Aside from the occasional aches, pains, and sleeping troubles, my 82-year-old mother is in very good health for her age. But like many other older adults, she takes a medication to help control high blood pressure symptoms. And like plenty of older individuals, she relies on her doctor to let
When your blood work straddles the line between normal and elevated for cholesterol, blood sugar, or blood pressure, you may be diagnosed as metabolically borderline. Here’s what it means and how you can lower your numbers.
Prediabetes. The lab value hemoglobin A1c is a cumulative average of your blood sugar over
Track Foods to Lose Weight
Simply tracking food consumption and weight can help overweight people slim down, according to a study published in February in JMIR mHealth and uHealth. Researchers at Duke University split 105 people between 21 and 65 years of age into three groups. Each group was given broad
Implementing and adhering to a healthful eating pattern is a critical part of a heart-healthy lifestyle. As you’ve read in the previous chapters, making the right food choices in the right amounts has been shown time and again to be associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
Additionally, the foods
The Healthy U.S.-Style Eating Pattern. The Healthy Mediterranean-Style Eating Pattern. The Healthy Vegetarian Eating Pattern. The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet.
These dietary plans might have different names, but they share many common traits—namely, they emphasize consumption of a variety of foods from plants, lean protein sources (from plants
To fully appreciate the importance of following a heart-healthy lifestyle, it’s helpful to understand the impact that cardiovascular disease (a term that refers to conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels) has on the population of the United States. Consider these 2018 statistics from the American Heart Association (AHA):
About 75 million Americans have hypertension (high blood pressure), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most people who have the condition are able to lower their blood pressure with lifestyle changes and medications. However, 12 to 15 percent of people are not able to because they have
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
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