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Foods That Help Fight Rheumatoid Arthritis

Foods That Help Fight Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis, or RA, is an autoimmune and chronic inflammatory disease affecting mainly your joints, but in some cases your skin, eyes, lungs, heart and blood vessels as well.  As an autoimmune disorder, your immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells in your body.  This causes painful swelling in the affected areas.

Symptoms of RA include:

  • Pain or aching of joints
  • Stiffness of joints
  • Swelling of joints
  • Tender, Warm Joints
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Weight Loss
  • Fever

In addition to treatment, there are several lifestyle changes you can consider to help with RA symptoms.  For example, changing up your diet.   Check out these foods that help fight Rheumatoid Arthritis.

 

Omega-3 Fats

Research suggests that food high in omega-3 fats help prevent inflammation.  This healthy fat is found in salmon, sardines, mackerel, trout, flaxseeds and walnuts. Try eating 3 to 4 ounces of fish, twice a week.

 

Broccoli

Broccoli really is a super food. It is rich in vitamin C and K, calcium, and contains a helpful compound called sulforaphane.  According to a Mayo Clinic study, Broccoli actually helps protect against the development of RA. Try also adding cauliflower, brussel sprouts and kale to your regular diet.

 

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

Olive oil, a heart healthy fat, contains oleocanthal, which blocks inflammation enzymes.  Try using as a replacement for other oils in your cooking and salad dressings.

 

Vitamin C

Cartilage protects and cushions joints as they move.  Vitamin C protects collagen, which is a large part of cartilage.  Try adding more citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits to your diet reap this vitamin C benefit.

 

Green Tea

Green tea contains polyphenols, which are antioxidants believed to reduce inflammation and slow cartilage destruction. When looking for your morning caffeine kick, try switching from coffee to a hot cup of green tea.

 

Whole Grains

C-reactive protein (CRP) in the blood is a marker of inflammation.  Whole grains help lower these levels.  Next time you are at the store, skip the white rice and pick up some brown rice.  Oatmeal and whole-grain cereals are also a smart choice.

 

RA can affect anyone. Having a family member with RA can increase your odds, however most people with the disease do not have a family history of the disease. Currently RA affects about 1% of Americans. It affects almost 3 times as many women as it does men.

If you are trying to avoid surgery, looking for a second opinion, or would like to know how we can help with your rheumatoid arthritis, or any pain you may be having, contact us asap.

Premier Point Health offers the best in home health care, and a variety of services with professionals experienced in various conditions, not just arthritis. Contact us today and we would love to speak with you on how we can help.

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Risk Factors for Hypertension

Risk Factors for Hypertension

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) is now one of the common diseases being developed. This is irrespective of gender, age, and lifestyle, amongst other reasons. However, there are a number of risk factors that have now been associated with hypertension.

Here we identify some of the most common risk factors:

Family History

In most cases, individuals with relatives who have suffered from hypertension are at a risk of developing high blood pressure.

Gender

From the latest research conducted, it has been noted that both men and women aged 45-64 have similar rates of developing hypertension. At the age of below 45 years, the men are at a higher risk of developing high blood pressure than women, while women aged 65 and above also have got a higher risk of developing hypertension than men of the same age.

Age 

High blood pressure is more common among the elderly people compared to teenagers. For example, it has been found that at the age of 45, more men are likely to develop hypertension. Women also stand a higher risk of developing hypertension after 65 years.

Overweight

Individuals suffering from obesity have been identified to stand a higher risk of hypertension. This is because when you are overweight, then your body will need more blood to adequately supply nutrients and blood to all parts of the body. This means that a higher volume of blood will circulate through the blood vessels, increasing the pressure on the artery walls, which brings about high blood pressure.

Use of Tobacco 

The use of tobacco like smoking and chewing has also been identified as one of the key risks of hypertension. The chemical in tobacco will temporarily raise your blood pressure and damage the linings of the artery walls. As such, the walls will become thicker, which increases blood pressure. Indirect use of tobacco (second-hand) also increases blood pressure.

Excessive Use of Alcohol

Too much drinking of alcohol has always been associated with damaging the heart. For example, you are likely to suffer from stroke, heart failure, and arrhythmia. This may cause your blood pressure to rise at a higher rate. Besides this, heavy drinking has also been associated with obesity and cancer among others.

