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Stroke Under 30? It's Not So Far Fetched

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Despite the common belief that strokes only happen in people over the age of 65, this isn’t at all the case. In fact, in the midst of declining stroke numbers, one statistic continues to grow—the number of strokes in people between the ages 18 – 34. While the jury is still out on what the cause of this surprising trend is, experts agree that the following risk factors are likely major contributors.
High Blood Pressure:Hypertension is one of the biggest risk factors for stroke, and that goes for all age groups. It can cause the blood vessels to weaken and increase your chance of developing blood clots in the brain.
This risk factor is especially significant for younger age groups because many of them are entirely unaware that they have developed the condition. Ignorance is bliss—right? Well, not in this case. Remember, it’s important to have your blood pressure routinely checked, regardless of age.
Smoking: With over 4,000 chemicals in each cigarette, it’s no wonder smoking increases th…

Why Does Fun In The Sun Leave You Feeling Exhausted?

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It’s that time of year. Where we exchange the hot, summer temperatures with the crisp, fall air. And while fall in Georgia is undeniably hard to beat, with apple orchards, football and colorful trees, many of us are still soaking up every bit of warm, summer sun that we can get. Although there’s no denying time outdoors is one of the best ways to spend any afternoon, it can leave you feeling pooped. Nap anyone?
Even with the energizing impact that fresh air and fun activities can have, a day in the sun never fails to leave you dog-tired and sprawled out on the couch. So, what is it about the sun that makes it so draining? And is there anything you can do about it?
It’s dehydrating. It may seem obvious, but it bears repeating. When you spend ample time outdoors, especially in the sun, your body runs through water quickly in an effort to stay cool. Not only does dehydration lead to headaches and lethargy, it actually forces your heart to work harder, too, which is a recipe for exhaustio…

Are You In The Know About Vertigo?

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The power of your ears is pretty amazing. They not only make hearing possible, they also help to keep you balanced. These are two big jobs for such a small body part. And when things are running smoothly, you hardly give your inner ear much thought, but even a slight change can impact this delicate system.
Whether it’s standing up too quickly or an exhausting workout, the result is the same—a case of the spins. So, what exactly causes these feelings of dizziness or lightheadedness?
Lightheadedness vs. Dizziness:
Oftentimes, lightheadedness is described as a feeling of unsteadiness or weakness. If you’re feeling faint, the likely culprits are dehydration, low blood pressure, low blood sugar or medication side effects.
On the other hand, dizziness usually causes feelings of imbalance or false movement and/or spinning. This is often the result of an inner-ear condition, including vertigo, Ménière's Diseaseor labyrinthitis.
Vertigo 101:
As an extremely common medical condition, it is es…

What's Actually Causing Your Heartburn (It's Not What You Think)

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Do you remember the first time you got heartburn? Maybe it was after a particularly spicy meal or during a night when you had one or more drinks? The unexpected chest pain can be a bit scary the first time you experience it, but experts say acid reflux and its primary symptom, heartburn, is one of the most common health conditions in the US. A common misconception about heartburn is that it’s caused entirely by what you eat. Spicy and fried foods, tomato-based foods and high-acid fruit juices are often assumed to be the culprits behind any uncomfortable flare-up, but this isn’t necessarily the case. While there’s no denying that certain foods may increase your likelihood of reflux, experts agree that the amount of acid in these foods hardly compares to the liter of hydrochloric acid that your stomach naturally creates to breakdown what you eat. So, if it isn’t your food choices that are causing your heartburn, what is it? Chances are, it’s how you eat and other lifestyle choices are the…

