Team NYC Sick Chick Club. Photo by S. Nash.
In what is probably my most read article, RA: The Loser Disease , I lamented RA’s D-list status in the world of cause célèbre. Hardly a soul knows what color our awareness ribbon is, much less what the disease is, that it’s different from osteoarthritis, or that it is just one of over a hundred forms of autoimmune arthritis. But last Sunday, all across the country and in New York City in particular, hundreds and thousands took to the streets for the Arthritis Foundation’s annual Arthritis Walk to help spread awareness and raise funds for research, and I was among them!
Decked out in my colorful orange team shirt, I joined my fellow NYC Sick Chick Club team members on what was a rather dreary, drippy morning. I had never done a 5k before, and as I arrived at Battery Park at the lower tip of Manhattan, I thought back to my ‘Loser Disease’ article, written well over two years ago, ...
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...
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