How to Know When Your Cat Is Getting Old

Instinct tells cats that when they feel unwell or something isn’t working right, they hide it. This means that they disguise illnesses and also signs of getting old. Once a cat reaches seven, they are classed as senior and can start to see some of the signs of old age but what should we as owners be watching for?

Problems with eyes

Vision issues with older cats can either be as a result of their age or as a secondary condition of another illness. The most common eye illnesses in cats are cancers and glaucoma as well as trauma or injury. They can also be an indicator of a condition such as elevated blood pressure or hypertension. If there are engorged retinal blood vessels in the eye or in the most severe cases, a detached retina, this can lead to loss of vision or blindness.

Signs of eye problems that need a vet’s visit include:

• Pawing at the eye

• Excessive blinking

• Blood vessels showing on the whites of the eye

• Pupils that stay dilated when in bright light or are different sizes

• Bumping into items around the house

• Cloudiness or debris at the front of the eye

Body changes

Changes in a cat’s body may be a sign of a health problem either relating to old age or not. A sudden change in weight is a key indicator of a problem as even one pound different could be as much as 10% of their body weight. Weight loss can be an indicator of diabetes, cancer, hyperthyroidism or kidney disease. It may also be a sign of dental disease.

Dental disease in cats is similar in principle to humans – tartar builds up and periodontal disease can set in. Between 30-70% of adult cats will suffer from a poorly understood condition called feline tooth resorption, where their teeth literally dissolve. It is very painful but can go unnoticed, as the visible crowns above the gum line appear normal while the roots are crumbling away. Dental problems can also stop cats eating due to the pain and this can lead to weight loss.

Kidney problems

The kidneys are one of the leading causes of health issues in older cats. It may be an increase in drinking and urination as the kidneys stop working as efficiently. This can then lead to a loss of appetite and weight as toxins build up in the blood. Kidney failure is irreversible but by catching it early, dietary changes can be made to slow down the process. Cats can also suffer with a lack of urination due to kidney disease or a urethral obstruction. This is considered an emergency and a vet should be seen immediately.

Other conditions

Osteoarthritis is a condition familiar to many people, particularly as we get older, and studies have shown that cats quite frequently get it too. It works differently to in dogs with less limping and a fuller range of movement than seen in canines but a reluctance to jump is one of the most noticeable changes. They may struggle to climb in and out of the cat litter box, not groom themselves properly and be lethargic as well as losing their appetite. A vet can often provide proper feline painkillers to help them manage with the condition but never give them a human drug, as this will likely prove fatal.

Back Acne in Teenagers and Adults

Back acne can be sore, unsightly and an embarrassing illness for both men and women. It is something that will need your attention if you do not want it to became annoying and cause further discomfort.

There are some basic steps that you can take to treat pimples on your back but first we need to understand what causes back acne. Two main causes are hormone imbalance and toxins.

Hormone imbalance

Back acne also known as bacne is caused by overactive sebaceous glands on the back. It appears most commonly during puberty and can last into one’s adult years.

Hormone imbalances can be caused by:

• sex hormones, such as progesterones, oestrogens and testosterone
• insulin hormones
• chemical substances that are produced by the body during times of illness and stress.

Hormonal changes can stimulate oil production in the skin that is prone to dilated pores and acne occurrence. Inflamed or irritated pores contribute to the formation of whiteheads or blackheads that turn into pimples.

Toxins

Unhealthy foods made up of chemical substances, preservatives and other additives build up toxins in the body. When the body is consumed with such chemicals it can react and toxins can surface on the skin and appear on different parts of one’s body such as your back. Foods with excess levels of insulin in the bloodstream trigger a hormonal cascade and increase androgens levels in your body that can lead to the growth of pore-clogging cells and overactive oil gland activity. It is best to make some dietary changes and substitute unhealthy foods with a low glycemic diet which includes fruit, grains, beans and vegetables to deal with back acne.

Increasing water intake is another way to keep skin hydrated and get rid of internal toxins.

Clearing pimples on your back naturally

Step 1

Start by properly cleaning your back each day. Gently exfoliate your back while in the shower or bath by using and loofah or abrasive sponge.

Step 2

Avoid scarring and don’t squeeze your acne spots regardless of how tempting it is

Step 3

Go to the beach and submerge your body in salt water for 10 minutes and sit in the sun for 10 minutes to dry out the pimples. Alternatively you can put 3 teaspoons of sea salt in a cup or bowl, and half a cup of hot water. Mix the two ingredients together and apply the mixture directly onto the pimples for 10 minutes with a cotton swab. Repeat each day until the zit or pimples disappears.

Step 4

Change the pH or alkalinity levels of your skin by mixing and spraying your back with one part apple cider vinegar and one part filtered drinking water after showing and let it dry. This has been known to have great results on back acne. Another topical skin care treatment is tea tree oil. It is best to apply it after having a shower while there is a lot of stream in the bathroom as this will open up the skin pores. Leave it on overnight and you should notice the inflammation reduce considerably by the next day.

