Sabtu, 23 November 2013

Stress Health Instead of Letting Health Stress You

Health is everywhere these days. You can't open a newspaper or turn on a television without seeing health in the news. Like it or not, health is all around us. Why is this? Well, for starters, it is important. Most notably, health is a hot topic because we have let it become an area of stress in our lives.

Think about the news stories that we see along with health. What else is on the news? There is war, political scandals, crime and crisis. All of these subjects have one thing in common: Stress. When we see these stories they evoke emotion and cause us to feel anxiety.

How did health get on this list? Shouldn't we be feeling good about health and healthy living? Well, we should be, but unfortunately that isn't the kind of story we are getting. We are getting the lack of health in most news stories. One can argue that this is simply because that is the state we are in now. Our health has gotten so bad that there is only bad news to report.

One can say that. In fact, I've said that we are in a serious situation regarding our health. I see the news, so I know that there are general problems. More importantly, I work with people, so I see that there are personal problems.

I see that we all want to be healthy. I also see that it is difficult for the average person to be as healthy as they want to be. I see that the status quo is actually causing more and more problems for us and making it more and more difficult to live healthy or even to avoid declining health in our lives.

What can we do? It is important that we emphasize the word DO. If we do nothing, we will continue to go down the path of poor health. By closing our eyes and taking what is given, we will not get where we want to go. By eating what is offered at the cheapest, most convenient foods, we will not get where we want to go. By letting our schedules be made for us and going with the flow, we will not get where we want to go.

The only way to take the stress out of health is to switch things around. We have to stress health. By stressing health, we can stop letting health stress us. This is more than just a play on words.

Think about it:

When we see the stories about health on the news, what are they telling us? They are telling us that the health of the world is in jeopardy and we are all heading the wrong direction. They are telling us that what we are doing is killing ourselves and our kids. They are telling us that we are not doing it right and are suffering the consequences now and in the future.

As we continue to hear messages like this, it gets easier to believe them. It gets easier to look at our own routine and say, "Wow, I am unhealthy." While it may be true, it doesn't mean that things have to stay this way.

That is the first step in turning things around. We need to understand that health is ongoing and long-term. Health is not a one day or one week topic. The studies and reports that we see are done over many months and even years. That data may point to negative trends, but that doesn't mean we can't change them.

That is the next step in turning things around. We have to change. If you are going with the flow and taking only what's given, you are likely part of the trends that we are reading about and seeing on the news. If you are not actively focused on your own health, you are likely stressing about it.

By looking long-term at the life you really want, you can start to make changes to make it a reality. By doing nothing, you can only give yourself more issues to stress about. No one wants to be unhealthy. No one wants stressed out. But for some reason that doesn't seem to be enough to motive us to change.

Maybe a new way of looking at health will help motivate people. Maybe we just need to change our focus. Letting health issues stress us is only going to lead to more stress. Physical, emotional, financial and all other kinds of stress will be the norm if we are not actively managing our health. All we have to do is reverse that model by stressing health. More importantly, we are stressing healthy habits. When we have health we are able to stress the important aspects of life: feeling good, having energy and enjoying our time. Without them we simply stress over the problems that come with poor habits.

It may be a play on words, but stressing health instead of letting it stress you can really be the key to changing the trends. By making health an emphasis at home, work and school, we can take control. That control allows us to stop stressing about the problems of poor health and start reaping the benefits of good health.

Business Health Expert Joe Byrd uses his passion and expertise to bring business and health together. He integrates health education in lifestyle topics such as Stress Management, Weight Management, and Smoking Cessation into businesses in order to accomplish the following:

Improving Employee Health
Decreasing Health Care Spending
Increasing Your Employee Productivity
Improving Employee Satisfaction and Retention

Joe applies his craft in the business world by making health part of business strategy. As he helps companies invest in their employees, together they create healthy and successful cultures.

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Vemma Voted Best by Leading Health Experts

Are you feeling down and really not at your best because of your duties and continuous stress that seem to drain you of every last drop of energy? Well, there's good news! You have not stumbled upon this article by accident, as here you'll find out how you can start increasing your energy levels and bettering your health naturally. Not to mention that the wellness industry is experiencing a multi-million dollar boom and the opportunity it offers is phenomenal!

Emma will help you change and have a fresh start in your life by adding to it a new, different dimension! Emma is here to change your life for the better, as it has what it is required to improve your health, boost up your energy, supercharge your immune system and also help you make a nice income. If you choose to utilize Emma as a business tool, you'll be helping others assist others by taking advantage of a product which promises health as well as financial freedom for everyone who is willing to start something in which they truly believe in.

We all know that our bodies need vitamins, but some of are afraid of not becoming addicted to using them excessively. We don't want to take a handful of vitamins to keep us going. People are just plain sick of "choking" down pills, too! What we need is a drink and Emma has already thought about that. Emma has been labeled by the health experts as the cure for the "pill fatigue syndrome." It is also far better absorbed in the human body since it's a whole-food liquid supplement.

Chinese science and one of nature's finest remedies have all been combined in Lemmas' other product, Verve. It's an insanely healthy energy drink mixed with the best liquid supplement, giving you what you need to boost the level of your energy and keep you healthy at the same time. Emma and Verve Energy Drink combine the antioxidant-rich power of mangos teen, a fruit of Asian practitioners, with rich-plant minerals, organic polycentric-rich aloe Vera and decaffeinated green tea.

The Complete Emma / Verve Nutrition Program has the Essential Minerals combined with Mangos teen Plus. Don't waste your money on nutritional supplements from supermarkets and drug stores because they offer so little in the form all the critical vitamins and minerals. Pill are not absorbed well in the body. Emma and Verve Energy Drink is a mixture of all you need! It's a juicy product, tastes great and is a whole vitamin-mineral supplement. One can never say that Verve is "just juice" or similar to tea with boatloads of processed sugar and aspartame! Red Bull, Rock star, Monster and many conventional energy drinks easily fit that toxic description.

The health and wellness market today has witnessed a tremendous increase over the past year and Emma and Verve are on the top of the "food chain." Besides being an incredible nutritious supplement, Emma / Verve offer the perfect chance for you to achieve massive success by earning thousands of extra dollars per month! So, home business owners and entrepreneurs that launch boldly into this "ground floor" home-based business are guaranteed to substantially boost income. Verve was actually featured on the cover of "Success from Home" magazine this month (March 2008) for it's explosive growth in such a short period of time!

Emma is all about team effort, explosive growth, service, and fair play. With this in mind, you can feel confident while amassing your own residual income by joining the team effort in order to turn your annual salary into your monthly salary! Conference and coaching calls are held twice per week to ensure overwhelming success.

Making money with little effort is up to you to decide. Emma is indeed a solid home-based business and the best opportunity for you, especially thanks to its lucrative two-team compensation plan that will help you achieve all you've ever wanted! By bringing more people in, you'll be helping yourself too, making more money than ever and creating more leverage. There is no limit to this business because the wellness and energy drink industry is growing so fast. Each time you sign-up a member or customer, you'll have you own commissions along with each time members of you team enroll others, as everyone is part of the same team.

