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Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue stepping away from duties due to health-related reasons

Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue says needs to “step back from coaching for the time being” to deal with a persistent health issue.

TNT analyst David Aldridge reports Lue will be on a one-week plan to address his health issues and that the current plan is for him to return to the bench next week.

In a statement released by the team, Lue and Cavs general manager Koby Altman addressed Lue’s recent health issues. He spent the second half of Saturday’s Cavs-Bulls game in the locker room with an undisclosed illness.

Lue cited dealing with “chest pains and other troubling symptoms, compounded by a loss of sleep, thoughout the year. Despite a battery of tests, there have been no conclusions as to what the exact issue is.”

According to multiple reports, associate head coach Larry Drew will take over as coach.

Here’s Lue’s statement, via

“After many conversations with our doctors and Koby and much thought given to what is best for the team and my health, I need to step back from coaching for the time being and focus on trying to establish a stronger and healthier foundation from which to coach for the rest of the season.

I have had chest pains and other troubling symptoms, compounded by a loss of sleep, throughout the year. Despite a battery of tests, there have been no conclusions as to what the exact issue is.

While I have tried to work through it, the last thing I want is for it to affect the team. I am going to use this time to focus on a prescribed routine and medication, which has previously been difficult to start in the midst of a season. My goal is to come out of it a stronger and healthier version of myself so I can continue to lead this team to the Championship we are all working towards.

I greatly appreciate Dan Gilbert, Koby Altman, our medical team and the organization’s support throughout.”

From Koby Altman:

“We know how difficult these circumstances are for Coach Lue and we support him totally in this focused approach to addressing his health issues.”

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Lue had been considering stepping way for several weeks but resisted doing so until now.

At Monday’s practice, Cavs star LeBron James said he knew Lue “was struggling, but was never not himself.”

LeBron James is concerned about the health issues coach Tyronn Lue is enduring.

“He was just dealing with it the best way he could, but he was never not himself when he was around. … He was the same every single day, even though he was going through what he was going through,” James said. 

Per’s Joe Vardon, Lue has had his conditioned checked numerous times by doctors with no diagnosis:

Lue has been examined repeatedly by Cleveland Clinic doctors for months and undergone a battery of tests, and there is no diagnosis. He’s missed all or parts of three games this season because of his symptoms, including the second half of the Cavs’ win over Chicago on Saturday.

Sunday marked was the second time this season Lue left a game because he wasn’t feeling well, and he also sat one out against Chicago at home in December. Drew filled in for him in the second half vs. Chicago, where the Cavs saw their 17-point lead reduced to zero with 4:12 left before surging past the Bulls for a 114-109 win.

Injuries have been an issue for the Cavs in general of late, but some good news may be looming in that department. The Cavs host the Milwaukee Bucks (7 ET, ESPN) tonight and have Kyle Korver and Kevin Love both listed as questionable. Love has not played since Jan. 29 because of a broken left hand, but had been targeting a date this week as a potential comeback

Cedi Osman, Rodney Hood, Larry Nance Jr. and Tristan Thompson, however, will all be out for tonight’s game.

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How Innovative Health Entrepreneurs Are Using Big Data

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif.—In some ways Martine Rothblatt, the founder and chairwoman of United Therapeutics, a Maryland-based biotechnology company, and James Park, the CEO and co-founder of consumer fitness company Fitbit, are unusual health care leaders and entrepreneurs. Both came from outside the industry—Rothblatt previously created SiriusXM radio, among other things; meanwhile the inspiration for Park’s popular family of wearable devices was the Nintendo Wii— and neither set out steeped in the regulatory arts of American healthcare.

But both executives are natural inventors. Park wanted to capture the gaming-meets-exercise “magic” of the Wii, and Rothblatt wanted to solve her daughter’s potentially fatal diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension. Years later, both have moved well beyond their original objectives and continue to push the health care industry forward. With Fitbit, Park is partnering with a host of companies and his gadget company is increasingly embedded in the traditional health care sector as it works with insurers, medical device companies, and employers to try to figure out how to motivate and engage individuals in behaviors that can help manage chronic conditions as well as general wellness. Rothblatt, having found a drug to keep her daughter (and thousands of others afflicted with the condition) alive, now has United Therapeutics focused on developing a supply of transplantable organs.