Workaholics Rejoice: 6 Tips To Boost Your Health

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For most of us, a 40-hour work is a thing of the past. In fact, it is estimated that the average work week is roughly 49 hours or more. With so much to do in so little time, it may feel like you don’t really have a choice when it comes to time spent in the office. But what are those extra hours costing? They may have a surprising impact on your health.
A recent study found that working 61 to 70 hours a week increased the risk of coronary heart disease by a whopping 42%, and working 71 to 80 hours increased it by 63%. And because heart disease is still the leading cause of death worldwide, with more than half a million deaths each year in the United States alone, this study provides important insight.
On top of a higher risk for heart disease, yet another study found that people who work long hours have a higher risk of stroke than those working standard hours.
Now you may be asking, are the long work hours worth it? Unfortunately, it seems like extra time spent in the office may not eve…

Yummy Veggies That’ll Satisfy Your Starch Cravings

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Who doesn't love a big serving of creamy mashed potatoes or a side of steamy rice with their chicken? There’s just no denying it, starchy foods are downright delicious, making it easy to overindulge. And if you fill your plate with your starchy favorites, you be falling short on healthy vegetables.
Making Smart Substitutions
Try these simple ideas for lower-calories options that will keep both your taste buds and your tummy happy.
Start with cauliflower, a non-starchy vegetable that easily mimics starchy ones, both in flavor and texture. You can mash, whip or rice cauliflower just like potatoes, and even use it to make pizza crust.
Or try spaghetti squash instead of regular spaghetti and top it with a fresh tomato sauce.
For a great mac and cheese alternative, grate yellow summer squash and bake it with a sprinkling of low-fat zesty cheese. It's a great source of vitamin C, fiber and potassium, plus you'll get calcium from the cheese.
When summer's over, roast winter squas…

Does Cardio Make You Gain Weight?

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Before we go any further, it’s important to clarify that exercise—of any kind—is beneficial and important for your overall health. With that being said, depending on your unique risk factors and your exercise goals, there are some activities that may be more or less beneficial for your specific needs.
So, if your goal is weight loss, like it is for many routine exercisers, is cardio your best bet? After all, weight loss should be as simple as burning more calories than what you take in—right? Well, not exactly.
Instead of helping you drop pounds, cardio may actually be increasing your weight, but not necessarily for the reasons you think. But before you give up on cardio completely, let’s take a brief moment to highlight the many benefits cardio offers, even if weight loss isn’t at the top of the list.
Just a few of the many benefits include improving your… ·Heart health ·Lung health ·Bone density ·Energy levels ·Sleep
So when it comes to weight loss, why isn’t cardio your best friend?
Cardio…

Does Being Overweight Cause AFib?

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Between high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and cancer, it may feel like excess weight is a risk factor for many of the most common health conditions. So, is atrial fibrillation just another health condition to add to the list? Well, not quite. To better understand the AFib—weight connection, let's take a closer look at what this condition actually is.
What is AFib?
Just think, with every heartbeat, your body is able to receive oxygen-rich blood, which is literally essential to function. Your heartbeat may not always be consistent, though, and when this occurs it’s known as a heart arrhythmia.
As the most common type of arrhythmia, AFib occurs when the electrical impulses in your heart become irregular or chaotic. The real danger with AFib isn’t just having an irregular heartbeat; it’s actually the many heart-related complications you may also experience. These include blood clots, stroke and heart failure.
What causes AFib?
Unfortunately, preventing AFib isn’t as simple as j…

The Dirty Details on Gym Germs

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You’re constantly surrounded by germs, whether you know it or not. For example, 33,200 is the estimated number of bacteria on your phone. Pretty gross, right? Well did you also know that is estimated that your work desk may be even dirtier with up to 400 times the amount of bacteria found on a toilet? Before you start frantically cleaning your phone and desk, make sure you don’t overlook one of the dirtiest places you spend your time—the gym.
But when you think about the fact that several hundred people are using the same shared space, while they’re hot, sweaty and probably dirty, too, it’s no wonder gyms are so germ-filled.
While you may be too grossed out to think of going to the gym right now, if you follow these simple steps, you can make sure the next time you go, the only thing you’ll be picking up is a good workout. Here’s what you need to know:
Feet + Fungus = Athlete’s Foot
It isn’t just bacteria that thrive in environments like the gym, fungus does, too. Specifically, you’ll wa…