Senin, 04 November 2013

Obesity and the Increased Risk for Diabetes

People with type 2 diabetes tend to be overweight or obese, and while there is general agreement about a link between the two, the scientific understanding is still not yet clear. It seems that obesity, especially with fat accumulation in your abdomen, promotes insulin resistance which then causes your pancreas to try and secrete more insulin. If your pancreas can't keep up to the increased demand, then your cells can't process glucose (sugar), for which the insulin is necessary. When this happens, you have developed type 2 diabetes. The other way type 2 develops is when your pancreas cannot produce enough insulin regardless of resistance. Type 1 diabetes occurs when your pancreas simply doesn't produce any insulin at all.
So what happens in obese people and insulin resistance? It has been shown that a high fat diet causes abnormal glucose production in your liver. In healthier people, glucose production in the liver only occurs when your blood sugar levels get too low. This behaviour of your liver with obesity, increasing blood glucose levels, is an important step towards developing insulin resistance. This has to do with a process by which the endoplasmic reticulum in your cells, which process fats and proteins, become 'stressed'. The endoplasmic reticulum then send out signals to tell your body to ignore insulin until the fat processing has finished.
Other studies show that a diet high in sugar can be a precursor to developing diabetes as well, perhaps explaining why some people who are not overweight but maintain poor diet habits can develop insulin resistance.
Further scientific evidence points to fat cells producing a hormone known as resistin. This hormone supposedly prevents cells from using insulin properly, affecting your blood glucose levels, your appetite, and your fat storage.
The bottom line is that your pancreas secretes insulin as you eat, and your cells, using insulin, permit the transport of sugar (glucose) inside, to be converted into energy. Diabetes prevents your cells from using the insulin, causing your blood sugar levels to be higher than normal, and your cells to lack the necessary ingredients to produce energy, which of course is essential for basic life functions. How obesity is connected to helping create this situation may not be perfectly clear, but you can certainly be sure that exercise and a healthy diet will not only combat obesity, but will also help you manage diabetes.
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Jumat, 01 November 2013

Acid Reflux In Babies - Symptoms And Treatments

Acid reflux in babies is known as infant acid reflux or infant reflux is more common for babies than more people realize. Since babies cannot tell you what is wrong, it is important for parents to recognize the signs and get the appropriate diagnosis and treatment. Typically, babies that do develop this condition outgrow it and do not have further problems as adults.
What is Baby Reflux?
The condition occurs very much the same way it does in adults. The contents of the stomach after eating rather than remaining in the stomach, move up into the esophagus, which can cause a burning sensation known as heartburn. The acid inside the stomach is what causes the burning sensation as the food and liquids move upward.
Symptoms of Infant Reflux
Since babies can't tell you if they have heartburn or feel sick you'll want to take note of the obvious signs of infant reflux including:
  • Frequent spitting up food or bile (yellow)
  • Difficulty eating due to gagging
  • Persistent cough
  • Crying during feeding time
  • Stomach appears gassy or tender to the touch
  • Colic
  • Bouts of pneumonia
Keep in mind that all of the symptoms do not have to be present in order for your baby to have acid reflux. These are the most common signs to look for. Many times a baby learns quickly that eating causes their discomfort and may refuse to eat or have a light appetite.
Diagnosis of Infant Reflux
Prior to taking your baby to your pediatrician, write down some of the symptoms you have been noticing. It's easy to forget some symptoms once you get to the doctor's office.
The doctor will want to rule out anything serious and may order a variety of tests including an ultrasound, blood and other lab tests, or an upper GI series. In addition, esophageal pH monitoring may be done to see what the acidity levels are in your child's esophagus. These tests are all helpful at getting to the root of the problem. The sooner treatment can begin, the better your baby will feel.
Treatment Option of Infant Reflux
There are several treatment options depending on the severity of the reflux. Many times changing the way the infant is fed corrects the problem. These variations include, giving smaller feedings frequently, pause during feeding and attempt to burp the baby, and ensuring your infant is in an upright position during the feedings and directly afterwards. Switching to a new baby formula may also be helpful if you're using formula.
Medications can also be used including, H-2 acid blockers such as lansoprazole and omeprazole, which are both are now available over-the-counter or by prescription. As a last result and when all other options have failed, a surgical procedure to tighten the esophageal sphincter so that food remains in the stomach may be performed.
Lastly, if you notice any of the signs of acid reflux in babies, it is best to make an appointment with your pediatrician as soon as possible.
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Health Reform Has a History of Failure

Health care reform is on everyone's mind.   It's an idea, they say, whose time has come. The cost of health insurance is out of control. 40 plus million Americans cannot afford or cannot qualify for health insurance.

But health care reform has been here before.  Actually, about every 15 years there is a push for reforming health care in America.   It started way back in 1912 when Theodore Roosevelt's Bull Moose Party  introduced a platform calling for national health insurance for industry.

In 1934 as part of the New Deal, Franklin Roosevelt considered proposing universal health coverage as part of the Social Security Act.  Presidents as diverse as Truman, Carter, Ford, George H.Q. Bush and Clinton have all introduced various proposals for health care reform.  Universal health coverage is always the stated goal.  All the proposals put forth by all these administrations, dating back to the early 1900's  have only thing in common-failure.

In 1943 President Truman proposed a single insurance plan that would cover all Americans.  His plan allowed for public subsidies for the poor.  This universal, comprehensive plan was to be run as part of Social Security.  But  Truman was faced with an economy that was transitioning from a war time economy  to a peace time economy.   For a time Truman lost the confidence of the general public.  Republicans gained control of both houses of Congress in 1946 and branded Truman as a lame duck.

But Truman campaigned in 1948 on a promise to extend the New Deal and specifically targeted Congressional Republicans who has opposed national health insurance.  Truman defeated these Republicans and seemed to have a mandate from the people to implement national health insurance.  But despite having a Congress that had a Democratic majority,  Truman could not pass his health reform plan. His plan failed because powerful Southern Democrats, all of whom held key leadership positions in Congress, feared that federal involvement in health care would lead to desegregation of hospitals that still separated patients by race.

Labor unions also played a part in the defeat of Truman's plan. The AFL-CIO supported the plan for universal coverage as did the UAW.  But then, the UAW negotiated a deal with General Motors that included payment by GM of health insurance and pensions.   Unions then believed that they could negotiate better benefits for their members than they could get under a federal universal health plan and they abandoned their support of universal care.

The AMA also opposed the Truman plan but they based their opposition on the unpopular concept of socialized medicine.  As anti-communist sentiment rose,  the public support for universal health care declined.   Most large associations including the Chamber of Commerce, the ABA and the American Hospital Association supported the concept of voluntary and private health insurance.  This was also the position favored by most of the nation's media.

Universal health insurance failed again in 1950.  By that time the employer sponsored plans were deeply entrenched as an employee benefit.  This was the time that insurance companies began to experience rate premiums.  The result of this new rating system was that older, sicker people found it harder to get affordable coverage. In 1960 Congress passed the Kerr-Mills Act. This Act provided federal funds to the states to cover the health costs of the elderly who were too poor to afford health insurance.  But this Act, with all its well meaning hope, failed completely because by 1963, only 28 states had agreed to participate and even those states did not budget correctly to support the plan.  This Act became the precursor to Medicare and Medicaid.

From 1970 through 1976 more competing plans were proposed  But compromises came and went and no significant bill ever reached the House floor because of lack of Committee consensus.   President Ford withdrew his attempt at universal health reform fearing that  it would make inflation worse.  President Carter campaigned on the promise of a comprehensive national health plan but once elected shifted his priorities to cost containment, specifically hospital cost control, and told the American people that national health insurance would have to wait until the economy was stronger.

About that time, Senator Edward Kennedy introduced a new proposal which called for private health insurance companies to compete for customers. The private plans would sell an insurance card to be used for hospital and physician care.  The cost of the card would depend on income and employers would be expected to cover the majority of the cost for their employees.  The federal government would pick up the cost of the card for the poor.  Neither the Carter nor the Kennedy  proposal made it through the Congress.

