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Ask the Nurse answers: Here's how to look better guys

Ask the Nurse: Christine Hammerlund, President of Assured Healthcare Staffing and Nurse

Question: I'm a 50-year-old man and I'm starting to worry about my appearance. Where do I start? What can I do besides plastic surgery to get rid of the lines and jowls? BILL IN MUNDELEIN

Chris: So you want to stay youthful and maintain your best look, but not sure how? What if you're a middle aged man? You've had an entire life of people telling you that you shouldn't worry about aging because it's all inevitable, right? So, you're starting to look like your grandfather, but you'd rather not.

OK, so you're willing to take a little advice, but let's not go all New Age. You're a real guy who wants some real guy solutions to feeling better and looking better. So just sit back and relax. Let me do all the medical research.

1. Get some sleep.

Chronic sleep deprivation adds years to your face. Here's why: The extraocular eye muscles are exercised during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and could atrophy when not used. Use it or lose it. This may contribute to the circles beneath your eyes after a poor night's rest. If you can't sleep, then don't go low-carb at dinner. Men who consume carbohydrates before bed have significantly longer REM sleep cycles than when they ate a low-carb meal.

2. New skin.

Shaving in the morning actually stimulates the creation of new skin cells. As you age, your cell-renewal process slows. By age 50, the cycle to make new skin takes twice as long as it did when you were a kid. Your skin also gradually looses collagen, the spongy protein beneath the epidermis. That produces wrinkles and sagging, particularly around your eyes, where the skin is thinnest. Try Retin-A (tretinoin) or retinol or L'Oreal Paris Men's Expert Vita Lift Anti-Wrinkle & Firming Moisturizer. Just don't let your wife see it.

3. Lose just a little.

Don't want to lose your marbles later? Lose some calories now. Eating less can reduce markers of inflammation and insulin resistance, which are suspected risk factors for mental decline.


June is National Safety Awareness Month

Each year, thousands of older Americans fall at home. Many of them are seriously injured, and some are disabled. Falls are often due to hazards that are easy to overlook but easy to fix. 

Download this checklist from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will help you find and fix those hazards in your home.

Download this checklist from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will help you find and fix those hazards in your home.