All to say that you probably want to pay attention to these serial entrepreneurs’ vision for the future of health care. And—surprise!—that vision revolves around data.

Speaking at Fortune’s Brainstorm Health conference here on Monday, Park said that Fitbit is not trying to monetize data directly by selling it—“that’s not in our interest,” he explained, while also noting that a lot of regulation stands in the way—but by managing data flows between entities or by gleaning insights from the data which it can sell in the form of algorithms, to say, help diagnose sleep apnea or other conditions.

Meanwhile Rothblatt explained that her company has bet big on genetic data and its potential for better understanding the effectiveness of drugs. Participants in United Therapeutics’ clinical trials now have their genomes sequenced and researchers at the company plan to correlate patient outcomes with that genomic sequence data. “Our hope is to submit this information to the FDA and they’ll end up putting it on the prescription label,” she told an audience of industry experts. “We’re be able to lead the way to where your physician has your label on their desktop, and they have access to resources that can tell them based on your particular genome certain medicines that are especially recommended or not recommended.”

With those capabilities, Rothblatt added, “We can cut down tremendously on the costs that involve you trying sequentially different medicines. We can cut down the waste of a person’s life to try a medicine just because it was tried on average statistics over a very large number of people. And instead we can more precisely target medicines for a precise genomic sequencing.”

For more coverage of Fortune’s Brainstorm Health conference, click here.

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Your Good Health: Doctor tells man not to eat fruit

Dear Dr. Roach: In a recent column, you recommended “a diet based mostly on plants and legumes, with nuts, some fruits, whole grains and almost no refined sugars and starches.”

By “some fruits,” are you suggesting not eating certain fruits, or just a limited amount of fruit overall? I ask because my cardiologist has recommended an Atkins-type diet with a heavy emphasis on meat — with full fat — while limiting carbs and not eating fruit, because it turns to sugar, he claimed.

I prefer a diet of fruit and vegetables, with a limited amount of meat and few carbs.

I love fish and shrimp. My wife can’t tolerate sugar, so I never have sugar or sweets of any kind.

I never add sugar or sweeteners of any kind to any food or beverage.

I’m 70 and have had a heart catheterization, which indicated clean, clear arteries. However, I have weight gain.

I prefer a physically active lifestyle, and canoe on lakes quite often three seasons of the year, for several hours each time.

Please clarify the “some fruits” term, and also what do you think about cutting out fruit entirely, as my cardiologist recommended? I’m concerned that that would lead to serious constipation, which I don’t experience when I have enough fruit in my diet.


There is no agreement on the best type of diet, and my use of “some fruits” reflected some current thinking that excess amounts of fruit may not be optimally healthy. Fruits, indeed, are high in sugar.

Although not all fruits are the same, most have fibre, which slows down sugar absorption, while others can be absorbed more quickly.

Most data show that the sugars found naturally in fruits have much less (if any) adverse effect on risk of heart disease.

In people with diabetes, two to four servings of fruit do not seem to adversely affect blood sugar.

However, most people do not eat enough fruit, so I don’t want to advise against eating fruit. It is fruit juices and sweetened fruit products that I recommend against consuming in other than modest amounts.

Although there is good evidence that a high-protein, high-fat diet of the type you describe helps in short-term and medium-term weight loss, I do not recommend large amounts of the saturated fat found in most farm-raised meat.

Again, the data are controversial, with one recent review suggesting little or no harm from saturated fat, but the preponderance of the evidence still is concerning, and I think the diet you prefer, of vegetables, fish and fruit, is likely to be healthier in the long term.

Dr. Roach regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but will incorporate them in the column whenever possible. Readers may email questions to

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Endocrinologist must handle pre-PET insulin pump instruction

Dear Dr. Roach • My wife is a Type 1 diabetic. She uses an insulin pump to control her sugar. She needs to have a PET scan. The prep for this test is fasting for six hours prior, along with no insulin for six hours. She was told to turn off her pump. Her blood glucose must be 150 or lower . Even when she has fasted for 12 hours and her blood glucose is at 116, with her pump off, two hours later her BG is over 200. How do we get this test done? — S.L.H.