The Clinton plan also supported universal health insurance through the enforcement of individual and employer mandates.  The government would control the competition between private insurance companies  The Health Care Task Force, chaired by Hillary Clinton when she was first lady,  gave President Clinton a complex plan in September 1993.  Despite a Democratic Congress,  the size and complexity of the plan slowed its progress through Congress and lost the interest of the general population.

Now in 2009, another administration is proposing health care reform. The White House has created the Office on Health Care Reform. Members of Congress are polishing up their own creations for solving this problem. The administration believes that popular opinion will compel our elected officials to end what might be considered a national embarrassment of having millions of American unable to afford or have access to quality health insurance. But as far back as the 1930's, public support quickly began to fail as the insured were advised that the goal would only be achieved if they contributed more to the cost, either directly or through some added taxes.

The United States spends twice as much per capita as the average of the 10 next richest countries in the world.  Yet, despite this expenditure, 1 out of 6 Americans under the age of 65 are uninsured and/or individually uninsurable.

One of the problems facing reform is that the 80% or so of American who have health insurance are generally happy with the care they receive. They like their doctors and the freedom to make their own choices when it comes to doctors and hospitals. Most think they already pay too much for health insurance. Most believe, and there is evidence to support this belief, that the red tape and the administrative expenses of their health insurance plan are part of the reason their cost has increased. Why can't someone fix that, they wonder?

The insured fear change.  Any proposal that threatens their current insurance arrangement will be regarded with deep suspicion. Everyone is aware of the power of special interest groups.  Our political system is set up in such a way as to frustrate action on any large and socially controversial idea.  Congressional committees wield enormous power. The interest of each state in controlling its own health insurance programs can, in itself, bring down the whole idea of reform.

We have had some success in improving access to health care for million through some of the Children's Health Insurance Programs. But note that most of the  programs to cover uninsured children are state based.

We seem to be unable to learn from past mistakes or take advantage of the concepts that actually have worked.  Anyone who has done even a cursory study of history should realize that we have been here before.

Yes health reform is back again. What will happen this time? Stay tuned.

Sheila Guillotine is the owner of Prestige Planners, a health specialty agency placing health and dental insurance for business and individuals. Licensed with all the major carriers, she counsels and advises clients on how to select the most appropriate coverage.

Jumat, 25 Oktober 2013

Discrimination And Health Insurance

Until current health care reform legislation takes full effect in 2014, individuals with pre-existing conditions will continue to legally be subject to certain exclusions and limitations in coverage from health insurance companies. However, despite legislation to the contrary, various types of discrimination continue to occur throughout the country in regards to offering fair coverage and premiums when it comes to health insurance.

A recent study has found that individuals with genetic conditions are actually twice as likely to be denied health insurance as individuals with other equally serious chronic illnesses. This population is also more likely to be subjected to higher premiums as well as higher deductibles. The same study also found that half of the individuals interviewed did not want to leave their job because they were fearful of losing much needed health coverage.

Past legislation has attempted to address this issue to some extent. HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) was partially designed to help ensure that health insurance is made available to all. Previous to the passing of the law, there was widespread fear of almost every employee to move to a different job as they could easily lose health coverage. With this act, most employees were put at ease with the introduction of COBRA and additional federal regulations regarding offering health insurance to new employees.

Unfortunately, with the economy as it is, employees are again fearful of losing their group health insurance, regardless of any pre-existing conditions. As companies continue to lay off workers and stop offering group health insurance benefits, more and more people are finding themselves without health insurance.

Another provision of HIPAA was to prevent, in no uncertain terms, the use of genetic information in the writing of any health insurance policy, whether group or individual. This type of information may not be used to determine eligibility or be treated as a pre-existing condition that may be subject to exclusions or additional limitations. In addition, if someone has been found to have a genetic marker for a disease, their policy may not be affected by the finding.

However, anyone that exhibits symptoms of a certain genetic disease or have been otherwise diagnosed by a medical professional can legally be discriminated against, along with anyone else with any kind of pre-existing condition. In addition, anyone with a strong family history of breast cancer or colon cancer is likely to be (illegally) considered "high risk," and as a result are subjected to the same limitations and high premiums as those with diagnosed chronic conditions.

One of the unfortunate results of permitting discrimination against individuals with pre-existing conditions is that insurance companies often take advantage of their ability to impose limitations. Those that do not reject an initial application will attach riders to the policy which make obtaining the necessary care essentially the financial responsibility of the patient.

With so many discriminatory practices in today's health care industry, it is the hope of many of those that have been downtrodden by such a broken system that the upcoming change in legislation will be a saving grace, changing lives for the better.

Selasa, 22 Oktober 2013

Diabetes, Its Investigations and Complications

There are many people in the world who ignore the small signs their body gives them to indicate diseases. Frequent urination, increased hunger and increased thirst are some signs that need immediate consultation from a doctor otherwise they might lead to coma and potential death. These signs are due to the presence of excess blood sugar levels which indicate Diabetes Mellitus, simply acknowledged as Diabetes.
Diabetes is of two types, type I and type II Diabetes. These were previously referred to as insulin dependent and insulin independent types but, since recent researches prove that insulin can be used in both types, this classification has been discarded. Type I diabetes is due to the body's inability to synthesize insulin requiring insulin injections. It occurs below the age of 20 and accounts for 10% cases of diabetes. In Type 2 diabetes the cells either stop responding to insulin or the insulin production is insufficient as compared to the glucose intake. The major cause of this form of diabetes is sedentary lifestyle along with obesity. It occurs after 30 years of life and accounts for 90% cases of diabetes. This form of diabetes can be controlled by dietary and lifestyle changes along with the use of oral hypoglycemic medicines. Insulin injections in this type have little or no effect but can be used in some cases. Other forms of diabetes include gestational diabetes in which, during pregnancy, the sugar level of the mother escalates beyond normal. This might result in intrauterine death of the baby and type II diabetes in the mother, later in life.
Due to the numerous damaging effects of diabetes, routine check ups for blood glucose levels are advised to all. These check ups include tests like fasting blood sugar or random blood sugar, which provide the first sign of high glucose levels in the blood. If the fasting or random blood sugar is raised then the confirmatory test for diabetes is done which is the oral glucose tolerance test. In this test standard carbohydrate load is given to the patient and then glucose levels are checked after 2 hours, if the glucose level is more than 200gm/dl even after 2hours then this confirms diabetes. These tests are also included in routine antenatal check ups for pregnant women to help in the immediately diagnosis of gestational diabetes, as early diagnosis will help to save the life of the baby as well as the mother
Heart attack is the most common cause of death in uncontrolled diabetes, the reason behind it is the fact that diabetes causes damage to arteries. This damage to blood vessels not only leads to stroke and paralysis but also causes blockage in peripheral vessels of the body leading to the formation of gangrene. Gangrene is formed as a result of blockage of vessels which lead to cell death and pus formation. Gangrene in feet is most common in uncontrolled diabetes and requires amputation to prevent spread of gangrene to the whole leg. Uncontrolled diabetes also affects the eye leading to, reduced vision, blindness or cataract formation. Moreover, due to changes in the kidney and progressive loss of proteins in the urine, diabetes also results in kidney failure.
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Selasa, 08 Oktober 2013

