Thursday, September 18th, 2014
The human cardiovascular system includes a series of organs and tissues used to provide oxygenated blood to the body, as well as clean and process the blood.
- The heart is responsible for re oxygenating blood and pumping it through circulation in the body.
- Blood vessels, including arteries and veins, carry the oxygen where it needs to go.
- Bone marrow helps in blood creation and is crucial to the system.
- The spleen is made up of immune system cells and cleans and stores the blood. In the event of an emergency, this organ acts as the regulator for blood volume.
Cardiovascular health can have a direct impact on the quality and length of a person’s life. When a person’s cardiovascular system is in decline in some way, the body does not get the oxygen it needs and blood is not as clean as it should be. Certain supplements can be taken to help maintain good cardiovascular health, help improve a deteriorating situation or help prevent the onset of problems.
Omega 3 fatty acids (or fish oil) – Those with cardiovascular disease will benefit more than others from this supplement. Omega 3 fatty acids can lower a person’s blood pressure and risk of irregular heartbeat. It has also been found to minimize triglyceride amounts in the blood and help decrease the rate of plaque buildup.
Niacin (vitamin B3) – This supplement decreases cholesterol by allowing the intestines to better absorb it. This is wonderful for prevention!
Garlic – Blood pressure and cholesterol levels can be decreased when garlic is consumed regularly. Sufferers of hypertension and hyperlipidemia may find great benefits from this supplement.
Red yeast rice extract – This supplement has the potential to raise HDL cholesterol levels, which can minimize the LDL cholesterol present in the blood, and improve overall cardiovascular health. The lower a person’s LDL cholesterol level, the lower their risk for heart disease caused by blockage.
COQ10 (CoEnzyme Q-10) – This supplement can increase cell energy production making it an excellent tool for cardio illness prevention as well as treatment. People that have suffered a heart attack can dramatically decrease their risk of additional attacks if they consume this supplement within three days of their initial heart attack.
Vitamin D – A person that suffers from a vitamin D deficiency may have an increased risk of heart disease, obesity, blood pressure problems and diabetes.
Magnesium – Researchers have found that many people that suffer from high blood pressure have a magnesium deficiency.
Natto K – This supplement helps increase viscosity of blood vessels and decreases blood clotting. It helps bind to fibrin in arteries helping to break down plaque.
Thursday, September 11th, 2014
Urinary urgency or incontinence in women can result from a number of reasons or causes – some more serious than others. Some women may experience mild urinary leaking when they cough or laugh, and some women may have more difficulty controlling the urge or release of substantial amounts of fluid. The need to frequently urinate, any form of leaking or ability to control urination should be discussed with a healthcare provider. A bladder problem or incontinence could be a sign or symptom that something more serious is going on. This could be diabetes or kidney problems, or an undetected urinary tract infection.
Women that suffer from urinary urgency may feel embarrassment and anxiety with the lack of control they may experience. When urgency interferes with daily living and keeps a person from participating in activities, they may begin to wonder if they have a urinary problem. Avoiding social situations or physical activities regularly to limit incontinence may be a sign that it is time to investigate a potential illness or disorder.
A Person may be experiencing urinary urgency from the following causes:
• Urinary Tract infection – bacteria in the urinary tract causes an infection that can include fever, nausea, back pain and chills.
• Bladder infection – bacteria causes an infection of the bladder, and could also affect the kidney and urethra.
• Urethritis – infection of the urethra.
• Pyelonephritis – serious and sudden kidney infection that causes them to swell and can be life threatening.
• Bladder or Ovarian Cancer
• Urge Incontinence – this is the sudden urge to urinate due to the bladder contracting inappropriately and potentially allowing urine to leak.
• Overactive Bladder – OAB is a chronic illness where the sudden urge to urinate occurs regardless of biological need.
• Neurogenic Bladder – messages between brain and bladder get confused and the bladder is not able to control the muscles used to contract or release urine.
• Kidney Stones or Bladder stones
• Urethral Stricture – the narrowing of the urethra can cause pain in the abdomen and make it difficult to control the urge to urinate.
• Multiple Sclerosis and Autonomic Neuropathy– nerve damage could affect urge to urinate
A person that is suffering from urinary urgency may strongly desire to relieve their discomfort. Depending on the root cause of the urgency, a physician may suggest a treatment plan. Some women may be able to correct the problem with antibiotics if the problem stems from a bacterial infection and others may need to see a specialist for muscular problems. Limiting fluid intake and adjusting medications may be necessary for other patients. Women who believe they may have difficulty with urinary urgency may have many questions regarding their symptoms and what may or may not be normal. Asking is always the first step.
Thursday, September 4th, 2014
Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that can affect every aspect of a person’s life. The illness causes the body’s immune system to destroy the myelin, a protective lining that covers nerves found in the spinal column and brain. This can result in nerve deterioration and make communication between the brain and the body difficult or impossible by limiting messages transmitted through the nerves. There is no current treatment that can reverse nerve deterioration.
Professionals do not know exactly what causes multiple sclerosis, but they do agree that a person who is genetically capable of responding to triggers may develop the illness from an unknown environmental factor. It could also be a combination of factors including childhood illnesses.
Many patients that suffer from multiple sclerosis will commonly have what is called a relapsing-remitting form. This is where new symptoms will develop and then begin to improve before going into remission. Although symptoms can worsen when a person with MS has a fever, it does not indicate a relapse. Patients that suffer from secondary-progression multiple sclerosis may not experience remission as symptoms develop. Those that have primary-progressive multiple sclerosis may similarly develop symptoms though without ever experiencing a relapse.
MS can cause different symptoms in every patient and the rate at which the disease progresses can vary by person. Where one person may lose certain serious motor control another may have years of remission. Although a cure for multiple sclerosis does not exist there are a number of treatments that can help change the way the disease develops and manage symptoms. A person with MS may experience all or some of these symptoms:
• Stiffness of the muscles
• Leg paralysis (or sometimes in other parts of the body)
• Muscle spasms
• Bladder and bowel problems
• Sexual problems
• Forgetfulness or other mental difficulties
Some of the symptom that may indicate a person has multiple sclerosis may be:
• Loss of vision in one or the other eye, either partially or totally, usually accompanied by pain when the eye is moved.
• Blurry vision (or double vision)
• Bladder or bowel complications
• Inability to walk steadily
• Places of the body have tingling or pain
• Weak or numb limbs on one side of the body or in the legs and torso
• Trembling or poor coordination
• When the neck is used, ‘shock’ sensations are felt
Living with multiple sclerosis can mean constant management of symptoms and treatments. Finding a trusted physician and a good treatment plan can have an impact on a person with MS.