Answer • An insulin pump is a programmable device that continuously injects a variable amount of insulin just below the skin, where it quickly enters the bloodstream. It most often is used by Type 1 diabetics, where it is often the most effective way of managing blood sugars, especially in people who have had trouble controlling their sugars with other means.

The insulin used in an insulin pump normally is very short-acting, so a few minutes after the pump is shut off, the blood sugar will start to rise. Since that is extremely dangerous in people with Type 1 diabetes, I would suggest a dose of longer-acting subcutaneous insulin before the pump is turned off.

I must emphasize that insulin pumps are prescribed and administered only by experts, and that almost always means endocrinologists, who specialize in diabetes. Thus, only her endocrinologist should be the one giving orders on the insulin pump and on subcutaneous injections .

A PET (positron emission tomography) scan is used to find areas of high metabolic activity, usually in people with suspected cancer. A radioactive analogue of sugar, usually fluorodeoxyglucose, is injected and will be taken up by cells that use a lot of sugar, which includes most cancer cells. A person needs to be very still after the injection, or the muscles will take up the FDG, which may confuse the results.

Dear Dr. Roach • Recently I read in your column about a woman who wrote about her “total” hysterectomy. I was hoping that in your reply you would clarify the meaning of the word. There is a common misunderstanding that if someone has a “total” hysterectomy, that includes the ovaries and/or tubes being removed as well. The word “hysterectomy” refers only to the uterus being removed. If someone has tubes removed, it is a salpingectomy; if she has ovaries removed, it is an oopherectomy. — Dr. Allison Duncan

Answer • I agree with Dr. Duncan that a patient should know exactly what operation was done. It has serious implications on subsequent risk of diseases.

Dr. Roach regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but will incorporate them in the column whenever possible. Readers may email questions to

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‘Oral health reflects good health’

Oral health has become as important as the health of any other part of the body. In fact, recent researches have shown how the oral health mirrors the condition of the body as a whole.

Poor oral health is an indication of other health problems in the body, while good oral health is a reflection of good health.

There are also indications in new studies how poor oral health results in pre-term low birth weight babies, according to dental surgeon Sujith Harshan. Though the exact connection is yet to be established, it is now generally believed that good oral health is good for expecting mothers and the child.

Studies have proved how poor oral health is a reflection of a diabetic status or an unhealthy heart, said Dr. Harshan. Now diabetic patients are also asked to check their oral health.

Sabu Kurian, former president of Indian Dental Association, Kerala, said “no matter how old you are, you need to take care of your teeth and mouth, because your teeth are meant to last a lifetime.”

Formation of tartar and plaque alongside the teeth and gum lines causes gum diseases. Plaque causes infections that damages both the gums and the bone underneath. Regular brushing and keeping oral hygiene is the only way to keep such infections, called gingivitis, away. However, if infected, it needs to be treated by a dentist, he said.

Preventive health practices like brushing teeth twice daily and regular check-ups and cleaning, eating a well-balanced diet and giving up smoking are some of the healthy practices to maintain oral hygiene. There is also a right way to brush the teeth, said Dr. Kurian.

‘Say Ahh: Think Mouth, Think Health’ is the theme of this year’ s World Oral Health Day (March 20), which is a slogan for prevention and control of oral diseases. The theme will continue for the next three years.

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Health briefs 3-19-18


n Registered Nurses Invited to MVH Career Fair/Open house, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 22 at the Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center at Monongahela Valley Hospital.

n Better Breathers Club, 2-3 p.m. March 20 at the Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center at Monongahela Valley Hospital. Information and registration: 724-258-1226.

n Colorectal Screening, 1 p.m. March 21 at the Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center at Monongahela Valley Hospital. Information and registration: 724-258-1333.

n Kick Butts Day information table, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 21 in the lobby of the Fayette County Health Center. Free cessation classes are offered.

n Multiphasic Blood Analysis, 7-10 a.m. March 24 at the Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center at Monongahela Valley Hospital. Information and registration: 724-258-1282.