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Rabu, 02 Oktober 2013

Complications That May Occur in Long-Term Acid Reflux

Though lifestyle habits and healthy eating habits may be capable to reduce the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (or acid reflux disease), they are not able to cure the disease. Left unseen by a medical specialist and untreated for a longer period of time, acid reflux disease can seriously impact the body by irritating the lining of the esophagus, a cause for later, more serious complications.
What is gastroesophageal reflux disease?
Gastroesophageal reflux disease is a chronic condition in which mucosal damage is caused by the stomach acid coming up into the esophagus. Acid reflux is usually caused by the abnormal relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter changes in the valve between the stomach and the esophagus.
What are the most severe long-term complications of acid reflux?
  • Barrett's Esophagus is a condition characterized by intestinal metaplasia, which usually precedes carcinoma. Because of the risk of chronic heartburn progressing to Barrett's, patients with acid reflux are recommended to undergo esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) at least every five years. It is observed that patients with Barrett's esophagus have significantly increased chances to develop esophageal cancer compared to acid reflux patients without Barrett's. Symptoms of the condition include: frequent and longstanding heartburn, difficulty swallowing, vomiting blood, chest pain and unintentional weight loss.
  • Esophageal Cancer is the cancer of the tissues of the esophagus. Despite all efforts of medical scientists, the actual cause of cancer remains unidentified, but a definite link can be made gastroesophageal reflux disease and esophageal cancer. Symptoms include difficult, painful, and husky cough, as a result of the tumor affecting the laryngeal nerve.
  • Laryngeal Cancer is the cancerous disease of the larynx and the condition is associated with preexisting acid reflux disease. Symptoms include hoarseness and other voice changes, lump in the neck, sore throat, persistent cough, bad breath, earache.
  • Erosive Esophagitis is the inflammation and swelling of the esophagus commonly caused by acid stomach that makes its way back up into the esophagus. Symptoms include pain in the chest or abdomen, nausea, etc.
  • Esophageal Stricture is a narrowing or tightening of the esophagus which can lead difficulties in swallowing food. Symptoms of esophageal strictures include heartburn, acid taste in the mouth, coughing, shortness of breath, and frequent burping or hiccups. Severe symptoms include pain or difficulty swallowing, throwing up blood and weight loss.
A simple glance at the list above is enough to point out the life-threatening aspect of a neglected acid reflux case. It is in consequence important to contact a medical specialist as soon as the first signs and symptoms of acid reflux disease are observed. Early diagnosis is one of the surest ways to keep the disease under control. Adopting healthy lifestyle habits can only help maintain good overall health.
To learn about laparoscopic surgical treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease and whether or not you are a candidate for such an intervention, contact a specialized medical specialist.
Dr. Thomas E. Lavin is a board certified general surgeon specializing in minimally invasive surgery. He is the founder of the Surgical Specialists of Louisiana.

Selasa, 10 September 2013

Overview of Acid Reflux

Acid reflux can strike anyone at anytime. Acid reflux does not discriminate by age or whether you are a little overweight. Eating or drinking certain beverages can contribute or even bring on an attack. There is much that is still not known about why acid reflux occurs but it is believed that the varying pressures that build up in the stomach during the digesting period are the cause. Various food items will create different levels of pressure during this process that can push the stomach acid up and into the esophagus.
Acid reflux is a condition in which the stomach acid will travel backwards up the esophagus in to the base of the throat. This happens because the valve that separates the stomach and the esophagus is not operating properly. This sometimes troublesome valve in question is called the esophageal sphincter and it sits right at the point where the stomach and the esophagus join to keep the strong acids and gastric juices where they belong in the stomach to digest your food. The stomach linings are well equipped to handle these acids but unfortunately if the valve does not close properly the acid and gastric juices will back track into the esophagus where the lining is not strong enough to handle the acid. This is where you get the burning in the throat feeling which can be very painful.
It is important to remember that heart burn is normal and many people must cope with it. There is a fine line that can be crossed and severe acid reflux that occurs often will require a discussion with your doctor. Prolonged and untreated heart burn can lead to serious health problems that over time may require a surgical procedure to correct them.
Most people who suffer from acid reflux are very well aware of the trigger points that can lead to an attack. Dietary changes are the best prevention and can make all the difference when it comes to food. Foods high in fat or even spicy foods can bring on an attack. Avoid eating these foods if you can or if you must indulge try eating these meals late in the afternoon or early evening so they can digest well before bedtime. Other foods that trigger acid reflux are foods with high acid content like tomatoes, citrus, vinegar and items with garlic. Chocolate should be limited also because it produces serotonin and it is known now to cause the esophageal sphincter valve to relax and not function properly. Peppermint and spearmint even in gum also trigger the stomach to produce more acid than it needs. Coffee can really cause problems for some as it is a huge acid stimulant and caffeine is known now to open the esophageal sphincter and keep it from closing making it almost imposable to neutralize acid reflux for a long period of time.
Along with your dietary changes, exercise is quite affective in decreasing your symptoms. This can be accomplished even by simply walking after meals to burn calories to maintain or lose weight and aid in the digestive process. Your doctor can prescribe medicine or a pharmacist can give advice on the many over the counter remedies available in the pharmacy. Simple changes in your life style and eating habits will have a big impact on reducing your acid reflux symptoms.
I have suffered from acid reflux and have taken medication for years. It got to the point where I needed to do something so I committed to change my diet recently. Since changing my diet, I have not had to take any medication in over 4 months. Home remedies can also help alleviate some symptoms.

Jumat, 06 September 2013

Healthy Tips to Stay Healthy and Prevent Diabetes

With the variety of lifestyles that most individuals live today, you won't be surprised to find out that more people are likely to be diabetic. Why? It is because of the prevalence of cholesterol-rich and processed food items. If you like eating lots of sweets and don't exercise, you are likely to get something like Type-2diabetes. According to the opinions of most health coaches, the main treatment for diabetes is not often done through pills or injections. It is a leading lifestyle change needs to be done. Here are five natural and proven methods for fighting diabetes.
Exercise Regularly
Regular exercise helps maintain a normal blood sugar level. When you exercise (at least for 30 minutes each day), the sugar and fats in the bloodstream are burned. It also improves blood circulation, reduces blood sugar levels, and wards of high blood pressure. You can exercise from the comforts of home or outdoors. By doing this every day, you help maintain a healthy body weight and decrease the chances of being diabetic.
Eat Fewer Sweets
Everyone loves eating chocolates and candies even if we know that eating too much of it can lead to diabetes. These staffs can increase blood sugar levels. If your blood sugar is high, you are likely a candidate for diabetes. It's vital that you prevent high blood sugar levels, so you can avoid having diabetes. In case you are a diabetic person, it's necessary to maintain a normal blood sugar level because maintaining the amount of sugar in the blood can prevent further complications, which is caused by diabetes. So, the next time you eat a chocolate, consider the amount of sugar that you're putting in your blood.
Eat More Fruits and Veggies
By eating a balanced meal, you get the right amount of vitamins, nutrients and minerals to the body. Fruits and veggies also help in expelling unwanted fats and cholesterol. However, just make sure that you stay away from fruits and veggies that are high in carbohydrates, because when digested these generate a large amount of sugar. Wheat and whole grains are also suggested food items for diabetics since these absorb the excess sugar in the blood stream.
Get a Regular Checkup
Monitoring blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels are essential in the prevention and treatment of diabetes. By determining these levels, you will have a good reference point for crafting a better dietary practice. And, by checking cholesterol and blood sugar levels, you will know if you are on the borderline of diabetes or above the normal limits. Remember that knowledge is one of the keys towards fighting diabetes.
Join Diabetes Prevention/Treatment Programs
Check with your community newspaper or magazine to find out if there is local diabetes prevention and treatment programs. By joining a program organized by certified health professionals, you will get valuable information on how to deal with that disease. It would also be a powerful venue for you and other diabetes patients to gather around, and share your stories.
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Jumat, 30 Agustus 2013

