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
Dietary guidelines from governments and health organizations around the world agree: a healthy dietary pattern includes around two servings of fish a week. Most American adults get less than the recommended eight ounces per week. What makes fish such an important part of a healthy diet, and what are the
You likely spend much of the winter season worrying about seasonal flu, but recent research underlines the fact that your heart health also is vulnerable when the mercury falls. The study suggests that cool, windy, and dark winter days may raise the risk of heart attack.
For the study (JAMA Cardiology,
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, can be a factor in coronary artery disease (CAD), heart failure, and stroke. But what is hypertension (otherwise known as high blood pressure)?
Well, blood pressure is just the force of blood against the inside walls of the arteries. Hypertension is a condition in
Since the 1970s, America’s love affair with sushi has grown. With its simple combination of vinegar-flavored rice, fish, and vegetables, sushi has gone from being a trendy dish mainly found on the West Coast to a regular part of American cuisine. You’ll find it everywhere, from fancy restaurants to simple
Cold weather can be hazardous for anyone, but particularly for older adults, because falling temperatures can cause hypothermia and frostbite, particularly if there are multiple days in a row in which the temperature drops below freezing. This makes it crucial for older adults to protect themselves from adverse weather and
You probably don’t need to be reminded, but we’ll do it anyway—don’t skimp on high-protein foods. Here’s why: Protein is a nutrient your body needs in order to maintain its structures—including muscles, bones, skin, and hair. Furthermore, protein is a key element in compounds your body needs to function properly.
There are more than 100 types of arthritis. The two most common causes of chronic disabling arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and each has its own chapter in this report. In this chapter, we look at other common types of arthritis: gout, pseudogout, psoriatic arthritis, reactive arthritis