Q. I’m 75. Seven months ago, I suddenly developed “Sjogren’s-like” symptoms. I take prescription lozenges for my severe dry mouth, but the relief is only temporary. Is there a cure?
— Estelle, Colorado
A. Unfortunately, there’s no cure for Sjogren’s, an autoimmune disease that causes dryness in the body — especially in your eyes and mouth. About 4 million Americans, mainly women, have it. Lozenges will get your saliva going, but just for a while. If you’re not already taking one of them three times a day, talk to your doc about more-frequent use. And these six simple steps should help you feel less like you’re in the desert without
a water bottle.
Q. I have been battling plantar fasciitis for a few weeks. How can I combat the heel pain?
— Juanita, via email
A. This is one battle you don’t want to charge into. In fact, the more you rest your foot, the better, at least for a week or so. Your plantar fascia — the thick ligament connecting your heel to your toes — needs a timeout, since inflammation (the “itis” in “fasciitis”) is often from overuse. Running, a tight Achilles tendon, a high arch, wearing shoes with high heels, poor arch support or worn soles, or being very overweight can take a toll on your
Giving your foot a break doesn’t mean you have to sit around. Switch to activities like swimming or rowing, or use weight machines at a gym that don’t press on your feet. Meanwhile, these remedies will ease that hot-coals feeling in your heel:
Q. My ability to recall information and think quickly on my feet is no longer very good. I’m only 46. How can I improve my mind?
— Susan, via email
A. Many of us are at that stage in life where we walk into a room and ask, “Why am I here?” And it’s not a philosophical question. Around 40, we all begin to notice a decline in some brain functions, like how fast we process information. Do all you can to avoid brain drain — getting more sleep, doing more crossword puzzles and taking these key steps:
The YOU Docs, Mehmet Oz and Mike Roizen, are authors of “YOU: On a Diet.” Want more? See “The Dr. Oz Show” on TV. To submit questions, go to www.RealAge.com.
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