November 26, 2012

Tinnitus and Stress: What You Should Know

Filed under: stress — Tags: , — robertprice @ 1:50 pm

Stress is a common problem today. Put simply, stress is an emotional and physical response to problems or pressure. It can be work-related, live-related, or health-related.

Occasional stress isn’t usually a serious problem. But, if it is ongoing, then stress can cause emotional and mental problems, raise blood pressure (which increases the chance of a stroke or heart attack), and disrupt sleeping patterns.

Headaches and upset stomachs result from stress, too. Stress can also prompt people to smoke more cigarettes or drink greater amounts of alcohol to relax. This lays the groundwork for lung cancer, cirrhosis, and lots of other ailments.

 

All About Tinnitus: Is It Stress-Related?

Tinnitus is a separate condition where phantom sound is heard in one or both of your ears. Typical sounds are ringing, buzzing, whistling, or even irregular sounds that resemble an out of focus radio broadcast. Sometimes, tinnitus is just a gentle hum. In other people, or in the same people on different occasions, it can be a loud, almost deafening roar.

Tinnitus can be continual, or it may come and go. A typical long-term case fluctuates over time, often in the same day.

Tinnitus can be caused a number of ways. While it remains a fairly misunderstood problem, there are thought to be occasional links between tinnitus and stress.

Tinnitus and stress do not always go together. In some people, tinnitus occurs for no apparent reason. It comes and goes for its own reasons.

Tinnitus is frequently rooted in damage to the ear, caused by anything from untreated childhood ear infections to repeated unprotected exposure to loud sounds. Jackhammers, firearm discharges, explosives, and even overwhelmingly loud music can all lead to tinnitus.

Diseases and malformations can also prompt the “song” of tinnitus. If this condition develops, you should see a doctor to ensure that there is no hidden, dangerous cause lurking somewhere in your body.

Rarely, a benign tumor called the vestibular schwannoma grows on the aural nerve and causes single-ear tinnitus. Neck tumors can also change blood flow and cause the characteristic ringing sound.

 

Are Your Stress Headache Pills Causing Tinnitus?

Tinnitus stress can also result from medications. Most famously, it can come from aspirin, which causes ringing in the ears when taken in large doses.

Diuretics, cancer medications, and a range of antibiotics are all known to produce tinnitus sometimes, too. Those who start experiencing tinnitus after starting a new medication should tell their doctor, as an alternate treatment might be available.

However, there is also a strong link between tinnitus and stress in many cases. Research has not absolutely proven it, but there are clear signs that some tinnitus is probably caused exclusively by stress.

Tinnitus stress linkage extends to the existing phantom sounds being made stronger or more frequent, even if the ringing or whistling sounds are ultimately caused by something else.

If tinnitus has no other apparent cause, try relaxation or meditation techniques. Take up a hobby. Work out.

All of these have the potential to reduce or even banish the problem. Even if there is another cause, reducing stress is still an excellent way to cut back on the symptoms’ severity and the length of time they continue to annoy you – and helps to support your general health, too.

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November 16, 2012

How Does Lipitor Work?

Filed under: medication,medicine — Tags: , , , — robertprice @ 12:40 pm

The drug Lipitor is actually based on calcium. It’s meant to help reduce high LDL cholesterol (‘bad’ cholesterol) to safer, healthier levels. Usually, it’s taken in doses of 10 to 20 milligrams per day.

 

Why Lipitor was Made

Yes, the body produces cholesterol naturally. That’s true. But, large amounts of LDL cholesterol can be harmful. It can contribute to causing heart attacks and other extremely serious health problems. The human body makes and uses cholesterol to build and maintain cell membranes and other body structures.

Surplus cholesterol is harmful, however. Those who have cholesterol problems have more than their body needs for maintenance – often more than several people would need to keep their cells, membranes, and nerves in good working order.

How does Lipitor work to help? It helps to restore a more natural balance by altering how fast cholesterol is made in the body.

 

The Science Behind the Question: How Does Lipitor Work

The human body works to maintain a correct “budget” of cholesterol in two ways. It produces cholesterol itself and absorbs it from food by the liver filtering it out of the bloodstream.

The liver clears LDL cholesterol from the blood with “receptors”, which capture the cholesterol and remove it from circulation in the body. A special enzyme controls how active these receptors are. The more enzyme there is, the less active the receptors, and the more cholesterol stays in the blood.

