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  • 26 Dec 2017
    Heartburn, a digestive ailment is a very common medical condition today. The common symptoms are sore throat, sensation in the chest, bitter taste of mouth, difficulty in swallowing and coughing. These are the few symptoms of this digestive problem and one can treat it by taking a suitable medication. Today, thousands of individuals are suffering from this digestive ailment with different levels and frequencies. In order to get rid of the symptoms of heartburn you need to improve your lifestyle to increase your overall productivity in the daily chores. The individuals suffering from heartburn need to check out their dietary habits. If you are having junk food at all times then it is the time to stop the consumption of junk food which is likely to cause frequent heartburn attacks. It is very important to include fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet to get rid of the heartburn symptoms. By making simple changes in your eating habits and diet plan you can significantly improve your digestion and health and this will eventually decrease your susceptibility to heartburn. Another very important factor which influences the susceptibility to heartburn and many other ailments is sleep. Having adequate amount of sleep is very important in order to have a healthy living. During sleep your body undergoes the process of healing and regeneration. So, if you are not getting good amount of sleep for a prolonged period you are more likely to suffer from the consequences and heartburn is one of them. Stress is another very important factor which causes many conditions and diseases. Too much stress is not good for health and you should find out the ways to de-stress and relax yourself in order to have a healthy lifestyle. By implementing these small changes you can improve your health and get rid of the symptoms of heartburn. What you can do to avoid heartburn? Our unhealthy eating and lifestyle habits are the main causes of the problem of heartburn or acid reflex. It is generally caused by the acid in our stomach. When this acid enters the esophagus, it causes a burning sensation in throat and chest. This problem can cause a lot of inconvenience and pain. By keeping a check on what we eat and how we eat our food, we can avoid this problem. Below mentioned are some healthy habits that you should incorporate in your lifestyle: Eat healthy food: Make healthy foods a part of your diet. Avoid having foods which have high amount of fat or spices. Your method of cooking should also be healthy; it means that you should avoid frying your food in butter or oil. Eat yoghurt: A major cause of heartburn is indigestion. Yoghurt contains a lot of good bacteria which help to make your digestion system strong and also improve your immunity. Drink water: Water detoxifies your system from all unwanted components. It will help to keep your body well hydrated, so that you can avoid other unhealthy beverages, such as tea, coffee etc. Eat smaller portions: heartburn generally occurs when you put pressure on your stomach. In order to avoid that you should eat smaller portions of food at regular intervals, rather than having three big meals a day. Eat slowly: Take time to chew your food properly so that it can be digested easily. Eating your food slowly will help you to feel full and can thus avoid overeating. Watch your weight: heartburn is also linked to obesity. Keep a check on your food intake and your weight. Include exercises and other physical activities in your routine. Treatment for heartburn One of the effective ways to significantly reduce the occurrence of heartburn attacks is to reduce the intake of acidic foods in your diet. The foods like citrus fruits, tomatoes, fried foods and chocolates are responsible for the occurrence of frequent attacks. Before going for a treatment to cure the chronic heartburn, you need to check out your dietary habits and also try to know about the foods which cause sensitivity particularly if you are having occasional heartburn attacks. Another effective way to cure this problem is to improve your dietary habits as the individuals who suffer from the chronic heartburn need to have light and small meals after regular intervals rather than having a large meal 1- 2 times a day. Overweight individuals are probably more vulnerable to frequent heartburn attacks so, an efficient and helpful heartburn treatment plan should include changing your diet and also the frequency of your meals. Besides, the kind of drinks you have can also be one of the reasons for frequent occurrence of heartburns. Coffee, alcohol, regular sodas, fruit juices and diet sodas can cause the occurrence of heartburn in some individuals. An efficient treatment program will help you to identify the changes that you need to make out in your diet and lifestyle and helps you to cure the problem. The problem of heartburn is mainly caused by unhealthy eating and lifestyle habits. By changing your lifestyle you can easily avoid this problem. Natural remedies- an effective treatment for heartburn In order to effectively deal with this problem, one needs to follow a lifestyle and a balanced diet which can successfully help to get rid of the symptoms. You can considerably reduce the occurrence of heartburn attacks if you follow certain tips which will help you to increase the productivity in your daily chores. To get rid of this digestive problem you should avoid the intake of acidic and spicy foods. The foods like oranges, tomatoes, grapefruit, chilies, pepper and vinegar are likely to cause frequent heartburn attacks in the individuals. Also, it is advisable to those suffering from heartburn to have fat free foods and avoid oily foods as they can cause more severe heartburns in some individuals. Also, you should have light meals during the day instead of having one heavy meal. Heavy meals are likely to cause acid reflux problem. So, it is advisable to take short breaks between the meals and have light meals. Further, you should avoid the intake of carbonated drinks and the drinks having caffeine. A healthy alternative for these is to have ginger tea or yogurt. One of the most effective drinks to get rid of this problem is the lemon water which can reduce the severity of a problem to a considerable level. Also, it is advisable to avoid having snacks before going to sleep. By using these helpful tips you can get rid of this digestive problem and can improve your lifestyle. Tips to avoid heartburn at night A large number of people complain about heartburn during the night. Heartburn occurring at night is considered worse that the day because of many factors. First of all it disturbs your sleep and can disrupt your sleep pattern by keeping you awake. Another factor is that waking up to a burning sensation in your chest and throat can make you very uneasy at night. So the next morning you will wake up looking fatigued and worn out. By practicing the following remedies you can avoid this problem: Avoid heavy meal: Our food gets digested more easily during the day as compared to the night. Try to have a light meal at night and avoid eating food that is fried or too spicy as it produces more acid. Do not smoke or drink: You should not smoke or drink alcohol late in the night as it can relax the LES, which can cause the burning sensation of heartburn. Sit straight: Your sitting posture is very important as it affects your digestive system. Always eat on the table and sit straight with your back against the chair. Do not lie down immediately: You should never lie down immediately after having your dinner. At least give a gap of two to three hours, between your dinner and sleeping time. Drink water: Drinking water before taking your meal will help you to feel full and can avoid overeating. Also you should not drink too much water during the meal. Elevate head of the bed: Raise the head of your bed by about four to six inches. It will prevent the acid from flowing back into esophagus. Do not exercise: Never exercise or indulge in some heavy physical activity right after your meal. You should give some time for the food to get digested. Also avoid tight clothes. Do not wear very tight clothes in the night to avoid putting any pressure on your stomach. You will sleep much better in loose and comfortable clothes.
