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Hypertension

Married to a Machine

Rym Tina Ghazal | Posted 04.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Rym Tina Ghazal

My father had an announcement to make. Looking sheepishly at my mother and I, he said: "For three times a week, I will be away most of the day with s...

Hypertension: Are You on More Medication Than You Need?

Samuel J. Mann, M.D. | Posted 04.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Samuel J. Mann, M.D.

You need to be on as much medication as is necessary to bring your blood pressure under control. However, you are best off if you are on as little medication as you truly need.

The Scary Way Excessive Salt Intake May 'Reprogram' The Brain

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.24.2015 | Science

There are many health reasons to lay off the salt, from fluid retention to an increased risk over time of developing high blood pressure, heart attack...

7 Surprising Causes Of High Blood Pressure

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Sheryl Kraft | Posted 01.14.2015 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com Quick -– what causes high blood pressure? The first culprits that pop into your mind are likely to be: eating too m...

African-American Sisters Aging With HIV and Co-Morbidities

Irene Monroe | Posted 09.30.2014 | Black Voices
Irene Monroe

Imani* was 32 when she contracted HIV. Having watched many of her sister-friends die as a result of the virus, Imani did not expect to reach middle ag...

Processed Feud: How the Food Industry Shapes Nutrition

Andy Bellatti | Posted 09.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

Public health and nutrition dialogues need clear, explicit messages. Naturally-occurring sugars and added sugars are very different animals. The same goes for processed foods. How is it that a national nutrition organization can simply choose not to recognize that cooking a pot of oatmeal is vastly different from making a Three Musketeers bar in a processing plant?

Can Fat Baboons Help Us Understand the 'Obesity Paradox'?

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 08.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

Does our present high-sugar diet do to us what the "garbage dump diet" did to the baboons? Weight gain, pre-diabetes and alarming cholesterol elevations are all results of our diet too. Like the baboons, we humans will certainly respond to dietary insults in a variety of ways.

How Blood Pressure In Middle Age Might Impact Your Brain Later On

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 06.05.2014 | Fifty

Doctors have long known that high blood pressure -- which makes the heart work too hard -- can lead to heart disease, kidney disease and blindness. No...

Yagana Shah

7 Foods Science Proves Will Help Lower Your Blood Pressure

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 04.29.2014 | Fifty

When it comes to blood pressure, your diet can either be your biggest enemy or your greatest ally. If you suffer from hypertension, you've likely been...

Hypertension Control Means Celebrating Something That Doesn't Happen

Nancy Brown | Posted 06.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

May is High Blood Pressure Education Month, making this is a great time to discuss this condition -- what it is, why it matters and what can be done about it.

Pulp Fiction? The Bottom Line on Juicing

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 06.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

Your juicer may belong on the shelf next to the other fallen health products. It is a device that takes healthy foods (fruits and vegetables) and renders them less healthy. It eliminates fiber, turns solid food into a liquid and facilitates a huge increase in consumption.

Sugary Drinks May Increase Stroke Risk

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 06.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

A new study from researchers at the prestigious Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden looked at whether sugary drinks increase the risk of a stro...

On World Health Day, Take Heart in Knowing the Global Fight Is Going Strong

Nancy Brown | Posted 06.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

When the visionary leaders who created the United Nations got down to business, one of the first subjects they tackled was trying to improve the health of people all around the world.

Using Exercise as Medicine in Traditional Health Care Settings

Brad Stulberg | Posted 05.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Brad Stulberg

If exercise as medicine is to overcome cultural challenges and prosper, a large emphasis must also be placed on the process of behavior change. This requires health care systems to go far beyond just telling patients to exercise.

The New Hypertension Guidelines: Should We Let Up on Blood Pressure Control?

Samuel J. Mann, M.D. | Posted 04.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Samuel J. Mann, M.D.

I believe there is an epidemic of overtreatment, but not because the blood pressure level that we aim for is too low. The current targets have a fabulously successful track record; they should not be abandoned.

The Beloved Community: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Prescription for a Healthy Society

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics
Jeff Ritterman, MD

Dr. Martin Luther King popularized the notion of the "Beloved Community." Economic and social justice are the twin pillars supporting the Beloved Community. These twin pillars are also necessary for a healthy society. What would be the health impacts of living in such a society?

Yes, You Can Lose Weight Eating Nothing But McDonald's, But That's Not the Point

Andy Bellatti | Posted 03.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

Privilege is ultimately front and center here. Mr. Cisna could have stopped his fast-food diet at any point. Many Americans, however, are beholden to unhealthy eating out of necessity. We owe it to them to help build a healthier food system, rather than hold up fast-food chains as beacons of health while simultaneously chastising individuals for making "bad choices."

The White Coats Are Coming!

Cat del Valle Castellanos | Posted 01.25.2014 | Comedy
Cat del Valle Castellanos

White-Coat Hypertension, which sounds slightly less ridiculous, so I'm going to stick with that. If I hadn't been sitting on the floor in front of the doctor's air conditioner an hour before, I wouldn't have believed this "condition" exists.

The Risky Business of Managing Your Health

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Posted 12.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

We are all masters of the universe in our own lives. Let's act like it when it comes to our health.

Are Your Blood Pressure Pills Also Protecting Your Mind?

Posted 10.17.2013 | Fifty

Thank your lucky pills if you have high blood pressure. Certain medications for hypertension may help reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer's. ...

Improving Our Nation's Health, Community by Community

Nancy Brown | Posted 12.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

While heart disease and stroke are major threats for all Americans, certain segments of our population are hit the hardest.

The Most Important Reason To Have More Sex

Posted 08.30.2013 | Fifty

Earlier this summer, a British psychologist released research showing that regular sex can make you look seven years younger. But why is it, specifica...

Recent Controversy Over Reducing Sodium Intake

Samuel J. Mann, M.D. | Posted 10.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Samuel J. Mann, M.D.

Rigid exclusion of all sodium from our diet is difficult to do and could conceivably be harmful. Moderation can only help and will not hurt us. The goal of reducing salt intake should not be cast aside.

No Copays, Easier-To-Take Medicine May Reduce Blood Pressure

AP | LINDSEY TANNER | Posted 10.21.2013 | Healthy Living

CHICAGO (AP) — New research suggests giving patients easier-to-take medicine and no-copay medical visits can help drive down high blood pressure, a ...

Playing 'The Black Card' Linked To High Blood Pressure, And More Health News This Week

The Huffington Post | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 08.16.2013 | Black Voices

While smoking, excess weight and age are all known risk factors for high blood pressure, a new trigger for hypertension has entered the consciousness ...