Posts Tagged ‘blood pressure’

Risks for kidney disease: How to keep your kidneys healthy this World Kidney Day

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

Happy World Kidney Day.

And you should be happy if your kidneys are functioning well.  You can’t live without at least one, you know.  Well, you can with treatment, but it’s such a pain.

Ask the approximately 150,000 Americans who have had to have a transplant, or the roughly 350,000 on dialysis.

And then there are the costs in dollars for treatment of end-stage renal disease (renal failure), over $32 billion per year, with Medicare fronting about $20 billion of that (6.7 percent of its overall expenditures).  The latest estimates are for a 60-percent increase by 2020.  Some of that is those with the disease will be living longer, but here is the take home message:

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Potassium may lower blood pressure naturally

Friday, November 21st, 2008

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

Not eating enough potassium appears to be related to high blood pressure—independent of how much salt you eat—reported Dr. Susan Hedayati at the American Society of Nephrology annual meeting.  (Dr. Hedayati works at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where I trained, since it is affiliated with Parkland Hospital.)

I look forward to the published study.  If you read my blog often, your next question should be …

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Consumer Reports rates blood pressure monitors and glucose meters

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

The blood pressure in some people goes up just thinking about a medical clinic (white-coat hypertension). It is fine otherwise. Others have elevated blood pressures at certain times of the day. If you have hypertension, prehypertension, or at high risk for getting it, you should consider getting your own cuff. Don’t take my word, look at the AHA recommedations that suggest the same.

If you get a cuff, you want one that is accurate, don’t you? Consumer Reportshelps with unbiased recommendations for blood pressure monitors, along with glucose meters, in their September issue, along with tips such as:

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Video and Study: Prehypertension affects young ages, increases heart-disease risk. A doctor’s advice.

Monday, July 28th, 2008

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

Today, I am excited to introduce a new video series from the American College of Physicians that highlights research findings from their journal, Annals of Internal Medicine, along with other pertinent medical news.

For each video we add (including this one), I will make comments here on the blog.

This week, the video explains a recent study on prehypertension–and finds that many develop the problem at a young age.

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