    A To Z Health 438 Posted by Adam Carson United States Chronic Condition
  • Heartburn, a digestive ailment is a very common medical condition today. The common symptoms are sore throat, sensation in the chest, bitter taste of mouth, difficulty in swallowing and coughing. These are the few symptoms of this digestive problem and one can treat it by taking a suitable medication. Today, thousands of individuals are suffering from this digestive ailment with different levels and frequencies. In order to get rid of the symptoms of heartburn you need to improve your lifestyle to increase your overall productivity in the daily chores. The individuals suffering from heartburn need to check out their dietary habits. If you are having junk food at all times then it is the time to stop the consumption of junk food which is likely to cause frequent heartburn attacks. It is very important to include fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet to get rid of the heartburn symptoms. By making simple changes in your eating habits and diet plan you can significantly improve your digestion and health and this will eventually decrease your susceptibility to heartburn. Another very important factor which influences the susceptibility to heartburn and many other ailments is sleep. Having adequate amount of sleep is very important in order to have a healthy living. During sleep your body undergoes the process of healing and regeneration. So, if you are not getting good amount of sleep for a prolonged period you are more likely to suffer from the consequences and heartburn is one of them. Stress is another very important factor which causes many conditions and diseases. Too much stress is not good for health and you should find out the ways to de-stress and relax yourself in order to have a healthy lifestyle. By implementing these small changes you can improve your health and get rid of the symptoms of heartburn. What you can do to avoid heartburn? Our unhealthy eating and lifestyle habits are the main causes of the problem of heartburn or acid reflex. It is generally caused by the acid in our stomach. When this acid enters the esophagus, it causes a burning sensation in throat and chest. This problem can cause a lot of inconvenience and pain. By keeping a check on what we eat and how we eat our food, we can avoid this problem. Below mentioned are some healthy habits that you should incorporate in your lifestyle: Eat healthy food: Make healthy foods a part of your diet. Avoid having foods which have high amount of fat or spices. Your method of cooking should also be healthy; it means that you should avoid frying your food in butter or oil. Eat yoghurt: A major cause of heartburn is indigestion. Yoghurt contains a lot of good bacteria which help to make your digestion system strong and also improve your immunity. Drink water: Water detoxifies your system from all unwanted components. It will help to keep your body well hydrated, so that you can avoid other unhealthy beverages, such as tea, coffee etc. Eat smaller portions: heartburn generally occurs when you put pressure on your stomach. In order to avoid that you should eat smaller portions of food at regular intervals, rather than having three big meals a day. Eat slowly: Take time to chew your food properly so that it can be digested easily. Eating your food slowly will help you to feel full and can thus avoid overeating. Watch your weight: heartburn is also linked to obesity. Keep a check on your food intake and your weight. Include exercises and other physical activities in your routine. Treatment for heartburn One of the effective ways to significantly reduce the occurrence of heartburn attacks is to reduce the intake of acidic foods in your diet. The foods like citrus fruits, tomatoes, fried foods and chocolates are responsible for the occurrence of frequent attacks. Before going for a treatment to cure the chronic heartburn, you need to check out your dietary habits and also try to know about the foods which cause sensitivity particularly if you are having occasional heartburn attacks. Another effective way to cure this problem is to improve your dietary habits as the individuals who suffer from the chronic heartburn need to have light and small meals after regular intervals rather than having a large meal 1- 2 times a day. Overweight individuals are probably more vulnerable to frequent heartburn attacks so, an efficient and helpful heartburn treatment plan should include changing your diet and also the frequency of your meals. Besides, the kind of drinks you have can also be one of the reasons for frequent occurrence of heartburns. Coffee, alcohol, regular sodas, fruit juices and diet sodas can cause the occurrence of heartburn in some individuals. An efficient treatment program will help you to identify the changes that you need to make out in your diet and lifestyle and helps you to cure the problem. The problem of heartburn is mainly caused by unhealthy eating and lifestyle habits. By changing your lifestyle you can easily avoid this problem. Natural remedies- an effective treatment for heartburn In order to effectively deal with this problem, one needs to follow a lifestyle and a balanced diet which can successfully help to get rid of the symptoms. You can considerably reduce the occurrence of heartburn attacks if you follow certain tips which will help you to increase the productivity in your daily chores. To get rid of this digestive problem you should avoid the intake of acidic and spicy foods. The foods like oranges, tomatoes, grapefruit, chilies, pepper and vinegar are likely to cause frequent heartburn attacks in the individuals. Also, it is advisable to those suffering from heartburn to have fat free foods and avoid oily foods as they can cause more severe heartburns in some individuals. Also, you should have light meals during the day instead of having one heavy meal. Heavy meals are likely to cause acid reflux problem. So, it is advisable to take short breaks between the meals and have light meals. Further, you should avoid the intake of carbonated drinks and the drinks having caffeine. A healthy alternative for these is to have ginger tea or yogurt. One of the most effective drinks to get rid of this problem is the lemon water which can reduce the severity of a problem to a considerable level. Also, it is advisable to avoid having snacks before going to sleep. By using these helpful tips you can get rid of this digestive problem and can improve your lifestyle. Tips to avoid heartburn at night A large number of