8 Health Risks Office Workers Face Daily

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consultIf you work in an office, chances are you’re sitting at your desk for a better part of the day. Though you wouldn’t think a desk job would cause too many workplace injuries, the truth is that it happens more often than not. Sitting for long periods of time without movement can wreak havoc on your body. The trouble is that many office workers don’t even realize it until it’s too late.

Knowing what can come from sitting for long periods of time can help you to stay proactive about your health and prevent serious complications. Below are a few of the most common workplace health issues related to sitting too long:

1. Weakened Leg Muscles

When you’re not using your leg muscles often they can become very weak. Not applying weight to your legs for a better part of the day can lead to what is known as muscle atrophy (weakening of the muscles). Weak muscles ultimately make it easier for your body to become injured and it will become more challenging to hold your body weight.

2. Weight Gain

Another issue with sitting for long periods of time is weight gain. Moving periodically gives your muscles the opportunity to release lipoprotein lipase molecules, which are necessary to process the fats and sugars stored in the body.

3. Hemorrhoids

If you’ve encountered several hemorrhoids lately, it could be the direct result of sitting for long periods of time. Hemorrhoids occur when the veins found in the rectum are swollen. Though there are several reasons this happens; sitting too long and being overweight are at the top of the list. While you can simply treat them with over the counter natural hemorrhoid products, you still want to make changes to your lifestyle, such as walking more and losing weight.

4. Hip and Back Problems

Your hips and back can take a real beating from sitting all day. When you sit your hip flexors shorten, which can cause pain when walking. For those who have poor posture, your back can begin to hurt from all the pressure applied throughout the day. Failure to stretch can result in chronic pain.

5. Anxiety and Depression

Movement and exercise release endorphins, which are necessary for improving the mood. When you’re sitting for seven to eight hours a day, your endorphins are lowered which gives way for mental health concerns like depression or anxiety to kick in. Studies have proven that getting up and walking around every 20 to 30 minutes can greatly improve your mental state of being.

6. Heart Disease

Sitting can even have a grave impact on your heart. Studies have found that people who sit for more than 23 hours in a week are at greater risk of developing some form of heart disease. Other studies have supported findings that those who sit for long periods of time have an increased chance of having a heart attack or stroke.

7. Diabetes

diabetesglucoseWith obesity being one of the number one risk factors for diabetes, it’s no wonder that sitting for long periods of time could increase your chances of developing the disease. When sitting for long periods of time, enzymes found in the muscles begin to change. This in turn leads to increased blood sugar levels and lower insulin tolerance levels which can result in type 2 diabetes.

8. Blood Clots (DVT)

For office workers who don’t get up and move around, the possibility of developing a clot is higher. Deep vein thrombosis (a form of blood clot) is most commonly located in the legs. While clotting is a natural occurrence in the body, when it develops for no reason (meaning no cut or injury) it could be life threatening. Clots can easily break off and travel to other parts of the body causing serious damage along the way.

It may be easy to assume that you’re safe if you’re working behind a desk all day. However, this is far from the truth. Aside from talking with your employer about ergonomics and comfortable office furniture, it is very important that you get active. Taking a walk around the office, going for a stroll during lunch, and even hopping up to socialize with coworkers on occasion can decrease your chances of developing serious health issues in the near future.

Workplace Lifestyle Intervention Program Improves Health, Reduces Diabetes And Heart Disease Risks

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This article is courtesy of PRWeb and the UPMC. What are your thoughts, please share them below in the comments section…..

consultA healthy lifestyle intervention program administered at the workplace and developed by the University of Pittsburgh significantly reduces risk factors for diabetes and heart disease, according to a new study.

A healthy lifestyle intervention program administered at the workplace and developed by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health significantly reduces risk factors for diabetes and heart disease, according to a study reported in the March issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

The program was well-received by participants at Bayer Corp., who lost weight and increased the amount of physical activity they got each day, when compared with a control group in the study, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health.

“Health care expenditures associated with diabetes are spiraling, causing widespread concern, particularly for employers who worry about employee health and productivity,” said lead author M. Kaye Kramer, Dr.P.H., assistant professor in Pitt Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology and director of the school’s Diabetes Prevention Support Center. “This leads to an interest in workplace health promotion; however, there are very few evidence-based programs that actually demonstrate improvement in employee health. This study found that our program not only improves health, but also that employees really like it.”

