high blood pressure

Mention high blood pressure and most of the diet-conscious among us think "lower salt intake" to manage it. And there has been controversy about who should decrease their salt consumption and by how much — as we've previously discussed. What's less often addressed is the role of potassium (K+) in the management of hypertension (HTN). However, a recent review in the American Journal of Physiology addresses the possibility that diets higher in K+ may well be as important a means of reducing the toll of HTN — thus decreasing the prevalence of cardiovascular and kidney diseases.

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Ask yourself how often you ever think about your ability to hear? How much you value it? How much you—and your loved ones—would be impacted if it were gone or profoundly diminished?

How much you would intervene early and often if you knew it would best protect this precious sense? 

Well, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes our natural tendency not to appreciate things as much as we should until we don’t have them any more, so they recently studied the extent of adult hearing loss and modifiable ways to prevent it. The most significant finding was that much hearing damage and loss is occurring from loud sounds experienced in our daily lives, homes and community environments. (1) 

These noise-induced deficits are permanent and appear with...

All you have to do currently to encounter an influx of negativity and persistent “what ifs” or anxiety is turn to social media or any news outlet.  This pervasive, chronic theme—no matter where you fall on the political spectrum—has been ever present the last 18 or so months throughout the campaign season.  

Now that election day has come and gone it appears we keep attaining new thresholds of vitriol.  

Life is replete with ups and downs.  Negative emotions are a part of the deal.  They often make positive experiences more joyful due to the perspective they promote.  Some stress can be a salvation to enable us to flee danger, hence, why we have the innate, instinctual biological response of hormone release during those critical moments or brief periods of time.  

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It isn’t hard to imagine that as our enlarging and ever-stiffening polarized political spheres come to a head, an article about what maintains the penis’ potency might be a kind of crowning glory.

To start, let’s give you a sturdy grasp of what prompts erectile dysfunction (ED) firming up any confusion.

More than 30 million men in the United States are affected by ED to some extent, so prevalence is certainly high (1).

The mechanism to control a man’s ability to get erect and maintain it is quite complex.  The point and shoot components are controlled by your sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.  When there is impairment in either arena, there is a flawed rigidity or ejaculation.  

When nerves are firing and blood is flowing, this pleasurable...

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Many's the time we have pointed out the problem with putting too much faith in epidemiological associations — that is, thinking that an association between two factors in people's lives means that one causes the other. Take beta-carotene, for example. Epidemiological associations suggested that beta-carotene, a precursor to vitamin A, might protect people from lung cancer. But after the surge in sales of beta-carotene supplements had taken off, the results of a randomized, placebo-...

It's widely understood that obesity is often linked to high blood pressure. And BP is a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke, as well as kidney problems, and it increases the risk of Type-2 diabetes and metabolic derangements. Now, more bad news: this is also true for children and adolescents, as well as for adults. Unfortunately, the longer the BP is elevated, the more likely it will have a negative impact on health. In a three-year study, Dr. Emily D. Parker of the HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research, Bloomington, Minn. and colleagues, utilized data from three health systems in California, Colorado and Minnesota. They tracked over 100,000 children and adolescents (ages 3-17 years) between 2007 and 2011. Obesity was defined for these youngsters as having a...

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About one in 10 American women report moderate or severe symptoms of prementrual syndrome (PMS). A recent study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology supports the theory that women with relatively severe symptoms have an increased likelihood of developing high blood pressure and that hypertension risk is especially high in occurring earlier in life, before age 40.

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909105_45608666Yes, if you have hypertension (HTN, or high blood pressure), your risk of cardiovascular ills heart attack or stroke is increased. We ve known that for decades, and lowering blood pressure (BP) in hypertensive people with a variety of drugs has been shown to decrease these risks. But the question still remains how low should blood pressure go?

To answer this question, a large study is underway with hypertensive patients. Half are assigned to get their systolic...

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US health officials have long warned that too much salt intake as a child can raise lifelong risk of high blood pressure. However, a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics suggests it s actually potassium intake that parents should be aware of.

The study, led by Dr. Lynn L. Moore, an associate professor of medicine at Boston University, tracked the eating habits and blood pressure of over 2,000 nine and ten year old girls for up to ten years. The researchers assessed the effect of dietary sodium and potassium on systolic (the top...

909106_39531462High blood pressure, or hypertension (HTN), is one of the leading risk factors for stroke, and there are many drugs available to help control this problem. However, researchers continue to investigate further means to lower the chances of hypertensive patients having a stroke, which is often a devastating (or fatal) event. A recent Chinese study suggests that adding the B vitamin folic acid (or folate) to an anti-HTN drug regimen may help prevent stroke in individuals who have not yet experienced a stroke (i.e...