How do you Define Obesity?The term morbid obesity refers to patients who are 50 - 100%, or 100 pounds above their ideal body weight. Alternatively, a BMI (body mass index) value greater than 39 may be used to diagnose morbid obesity.Various studies indicates that about 31 percent of American teenage girls and 28 percent of boys are somewhat overweight. An additional 15 percent of American teen girls and nearly 14 percent of teen boys are obese. Causes include fast food, snacks with high sugar and fat content, use of automobiles, increased time spent in front of TV sets and computers, and a generally more sedentary lifestyles than slimmer peers.While 15.5 percent of the general population of children is obese, 21.1 percent of the headache patients met the criteria for obesity, the researchers found.The prevalence of overweight and obesity is increasing in all major socioeconomic and ethnic groups, including children and younger adults between 25 and 44.BMI for ObesityIn people under 18, obesity is defined as a BMI in the 95th percentile for a person's age group, meaning it is higher than that of 95 percent of his or her peers. A BMI in the 85th to 95th percentile puts a young person at risk of obesity, while healthy BMI is between the 6th and 85th percentiles.Obesity and Health ProblemsOverweight children and teens are more likely than thinner youngsters to have headaches. Headaches among overweight youngsters also tend to be more frequent too.Affected people may gradually develop hypoxemia, which is decreased blood oxygen saturation, and have problems with sleep apnea, which is periodic cessation of breathing while asleep.Permanent Solution to Obesity!However, with the advances in the medical world, there is now a permanent solution to obesity. This method is permanent and is called the Gastric Bypass Surgery. This Gastric Bypass Surgery must be performed by a certified plastic surgeon. It is extremely safe and it is the most effective method in combating obesity! We urge you to find out more about Gastric Bypass as the permanent solution for you!
Gout is a common type of arthritis that causes inflammation, swelling and pain of the joints. The disease is caused by the accumulation of uric crystals at the level of the joints and muscular tissues. In many cases, the underlying cause of gout is high serum uric acid concentration. Uric acid is a substance synthesized during the bodys purine metabolism, having no physiological importance inside the organism. In fact, uric acid is a waste product excreted by the kidneys through urine. High serum uric acid levels are the result of either overproduction or inappropriate excretion of uric acid. The great majority of gout cases are caused by under-excretion of uric acid, as a consequence of renal dysfunctions. Although hyperucemia (high levels of serum uric acid) is considered to be directly related with the development of gout, the disease isnt always caused by this factor. For instance, people may develop gout even on the premises of normal serum uric acid levels, while many people with hyperucemia dont actually develop gout. Although the symptoms of gout closely resemble the clinical manifestation of rheumatoid arthritis, there doesnt seem to be a connection between these two disorders. Gout is generally diagnosed upon patients clinical manifestations. However, in order to confirm the diagnosis, doctors often perform additional tests, such as blood analyses or tissue examinations under the microscope. The process of diagnosing gout involves revealing traces of uric acid accumulation at the level of the joints and soft tissues. Gout sufferers usually have serum uric acid levels above the average of 7 mg per dL. Although hyperucemia isnt always the primary cause of gout, people affected by the disease generally have elevated serum uric acid concentrations. Gout is often the result of uric acid overproduction, facilitated by food regimens that contain high levels of purines. However, sometimes the body overproduction of uric acid is the consequence of physiological abnormalities. Recently conducted experiments have identified various physiological dysfunctions in people diagnosed with gout, such as abnormal activity of the enzymes that control purine synthesis. Gout is considered to have a pronounced genetic character and it can often be seen in people who have a family history of the disease. In some cases, gout occurs due to under-excretion of uric acid. This waste product is eliminated by the kidneys, through urine, or by the gastrointestinal tract, through stools. However, the primary cause for the under-excretion of uric acid is abnormal activity of the kidneys. Thus, people with kidney disorders are exposed to a high risk of developing gout. The symptoms of gout are generally episodic and they often involve intense pain in the joints. Pain attacks tend to intensify at night and they may last anywhere from a few hours to a few days. The medical treatment of gout generally acts on two levels: it normalizes serum uric acid levels and relieves gout attacks. In order to ameliorate pain attacks, doctors usually prescribe gout sufferers non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, colchinide or injections with corticosteroids. Medications such as probenecid, sulfinpyrazone and allopurinol are usually used in the treatment of gout for preventing the recurrence of pain attacks. Corroborated with an appropriate diet and lifestyle improvements, medical treatments available today can in time overcome gout, also minimizing the chances of relapse.