n Smoke Free for Life program, 1-3 p.m. April 2, 9, 16 and 23 in Monongahela Valley HealthPlex suite 270. The program will also be held in the same location: 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 5, 12, 19 and 26; 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 6, 13, 20 and 27; 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 6, 13, 20 and 27. Information: 724-258-1226.

n Hernia Screening and Seminar, 10 a.m. to noon, April 28 in Conference rooms 1 and 2 on the fourth floor of Excela Square at Frick in Mount Pleasant. Information: 1-877-771-1234.

n Exercise classes, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Center in the Woods, 130 Woodland Court, Brownsville. Classes include chair dancing at 9:30 a.m. followed by healthy steps at 11 a.m. Information: 724-938-3554

Support groups

n Suicide Bereavement Support Group, 1-2:30 p.m., March 26 at the Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center at Monongahela Valley Hospital. Information and registration: 724-678-3601.

n Grief Support Group, 2-3:30 p.m. through March 20 at Weatherwood Manor in Greensburg. It is a six-week group. A second six-week group meets 2-3:30 p.m. from March 19 through April 30 at Latrobe United Methodist Church.

n Stroke Support Group, 6-8 p.m. March 20 in Community Room 2 in the main lobby of Uniontown Hospital. Information: 724-430-5341.

n Stroke Support Group, 6-7 p.m. March 27 in Conference Room A on the first floor of Excela Westmoreland Hospital. Information: 1-877-771-1234.

n Osteoporosis Support Group, 5:30 p.m. April 12 at the Health Center on New Salem Road in Uniontown. Registration: 724-626-8780.

n Caregiver Support Group, 6:30-8:30 p.m., the fourth Wednesday of the month at Lafayette Manor. Classes meet in the new Physical Therapy Department. Light refreshments are provided.

n Stepping Stones Bereavement Support Program, beginning at 7 p.m. March 5 and running for 10 weeks at the Fayette County Health Center on New Salem Road. Anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one is welcome. Information and registrations: 724-438-9373 or 724-439-1683.

n Cancer Grief Group, 2:30-4 p.m. every Thursday at Our Clubhouse on Route 30 East in Greensburg.

n Grief support group, 6-8 p.m., first Tuesday of every month, at the St. John the Evangelist Church on West Crawford Avenue in Connellsville. The group is a collaborative effort for those facing grief due to the loss of a loved one from addiction. Information: 724-628-6840.

n Al-Anon Family Groups, 8 p.m., Wednesdays, Trinity Church basement, Fayette and Morgantown streets, Uniontown, and 7:30 p.m., Fridays, Christian Church, Pittsburgh Street, Connellsville. These meetings are for anyone who has been affected by or is having problems from someone else’s drinking. Information: or

n Survivors of Incest Anonymous group, 6:30-8 p.m., the first and third Mondays of the month, excluding holidays. This 12-step recovery program is meant for men and women aged 18 or older who were sexually abused by a trusted person as a child. The group meets at the Mount Macrina Retreat Center. A similar group, Healing Friends, is from 6:30-7:30 p.m., East Liberty Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Information:, or

n Missing Piece of My Heart Support Group, the last Thursday of each month, 6-8 p.m., at the Crime Victim’s Center conference room in the Oliver Square Plaza. The group is for families who have lost a child to a violent crime. Information: 724-438-1470.

n Silver Generation Support Program, 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesdays, East End United Community Center, Uniontown. The program is for ages 55 and older. Information: 724-437-1660.


n Childbirth and Labor Preparation Courses, March 20 7-9 p.m. in Community Room 1 of the main lobby at Uniontown Hospital. Information and registration: 724-430-4646.

n Managing Your Diabetes, 6-9 p.m. March 20-22 at the Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center at Monongahela Valley Hospital. Information and registration: 724-258-1483.

n Living With Diabetes, Looking Forward, 1-3 p.m. March 19 at Excela Frick Hospital.

n Childbirth and Beyond, 6:30 to 9 p.m. March 21 at the Memorial Conference Center on the ground floor of Westmoreland Hospital.

n Insulin Pump course, 9 a.m. to noon March 22 in Conference Room 1 on the first floor of Excela Latrobe Hospital.

n Breastfeeding Success, 9-11:30 a.m. March 24 on the First Floor Conference Rooms at Westmoreland Hospital.