This demonstration program is based on the U.S. Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), a national study that found people at risk for diabetes who lost a modest amount of weight through diet and exercise sharply reduced their chances of developing diabetes, outperforming people who took a diabetes drug instead.

Dr. Kramer and colleagues built on the DPP to create a group-based program that puts the findings into practice, called Group Lifestyle Balance™. The program is divided into 22 sessions over a one-year period and aimed at helping people make lifestyle changes to improve health. The sessions can be done as a group with a lifestyle coach or through a DVD coupled with brief weekly phone or, in certain cases, email consultations with the lifestyle coach. The option of the DVD with lifestyle coach support not only served as the main intervention option for those employees who traveled or who did not want to participate in the program in a group venue but also offered a valuable replacement for employees who chose to participate via group setting but had to miss an occasional session.

“Our Group Lifestyle Balance program has proven successful in diverse community settings, so we adapted it for the workplace since we found that there was a real need for effective programs that could fit into people’s work lives,” said senior author Andrea Kriska, Ph.D., professor in Pitt Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology and principal investigator of the study. “This current effort in the worksite shows clearly that a proven healthy lifestyle program, like the Group Lifestyle Balance program, offered to people where they work is not only feasible but effective in reducing risk factors for diabetes and heart disease for participating employees.”

A total of 89 employees at Bayer Corp. in Robinson Township, Pa., who were at risk for diabetes or heart disease were enrolled in the demonstration program in the fall of 2010 and followed for 18 months.

Over the course of a year, participants lost an average of 5 percent of their body weight (10 pounds), shrunk their waistlines by about 2 inches and brought down the levels of fat and sugar in their blood – all measures that reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes. They also increased their physical activity by almost twofold.

Of the participants, 96 percent said they felt it was beneficial to offer the program at the worksite, and 99 percent said they would recommend it to their co-workers.

workdesk“The positive results that employees experienced from this lifestyle program speak to the benefits of personalized health programs in the workplace,” said Phil Franklin, M.D., U.S. corporate medical director, Bayer Corp. “I would like to congratulate the University of Pittsburgh researchers on the study.”

Additional authors on this research are Donald Molenaar, M.D., Veterans Health Administration in Minneapolis; Elizabeth Venditti, Ph.D., Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC; and Vincent C. Arena, Ph.D., Rebecca Meehan, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., Rachel Miller, M.S., Karl Vanderwood, Ph.D., and Yvonne Eaglehouse, M.S., M.P.H., all of Pitt Public Health.

This research was funded by the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (R18 DK081323–04).

About the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health

The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, founded in 1948 and now one of the top-ranked schools of public health in the United States, conducts research on public health and medical care that improves the lives of millions of people around the world. Pitt Public Health is a leader in devising new methods to prevent and treat cardiovascular diseases, HIV/AIDS, cancer and other important public health problems. For more information about Pitt Public Health, visit the school’s Web site at http://www.publichealth.pitt.edu.

Dr. Bennett Weighs In On Tech Risks

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Interesting article from PRWeb by Dr. Tracy Bennett weighing in on Tech Risks. What are your opinions of her article? Please share in the comments section.

collegegirlcomputerDr. Tracy Bennett, mother of three, clinical psychologist, and university professor created GetKidsInternetSafe.com due to epidemic Internet problems seen in her office. With the release of the Jennifer Garner, Adam Sandler movie “Men, Women, and Children” October 17th, she is busier than ever spreading expert tips and strategies that help parents manage child screen media use.

Dr. Tracy Bennett, mother of three, clinical psychologist, and university professor created GetKidsInternetSafe.com due to epidemic Internet problems seen in her office. With the release of the Jennifer Garner, Adam Sandler movie “Men, Women, and Children” October 17th, she is busier than ever spreading expert tips and strategies that help parents manage child screen media use.

“After my father passed away I took a hard look at my own parenting and realized that MineCraft was more popular than I was at my house. My GetKidsInternetSafe (GKIS) program changed that in a big way!” says Dr. Bennett. Dr. Bennett will soon be releasing a six-week GKIS Online Parenting Course that promises to change the tech risk profile for children of any age.

