Pointers for measuring your blood pressure at home

Heart Health
I'm a proponent of my patients monitoring their blood pressure at home. However, there are a couple of concerns when using a home monitoring device to measure blood pressure: which arm to use, and how long to wait before testing. Recently, the Mayo Clinic and the American Heart Association have some guidance on the subject. (more…)
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Obesity has cut three to four years from US life expectancy

General Health, Nutritional Health, Obesity
In my book, SuperSized Kids: How to protect your child from the obesity threat, I predicted that if the current obesity epidemic was not dealt with, that our children could become the first in American history to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. Why? Because kids who are overweight or obese can have their life shortened by eight to twenty years by a plethora of obesity-related illnesses, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease (heart attacks and strokes). Now USA Today reports, "Smoking, a declining habit, and obesity, a burgeoning problem, have cut three to four years off the increasing life expectancy of Americans, an international longevity comparison concludes." (more…)
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