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Archive for November, 2007

Acid Reflux Esophagus Complications You Should Know About

Posted in Health & Fitness on November 17th, 2007

If you have acid reflux, you may think of it as just an inconvenience, admittedly a pretty painful one at times, but some people see it as simply a condition they can live with as long as they have something to soothe away the pain when it strikes. While this condition is not as immediately serious as a stroke or heart attack for example, however, if left untreated, there can be serious acid reflux esophagus complications.

When suffering with this condition, it’s important to realize that it isn’t just an inconvenience, but can lead to serious health complications. You need to know what you are up against and what you can do to avoid experiencing any complications in the future. There are some simple steps you can take that can save you a lot of pain and help avoid future health risks.

A common acid reflux esophagus complication that sufferers experience is the erosion of the esophagus that can take place when acid is left uncontrolled. The good news is that the esophageal tissue, while easily damaged, can heal when acid reflux is controlled either with the aid of medication or through lifestyle changes.

One option if you suffer from esophageal erosion is to take an over the counter or prescription proton pump inhibitor (PPI) to control the amount of stomach acid your body produces. The PPI’s work to reduce the production of stomach acid, meaning that the risk of reflux is reduced. PPI’s are usually only prescribed for short periods to enable healing but don’t address the underlying cause of why the reflux was occurring in the first place. To tackle this, lifestyle changes are often required. If reflux is left unchecked and erosion continues, scarring can be the result, with associated problems in your sinuses, throat, and lungs.

For some people with chronic cases of acid reflux difficulty may arise with swallowing foods. This problem can be as a result of scar tissue forming in the esophagus due to the long-term presence of acid.

In time, and if left untreated, acid reflux can cause the esophagus to form what are known as peptic strictures. These can block some of the esophagus and lead to problems with swallowing just about any food or even liquids, depending on the location and size of the stricture.

Probably the most problematic acid reflux esophagus complication is a condition known as Barrett’s esophagus. Barrett’s esophagus can develop when acid reflux is chronic and has been left untreated (though it can also happen in some cases when treatments have been administered), and the effected tissues begin to change within the esophagus.

Due to prolonged exposure to acid, the tissues can change in form similar to those that you would find lining the intestines. Those with this condition (it is most prevalent in white males) have a 125% higher chance of getting what is considered a very rare form of cancer in the esophagus. This is called Esophageal Adenocarcinoma.

These acid reflux esophagus complications can be very serious in nature, and are a good reason to take your acid reflux symptoms very seriously. The odd acid reflux episode is pretty normal and probably isn’t going to cause any lingering problems, but chronic acid reflux, heartburn or GERD that is largely ignored can lead to serious health problems. Discuss medication options with your doctor and consider adopting diet modifications, and even how to better position your body at night so you can minimize the damaged acid can do to your esophagus. If possible, lose weight and stop smoking, if either of those are a problem for you. Sometimes the smallest changes can increase your odds for a healthier outcome by leaps and bounds.

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Five Ways To Fight The High Blood Pressure Gout Connection

Posted in Health & Fitness on November 3rd, 2007

There are many things that gout can do to your body, but you may not realize how far reaching some of the effects might be. Some who have gout have problems with high blood pressure, and gout can make that problem even worse. There are even some times when high blood pressure gout problems are one in the same. There are easy steps you can take to lower high blood pressure while trying to treat your gout and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Your high blood pressure gout connection might not be obvious to you at first, and you may not think that one has anything to do with the other. However, if you have both, you should at least consider they are related. High blood pressure can be dangerous, and is not something that you should ignore. Some of the most common things that you may have to deal with in regards to having high blood pressure are kidney failure, heart attack and disease, congestive heart failure, and many problems and complications with heart values and arteries. Because all of these are life threatening, it is important to find ways to keep it under control.

A healthy lifestyle can help keep your high blood pressure gout problem under control in some cases. Here are five things you can do.

- If you are carrying around extra weight, you want to see if you can lose some of it. Even ten pounds in loss can make a positive dent in your blood pressure. Losing weight is also great for those with gout, so this lifestyle change can have great benefits all around. But make sure you don’t lose the extra pounds too quickly as this can actually lead to a gout flare-up. Slow, steady weight loss is best.

- Exercise is good for the body can eliminate many problems and can even help you feel better each day. This is also something anyone with high blood pressure should do. If you have problems with exercise because of your gout, talk with your doctor about which exercises would be the best for you and your overall medical condition.

- Those who smoke, drink, or chew tobacco should stop. Both are bad for gout and for high blood pressure, so eliminating them can greatly improve health. You may have a hard time quitting right away, but don’t give up. You’ll thank yourself later.

- Watch your diet if you have high blood pressure and gout problems. You should eat a diet low in purines for gout prevention, and you should also be sure that you watch your sodium levels to keep blood pressure in check. Sodium is found in many foods, but you can now find reduced sodium versions of many of them. This will help lower your blood pressure along with lowering the amount of uric acid in your body.

- Some people should eliminate some caffeine from their daily routine. There are studies that suggest caffeine in coffee has no affect on high blood pressure, but it does when it comes from a can of soda. No one is really sure why. If you drink a lot of soda, go for caffeine and sugar free, and if you think caffeine might still be a problem, lower the amounts you get from coffee as well.

By incorporating the above suggestions into your life you can help to control high blood pressure and also help your body keep gout at bay. As gout medication can lead to increased blood pressure it’s important to have your blood pressure monitored regularly. Be sure to visit your doctor with any high blood pressure gout concerns.

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