Helcobacter Pylori: An Overview

Helicobacter pylori is an extremely common infection. It is estimated that up to 50% of population worldwide are infected by this organism. Fortunately, its overall infection rate has been in decline in recent years. Helicobacter pylori is thought to be transmitted by the fecal oral route. As a result, individuals from lesser developed countries with poor hygienic condition are more prone to contract this illness. Not surprisingly, Helicobacter pylori is more common in lesser developed countries.
H. pylori requires acid to survive and proliferate. Not surprisingly, it is found primarily in the human stomach. In fact, it is difficult to find this orgianism outside the human body. Once infected, the organism causes chronic and persistent inflammation in the stomach. Helicobacter pylori causes chronic gastritis, peptic ulcer, pre-malignant conditions of the stomach including intestinal metaplasia and dysplasia, as well as even stomach cancer. Studies have shown that there is up to 6 fold increase in the risk of developing stomach cancer in individuals infected with this organism. Fortunately, treatment of Helicobacter pylori appears to reduce this risk.
There are several methods of diagnosing H. pylori. They include serology, blood test that determines the presence of antibody against this particular organism. This test is, however, limited by the fact that the antibody may persist for years even after the organism is eradicated. Thus, blood test is not accurate in diagnosing an acute ongoing infection by Helicobacter pylori. Other tests for presence of this organism may include urea breath test and stool antigen test. We often recommend an upper endoscopy examination, carefully examining the entire lining of the stomach. At the same time, a small sampling or biopsy can be performed to test for Helicobacter pylori either under the microscope or with a special test called CLO test.
The treatment of H. pylori usually involves three medications called Triple Therapy. They include two antibiotics such as Amoxicillin and Clarithromycin, and a proton pump inhibitor such as omeprazole that suppresses the production of acid in the stomach. When the treatment is administered for a duration of 2 weeks, one can expect up to 80-90% cure rate from this infection.
H. pylori is an extremely common condition that can cause gastritis (inflammation of stomach), ulcer, and even stomach cancer. It is an infection that needs to be eradicated not only to treat gastritis or ulcer, but as a means to prevent the development of stomach cancer.

Minggu, 04 Agustus 2013

Particularities of Obesity Associated With Diabetes

It is good to understand that health is a valuable constituent of human life. However, good health is impossible without correct body care and proper nutrition. If the body is in a suitable shape and is ready to perform various kinds of activities, it instills the necessary self-confidence to the possessor of such a body. However, obese people may experience considerable psychological and physical difficulties because of their condition and health problems. Obesity is a serious disease. Moreover, obesity generates new diseases and therefore makes life of an obese individual painful and sad. Obesity also leads to emotional breakdowns, which are particularly sorrowful consequences of obesity.
Health threats in obesity
Thus, obesity is not only a cosmetic problem, but also a significant health threat. Extremely overweight individuals are at a constant risk to die earlier than persons who are in the normal weight range. The case is that obesity bears strong association with numerous serious illnesses such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and stroke.
Detection of overweight
Scientists have shown that the weight increase of several pounds may double the risk of diabetes development. On the contrary, individuals who are in normal weight range and do not gain weight remain on a safer side from this point of view. Studies carried out in various groups of populations have demonstrated that more than 80 % of people suffering from diabetes are obese or overweight. Thus, the close association between obesity and diabetes is clearly visible. Scientists often use special BMI calc for prompt determination of Body Mass Index and weight categories. At the same time, this useful tool helps detecting possible health risks including the risk of diabetes development.
Diabetes in obese patients
Nowadays, diabetes is considered among the most important diseases diagnosed in obese people. Diabetes significantly reduces the patient's ability to control and regulate the blood glucose. This inability to control blood glucose results in significant metabolic disorders. Diabetes becomes the main cause of heart disease, stroke, blindness, and early death among obese patients. The probability of diabetes development in obese people exceeds two times the likelihood of diabetes among people with normal weight. Type 2 diabetes is diagnosed particularly often in obese people. This type of diabetes develops as a result of insufficient insulin production by the body. Doctors also find body cell unresponsiveness to the insulin. Insulin, however, is required for glucose assimilation by the body. Glucose is a particularly important energy source for the living cells of the body. Insulin provides the glucose delivery into the cells from the blood.
How to overcome problems related to diabetes
The probability of diabetes development can be lowered by means of losing weight and exercising. In diabetes, the weight loss and increased physical activity help control the levels of glucose in blood. Increased physical activity may help reduce the intake of medications used for the treatment of diabetes. Moreover, weight loss can reduce the likelihood of heart disease and stroke. The health can be improved by losing from 10 to 20 pounds. Therefore, weight reduction can decrease the risks for developing of numerous dangerous conditions such as heart problems, increased blood pressure, and high blood cholesterol levels as well as increased triglyceride concentrations in blood. Consequently, it is good for diabetic patients to take steps towards weight reduction and improve their quality of life.
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Minggu, 14 Juli 2013

The Best Acid Reflux Remedies for Well-Informed People

People who think all diseases and medical conditions are caused by bacteria and viruses need to think again. Some medical conditions are caused by factors which have nothing to do with pathogenic bacteria. One of these conditions is acid reflux disease which is also called heartburn.
Like most medical conditions, acid reflux disease can have a number of different causative factors. The main causes of heartburn are eating very large meals, lying down immediately after eating, snacking shortly before going to bed and smoking. Other possible causes of this condition are being overweight, being pregnant, eating spicy or fatty foods and taking certain medications.
It is very important to understand how the digestive system works because this will help patients get the right acid reflux remedies. When people eat, food passes from the esophagus into the stomach. There is a sort of valve at the entrance of the stomach and this valve is called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). This valve is meant to close as soon as food passes through it. In cases where this valve does not close properly, acid produced by the stomach may move up into the esophagus. This acid causes the burning sensation somewhere in the chest and this is called heartburn. In cases where the lower esophageal sphincter opens too often, the acids from the stomach can also move up into the esophagus and this can cause the same burning or painful sensation described above.
Most normal people can experience heartburn once in a while but it is not supposed to happen very often. People who have heartburn more than twice a week are suffering from acid reflux disease. This condition is also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It is not really a serious medical condition but it can be a very inconvenient affliction.
It is very important for people who have acid reflux symptoms to get trusted health information. This is because the wrong diagnosis can make matters very complicated. It is also vital to seek the right acid reflux remedies so that the problem can be solved effectively.
The best remedies for heartburn include changes in diet, changes in lifestyle and the use of the right medications. Patients who smoke should discontinue the habit, overweight patient will need to lose weight and people who eat very spicy foods will need to cut down on such foods. For medications, antacids are very effective. The best ones are the ones which contain both magnesium hydroxide and aluminum hydroxide.
People who are not keen on medications can try alternatives like baking soda, unprocessed Aloe Vera juice and apple cider vinegar. These are great alternatives and they are very safe too. As stated already, heartburn can be very inconvenient. The good news is that it can be treated with the right acid reflux remedies.
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Jumat, 05 Juli 2013

Two Inspiring Studies About Significance of Primary Care in Favorable Diabetes Outcomes

