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Saturday, March 24, 2012
Health Threats You Can't Ignore!
Usually when you get a nosebleed or a pimple your first instinct is to head to the doctor's office. Most of the time, it's not something to worry about. Sometimes something that seems small is an indication of something bigger going on. These are "third-tier" complaints that just might be trying to warn you about a first-tier problem.
Nosebleed - We usually write off random nosebleeds because we think we know the cause-dry air, aggresive nose blowing, angry ex girlfriends... But out-of-the-blue nosebleeds can also be one of the few outward signs of high blood pressure, a condition that strikes nearly 8 percent of men between the ages of 20 and 34. If you don't have your blood pressure checked anually, your tip-off may come from a nasal gush. The small vessels in the nose have tiny cracks, and the high pressure pushes blood out of them. Make an appintment with your Doc and get yourself checked out. Anything between 120/80 and 139/89 is Pre-Hypertension ( The numbers that come right before high BP is diagnosed ). Anything over 140/90 or higher indicates full-blown high BP and the need for meds.
Whatever your score, try to begin every morning with oatmeal topped with flaxseed (Gross, I would stick with fresh blueberries). People who eat foods high in Omega-3 and fiber drop their BP as much as 3 points.