Just a few hours ago, a friend of mine related to me how frustrating her experience was buying from a drugstore. She told me the most absurdly funny story about how a certain drugstore, not so far away from their house, took two hours of her precious time just for let her buy some muscle relaxants. Who would have expected that for a task which one would expect to be urgently done, something as irritatingly taxing can actually happen instead. This was the story she told me, which would have been better delivered personally by my friend with her animated gestures and vivid facial expressions.The day started rather sunny, which is why it was kind of surprising when a heavy downpour of rain happened during midday. The adventure all started when my friend's cousin decided to wear some slippers to school that day. It was because of those pair of slippers that she easily slipped (Maybe this has got to do with the footwear being "slippers") when the roads became slippery. With such a situation, there seems to be no escape at all. Bottom line is this, her cousin experienced a strain and had to take some muscle relaxants to get well the soonest possible time. Unfortunately, the poor girl is unable to make the necessary errands of buying the much-needed medications herself. Which is the very reason why my friend, being the kind cousin that she is, volunteered to do the tasks instead. And this act of kindness began one of the most unforgettable days that she had in her entire life.After obtaining the prescription from their family doctor, she went to walk toward the nearest pharmacy from their home. The rain was still pouring heavily as a speeding car passed by. As one might expect on a day which began badly, the car's tire hit a puddle of rainwater which sent the brown, muddy water flying toward my friend. Luckily, it only hit the lower part of her dress. This was not the worst scenario, however. Upon her arrival at the drugstore, she was dismissively told that the drug she was looking for was not available anymore. Feeling worried and some sense of urgency for her cousin, she told the attendant at the pharmacy if she can have the generic form instead. The lady told her to wait for a while as she would ask first if that will be allowed. Awhile took a few minutes, a few minutes turned to almost an hour, then two hours. In between those agonizing two hours, she was asked to get another prescription, she argued to personally talk to the manager or pharmacist (which for unknown reason cannot attend to her within the two hours she waited), and finally persuaded the lady to provide some medication out of reason and pity (An appeal that usually worked effectively to make people agree).She went home that afternoon still damp, hungry, and with aching feet. Had it not been for her cousin's condition, she would never bear any of those arguments longer than she can say "nevermind then". She even swore never to buy from a pharmacy again, well maybe not from the pharmacy where she spent hours waiting and arguing. After a few hours she called to say that she changed her mind about her decision of not buying from drugstores anymore. This was after she heard of an online drugstore that never had to make her wait, never had to make her walk under the rain, and never had to start with her an argument. Online, all she needed to do was fill-in some forms, assure the site that an appropriate prescription has been obtained, pay for the products, and get a no-cost, hassle-free delivery. All she had to do next is wait for the deliveries at the comforts of her home.Thank goodness, therefore, for online pharmacies. As a matter of fact, despite my friend's cousin's difficulty in walking, she can still make the orders online herself. Worst case scenario is for those who live alone and suddenly get involved in an unlucky circumstance, a similar accident let us say, with no one to take care of them except themselves. At least, because of online drugstores, there is still a chance for immediate treatment.