Significant Finding #1: "... improved control of glycaemia, lipids, and BP in patients with type 2 diabetes when compared with previous studies... "[Location: Catalonia, Spain; Setting: Primary Care] (Vinagre I, 2012)
Significant Finding #2: "... a primary care setting where regular monitoring of glycemic control is done, where patients concerns and fears about diabetes are addressed, where patients are educated about diabetes, diet and exercise and advised on compliance with medication leads to improved glycemic control... "... " [Location: Tobago and Trinidad, West Indies; Setting: Diabetes Primary Care Clinic] (Babwah T., 2011)
As diabetes cases surge globally, estimates point at a one in ten incidence rate of diabetic adults in North America alone (International Diabetes Federation). While diabetes is attributed to a number of causes including genetic and environmental risk factors, proper diabetes management seems to be influenced not just by medication, lifestyle and diet interventions but also the nature of relationship between patients and their physicians.
The PCP is the first contact point in the patient-physician relationship with respect to any medical condition, including diabetes. However, primary care physician shortage seems to create increasing pressure on the current physician pool. In conditions requiring detailed assessment of medical history and symptoms, this lack of attention and care at the primary level can spell the difference between success and failure in the realm of diabetes management.
Two recent inspiring cases have highlighted the role of the primary care setting in better diabetes management. The first one (Vinagre I, 2012) is a recent cross-sectional study that was carried out in Catalonia, Spain across primary health care centers. A huge population of 3,755,038 individuals between the ages 31 and 90 years was involved to identify 286,791 Type II diabetes patients. Diabetes management involved lifestyle changes, anti-diabetic drugs and insulin therapy. The study indicated encouraging results regarding improved glycemic control, and favorable results related to lipids and blood pressure in the study population. The role of early detection of the chronic condition, appropriate treatment by primary care professionals, and a "target-based management system" which was driven by financial incentives was highlighted by researchers.
The other study was about a three year long quality-improvement project at a Trinidad (West Indies) health center (Babwah T., 2011). The study included diabetic and diabetic hypertensive patients at a special diabetes clinic managed by a registered nurse and a PCP. Diabetics were not only monitored for their glycaemia, but also got a chance to discuss their concerns and fears regarding the complex disease accompanied by a number of co-morbidities. Education about disease manifestation, nutrition, exercise and physical activity and the importance of compliance to prescribed medication were essential objectives of the quality program. Unsurprisingly, superior glycemic control at the end of the three year period and the need for establishing such low-cost primary care clinics was identified.
In an era where more and more medical students choose to get into a specialized medical role, the significance of a primary care practitioner seems to have receded into the background. However, in order to achieve result oriented outcomes in chronic diabetes management, the human side of medicine, more so the primary care practitioner has a significant role to play in the long run.
Babwah T. (2011). Improving glycaemic control in patients attending a Trinidad health centre: a three-year quality improvement project. Quality in Primary Care, 19(5), 335-339.
International Diabetes Federation. (2011, November 14). World Diabetes Day - Press Release. Retrieved from International Diabetes Federation:
Vinagre I, M.-C. M.-N. (2012). Control of Glycemia and Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes in Primary Care in Catalonia (Spain). Diabetes Care.

Jumat, 14 Juni 2013

Natural Cures for Diabetes Insipidus

A Guide to Diabetes Insipidus
Diabetes insipidus is referred as a condition where the kidneys fail to conserve water. It is a rare disorder that leads to frequent urination. For making up the lost water, a diabetic may feel the requirement of drinking large amounts of water and as a result urinate frequently, at night too. This may disrupt sleep and occasionally cause bed-wetting.
A child with this disorder is likely to be listless or irritable and may also have diarrhea, vomiting or fever. A mild form of diabetes insipidus is treated by drinking adequate water but in case of severe cases, if left untreated can endanger one's health. This however is a rare condition. There are various natural remedies that can help you cure this problem. These days' people are more in favor of using natural remedies to treat any kind of disease and diabetes insipidus is no different
The Top 7 Natural Cures for Diabetes Insipidus
1. A combination of turmeric powder, gooseberry powder and honey works wonders in treating diabetes insipidus. Juice made from gooseberries and turmeric can be consumed empty stomach. Alternatively, one can also consume grape juice daily. It is one of the most effective natural cures.
2. Mango leaves are one of the best natural cures for diabetes insipidus. For best results, those suffering from diabetes must boil few mango leaves and drink this water every morning on an empty stomach.
3. Rose Geranium: Rose Geranium helps to lower the level of blood sugar, lowers blood pressure as well as helps blood coagulation. This is one of the most beneficial herbs for diabetes. It works wonders for patients suffering from diabetes mellitus as often the sufferers have wounds that are opening on their feet along with skin ruptures.
4. Milk thistle is a very effective form especially amongst the diabetes herbal remedies. As per a research, it has been discovered that milk thistle contains antioxidant properties that contribute to the health of diabetics. It is one of the most recommended natural cures for diabetes insipidus.
5. Soak few black raisins in a bowl of water overnight. Strain this next morning and drink the clear liquid that is obtained. Taken on a regular basis, it helps to control blood sugar. It is one of the best natural cures for diabetes.
6. Chewing few leaves of Butea tree regularly helps to keep blood sugar in check.
7. Consuming jamuns, oranges and tomatoes diligently on a regular basis helps in bringing down the level of blood sugar.
Apart from these natural remedies one can also try natural herbal medicines such as Meshashringi from Himalaya for curing diabetes insipidus without any side effects.
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Minggu, 02 Juni 2013

Healthy Heart Tips

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women in most parts of the world. Scientists have recently found that more than half of all cases of heart disease could have been prevented. It's the lifestyle, that can make a difference between dying of a heart disease, and getting a second chance at life when a heart attack happens.
While you cannot change your genes, there are ways to act proactive and protect your heart health.
You can help your heart immediately when you ditch the cigarettes and moderate your alcohol consumption. Smokers are twice as likely to have a hear attack than non-smokers. Drinking alcohol can damage your heart muscles and increase your blood pressure. Binge drinkers are also more at risk of having a heart attack.
Your heart is a muscle, and as such it needs exercise to stay healthy. Engage in some form of exercise: any activity that gets your heart rate up counts, even cleaning the house or gardening. Use the time you dedicate for staying fit as your time to de-stress, and not to add even more stress to your life with self-torturing exercises. You don't have to run or do aerobics (if you don't want to). Yoga, Thai-chi and Pilates immediately come to mind as forms of both enjoyable and effective exercises you can take on.
Control your weight: carrying a lot of extra way can tax your heart. Give your best shot at trying to eat healthy! You already know you should choose skimmed instead of full-fat milk, leaner cuts of meat, and avoid too much fried and processed food in your diet.
You should eat as much vegetables and fruit as you can. Cut out saturated and trans fats from your diet, and embrace Omega 3 fatty acids rich food, such as oily fish or nuts: this will lower your cholesterol and that will in turn lower your risks for heart attack. Learn to enjoy your meals without over-salting them: too much salt can raise your blood pressure, which is in itself a heart disease risk factor.
To stay heart-healthy, you need to know your numbers: check your blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides. If you're already taking medicine to treat these health problems, be sure to take them regularly.
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Senin, 27 Mei 2013

