A few weeks ago in a telephone conversation with my mom, she mentioned that one of my sisters had been having some problems with her stomach for the last month or so. Being concerned, I called my sister directly to talk to her about what was going on.
"I don't know," she said. I'm eating a healthy diet, but for the last month or so I've had a lot of diarrhea and even some vomiting. And my stomach hurts so much after I eat that I just don't want to eat anymore."
"What are you eating?" I asked.
"You know, healthy stuff. Fruits and vegetables and high fiber bread."
I explained to her that a healthy diet isn't healthy if it's making you sick. And if it's making you sick then you have to do something to figure out what is causing the symptoms. First, change what you're eating so that you can eat and get some nourishment into your body. And second, make an appointment with a gastroenterologist to discuss the problems.
"It's especially important to see a GI...
It's well known high blood pressure increases your risk for stroke . A stroke occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is blocked and brain cells become deprived of oxygen and die. Individuals with high blood pressure are 4-6 times more likely to have a stroke. An individual's risk of having a stroke is directly related to how elevated their blood pressure is.
A link between high blood pressure and dementia
Now there is evidence linking high blood pressure with dementia and the risk is also directly related to how high your blood pressure is.
A subset of participants enrolled in the Women's Health Initiative, comprised of 1403 women over the age of 65, were followed for eight years. MRI scans revealed increased white matter lesions in women with high blood pressure . White matter lesions indicate a weak insulation around nerve cells necessary for brain communication.
A second study led by Johns Hopkins University followed 983 middle age or older men and women for ove...
Sickle cell anemia is an inherited blood disease which can cause episodes of pain, damage to vital organs, and for some, death in childhood or early adulthood. Its effects vary greatly from one person to another, and from one time to another in the same person. Most people with sickle cell anemia enjoy reasonably good health much of the time. Oxygen-carrying red blood cells are normally round and flexible. But under certain conditions, the red blood cells of a person with sickle cell anemia may change into a crescent or sickle shape within the blood vessels. Sickled cells tend to become trapped in the spleen and elsewhere and are destroyed. This results in a shortage of red blood cells which, when severe, can cause the patient to be pale, short of breath, and easily tired. People with sickle cell disease may be prone to certain infections which can worsen their condition, and their physical growth and development are often slower than normal. Sometimes certain conditions may worsen a patie...
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