High blood pressure can adversely affect your organs, especially your heart and your kidneys – and it can rob you of years of life. Remember, even if you’re a woman, you have just as great a risk of developing high blood pressure as a man does.
You can’t change some things when it comes to improving your odds against getting hypertension. Some women get high blood pressure as they age, but you can’t roll back the clock and become younger.
You also can’t change your genetic markers. If you have a history of hypertension in family members due to hereditary factors, you can’t change that. But there are five things you can do to lower your blood pressure.
Most folks know that our posture is very important for the future health of our backs, but when you work at an office every day, it is quite easy to fall into bad habits. Here are five quick fixes for improving posture when you sit at a desk.
1) Support Your Lower Back
You can reduce the strain on your back with lower back support. Meaning you should use an adjustable chair so that you can find the perfect height and tilt to support your lower back. If you can’t immediately get your hands on a better chair, use a cushion to increase support in that area.
2) Change the Position of Your Screen
Think about adjusting your computer screen so that the top is basically level with your eyes. This will help you naturally sit better as you look at the screen throughout the day. It also helps to make sure that there is no glare or reflection on the screen so that you don’t have to strain to see it. Continue reading “Friday Health Tips!” »
When hormonal imbalance occurs, it seems as if your entire body is working against you. Not just with headaches that occur during your period, but those that seem to linger with peri-menopause and even during menopause.
If you had severe headaches in adolescence during the years after starting your period, you might find that the same migraine type headache returns at menopause. Does not seem fair, does it?
Keep in mind that as you read this that some people are adopted. I for one am adopted and have no idea of my family past history. Knowing I am a worry wart, to say the least, I am just fine with not knowing.
However, I have raised a family and they are not adopted and so my family genetic history has started. It is good to learn as much as you can to help our next generation.
One of the most important factors in determining whether or not you’ll have a healthy heart is your family history. While lifestyle factors are also a major factor in the development of cardiac problems, your genetics play a role that shouldn’t be overlooked. Continue reading “Your Family History and Your Heart” »
We’ve heard that high blood pressure is unhealthy, but at what point does it become dangerous blood pressure? High blood pressure is usually symptom free, so if you don’t get it tested you may never even know you have it.
High blood pressure over time can be dangerous because it causes your arteries to get harder and can lead to blockages in your blood vessels. This can lead to risk of heart attack and stroke. This situation can be very dangerous, and is.
Socializing ranks right up there with diet and exercise on the “aging” ladder of importance. Sometimes, when a spouse dies or a senior falls into ill health, friends and family withdraw simply because the person doesn’t fit in anymore with their lifestyles. Rather than keeping busy and finding other friends or methods of socializing, seniors often develop depression which can lead to other diseases such as alcoholism, heart disease and even cancer.
It’s been proven that seniors who enjoy an active social life can extend their lives by years. There are an abundance of benefits for socializing other than life extension –stress reduction, a feeling of importance and high self esteem are just a few of the benefits. Keeping active also reduces the risk of mental diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. Continue reading “Is Socializing Important as You Age?” »
If you were recently diagnosed, you may be thinking, “Just what is a yeast infection?” This common condition affects women of all ages – and even some men. But because it can be found in a private area you may be less apt to discuss it and ask your questions out loud.
Yeast is something that lives in your body all the time. You actually need it to be healthy. It’s found throughout your body. When you’re healthy all goes well. The yeast is kept in check by the bacteria, and other cells inside the body.
When things get a little out of whack, yeast tends to become overgrown and can cause problems. Things like taking too many antibiotics, steroids, stress, and hormonal fluctuations from the menstrual cycle can cause yeast to multiply enough to cause an infection. Did you know that pregnancy and birth control pills can also trigger yeast infections in some women. Continue reading “Just What Is A Yeast Infection?” »
If you’re a smoker, you’re participating in an activity that can actually shorten your life dramatically. The number one killer in the United States is heart disease. And the behavior that causes the greatest risk of heart disease is smoking. The worst part is that heart disease causes from smoking is almost completely preventable.
The best thing you can do for your heart is to quit smoking immediately. But quitting is easier said than done. Here are a few tips to help you stop smoking now. The first step to quitting is making the decision to do it. Then you’ll need to set a date so that you can get prepared for the big lifestyle change you’re about to make.
As you’re preparing to quit smoking, you need to remove anything related to smoking from your home. That includes lighters, ashtrays, and, of course, cigarettes. You should also ask the people whom you’re around each day not to smoke in front of you. Continue reading “How About Some Help To Quit Smoking” »