Tips on Lowering Cholesterol

Perhaps you've heard the media inundation about cholesterol and the many prescription drugs ready to help deal with it. Maybe you or someone you know has a cholesterol issue and you are here to get some useful information. Or, maybe you just simply want to know more about this big-name health concern. If so, you're at the right place. In this article I cover simple and natural tips for lowering cholesterol, or managing it.
First, to get on the true path to lowering cholesterol, it's extremely helpful for you to have a basic understanding of what it is and does. Cholesterol is simply a waxy, byproduct of fat. It is organic and natural, and believe it or not, has many healthy purposes. When someone is said to have high cholesterol, this basically means that their LDL levels are too high.
Cholesterol comes in three forms. HDL cholesterol is very good and high levels of it mean that your body is in a very good state. Triglycerides are a form of stored, fat-cholesterol that when too high, is very bad. LDL cholesterol is another form that when present in high concentration, the results can be catastrophic. High LDL and triglyceride levels all but assure the sufferer of narrowed arteries, greatly increased organ stress, reduced blood flow, and much more. So, to sum it up into layman's terms, high levels of HDL is good. High levels of triglycerides and LDL is bad.
Not everyone believes in the often unnecessary, vicious cycle of prescription drug treatment; "take this, now take this, oh, and now take this too." And although we certainly do concede that there is no one specific miracle cure for issues such as high cholesterol, we do know that a healthy and effective approach can be taken that is absent of countless, man-made chemicals, and all about the power of nature's goodness. As a Holistic Nutritionist, here are some of my favorite natural approaches to getting that cholesterol under control.
Sugar Control
Many people fail to realize that sugar levels have a direct impact on cholesterol levels. Limit how many sweets you consume. Also keep an eye on how much starch you consume, as this is ultimately metabolized into unhealthy sugars. Moderation of sugar intake helps the body greatly in balancing cholesterol levels.
Red Rice Yeast
In recent years, the medical community has come to acknowledge red rice yeast to be a great help in the ever-raging battle of cholesterol. Studies are still seeking to isolate exactly which compounds in red rice yeast are responsible for helping to actually balance cholesterol.
Omega Supplements
Omega supplements have also been found to have some marked positive effects on cholesterol in the human body. Diets rich in omega fatty acids show significant health promise with regard to the circulatory system and others. The omega group is quite possibly one of the very best overall natural cholesterol supplements.
Guggul is a substance harvested from the Mukul Myrrh Tree. For ages, people have relied on many of its health benefits. Today it is also known as a natural supplement that is great for lowering cholesterol - particularly LDL and triglyceride levels in people.
Water Intake
As surprising as it may seem, there is yet another benefit to consuming plenty of fresh water every day. This additional, little-known benefit is that of LDL reduction. The water itself is not actually reducing the LDL count, but more assisting all of the other anatomical processes to work better in balancing such factors such as cholesterol.
Balanced Diet
Yet another necessary factor is the regular consumption of a balanced diet. Sometimes, the term "balanced" becomes overlooked in the overall use of the term. "Balanced" means that the appropriate food groups are being consumed in the correct amounts and proportions. Keeping to a balanced diet will get your system running optimally and thus more capable of self-regulation of cholesterol.
In addition to these natural cholesterol supplements and practices, be sure to get plenty of exercise as well.
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Rabu, 22 Mei 2013

Self-Esteem Problems of Diabetics

To settle this issue after determining that you have a problem with your self-esteem, either it's too high or too low, it would help to know how your problem came to be. Initially, it is important to know personally how we think other people see and treat us, as well as how we see and treat ourselves as an individual. Knowing these facts surely has effects on our over-all self-esteem.
Self-esteem issues may either be settled or stimulated by the people we look up to especially when we were younger. During youth up to teenage years, we are more prone to develop our self-perception - how we see ourselves, how we see others and how we think others see us. Because we give so much importance to the opinions of those we admire, especially the older people we sometimes consider as our idols, their opinions about us usually stick to our minds and it makes us to what we will become in the future. These people can be our older family members, teachers and others. There are people who are less sensitive to other people's feeling and criticize without regard to other people's emotions. Sadly, some people, especially the younger ones, may not know how to appreciate constructive criticisms, and accept the comments about them in negative light, thus developing low self-esteem.
One's self-esteem can be injured especially by someone one looks up to. If you admire someone, you surely have the tendency to think that whatever that person will say is correct, even if it's about you. But in some cases, our conscience can also be the critic we rely on to shape our self-esteem. Some teenagers have their "inner critic" which is the voice inside their heads that see all the mistakes in whatever they do. Usually, the way of thinking of their inner critic is patterned or influenced by the ways the person they admire criticize them.
Be it coming from another person or one's conscience or inner voice, negative criticisms can harm one's self-esteem. Some who always rely on their pessimistic inner critics to influence their lifestyles in a way that they are unconscious of these critics' interference with their lives do not notice that they are pulling their selves down.
Poor self-esteem can also cause a person to have unrealistic expectations of what they want to become. People who have the attributes that they admire from other people are usually happier and more content, while those who set up expectations and fail to achieve them because of its unrealized impossibility tends to have low self-esteem. The good is that our inner voice is subject to change as long as we realize that we control it. We can change the way we judge ourselves in a way that is not hurtful or, at least, in a way that will make us better.
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Minggu, 07 April 2013

Managing Hypertension With Diet

A healthy diet is essential regardless of an individual's cardiovascular risk profile. Many studies, including Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH), have provided evidence of the heart and vascular benefits of specific dietary guidelines. An early adjustment in dietary choices may prevent and/or improve high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and consequently other health-related problems. If a rise in blood pressure with age could be prevented or diminished, many conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart, vascular and kidney disease, and stroke, could be prevented.
Dietary Restrictions
1) Low sodium intake: The main source of sodium in Western diets is processed food, for instance, excessive quantities of salt are contained in packaged food and in food eaten outside the home. The DASH trial evaluated the effects of varying sodium intake in addition to the DASH diet and found that lowering sodium intake reduces blood pressure levels. Mean sodium intake is approximately 4,100 mg per day for men and 2,750 mg per day for women, 75% of which comes from processed foods.
Recommended Daily Sodium Intake
Dietary sodium should be reduced to no more than 100 mmol per day (2.4 g of sodium). 2)
2) Alcohol: Alcohol intake should be limited to no more than 1 oz (30 mL) of ethanol, the equivalent of two drinks per day for most men and no more than 0.5 oz of ethanol (one drink) per day for women and lighter-weight persons. A single drink is equivalent to 12 oz of beer, 5 oz of wine, or 1.5 oz of 80-proof liquor.
3) Caffeine: Caffeine may result in high blood pressure; however, this effect is usually temporary. Moderate intake of caffeine per day does not significantly increase blood pressure.
Recommended Daily Coffee Intake Coffee intake should be less than two cups per day.
Dietary Restrictions
1) Low sodium intake: The main source of sodium in Western diets is processed food, for instance, excessive quantities of salt are contained in packaged food and in food eaten outside the home. The DASH trial evaluated the effects of varying sodium intake in addition to the DASH diet and found that lowering sodium intake reduces blood pressure levels. Mean sodium intake is approximately 4,100 mg per day for men and 2,750 mg per day for women, 75% of which comes from processed foods.
Recommended Daily Sodium Intake Dietary sodium should be reduced to no more than 100 mmol per day (2.4 g of sodium).
2) Alcohol: Alcohol intake should be limited to no more than 1 oz (30 mL) of ethanol, the equivalent of two drinks per day for most men and no more than 0.5 oz of ethanol (one drink) per day for women and lighter-weight persons. A single drink is equivalent to 12 oz of beer, 5 oz of wine, or 1.5 oz of 80-proof liquor.
3) Caffeine: Caffeine may result in high blood pressure; however, this effect is usually temporary. Moderate intake of caffeine per day does not significantly increase blood pressure.
Recommended Daily Coffee Intake Coffee intake should be less than two cups per day.
Dietary Supplements
1) Potassium supplementation: Lower potassium intake (i.e., below 40 mEq) is thought to be associated with high blood pressure.
2) Fish Oil: According to a meta-analysis of 36 trials of fish oil, the consumption of high doses of fish oil with a median dose of 3.7 g per day provided a significant reduction in systemic blood pressure. Fish oil consumption has also shown to reduce triglycerides.
Recommended Daily Fish Oil Intake A median dose of 3.7 g per day provided a significant reduction in systemic blood pressure.
3) Folate: A small randomized study reported that short-term folic acid supplementation could reduce blood pressure significantly. It has been suggested that a daily intake of 5 mg of folic acid could be beneficial in reducing systolic pressure.
4) Flavonoids: A Cochrane meta-analysis looking at multiple randomized controlled trials reported that flavanol-rich chocolate and cocoa products may have a small but significant effect in lowering blood pressure by 2-3 mm/Hg in the short term.
5) Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10): Some studies suggest that CoQ10 may have the potential to reduce systolic pressure by up to 17 mm Hg and diastolic pressure by up to 10 mm Hg without any significant side effects. The average dosage used in these studies were around 217 mg/day.
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Minggu, 24 Maret 2013

