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Is Mirena IUD Fattening?

Is Mirena IUD Fattening?

One of the most important problems and also most controversial in our lives is the weight gain and the resulting obesity and its consequences. It is an extremely complex issue […]

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Bladder Cancer Symptoms & What To Watch Out For

Bladder Cancer Symptoms & What To Watch Out For

If you’re like me, the first sign of discomfort has you thinking that there might be something terribly wrong. It is good, however, to be cautious and not dismiss medical symptoms that could be telling you that you have a particular condition. At the very least, you can discuss the symptoms with your doctor, especially if the symptoms together spell out bad news.

It’s important to know what symptoms to look out for when it comes to developing cancer of the bladder, especially as you get older. Certain cancer symptoms throw up red flags immediately, such as when you notice there is blood in your urine. Bloody urine doesn’t necessarily mean you have bladder cancer, but it is a symptom, and you’re likely to get that type of symptom checked out immediately.

Do you find yourself going to the bathroom more often than usual? Do you feel pain when urinating? How about those times that you go to the bathroom even when your bladder isn’t full, yet you feel the need to go right then. As you can see, some of these minor symptoms could be anything, but together, they can spell out for you that you need to see a doctor and have the symptoms assessed to see if it’s possible you do have bladder cancer.

If bladder cancer progresses, you could experience even worse symptoms, and so you don’t want to wait for things to get worse. You might not be able to urinate at all, your feet and even your bones might ache, and you would start losing weight and feel like you’re not hungry.

Early detection is very important when it comes to any type of cancer, and so cancer of the bladder is no different. Be mindful of these irritating symptoms, and don’t just dismiss them as nothing serious.

As seen on cancercareging.com

Natural Ways to Control Arthritis and Also Lower Your Cholesterol

Natural Ways to Control Arthritis and Also Lower Your Cholesterol

According to cholesterolmenu.com, lowering your cholesterol levels does not necessarily imply adding another drug to the list. The changes in diet and lifestyle can often have a positive impact. You may be surprised to discover that some of the measures to control arthritis can also serve to decrease the level of blood cholesterol.

Here are 10 steps worth trying:

1. Reduce intake of unhealthy fats

Reduce your intake of foods such as meats (organ meats; processed meats, including sausages, salami), cow’s milk and ice cream; chips, butter, lard and animal fats.

2. Add more fiber

Soluble fiber that is found in oats, apples, beans, peaches, plums, bananas and broccoli, reduces cholesterol absorption in the intestines. Try eating 10 or more grams a day, which is in a couple of servings of oatmeal or a few peaches or bananas.

3. Snack on nuts

Studies show that walnuts and almonds can have a significant effect on the level of LDL (“bad” cholesterol). Two ounces (about a handful) daily is what is required.

4. Be selective

The same omega-3 fish relieving inflammation of arthritis can produce a drop in cholesterol. Try to consume preferably, omega-3s from oily fish (mackerel, trout, salmon, albacore) and flaxseed oil every week.

5. Change your cooking oil

Change the cooking oil regularly for olive oil and lower your LDL cholesterol without affecting HDL (or “good” cholesterol). About two tablespoons a day is all that is required to obtain benefits. Also, you may notice improvements in inflammatory arthritis.

6. Look for fortified foods

Plant-derived compounds called sterols inhibit the absorption of cholesterol. Several products fortified with these supplements have reached supermarkets in recent years. Look for them in orange juice, margarine, and yogurt.

7. Slim

One of the best tactics to reduce stress on joints affected by arthritis is also one of the best for lowering cholesterol: dieting (healthy and safe dieting of course – not fad diet). Lowering just 10 pounds is often enough to produce results in both cases.

8. Move

Staying active can help lower cholesterol levels, even if you do not lose weight. The moderate physical activity can raise the good HDL cholesterol.

9. Quit smoking

If you smoke, quit to helping increase your HDL cholesterol level.

10. Consult your doctor

If the change of diet and lifestyle are not sufficient, of course, consult your doctor. He can give more tips, such as the possibility of adding medication to regulate cholesterol.