When asked what makes this different, she replied, “When my husband and I looked for solutions from other experts, we found trite solutions that simply weren’t practical. Blocking Internet use completely or supervising our kids’ screen media every second wasn’t going to happen. We love that our kids are tech experts! But we also knew that we needed to be in the trenches with them or we were going to be in somebody’s therapy office begging for help. So I used my twenty years of mothering and clinical expertise to make a comprehensive, realistic plan that parents actually have time for.”

The movie, “Men, Women, and Children” follows modern families too plugged into the world wide web. Viewers witness tragic fallout due to pro-anorexia websites, cyber-bullying, gaming addiction, sexploitation, and cheating sites.

Dr. Bennett comments, “Jason Reitman gives a dark portrayal of today’s digital age challenges. Based on what I’m seeing in my office from previously healthy families, he’s not far off the mark.”

She goes on to detail how she’s been treating kids, teens, and adults after the damage has been done and realized it wasn’t enough: “My husband often says he loves how I “hit the ground running” when I get passionate about something. And helping parents raise healthy, happy kids is my life’s mission. There’s nothing more important than that. GetKidsInternetSafe is a project I’m really proud of.” (See Dr. Bennett’s Video)

To learn more about Dr. Bennett’s GetKidsInternetSafe, visit http://getkidsinternetsafe.com where Dr. Bennett also offers access to her article “The Top 10 Mistakes Parents Make With Internet Safety (and How to Recover!)” and access to valuable, weekly blog articles

Risks Of Bariatric Surgery

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By Mike Chapman

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scaleWeight-loss or bariatric surgery is considered to be an effective way to reduce appetite in obese patients by interrupting the digestive process. Although, the surgery may reduce your cravings for food, the results come at sizable amount of risks. To know about the risks involved with bariatric surgery, read further.

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The process of bariatric surgery works by restricting the amount of food an obese person can eat by interrupting the digestive area. Unlike popular misconception, the surgery by no way results in removal of excessive fats in the body.

Risks Associated With Bariatric Surgery

For the reason bariatric surgery involves surgical removal and stapling of substantial portion of your stomach, it may carry certain amount of risks and complications with it.

As per a number of journals published on the topic of risks of bariatric surgery across the world, the surgery surely carries good amount of mortality risk.

A scorings system recently developed by a Duke University bariatric surgeon accurately predicts that patients suffering from some of the conditions are more likely to die during the surgical procedure in comparison to others.

• Body Mass Index (BMI) of 50 or more.
• Old age patients
• Hypertension
• Pulmonary Embolus Risk or people with blood clot in lungs

Men are more susceptible to health complications post-surgery in comparison to women.

mirrorLately, a safer alternative has emerged which is preferred by obese patients across the world. Bystrictin is a sugar-laden tasty shake that works on a unique Gastric Fill Technology (GFT). It is considered to be very effective non-surgical method of weight reduction. It uses a scientific method of stretching upper portion of stomach in order to trigger a signal to brain that stomach is full. Bystrictin helps you feel full is through a protein inhibitor that triggers the release of CCK that is a fullness hormone.

The Other Complications in the Surgery

• Urinary tract infection, nausea and abdominal spasms
• Excessive bleeding (in some cases)
• Wound infection and stomach/intestinal blockage
• Heart attack and stroke
• Blood clots
• Leakage from suture line
• Displacement of the port that is sued to adjust the band

There are some cases reported where pouch opened up with time due to regular excessive eating.

If you think you don’t really need to go for this surgery, consider trying other ways. Bystrictin, for example, is a clinically proven supplement that nearly provides the same results. In other words, you can avoid the surgery and still manage to control the amount of food you consume on a daily basis.

The problem of obesity has taken the whole of the world by storm in the last decade or such. As per recent reports from various health agencies the world over the situation is only going to get worse with time. It’s important that you take preventive measures and stop believing in marketing fads. Eat right, exercise regularly and start taking a good supplement. Surgery is and should always be the last resort regardless of how old you are at the moment.

With bariatric surgery appearing to be not only expensive to an average patient but also risky, health experts are advising to take up to it only when all other weight reducing methods fail to help.

