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{December 31, 2009}   GERD

I know take Nexium for GERD, and it is no longer covered under my health insurance starting January 1st.  Duluth Schools went to a Public Employees Health Insurance Plan and sub plans are under it. GERD is a cause of heartburn and indigestion.  Some people are more prone to throat cancer, and I am one of them.  They recommend less caffeine and less alcohol.  I don’t drink, so that is not a problem.  I do love my coffee though. I sleep with my pillows elevated, and have to sleep on my side due to sleep apnea.  They say one should eat smaller meals, so that there is less pressue causing the reflux. I know that I should lose weight as that will help; if my feet didn’t hurt so bad.  They say to not eat fatty foods, which I don’t do.  I like some nice dark chocolate once in awhile but that is suppose to be reduced as well.


{December 31, 2009}   Heart Disease

There are many things you should do if you have heart disease.

-Eat fish at least twice a week.

-Two thirds of your diet should be vegetables.

-Increase the fiber in your diet by eating fruits, seeds, nuts, beans, and whole grains.

-Practice stress reduction such as walking, yoga, meditation, and biofeedback.

{December 31, 2009}   Type 2 Diabetes

When you have diabetes it can help to lose wieght.  It can have an effect on your blood sugar and insulin levels.  If you are not overweight, somtimes gaining weight can help.  They have many studies on diabetes and have found that you should have a low-carb, low-gylcemic (sugar), high fiber diet.  One should avoid bread, pasta, sugary desserts and carbs.  High fiber foods that one should eat include bran, nuts, beans and vegeatbles.  Often exercise is recommended every day to improve your insulin level.

{December 31, 2009}   Is There A Food/Asthma Connection?

What causes some people to have asthma and others to not have it?  It is a tightening of the lungs and bronchial tubes.  The lungs may fill with mucus as well.  Sometimes people have an asthma attack from food sensisitivy rather than an allergy. Common foods include milk, wheat, corn, peanuts, and eggs.

{December 31, 2009}   Water and Boosting Your Metabolism

In two studies they could that within 10 minutes of drining water, metabolic rates of men and women incrased 24-30 percent.  Based of this you can burn more calories.  It is worth trying.

-Source of Studies: Journal of Clinical Endrocrinology and Metabolism

{December 31, 2009}   Autism and The Rain

Cornell University scientists found that 30 percent of autism cases were found in California, Oregon and Washington.  They think the reason is due to the rainy areas and times.  Children spent more time indoors around household chemicals and get less vitamin D from the sunlight. There is no direct evidence to this, but it is a thought.

A family history of abdominal arotic aneruysms means you have weak spots in your belly.  It can caused from a smoking, genetics, hardening of the arteries, infectious diseases. There is a simple test that can be done to diagnosis it and repair is possible.  Just don’t wait too long.

{December 31, 2009}   Peyronie’s Disease

Men can have symptoms of a disease called Peyronie’s disease. It is characterized by hard lumps or benign plaque on the penis. This condition effects 1-3 percent of the male population and as many as 10% of males are afflicted from it between the ages of 45-65.  There is help. They have a material called Surgisis Biodesign that they can use to repair the tissue.

{December 31, 2009}   Men and Breast Tissue

Men can get something called gynecomastia which means enlargement of breat tissue.  It is causes from low testosterone or other hormonal balances as a man gets older.  I know some men who have been tested for breast cancer. Some of these men have the tissue remeoved, others make take antiestrogen medicines.

{December 31, 2009}   Breast Pain

Sometimes we can get breast pain and then we have a twinge of fear.  Could it be breast cancer?  There are 68% of women according to a study by the National Institutes of Health that have breast pain symptoms.  Why do we get pain?  It can mean that there are hormonal changes in our body.  For example, when women are in the luteal phase or second half of their menstrual cyle they may experience pain.  This is especially true if you are in your thirties and forties.   For women who have a decline in eggs in their forties, their bodies do not produce as much progesterone.  Their breasts maybe very sensiitive due to the hormonal changes.

Some people get breast pain from lifting things, excessive hormone prolactin, infection, cysts, fiboadenomas (begin tumors). If you get a lump, you should have it checked out ASAP.

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