people complain about heartburn during the night. Heartburn occurring at night is considered worse that the day because of many factors. First of all it disturbs your sleep and can disrupt your sleep pattern by keeping you awake. Another factor is that waking up to a burning sensation in your chest and throat can make you very uneasy at night. So the next morning you will wake up looking fatigued and worn out. By practicing the following remedies you can avoid this problem: Avoid heavy meal: Our food gets digested more easily during the day as compared to the night. Try to have a light meal at night and avoid eating food that is fried or too spicy as it produces more acid. Do not smoke or drink: You should not smoke or drink alcohol late in the night as it can relax the LES, which can cause the burning sensation of heartburn. Sit straight: Your sitting posture is very important as it affects your digestive system. Always eat on the table and sit straight with your back against the chair. Do not lie down immediately: You should never lie down immediately after having your dinner. At least give a gap of two to three hours, between your dinner and sleeping time. Drink water: Drinking water before taking your meal will help you to feel full and can avoid overeating. Also you should not drink too much water during the meal. Elevate head of the bed: Raise the head of your bed by about four to six inches. It will prevent the acid from flowing back into esophagus. Do not exercise: Never exercise or indulge in some heavy physical activity right after your meal. You should give some time for the food to get digested. Also avoid tight clothes. Do not wear very tight clothes in the night to avoid putting any pressure on your stomach. You will sleep much better in loose and comfortable clothes.
    A To Z Health Dec 26, 2017 438 United States Chronic Condition
  • 23 Nov 2017
    The acid reflux, more commonly known as heartburn, is experienced by a large number of people. In order to prevent heartburn, it is important for you to understand that what actually is heartburn and what are its symptoms. Heartburn is the condition when you feel a burning sensation in your stomach. It generally occurs when the acid in your stomach, flows into the esophagus, instead of getting digested. It causes a burning feeling in the throat and chest. It is better to properly identify the symptoms of heartburn before starting any remedies or medication. Here is a list of some common symptoms that a person may feel during heartburn: Burning sensation: the burning sensation does not actually occur in the heart or the stomach but can be felt near the breastbone. That is why most people complain of a burning sensation in the chest area during heartburn. Sore throat: the next part that gets affected the most, after the chest, is the throat. You might feel an unusual soreness in your throat, especially in the back area, which is very similar to the feeling of burning. Bitter taste: when a person is suffering from heartburn he will usually feel a bitter taste in his mouth. This bitter or sour taste in the mouth or throat is actually caused by the acid. Difficulty in swallowing: Having such soreness in your throat makes it difficult to swallow anything. You can feel as if you have a lump in your throat which is making it hard for you to swallow. Coughing: though generally it is not associated with heartburn but cough can also occur. As the top portion of your lungs gets affected, it can cause cough very similar to asthma. The most prominent symptom of heartburn is that this condition occurs mainly after eating spicy or fried foods. This problem can be easily avoided by improving your eating habits. Understanding the causes of heartburn The burning sensation that you feel after eating a heavy meal is known as heartburn. It is commonly experienced by a large number of people all over the world. The main reasons for the occurrence of heartburn are associated with your food intake and lifestyle habits. By understanding the causes of heartburn it becomes easy to avoid this problem. Here is a list of some factors which can contribute in causing the heartburn: Spice and fried food: Having unhealthy and fatty foods is the biggest reason behind the occurrence of heartburn. The fried and spicy foods contain a high amount of fat and are not easily digested by our body. Heavy meal at dinner: Eating a heavy meal in the dinner increases the pressure in your stomach. Also people who eat very fast also tend to suffer from heartburn more than others. Lying down after a meal: Your stomach takes time to digest the food. Lying down just after having a meal causes the acid to flow from the stomach to the esophagus, which in turn causes the heartburn. Smoking and alcohol: The bad habits of excessive smoking and alcohol consumption are the major reasons for heartburn. Smoking and alcohol intake relaxes the esophageal sphincter that allows the acid to enter the stomach and causes heartburn. Indigestion: Other unhealthy habits related to food, such as eating heavy meals, not chewing your food properly, having foods which are full of fat and spices, affect your digestion system. It also increases the production of acid in your stomach which then gives rise to the problem of heartburn. Caffeine: Frequent and large intake of caffeine induced beverages like coffee, tea and soda also causes the acid to enter the esophagus. You should try to analyze that what causes heartburn in your case because only after identifying the right cause, you can get rid of this problem. Determine the heartburn type to find out the best remedy Heartburn is very common digestive problem. Before one looks for a solution for heartburn, it is advisable to first understand the type of heartburn a person is suffering from. One might found it surprising but the fact is that the heartburns are categorized into different types and these types depend upon the cause and the severity of the problem. One of the most common types of heartburn is the summer heartburn. The stifling heat when combined with fatty foods is likely to make a person more vulnerable to heartburns. If you experience heartburn in this way then you are most likely to suffer from summer heartburn. In this case it is advisable to have light meals which can be easily digested and avoid the acidic foods. Another common type of heartburn is the pregnancy heartburn. During the pregnancy the pressure against the stomach increases which tends to slow down the digestion and because of this the digestive acids remain in your stomach for an extended period. This eventually increases the possibility of acid flow back into the esophagus from the stomach and results in heartburn. The nighttime heartburn is another type of heartburn which is the most painful and the worst form. The nighttime heartburn usually occurs because of the reason that our body lies in the same position for many hours which tends to relax the esophageal sphincter and the flow of acid into the esophagus becomes easier. Another common type of the heartburn is the chronic heartburn which is a term used for heartburn attacks which occur twice or thrice a week and is generally more severe. It is advisable to consult a doctor before finding a remedy to treat the chronic heartburn. Knowing and understanding the type of heartburn, one is suffering from makes it easier for him to know the cause and finding the suitable remedy to treat the problem.  
