Category: Exercise

The Benefits of Exercise for Advanced Colorectal Cancer Patients

Although rates of new cases have steadily declined over the past two decades, colorectal cancer remains the third leading cause of death among all cancers in the United States. Rates of colorectal cancers are highest in African American men and women, and increase significantly after the age of 85. Currently, the overall five-year survival rate for the cancer is 65%, however, in the case of advanced metastatic tumors, the five-year survival rate is 14%.

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Lowering Blood Pressure Without Medication

Recently updated guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology have contributed to a growing number of patients being diagnosed with hypertension. Lowering the threshold for hypertension from 140/90 to 130/80 mm Hg resulted in a significant increase of patients  — with previously normal or slightly elevated blood pressure (BP) — who now rank in the hypertension stage 1 category. Although the revisions were made with the intention of encouraging early preventative action and lifestyle interventions, they have also prompted a rise in patients who qualify for antihypertensive medications. 

In certain cases, blood pressure medication is necessary for hypertension treatment and ensuring adequate cardiometabolic care. A multitude of different antihypertensive drugs are available for patient use, including beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, diuretics, and calcium-channel blockers, which are often used in tandem. Although, these medications are often associated with adverse effects, such as gastrointestinal problems, dizziness, weakness, headache, and many other undesirable symptoms. 

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