Simply put, Lipitor controls the enzyme that has a direct effect on how much cholesterol your liver filters out.

Lipitor does not directly affect cholesterol. It doesn’t clean it out of your system itself. Rather, it adjusts your body’s setting so that you end up with less cholesterol overall. It makes your liver’s receptors become more active, which produces the desired results: the body itself filters more cholesterol out of the bloodstream. This filtering can cut cholesterol levels drastically: 30% to 60%.

 

A Lipitor Overdose: What Would Happen?

Lipitor is one of the most powerful anti-cholesterol drugs we’ve ever made. It needs to be taken carefully.

In too high a dosage, it gives the liver receptors unchecked free reign. Too much cholesterol is removed. This can cause the body’s membranes to disintegrate, and kidney failure results.

But taken in reasonable doses, it can be a literal lifesaver. And here’s why.

High, uncontrolled cholesterol builds up fatty deposits inside the arteries, which can partially clog them. This can lead to strokes and heart attacks, definitely dangerous and possibly lethal.

Lipitor averts this danger and gives people whose high cholesterol would otherwise kill them prematurely a longer, better life.

So how does Lipitor work? Essentially, it boosts your own body’s cholesterol filters, taking high cholesterol out of the equation.

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November 6, 2012

How Do You Know if You Have Diabetes? Answers.

Filed under: diabetes — Tags: , , , — robertprice @ 10:20 am

Sometimes being diabetic is blatantly obvious. Major diabetic symptoms can land you in the hospital.

However, pre-diabetes – which can develop into a full-blown case of the metabolic disorder – is often far more subtle. Symptoms can be mistaken for other problems.

Only three different blood tests, administered and interpreted by a doctor, can let you know if you have diabetes or not. There are many symptoms you can watch for, however, that will clue you in to the fact that these tests are necessary, and to discover if you need treatment.

There are several different symptoms that diabetics experience and which, if you experience them, may show that you are either diabetic or prediabetic. Since these symptoms are similar to those caused by other ailments, it is much more likely that you have diabetes if several symptoms are present rather than just one.

 

How Do You Know If You Have Diabetes? The Symptoms.

Diabetes causes problems with the body’s water balance. Thirst and urination are two of the major red flags that you can use to know if you have diabetes, especially if you experience both.

Many diabetics and prediabetics feel frequent, intense thirst, as in the case of the famous Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes, who wrote Don Quixote, and who said that drinking the entire ocean could not have quenched his thirst.

This thirst is usual accompanied by frequent urination. The reason is that untreated diabetes causes most fluid to move through your body without being absorbed.

Thus, drinking a lot does not rehydrate you, but only refills your bladder over and over. Your body also tries to flush excess glucose out through the urinary system, triggering further urination.

Feeling hungry all the time while losing weight is another red flag for diabetes – without enough insulin, your body is unable to process the sugars in food properly to give you energy. Most of it goes to waste, leaving you undernourished.

Moreover, these problems can deal a blow to your energy. People with undiagnosed diabetes can feel weak and listless.

Injuries tend to heal slowly. Your body has neither the fluid nor the energy to deal with them properly. You may also be more prone to infections, especially bladder, skin, and mouth infections. Deprived of fluid, your eyes may start to blur on occasion.

Other signs are more subtle and might go unnoticed. A dry mouth, various aches, dry and itchy skin, and vaginal itching occur without diabetes and may be ignored even when they are a sign of it. If you notice these symptoms along with any of those above, there is a stronger chance that you are either diabetic or pre-diabetic. It might be a good idea to get tested.

 

Think You Have Diabetes? Try This.

Concerned about getting diabetes? You may want to start a diabetes-healthy diet.

Even if you’re not diabetic, it’s still helpful to eat a healthier food each day. Diabetic diets are low-fat, low-calorie diets that can help keep you healthier and more active. Fish is a good protein source for this diet and also improves cardiac health (though deep-fried fish can be harmful).

Legumes (such as beans), fruits, vegetables, and whole grains form the backbone of a diabetes-healthy diet. Nuts, olives, avocados, and olive oil are all helpful in moderation.

Aim for plenty of fiber and as little salt as possible. Though this diet will not directly help you know if you have diabetes, it will keep you stronger and lessen the problem’s effects if it really is there.

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