    A To Z Health 528 Posted by Adam Carson United States Healthmace Members
  • The acid reflux, more commonly known as heartburn, is experienced by a large number of people. In order to prevent heartburn, it is important for you to understand that what actually is heartburn and what are its symptoms. Heartburn is the condition when you feel a burning sensation in your stomach. It generally occurs when the acid in your stomach, flows into the esophagus, instead of getting digested. It causes a burning feeling in the throat and chest. It is better to properly identify the symptoms of heartburn before starting any remedies or medication. Here is a list of some common symptoms that a person may feel during heartburn: Burning sensation: the burning sensation does not actually occur in the heart or the stomach but can be felt near the breastbone. That is why most people complain of a burning sensation in the chest area during heartburn. Sore throat: the next part that gets affected the most, after the chest, is the throat. You might feel an unusual soreness in your throat, especially in the back area, which is very similar to the feeling of burning. Bitter taste: when a person is suffering from heartburn he will usually feel a bitter taste in his mouth. This bitter or sour taste in the mouth or throat is actually caused by the acid. Difficulty in swallowing: Having such soreness in your throat makes it difficult to swallow anything. You can feel as if you have a lump in your throat which is making it hard for you to swallow. Coughing: though generally it is not associated with heartburn but cough can also occur. As the top portion of your lungs gets affected, it can cause cough very similar to asthma. The most prominent symptom of heartburn is that this condition occurs mainly after eating spicy or fried foods. This problem can be easily avoided by improving your eating habits. Understanding the causes of heartburn The burning sensation that you feel after eating a heavy meal is known as heartburn. It is commonly experienced by a large number of people all over the world. The main reasons for the occurrence of heartburn are associated with your food intake and lifestyle habits. By understanding the causes of heartburn it becomes easy to avoid this problem. Here is a list of some factors which can contribute in causing the heartburn: Spice and fried food: Having unhealthy and fatty foods is the biggest reason behind the occurrence of heartburn. The fried and spicy foods contain a high amount of fat and are not easily digested by our body. Heavy meal at dinner: Eating a heavy meal in the dinner increases the pressure in your stomach. Also people who eat very fast also tend to suffer from heartburn more than others. Lying down after a meal: Your stomach takes time to digest the food. Lying down just after having a meal causes the acid to flow from the stomach to the esophagus, which in turn causes the heartburn. Smoking and alcohol: The bad habits of excessive smoking and alcohol consumption are the major reasons for heartburn. Smoking and alcohol intake relaxes the esophageal sphincter that allows the acid to enter the stomach and causes heartburn. Indigestion: Other unhealthy habits related to food, such as eating heavy meals, not chewing your food properly, having foods which are full of fat and spices, affect your digestion system. It also increases the production of acid in your stomach which then gives rise to the problem of heartburn. Caffeine: Frequent and large intake of caffeine induced beverages like coffee, tea and soda also causes the acid to enter the esophagus. You should try to analyze that what causes heartburn in your case because only after identifying the right cause, you can get rid of this problem. Determine the heartburn type to find out the best remedy Heartburn is very common digestive problem. Before one looks for a solution for heartburn, it is advisable to first understand the type of heartburn a person is suffering from. One might found it surprising but the fact is that the heartburns are categorized into different types and these types depend upon the cause and the severity of the problem. One of the most common types of heartburn is the summer heartburn. The stifling heat when combined with fatty foods is likely to make a person more vulnerable to heartburns. If you experience heartburn in this way then you are most likely to suffer from summer heartburn. In this case it is advisable to have light meals which can be easily digested and avoid the acidic foods. Another common type of heartburn is the pregnancy heartburn. During the pregnancy the pressure against the stomach increases which tends to slow down the digestion and because of this the digestive acids remain in your stomach for an extended period. This eventually increases the possibility of acid flow back into the esophagus from the stomach and results in heartburn. The nighttime heartburn is another type of heartburn which is the most painful and the worst form. The nighttime heartburn usually occurs because of the reason that our body lies in the same position for many hours which tends to relax the esophageal sphincter and the flow of acid into the esophagus becomes easier. Another common type of the heartburn is the chronic heartburn which is a term used for heartburn attacks which occur twice or thrice a week and is generally more severe. It is advisable to consult a doctor before finding a remedy to treat the chronic heartburn. Knowing and understanding the type of heartburn, one is suffering from makes it easier for him to know the cause and finding the suitable remedy to treat the problem.  
