Health Buzz: Older Bikers More Likely to Be Hurt Badly

Sexy tips from a septuagenarian; mind your body


Study: Motorcyclists Over 60 are Most at Risk of Being Severely Injured From Crashes

The baby boomers are aging, which means more and more of them are riding off into the sunset on their Harleys. Only 10 percent of motorcyclists were over age 50 in 1990, but 25 percent of them were over 50 in 2003, according to a study published yesterday in Injury Prevention. But what happens if these older riders skid out? They're more likely to be badly hurt. Researchers analyzed injury data from between 2001 and 2008, and found that bikers over the age of 60 were three times more likely to be hospitalized for their motorcycle injuries compared to bikers in their 20s and 30s, reports the BBC. They were also two and a half times more likely to be seriously injured. "The greater severity of injuries among older adults may be due to the physiological changes that occur as the body ages, bone strength decreases, fat distribution may change and there is a decrease in the elasticity of the chest wall," the study authors said. Other possible risk factors for older bikers may be delayed reaction time, worsening vision, and altered balance, BBC reports.

Sexy Tips from a Septuagenarian

Desiree Holt had settled into her weekday afternoon groove—typing up a steamy sex scene for one of her erotica romance novels—when the phone rang. And rang. So, she broke away from fantasy to answer the demands of reality, or more specifically, whoever was calling.

"You're not interrupting me," Holt said, "but Logan and Rebecca are naked in bed, and they're really upset about it."

"I'll talk to you later, mom," her son replied.

"I love razzing my kids," says Holt, 76. Her son recently turned 50.

"They won't read anything I've written ... too much of an ick factor."

Desiree, as you may have guessed, is not her real name, but it's the one she's known by in her small town in Texas Hill Country and on her website, where she's pictured wearing a Texas-sized cross around her neck with a dark streak through her white hair.

Her mission: to empower women to feel sexually free, healthy, and fulfilled. Her inspiration: her late husband, who taught her how to feel that way. [Read more: Sexy Tips from a Septuagenarian]

Mind Your Body

Mind your body! That sounds like it could be a line in a Beyoncé song, writes U.S. News blogger David Katz. In fact, for all I know, it is a line in a Beyoncé song, and maybe she sang it during the Super Bowl 2013 halftime show.

Having the standard male issue priorities, I confess to being distracted by the black leather corset; I might have missed some of the lyrics. But I digress. So, before I get myself into trouble, let's assume Beyoncé said it, or should have, and move on.

Mind your body, because your brain is at stake.

We have long known that the more common, dire, and dreaded threats to our minds—Alzheimer's disease in particular—have a great deal to do with overall health status below the neck. Study after study after study after study that has shown an elimination of up to 80 percent of all chronic disease with the application of lifestyle as medicine has NOT carved out an exception for Alzheimer's, or dementia in general.

The evidence that we can alter gene expression with the power of lifestyle almost certainly pertains to Alzheimer's as it does to cancer. By minding our bodies, we can mind our minds, too. We can best mind both by minding the short list of what matters most to health: eating well, being active, managing our weight by virtue of these first two, and avoiding tobacco. [Read more: Mind Your Body]

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