High Blood Pressure – A common problem that could affect anyone.

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) is a chronic health condition where the pressure of the blood flowing through the arteries is persistently high. Hypertension is a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases like heart attack and stroke.

What causes high blood pressure?

There are two types of hypertension: Primary Hypertension and Secondary Hypertension.

Primary Hypertension is the most common type of hypertension (>90% of all cases) and it is usually associated with unhealthy lifestyle (obesity, excess salt intake) and genetic factors.

Secondary Hypertension is caused by underlying condition such as kidney disease or hormonal disorder.

How do I know if I have high blood pressure?

Most patients with hypertension has no symptoms. However, some may experience giddiness, fainting spells, headache and neck ache.

How can I control my high blood pressure?

  1. Monitor your blood pressure regularly
  2. Work with your doctor to help you make a plan to lower your high blood pressure effectively.
  3. Have a lifestyle change such as maintaining your weight, have a well-balance diet and exercise frequently.
  4. Do not smoke
  5. Take your medication based on what the doctor has advised.

Why blood pressure matters?

High blood pressure may result in the hardening and narrowing of arteries and increases your risk for dangerous health conditions such as heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, chronic heart failure and peripheral artery disease.

At Acumed Medical Group, our screening and examinations would be able to quickly identify risks like high blood pressure that can be dangerous if left untreated and hence its best to seek treatment early at our clinics.

*This articles in no way represent the medical advices of Acumed Medical Group and is intended solely for blogging purposes

 

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What is the big deal about cholesterol?

Cholesterol is essential for your body to function properly. It is used to make hormones, build new cells, protect nerves and other important functions. Your body get cholesterol from what is produce by the liver and from the food you eat.

What is the difference between good and bad cholesterol?

There are two main types of cholesterol: High-density lipoprotein (HDL) and Low-density lipoprotein (LDL).

LDL is bad cholesterol because too much LDL in your blood can cause your arteries to become narrow and hard. HDL is good cholesterol because it prevents excess cholesterol from building up in the blood vessel.

What happen if you have high blood cholesterol?

If not well-managed and controlled, high blood cholesterol can lead to heart attack or stroke. This is because excess cholesterol will clog up the arteries for the blood to flow through. Lowering of abnormal LDL cholesterol level is most crucial in the prevention of these complications.

You would be able to know the good and bad cholesterol percentage in your body when you go for a health screening at Acumed medical


What are the ways to reduce your cholesterol?

  • Reduce consumption of food high in saturated and trans fat.
  • Maintain a healthy weight through exercise and balanced diet.
  • Eat more fibre such as whole grain food, vegetables, fruit and beans.
  • Quit smoking

*This articles in no way represent the medical advices of Acumed Medical Group and is intended solely for blogging purposes

 

 

 

Are you having enough sleep?

Having a good quality sleep is important to us as it get our mind and body rested after a long day. Being sleep deprived could result in loss of concentration, slower response and easily irritated or depressed. Sleep plays a crucial role in protecting our physical and mental health.

  1. Why good sleep is important?

Following are some reasons:

– Good sleep improve concentration and productivity.

– Good sleep maximize athletic performance

– Good sleep improve your immunity system.

– Sufficient sleep helps to enhance memory.

  1. What are good sleeping habits?

Good sleeping habits includes:

– Have a regular sleep schedule to let your body have a natural sleep-wake cycle.

– Create a comfortable sleeping environment.

– Do not eat a heavy meal before sleeping.

– Do not consume caffeine or alcohol before sleeping.

  1. What are the effects of lack of sleep?

Lack of sleep could lead to the following:

– Decrease concentration and productivity.

– Increase risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart diseases.

– Poor sleep link to depression and affect your emotions negatively.

  1. What to do if you have sleeping disorder?

If you have trouble sleeping for some time, please visit a doctor to seek medical treatment or try to make a lifestyle change which could help you to sleep better.

As with other doctors, the doctors at Acumed singapore would also always advise that one of the best and easiest way to stay healthy is to always to have adequate rest.

*This articles in no way represent the medical advices of Acumed Medical Group and is intended solely for blogging purposes

Diabetes Mellitus (What is it all about?)

What is Diabetes Mellitus?

Diabetes Mellitus is a condition where the amount of glucose in your blood is too high because the body cannot use it properly. This is because your pancreas does not produce any insulin, or not enough insulin, to help glucose enter your body’s cells or the insulin that is produced does not work properly (known as insulin resistance).

What cause Diabetes Mellitus?

Type 1 Type 2
Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus develops when the insulin producing cells in the body

have been destroyed and the body is unable to produce any insulin.

The exact cause of Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus is unknown, but genetics is a

big factor. A number of genetics region are closely linked with Type 1

Diabetes Mellitus.

Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus develops when the insulin producing cells in the body are unable to produce enough insulin, or when the insulin that is produced does not work properly.

 

Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus can be pass down by family member or cause by unhealthy lifestyle factors such as obesity or poor diet.

Any complications?

Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to coronary heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, eye disease, foot disease and nerve disease.

What should we do to prevent diabetes?

85 % of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and its side effects can be prevented, delayed or effectively treated. Prevent diabetes by doing the following:

  • Have a healthy diet
  • Exercise regularly
  • Have timely medical check up
  • Weight management

It is always important to go for health screening at least once annually at Acumed Medical clinics, so that you can identify and treat any illness early.

*This articles in no way represent the medical advices of Acumed Medical Group and is intended solely for blogging purposes