n Living Well Series: Orthopedics “Back Pain and Disc Degeneration,” 6 p.m. March 26 at the Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center at Monongahela Valley Hospital, featuring Eric Jabors, M.D. and his discussion of advanced treatments.

n Is Weight Loss Surgery Right For You? 6 p.m. March 26 at the Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center at Monongahela Valley Hospital. Information and registration: 724-258-1333.

n Yoga class, 5:15 p.m., Mondays, Conference Room D at the Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, and Thursdays, Auditorium A/B/ in the Excela Health Latrobe Hospital.

n Chair Fit mixed cardiovascular training, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Mondays, Conference Room D in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital.

n Interval Training class, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Mondays, at the Memorial Conference Center at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital.

n Body Sculpting and Core Conditioning, 4:30 p.m., Wednesdays, in the Memorial Conference Center in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. Information: 724-830-8568.

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4-H virtual 5K promotes a healthy lifestyle among families



There’s more than one way to complete a 5K, and Florida youth and their families are planning to try them all during the month of March as part of a statewide effort to promote a healthy lifestyle.

To get involved in the Florida 4-H Virtual 5K, participants can run, walk, bike, dance, swim — anything that gets them to 6,500 steps, the equivalent of 5 kilometers or 3.1 miles, said Vanessa Spero-Swingle, a regional specialized 4-H agent. 

4-H is the youth development program of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension, and serves about 200,000 youth in the state. 
Registration fees for the Virtual 5K will support 4-H Healthy Living programs in Florida. United Healthcare, a sponsor of the 5K, is offering scholarships to help more youth and families participate.

Those who sign up online and finish the challenge will receive a medal of recognition for their commitment to an active lifestyle, Spero-Swingle said.

“Healthy living is one of the three main components of 4-H, which also focuses on the sciences and leadership. 4-H members understand that a healthy body and mind are essential to learning and leading, and we hope the Virtual 5K will help more people experience those benefits,” Spero-Swingle said.

Unlike most 5K events, which take place in a central location, this 5K is virtual because people throughout the state can participate by themselves or in groups at their own pace, Spero-Swingle explained.

Andrea Lazzari, a 4-H agent with UF/IFAS Extension Brevard County, said about 50 youth and adults participated in a planned day of activities March 3.

“Most of our members were running or walking, but there were also some biking, roller blading, and scootering their way to the finish line,” Lazzari said. “Healthy living activities like this one get our youth and their families excited about living a healthy lifestyle. When these kids and their families get together to participate, that’s even better because they can work to motivate each other. Youth who partake in healthy lifestyle choices now are more likely to be happy, healthy adults.”

The Brevard County event also included a make-your-own healthy trail mix station and a “smoothie bike,” a stationary bike that powers a blender filled with healthy smoothie ingredients.

Both 4-H members and non-members can sign up for the Virtual 5K online. Visit

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Healthy Living: Learn to manage your chronic pain | Local …

Karen Douglas is health education coordinator at Samaritan Health Services. To learn more ways to help manage your chronic pain, Samaritan Health Services offers a free, six-week series called PainWise First Steps. For more information or register for a class, call the Samaritan Health Services Health Education Department at 541-768-6811.

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What’s good for the body is good for the brain: Tips for better brain health

When it comes to our hearts, even the nonmedical types among us pretty much know what we need to be doing. In a nutshell: exercising and eating right.

But when it comes to our brains, guidelines tend to be foggier. Besides, we figure, since we’re probably as smart as we’ll ever be, what can we possibly do?

Plenty, but let’s start with this reminder: Just because right this second you can’t remember the name of your first-grade teacher, that doesn’t mean your smarts are on the wane. Not by a long shot.

“Science is showing for the first time in 30 years that our brain is the most modifiable part of our body and easiest to strengthen, more than our heart or teeth,” says Sandra Bond Chapman, founder and chief director of the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas, Dallas. The center opened a new facility in October: The Brain Performance Institute, which offers scientifically based programs to enhance brain performance and health.

Although Alzheimer’s now tops heart disease and cancer when it comes to our fear factor about diseases, Chapman says, strengthening your brain is more than decreasing the chance of developing dementia. Instead, it’s about increasing brain health.

