From fixing leaking roofs to repainting peeling walls, many people take on renovation jobs themselves to enhance their homes. But when it comes to enhancing their health, many Americans simply aren't tackling the job. Nearly 38 million Americans have high levels of LDL ("bad") cholesterol - a major risk factor for coronary heart disease and stroke -but a new national survey shows that many people don't have the right "know-how" to best manage their cholesterol and lower their LDL levels. To raise awareness about the dangers of high cholesterol and the importance of setting a specific, target goal number, WomenHeart: the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease and the Association of Black Cardiologists Inc. have joined together with AstraZeneca to launch the GOAL Standard, a new nationwide consumer education campaign. Paul DiMeo, designer and carpenter from ABC's hit show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," has joined the GOAL Standard team to help empower and motivate people - including those already being treated with cholesterol-lowering statin medications - to be "heart handy" and work with their health care providers to identify a target cholesterol goal, and make a plan to successfully reach and maintain that goal."A cholesterol-lowering program is a lot like a home makeover project; you have to determine a goal, draw up blueprints to reach that goal and work according to plan, tracking your progress along the way," says DiMeo, who embarked on his own health makeover after being diagnosed with high cholesterol. "My doctor and I made sure I had all the tools I needed to reach my target goal -; and now I've made a lifelong commitment to maintain it."When treating patients with elevated cholesterol, doctors often consult target LDL number guidelines identified by The National Cholesterol Education Program. Yet a new survey shows that the majority (60 percent) of U.S. adults who are being treated with cholesterol-lowering statin medications do not know their target cholesterol goal. Further, 69 percent of these same statin users who are discussing cholesterol goals with their health care provider and do not know their cholesterol goal, are not communicating with their doctor about ways to lower their cholesterol and 31 percent are not talking with their doctor about ways to maintain their cholesterol goal. Two out of five adults (40 percent) - and approximately two out of five patients using statin medications (38 percent) - say they wish their health care professionals would spend more time discussing cholesterol with them. "The survey suggests that patients are confused about how to best manage this potentially deadly condition, and need to talk openly with their doctors about treatment options and target goals," says Dr. Noel Bairey Merz, a cardiologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and member of WomenHeart's Scientific Advisory Board. "It is critical that all patients with high cholesterol, including those using statin medications, also follow personalized plans focused on healthy living to lower their LDL and reach their goal."
There's a song that goes, Mister Sandman, bring me a dream. Do you remember the folklore that old people used to tell kids to lull them to sleep? It's about this mystical person that brings sleep by sprinkling magic dust into children's eyes. Enter Sandman.Sleeping disorders have become more and more prominent over the ages. More than 60 million American adults encounter difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or sleeping well. Stress and environment also contribute to sleep disorders. Stress causes sleep disorder in such a way that the brain is active as the person thinking about things such as finances, marital problems, health issues and extreme boredom to name a few. Environment also plays a role in such a way that a noisy neighborhood can disrupt your sleep if not stop you from getting your well deserved rest. Living in a loud environment, working on the night shift, excessive consumption of caffeine-containing products, these may cause you to lose sleep.The three most common of sleeping disorders are: sleep apnea (snoring), restless legs syndrome (RLS), and insomnia. The term apnea was derived from the latin prefix a- for absence, and the suffix -pnea for breathe. Snoring starts when the air passage is not fully open and it air is forced through it. Those with RLS feel a strong urge to move their legs, it is characterized by a tingling feeling in the legs while sitting or lying still as if something is crawling on the legs. Worst cases of RLS prevents a person from falling asleep. Insomnia, being the most common among the three disorders listed, is the inability to fall asleep, remain asleep or sleep restfully through the night; this may include constantly awakening too early.There are several ways to work around insomnia. Regular exercise, especially during the afternoons or early evenings have proven beneficial to getting a good night's sleep. Engaging in relaxing activities such as reading, watching TV, or taking a warm bath is also helpful to induce sleep as it calms the mind and body. In cases where hunger is the reason for having difficulty sleeping, a light snack might help. Resisting the urge to smoke before bedtime also helps as nicotine is a kind of stimulant that may keep you awake for the rest of the night. The best way to get around it is to establish a regular bedtime until the body has been accustomed to sleeping at a specific time of day.If all else fails, take a sleeping pill. Sleeping pills are sleep-promoting medications that are generally used to establish a sleeping habit when all other natural means have failed. These medications are closely related to sedatives as is a mild form of sedative. Heavy doses are prescribed for people with anxiety disorders. It is only effective if difficulty sleeping is still on its early stage. Once insomnia has been on-going for a long while, it will prove to be less helpful as no sleep-inducing medication should be used as long term treatment.According to recent surveys, health professionals have decreased prescribing "sleeping pill" s. Only when the sleeping disorder proves to be hazardous to a patient's health do they advise the use of these pills. Over the counter sleeping pills are available in the market, though it is advised that sleeping pills should never be taken if it isn't prescribed by a doctor as side effects might emerge.Side effects of sleeping pills being used for long periods of time include increased mortality rate. Research shows that people who use it long term are more likely to die early than those who smoke. Sleeping pills doesn't cure chronic insomnia, but continuous ingestion of the medication may cause chemical dependency to it. It may also affect short-term memory, giving you a sort of hangover effect. Sleeping pills intensify certain neurotransmitters that stop the lungs from firing up, causing asphyxiation. People with sleep apnea must not use sleeping pills because it will increase the number of pauses and lengthen the pause time in breathing which may cause serious brain damage due to lack of oxygen.Sleeping pills, however convenient it is to use, isn't a cure for any sleeping disorder. It cannot be used to treat insomnia's underlying causes, it can only give you temporary relief by giving you the rest you need at the moment. It is best to exhaust all natural means of getting through sleeping disorders as their effects are longer lasting than that induced by sleeping pills.
