Articles on General Health Topics

High Blood Pressure Medications

High Blood Pressure Medications At some point in the lives of most people, diet, exercise, and good living are not enough to keep blood pressure at “normal,” safe levels. (See Blood Pressure Lifestyle Modifications). At this point, medical therapy for blood pressure can be not only helpful but also essential for maintaining a healthy life…. Read more

How To Lower Blood Pressure Naturally

How To Lower Blood Pressure Naturally The old adage, “Eat right and exercise,” still holds true today. Maintaining a low fat, low cholesterol diet (as well as eating enough potassium, calcium, and magnesium) is essential to maintaining a healthy blood pressure and a healthier overall lifestyle.1 The same holds true for exercise. Combining the appropriate… Read more

Cholesterol Introduction

Cholesterol is a waxy steroid and is transported in the blood stream. It is produced by the liver and is present in foods of animal origin. The understanding that modern medical science has of it has changed dramatically over time. Although it is a major contributor to the plaque that forms on the walls of an… Read more

The Lipid Panel

The Lipid Panel1,2,3,4,5 When you go to the doctor to get your cholesterol checked, he or she orders a “lipid panel.” The lipid panel is a profile of the various types of cholesterol in an individual’s blood and usually includes the following: Total Cholesterol Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) Cholesterol High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL) Cholesterol Triglycerides The purpose… Read more

Familial Hypercholesterolemia

Familial Hypercholesterolemia Certain individuals have an extremely significant genetic predisposition (aka familial hypercholesterolemia1) to elevated cholesterol levels, particularly LDL cholesterol. These individuals are either heterozygous (1 of 2 genes) or homozygous (2 of 2 genes) for certain genes that cause extremely high cholesterol. These individuals may have LDL cholesterol levels ranging into the 1000’s. They… Read more

Cholesterol Medications

Cholesterol Medications The following article provides information on the major classes of cholesterol medications, including statins, selective cholesterol uptake inhibitors, cholesterol binding resins, fibric acid derivatives, and nicotinic acid.   Statins (HMG CoA Reductase Inhibitors): Statins are the first line cholesterol medications for treating elevated cholesterol levels. They have the greatest efficacy in lowering LDL… Read more

Lowering Cholesterol: Non-Medical Cholesterol Treatments

Lowering Cholesterol: Non-Medical Cholesterol Treatments1 The general consensus in cholesterol management is “the lower, the better.” There are two major lifestyle modifications for lowering cholesterol. Diet: This is the obvious first step in improving one’s cholesterol profile. Maintaining an appropriate weigh is essential. Diets should be low in saturated fats and simple carbohydrates and high… Read more

Male Sexual Problems and Urinary Problems Introduction

Male Sexual Problems and Urinary Problems Introduction Genitourinary (reproductive and urinary) problems increase in prevalence with aging. With the length of life expectancy in the US, the majority of men will probably be affected by a genitourinary problem during their lifetime. The most common genitourinary problems include prostate cancer, benign prostate hyperplasia, erectile dysfunction, ejaculatory… Read more

Erectile Dysfunction

THE BAD NEWS Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the most common form of sexual dysfunction. Sadly, an estimated 18-30 million Americans are affected by ED.1 THE GOOD NEWS Erectile dysfunction can be treated or even prevented simply by  improving overall health. Also, many effective prescription treatments are available. Read on to understand what erectile dysfunction is,… Read more