“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live” … Continue reading Hypertension: Risk Factors
Hypertension, otherwise referred to as “high-blood pressure” by most, is a chronic health condition that can have tremendous negative outcomes. These include chronic kidney disease and heart issues, leading to heart attack, high cholesterol, stroke and sometimes death. A higher blood pressure means that the heart has to work harder with every pump to move… Continue reading Hypertension: Why Is It Such a Big Deal?
This gut thing has really been on my mind lately. How it connects to acute and chronic disease, how it affects our mood and mental health, and how it impacts the way we feel. I just finished reading The Psychobiotic Revolution by John Cryan, Scott Anderson and Ted Dinan. I think that overall it was… Continue reading Mind-Gut Connection: What I’ve Learned
Welcome back to part II of my mini stroke series. As I mentioned last week, many things can cause and increase the risk for a stroke. The not so great thing is, once a stroke occurs, there is not much that can be done to reverse the damage. Yes, there is a drug called tPA,… Continue reading Stroke: Prevention
Let’s talk bacteria, viruses and fungi for a minute. We often shed a negative light on these microscopic creatures, but they aren’t all bad. In fact, trillions of them, and they serve a very positive purpose: to help us survive. Our gut microbiome has many tasks to keep us healthy, so it is thought that… Continue reading Mind-Gut Connection: The Gut Microbiome
Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in the United States and the 2nd leading cause of death worldwide. Do I have your attention? Not only that, but according to the American Stroke Association, 80% of strokes are preventable. Alas, I think they are worth discussing. I want to empower you, the general public… Continue reading Stroke: What Is It?
Before moving on to other topics, I wanted to finish up the discussion on diabetes, with diabetic management. So what if you have diabetes, or are pre-diabetic? Newer research is coming out explaining that the outcomes related to individuals with diabetes versus pre-diabetes are NO DIFFERENT. Which means that by the time an individual is… Continue reading Diabetes and Management
Continuing the series on chronic diseases. Maybe. If I can commit to writing regularly. Like, ever. As I wrote in the last post, being diagnosed with diabetes is depending on a combination of multiples risk factors: Genetics Diet Lifestyle Weight–> BMI (body mass index) over 25 Race–> African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Hispanics are… Continue reading Diabetes: Risk Factors and Prevention
Diabetes is a chronic disease that is one of the leading causes of death in this country. There is enough information to talk about this for hours, but I will try to break it down into some take-home points. I would say that most people I talk to have the basic understanding that having diabetes… Continue reading Diabetes: It’s quietly hurting you…until its not.