Archive for February, 2007

High Blood Pressure in Children- Why it is on the rise and how you can protect your child

Posted in Health & Fitness, Living on February 27th, 2007

Although you may find it surprising that Cold and flu medication can increase blood pressure, you may be even more surprised to learn that high blood pressure is becoming more and more common among children.  In fact, it is estimated that nearly 5% of American children suffer from hypertension.

Why do so many children suffer from high blood pressure?  There are different reasons such as:

• Birth complications – babies who have high blood pressure are often born premature or have problems with their heart or kidneys
• Heredity – There is a history of high blood pressure in the family
• Unhealthy lifestyle – Many children live a sedentary lifestyle and eat poor diets, causing them to become overweight and experience unnatural stress.

An unhealthy lifestyle is the leading cause of high blood pressure in children.  Many children have become obese from eating a diet rich in high fatty processed foods, and consuming high sugar and caffeinated beverages such as soda.  Furthermore, children of today are much more content sitting in front of a TV or computer for hours on end.

Due to the fact that they are consuming too much fat and are failing to burn it off, this creates many health problems including high blood pressure, which can lead to heart failure, kidney disease, cardiovascular disease and diabetes in children.

Like adults, children should have their blood pressure checked on a regular basis, starting at the age of 3.  Regular blood pressure checks will be different depending on the health of the child in question.  If you discover that your child’s blood pressure is higher than normal, they should have their blood pressure checked again in 6 months.

It is imperative that you have your child’s blood pressure monitored regularly, because if it is not checked and he or she has hypertension, you will be oblivious to the condition until your child begins to exhibit the signs and symptoms including visual problems, dizziness, headaches, fatigue and shortness of breath.  Usually by the time these sings become present, the child is suffering from a sever case of high blood pressure.

How can hypertension be prevented in children?
Aside from taking your child for regular blood pressure checkups, you can help them maintain a healthy blood pressure level and prevent hypertension, even if the condition is hereditary, by –

• Providing a healthy diet – Limit processed and high fat foods, as well as sugar and caffeinated beverages.  Make sure your child is receiving plenty of water and the necessary portions of foods that contain the essential nutrients they need to help them grow and stay healthy.
• Encouraging exercise – Make sure your child exercises every day by bicycling, running, swimming, dancing, engaging in sports, etc.
• Reducing their exposure to secondhand smoke – If you or anyone in your home smokes, it’s time to quit.  Frequently exposing your child to the nicotine in second hand smoke increases their blood pressure.

Essentially, ensuring that your child lives a healthy lifestyle also means adopting a healthy lifestyle yourself.  You can’t expect your child to make healthy choices without your guidance.  You are their role model.

Finally, remember that even if your child is overweight but doesn’t have high blood pressure, it is still imperative that you do everything you can to help them attain their ideal weight by ensuring better eating habits and exercise.  The reason is because children who are overweight have a dramatically higher risk of developing high blood pressure and dangerous health complications such as heart disease, heart attack and stroke when they become overweight adults.

For more information about reducing blood pressure please visit The Blood Pressure Reduction Guide, where you can sign up for a free newsletter on lowering blood pressure naturally.

By Paul Johnson. Sign up for a free newsletter & discover other hypertension medication. On the site you’ll also find more about natural high blood pressure cure and what to do to lower blood pressure naturally.  

Endometriosis and Mirena Is it the Right Treatment for You?

Posted in Health & Fitness on February 23rd, 2007

Endometriosis and mirena treatment is something else you can consider if you find that controlling your diet by eliminating “bad” foods isn’t providing you with adequate relief. Mirena is used to treat endometriosis symptoms by limiting the amount of blood flow during menses.

What is Mirena? It is a form of contraception and a type of Intrauterine Contraceptive Device, commonly known as IUD’s or colis. Mirena is made up of light plastic, and is in the form of a T-shape. It is properly fitted and inserted into the womb by a doctor. It remains in place for a certain amount of time, and is then removed and a fresh Mirena coli is inserted.

How does Mirena work? As far as the benefits linked between controlling endometriosis and mirena treatment are concerned, mirena makes the bleeding during a menstrual cycle lighter than normal. This is achieved through the hormone levonorgestrel located on the mirena coli. Although Levonorgesterel is an ingredient also found in birth control pills, there is a much smaller dose in mirena.

Furthermore, levonorgesterel in mirena is distributed directly to the womb lining, which means there are no progesterone-like effects that can occur when the hormone travels through the blood stream as is the case with oral contraceptives.

What are the benefits? Studies have found that most women with endometriosis and mirena treatment have experienced the following benefits:

• Reduced dysmenorrhea (pain before and during menses)
• Reduced dyspareunia (pain during sexual intercourse)
• Reduces the risk of developing endometrial cancer

The reduction in pain is likely from limited blood loss during menses, which is due to the fact that blood can not build up because levonorgesterel prevents the womb from building up a lining.

