A nurse takes your blood pressure at your annual physical. The numbers are recorded and the checkup continues. But do you know where on the blood pressure chart your levels are? Are they healthy? Too low? Too high, meaning you have hypertension? If you have high blood pressure or are
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In order to fully understand the underlying cause of your fatigue and get the best possible diagnosis, you will likely need laboratory testing. If you have not already done so, visit your primary-care provider as soon as possible to describe the details of your fatigue.
A discussion with a primary-care practitioner
By now you may realize—because all of the body’s systems are interconnected—that there is usually more than one cause con-tributing to your fatigue. When one of your body’s systems is out of balance (if, for example, your HPA axis is malfunctioning be-cause of chronic stress), then other systems (like your
High cholesterol can have wide-ranging effects—both direct and indirect—on your heart and several other organs served by your vascular system. As cholesterol builds in the arteries of your heart, brain, and throughout your body, it usually does so silently. In some cases, the first signs of atherosclerosis may be a
Weight fluctuation throughout the course of a day is normal. Weight fluctuation throughout the course of your life can be harmful. Sounds contradictory, doesn’t it? It’s not.
A person should strive to maintain a lifelong, consistent healthy weight. Fluctuation in large amounts throughout your life—that lose-gain-lose-gain cycle so many of us
Vitamin E benefits in the body are widespread. Learn how reducing triglycerides and cholesterol will help you get the most out of this important vitamin.
When you picture someone with gout, you may think of an older, overweight man who likes his burgers and Budwieser—and that wouldn’t be inaccurate. Being male and eating a diet that’s high in red meat, seafood, and alcohol—particularly beer—are common risk factors for gout.
But gout also can be a painful,
About 5.7 million Americans have heart failure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This number has been on the increase for years, because the average age of Americans is increasing, and the condition is more common in older adults. Another reason for the higher number is that,
Your doctor may check your weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and other standard health risk factors at your annual checkup. But if you’re not being asked about your mood, an important predictor of health problems is being overlooked.
In a study published recently in Health Psychology researchers found that depression and anxiety