pros and cons of each are you a juicer or a blender?

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Submitted by DrShahAdmin on Sun, 07/29/2012 - 12:24

They’re here again, this time in London...

Around 10,500 athletes are competing this year, representing 204 countries. But as we watch teenage Olympians fly through the air and water, even the younger generation in their 20’s wonder if their glory days have passed...

One of the interesting story lines at the Olympics is people defying their age. Age shouldn’t limit your aspiration: If a gold medal is what you aspire for, don’t let how old you are slow you down. Twelve members of the U.S. team in London are competing at age 40-plus.

Among these competing participants is Dara Torres, the 45-year-old who already was the oldest swimmer to compete in the Olympics four years ago and, appropriately enough, wrote a memoir titled, "Age is Just a Number."

Hiroshi Hoketsu, a 70 year old qualifier for the London Olympics. He competed at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 at 67 years old. Do you still think you’re too over the hill?

Michael Joyner, a Mayo Clinic doctor who researches athletes and aging, said that many athletes don't so much wear out physically as mentally: They just can't face another four years training in the pool, on the track or in the gym. That is something swimmer Michael Phelps, 26, has frequently alluded to, saying he never wanted to be swimming competitively past the age of 30, vowing London will be his last Olympics.

"It's definitely a race against the clock," said Nastia Liukin, the all-around gold medal gymnast in the 2008 Games who decided last summer to try for another Olympics. At 22, she is already used to being considered old. Gymnasts tend to be younger these days because of the specific demands of their sport, Joyner said. "You need tremendous flexibility," he said. "And you don't get more flexible as you get older." Fitness, dieting, and anti-aging happens at every age

Go Team USA!

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