Are there any negative side effects? Some people believe that endometriosis and mirena treatment is not a good match, due to the fact that it does increase the risk of developing benign, fluid filled ovarian cysts. Although not cancerous, these cysts can be quite painful when they break and lead to other complications.

Some other negative side effects that have been reported include:
• Change in menses (IE. Prolonged, frequent or heavy bleeding, spotting, irregular periods, painful periods, or no period at all)
• Weight gain
• Headache or migraine
• Moodiness
• Depression
• Nervousness
• Back pain
• Breast pain
• Vaginal discharge
• Acne
• Hair loss or growth
• Inflamed cervix
• Loss of libido
• Abdominal bloating
• Etc.

Remember, if you are taking mirena and experience any of the above symptoms or those not listed, contact your doctor or pharmacist right away.

Is mirena right for me? To help you decide if your symptoms of endometriosis and mirena treatment might be compatible, the following is information regarding women with health conditions who shouldn’t use this treatment:

• History or severe headaches or migraine
• Past, current, or suspected cases of cancer, especially those stimulated by sex hormones, as well as cervical cancer, liver cancer, and leukemia.
• History of ovarian cysts
• Risk of heart disease
• Angina
• Hypertension
• Diabetes
• Epilepsy
• AIDS
• Past or current case of blood clots, or a blood disorder that increases the risk of blood clots
• Post-menopausal women who have shrunken wombs
• Pregnant women
• Uterine fibroids
• Infection in the uterus
• Etc.

If you have endometriosis and mirena treatment interests you, make sure you consult your health care provider for more information, and to find out if mirena is for you.

By Shelley Ross. To find out more about endometriosis diagnosis and for information on endometriosis characteristics please visit Treat Endometriosis, where you can also sign up for a free newsletter focusing on treating endometriosis.

The Good News About Endometriosis After Menopause

Posted in Health & Fitness on February 22nd, 2007

Menopause is a time of life that most women dread, but if you’re an endometriosis sufferer, menopause may be the break you’ve been waiting for. Why? Menopause is a normal part of aging that virtually every woman experiences. It is the time when estrogen levels drop and the ovaries no longer produce eggs. As a result, a woman no longer has a menstruation cycle due to the natural cessation of ovarian function. Menopause is the end of a woman’s reproductive cycle.

Menopause usually occurs naturally for most women when they are in their late 40’s or early 50’s. However, some women may be pushed suddenly into menopause at any age if they have their ovaries removed, or take certain types of chemotherapies for cancer treatment.

Although menopause has its own host of unpleasant symptoms that a woman is forced to deal with as her body adapts to change, it has been known to have one positive side effect for endometriosis sufferers – It often puts an end to painful endometriosis symptoms.

To help you fully understand the positive influence menopause has on endometriosis, the following are some answers to common questions regarding the issue:

How does menopause improve endometriosis symptoms?
The hormone estrogen is no longer produced during menopause. Estrogen is what stimulates endometriosis growth. Thus, most women no longer feel pain, as the endometrial tissue no longer grows or breaks down because the menses cycle has ceased.

Does menopause cure endometriosis?
No, you need to understand that menopause does not cure endometriosis. However, for most women, it seems to put it in an eternal state of sleep. Nevertheless, symptoms of endometriosis can still occur at any time, even though for most women not taking hormone replacement therapy this is rare.

Can endometriosis symptoms still occur after menopause?
Yes. For some women, especially those who have a severe case of endometriosis and experienced strong symptoms prior to the stop of their cycle, endometriosis can still persist after menopause, especially if a woman has scar tissue. Often the reason why endometriosis persists is due to hormone replacement therapy that provides the body with estrogen, which is taken by women to help with menopausal symptoms.

Is hormone therapy necessary for menopause?
No. However, some women who go through menopause take hormone replacement therapy to help prevent and treat osteoporosis. Estrogen plays an important role in building and maintaining strong and healthy bones. Lack of estrogen causes cells that build bone to become less active, which increases the risk of bone loss.

Aside from keeping bones healthy, estrogen also plays a big role in keeping the vagina moist, helping it to guard against infection. Thus, many women take estrogen hormone replacement therapy for these reasons. Unfortunately, estrogen stimulates the growth of endometrial implants, which can lead to a recurrence in painful symptoms.

There are different ways you can help treat your menopausal symptoms caused by lack of estrogen without dramatically increasing your risk of reactivating endometriosis symptoms. Talk to your doctor about your condition. He or she may be able to provide you with treatment that limits the amount of estrogen you give back to your body, or they may be able to prescribe you creams or other treatments to help with vaginal dryness and other menopausal symptoms.
By Shelley Ross. Sign up for a free newsletter that uses proven methods to help women combat endometriosis at Treating Your Endometriosis. On the site you’ll also find more about the different stages of endometriosis and how to recognize the signs of endometriosis.