Chronic Disease & Prevention

Hypertension: Why Is It Such a Big Deal?

Hypertension, otherwise referred to as “high-blood pressure” by most, is a chronic health condition that can have tremendous negative outcomes. These include chronic kidney disease and heart issues, leading to heart attack, high cholesterol, stroke and sometimes death. A higher blood pressure means that the heart has to work harder with every pump to move… Continue reading Hypertension: Why Is It Such a Big Deal?

Chronic Disease & Prevention · Wellness

Mind-Gut Connection: The Gut Microbiome

Let’s talk bacteria, viruses and fungi for a minute. We often shed a negative light on these microscopic creatures, but they aren’t all bad. In fact, trillions of them, and they serve a very positive purpose: to help us survive. Our gut microbiome has many tasks to keep us healthy, so it is thought that… Continue reading Mind-Gut Connection: The Gut Microbiome

Chronic Disease & Prevention · Diabetes

Diabetes and Management

Before moving on to other topics, I wanted to finish up the discussion on diabetes, with diabetic management. So what if you have diabetes, or are pre-diabetic? Newer research is coming out explaining that the outcomes related to individuals with diabetes versus pre-diabetes are NO DIFFERENT. Which means that by the time an individual is… Continue reading Diabetes and Management

Chronic Disease & Prevention · Diabetes

Diabetes: Risk Factors and Prevention

Continuing the series on chronic diseases. Maybe. If I can commit to writing regularly. Like, ever. As I wrote in the last post, being diagnosed with diabetes is depending on a combination of multiples risk factors: Genetics Diet Lifestyle Weight–> BMI (body mass index) over 25 Race–> African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Hispanics are… Continue reading Diabetes: Risk Factors and Prevention

Chronic Disease & Prevention · Diabetes

Diabetes: It’s quietly hurting you…until its not.

Diabetes is a chronic disease that is one of the leading causes of death in this country. There is enough information to talk about this for hours, but I will try to break it down into some take-home points. I would say that most people I talk to have the basic understanding that having diabetes… Continue reading Diabetes: It’s quietly hurting you…until its not.