    A To Z Health Nov 23, 2017 528 United States Healthmace Members
  • 04 Nov 2017
    Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that results in chronic inflammation and pain in the smaller joints, such as those in your feet and hands. It differs from the more common osteoarthritis in that rheumatoid arthritis doesn’t come from wear and tear on the joints but instead affects the synovial lining of the joints so that they swell and become inflamed. Eventually, the cartilage wears away and you end up with bony erosion of the joints and severe joint deformity. As an autoimmune disorder, rheumatoid arthritis happens when the immune system attacks the tissues of the body, in this case, the tissues within your joints. Some people with rheumatoid arthritis develop symptoms in other body areas, when the autoantibodies affect the eyes, blood vessels, skin, and lungs. Rheumatoid arthritis has been known to affect children but it is usually a disease-affecting people older than 40 years of age. Like all autoimmune disorders, the disease is more common in women than it is in men. Treatment, as you will see later, is focused on reducing your symptoms and preventing further damage to your joints. Signs And Symptoms Of Rheumatoid Arthritis If you have rheumatoid arthritis, these are some things you can expect: Joint stiffness that is usually worse in the morning but can last for several hours throughout the day Joints that are tender to the touch, warm, sometimes reddened, and swollen. As mentioned, this usually involves the smaller joints of the body. Lumps of tissue beneath the skin near the joints. These are called rheumatoid nodules and may or may not be painful to the touch. Weight loss, fever, and fatigue. These are the natural effects of autoantibodies in the body tissues. Swollen PIP joints. These joints connect the hands to the fingers. Eventually the joints of the feet are affected as well. Wrists, ankles, elbows, shoulders, and hips will eventually become affected by this disease. The disease is usually bilateral, meaning that they affect both sides of the body at the same time. You may have steady symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis or may have symptoms that come and go. Rheumatoid arthritis is characterized by flares of increased joint inflammation with periods of time where the joints are less affected. The longer you have rheumatoid arthritis, the more likely it is that you will have joint deformities that do not go away.  Causes Of Rheumatoid Arthritis Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, which means that your body has made antibodies in the immune system that attack the tissues that line the joints. The synovium or joint lining becomes inflamed and thickened. Eventually the cartilage becomes destroyed, leaving bone to rub on bone. In the most severe cases, the bone itself will erode as well.  The ligaments and tendons that connect the joints to other tissues will stretch out and weaken so that the joint itself begins to become deformed. Exactly how this autoimmune process works is not clear. There may be both environmental and genetic factors playing into who gets rheumatoid arthritis and who doesn’t. It’s possible that genetics interacts with environmental things like infections to result in the disease. Risk Factors For Rheumatoid Arthritis There are certain factors in your life that may make it more likely that you’ll get the disease. These include the following: Family history. If a parent or sibling has rheumatoid arthritis, this may put you at an increased risk of getting the disease. If you are female, you have a greater chance of getting the disease. While it can occur in a person of any age, most people are diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis between 40 and 60 years of age. Complications Of Rheumatoid Arthritis Rheumatoid arthritis isn’t just a disease of the joints. There are several complications of the disease that you should be aware of. These include the following: Lung disease. If you have rheumatoid arthritis, you stand a greater chance of also having scarring and inflammation of your lungs, which can cause you to feel short of breath. You can get thinning of your bones just because you have rheumatoid arthritis. Alternatively, some of the medications used to treat the disease can cause weakened bones. Heart problems. People with rheumatoid arthritis have a greater chance of having blocked arteries in the heart and an increased chance of pericardial sac inflammation. Carpal tunnel syndrome. If you have rheumatoid arthritis in the wrist area, it can compress the carpal tunnel, which houses the median nerve. This can result in tingling and numbness of your hands and fingers. Tests For Rheumatoid Arthritis In the early stages of the disease, rheumatoid arthritis can mimic other joint diseases, making it difficult to diagnose the disease. A careful physical examination by your doctor, however, might show characteristic findings of rheumatoid arthritis, including swelling of specific joints in the hands and the presence of rheumatoid nodules. There is a blood test for rheumatoid arthritis that can clinch the diagnosis. It is called the “rheumatoid factor,” which is a test that detects the autoantibodies that are acting on your joints. Other tests for inflammation can help aid in the diagnosis of the disease. There are characteristic x-ray findings for rheumatoid arthritis. The joints will look deformed and there will be a lack of joint space noted on x-ray as the disease progresses. Treatments For Rheumatoid Arthritis Because there is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, the treatment is directed at controlling your symptoms and helping you feel better. There are some medications that will slow the degree of joint damage you will experience. There are several types of drugs used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Some are relatively easy to tolerate, while others have serious side effects that you should be aware of. Doctors usually start with the medications that are easiest to tolerate first. Here are some good treatments for rheumatoid arthritis. Steroid medications, such as prednisone or prednisolone, are helpful in that they reduce the pain and inflammation of the joints and can reduce the rate of joint damage. Unfortunately, they have side effects, such as osteoporosis, diabetes, and weight gain. Steroids are especially good when you have flares of the disease and are not meant to take chronically. NSAID medication. These include medications like ibuprofen and naproxen (unless you get one prescribed by the doctor). They are not without side effects, however, and these include liver damage, kidney damage, irritation of the stomach, heart problems, and tinnitus. Anti-Rheumatic drugs. These medications can actually lessen the damage done by the autoantibodies so that the joints aren’t permanently damaged. Medications in this class include Plaquenil, Azulfidine, methotrexate, and leflunomide. Because they can affect your immune system, they can cause