Category Archives for Diet

What Causes Belly Fat?

Definition Belly fat, colloquially known as abdominal obesity or clinical as central obesity, is the accumulation of visceral fat resulting in an increase in waist size. There is a strong correlation between central obesity and cardiovascular disease. Men and women with excessive belly fat have increased risks of life-threatening diabetes, heart disease, and cancers. Causes of Belly Fat Major causes of belly fat are genetics, improper digestion, stress, menopause, slow metabolism, lack of exercise...

What Causes Anorexia?

What is Anorexia? Anorexia nervosa, commonly referred to simply as anorexia, is a type of eating disorder. More importantly, it is also a psychological disorder. Anorexia is a condition that goes beyond dieting. A person with anorexia initially begins dieting to lose weight. Over time, the weight loss becomes a sign of mastery and control. The drive to become thinner is actually secondary to concerns about control and/or fears relating to one’s body. The individual continues the endless cycle...

Dehydration Treatment

Dehydration or in strict medical terms, hypohydration, is a state wherein the body is excessively lacking body fluids, particularly water. The term is derived from Greek, meaning to get rid of water. Medically however, dehydration can refer to the dearth of any essential fluid within the body of an organism. Dehydration treatments range from simply taking adequate amounts of water for minor cases of dehydration to intravenous applications of essential fluids for more serious cases. This is because...

What Causes Vitamin D Deficiency?

Vitamin D is a group of fat-soluble prohormones with active metabolites. Vitamins D2 and D3 are the two major forms. Sun exposure, food and supplements are  the sources of vitamin D. Calcitriol is an active form of Vitamin D3. It is required for bone growth, bone formation and bone resorption. Inadequate amounts of Vitamin D can lead to thin, brittle and deformed bones. Deficiency is any condition in which insufficient intake of a nutrient results in significant dysfunction or disease; all tissues...

Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms

Serious problems could arise if there is not enough vitamin D in the body. Fortunately, this can be cured with the proper diet. Vitamin D Deficiency Signs The most conspicuous symptom is weakness in the bones. This can be felt in the arms, legs and spine. There is also tenderness in the muscles or pelvic area. Some people go through dental deformities. Holes will appear in the teeth and enamel problems will appear. Teeth cavities become extensive. This affects the buildup of teeth. Another major...

Dehydration Symptoms

Also referred to as hypohydration, dehydration is a medical condition wherein patients are suffering from excessive loss of water inside their bodies. Numerous factors can lead to this problem including lacrimation, hyperthermia and diarrhea. Meanwhile, it can also be a result of infectious diseases like yellow fever, gastroenteritis and cholera. Early symptoms include decreased blood pressure, muscle cramps and headaches. Here is a closer look at the different minor and major dehydration symptoms,...

What Causes Anemia?

Anemia is a condition that affects the oxygen-carrying function of our blood; mainly by the red blood cell. Red blood cells are needed in our body as it is the substance that gives the blood its color and assist in the clotting of blood whenever we get a cut. There are three types of anemia; Hemorrhagic Anemia (excessive bleeding), Hemolytic Anemia and Pernicious Anemia. The signs of Anemia include Low energy due to tissues becoming hypoxic (insufficient oxygen content in the blood). Pale looking...

Symptoms of High Cholesterol

Also referred to as hypercholesterolemia, high cholesterol is a chronic and persistent medical condition wherein patients are suffering from high levels of blood cholesterol. This term is closely intertwined with elevated levels of lipoproteins or hyperlipoproteinemia, as well as elevated levels of lipids or hyperlipidemia. Possible causes of this disease include high-density lipoprotein, very-low-density lipoprotein and low-density lipoprotein. Some of the factors that contribute to these causes...