The concern is primarily with added sugars. These are sugars (usually sucrose) that do not appear naturally in foods, but are added for taste. Sugar is the main attraction in foods such as candy, cookies and ice cream. Sugar also is hidden in unlikely places, including breads, cereals and tomato sauces. This makes it very easy to consume large amounts of sugar unknowingly.
Our bodies break down simple carbohydrates into sugar, which is released into the bloodstream. We need sugar for energy, but when we are overweight or obese, any excess sugar we don't utilize to meet immediate energy needs is stored in cells as fat. Insulin produced in the pancreas facilitates the storage process.
In this era of growing concern over opioids, individuals with osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) commonly use nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for pain relief. After the NSAID rofecoxib (Vioxx) was found to increase the risk of herat attack and stroke, adverse cardiovascular (CV) events from other NSAIDs have remained a concern. Clinical studies suggest NSAIDs may, indeed, increase CV events.
Some models are convertible, meaning they can be used by either the hands or feet. If balance is your main issue, pedaling with your feet while sitting in a chair may be easier than you think. In fact, you want to seek a gym with a recumbent cycle and try it out. It's basically a bicycle you ride while sitting in a chair with full back support.
Cleveland Clinic offers heart-failure education classes designed to teach patients and their families what they need to know about the condition, its progression, its impact on day-to-day life and its medications. Ask your cardiologist if theres a similar program in your area. If not, ask for information in writing.
You can improve your sleep habits by getting regular exercise, avoiding daytime naps, avoiding caffeine and powering down electronics before bed. Maintain a strict sleep schedule, which means going to bed and getting up at the same time every day. If youre overweight, snore or have been told you stop breathing during sleep, see a sleep specialist and be evaluated for sleep apnea. Otherwise, if you have insomnia or other type of sleep problem, avoid rushing to use over-the-counter sleep aids. Work with your health provider to determine the cause and discuss remedies.
Most people know atherosclerosis as the disease that causes blockages in the hearts arteries. However, atherosclerosis can affect any artery in the body. When it occurs anywhere in the legs, from the upper thighs to the feet, it is known as peripheral arterial disease (PAD).
If you have a leaky mitral valve due to degenerative mitral valve (DMV) disease, theres a good chance it can be repaired. Afterwards, you wont need blood thinners, and the valve will be less prone to infection than a replaced valve.
It seems hard to believe that you can have a hole in your heart and not know it. But some people born with an atrial septal defect (ASD) live well into adulthood before developing symptoms that alert them to a problem.
As the number of people with diabetes continues to grow, the other health ramifications of this disease are still being discovered. A common complication of diabetes is damage to your blood vessels. High levels of glucose (sugar) in your bloodstream can contribute to atherosclerosis, a hardening and narrowing of the arteries.
The decision to treat blocked arteries in the heart with angioplasty and stenting or coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) usually depends on several factors. The location and severity of the blockage are among the main considerations. A recent Cleveland Clinic study suggests that in at least two situations, CABG is the better choice.
Tackling type 2 diabetes usually involves a combination of medications, such as metformin, as well as a careful diet, regular exercise, and other healthy lifestyle choices. In recent years, many obese individuals with type 2 diabetes have seen their symptoms become well controlled, and occasionally disappear after surgery.