A lot of factors contribute to high blood pressure, none more so than stress.
In stressful situations, our blood pressure shoots up temporarily. Though these temporary spikes in blood pressure are not dangerous, prolonged stress can lead to the condition of high blood pressure, which doctors warn is a potential hazardous health condition.
Stress is a result of the body’s instinctive fight-or-flight response to certain situations. The fight-or-flight response is our body’s innate response to life threatening situations. Although we don’t face situations that classify as ‘life-and-death’ situations every day, our body reacts the same way to modern-life stressors.
Stress leads to the production of hormones that assist the body in preparing for the flight-or-fight moments. Although researchers are yet to establish a direct connection between extended stress and the condition of high blood pressure, it is accepted that the hormones produced under stressful situations may cause harm to the arteries–the carriers of blood in human body.
Another thing that needs to be understood is that extended stress can lead to certain harmful behavioral patterns, such as overeating, lack of sleep, and depression, all of which over a period of time can cause more than normal blood pressure.
Who wouldn’t agree that one of the most difficult and stressful jobs in the world is to hold the office of President of the United States?
One would think that to cope with the pressure this job demands, the President needs to lead a healthy lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle, as we all know is a combination of a balanced diet and regular exercise.
Bill Clinton’s high blood pressure scare
Bill Clinton, who was seemingly fit for a person of 58, had his first high blood pressure scare in 2001. A medical report pointed that his blood pressure was close to high and the cholesterol levels were also above normal.
Research put forward by Reuters Health in New York confirms what medical fraternity has suspected for long – diabetic drivers can be unsafe, if they are careless with their treatment.
Recently, a study on how the condition of diabetes and low levels of sugar in the blood affects a person’s driving ability was conducted by the University of Virginia Health Sciences Centre.
Driving behavior of more than 450 people, both men and women who on average had diabetes for 26 years and were either suffering from Diabetes Type I condition or were insulin-dependent was conducted. The average age of the studied group was 40 years.
Alzheimer’s is a fatal brain disorder, and as of now, there is no cure for this condition. The disease worsens with time and is recorded as the biggest contributor to dementia.
Different stages of Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s disease has three stages – mild, moderate, and severe. A person suffering from Alzheimer’s may show all or some of the symptoms mentioned below:
- Frequently getting lost
- Noticeably slow in completing everyday routine tasks
- Frequently placing common things in odd places or losing them
- Asking repetitive questions or making repetitive statements
- Poor judgment
- Problem in managing money
- Noticeable personality or mood changes
Why do we tend to be careless with certain health conditions?
The answer probably lies in the lack of awareness about certain health problems, rather than lack of concerns for one’s own health.
One health condition that most people face, but remain casual about, is acid reflux. While most individuals know about acid reflux and can recognize its symptoms, they often fail to understand that when it comes to acid reflux, seeking only immediate relief is not productive in the long run.
If left untreated, acid reflux can inflict irreparable harm to your esophagus, digestive system, and throat.
An increasing number of doctors and heart specialists today advocate heart check ups for youngsters, especially the ones who are physically active. This opinion of the medical fraternity is not without its facts – studies show that nearly 100,000 youngsters in the age bracket of 12 -24 years may die unexpectedly due to a cardiovascular disease.
The figures are alarming and belie the popular belief – heart attacks occur only in old age. The two biggest contributors to these untimely deaths are:
- Undiagnosed innate heart malfunctions
- High blood pressure
Another startling finding is that the young adults who regularly play sports, exercise, or do some other physical activity are three times more likely to develop a fatal cardiac failure than those who are not physically active.
Can the cause of Mona Lisa’s depressed face be her failing health?
Well… this is exactly what professor Franco has suggested. Professor Vito Franco points towards the yellowish tint around the left eye of Mona Lisa, stating that it is the sure sign of a skin condition called xanthelasma.
What is Xanthelasma?
Xanthelasma is a condition marked by cholesterol build up under the skin. A telling sign of this condition is externally visible yellowish nodules or disc-spaced mars on different parts of the body. One area where these marks appear is usually around the eyelids.
Teen pop sensation Nick Jonas probably never thought he’d become a diabetes spokesperson one day. And yet, that is exactly what he became. At just seventeen, Nick Jonas is receiving huge adulation, and this public affection is not only for his talent, but also for his effort in spreading awareness about diabetes.
The Initial Shock
Nick Jonas had a healthy childhood, but it was only in 2005 that Nick Jonas began to show the symptoms of diabetes. He lost weight, was always thirsty, and was generally never in a good mood. The dramatic weight loss and changes in behavior convinced him to see a doctor and the discovery was shocking- the youngest Jonas brother had Type I Diabetes. At that time, Nick Jonas was immediately admitted to the hospital, as his sugar levels were above 700.
The Adjusting Phase
Like any other newly-diagnosed diabetic person, Nick Jonas was worried about whether he would be able to carry on with his life as before. But to his relief and that of his fans, Nick Jonas was on the stage the same day he was discharged from the hospital.
Studies show that complementary health approaches, when used in conjunction with prescribed or traditional interventions, prove to be beneficial in the treatment of various diseases. Alzheimer’s disease, as we all know, has no cure as of now, and it is for this reason that a lot of research has been conducted to see if it is beneficial to use complementary health approaches for Alzheimer’s.
Natural Health Remedies are effective in Alzheimer’s disease: A myth or fact?
All studies done in regard say YES! Natural health remedies, when used along with traditional interventions, can help a great deal in curbing an Alzheimer’s patient’s pain and discomfort.
Some of the complementary health treatments that have helped Alzheimer’s patients are:
- Herbal Remedies