Insomnia comes in many different forms, and for various different reasons. This sleep disorder article will give you a broad view of this particular sleep problem and some ideas for finding help with insomnia. To begin with, its important to realise that everyone has different sleeping patterns and this sleep information may not apply to your particular sleep problem. For example, some people need ten hours of sleep just to feel refreshed, whilst others function quite normally on four or five hours. The definition of insomnia as a sleep problem therefore will depend on your individual needs and situation. Simply put, insomnia is a difficulty in falling asleep or obtaining enough sleep to function. This may manifest as an inability to fall asleep; a tendency to wake frequently; or waking too early in the morning. This can lead to tiredness, frustration and difficulty functioning normally. Finding good sleep information may help you to solve your insomnia problem but it is likely that you will need to take some action in your waking life to alleviate the insomnia. Reading "sleep disorder" articles and other sleep information is only the beginning! Probably the most common cause of insomnia and other sleep problems is stress. Unfortunately, insomnia can itself be a contributing factor in causing too much stress and the sleep problem sufferer can end up caught in a vicious cycle of exhaustion and worry. The most useful piece of sleep information may be that around a third of the population suffers from insomnia at some point its such a common sleep problem that you wont have any difficulty finding other sleep disorder articles on the internet! Sifting through that information may seem daunting however lets have a look at the most common ways to treat insomnia:Lifestyle and health: Often people with insomnia and sleep disorders tend to be consuming too much alcohol or caffeine. Try limiting your intake or cutting down on how much coffee or alcohol you are drinking if you think you may need help then contact your health practitioner or local support group for advice. A healthy diet and plenty of exercise and fresh air can also help promote a good nights sleep once again, consult your doctor before embarking on any fitness programme. Its best to make any lifestyle changes gradually to avoid shock to your system. Sleeping environment: Noise or disturbance in your bedroom is unlikely to lead to a restful nights sleep. Perhaps you need insulation or darker curtains to help cut out sound or light pollution or maybe you need to work out how to quiet down the neighbors dog! Taking the trouble to make your sleeping area a comfortable and relaxing space could help you to get a sound nights sleep well worth the effort. Other help: Your doctor may suggest a prescription of medication to help with a temporary sleep problem. However, sleep information suggests that this should only be used as a short term measure. There are herbal, over the counter remedies that may be less habit forming and gentler on your system valerian and hops is one quite powerful herbal combination that helps some sufferers. Meditation and other relaxation methods have been shown to be very effective in alleviating stress and aiding sleep. There are many books available on the subject, or you could contact your fitness centre to enquire about yoga classes. Light exercise, combined with relaxation can be very helpful. Malcolm MoorhouseIs a professional web designer, psychic, tarot reader, astrologer with over 16 years experience. firstname.lastname@example.orgCopyright Malcolm Moorhouse 2006
Your Work From Home business can be very stressful. It is a wonderful business, however there are pluses and minus to everything. It's great to be able to work F/T or P/T from home, but many people do not get as much exercise as they should and most do not eat properly.The heat and humidity are on its way. For some it is merely an inconvenience and for others it can be extremely debilitating causing dizziness, nausea, fatigue, rubber legs, leg cramps, heart palpitations and even death. When we feel like this from the heat we know that our electrolytes are low and need replenishing. I would like to share with you a product available called Emergen-C that is by far the best I have ever found in replenishing electrolytes. It is nutrient rich with 1000 mgs of Vitamin C, vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, folic acid, B12, potassium, magnesium, calcium, manganese, chromium and a touch of sodium. The vitamin C is buffered with the minerals so it prevents stomach distress. Emergen-C is a powerful antioxidant and immune enhancer as well. Some use it daily for it also is a natural energy booster. Those with chronic fatigue syndrome greatly benefit from taking this product on a dally basis. Many complain of a craving for sweets and a drop in energy between 2 and 4 in the afternoon. This is a perfect time for an Emergen-C fizzy drink. Emergen-C is a powder that comes in little packets. Just add 1 packet to