Adult Medical Sense
Energy drinks with herbal or chemical ingredients along with a high content of caffeine can have different effects on the electrical functioning of your heart than plain caffeinated beverages do. A study on energy drinks involving healthy military personnel measuring blood pressure and doing ECGs showed changes in heart function starting 2 hours after consumption.
The electrical time it takes to for the lower chambers of the heart to recharge after each beat in order to beat again is called the “QT interval”. The study originally published in medical journal*, showed a delay of 10 milliseconds occurring in personnel who consumed energy drinks. (The FDA labels drugs causing a 6msec QT interval delay with a warning.) The effects were short term, but are they cumulative?
Please do not assume herbal/natural preparations are automatically safe. Our bodies are unique; therefore what is good or safe for someone may not be for you.
Do you know if you are the one in three Americans with high blood pressure (HBP)? I am sure you know it leads directly to heart attack, stroke, and a few others in between. Kidney disease, sexual dysfunction and vision loss, and result at any time. American Heat Association (AHA) and the American Stroke Association are sponsoring ‘life is why’.
Read on this website about common sense and blood pressure
Then please check your blood pressure, then go to heart.org/hbp to be counted toward the AHA goal of 5 million blood pressure checks by May 17.
April was designated as National Distracted Driving Awareness month – who knew? – but noteworthy is the fact the 60% of seniors (customarily and here defined as >65) talk on the phone while driving.
Does that worry anyone else but me?
Saturation of mobile phones is as high as 82% in a recent study of the population of US. Multi-tasking is not thought of as a skill that improves with age. Sadly, safe driving can be affected by medical conditions, vision deterioration, cognitive impairment, along with possible medication side effects. Older drivers may also have reduced attention and mental processing speed. Some seniors can overthink into inaction and become a road hazard. If you know of someone who should not be driving, please do something about it in a considerate manner. Your motivation is their safety and the safety of others.
Fresh fruits in your diet help protect you against diabetes. A 12% decrease in the incidence of the disease was seen in those who eat fruit daily, independent of other factors. No matter your age, sex, smoking habits, alcohol consumption, physical activity, BMI or family history of diabetes, for each whole fruit you eat per day, you can see a 12% decrease. Be sure to have whole fruits , particularly blueberries, grapes, and apples, in your daily diet. These can also help in reversing pre-diabetes.
Additionally, there are other foods that do not raise blood sugar and will decrease your odds of developing diabetes. These include avocados, fish, garlic, apple cider vinegar, leafy greens (kale spinach, chard), and chai seeds.
Roughly one in four surveyed teens who were regular users of e-cigarettes said they had tried “dripping” during ‘vaping’ sessions, researchers report.
‘Vaping’ is the practice of pouring e-liquid directly onto the heating element of an e-cigarette device and inhaling — bypassing the liquid holding tank — produces thicker vapor clouds, which drippers say results in a stronger throat hit and more intense flavors.
The limited research done on dripping suggests that the high temperatures create the thicker clouds of smoke also higher levels of volatile aldehydes. These are carcinogens and can cause higher levels of already present non-nicotine toxins. MORE is NOT better!
FYI: The US Navy has banned electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). So none allowed on board subs ships or aircrafts. Their motivation was the number of explosion from lithium batteries.
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Doctors should give out prescriptions for “lifestyle changes”. Treatment and prevention of so many conditions can occur through lifestyle changes – eating well, stressing less, moving more, and loving more. These have been medically proven to help alleviate many conditions, from heart disease to cancer.
As we age, what we eat is ever more important. Neurogenesis – the growth and development of neurons – is affected dramatically but what we ingest. (See slide.)
Also, reversing aging at a cellular level – telomeres* – has been found to occur. A 3-month study showed that 501 genes were positively altered by lifestyle changes.
Diabetics who adhere to lifestyle changes have seen proven improvement in their lives, more so than if they were just taking medication. (See slide)
Other improvements include the long-term slowing of cancer growth (by stopping **) and the reduction of plaque and the reversing of the narrowing of arteries caused by fat deposits.
Many of us live in fear of dying rather than getting on living – embracing the joy of life and respecting one’s body and it’s ability to talk to one and heal itself. The Lifestyle Heart study by Dean Ornish, MD has been proven successful – it’s even approved and covered by Medicare. Success was not dependent on age and underlying condition, but rather on how much change in lifestyle occurred.
* Structure at end chromosomes that disappear as we age
** Development of new vessels within cancers
Do you know if you have ever been tested for HIV? Next time you go to the doctor, ask if you have ever been tested for HIV. When you sign the general consent form, you are allowing for lots, including HIV screening. Unless you opt out, a one-time testing is recommended for all new patients (13-64), and an annual test for those at high risk. Realize that all pregnant patients are mandatorily screened – one cannot refuse. If you live in a “high-density” HIV-infected area, a re-test in the 3rd trimester is standard.
The numbers are worth stating: 38 million worldwide, and in US, 1.2 million, are living with disease, with 50,000 newly-infected yearly. Interestingly, Washington DC has a high density of those infected:160/100,000.
Medication does not cure, only suppresses, the virus; once infected, patients are on drugs for life. To date, only 18 years of follow-up on drug therapy have been studied.
You need not test positive upon screening to take these antiretroviral drugs. Research shows the drugs are prophylactic; self-identifying high-risk individuals of all ages benefit.
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Do you suffer from allergies? One in seven of us do! A 30% increase in the amount of Americans suffering from allergies was noted between 1970 and 2010. In the EU, hospital admissions for serious allergies have increased sevenfold in the decade leading up to 2013. Food allergies have increased 50% in children since 1997. We are in the throes of an epidemic!
This blog is about potentially great news regarding allergens in the air – B vitamins may ward off the effects of air pollution.
A small but intriguing study shows that taking water soluble vitamin Bs can impact effects of air pollution.
Folate (sometimes called vitamin B9), vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 can impact what air pollution does to your heart rate, ECG tracing and white blood cell counts (WBCs).
Naturally it is preferred that our air not contain particle matter (PM) the size of 2.5mm, as in this study. Further studies are underway to verify and determine how much vitamin intake it takes. But, as we are bombarded with TV commercials for drugs that can ‘tame’ our bodies response to inhaling, it is exciting news that all these expensive, imperfect drugs could be replaced by vitamins!
NOTE: there are pundits that think that air quality is not a concern.