How to Know that you’re Suffering from PAD?

While many people with peripheral artery disease have mild or no symptoms, some people have leg pain when walking (intermittent claudication).
Intermittent claudication symptoms include muscle pain or cramping in your legs or arms that’s triggered by activity, such as walking, but disappears after a few minutes of rest. The location of the pain depends on the location of the clogged or narrowed artery. Calf pain is the most common location.

Peripheral artery disease symptoms include:
-Painful cramping in your hip, thigh or calf muscles after activity, such as walking or climbing stairs
-Leg numbness or weakness
-Coldness in your lower leg or foot, especially when compared with the other side
-Sores on your toes, feet or legs that won’t heal
-A change in the color of your legs
-Hair loss or slower hair growth on your feet and legs
-Slower growth of your toenails
Shiny skin on your legs
-No pulse or a weak pulse in your legs or feet
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Green Tea… FOR LIFE!

You may have already heard that green tea is good for your heart, but did you know that it also lowers your cholesterol levels and decreases your risk of disability as you age?
The cholesterol finding comes from an analysis of 14 randomized controlled trials involving a total of 1,136 participants and was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2011. The review was conducted by researchers from the Key Laboratory for Clinical Cardiovascular Genetics, the Sino-German Laboratory for Molecular Medicine, the Cardiovascular Institute, FuWai Hospital and Peking Union Medical College.
In all 14 studies, participants were divided into a placebo group and a group that drank either green tea or a green tea extract for between three weeks and three months. Overall, the researchers found that higher levels of green tea (or extract) consumption were associated with significantly lower levels of total cholesterol and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. No change was seen in the levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol.
Green tea is high in antioxidants, which protect cells from the damage and inflammation that lead to many chronic diseases, including heart disease. One of the antioxidant families found in green tea, known as the catechins, appears to decrease the gut’s absorption of cholesterol.






Brisk Walking: The Best Medicine

Don’t Indians walk for even 30 minutes in a day? If a recent survey conducted by the Public Health Foundation and the World Heart Foundation is to be believed, the answer is that they do not.
The foundation, which interviewed 1,021 adults above 18 years of age, has found that 46 per cent of the people they spoke to did not walk for 30 minutes every day. Not only that, they didn’t understand the concept of brisk walking.
Brisk walking means walking four kilometers in 60 minutes and breaking into a sweat. When this happens, the heart muscles become strong and are able to pump blood to all the parts of the body. The concept of brisk walking is to also evaluate the physical fitness of the body. Physical fitness is when the body does not get exhausted or tired too easily after walking three to four kilometers. Sometimes, some people become breathless while climbing stairs, a sign of “poor physical fitness”.
Earlier studies have shown that walking reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases as it makes the heart muscles strong.






Physical Therapy of Back Pain

Physical therapy is the cornerstone of back pain treatment. A physical therapist can apply a variety of treatments, such as heat, ultrasound, electrical stimulation and muscle-release techniques, to your back muscles and soft tissues to reduce pain. As pain improves, the therapist can teach you specific exercises that may help increase your flexibility, strengthen your back and abdominal muscles, and improve your posture. Regular use of these techniques can help prevent pain from returning.
A number of alternative treatments are available that may help ease symptoms of back pain. Always discuss the benefits and risks with your doctor before starting any new alternative therapy.
Chiropractic care. Back pain is one of the most common reasons that people see a chiropractor.
Acupuncture. A practitioner of acupuncture inserts sterilized stainless steel needles into the skin at specific points on the body. Some people with low back pain report that acupuncture helps relieve their symptoms.
Massage. If your back pain is caused by tense or overworked muscles, massage therapy may help.
Yoga. There are several types of yoga, a broad discipline that involves practicing specific postures or poses, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques. Results of a few clinical trials suggest that yoga offers some benefit for people with back pain.






How the MRI was Discovered

Dr. Raymond Damadian, a physician and scientist, toiled for years trying to produce a machine that could noninvasively scan the body with the use of magnets. Along with some graduate students, he constructed a superconducting magnet and fashioned a coil of antenna wires. Since no one wanted to be the first one in this contraption, Damadian volunteered to be the first patient.
When he climbed in, however, nothing happened. Damadian was looking at years wasted on a failed invention, but one of his colleagues bravely suggested that he might be too big for the machine. A svelte graduate student volunteered to give it a try, and on July 3, 1977, the first MRI exam was performed on a human being. It took almost five hours to produce one image, and that original machine, named the “Indomitable,” is now owned by the Smithsonian Institution.
In just a few decades, the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners has grown tremendously. Doctors may order MRI scans to help diagnose multiple sclerosis, brain tumors, torn ligaments, tendonitis, cancer and strokes, to name just a few. An MRI scan is the best way to see inside the human body without cutting it open.






Peanuts and Peanut Butter for Your Great Memory

Although both are high in fat, peanuts and peanut butter tend to be a source of healthy fats. And they are also packed with vitamin E.
Both foods may help keep the heart and brain healthy and functioning properly. Other good choices are almonds and hazelnuts
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“There has been some very good research that diets that are high in healthy fats, low in saturated fat and trans fats, and rich in whole grains, green leafy vegetables, and nuts are good for the brain and the heart,” says Maria C. Carrillo, PhD, senior director of medical and scientific relations at the Chicago-based Alzheimer’s Association.