side effect including suppression of your bone marrow, lung infections, and liver problems. Biologic medications. These represent a new class of medications that act on the immune system so that there is less inflammation and less joint damage. They can cause an increase in infections because they affect the immune system. Choices of biologic medications include adalimumab, abatacept, certolizumab, rituximab, and infliximab. Physical therapy. You may wish to see a physical therapist who can help you learn various exercises that will keep your joints more flexible. They may also help you learn how to do things around the house that don’t involve using your hands. Assistive devices may be prescribed for you that will help you do things without stressing the joints too much. Surgery can be done that can repair the damage to your joints. This includes things like joint replacement in which the damaged joints are removed and a prosthetic joint is put in its place. Tendons can also be repaired. In the worst case scenario, the surgeon can fuse the joints together so they don’t rub against one another.  
    A To Z Health 446 Posted by Adam Carson United States Community Health
  • Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that results in chronic inflammation and pain in the smaller joints, such as those in your feet and hands. It differs from the more common osteoarthritis in that rheumatoid arthritis doesn’t come from wear and tear on the joints but instead affects the synovial lining of the joints so that they swell and become inflamed. Eventually, the cartilage wears away and you end up with bony erosion of the joints and severe joint deformity. As an autoimmune disorder, rheumatoid arthritis happens when the immune system attacks the tissues of the body, in this case, the tissues within your joints. Some people with rheumatoid arthritis develop symptoms in other body areas, when the autoantibodies affect the eyes, blood vessels, skin, and lungs. Rheumatoid arthritis has been known to affect children but it is usually a disease-affecting people older than 40 years of age. Like all autoimmune disorders, the disease is more common in women than it is in men. Treatment, as you will see later, is focused on reducing your symptoms and preventing further damage to your joints. Signs And Symptoms Of Rheumatoid Arthritis If you have rheumatoid arthritis, these are some things you can expect: Joint stiffness that is usually worse in the morning but can last for several hours throughout the day Joints that are tender to the touch, warm, sometimes reddened, and swollen. As mentioned, this usually involves the smaller joints of the body. Lumps of tissue beneath the skin near the joints. These are called rheumatoid nodules and may or may not be painful to the touch. Weight loss, fever, and fatigue. These are the natural effects of autoantibodies in the body tissues. Swollen PIP joints. These joints connect the hands to the fingers. Eventually the joints of the feet are affected as well. Wrists, ankles, elbows, shoulders, and hips will eventually become affected by this disease. The disease is usually bilateral, meaning that they affect both sides of the body at the same time. You may have steady symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis or may have symptoms that come and go. Rheumatoid arthritis is characterized by flares of increased joint inflammation with periods of time where the joints are less affected. The longer you have rheumatoid arthritis, the more likely it is that you will have joint deformities that do not go away.  Causes Of Rheumatoid Arthritis Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, which means that your body has made antibodies in the immune system that attack the tissues that line the joints. The synovium or joint lining becomes inflamed and thickened. Eventually the cartilage becomes destroyed, leaving bone to rub on bone. In the most severe cases, the bone itself will erode as well.  The ligaments and tendons that connect the joints to other tissues will stretch out and weaken so that the joint itself begins to become deformed. Exactly how this autoimmune process works is not clear. There may be both environmental and genetic factors playing into who gets rheumatoid arthritis and who doesn’t. It’s possible that genetics interacts with environmental things like infections to result in the disease. Risk Factors For Rheumatoid Arthritis There are certain factors in your life that may make it more likely that you’ll get the disease. These include the following: Family history. If a parent or sibling has rheumatoid arthritis, this may put you at an increased risk of getting the disease. If you are female, you have a greater chance of getting the disease. While it can occur in a person of any age, most people are diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis between 40 and 60 years of age. Complications Of Rheumatoid Arthritis Rheumatoid arthritis isn’t just a disease of the joints. There are several complications of the disease that you should be aware of. These include the following: Lung disease. If you have rheumatoid arthritis, you stand a greater chance of also having scarring and inflammation of your lungs, which can cause you to feel short of breath. You can get thinning of your bones just because you have rheumatoid arthritis. Alternatively, some of the medications used to treat the disease can cause weakened bones. Heart problems. People with rheumatoid arthritis have a greater chance of having blocked arteries in the heart and an increased chance of pericardial sac inflammation. Carpal tunnel syndrome. If you have rheumatoid arthritis in the wrist area, it can compress the carpal tunnel, which houses the median nerve. This can result in tingling and numbness of your hands and fingers. Tests For Rheumatoid Arthritis In the early stages of the disease, rheumatoid arthritis can mimic other joint diseases, making it difficult to diagnose the disease. A careful physical examination by your doctor, however, might show characteristic findings of rheumatoid arthritis, including swelling of specific joints in the hands and the presence of rheumatoid nodules. There is a blood test for rheumatoid arthritis that can clinch the diagnosis. It is called the “rheumatoid factor,” which is a test that detects the autoantibodies that are acting on your joints. Other tests for inflammation can help aid in the diagnosis of the disease. There are characteristic x-ray findings for rheumatoid arthritis. The joints will look deformed and there will be a lack of joint space noted on x-ray as the disease progresses. Treatments For Rheumatoid Arthritis Because there is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, the treatment is directed at controlling your symptoms and helping you feel better. There are some medications that will slow the degree of joint damage you will experience. There are several types of drugs used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Some are relatively easy to tolerate, while others have