Category Archives: The Healthy Geezer

THE HEALTHY GEEZER: Don’t be in the dark about sunglasses

By Fred Cicetti

Q. I know I should wear sunglasses to protect my eyes, but what should I look for when I buy them?

A. This is a question with year-round relevance; the sun is around every day of the year.

THE HEALTHY GEEZER: Nicotine gum is not good for you

By Fred Cicetti

Q. My uncle used nicotine gum to get off cigarettes. Now he chews the gum all the time. Do you think he’s hooked?

A. Over-the-counter nicotine gum, which is sold under a variety of brand names, was introduced in the United States in 1984. Since then, there have been many reports of gum addiction.

THE HEALTHY GEEZER: Losing weight isn’t rocket science

By Fred Cicetti

Q. What is the best diet for losing weight? (The subtext of this question is, “What’s an easy fix?”)

A. There are no shortcuts that work consistently and healthfully.

THE HEALTHY GEEZER: Stomach can take over for kidneys

By Fred Cicetti

Q. This may sound like a crazy question, but is it possible to use your own stomach to take over for your kidneys when they aren’t working right?

A. This question isn’t as bizarre as it seems.

THE HEALTHY GEEZER: Swallowing issues could mean trouble

By Fred Cicetti

Q: I’ve been having some difficulty swallowing food for the past few weeks. Is this something to worry about or is it just another one of those age things?

THE HEALTHY GEEZER: The dentures in a glass by your bed

By Fred Cicetti

Q. I have vivid memories of my mother’s dentures in a glass next to her bed. As I enter my seventies, is this what I have to look forward to?

A. Let’s start with a definition. “Dentures “– also called “complete dentures” or “plates” — are for people with no teeth. Dentures cover your entire upper or lower jaw. There are removable partial dentures, too; these are made of replacement teeth attached to plastic bases, which are connected by metal framework.

The HEALTHY GEEZER by Fred Cicetti: Some tips to avoid indigestion

By Fred Cicetti

Q: I get indigestion often and can’t figure out why. How can I find what is causing it?

HG: Indigestion, or an upset stomach, is a general term for discomfort in your upper abdomen. This discomfort can take the form of burning stomach pain, nausea, heartburn, bloating, burping and vomiting. If, in addition to your upset stomach, you experience sweating, shortness of breath or pain radiating to the jaw, neck or arm, get medical attention immediately; you could be having a heart attack.

THE HEALTHY GEEZER: There are many conditions that can affect hands

By Fred Cicetti

Q. I have Dupuytren’s contracture. It runs in my family. I think you should write a column about this because it affects older people.

A. Thank you for this suggestion. It got me researching hand disorders, a subject that has many colorful names for some nasty afflictions. Here are some of them:

THE HEALTHY GEEZER: Water intake varies based on several conditions

By Fred Cicetti

I’ve been told to drink more water. How much is enough?

First, water intake is a health issue you should discuss with your doctor before deciding how much you need to drink. The amount you drink is dependent upon the state of your personal health.
Drinking insufficient amounts of fluids is the common problem. However, some conditions — such as heart failure and kidney disease — may require cutting back on fluids.

THE HEALTHY GEEZER: How do I get rid of varicose veins?

By Fred Cicetti

Q. My mother had varicose veins in her legs, and now I’m getting them. She put up with them. I don’t want to. So how do I get rid of them?
A. Varicose veins are twisted and enlarged veins that bulge in legs, but they can appear in other places. Varicose veins are more common in legs because veins from the groin to the ankles endure the most pressure of any veins in the body. These veins affect half of people over the age 50.