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i recently had a question from a HealthCentral subscriber who was concerned that though he was getting treatment for sleep apnea, he was tested and found to have certain prolonged periods where the amount of oxygen in his blood was tested as "low." He was also feeling "tired." He questioned whether the therapy was "sufficient" and "on target."
After noting the machine he was using at night - he supplied the brand name and type - I told him he was using the optimal available machine. I also told him that his tiredness was tied more to the quality of his sleep rather than the oxygen levels. I did point out that what would be important to know was:
What his blood pressure readings and his cardiac status (whether or not there were arrythmias ) were during the low oxygen level periods.
The reason I highlighted this was because these 2 parameters can indeed be affected by poor oxygenation of the blood - or not - but if they are, the ramifications ...
I’ve seen Dr. Oz weigh in on a variety of topics related to heart disease. It’s clear that he believes lifestyle choices have a dramatic impact on the risk for heart disease, and he implicates trans fat and saturated fat, but also a diet high in processed and refined carbohydrates as big contributors to the likelihood of one developing heart issues (and other conditions driven by inflammation). He also implicates persistent stress, behaviors that increase inflammation in an individual’s body, and excess weight, especially abdominal weight. In fact, though any excess weight is bad for health, it is still a prominent theory that abdominal fat and “visceral fat that is internal and not visible” contribute to risk for heart disease, as well as diabetes and cancers. More recently, inflammation has drawn significant attention from the cardiac community because of its believed contribution to heart disease.
Inflammation is th...
Wearing a wedge insole inside the shoe may help patients with early and mild medial knee osteoarthritis . Medial refers to the inside compartment of the joint -- the side closest to the opposite knee. The Researchers at the Gait Analysis Laboratory, Division of Physical Therapy, Fukui University in Japan made a study of patients wearing a lateral wedged insole inside the shoe. The idea is to shift some of the weight off the medial joint by moving the weight slightly to the inside of the foot. Each patient was fitted with light-emitting diodes from the hip to the thigh. Walking was analyzed using a special computerized system. As the patient walked, a light measuring device and force plates captured walking speed, stride width, and step length. X-rays taken also recorded hip-knee-ankle angles. The same measurements and analysis were made with and without the wedge. Computer analysis of the results showed decreased step length, stride width, and walking speed in patients with OA but withou...
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