By Dr. Kevin J. McLaughlin | Friday, March 21st, 2014
High blood pressure or hypertension, as it is also known, is a leading risk factor for the development of vascular disease which can lead to stroke, blindness, heart attack, kidney disease, and aneurysms.
Hypertension is also a very important disease because it frequently is not associated with any obvious symptoms, although serious damage can be occurring to your blood vessels and organs.
There are many factors that can raise your blood pressure and keep it elevated. Factors such as your weight, diet, level of physical fitness, race, age, stress, time of day, and genetic heritage can all play a role.… Read More
By Dr. Kevin J. McLaughlin | Tuesday, March 11th, 2014
High blood pressure is a leading cause of heart attack, stroke, blindness, and kidney disease. High blood pressure or hypertension is one of the most common diseases associated with the aging process and may not have any particular symptom pattern.
There are many treatments currently available for this condition including several types of drug and lifestyle interventions. Among the different lifestyle interventions, the diet is an area which has received a great deal of attention.
There are several different diets that have been recommended to lower high blood pressure or prevent it from occurring. The DASH (dietary approaches to stop … Read More
By Dr. Kevin J. McLaughlin | Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
Last week, a reader asked if your blood pressure is higher in the morning. Let me help clarify what affects your blood pressure reading.
Your blood pressure responds to many different stimuli including temperature, time of day, stress hormones, your diet, and your level of physical exertion.
However, your blood pressure, like so many other bodily functions, is also controlled via a circadian rhythm. This is the natural way that your body functions throughout a 24-hour period. This is the reason why your blood pressure is more likely to be elevated in the morning compared to later in the day.… Read More
By Jon Yaneff | Friday, January 24th, 2014
Flaxseeds can be found in several health products these days, including whole grain breads, granola bars, protein bars, and blue corn tortilla chips. Should you be purchasing flaxseed, flaxseed oil, or other products containing flax?
You definitely should. I try to eat flaxseed every day, and for good reason. It is beneficial for vegetarians like myself to eat flaxseed and flaxseed oil. They are the highest plant-based sources of alpha linolenic acid (ALA), an omega-3 essential fatty acid. Two tablespoons of flaxseed contains 3.5 g of omega-3, which amounts to 140.4% of your daily value intake, and the composition of … Read More
By Dr. Kevin J. McLaughlin | Friday, January 17th, 2014
For many years, people claimed a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet was the best way to stay healthy. Then came the low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet and later, the high-protein diet. These diets all purported to solve the obesity epidemic, lower high blood pressure, and decrease the risk of heart disease. But they didn’t help.
Some of these diets had some scientific validity but in the last 20 years we have learned a lot why people get sick and what is responsible. High blood pressure is a very good example of this.
As you age, your blood pressure can steadily increase because your arteries … Read More