You’ve probably had a blood pressure reading dozens or maybe hundreds of times in your life. Unless you get a result that gives a nurse or doctor pause, you may not think much about those numbers. Or maybe you’ve wondered, “What is high blood pressure?”—and wondered what it really means
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Q: Is raw milk cheese good for you?
A: Europeans have been eating raw milk cheeses for centuries without much concern about contracting a foodborne illness. Raw milk contains many pathogens, magnified in some cases by poor treatment of the animal and poor sanitation. Pathogens found in raw milk such as
Diabetic neuropathy is a relatively common complication of diabetes. Some 60 to 70 percent of all people with diabetes experience some form of neuropathy in their lifetime.
While the reason this happens isn’t fully understood, researchers think that blood glucose affects how nerves transmit signals in the body and also damages
Q: I have a hectic schedule and only get about four hours of sleep at night. I feel that I am losing my ability to recall information. Does sleep deprivation adversely affect memory?
A: Many studies conducted over the past decade or so have demonstrated that sleep deprivation interferes with memory
If you’re worried about high blood pressure, a new systematic review of scientific evidence has good news: Changing your diet really can make a difference. Not surprisingly, the most effective diet for reducing hypertension was one designed specifically for that purpose—the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) plan. But other
Historically, a man complaining of pelvic pain, urinary problems, and other hallmark signs of prostatitis would visit his doctor and receive repeated, prolonged courses of antibiotics. The thought was that a bacterial infection was the underlying culprit. We now know that such infections occur in only a small percentage of
Purines. Everybody has them, and nearly everyone consumes them. Purines are natural substances found in your body’s tissues and in a wide array of foods. Moreover, they’re the precursors to uric acid, which forms when your body metabolizes purines.
Just as a heart attack may result from high cholesterol and other
Until now, your prostate has given you little cause for concern. But now that you’re older, it’s commanding attention. You have benign prostatic hyperplasia, and your prostate—normally as small as a walnut—is now the size of a baseball, and it’s wreaking havoc on your lifestyle. You wake up several times
After reviewing hundreds of studies, a panel of experts recently recommended to the American Heart Association that depression be added to the list of risk factors linked to heart disease. This list includes high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar levels, obesity, diabetes, and smoking. The recommendation was
You’re always tired but you haven’t been able to pinpoint the reason. You think about embarking on a campaign to get to the bottom of your fatigue, but—sad to say—you don’t have the energy to follow through. Don’t feel bad; even the medical community doesn’t fully understand what causes fatigue.