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For the past several years, cardiologists have been beating the drum for lower blood pressure. We have all seen the studies and/or articles that have challenged the notion that the old cut-off of 140/90mmHg is too high for diagnosing high blood pressure. The medical community even went so far as to coin the new term "pre-hypertension" to describe individuals with a blood pressure over 120/80mmHg. Now, a review of data from an old study could change a few minds - there may a limit to the "lower is better" thinking - at least when it comes to blood pressure.
Researchers recently reviewed blood pressure data from the 2005 Treating to New Targets (TNT) study which, interestingly enough, was designed to determine if the "lower is better" philosophy applied to lowering LDL cholesterol. What they found was intriguing. As participants lowered their blood pressure they did indeed decrease their risk of cardiovascular death - but only up to a point.&nb...
Influenza, often called the "flu" is a respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. Flu spreads mostly by the coughing and sneezing of people who are sick with the flu. If you have diabetes, you are more likely to get flu-related complications like pneumonia and even be hospitalized or die from the flu than other people. Influenza may also interfere with blood glucose management. People with diabetes should talk with their doctor now to discuss preventing and treating the flu. But there are steps you can take to protect yourself. * Get a flu shot! It’s the single best way to protect yourself against the flu. * Take antiviral medications to treat flu (if your doctor recommends them.) * Take everyday steps to protect your health. A flu shot is the single best way to protect yourself against the flu. Both the seasonal flu vaccine and vaccine against 2009 H1N1 flu are safe and effective. This season, there is a season...
I have always loved athletics. In my family, playing sports was as natural as breathing. My grandfather was an Olympic medalist in the 1920 Olympics, my mother was an all American hockey player, my father was a swimmer and for my brothers and myself participating in sports was just part of our lives. None of us equaled the weight of my grandfather's success, but we all embraced competition, and now well into our 40s and 50s, we still love being active and competitive.
So when I became a massage therapist, 20 + years ago, it made sense for me to work with athletes. I understood so much about the demands on their bodies. Often I would dabble with a sport to understand the movement of the body. I loved watching the finite movement and effort that makes the difference between the winner and second place.
I worked extensively with world class runners, triathletes, wrestlers, swimmers and cyclists. I had a crew of Olympic and wor...
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