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Blood Pressure: A Simple Way to Measure your Health

Blood Pressure: A Simple Way to Measure your Health

Blood pressure measures the pressure of blood in the arteries.

The higher your blood pressure, the greater your risk of many illnesses, including coronary artery disease, enlarged heart, aneurysm, headache, confusion, convulsion, kidney disease, diabetes, stroke, & dementia.

High blood pressure (hypertension) can quietly damage your body for years before symptoms develop.

An estimated 1 in 3 Americans are hypertensive. And another 1 in 3 are pre-hypertensive.

Left uncontrolled, people with high blood pressure often times end up with a disability, or even a fatal heart attack.

 

The target reading for blood pressure is 120/80.

Free blood pressure monitors are routinely available in pharmacies such as CVS, […]

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Why Starting My Electronic Health Record Journey was Actually a Pretty Cool Experience

Why Starting My Electronic Health Record Journey was Actually a Pretty Cool Experience

Last month I went to the doctor for a routine checkup… As a man in my 30’s whose blood pressure had never before exceeded the 120/80 gold standard, I was surprised to see my reading had ascended into previously uncharted territory… 146/93

I thought surely this was the work of the fast food mailers that landed in my box about a week prior.

Wendy’s, KFC, and McDonalds – in a single bundle… It’s as if Dave Thomas, Colonel Sanders, and Ronald McDonald had assembled in the afterlife to collude against my waistline.

For the most part I’m able to fight […]

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85% of people in the US are Vitamin D deficient. Are you?

Vitamin D differs from other essential vitamins because unlike other vitamins, our bodies can manufacture Vitamin D when ultraviolet sunlight rays strike the skin. This process is known as Vitamin D synthesis.

Many people associate Vitamin D with skincare. And they’re right. As low Vitamin D can damage the health, beauty, and longevity of your largest organ, your skin… But Vitamin D’s significance doesn’t end there.

Many experts tout Vitamin D deficiency as an under-the-radar “global epidemic” because low levels of Vitamin D have been linked to an increased risk of asthma, gum disease, depression, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attack, rheumatoid […]

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The secret connection between your waist line and your health

Waist Circumference, like BMI, is a useful non-invasive predictor of morbidity (the state of being diseased) and mortality.

Because some people’s natural body composition is less likely to lend itself to a “healthy” BMI score, waist circumference serves as a trustworthy tool with which to cross reference BMI reading.

Registering both high waist circumference & BMI is a strong indication that weight loss is recommended.

Obesity indicates there are likely excess internal fat deposits coating the heart, liver, kidneys and pancreas.

These excess internal fat deposits put you at a higher risk for obesity-related conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, inflammation, […]

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How long can you survive if your liver fails?

Liver function is a measurement of how effectively the liver is functioning.

The liver is the heaviest organ in the body, and is essential to vital life functions such as processing nutrients from food, making bile, removing toxins from the body, and building proteins.

Liver testing helps screen the body for damage caused by over-the-counter medications, hepatitis, and – if you drink – how effectively your organs are managing the accumulated “wear & tear” associated with alcohol consumption.

Liver failure (cirrhosis) is a life-threatening condition, as the human body can only survive for one or two days should the liver shut down completely.

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The 5 Stages of Emoji when Receiving Your Blood Test Results

You know that moment when you get the printout from your blood test and you think WTH am I supposed to do with this?

 

For me, my range of emotions cycle from confused to fatigued, with a couple bouts of frenzy & hysteria along the way.

 

Let’s take a moment to review…

 

Stage 1- Confusion   

“Why Did this ********* just hand me a sheet of paper in 2018?”

 

“I literally have 106 apps on my phone. “

 

“I hope this sheet of paper was manufactured from 100% recycled material.”

 

“And precisely where am I supposed to file this sheet of paper? On my refrigerator door?”

 

 

Stage 2 […]

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The World’s Deadliest Chemical Compound

The World’s Deadliest Chemical Compound

Cotinine is a chemical compound found in tobacco and nicotine.

It is used as a biomarker used to measure exposure to tobacco smoke.

The risks associated with smoking are well documented.

They include lung cancer, stroke, heart disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) – which includes chronic bronchitis & emphysema.

COPD alone is estimated to affect some 330 million people worldwide.

And these are just some of the health risks associated with smoking.

All told, smoke related deaths account for about 1 in 5 mortalities in the US annually… Approximately 1,300 deaths per day.

On average, a smoker’s life expectancy is a full decade shorter than a non-smoker.

Smoking […]

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