Here are tips from Chapman and other experts:

Exercise. This isn’t completely surprising. What, after all, isn’t made better by exercise? Fitness has been linked to a healthier brain in a study by UT Southwestern’s O’Donnell Brain Institute and the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas.

“We think if you have a good cardiovascular fitness level, your heart is stronger and blood supply healthier, and you have a better chance to get enough blood supply for the brain,” says Dr. Kan Ding, a neurologist with the Brain Institute and lead author of the study. “That’s very important for brain health, because the brain is a very unique organ. All the energy it needs is from blood from the rest of the body, so blood supply is very important for the brain.”

The study examined the fitness levels of people who had a high risk for developing dementia by having them walk on a treadmill. Then they underwent a special MRI sequence called diffusion tensor imaging, “which is able to show us all the white matter in your brain,” she says, “and how the neurons connect to each other.”

The result: “The higher your fitness level, the better the highway system in your brain. Those with the better highway system did better on our cognitive performance test, on brain games to test how fast you respond to a question, or how many words you can remember.”

This study “shows exercise is a promising way to prevent or slow cognitive decline in that population.”

It’s the first study, she says, to show that exercise does more than make you feel good; it shows the structural impact of exercise.

Aim for 30 minutes most days, which is what Ding says is now her goal.

Take five. In this 24/7 world, there is always something with which to clog or entertain our brain. But, Chapman says, “our brain loves to be reset. Five-by-five is what we call it. Take five minutes five times a day to let your brain stop. It could be a walk around where you are inside, or go outside. Let your engine reset.”

Stop multi-tasking. Ah, how tempting it is to be talking on the phone while surfing online while cooking dinner. But that is making our brain networks “more frayed,” Chapman says. “Brain efficiency breaks down. We’re making an older brain out of a younger brain.”

The paradox, she says, is that people tend to think, “I’m doing three things at once, so I must be more efficient.” However, she says, “When you try to do three things at once, there are more errors, they take longer to do and they’re more shallow.”

So instead of taking pride in pushing yourself to do two or three things at once — which stresses out the brain and can lead to depression, she says — focus on single-tasking. “Doing one thing for a concerted period of time will strengthen the brain and increase energy tremendously.”

Up your fruit and vegetable intake. “The way we eat affects our energy; it affects our glucose,” Chapman says. “Our brain is a greedy animal. If we’re eating foods that require a lot of digestive juices, that takes away from our brain. What’s good for your heart is good for your brain.”

Sarah Lock, executive director of AARP’s Global Council on Brain Health, recommends five types of food we all need to be eating on a regular basis to keep our brains in tiptop shape:

• Berries (whole, not juice)

• Fresh vegetables (bring on the greens)

• Healthy fats (think olive oil)

• Nuts (they’re high-calorie, too, so limit your intake)

• Fish and seafood

Practice innovative thinking. “Our brain is wired to see things in new ways and to be figuring out things,” Chapman says. So while memorization is fine, “the brain gets jaded the more things we do on rote. Innovative thinking in our world that’s always changing helps keep mental independence. Our brain is built to do this until the day we die.”

A few tips: Thank someone using different words. Think of a different way to formulate a subject line or the contents of an email. “What’s a way to reframe a conversation with a family member,” she asks, “to see things from a broader perspective?”

Take a technology timeout. “Take a respite. You’ll see a quick rebound and guess what? You haven’t missed that much,” Chapman says. “If we were to take away technology from meetings, we could end them in 20 minutes. People say, ‘You don’t understand. Clients expect me to respond right away.’ I say, ‘No. They’re paying for your brain.’ ”

Believe in your brain. Our brain system starts slowing down as early as our 40s, Chapman says, “but only because we let it.” True, some people will develop Alzheimer’s, especially because the population is aging. But, she adds, “on average, 87 percent of people won’t.” And if we’re genetically prone to Alzheimer’s but have taken care of our brains, we’ll have reserve to maybe push back the symptoms by, perhaps three to five years, she says.

“Healthy lifestyle factors can mitigate the onset, but we don’t necessarily know exactly how long,” she says. Even without that knowledge though, “Why wouldn’t we build brain reserve? We save for investment retirement.”

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