Birth control pills are one of the most common methods of contraception aside from condoms. However, unlike men who just have to look for the right size and fit to find one that is suitable for them, women cannot just use a pack of pills and switch to another for their next cycle. Similar to dating, most women may have to try and endure different pills and their side effects before finding the right one. For women who are thinking of switching birth control pills, below is guide on making the switch as smooth as possible: 1. Discuss plans to switch pills with your gyne.Your gynecologist is your primary ally in your quest for better sexual health. Discuss the effects of your current pills with your gynecologist and how these affect your daily activities. Your gyne can help you determine whether these side effects are normal or are in excess. If you have a specific brand of pills in mind, confide in your gynecologist. There are two kinds of pills, combination pills and progestin-only pills. Depending on the kind, most pills have similar formulations. Your new pill of choice may have the same formulation as your current pill which will make the switch ineffective. 2. Continue taking your old pill while waiting for the go-signal to switch.When your gyne warned you about stopping and switching to another pill during the middle of your cycle, heed the advice. Stopping and switching to another pill during the middle of your cycle can cause breakthrough or heavy bleeding and other symptoms like nausea and headaches. Aside from these, switching at the wrong time increases the chances of unwanted pregnancies and decreases the effectivity of the new pill. 3. Take your placebo or inactive pills while waiting.Birth control pills are usually on 21-day cycles with 7 days of free-pill days before you start on a new pack. If you and your gyne agreed to switch on the next cycle, take your placebo pills during the 7 days in between your cycles. This will cause you to have a period and prime your body for the next cycle and new pills. 4. Use additional birth control method.Pills need 7 days in your system to be fully effective in preventing pregnancies. So after starting your new pill pack, consider and use another birth control method when you engage in sexual intercourse. Additional birth control methods can come in the form of condoms or spermicides. 5. Give your body time to adjust.Allow yourself a few cycles of using the new pill before deciding whether it is suitable for you. It is normal to experience irregular symptoms after your first cycle of taking the new pill. It may take a long time before your body can get accustomed to the switch and change in hormones. You may have to endure a few side effects like headaches, excess weight, or heavy bleeding during this adjustment period. If the symptoms really worry you, consult your gyne about them.
Name any famous celebrity or Hollywood star and chances are high that he or she has a skin care specialist to take care of his or her skin care needs. Having a "skin care specialist" lets these celebrities get customized skin care that is specially designed for the needs of their skin. If you want to have Hollywood-worthy skin, getting a skin care specialist should be high up on your list. Below are some tips on choosing your own skin care specialist: 1. Get recommendations from people who know the beauty industry.If you have friends with great skin or know people who work in the beauty industry, take this as an opportunity to ask them for referrals and recommendations to their most trusted skin care specialists. Their great skin should be testament enough to the quality of work and service you can expect from the skin care specialist they recommended. 2. Be informed about the requirements of being a skin care specialist.With a lot of little facial centers and spas sprouting up, you cannot be too careful about entrusting your skin to just anyone. Ensure that the skin care specialist you are going to see is fully qualified by the standards set the Bureau of Barbering and Cosmetology. Minimum requirements for a skin care specialist are as follows: certificate of completion of a 600-hour skin care course from a Bureau-approved school, passing grade from a Bureau-administered written and practical exam, and a license. 3. Check for certificates of attendance to recent skin care seminars.Skin care is a fast-evolving industry with new technologies and techniques developed regularly. Any [*_*] who is serious about his profession will be on the look out for seminars and training workshops for modern skin care. 4. Consider attitude and service in choosing a specialist.You will be working closely with your [*_*] in your quest for great skin. Hence, it is important that your [*_*] has the right attitude and outlook about his or her profession. A good [*_*] should actively seek out the needs of his or her client and be able to discuss critical options and methods prior to treatment. It is okay to switch to another specialist if you have an uncomfortable working relationship with your specialist. 5. Opt for a [*_*] that can provide a wide array of services.Although all [*_*]s have knowledge of different skin care treatments, some choose to specialize in one. Specialization is good but this means that you have to find another specialist for different treatments. Instead, for continuity's sake, choose a specialist that is skilled in providing different skin care treatments. Choosing a [*_*] is not a decision that must be taken lightly. Your skin is the first thing people notice when they look at you so it is important to entrust it to someone capable. Research and do your homework before looking for your own [*_*] to ensure that you get the best one for your needs and budget.