Can Arthritis be Cured?

Arthritis is so common that many people have a misconception that it can be cured. However, the truth is currently, there is no curable treatment of arthritis. Only early diagnosis and treatment can help alleviate symptoms of arthritis and slow down the progression of joints damage and deformity.
You still can lead normal live by playing an active role in taking control of the disease. Today, a lot of treatment options are available to you, from drug medications, surgery, occupational or physical therapies. Some complimentary treatments like Yoga, Acupuncture, Aromatherapy, Tai Chi and herbal medicine are also getting popular. The benefits of these treatments help in improving joint function, reducing pain and hold-up the need for any joint surgery in advanced cases.
Though arthritis is manageable, the pain and discomfort can interfere with your daily work or domestic activities. As such, you may need to make some adjustments either to your environment or by using arthritis aids or equipments.
As arthritis is a chronic condition, you need to be honest with the doctor on how arthritis has affected your personal life and emotional well-being. Only by actively participate in decisions of your arthritis care and gaining knowledge on “what is arthritis”, you can then enjoy your living with arthritis.






Good Fat Avocados to Clean your Arteries!

Avocados are one of the most nutritious fruits you can select for a healthy diet. The fruit is also one of the most versatile. You can eat it fresh or use it as a salad ingredient or sandwich filling. You can also make a dip, smoothie, juice or puree from avocado. The fruit is quite filling and is regarded as a complete food.

It is a good source of vitamins A, B-complex, C, E and K, and the mineral content includes phosphorous, potassium, magnesium, copper, zinc, iron and manganese. The fruit is also a good source of protein, dietary fiber and phytonutrients. Additionally, it is a unique fruit due to the high amount of fat it contains.
Fat Content of Avocados- A serving of 170 grams contains 285 calories. Fats account for about 25 grams. Most of these are monounsaturated fats, which are considered as healthy fats. They account for about 63 percent of the total fat content. The fruit also contains a low amount of polyunsaturated and saturated fats. These represent 20 percent and 17 percent of total fat content respectively. Although the fruit is often shunned by weight watchers because of the high fat content, avocado fats are actually good for you.






Why Dreaming is Healthy?

According to research, it is healthy to dream every night. Scientists and psychologists agree on the purposes of dreaming. Some believe dreams bring up unconscious feelings and “unfinished business” in an attempt to process and resolve them.
Your dreams are important for your good health.
-Your dreams are valuable because they reveal your secret desires and subconscious feelings.
-Your dreams give you an increased knowledge about yourself. They show you things you would not admit during your waking hours.
-Your dreams bring about self-awareness. You get to know yourself through your dreams.
-Your dreams are healthy because they help you confront your fears and express our feelings.
-Your dreams are healthy because they help you relieve stress.
-Your dreams are healthy because they unlock long forgotten memories that lead to wholeness.
-Your dreams regulate your mood.
-Your dreams will help you make connections in a safe place and allow you to integrate thoughts that may be troubling to you during your waking life.






8 Ways to LIVE LONGER

Life expectancy is rising steadily every year, with women living to an average age of 82.8 years and men 78.8 years, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Set your expectations higher with our guide to holding back the year.
Get laughing- A good laugh is like a mini-workout – 100 to 200 laughs are equivalent to ten minutes of jogging or rowing, says US cardiologist, Dr William Fry. Research also shows that it lowers levels of stress hormones, and heightens the activity of the body’s natural defensive killer cells and antibodies.
Sleep more- Sleeping more than eight hours a night may reduce your life expectancy. A study in the Archives of General Psychiatry, US, found that people who get only six to seven hours sleep a night live longer. People who sleep eight hours or more, or less than four hours, a night were shown to have a significantly higher death rate.
Walk, run, jump- Fit women have a 40 per cent less chance of developing coronary heart disease than those who don’t exercise regularly, says Dr Ken Cooper of the Cooper Institute of Aerobic Research, US. He also found that people in the lower 20 per cent of fitness were three times more likely to die prematurely than the fittest group.
Have sex- Couples with a healthy sex life can look up to seven years younger than those who don’t, according to a study by Dr David Weeks at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. This is because sex reduces stress, leads to greater contentment and better sleep.
Never smoke again- The earlier you give up the better. Because the damage caused by smoking is cumulative, the longer a person smokes the greater the risk of developing a smoking-related disease.
Enjoy chocolate- Research from the Harvard School of Public Health found that people who eat a moderate amount of chocolate live longer than those who eat sweets three or more times a week, and those who never touch sweets. Chocolate contains chemicals called phenols, which are thought to protect against heart disease and cancer.
Don’t take work home- This can be a sign that you feel unable to cope, which can raise stress. According to research from Johns Hopkins University, in the US, stressed people are 20 times more likely to develop heart disease.
Learn to relax- Try a relaxation technique such as yoga or meditation, both of which are proven to help alleviate stress. Relaxation reduces blood pressure and helps reduce stress-related conditions such as depression.