Soda Challenge | Day 35 | October 28 | Thursday

My weight is now down 5 pounds following the Just 10 Challenge. Like Dr. Oz, I am too busy now to even eat.

My weight is now down 5 pounds following the Just 10 Challenge. Like Dr. Oz, I am too busy now to even eat.

Steps: 10,129
Breakfast: 1/2 salmon burger, coffee
Flossed and then meditated.


Snack: apple (seems like I’m eating a lot of apples, but it is great fresh apple time), coffee
Lunch: coffee, healthy Waldorf salad
Snack: apple and walnuts, coffee
Dinner: coffee, tomatoes on toasted bread, 2 glasses of red wine, spinach salad, chicken, asparagus at a dinner meeting with the CEO and Chief of Staff.

Snack: the kitchen was closed save for celery and water

Comment on day: Coffee and lots of meetings on budgets and programs as we are trying to save key programs while dealing with an economic environment that has left more people unable to pay for some of medical care.

High Blood Pressure: Why You Shouldn't Ignore This Silent Killer | Rounds With Dr. E

About one in five people have high blood pressure and they don't even know it

For those of you who love murder mysteries, there just may be a silent killer wreaking havoc inside of you. Untreated hypertension, or high blood pressure, can go undetected for a long period of time, mainly because most people with elevated blood pressure do not experience any symptoms. In fact, about one in five people with high blood pressure are walking around unaware that they even have high blood pressure. Left untreated, hypertension can place you at a significantly increased risk for heart attacks, strokes, aneurysms tearing open, heart failure, kidney failure, blockages in your legs, dementia, vision problems including blindness, and sexual dysfunction (I bet that last one got some of your attention).

How to Read Your Blood Pressure Numbers

Your blood pressure is made up of two numbers. The top number, called the systolic blood pressure, is the pressure inside your arteries when your heart contracts. The bottom number, the diastolic blood pressure, is the pressure inside your arteries when your heart relaxes. Both numbers are important and should be monitored. As people age, both numbers tend to increase, mainly due to increased stiffness in large vessels. Frighteningly, many studies have demonstrated that just a 20 mm Hg (units used for blood pressure) increase in the systolic number, or a 10 mm Hg increase in the diastolic number, doubles one's risk of death from heart disease or stroke.

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