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High Blood Pressure

Debra Murray |

Hypertension, more commonly known as high blood pressure, is a serious health condition which affects nearly one in three American adults. If left untreated, hypertension weakens blood vessels, damages the heart and kidneys, and significantly increases the likelihood of stroke and heart disease. While typically associated with adults over the age of 50, patients as young as 20 can present with hypertension, whether from lifestyle choices or as the result of a preexisting condition. Fortunately, high blood pressure is a manageable condition by patients who adopt several lifestyle changes.   Signs and Symptoms    Unlike hypotension, or low blood pressure, high...

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Hiking

Debra Murray |

Take a Hike and Take Charge of Fitness If you love the outdoors and are looking for new ways to improve your fitness, hiking may be your answer. Hiking can seem intimidating because it is easy to imagine professionals trekking across the Appalachian trail or traversing the Pacific Crest Trail. However, most hikers are not high performance athletes, but regular people who simply enjoy getting out into nature, while improving physical fitness.    The World Health Organization recommends older adults engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per week or 75 minutes of high-intensity aerobic activity. Most...

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Hobbies

Debra Murray |

Best Pain Relievers for Crafting or Hobbies  As adults approach their senior years, and for those already in them, many search to find an enjoyable activity. Perhaps to help relieve tension or pent-up emotions, such as those experienced by people preparing for retirement, or maybe to help fill what used to be time spent on the job.    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Americans typically spend five to six hours per day on leisure activities such as creative hobbies. $1.3 billion was spent in 2013 making the hobby and crafts industry a big business.      Popular and Growing...

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