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New-Fitness - Taking charge of your own health

The idea of taking charge of your own health has gained a wider acceptance in recent years. New Fitness recognizes that there are many ways to prevent problems that affect your health, and correct information is essential for you to make the proper choices.

Whether you are monitoring your blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, or kidney - the Health section of New Fitness is committed to bringing you accurate, up-to-date information on how you can take charge!



Blood Pressure
Hypertension - Causes and Risk Factors of High Blood Pressure
The typical image of a person with hypertension (high blood pressure) is an overweight, overworked male executive with a very short fuse. The truth is, high blood pressure affects people of all ages, races, social classes, sizes and shapes, women as well as mean and even children.

Blood Pressure Monitors for the Home
Physicians agree that daily self-monitoring of blood pressure is an important step individuals can take to maintain cardiovascular health and prevent the serious consequences associated with undetected and untreated hypertension. The traditional way of measuring blood pressure at home is by using a aneroid sphygmomanometer cuff and stethoscope. These devices show the pressure on a dial, and are usually accurate, but require a certain degree of dexterity and training.

Translating Blood Pressure Numbers
It is crucial to “Know Your Numbers” with respect to Blood Pressure. Life-threatening complications can develop over a course of years when hypertension exists. Increased pressure on the inner walls of blood vessels make the vessels less flexible over time and more vulnerable to the buildup of fatty deposits in a process known as atherosclerosis.

Self Monitoring Blood Pressure
Physicians agree that daily self-monitoring of blood pressure is an important step individuals can take to maintain cardiovascular health and prevent the serious consequences associated with undetected and untreated hypertension. The traditional way of measuring blood pressure at home is by using a aneroid sphygmomanometer cuff and stethoscope. These devices show the pressure on a dial, and are usually accurate, but require a certain degree of dexterity and training.

Blood Pressure Monitoring at home
Taking blood pressure at home helps distinguish patients who genuinely have high blood pressure from those who have "white coat" hypertension, that is, the artificial heightening of a patient's blood pressure while he or she is in the unfamiliar environment of a doctor's office or hospital. If white-coat hypertension is suspected, home monitoring is especially important in order to avoid unnecessary drug treatments.

Blood Pressure Awareness - Information about Blood Pressure Awareness Month
May is National High Blood Pressure Awareness Month in the United States where "know your numbers" is the official motto of the blood pressure awareness initiative.

Blood Pressure Monitoring at home
Taking blood pressure at home helps distinguish patients who genuinely have high blood pressure from those who have "white coat" hypertension, that is, the artificial heightening of a patient's blood pressure while he or she is in the unfamiliar environment of a doctor's office or hospital. If white-coat hypertension is suspected, home monitoring is especially important in order to avoid unnecessary drug treatments.


Cholesterol
Understanding Your Cholesterol Level
You're told by your physician you need to lower your cholesterol in order to live a healthier life. The blood tests you had done show the total cholesterol levels to be over 200. But what does that really mean and how do you get started towards reducing your cholesterol?

What you need to know about Cholesterol testing
Having your blood cholesterol measured is a relatively simple and inexpensive process. The problem is in getting accurate results and then a sound interpretation of the figures. This blood test is complicated to run in a laboratory.

Steps you can take to keep your cholesterol level down.
You're told by your physician you need to lower your cholesterol in order to live a healthier life. The blood tests you had done show the total cholesterol levels to be over 200. But what does that really mean and how do you get started towards reducing your cholesterol?


Diabetes
Types of Diabetes
There are many types of diabetes, but the three most common are: Type 1 - Type 2 - Gestational . All are a little different. But everyone with diabetes has one thing in common: Little or no ability to move sugar -- or glucose -- out of the blood into the cells, where it becomes the body's primary fuel. Everyone has glucose in their blood, whether or not they have diabetes.

Diabetes Treatment
Diabetic symptoms beginning for the first time after age 30 can frequently be reversed completely by simple non-medical treatment. Even with the more serious type of diabetes beginning early in life these approaches help a great deal; however, insulin treatment is usually also necessary in early-onset diabetes.

Understanding the Kidney and Kidney Disorders
Eating too much sugar is not the cause of diabetes. This misconception arises because diabetes is characterized by high levels of blood sugar (glucose). Excessive sugar consumption is indeed very dangerous for diabetics, who must curtail their sugar intake. But sugar doesn't cause this disorder.

The Facts Surrounding Diabetes
The consequences of diabetes left uncontrolled are serious. Here are a few of the complications that can occur...Watch for these symptoms. If you notice any of the following, ask your doctor to test you for diabetes....Diabetes facts you should know...

Common Questions On Diabetes
Frequently asked questions of the complexities of Diabetes .

Defining Diabetes
Eating too much sugar is not the cause of diabetes. This misconception arises because diabetes is characterized by high levels of blood sugar (glucose). Excessive sugar consumption is indeed very dangerous for diabetics, who must curtail their sugar intake. But sugar doesn't cause this disorder.

Diabetes - The Myths About Sugar
For many years, sugar has had a bad reputation. At the very least, it has been considered a junk food and an indulgence. More seriously, it has also been said to cause heart disease, obesity, cavities, hyperactivity in children, and diabetes. While it's true that sugar per se is a source of "empty" calories - that is, it provides no nutritional value aside from energy - it certainly isn't the dietary villain it has been portrayed as.

Diabetes - Who is at Risk?
It is estimated that 16 million Americans have diabetes, but as many as half of them do not know it. If left untreated, diabetes can lead to blindness, stroke, kidney failure, heart attack and amputations. However, when detected early and treated correctly, diabetes can be controlled.

Glossary of Terms commonly used with Diabetes
Successful self-management of diabetes means learning some new vocabulary


General Health
C Reactive Protein
Recently doctors have found that the presence of a substance called C-Reactive Protein in the blood indicates that blood vessels are inflamed. The body releases C-Reactive protein into the bloodstream when blood vessels leading to the heart are damaged.

Stress Test - Defined, Who should have it and How is it performed.
An exercise stress test is one of several techniques used for uncovering cardiac problems. It is frequently used as a screening device for older people about to begin an exercise program; if the test indicates a heart disorder, an appropriate program can be designed.

Home Management of Your Family's Health
The physical examination of you and your family doesn't have to begin in the doctor's office. Some important observations can begin in the home. Not only can this process keep your family alert, it may also help your doctor and yourself by providing more accurate information.



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