It’s not just your eating pattern and your physical activity that affect how well your heart and blood vessels function. Other aspects of your lifestyle appear to intersect with your diet and activity level on the path to better cardiovascular health. Your sleep, for instance, can affect your quality of
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Melatonin is called the “hormone of darkness” because it helps signal the body that it’s night and time to sleep. It’s secreted by the pineal gland in the brain about every 24 hours in a dark environment, typically starting around 90 minutes before you usually fall asleep. Levels stay elevated
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
We’ve made it through the first quarter of 2019 and, for many people, the remaining attempts to stick to our New Year’s resolutions might be floundering. Behavior change is rarely easy (or comfortable) but if following through with one of your goals for 2019 is important, here are some suggestions
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
Less Deep Sleep May Predict Onset of Alzheimer’s Disease in Older Adults
Poor sleep is a common sign of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). People with the condition often wake up tired and not refreshed. In a recent study published in Science Translational Medicine, researchers found a connection between AD and sleep problems.
The term prostatitis describes inflammation of the prostate gland. Unlike other prostatic conditions, prostatitis affects younger and older men alike. It is common, affecting up to 1 in 12 men in their lifetime and keeping urologists busy.
If you have symptoms of prostatitis, your physician will want to determine the severity
There may be a scientific reason why some people are night owls: delayed sleep phase syndrome. It’s a sleep disorder in which your body’s clock tells you to fall asleep a few hours later than most people hit the sack. The problem is that this delayed bedtime makes it difficult
Endorphins are hormones that your body releases in response to situations that cause pain and inflammation. For instance, exercising, being injured, or picking up an infection all can trigger endorphin production. Studies show that the body also releases endorphins in response to massage, acupuncture, and eating chocolate or spicy foods.
One warm day last fall, my son begged me to play soccer with him in the backyard. More often than not, I have to say “no” to these daily requests because my body won’t let me join in the fun. That day, though, I was feeling pretty good. The daily