Mr. Shah was a happy man for most of him life. He loved his wife and children and truly enjoyed his work. He was reasonably healthy and relished each day of his life. Then a tragedy struck, which produced such stress in his life that he was unable to cope with the stress. Within six months he died of a heart attack. He was fifty-two. Why is your cholesterol high? There is no doubt in my mind that along with cigarette smoking, high blood pressure elevated cholesterol levels and a sedentary life style, stress is also a major risk factor leading to heart – disease. But it is difficult to quantify stress. What may be stressful to you may not be stressful to another person. Apart from work related stress anger is another emotion that can affect your heart. A Harvard Medical School study researched that the average risk of heart attack was increased, two hours after the onset of the anger by 2-3 time. Psychologists now in addition to anger and stress, emphasize the importance of depression and a general feeling of hopelessness. To put it simply, we are physiologically different when we are happy as compared to when … Continue reading Emotions – and Cholesterol →
If you are a diabetic, sure you already are aware that your body has an inability to control levels of sugar in the blood and that you need to stay away from foods with high glycemic index (simple carbohydrates). However, recent researches point that smoking cigarettes and consuming tobacco doubles the damage to the body caused by diabetes by causing hardening of the arteries. Nicotine & Diabetes Smoking, in itself, poses many adverse effects on your health, but if you have diabetes and you smoke, your risk for heart associated problems, kidney disease, eye complaints (retinopathy), and other complications of diabetes increases dramatically. Not only do the risk levels rise, but existing complications can also worsen. A research recently published in American Journal of Medicine and Diabetes have connected smoking to high risks for glucose abnormalities such as glucose intolerance and impaired fasting glucose. Smokers appeared to have a 44% higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than non-smokers. The risk was highly linked to the smoking degree and not on the fact that whether you smoke cigars, cigarettes, or pipes. The risk increase with each cigarette you smoke and heavy smokers (at least 20 cigarettes daily) had been shown … Continue reading Diabetes, caffeine, and nicotine, what is the link →
Suffering is disease and contentment is good health. This only points out the profound connection between our body and mind. A person with a disturbed mind cannot possess a healthy body. But, ‘don’t worry be happy’ is easier said than done, for anxiety spares no person. Every one of us has, at some point or the other, experienced stress in the form worry and anxiety. How to know if you are getting anxious: You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that you are getting anxious but some of these questions directed at yourself will help: Is there a constant list of problems both real and imagined running in your mind all the time? Are you the type who can never fully relax and enjoy, even when there is no work? Do you need constant stimulation? Do you worry about what people think? Do you rerun conversations in your head about the last party you attended? Do you go over how you looked and sounded in any meeting or forum? Are you unable to say no, & take on more work than you can do? If you have answered ‘yes’ to two or more of these questions … Continue reading Stress & Blood Pressure →
Here are a few easy remedies that you can use at home to symptoms of manage joint pain: Ginger Tea Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, and had ½ teaspoon each ground ginger and ground turmeric. Reduce to a simmer and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes. Strain, add honey to taste, and drink twice a day. Fenugreek Consume one teaspoon of finely ground fenugreek seeds with a glass of lukewarm water. Do this daily in the morning until you get positive results. Alternatively, you can simply soak one teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in water overnight and eat them the next morning. Turmeric Mix one teaspoon of turmeric powder and 1/2 teaspoon of honey in a glass of warm milk. Drink it daily. Apple Cider Vinegar Mix one to three teaspoons of organic apple cider vinegar and a little honey in a cup of warm water. Drink this solution two or three times a day, preferably before meals. You can continue this simple treatment on a regular basis because, in addition to helping with joint pain, it is good for your overall health. You can also massage the affected area with a mixture of one tablespoon each of … Continue reading 6 natural remedies for managing joint pain symptoms →
There are numerous lifestyle and diet related factors which could be causing a spike in our Blood pressure levels. Here is a list of the most common causes of high blood pressure. Age: The older we get, the higher we face the risk of having HBP Family history: If close members of our family have hypertension, our chances of developing the condition become higher. Obesity or overweight: Overweight refers to a condition where we have extra body weight from muscle, bone, fat and/or water. Obesity generally refers to a condition of just having a high amount of extra fat in our body. Overweight and obesity are more likely to cause high blood pressure compared with people who possess normal weight. Physical inactivity: Lack of exercise coupled with a sedentary lifestyle increases the risk of hypertension. Smoking: Smoking causes our blood vessels to narrow, which results in higher blood pressure. Moreover, it reduces the oxygen content in our blood and thus, our heart has to pump faster to compensate for this, which causes a rise in our blood pressure level. Alcohol intake: People consuming alcohol regularly have higher systolic blood pressure compared with those who do not. High salt intake: People who do not consume much … Continue reading Causes of High Blood Pressure →
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