serious side effects that you should be aware of. Doctors usually start with the medications that are easiest to tolerate first. Here are some good treatments for rheumatoid arthritis. Steroid medications, such as prednisone or prednisolone, are helpful in that they reduce the pain and inflammation of the joints and can reduce the rate of joint damage. Unfortunately, they have side effects, such as osteoporosis, diabetes, and weight gain. Steroids are especially good when you have flares of the disease and are not meant to take chronically. NSAID medication. These include medications like ibuprofen and naproxen (unless you get one prescribed by the doctor). They are not without side effects, however, and these include liver damage, kidney damage, irritation of the stomach, heart problems, and tinnitus. Anti-Rheumatic drugs. These medications can actually lessen the damage done by the autoantibodies so that the joints aren’t permanently damaged. Medications in this class include Plaquenil, Azulfidine, methotrexate, and leflunomide. Because they can affect your immune system, they can cause side effect including suppression of your bone marrow, lung infections, and liver problems. Biologic medications. These represent a new class of medications that act on the immune system so that there is less inflammation and less joint damage. They can cause an increase in infections because they affect the immune system. Choices of biologic medications include adalimumab, abatacept, certolizumab, rituximab, and infliximab. Physical therapy. You may wish to see a physical therapist who can help you learn various exercises that will keep your joints more flexible. They may also help you learn how to do things around the house that don’t involve using your hands. Assistive devices may be prescribed for you that will help you do things without stressing the joints too much. Surgery can be done that can repair the damage to your joints. This includes things like joint replacement in which the damaged joints are removed and a prosthetic joint is put in its place. Tendons can also be repaired. In the worst case scenario, the surgeon can fuse the joints together so they don’t rub against one another.  
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  • 04 Nov 2017
    Scary Results From Eating Too Much Protein According to statistics, most individuals in the US take in 3-5 times more protein than they need. An ideal protein intake is about 0.5 grams (500 mg) of protein per pound of lean body mass. This calculates to about 40-70 grams of protein per day. While high protein diets are extremely popular, eating excessive amounts of protein can be damaging to your health.  The Dangers Of Eating Too Much Protein If you eat more protein than your body really can use can cause problems with your overall health and fitness in several ways.  Too much protein can lead to these health issues: Increased blood sugar Weight gain Too much body fat Stress on your kidneys, which must get rid of excess protein Loss of minerals from your bones Dehydration Cancer cell stimulation That being said, you need to know that your body cannot live without protein. While some amino acids can be made by the body, several essential amino acids cannot be made by the body tissues but must be taken in through food sources. Your amino acids are what make the protein that helps grow muscle, bony tissue, enzymes, and several hormones your body needs to survive.  Your body processes protein less efficiently as you age so that eating enough high quality protein becomes more important. You also need more protein during pregnancy so the fetus can use that protein in order to grow. Regular people who are not aging or pregnant can stick to eating 40-70 grams of protein daily as suggested. There is an upper limit as to how much protein your body has the ability to make use of. We eat, on average, much more protein than our bodies need as well as too much carbohydrate-containing foods and not enough foods high in healthy fat.  Part of the problem is that the consumption of meat has risen to a great degree in the last century. Most of this meat is not high quality meat and comes from animal farms where animals are fed grains that have been genetically altered instead of grass in a pasture. You should eat meat that has been pasture-fed but even this can lead to protein excesses in the body. What Protein Does In Your Body When you eat protein, your body takes what it needs and converts all of the rest of it into sugar and finally into fat. When your blood sugar levels are increased from eating too much protein, you put yourself at risk of getting infections by yeast (called Candidiasis) and pathogenic bacteria. The growth of cancer cells is stimulated by the excesses of sugar and fat in your body.  There is a biochemical pathway known as the mammalian target of rapamycin that is stimulated by having too much protein in your system. This pathway plays a role in cancer formation. In order to avoid stimulating the pathway, you need to keep your protein levels to the proper amounts. Eating too much protein causes stress on the kidneys. The kidneys are responsible for removing the nitrogenous waste products in the bloodstream and when there is too much protein, both the excess protein and water is lost through the kidneys, resulting in dehydration. This was proven in a research study that involved athletes who engaged in endurance sports.  Less Protein May Prolong Your Life There have been recent research studies that relate to calorie restriction and longevity. In particular, restriction of protein intake leads to a longer life, particularly restriction of the amino acid known as methionine. This is found in high levels in meats. Other research indicates that the balance of amino acids might be the most important factor in gaining a long life.  Calculating The Amount Of Protein You Need You need to know exactly how much protein you need to consume in order to be healthy. It can be calculated as taking in 500 mg of protein per pound of lean body mass or about 40-60 grams of protein daily. If you are excessively exercising or are pregnant, you need to take in about 25 percent more than that. You also need to remember that a serving of protein is about the size of one deck of cards. Then you need to estimate the amount of protein you need. Your lean body mass is your percent body fat subtracted from a hundred. Make that into a percentage and multiply that by your total weight in pounds. Multiply that number into 0.5 grams per pound to get your protein requirement for the day. What Foods To Eat To get the protein you need, but not too much, choose protein found in eggs, dairy products, meat, fish, legumes, seeds, and nuts. Forty grams of protein isn’t really very much: about two hamburger patties. You do not need to be a vegetarian to avoid eating too much protein. Read food labels and look up the amount of protein in the foods you are eating. If you are eating too much, just adjust your diet so you are eating the right amount of protein.