There is no need to get under a knife when you can easily avail similar benefits from Bystrictin. Not only you will get better results with the alternative but won’t also have to encounter long lasting side-effects with its use as with the surgery.

Mike Chapman is Health and fitness Consultant associated with Leading Healthcare Organization and providing professional advice to seekers He is also passionate about writing on Health, Fitness, Relationship, Natural remedies and weight loss issues. He shares his experience in his words with online followers, visitors and friends.

RadioMD Explores Whether Marijuana’s Risks Are Offset By Its Health Benefits

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newspaperAs battles rage throughout the country offer the legalization of marijuana for medical reasons, Dr. Paul Hornby, HP, appearing on radiomd.com on “The Dr. Decker Weiss” show, is not only a proponent of medical marijuana, but suggests that a small daily dose of THC (THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol is in a class of substances called cannabinoids and is the main psychoactive substance in cannabis) would give everyone some health benefits.

“Low doses of THC combined with high doses of CBD (a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found kin cannabis but does not contribute to a feeling of “being high”) has shown that it can effectively reduce symptoms of epilepsy, rheumatoid arthritis and other chronic health conditions. Most importantly, it can help reduce dependence on methadone and other opiates,” said Dr. Hornby, who over the past 15 years has focused primarily on cannabis medicine.

Internationally recognized host Dr. Decker Weiss NMD, FASA, the first Naturopathic Physician to complete a conventional internship, residency, and fellowship in a conventional medical system, noted that more and more women, in particular, are puffing marijuana as therapeutic treatment for chronic pain, stress and anxiety alongside any recreational use. In fact, according to the Mental Health Services Administration, nearly 11.5 million women freely admitted to using cannabis for a myriad of reasons.

Dr. Hornby notes that although marijuana use has been linked to psychosis, most users tend to be calmed by its use, especially when combined with CBD.

The Dr. Decker Weiss show can be heard on the http://radiomd.com, and this particular show is in the archive located here.

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RadioMD.com is a “talking” health information source featuring top guests and experts in the world of health and medicine that provide vital health and wellness content in spoken word form. Produced in a talk radio, easy to listen to conversational style, RadioMD shows help listeners understand everyday health issues as well as complex medical conditions. In addition to its variety of live, interactive talk audio features and programming, RadioMD offers an Audio Library of top talk shows on just about every health and wellness, diet & fitness subject. For more information visit www.radiomd.com.

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Childhood Obesity May Boost MS Risk

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overweighchildsmallFrom Your Health Journal…..”Most of my regular visitors know I love the My Health News Daily web site, and always try to promote their work. We know how childhood obesity is on the rise, and so many children have risk factors for heart disease, weak joints, low self esteem, cancers, and type 2 diabetes – a disease once thought to affect mostly adults. Now, a new study comes out that adds more to the risk factors, as very obese girls (those who had a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or higher were nearly four times more likely to be diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) compared with girls who were normal weight. The link was strongest among teenagers. No link was found between obesity and multiple sclerosis for girls in other weight classes, or for boys. As a society, we need to monitor our children to ensure they live normal, healthy lives with a proper diet, 60 minutes of physical activity each day, proper sleep, and reductions of the liquid candy. Please visit the My Health News Daily web site to read the complete article.”

From the article…..

Very obese children and teens may be at risk for multiple sclerosis, a new study suggests.

In the study, very obese girls (those who had a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or higher) were nearly four times more likely to be diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) within the study period, compared with girls who were normal weight. The link was strongest among teenagers.

No link between obesity and multiple sclerosis was found for girls in other weight classes, or for boys.

In people with MS, the immune system attacks the nerve cells of the brain and spinal cord, producing symptoms such as numbness, loss of balance, weakness and tremors. MS is rare in children — about one to two kids out of every 100,000 will develop the condition. Symptoms are similar in children and adults, although youngsters may also experience symptoms not typical of MS, such as seizures or lethargy, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The findings suggest that, as the prevalence of childhood obesity increases, so will cases of multiple sclerosis, said study researcher Dr. Annette Langer-Gould, of Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research & Evaluation in Pasadena, Calif.

“Our study suggests that parents or caregivers of obese girls and teenagers should pay attention to symptoms such as tingling and numbness or limb weakness, and bring them to a doctor’s attention,” said Langer-Gould.

