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Back on their feet

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Josephine Mata, 74, doesn’t travel all the way from the north side of Racine to Kenosha lightly, but she’s happy to make the trip to receive an innovative diabetic neuropathy treatment at Dr. Cynthia Cernak’s office.

“My feet were bothering me. They were puffy and numb. Now they’re feeling good again. I can get up off the chair now,” Mata said.

For the past five years, Cernak has been using a combination of electric current and local anesthetic to help diabetics overcome painful stabbing, tingling and numbness in their feet. She and her team at Kenosha’s Midwest Foot and Ankle Institute, 10105 74th St., have treated 560 patients so far, a majority of whom, she said, have seen their symptoms dramatically reduced or eliminated. Most of these patients were on their last legs when they came in, she said.


The eyes have it

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Rapidly evolving technologies are changing the conversations people are having with their eye doctors. Particularly when it comes to the topic of cataracts.

“Ten years ago it was a very short discussion,” says local ophthalmologist Dr. I. Paul Singh. “The short answer was to have surgery that just removed the cataracts,” he said.

How to live well into your 80s and beyond

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Sixty years ago, an American who made it to 65 could expect to live an additional 14 years. Today, Consumer Reports notes, it’s 19 years. So how do we grow older healthfully so that we can actually enjoy those extra years?

No matter whether you’ve just hit 50 or are well on your way toward the century mark, there are strategies that can help you stay healthy, keep you socially and intellectually engaged in the world around you and create a living situation that is comfortable and safe.

Losing weight their way

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When it comes to weight loss, Shirley and Saul Perez are rule breakers: they don’t count calories or consume copious amounts of vegetables; if they want a snack they’ll have a snack.

But they are also personal-record breakers: together they have lost 327 pounds over the last three years — and kept the weight off.

Silent disease: Most who have hepatitis C show no symptoms

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It wasn’t until William J. Riley, 54, got a new doctor last year that a simple blood test revealed why he had been feeling crappy on and off for so many years.

“He called me in and I went down there and that’s when he told me I had hepatitis C,” Riley explained. “I said ‘Well, how long have I had it?’ He said, ‘I’m assuming from the things you’ve told me, you’ve had it 25 to 30 years.’”

No time for a workout? How to fit it into your workday

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Next to “the dog ate my homework,” one of the most lamebrain excuses around might be this one: “Work keeps me too busy to exercise.”

To that, we roll our eyes, engage our core and lift both feet off the ground slowly, hold for a breath or two, and lower them.

Staying fit with the SilverSneakers

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They go and they go. Faster than a silver streak, these senior citizens have a lot of spring in their step.

Welcome to SilverSneakers, a fitness group at the YMCA, where class members range in age from 65-95.

‘I feel so energetic and full of life’

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Editor’s note: In a little more than two years, Nicole Cook has lost 146 pounds. She answered some questions about how she did that for Focus on Fitness.

Have you heard? Hearing tests recommended for people over 65

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A funny thing happens as we get older: the junk mail that arrives to our homes changes. We hit 50 and every next piece of mail suggests a subscription to AARP; a decade later, the mailbox is screaming with ads for hearing screenings.

All marketing aside, the latter comes about with good reason: according to physicians, men and women in their 60s should consider getting a hearing assessment.

Before doctors check your vitals, check out theirs

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans consider insurance and a good bedside manner in choosing a doctor, but will that doctor provide high-quality care? A new poll shows that people don’t know how to determine that.

Being licensed and likable doesn’t necessarily mean a doctor is up to date on best practices. But consumers aren’t sure how to uncover much more. Just 22 percent of those questioned are confident they can find information to compare the quality of local doctors, according to the poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.




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