Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer which annually takes lives of millions of women around the world. It is estimated that in modern United States, breast cancer is the second type after skin cancer diagnosed in all cancer patients in the country. Despite a common myth, this type of cancer can occur not only in women, but in men as well. Fortunately, there are quite effective technologies to detect and diagnose breast cancer on its early stages. A great number of women (and some men too) are trying to do everything possible to protect themselves from this type of cancer by learning more about breast cancer risk factors and trying to eliminate their effects. The key risk factors for breast cancer include the following ones: Read the rest of this entry »
What Is Low Blood Pressure?
Most of people are looking for an answer to the question what is high blood pressure, because this health condition is linked to increased risks of many serious diseases like a heart attack, a stroke, and others, which unfortunately take lives of more and more people nowadays. In contrast to elevated blood pressure (or hypertension), low blood pressure known also as hypotension, is a condition when a person’s systolic pressure falls below 90 mmHG, and diastolic blood pressure falls below 60 mmHg. In case if only one number is lower than the stated norm, the condition is still considered low blood pressure. Read the rest of this entry »
What Is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a quite common health condition (known also as diabetes mellitus) and a group of diseases related to impaired body’s ability to convert blood sugar (glucose) into energy. This chronic disease is linked to two factors: either our body can not utilize blood sugar properly due to its inability to produce insulin (type 1 diabetes, or juvenile diabetes), or our body can’t use glucose because of a lack or ineffectiveness of insulin produced in the body (type 2 diabetes). Both types of diabetes mellitius are chronic medical conditions connected with increased levels of blood sugar which can be dangerous to our health and lead to very serious health problems. Read the rest of this entry »
What Is High Blood Pressure?
High blood pressure is quite a common health condition in our times, which is know also as hypertension (this name creates a popular misunderstanding, and some people suppose that hypertension is something liked to being too nervous and too tense). Blood pressure represents the force that our blood applies to our blood vessels when it is being pumped by our heart. This force is measured and estimated in two numbers: the one for systolic blood pressure, or the pressure when our heart is in the peak of pumping , and the one for diastolic blood pressure, when our heart is relaxed. Thus, our blood pressure is always given as the systolic number before diastolic number, like 120/80 mmHg. Read the rest of this entry »