Diabetes: Monitoring the Fat in Your Diet

Very little disagreement exists among scientists and researchers about the need to limit fat intake! Everyone agrees that you should eat no more than 30 per cent of your diet as fats. As with protein, the type of fat that you eat needs to be considered as well as the quantity.
Dietary fat comes in several forms:
  • Saturated fat is the kind of fat that mainly comes from animal sources. For example, butter is made up of saturated fat. Bacon, cream, cheese, pastries, cakes, biscuits and chocolate are other examples that contain saturated fat. Two non-animal sources of saturated fat exist: Palm oil and coconut milk. Eating a lot of saturated fat increases the blood cholesterol level.
  • Unsaturated fat comes from vegetable sources such as nuts and seeds. It comes in several forms:
a) Monounsaturated fat doesn't raise cholesterol. Avocado, olive oil, canola oil, olive and canola spreads are examples. The oil in nuts like almonds and peanuts is monounsaturated.
b) Polyunsaturated fat also doesn't raise cholesterol but does cause a reduction in the good or HDL cholesterol. Examples of polyunsaturated fats are soft fats and oils such as sunflower, soybean, sesame oil, oily fish (trout) and sunflower spread.
Protection against heart disease comes from including essential fatty acids, found in fish oils, in your diet. If you dislike fish or just can't eat the required two to three serves of it each week, fish oil capsules are a good substitute. Just make sure when buying the capsules that they contain sufficient quantities of the two active ingredients (EPA) and (DHA). Diabetologists recommended you take between 1,200 milligrams and 3,000 milligrams of a combination of these active ingredients each day. To make it easier, many formulations of fish oil are now concentrated, meaning you only need to take one or two capsules per day to reach the 1,200 milligrams per day target.
Getting Enough Vitamins, Minerals and Water
Your diet must contain sufficient vitamins and minerals for good health, but the amount you need may be less than you think. If you eat a balanced diet that comes from different foods, you generally get enough vitamins for your daily needs.
1. Vitamin A: Needed for growth and development, immune function, bones and healthy skin; helps with night vision. Found in eggs, oily fish, dairy products, orange and green vegetables and orange fruits.
2.Vitamin B1: Converts carbohydrate into energy. Found in wholegrain cereals, meat, fish, nuts and yeast extract.
3. Vitamin B2: Needed to release energy from food. Found in milk, cheese, fish, almonds, eggs, green vegetables and fortified cereals.
4. Vitamin B12: Keeps the red blood cells and the nervous system healthy. Found in Animal foods only; for example, meat, seafood, eggs.
5. Vitamin C: Helps maintain supportive tissues. Found in Fruit and some vegetables; for example, tomatoes and capsicum.
6. Vitamin D: Helps with absorption of calcium. Found in oily fish, egg yolk and fortified milk. Also made in the skin when exposed to sunlight, although this process declines as you age.
Minerals are also key ingredients of a healthy diet. Most are needed in tiny amounts, which, with a few exceptions, are easily consumed from a balanced diet. These essential minerals are as follows:
1. Calcium, phosphorous and magnesium build bones and teeth. Milk and other dairy products provide plenty of these minerals, but evidence suggests that people aren't getting enough calcium. Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers should have 1,000 milligrams, particularly in the final three months of the pregnancy and throughout the breastfeeding period.
2. Iodine is essential for production of thyroid hormones. Iodine is often added to salt in order to ensure that people get enough of it. In many areas of the world where iodine is not found in the soil, people suffer from very large thyroid glands known as goiters.
3. Iron is essential for red blood cells. Iron is obtained from red meat and iron-fortified breakfast cereals. Green leafy vegetables provide small amounts of iron; however, it's not in a form that's easily absorbed by the body.
Water is the last important nutrient but it's by no means the least important. Your body is made up of 60 per cent water and all the nutrients in your body are dissolved in it. You need to drink about six to eight glasses, or one and a half to two litres, of fluid per day more if the weather is very hot or you're exercising a lot. Your thirst will tell you how much you need.
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Kamis, 21 Februari 2013

Calcium for Diabetes: Disease and Obesity Fighting Supplement

According the IDF (International Diabetes Federation) nearly a quarter of all adults have metabolic syndrome, a pre-curser for diabetes. Diabetes itself, of course, comes with a whole range of its own problems. It makes you twice as at risk to suffer from a fatal heart attack or stroke.
Diabetes is made up of a sub-set of four conditions, namely:
  • abdominal obesity
  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol
  • impaired glucose tolerance
Metabolic syndrome's origins are vague to researchers, but they believe that abdominal obesity and insulin resistance are the two main culprits.
Calcium Could Fight Metabolic Syndrome
Cal/Mag is usually used only to build strong bones, and people don't understand the underlying benefits of this potent complex.
It is needed to help manage your heart rate, stop your blood from clotting, help with muscle relaxation and contraction and a wide spectrum of other metabolic functions. Magnesium alone is an essential co-factor for well over 300 biological and enzymatic functions. It is important for heart health and production of cell energy.
Together, these two minerals also helps to calm nerves, works in the complex nervous system. A deficiency can have catastrophic consequences, as the blood will start to leach calcium from the bones - that's the start of osteoporosis. Continued deficiency will cause the the by-producs of deficiency start attacking the joints where it will break down the cartilage. That is how arthritis occurs. When it binds with fat, it forms plaque in the arteries and also start causing kidney damage.
However, Cal/Mag supplementation can help to prevent and manage these deficiencies and also fight metabolic syndrome.
During a study in the USA, supplementation has helped subjects to lose weight unexpectedly, without changing their diets. Also, people who consumed more calcium had lower body-fat levels and had much lower obesity levels. The high supplementation groups lost more than 7% of their weight, mostly in the abdominal regions. The results showed that diets low in these two minerals stimulated the hormones that signal fat storage in the body.
There are many more benefits to the body as a result of Cal/Mag supplementation. From healthy bones, to healthy hormones, better moods, lower PMS symptoms, good heart health, and healthy cholesterol levels to maintaining health pH levels. Most degenerative conditions can be ascribed to high levels of acidity in the body, including general symptoms such as fatigue, stiff joints and muscles and obesity.
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