Step 5

Daily cleanliness is important as it help decrease the build up of oils on the skin. Avoid tight clothing and materials that irritate and cause additional acne breakouts.

Cardiomyopathy Patient Makes Amazing Recovery After Adult Stem Cell Treatment

Cardiomyopathy is a term that means “heart muscle disease.” It is also a term describing a series of disorders causing primary heart muscle dysfunction in both men and women, often leading to heart failure or sudden death. It is estimated that dilated cardiomyopathy, the most common form of cardiomyopathy is responsible for 10,000 deaths each year.

Jason Ludwick aged 34, a native of West Bloomfield, Michigan, counts himself a lucky man. Born with an atrial septal defect, by the time he was 15 he had a pacemaker; by 21 he was diagnosed as having cardiomyopathy and by 25 he had a defibrillator in place and an ejection fraction of just 8-10 percent. Heart failure dominated and restricted his life until he received adult stem cell therapy. Now he says that with training he could do a triathlon.

While his schoolmates ran and played sports, Jason’s life was dominated by his illness and his failing heart ensured he did not run or play any contact sports. He was in and out of hospital and living on a cocktail of expensive drugs. His kidneys bled, his liver swelled, he suffered from asthma and he found it difficult to throw off a common cold. Despite all this, Jason tried to live as normally as possible although his heart was steadily failing.

His mother searched for help after he was removed from a heart transplant list. He was then left only with medications, some of which had unpleasant side-effects and he felt constantly tired and depressed as he went back and forth to specialists having his medications reviewed. And then his mother found Theravitae, the Israeli-Thai researcher and developer of adult stem cell therapy, and Dr. Amit Patel from the University of Pittsburgh. After being examined by Dr. Patel, Jason’s life was about to change.

Dr. Patel felt that adult stem cells could help Jason, so he flew to Bangkok where a small amount of his blood was withdrawn and the stem cells that could help his heart were harvested in a laboratory then injected directly into his heart muscle at Bangkok Heart Hospital. Just one month later, Jason knew his life was going to change, “My heart was beating better, more rhythmically, and I had more energy,” he said. “After six months I was up and flying, feeling 100 percent different. I could mow the lawns, take walks, ride a bike with my kids, lift weights – do whatever I liked,” he said. “I’m always on the go with our fifth child on the way and always busy as a full-time parent.”

Jason has always enjoyed a huge level of support from his family and friends, but is very happy to spend time advising other cardiomyopathy sufferers of the power of positive thinking. “Always try to be positive,” he counsels. “There is hope. Take care of your diet and help get the word out that adult stem cell therapy is worth getting done. It’s nothing like what you would have thought.”
He loves helping Theravitae as a patient volunteer, talking to patients contemplating flying to Thailand for the help that is currently unavailable in the U.S.

Looking Young is Never Too Late For Old Adults

Whenever we come across issues regarding healthy lifestyle, we are always reminded that we should quit smoking, eat a balanced diet and lose weight.

At the same time, we are advised by doctors that regular exercise has a major role in catalyzing the lifestyle approaches toward staying in good shape.

Recent studies showed that habitual exercising stimulates the body system, particularly the blood’s passageway in the heart by dilating the coronary vessels. As a result, this allows more oxygen to pass through the cardiovascular vessels despite some narrowing processes or constriction as people age. This explains why a physically fit person is less likely to suffer from heart diseases such as heart attack and stroke.

If the heart functions well, the possible consequences of having heart problems are less likely to occur. In a study conducted, it showed that having a sustained moderate exercise may help relax the blood vessels of older adults. As this happens, exercise helps restore the youthfulness of older men.

Studies proved that as people reach old age, the blood vessels become more constricted contributing to the risks factors of having high blood pressure and clogging of the arteries. This in turn results in health problems related to the heart, kidney and other vital organs.

However, the study made by the University of Colorado in Boulder gives sedentary older men the hope of still being healthy by simply having an hour-walk routine five times a week.

Dr. Christopher A. De Souza said this is a very stress-free activity for most sedentary older men. He added that even the younger counterparts can do the same.

The study consisted of 28 healthy but sedentary men. Thirteen were in their 20s; and the rest were in their 60s. A test called plethysmography was used to measure the function of the coronary vessel function of the participants. It was found out that blood vessels of the older men are more constricted than their younger counterparts. Eight older men underwent an hour-long walking exercise five times a week for three months. The rest remained sedentary.

After a three-month exercise, the men in the routine exercise program showed a positive turnaround from constricted blood vessels to an improved vessel function compared to their counterparts, even without changes in their body weight, waistline, blood pressure and cardiovascular health status.

Dr. De Souza said that although changes may not appear abruptly outside, there is something to look forward to since by exercising the inside is being improved.

He added that couch potatoes men in their 60s can still strive to live a healthy lifestyle by starting to exercise. It is never too late to be healthy.