Viewing posts for the category Heart HealthAlicia Stallings Oftentimes when a member of a family or household is diagnosed with a condition that requires dietary and lifestyle changes, everyone in the household makes an effort to ensure that the person with the diagnosis follows the guidelines necessary to maintain their health. However, the commitment to lead a healthier lifestyle oftentimes ends with the individual directly affected by the illness. This may be because other individuals in the household are not interested in making lifestyle adjustments, or it may simply be because it does not occur to those not directly affected that they too may benefit from making changes to their lifestyles too. However, there are many advantages to familial participation in the various medically-based diets. This is particularly true in the case of lifestyle related illnesses---that is, conditions caused by diet, lifestyle and behavior, such as hypertension, heart disease and Type II Diabetes. This is also the case in households where someone is affected by Type I Diabetes. Roniece Weaver, MS, RD, LD But what is blood pressure? Its something everyone has and it’s something that we can’t do without. As blood is pumped through your body's arteries, it creates force against the inside walls of your blood vessels. The amount of blood the heart pumps and the resistance of the arteries determines your blood pressure. A "silent killer," ………..High blood pressure usually has no symptoms, but yet it can lead to serious and even life-threatening problems if left untreated. The good news is that there are ways to manage hypertension. David Pryor, MD The health of African-Americans has improved over the last forty years. Many factors have helped improve our health such as regular medical care, exercise, a healthy diet, and timely screening tests. We need to be aware of these preventative health practices to make sure we are properly screened in order to ensure a healthier future for ourselves and our families. Consult with your doctor or health provider who can help you tailor these summary recommendations to your specific health situation. What Is The Link Between Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)? We know that CVD is a major complication and a leading cause of premature death among people with diabetes. Here are some facts that emphasize the link between diabetes and CVD. Stroke is the third leading cause of death. Statistics show that African Americans have an increased risk of having a stroke compared to Caucasians, and they have a lower rate of surviving a stroke compared to Caucasians. Stroke is a debilitating, often deadly, disease that needs to be addressed by our nation, especially the African American population.