Frequent checks help keep tabs on blood pressure
Home monitoring of blood pressure is particularly beneficial for those with hypertension and those with several risks for the disorder. It is important to buy an approved monitor and to use it correctly.
Many cases are preventable
Some cases of high blood pressure are difficult to avoid. It may run in families or a medical condition precipitates it. For everyone the risk of hypertension increases with every tick of the clock. But too many times our behavior brings it on. Here are risk factors that are in our court. Fortunately, we can have some control.
Americans consume more than twice the quantity recommended
According to the American Heart Association, consumers eat more than twice the recommended daily limit. Salt, or sodium, is available in many foods we purchase or eat in restaurants.
More than chips and snacks
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have determined that more than 40 percent of the sodium people regularly consume comes from 10 types of foods.
Sodium content is not always clear
Nutrition labels indicate the amount of sodium in each serving. For foods with limited sodium content, however, the labeling is less clear and not well understood.
Although over-the-counter drugs are readily available to consumers, those with high blood pressure need to be careful in their choice. Some OTC drugs can increase their pressure or make their medication less effective.
A silent and dangerous killer
Although high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is one of the most common chronic conditions in this country, roughly half of those afflicted do not follow their prescribed medication regimen.
Years of uncontrolled blood pressure can cause life-threatening disorders. High blood pressure is one of the leading causes of stroke and heart disease.
A risk factor increases the risk of a particular disease or condition. Having a particular risk factor, however, does not mean that you will get that disease.
Size of tumor not always key
Some cases of breast cancer can be treated by lumpectomy, a breast-conserving surgery. A recent study has found that more women than previously thought could be eligible for lumpectomy.
Which ones should you follow?
The American Cancer Society recently updated its screening guidelines for breast cancer. The ACS now recommends that women of average risk of breast cancer initiate screening at 45 rather than 40.
Antioxidants make them a superfood
Pomegranates, known for their bright color and odd shape, are available only during the fall to early winter. Because of their high content of antioxidants, pomegranates have gained a reputation as a superfood.
Good for the body; good for the mind
It is well established that exercise improves health and can lower the risk of several chronic illnesses. Exercise can also prevent or help control depression.
Inner peace may improve mental health
Yoga is an ancient discipline that combines meditation with certain positions called asanas. Yoga has been found to improve physical health, and studies now suggest that it can improve mental health as well.
More than ‘fight or flight’
Anxiety is the most common type of mental health disorder. It is most often characterized by panic attacks, phobias or generalized anxiety disorder.
You don’t just ‘snap out of it’
Depression is one of the most harmful mental health disorders.
Not the normal ups and downs
People with bipolar disorder have mood swings that shift from depression to mania or hypomania.
Very common but often goes untreated
Mental illness is one of the most common health disorders. Yet, a large percentage of those afflicted do not get treated.
More than just psychiatrists
Although psychiatrists are doctors trained in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders, there are several other types of professionals that treat people with mental disorders.
An obstacle to seeking care
A high percentage of people with mental health disorders often refrain from seeking care due to the stigma of mental health.
What are they, anyway?
Processed meats are red meats and poultry that are preserved by smoking, curing, salting or addition of any chemical preservatives.
Screenings can find illnesses earlier when they are easier to treat
Screening tests can often find a disease before symptoms occur. The Affordable Care Act mandates that several screening tests be performed at no cost to the insured individual.
Adults are not exempt
Immunizations are required for people of any age. Some conditions require one dose only while others are recommended yearly.
Trans fats a major cause of heart disease
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has made the decision that artificial trans fats are not “generally recognized as safe” and are therefore being removed from processed foods.
They give assistance and they need assistance
Alzheimer’s disease has spurred the growth of a large network of informal, or personal, caregivers. Most of these caregivers are unpaid family members and friends.
One family recalls its struggle with AD
Alzheimer’s disease is not a solitary affliction. Family members often assume the unpaid role of caretakers.
What’s good for the heart is good for the brain
This recipe – Autumn Salad – contains walnuts and leafy greens that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
It's never too late to start
Regular physical activity is recommended for all adults regardless of age. Exercise can often ease some of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
This is a tasty recipe for salmon kebabs. Some research indicates that foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, like those found in fatty fish like salmon, can help ward off dementia.
All groups should reap the benefits
Clinical trials are research studies to determine how well a new treatment or procedure works in people.
A test of memory
Studies are ongoing to detect the first symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Memory tests and brain scans are used to detect the earliest changes in memory and the brain that may signal the onset of dementia.
The purpose of the Anti-Amyloid Treatment in Asymptomatic Alzheimer’s study, or A4 study, is to prevent memory loss due to Alzheimer’s disease. People between the ages of 65 and 85 are eligible to apply for the study.
Memories are formed through a three-step process
Memory is a three-step process that includes encoding, or processing the thought, short-term to long-term memory and retrieval. Failure to encode a memory prevents retrieval of the memory at a later time.
Some symptoms of depression are also symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Regardless of the cause, depression should be evaluated and treated.
When they no longer know your name
Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, is a progressive, degenerative disease that robs victims of memory, reasoning, thinking and communication and eventually their life.
TIAs are often signs of an impending stroke
Although TIAs and stroke share symptoms, TIAs are transient and leave no permanent deficits. However, people who have a TIA are more likely to have a stroke.
Diabetes and high blood pressure largely to blame
Chronic kidney disease, which results largely from diabetes and high blood pressure, is often preventable.
Survey shows low understanding of cancer risks
With healthy lifestyles almost half of the most common cancers can be prevented.
Knowing the facts can save your life
Misperceptions about heart disease are common. Knowing the facts can save your life.
The number one killer
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women and kills more women than all types of cancer combined.
A healthy combination of pasta and vegetables
Buttons and bows pasta is a simple and healthy recipe that combines whole grains with vegetables.
Found only in plant foods
Although roughly 25 grams of dietary fiber are recommended every day, the average consumption is closer to 15 grams a day.
Obesity is a key risk factor
Early detection and treatment of uterine cancer can increase the survival rate.
This recipe for chickpea salad is low in sodium, but high in fiber and protein.
People with diabetes must watch their consumption of carbohydrates, which are sugar, starch and fiber.
Physical activity key to controlling glucose
Regular exercise, or physical activity, is recommended for those with diabetes to help control their blood glucose levels.
Individual healthy eating plans now recommended for those with diabetes
The eating plan recommended for those with diabetes is the same as that recommended for everyone.
With a change in lifestyle, researchers have found that people at risk of type 2 diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of the disease.
A leading cause of blindness
Diabetic retinopathy — damage to the blood vessels in the retina — is the leading cause of new blindness in persons aged 25 to 74 years in the United States.
There are several misperceptions and misunderstandings about type 2 diabetes.