DR. NATHAN'S HEALTH BLOG

How our microbes make us who we are

Rob Knight is a pioneer in studying human microbes, the community of tiny single-cell organisms living inside our bodies that have a huge — and largely unexplored — role in our health. “The three pounds of microbes that you carry around with you might be more important than every single gene you carry around in your genome,” he says. Find out why.

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Hypertension / High Blood Pressure and Sodium Intake

Hypertension / High Blood Pressure and Sodium Intake Normal blood pressure – Systolic <120 mmHg and diastolic <80 mmHgElevated blood pressure – Systolic 120 to 129 mmHg and diastolic <80 mmHg Hypertension: Stage 1 – Systolic 130 to 139 mmHg or diastolic 80 to 89 mmHg Stage 2 – Systolic at least 140 mmHg or diastolic at least 90 mmHg NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) data from 2011 to 2014 demonstrated that 46 percent of adults 18 years and older in the United States had hypertension. This translates into 103 million adults.  Age, obesity, lack of physical activity, excess sodium consumption, lack of restful sleep, excess alcohol consumption is some of the risk factors for hypertension. In addition, there are medications like oral contraceptives, Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents, certain antidepressants, over the counter decongestants and weight loss medications that can also increase blood pressure as a side effect. Lifestyle

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Harvard Health

https://www.health.harvard.edu/ About Harvard Health. Edu Harvard Health Publishing is the media and publishing division of the Harvard Medical School of Harvard University, under the direction of Dr. David H. Roberts, Dean for External Education. The goal of our publications is to bring people around the world the most current health information that is authoritative, trustworthy, and accessible, drawing on the expertise of the 10,000+ faculty physicians at Harvard Medical School. Working with partners in the media and publishing industry, Harvard Health Publishing publishes information about health and wellness through all types of media: newsletters, reports, books, mobile apps, video, web-based interactive tools and our websites (www.health.harvard.edu and www.HarvardProstateKnowledge.org) In addition, Harvard Health Publishing content is made available to the public through a syndicated daily newspaper column as well through licensing arrangements with a wide range of public and corporate websites. Harvard Medical School was founded in 1782 and encompasses 18 affiliated hospitals with more than 11,000 members

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Top 10 Sources of Sodium

https://www.cdc.gov/salt/sources.htm More than 40% of the sodium we eat each day comes from only 10 types of food. Many people are surprised to learn which foods are on the list because the foods do not always taste salty. Top Sources of Sodium1 Breads and rolls Pizza Sandwiches Cold cuts and cured meats Soups Burritos and tacos Savory snacks* Chicken Cheese Eggs and Omelets *Chips, popcorn, pretzels, snack mixes, and crackers The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for AmericansExternal recommend that Americans consume less than 2,300 milligrams (mg) of sodium each day as part of a healthy eating pattern. Knowing which foods are the biggest contributors to sodium in your diet is an important step in reducing daily sodium intake to a healthy level. To figure out the amount of sodium in a food, check the Nutrition Facts label, which lists sodium content per serving. Sodium content is listed in milligrams (mg). Sodium Adds Up

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6 Ways to Take Control of Your Health

Lifestyle medicine is an evidence-based approach to preventing, treating and even reversing diseases by replacing unhealthy behaviors with positive ones — such as eating healthfully, being physically active, managing stress, avoiding risky substance abuse, adequate sleep and having a strong support system. Download the PDF here

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Mayo Clinic Health Letter

https://healthletter.mayoclinic.com/ About Mayo Clinic Health Letter The mission of Mayo Clinic Health Letter is to help you achieve a healthier life by providing reliable, easy-to-understand health information. Every word is reviewed by a team of Mayo Clinic doctors and health professionals for accuracy, reliability and clarity. First published in 1983, Health Letter has more than 500,000 satisfied subscribers worldwide. Subscribers receive 12 monthly issues plus four Special Reports on individual health topics and a year-end index of articles published over the past three years. It’s the only major health newsletter that includes full-color medical illustrations and photographs to increase your understanding. Mayo Clinic Health Letter is available Online! Mayo Clinic has long embraced technology as a means to bring world-class care to its patients. With Mayo Clinic Health Letter — Online Edition, subscribers can enjoy instant access to our entire library of past issues and special reports, plus special bonus

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American College of Physicians – Patient Education Center

https://www.acponline.org/practice-resources/patient-education/online-resources The American College of Physicians (ACP) is a diverse community of internal medicine specialists and subspecialists united by a commitment to excellence. Internists apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness. With 159,000 members in countries across the globe, ACP is the largest medical-specialty society in the world. ACP and its physician members lead the profession in education, standard-setting, and the sharing of knowledge to advance the science and practice of internal medicine. Mission To enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine. Vision To be recognized globally as the leader in promoting quality patient care, advocacy, education and career fulfillment in internal medicine and its subspecialties. Goals To establish and promote the highest clinical standards and ethical ideals; To promote and respect diversity, inclusion,

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

https://www.cdc.gov/ CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same. CDC increases the health security of our nation. As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats. To accomplish our mission, CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise.

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NutritionFacts.org

https://nutritionfacts.org/ About NutritionFacts.org Whenever there is a new drug or surgical procedure, you can be assured that you or your doctor will probably hear about it because there’s a corporate budget driving its promotion. But what about advances in the field of nutrition? The reason we don’t see ads on TV for broccoli is the same reason groundbreaking research on the power of foods and eating patterns to affect our health and longevity gets lost and buried in the medical literature–there’s no profit motive. It may not make anyone money, but what if our lives would profit? Did you know there are diets proven to not only prevent and treat but reverse our #1 killer, heart disease, along with other deadly diseases such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure? Yet doctors get little if any formal nutrition training in medical school, graduating without some of the most powerful tools available

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