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How Does Inflammation Affect Metabolic Health?

Inflammation, as we typically define it, is the body’s immune response to harmful stimuli such as toxins, pathogens, radiation, and damaged cells. When the body recognizes a foreign substance, it releases inflammatory mediators to remove harmful stimuli through various actions such as recruiting white blood cells. An acute inflammation can also become a chronic inflammation when uncontrolled or...

What Is Hypertension?

Hypertension is a medical term that refers to high blood pressure. It is defined as having a systolic blood pressure of >130 mm Hg or a diastolic blood pressure of >80 mm Hg or requiring antihypertensive (ie, blood pressure-lowering) medication(s). Hypertension is categorized into stage 1 and stage 2 hypertension.

Aging and Metabolic Health

Aging is associated with various physiological changes, including alterations in metabolic health, and is known to be a key nonmodifiable (ie, factors that cannot be controlled or changed) factor for various chronic and metabolic diseases, including cardiovascular (ie, heart and blood-vessel related) diseases (CVDs), cancers, diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases (eg, Alzheimer’s disease), and metabolic syndromes

What Is a Healthy Weight?

Maintaining a healthy weight is crucial for overall health. It is well known that obesity is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality, associated with an array of health issues such as dyslipidemia (ie, imbalance of blood lipid levels), coronary artery disease (ie, diseases of the heart’s blood vessels), diabetes, sleep apnea, liver disease, and certain types of...

Understanding Blood Pressure

What Is Blood Pressure?  The heart is constantly beating to supply oxygen-rich blood to all the organs and tissues in the body. The blood vessels in the body transport this oxygen-rich blood and experiences pressure with each heartbeat. This pressure can be measured with a blood pressure meter, which measures the pressure within the large arteries.