Lifestyle & Diet

Apart from the above risk factors, the other hypertension risk factors include lack of physical exercise, stress, and use of too much salt in your diet. Not managing stress, eating too much salt all restrict the blood vessels and thus increases the pressure. Exercise helps to keep blood circulating and so much more.

If any of these risk factors apply to you, contact us at Premier Point Health, and we would be happy to get you on the right track. Call us today at 773-275-8390.

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Experiencing These 5 Symptoms? You May Be Suffering from Lupus

Experiencing These 5 Symptoms? You May Be Suffering from Lupus

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that occurs when the body’s own immune system attacks its healthy cells and tissues instead of foreign substances. This type of damage can affect your skin, joints, kidneys, heart, lungs, blood vessels and brain.  Despite extensive research, the cause of lupus still remains unknown. There have been links between lupus and women of child-bearing age, so there might be a correlation between the disease and hormones. While the cause remains unknown, there are several known symptoms that can differ in severity from person to person. If you are experiencing these 5 symptoms, you may be suffering from lupus.

Fatigue

Do you feel tired all the time? About 90 % of people with lupus report high levels of fatigue. If you are experiencing fatigue, try to remain active and stick to a routine. This will help keep your energy levels up, whereas sleeping too much can actually lead to insomnia at night.

Unexplained fever

Have you ever had a low-grade fever for no reason? A low-grade fever is anything between 98.5˚F and 101˚F and can be indicative of inflammation or infection.

Skin rash or lesions

50% of people with lupus develop a rash over the bridge of the nose and on both cheeks. This can occur suddenly before a flare-up, or after being in the sun. Many people with lupus also have a sun sensitivity.

Painful or swollen joints

Do you have pain, stiffness or visible swelling in your joints? This is another symptom of Lupus. The inflammation can be particularly bad in the morning.

Hair loss

Whether you are losing hair in clumps, or thinning slowly, hair loss is one of the first symptoms of lupus.  It can affect the hair on your head, beard, eyelashes, and eyebrows. This is a result of inflammation of the skin and scalp.

It is of note that not everyone gets every symptom. In some cases, new symptoms might appear overtime while others disappear. There are no environmental risks in developing lupus, but you should be aware of the following risk factors:

  • Sex – more than 90% of people with lupus are women
  • Genetics/heredity
  • Age – it is most common in women between the ages of 15-44

Lupus is a chronic disease with a vast range of symptoms. It can affect more than one part of the body, but a majority of them affect the skin. It’s a baffling condition with many facets still to be explored, but symptom solutions may be found at our clinic.

If you think you may be suffering from lupus, please call us at 773-275-8390 to schedule an appointment. We are here to help.

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4 Common Causes of Shoulder Injuries

4 Common Causes of Shoulder Injuries

The shoulder is a highly mobile joint composed of tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and bones, all of which are prone to injury with activity and sports. People experiencing shoulder pain may be suffering from a variety of conditions such as bursitis, tendinitis, osteoarthritis, or degenerative arthritis. Shoulder pain can also be caused by sports injuries or other accidents, and those over the age of 50 are especially susceptible to developing rotator cuff tendon tears.

Symptoms of shoulder pain can range from mild to severe and may disturb physical activity and sleep. Pain, weakness, and a loss of range of motion are all symptoms of a shoulder injury. Those who participate in high-risk sports, those whose jobs involve physical labor or older adults are all at a higher risk for a painful shoulder injury. For more details, check out the below list of common causes of shoulder injuries.

Sports Injuries

Sports that involve repetitive overhead motion can be detrimental to your shoulders. The tendons that connect muscles to bones can partially or completely overstretch. Overhead arm movements can cause tendons to rub or scrape against part of the shoulder blade. Examples of sports with repetitive overhead motion include swimming, tennis, pitching and weightlifting.

Work Injuries

Similar to the above-mentioned sports injuries, repetitive lifting at work can also be a cause of shoulder injuries. Those who work in manual labor are susceptible to shoulder injuries. This includes painters and carpenters.

Accidents

Suffering from a fall, car accident, or another sudden injury can result in a rotator cuff strain or tear. Typically, these injuries cause intense and immediate pain. Rotator cuff tears often occur with other shoulder injuries, such as a broken collarbone or a dislocated shoulder.

Everyday Activities

It’s important to consider your shoulder health not only when at work or while paying sports, but also during your everyday activities. Overuse injuries can occur when too much stress is placed on a joint or other tissue, typically by overdoing and activity or through repetition of an activity. Hanging curtains, gardening and washing walls can also be causes of shoulder injuries.

