Do you know adults, older people and even children in United States have high cholesterol? According to CDC, in 2011–2012, 78 million U.S. adults (nearly 37%) had low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels that fall in the range where experts recommend cholesterol medicine or had other health conditions putting them at high risk for heart disease and stroke. Slightly more than half of U.S. adults (55%, or 43 million) who need cholesterol medicine are currently taking it. 95 million U.S. adults age 20 or older have total cholesterol levels greater than 200 mg/dL. Nearly 29 million adult Americans have total cholesterol levels higher than 240 mg/dL. 7% of U.S. children and adolescents ages 6 to 19 have high total cholesterol.
Cholesterol has many functions in the body and it’s found in the outer layer of every human cell. Some of its function include aiding in cell membrane growth, production of estrogen and testosterone and production of bile. Cholesterol assists in metabolizing fat soluble vitamins in the body. As much as we focus on the dangers of cholesterol, we need to know it serves a vital purpose to the body. However, there is both good and bad cholesterol.
What High Cholesterol Affects the Body?
High cholesterol can have bad effect on your body and general health. One of consequences of high bad cholesterol is heart disease. When the arteries become blocked, they reduce blood and oxygen from flowing to the heart which in turn increases the risk of a heart attack or … Read More
Heart disease is one of them leading cause of death in the world. There are four types of heart disease which share similar symptoms. However, each type has its own set of particular symptoms which depend on the severity of the condition. Here are some types of heart diseases and how to recognize them from their various symptoms.
Heart attack (Myocardial Infarction or MI)
When someone suffers from a heart attack they experience heaviness, pain around the chest and below the breastbone, pressure and discomfort. At times, the feeling can reach the throat, jaw and back. Heart attack triggers irregular heartbeats, shortness of breath, anxiety, dizziness, sweating and nausea. In many cases, heart attack will last for 30 minutes to an hour or even longer. In some cases, the heart attack can occur without symptoms. A heart attack without symptoms is known as a silent MI and it’s common among people who suffer from diabetes.
Coronary artery disease
Coronary artery disease is a type of heart attack is defined by the occurrence of angina or chest pain. Chest pain creates painful sensation, heaviness, squeezing and aching around the chest and can further spread to the throat, arms, shoulders and jaw. Apart from chest pain, other symptoms that accompany coronary artery disease are shortness of breath, sweating, palpitations, rapid heartbeat, weakness and dizziness.
Arrhythmia is an abnormal rhythm of heart beats. Common symptoms that present during arrhythmia include palpitations, the feeling of light-headed, fainting, discomfort feeling in chest, fatigue, … Read More
Do you have a partner or spouse suffering from bipolar disorder? How do you deal with bipolar relationships? How can you help them to cope with their condition? Having someone close to you with bipolar disorder can cause the relationship problems that can be difficult to solve.
The best way of knowing if your spouse suffers from bipolar is to determine their mood swings. We all have mood swings but they are supposed to be normal not extreme. Furthermore, mood swings can be symptoms of other disorders such as Cyclothymia (type of depression) and Seasonal Affective Disorder. Stress and living a chaotic lifestyle causes mood swings. So, just because your partner has mood swings, that doesn’t mean he or she has bipolar disorder.
Dipolar is very different in that it has extreme shifts in mood. When one feels good they really feel good and when they feel low they really feel low. In other words, when they are in a manic period, they go on top of the world and have unrealistic thoughts. When they go into a depressed state, they hit rock bottom and see everything as gloom and doom.
As a bipolar person goes through extreme to extreme emotions, it can be challenging on them and everyone around them. Spouses in particular have a hard time adjusting to the changes and non-bipolar spouse feel as if they are dealing with two different peopl
So, how can you help a spouse dealing with a bipolar?… Read More
A lump in your breast could be due to the growth of abnormal cells within normal tissues. If you have experienced lumps or a lump in the breast, you might feel in many ways. Normally, feeling breast lumps is more like a feeling of fullness for thickening of the breast, which is unusual.
You may also feel a lump as swelling or some abnormal cell growth when you self-examine your breasts.
The following are the symptoms you may feel after self-examining your breast. If you feel any of the symptoms, you must see a doctor.
- You may feel a lump as a firm/hard or solid area within your breast or nearby your armpit.
- It may be a distinct lump or abnormal growth within distinct borders of your breast.
- You may experience that one of your breasts is a little larger or smaller than the other.
- Inward pulling of nipple could also be a symptom
- You may also notice a change in the complexion of the affected breast.
- The affected area of your breast may be different from its surrounding areas
- Redness or dimpling of breast skin could also be a symptom
- Persistent pain in a breast during the menstrual period, tenderness of a breast
Common Causes of Breast Lumps
Although not all women with breast cancer have lumps in their breasts, a lump in your breast should never be ignored because it may be due to
- Breast cancer
- Fibrocystic breast
- The growth of benign fatty tissue or tumor
- Cyst of
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Are you expecting a baby? Or planning a family soon? Becoming a parent is a dream come true to many women. Did you know you can naturally induce labor to encourage the birth of your new bundle of joy? Most women who are past their due date may consider a medical or chemical induction as the best option. A medically induced labor should only be used and considered if the life of the mother and child are in danger.
While many women tend to go for cesarean birth since it’s generally regarded as safe, they have to endure the lengthy healing process needed to recover from your surgery. To be able to avoid complications associated with medical induction, it’s much better to use these natural ways to induce labor to be completely safe.
In chemically induced inductions, a synthetic version of a hormone called oxytocin is often administered. Oxytocin is also a naturally produced hormone in the body. When you stimulate your nipples it leads to increased production of oxytocin and increases your chances of delivering closer to your due date.
Having sex near your due date is a known natural way to induce labor. Aside from the hormone producing effects of nipple stimulation, the introduction to semen has also shown to help. Semen contains a natural chemical known as a prostaglandin, which has the effect of softening the uterus and encouraging child birth.
Did you know stretching can induce labor? Using proper methods, stretching … Read More