It’s a topic that many doctors don’t want to touch: Fraught with political incorrectness, the subject of body fat is just too sensitive for many health professionals to mention. As a result, most people remain unaware of just how detrimental excess fat (especially around the midsection) can be to the health.
When excess fat accumulates, it begins to secrete toxic chemicals known as adipokines. These are believed to contribute to the development of many health conditions, including diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
As we stay more and more active into our later years, tracking our health progress while we’re on-the-go has become more of a priority. Now there’s a way to track our personal health stats on our iOS devices—iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch—using iHealth wireless self-monitoring products and the free iHealth MyVitals app.
Wireless Blood Pressure Wrist Monitor—Taking an accurate blood pressure reading just got a little bit quicker. This smaller-sized cuff attaches at the wrist for easy on and off. It also uses motion sensor technology to ensure the most accurate reading possible. It measures and tracks your systolic/diastolic numbers, heart rate, pulse wave and measurement time. The results can be instantly shared with friends, family or your doctor wirelessly via the app.
Wireless Blood Pressure Cuff—No plugs and no connections makes this standard blood pressure cuff easy to use anytime and anywhere. Measure, track and share results instantly with everyone who matters. Create visually dynamic charts to track your progress.
Pulse Oximeter—Spot-check blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) and pulse rate (BPM) with this lightweight and portable fingertip device. Track and view readings directly on the display and in the iHealth SpO2 app during sports training or recreational activities.
Wireless Body Analysis Scale—This elegant workhorse of a scale measures weight, body fat, lean mass, muscle mass, bone mass, body water, daily calorie intake, body mass index (BMI,) and visceral fat rating. Log your calories and daily activities, set goals and reminders, and share results instantly.
Wireless Activity and Sleep Tracker—Keep track of daily physical and sleep activity. Track steps taken, calories burned, distance traveled, sleep hours and sleep efficiency. Set goals and silent alarms, view activity and sleep trends over time, and track how your daily diet affects your overall health goals. The trackers uses Bluetooth 4.0 with low energy technology and is sweat, rain and splash proof. It comes with two colour options for wristbands and waist clips.
iHealth keeps instant, on-the-go track of almost every health measurement to help you achieve your goals.
After years of thinking “fat” is unhealthy it is refreshing to learn some fats are not only healthful but essential! So it is with omega-3 fats. Scientists use the term omega-3 to describe the chemical make-up of the fat. As eaters, we are more interested in why omega-3s are good for us and what they look like on our dinner plate.
Omega-3s are healthy fats because they help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, and may reduce the risk of cancer and arthritis. These anti-inflammatory fats are also essential for development of the brain and nervous system and may help improve memory and manage depression.
Spring is a wonderful time to get active under the sun. The benefits of physical activity are innumerable, but a major benefit is heart protection. For those already diagnosed with a heart condition, taking steps to prevent progression of the illness is critically important. But I would argue for the otherwise healthy it is just as, if not more, important to maintain habits for a healthy heart to prevent illness completely.
Summertime is great for backyard barbeques! But before you dig your hands into that salty bag of chips or bite into that savoury hot dog, have you checked your blood pressure lately?
About 1 in 5 Canadians have high blood pressure, medically known as hypertension. The condition is also referred to as “the silent killer” – it is symptom-less, lurking in your veins until the time is ripe to suddenly cripple you with a heart attack or stroke. Hypertension is also linked to diabetes, kidney diseases, and dementia. Because of the lack of symptoms, many people may not even know they have high blood pressure! READ MORE