 

At Premier Point Home Health, we specialize in complex cases, and customize our care plans to fit the unique needs of our patients.  Call us today for more information. 773-275-8390

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Could It Be Arthritis? 5 Common Yet Overlooked Symptoms

Could It Be Arthritis? 5 Common Yet Overlooked Symptoms

Arthritis is the inflammation of one or more joints. This can cause pain, swelling and tenderness. About 350 million people worldwide suffer from arthritis. About 40 million of those people are Americans. Of those affected, over half are women.

Arthritis is commonly misconstrued as only affecting the aging or elderly. However, more than half of those with arthritis are under the age of 65. With these staggering numbers, you might be wondering what the symptoms of arthritis are. You may wonder if you have it. Check out these 5 common yet overlooked symptoms of arthritis.

Painful swelling and inflammation

Swelling and inflammation is worse in the mornings when you wake up. The pain is typically found in the same joints on both sides of your body.

Stiffness

With arthritis, joint stiffness usually happens gradually. This is why it’s important to seek treatment as soon as you start seeing symptoms to avoid losing further mobility.

Tenderness

Joints can become not only sore and swollen, but also tender to even the gentlest of touches. This can be particularly true of gout, which is a specific type of arthritis.

Fever

Fever is often a sign of infection somewhere in the body. It is important that you call your doctor immediately if you experience fever along with your joint pain.

Rash

Typically associated with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, blotchy rashes can be an early symptom. This rash is usually found on the arms and legs. Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis also has unique symptoms of loss of appetite, weight loss, and anemia.

If you take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain medications for joint pain or if you have any of the following symptoms associated with your joint pain, consider seeking medical attention.

  • Rapid swelling
  • Immobility of joint
  • Loss of function
  • Unable to exercise without pain
  • Severe pain

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Recently Diagnosed with MS? Here’s What You Need to Know

Recently Diagnosed with MS? Here’s What You Need to Know

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic and unpredictable disease affecting the central nervous system. It’s a condition that causes the body’s own immune system to mistakenly attack its own healthy cells as if they were an infection. In the case of MS, the immune system specifically attacks the myelin sheath—a protective covering for nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. This ultimately interrupts signals that are sent throughout the nervous system, the brain, and the body, causing a number of bodily malfunctions.

There are four types of MS: relapsing-remitting MS, secondary-progressive MS, primary-progressive MS, and progressive-relapsing MS.

Relapsing-Remitting MS

Around 85% of people who receive an MS diagnosis are diagnosed with RRMS, making it the most common form of MS. RRMS causes temporary periods of disability, which are often referred to as exacerbations.

Secondary-Progressive MS

Most people initially diagnosed with RRMS will eventually transition to SPMS. Here, symptoms begin to worsen steadily over time. The patient may or may not experience an exacerbation in order for this to occur.

Primary-Progressive MS

With only about 10% of people with MS suffering from PPMS, this is not very common. It is characterized by progressively worsening symptoms from the onset of the disease, with no relapses or remissions occurring.

Progressive-Relapsing MS

This is a very rare form of MS. It involves acute relapses with no remissions and is a steadily worsening disease from the beginning. Relapses may or may not end in recovery.

Once a person has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, they will likely begin to research their available treatment options. Along with treating the MS itself, new patients should also look more into how to cope with the life changes that MS usually causes. This is why it’s important to find a specialist with extensive experience in diagnosing, treating, and studying the condition. You want a physician who will not only understand the disease inside and out but also be able to help you manage the disease from a well-rounded perspective.

Current Medications for MS

There are currently three types of medications available for people suffering from MS. The first option is daily oral pills that are relatively new to the market. These can cause side effects that are more severe than some of the other treatments, but they are also more effective.

Patients can also choose to do self-injections at home. These come in several forms ranging from daily injections to weekly injections. The side effects of these injections are mostly minimal; however, some may not want to give themselves such frequent injections. These injections are also less effective than other treatments.

The third option is a monthly infusion in the hospital. While this comes about mid-range regarding its effectiveness, it is easy to just focus on once a month and not have to worry about it. The side effects of this drug are minimal; however, it comes along with great risks for people who have been exposed to the JC virus, so patients must be tested for this virus prior to receiving treatment.

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