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Heart Attacks And Drinking Warm Water
Could be useful to know.

This is a very good article. Not only about the warm water after your meal, but about Heart Attacks . The Chinese and Japanese drink hot tea with their meals, not cold water, maybe it is time we adopt their drinking habit while eating. For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you. It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion. Once this 'sludge' reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

Common Symptoms Of Heart Attack...
A serious note about heart attacks - You should know that not every heart attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting . Be aware of intense pain in the jaw line . You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack. Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms. 60% of people who have a heart attack while they are asleep do not wake up. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let's be careful and be aware. The more we know, the better chance we could survive. A cardiologist says if everyone who reads this message sends it to 10 people, you can be sure that we'll save at least one life. Read this & Send to a friend. It could save a life. So, please be a true friend and send this article to all your friends you care about.


80% Of Strokes Are Preventable
Much like heart disease, many strokes are caused by uncontrolled high blood pressure and a sedentary lifestyle. Knowing your risk factors and living healthfully are the best bets to avoid a stroke.
Click to Find out how to prevent stroke


Study Facts on Diabetes Type 2
July 23rd, 2008 - 3:34 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi

Diabetes 2
If a person is type 2 diabetic, there is a greater risk of being depressed, if been diagnosed as being clinically depressed, then the doctor should be on the lookout for diabetes. The researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that who were being treated for type 2 diabetes had a 52 percent higher risk of developing symptoms of depression.

Type-2 diabetes is defined as non-insulin dependent diabetes which is the most common form of the disease and can usually be controlled by diet, exercise and medicines. Dr. Stephen Paolucci, chairman, Division of Psychiatry, Geisinger Medical Center, in Danville, said, one of the most important things that happens when a patient is diagnosed with a mental disorder is to have a comprehensive physical exam.

“Doctors should have their sensitivity increased toward picking up on the potential for more of their diabetes patients and more of their depression patients having susceptibility to the other disorder,” he said. “It is also possible,” Paolucci observed, “that the psychological stress associated with diabetes management in itself could lead to elevated depressive symptoms.

“We often see depression when someone first has to face up to having a debilitating illness. Patients who have heart conditions, for example, can initially be depressed. It’s not an uncommon occurrence,” he said. Depressed individuals are also less likely to comply with dietary and weight loss recommendations and more likely to be physically inactive, contributing to obesity, a strong risk factor in diabetes.


Doctors Point to Poverty as Major Cause of Illness

New report shows how poverty impacts health and what doctors can do to help address this growing health-care crisis

TORONTO, July 29 /CNW/ - A new report by a group of Ontario doctors highlights the ways in which poverty affects the health outcomes of adults and children and the role health-care professionals can play in reducing the impact of poverty on people's health. The report, "Why poverty makes us sick," authored by The Ontario Physicians Poverty Work Group, reveals that poverty substantially raises the rate of chronic illness, infant mortality and lowers life expectancy.

"As doctors, we are concerned with the widespread impact that poverty has on people's health," said Dr. Gary Bloch, a family doctor and member of the Ontario Physicians Poverty Work Group. "Demographic trends show that poverty is now a key indicator for health status when we treat our patients, which is why doctors are highlighting how poverty can affect us and what patients need to do to minimize the negative impact."

One of the most dramatic conclusions in the report is that poverty is likely the most important determinant of illness and early mortality. Research shows the startling impact that low-income can have on a person's health status. For example, low-income Ontario women are nearly four times more likely to suffer from diabetes than high-income women, and the prevalence of depression among low-income individuals is 60 percent higher than the Canadian average. The Ontario Physicians Poverty Work Group, which is made up of Medical Officers of Health and physicians who specialize in family medicine, is raising awareness about the role health-care providers can play in treating patients from lower socio-economic backgrounds and the need to have a province-wide plan to address poverty.

"The faces of poverty are often hidden to physicians, but there are ways to understand how patients are living and their level of risk for illnesses associated with poverty," said Dr. Itamar Tamari, member of the Ontario Physicians Poverty Work Group. "Doctors are working hard to ensure this part of the patient population does not go untreated, but tackling poverty must be a coordinated effort including governments and communities."

In 2007, the Ontario provincial government pledged to tackle poverty in their election platform. According to the Ontario Physicians Poverty Work Group, health-care professionals look forward to working with the government to address the negative impact of poverty on health. The report provides practical clinical advice to physicians such as becoming aware of different population groups in the community so that appropriate preventative steps and education are provided to patients. The report also suggests that doctors can encourage patients to apply for government support programs and advocate for their patients by preparing letters of support.

"In order to address the problem of poverty we need strong leaders. Doctors can fulfill that role by advocating for better care for their patients," said Dr. Michael Rachlis, member of the Ontario Physicians Poverty Work Group. "It is our hope that the provincial government will work with health-care providers in the fight against poverty and the preventable illnesses that it is responsible for."

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