Weekly health news roundup: Sciatica, lower back spasms, dementia, heart disease

By: Bel Marra Health | Health News | Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 06:00 AM

How long does sciatica last?We’re back with another weekly health news roundup! We’ve had quite an informative week discussing topics such as dementia and heart disease. We at Bel Marra believe that our readers should be informed about the latest news dealing with topics that may affect you and your loved ones, equipping you with the knowledge to make informed decisions. We have also included articles on the topic of low back spasms and sciatica. We hope you’re having a wonderful and healthy long weekend.

How long does sciatica last?

Sciatica is a pain that radiates down the back, though the buttocks, and into the leg. The most common question people ask is: how long is this going to last? We want to know how long each attack will last and how long between flare-ups, but the answer may be more complicated than just simply giving a definite length of time. There are unfortunate individuals who have pain that doesn’t go away, often leaving them suffering from chronic and persistent pain.

What most doctors and medical professionals can agree on is that there is no universally applicable answer to this question. This article will address questions such as, does sciatica go away on its own? What does sciatica feel like? And can sciatica go away? We will also discuss the causes of sciatica pain, severe complications of sciatica, and sciatica relief. Continue reading…

Eat these foods for better healthEat these foods for better health

According to Ann Wigmore, a holistic health practitioner and raw food advocate, food can be the safest and most powerful form of medicine—or the deadliest poison. Without a doubt, what we eat has a great impact on our health, as all the substances ingested into our system end up in our bloodstream and, sooner or later, they reach our organs.

Sometimes, you can tell when you’ve eaten something bad—a contaminated piece of chicken, for example—immediately. Food poisoning usually takes effect between two hours to two days after ingestion. In other cases, prolonged consumption of unhealthy food leads to an accumulation of harmful substances, resulting in illness. Thankfully, in a similar manner, we can eat healthy foods packed with beneficial nutrients that our body needs. The following six foods are recommended specifically for women to support female health. Continue reading…

Lower back spasms: Causes, symptoms, and prevention tipsLower back spasms: Causes, symptoms, and prevention tips

They can come on abruptly and be short-lived, but lower back spasms are painful, and for many people, they can be chronic. About 80 percent of Americans will experience back pain in their lifetime, and for some, it will come in the form of lower back spasms.

A lower back spasm is an involuntary contraction of the muscles in the lower area of the back, near the nerve roots leading in and out of the spinal cord. It can be different for each person. Some experience mild, infrequent discomfort, while others are prone to severe pain that makes it very hard to move around. In some cases, the pain just goes away on its own, but there are situations where medical care is required. Continue reading…

10 early signs and symptoms of dementia in men10 early signs and symptoms of dementia in men

Dementia is a term used to describe significant cognitive impairment. These impairments are often seen in two or more critical brain functions such as memory, language, judgment, and reasoning. Deficiencies in these aspects of cognitive ability can significantly affect a person’s daily functioning, making them require constant aid.

The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, but there exist multiple forms of dementia that exhibit a varying degree of symptoms and presentations to help differentiate them from each other. Some of these other forms of dementia include vascular dementia, which may be the result of stroke and vasculitis, and frontal lobe dementia, which is relatively rare and thought to be inherited. Continue reading…

10 ways to lower your risk of heart disease10 ways to lower your risk of heart disease

Our planet is becoming increasingly urbanized and industrialized to the extent that it’s hard to imagine that there are still places in the world where people lead a hunter-gatherer lifestyle. But those people do exist.

Have you ever heard about the Tsimane tribe? An ancient Amazonian people residing in lowland Bolivia, the Tsimanes live a simple lifestyle, surviving on subsistence agriculture along with some hunting and fishing. Over the last 15 years, the tribe has drawn the attention of scientists and longevity experts all over the world, and for a good reason: they have the healthiest arteries of any population studied.

You read that right. Nine out of ten Tsimane people have clear arteries, and their risk of heart disease is practically non-existent. They maintain incredibly good health well into their old age, with two-thirds of their senior population over 75 being completely free of any heart risk. One 80-year-old Tsimane had arteries similar to the arteries of a 50-year-old American. (You can easily reduce the risk of heart disease.) Continue reading…

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