However, the study only found an association, and cannot prove that obesity causes multiple sclerosis. It could be that an aspect of the condition itself — such as having trouble exercising before the condition is diagnosed — predisposes youngsters to obesity. But if this were the case, researchers would expect to see the same link in girls and boys, which the study did not find, Langer-Gould said.

The researchers analyzed information from 75 children and teens ages 2 to 18 who were diagnosed with pediatric MS, and compared them with more than 913,000 children and teens who did not have MS. For those with MS, BMI was measured before the condition was diagnosed.

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Drowsy Drivers Pose Major Risks

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From Your Health Journal…..”As most of my regulars know, I love health related articles from The New York Times, and always try to get traffic to their site. Today’s review is a great article about drowsy drivers pose severe risks. I encourage all of you to visit The Times web site (link provided below) to read the complete article. Most adults will tell you at one time or another, they have gotten tired behind the wheel. I have some friend who have actually ran into some major issues due to this. There have been many times, I have even pulled over to the side of the road to take a quick ‘cat nap’ to recharge myself a little. Now, reports have been coming out about the dangers of drowsy driving. Even being tired and sleep deprived without actually nodding off can be a serious problem on the road. Fatigue slows reaction times and can lead to poor judgment. Studies show that going without sleep for 20 to 21 hours and then getting behind the wheel is comparable to having a blood alcohol level of about .08 percent, which is the legal limit in most states. Please visit The New York Times site to read the complete article.”

From the article…..

A new study of driving behavior across the country found that slightly more than 4 percent of adults admit to having fallen asleep at the wheel.

Certain people were particularly likely to report drowsiness while driving, including those who slept less than six hours daily and those who snored at night, a potential sign of a sleep disorder. Though only 4.2 percent of adults said they had actually fallen asleep while driving in the past 30 days, the researchers said they believed the true number was probably several times that, since people who doze or nod off for a moment at the wheel may not realize it at the time or recall it later on.

Drowsy driving has a widespread impact on the nation’s highways, experts say. In 2009, an estimated 730 deadly motor vehicle accidents involved a driver who was either sleepy or dozing off, and an additional 30,000 crashes that were nonfatal involved a drowsy driver. Accidents involving sleepy drivers are more likely to be deadly or cause injuries, in part because people who fall asleep at the wheel either fail to hit their brakes or veer off the road before crashing.

To get a sense of just how prevalent the phenomenon is, Anne G. Wheaton, an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, led a study looking at 147,000 adults in 19 states and the District of Columbia. The subjects were asked detailed questions about their daily activities, including their driving, sleep and work habits. Dr. Wheaton and her colleagues found that men were more likely to report drowsy driving than women, and that the behavior increased with age. About 1.7 percent of adults between 18 and 44 admitted to it, compared to 5 percent or more of those age 65 or older.

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High Blood Pressure Risk

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From Your Health Journal…..”As I have said before, Everyday Health is one of my favorite web sites on the net for quality health articles. I have been honored to be mentioned in a few of their articles, and always try to send my visitors to their site – like I am today with a great article about high blood pressure. When it comes to high blood pressure, blame may lie beyond stress and the salt shaker: Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have found that those earning the lowest wages have a higher risk of hypertension than workers earning the highest wages. For years, we have always learned to reduce stress and the salt, but you cannot reduce your job – so those earning less money have to stay with their jobs, as there is no place else for them to go! Please visit the Everyday Health web site (link provided below) to read the complete story.”

From the article…..

When it comes to high blood pressure, blame may lie beyond stress and the salt shaker: Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have found that those earning the lowest wages have a higher risk of hypertension than workers earning the highest wages.

The correlation between low wages and hypertension was especially strong for women, and for men and women between the ages of 25 to 44, according to a press release.

The researchers were surprised that low wages were such a strong risk factor for these two populations, especially since hypertension is more typically linked with being older and male.

“Our outcome shows that women and younger employees working at the lowest pay scales should be screened regularly for hypertension as well,” said J. Paul Leigh, PhD, lead author of the study.

The research team used data from 5,651 households with working adults between 25 and 65 years of age that included information on wages, employment, and health, including hypertension. The team looked at heads of household and their spouses for three time periods: 1999 to 2001, 2001 to 2003, and 2003 to 2005.