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  • Scary Results From Eating Too Much Protein According to statistics, most individuals in the US take in 3-5 times more protein than they need. An ideal protein intake is about 0.5 grams (500 mg) of protein per pound of lean body mass. This calculates to about 40-70 grams of protein per day. While high protein diets are extremely popular, eating excessive amounts of protein can be damaging to your health.  The Dangers Of Eating Too Much Protein If you eat more protein than your body really can use can cause problems with your overall health and fitness in several ways.  Too much protein can lead to these health issues: Increased blood sugar Weight gain Too much body fat Stress on your kidneys, which must get rid of excess protein Loss of minerals from your bones Dehydration Cancer cell stimulation That being said, you need to know that your body cannot live without protein. While some amino acids can be made by the body, several essential amino acids cannot be made by the body tissues but must be taken in through food sources. Your amino acids are what make the protein that helps grow muscle, bony tissue, enzymes, and several hormones your body needs to survive.  Your body processes protein less efficiently as you age so that eating enough high quality protein becomes more important. You also need more protein during pregnancy so the fetus can use that protein in order to grow. Regular people who are not aging or pregnant can stick to eating 40-70 grams of protein daily as suggested. There is an upper limit as to how much protein your body has the ability to make use of. We eat, on average, much more protein than our bodies need as well as too much carbohydrate-containing foods and not enough foods high in healthy fat.  Part of the problem is that the consumption of meat has risen to a great degree in the last century. Most of this meat is not high quality meat and comes from animal farms where animals are fed grains that have been genetically altered instead of grass in a pasture. You should eat meat that has been pasture-fed but even this can lead to protein excesses in the body. What Protein Does In Your Body When you eat protein, your body takes what it needs and converts all of the rest of it into sugar and finally into fat. When your blood sugar levels are increased from eating too much protein, you put yourself at risk of getting infections by yeast (called Candidiasis) and pathogenic bacteria. The growth of cancer cells is stimulated by the excesses of sugar and fat in your body.  There is a biochemical pathway known as the mammalian target of rapamycin that is stimulated by having too much protein in your system. This pathway plays a role in cancer formation. In order to avoid stimulating the pathway, you need to keep your protein levels to the proper amounts. Eating too much protein causes stress on the kidneys. The kidneys are responsible for removing the nitrogenous waste products in the bloodstream and when there is too much protein, both the excess protein and water is lost through the kidneys, resulting in dehydration. This was proven in a research study that involved athletes who engaged in endurance sports.  Less Protein May Prolong Your Life There have been recent research studies that relate to calorie restriction and longevity. In particular, restriction of protein intake leads to a longer life, particularly restriction of the amino acid known as methionine. This is found in high levels in meats. Other research indicates that the balance of amino acids might be the most important factor in gaining a long life.  Calculating The Amount Of Protein You Need You need to know exactly how much protein you need to consume in order to be healthy. It can be calculated as taking in 500 mg of protein per pound of lean body mass or about 40-60 grams of protein daily. If you are excessively exercising or are pregnant, you need to take in about 25 percent more than that. You also need to remember that a serving of protein is about the size of one deck of cards. Then you need to estimate the amount of protein you need. Your lean body mass is your percent body fat subtracted from a hundred. Make that into a percentage and multiply that by your total weight in pounds. Multiply that number into 0.5 grams per pound to get your protein requirement for the day. What Foods To Eat To get the protein you need, but not too much, choose protein found in eggs, dairy products, meat, fish, legumes, seeds, and nuts. Forty grams of protein isn’t really very much: about two hamburger patties. You do not need to be a vegetarian to avoid eating too much protein. Read food labels and look up the amount of protein in the foods you are eating. If you are eating too much, just adjust your diet so you are eating the right amount of protein.
    A To Z Health Nov 04, 2017 624 United States Community Health