If you’ve been experiencing nagging abdominal pain that worsens after eating, you could have pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas). The condition occurs in acute and chronic forms, and both can cause complications—in fact, acute pancreatitis is one of the most common reasons for hospitalization due to gastrointestinal issues in the
Many people with high blood pressure find that exercise (see our article on p6) and dietary modifications help control the condition. But if lifestyle measures are ineffective, medications also may be needed. Diuretics (often called water pills) are commonly prescribed as initial drug therapy, and also are used to help
Q: My doctor diagnosed my sudden leg weakness as a medication-related magnesium deficiency. What medications can cause deficiencies?
A: Nutritional deficiencies are a common and under-recognized side effect of many medications. Here are some of the most common offenders:
ACE inhibitors, used to treat hypertension, deplete zinc.
Aluminum antacids and calcium carbonate,
If you’ve been experiencing a nagging abdominal pain that seems to worsen after eating, it might not be a stomach upset—it might actually be pancreas pain. If pancreatitis is at the root of your pain, it can manifest acutely, or as a chronic illness.
Acute pancreatitis is most likely due to
A number of factors—some preventable, others not—can cause abnormal cholesterol levels, or dyslipidemia, in the blood. Here are the factors that you can control:
A Poor Diet
Diets high in saturated fat and trans fat are linked to higher LDL cholesterol levels. Saturated fats are found in animal products, especially fatty red meat (beef
Chances are, when you hear the word “cholesterol,” you certainly don’t think of it as a hero of heart health. Rather, it’s taken on a villainous role in the cardiovascular health story.
But just as every good tale needs a villain, and just as most memorable villains have both good and
A third or more of Americans have high blood pressure, or hypertension. What is high blood pressure? When the heart pumps, the pressure against the walls of your arteries is abnormally high. The excess pressure, if not controlled, puts you at risk for heart attack, stroke, kidney damage, and other serious
Usually, a diagnosis of hypertension comes with a prescription for a blood-pressure-lowering, or antihypertensive, medication. Eventually, many people with hypertension require two or more drugs to control their blood pressure. In many cases, people diagnosed with higher blood pressure may begin antihypertensive treatment with multiple medications.
You and your doctor have
It’s well known that the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test used to screen for prostate cancer is imprecise. Elevations in PSA may signal prostate cancer, but they also may be due to nonmalignant prostate conditions.
Further complicating the screening process is that several medications and a number of other modifiable factors may