Here is your Saturday health advisory:
New shingles vaccine
A federal advisory committee is issuing new recommendations on the shingles vaccine.
The committee is calling for adults 50 years and older to get the new shingles vaccine called shingrix. The vaccine was approved in 2017. Adults 60 and older are advised to get either shingrix or the older vaccine known as zostavax, although the panel says shingrix is preferred. And even if you got the older vaccine, some physicians are recommending getting shingrix as a booster.
Shingles is a painful rash. It becomes more common with age.
Follow the Mediterranean Diet
When in doubt about the healthiest diet to follow, the Mediterranean Diet is still one of the top choices. And new research has found that women who follow the diet in the six months before IVF treatment have a significantly better chance of becoming pregnant and giving birth to a live baby than women who did not.
The Mediterranean Diet consists of lots of fresh fruit and vegetables; whole grains, legumes, nuts, fish, olive oil, and less red meat.
Walking with a group
Need some help sticking to your exercise goals? Try walking with a group. The World Health Organization recommends that adults undertake 150 minutes of moderate aerobic physical activity per week. A little more than half of us stick to it, and dropout rates are high. Research now indicates that group walking plays a big part in improved physical activity, a better quality of life, and may also improve social connectedness.