When it comes to the health of your heart, blood vessels, kidneys, and other parts of your body, the numbers 130/80 are of particular significance. If your blood pressure is above this mark, you have hypertension, according to 2017 guidelines from the American Heart Association (AHA) and American College of
There’s a good reason why high blood pressure is called the “silent killer.” While hypertension remains insidious, it is stealthily damaging not only your arteries, but every organ, tissue, and system in the body. Since all your body’s organs and tissues require the vital oxygen and nutrients from the blood
Triglycerides are important to our bodies. They’re composed of glycerol and three fatty acids, hence the name “triglycerides.” In your body, they combine with blood proteins to form lipoproteins. The liver then sends those lipoproteins (the cholesterols LDL and HDL are lipoproteins) out to transport fats to other tissues to
Many of us are looking for ways to live a healthier life and reduce our risk of chronic illness. Can antioxidant foods help? First, it helps to know exactly what is meant by the often misunderstood term antioxidants—and, of course, it helps to know where we get antioxidants.
Anyone who has seen the effects of Alzheimer’s disease on a loved one knows it’s a devastating condition—one that that compromises not only the ability to remember and to think but to take care of oneself. But what is Alzheimer’s?
The Alzheimer’s Association provides a direct and stark definition of
As you get older, it’s natural to be concerned about the possibility that you or a loved one will begin showing signs of dementia. In fact, among adults who are age 65 or older, one in nine will develop Alzheimer’s disease (AD), according to the Alzheimer’s Association. How can you
A common type of hypotension, or low blood pressure, is known as orthostatic hypotension. Also called postural hypotension, it involves a sudden drop in blood pressure when you stand up from a prone or seated position.
Orthostatic hypotension happens when blood pools in your legs upon standing. The result—within three
Our own everyday lives can disrupt our sleep. Common sleep stealers include traveling across time zones, environmental factors, chronic pain, illnesses and the medications used to treat them, and even retirement can rob of us restful sleep. For these problems, a few simple steps can restore restful sleep.
Sleep Phase Problems
Insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea are by far the most prevalent sleep disorders, but they’re far from the only ones. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) recognizes 78 sleep disorders, which include restless legs syndrome, periodic limb movement disorder, narcolepsy, and disorders that cause too much sleep (hypersomnia). Sleep
Although our conscious mind is closed to the outside world when we sleep, the rest of our body is not at rest. If you think of the body as a machine, sleep puts it in “idle” mode so that repairs can be made. Hundreds of biological processes continue: The heart