Wages were calculated as annual income from all sources divided by work hours, and ranged from about $2.38 to $77 per hour in 1999. Hypertension was self-reported by respondents.

According to the data analysis, doubling the wage level was associated with a 16 percent decrease in the risk of a hypertension diagnosis. Doubling the wage level also reduced the risk of hypertension by 1.2 percent over two years and 0.6 percent for one year.

But the risk decrease was most apparent in women and younger workers. Doubling the wages of workers between 25 and 44 years old was associated with a 25 percent to 30 percent decrease in the risk of hypertension. Doubling the wages of women was associated with a 30 percent to 35 percent decrease in hypertension risk.

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B.M.I. Can Predict Health Risks

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From Your Health Journal…..”The New York Times is always a great resource for many health related articles. I strongly recommend your visiting their site to read many of their fabulous articles. Today’s review discusses a recent article in the New York Times regarding BMI predicting health risks. BMI stands for Body Mass Index. It takes a person’s height and weight measurements – and lets someone know if their weight falls within a healthy range. The problem, some experts feel it does not take into account an individual who may have more lean body mass or even someone who is hydrated with liquids. But, many scientists do feel the BMI is accurate, and should not be written off so easily. Usually, if someone is in the 85 percentile on the BMI chart, they are considered overweight. In the 95 percentile, they would be considered obese. Please visit the New York Times site (link below) to read the complete article.”

What is your BMI – Thank you to the BMI Club for their graphic below.



From the article…..

Some scientists believe that body mass index, a calculation involving the ratio of height to weight, is an inaccurate measure of obesity-related risks because it does not account for body shape, fat mass and lean mass. But a new study finds that B.M.I. works at least as well as other body measurements, and better than some, to predict certain health problems.

Researchers gathered data on B.M.I., body fat percentage, waist circumference and waist-to-height ratio on 12,294 men and women. Then the team calculated how well each measure predicted various elements of the metabolic syndrome — high blood pressure, elevated fasting glucose, reduced HDL (or “good”) cholesterol and raised LDL (“bad” cholesterol). The results were published online last month in Obesity Research & Clinical Practice.

B.M.I. and body fat percentage were the best predictors of raised blood pressure, while waist circumference and waist-to-height ratio were good predictors of elevated fasting glucose and reduced HDL cholesterol.

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As Childhood Strokes Increase, Surgeons Aim To Reduce Risks

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From Your Health Journal…..”It is so upsetting to read about young children having strokes, but at least this article has a happy ending, as the girls has some improvement after medical attention. I encourage all of you to read the full article, as it is very moving to read – – a true miracle around the holiday season!”

From the article…..

Boston brain surgeon Ed Smith points to a tangle of delicate gray shadows on his computer screen. It’s an X-ray of the blood vessels on the left side of 13-year-old Maribel Ramos’ brain.

“If we follow this blood vessel up here, you see that right there it gets pinched off almost to nothing,” Smith explains. “And then this little puff of smoke right here, which are these little narrow blood vessels that don’t fill the rest of the brain as it normally should.” Maribel’s brain is starved for oxygen, he says.

Those spidery blood vessels represent an effort by the girl’s body to compensate for the pinched section of her major cerebral artery. In fact, “puff of smoke” is the actual name of Maribel’s disorder “moyamoya” in Japanese because the researchers who named it thought that’s what it looked like on X-rays.

The disorder is just one of the many conditions that can make a child more prone to strokes. One in 10,000 kids will suffer a stroke, causing disability or even death. But surgeons can now prevent strokes in some of these children children like Maribel.

Moyamoya is not Maribel’s only health condition. She also suffers from sickle cell disease, a much more common disorder that causes red blood cells to be spiky and misshapen and prone to form blood clots in the dangerously narrow blood vessels of her brain. Sickle cell disease is the most common cause of strokes in children.

Smith, who works at Children’s Hospital in Boston, says the combination gives Maribel a 95 percent chance of suffering a disabling or possibly fatal stroke. In fact, a few months ago she suffered a warning stroke.

“My legs started to get numb and my tongue got numb and my hands were shaking a lot,” she says. “I did not know what was going on.”

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