some water and you have a delicious effervescing drink it doesnt even need stirring and it totally dissolves in seconds. It is 100% bio-available and works fast, delivering the nutrients to our trillions of cells in seconds. Natural flavors available are; lemon-lime, tropical, cranberry, orange, tangerine and strawberry. The lemon-lime is the most popular. It is sweetened with fructose containing only 5 grams of sugar. For diabetics not able to handle fructose a lite version is available without any sweetener. On average, 1 packet 2 times a day sufficient. Each person is different, some may need more and some less. Oh, I almost forgot, Emergen-C is also the best we have found for Charlie-horses that occur at night while in bed. (If muscle cramps occur throughout the day, the cause may not be electrolyte related but more of a circulatory one). We have seen a 100% success rate in eliminating these painful nighttime muscle cramps by taking 2-3 packetss a day at first, then reducing to 1-2 packets a day.For those on diuretics, a prescription of potassium is usually given, but what about all the other electrolytes? 1 or 2 packets of Emergen-C a day replenishes potassium and other important electrolytes lost with diuretic use.The elderly with heart problems are extremely vulnerable to the heat and humidity. A friend of mines mother, Elizabeth, has never tolerated the heat and humidity well, and it is even worse now with her age and heart condition. There were days where Elizabeth took as many as 4 Emergen-C packets on one day. They said they carry packets with them at all times.So, before reaching for the poplar sport drink that it is mostly sugar (14grams) and salt with a touch of artificial color and flavor, consider a drink that is truly nutritious and delicious to.
Relationships with other people can often play the role of bread and butter in a person's life. As social creatures, human beings are drawn to one another for a variety of biological and psychological reasons. It is an integral component of a person's psychological development and emotional stability. However, the benefits are not entirely absolute. It is possible for people with extreme social misgivings, such as loners and hermits, to live without too much damage to their mental health. The isolation gets to you after a while, but there's nothing really too fractured up there. As a sort of mirror to that reality, it is also quite possible for someone with numerous interpersonal relationships to find himself subjected to a menagerie of emotional abuse.Emotional abuse, contrary to popular misconception, is not a problem relegated only to women. Sure, women are supposedly more predisposed towards bawling out their emotions, but men can also feel. Abuse is not always apparent in the behavior of the victim, despite what the stereotypes would have you believe. Sometimes, it can be very difficult to detect whether someone has been put through any amount of abuse outside of the physical arena, particularly if the havoc was done emotionally or psychologically. In some cases, people take great pains to hide the obvious physical signs of an abusive relationship, for their own specific reasons. These reasons can cover everything from blind devotion to not-so-subtle hints of psychological masochism. With that in mind, what exactly is the best way for someone to spot a person who might be caught in such an abusive environment?Well, provided that a person can see both people involved in the relationship, there are a few things that can be used. One person blaming the other for their emotional state is often a good indicator of something being wrong, though whether there is abuse or codependency is unsure. Placing blame on mistreatment is also a common feature of this sort of environment. Specifically, the abuser is placing blame on the abused for the negative treatment, typically in connection with some sort of trigger. For example, the abused might have performed an action that displeased the abuser, prompting appropriate retribution. Being pressured into activities that the abused does not want to perform is also common, with sexual activities being among the more prevalent ones.Relationships with other people can also be used as an indication of whether or not someone is being abused. In particular, close friends and family members can often be good indicators. Whether by instinct or by simply knowing the person well enough, close friends and family can often be the first ones to note that something is not quite right with a person's relationship with an abusive individual. How the abused is treated around friends and family, while not very common, can be a clear indicator as well. Abusive treatment that has gone on for an extended period tends to build a sense of comfort in the abuser, which sometimes causes him to more openly mistreat the abused. While the harm is more intense in private, verbal and subtle "emotional abuse" can be observed in interactions, particularly with family members of either party.