HOW TO IMPROVE KIDNEY FUNCTIONS

The Water Hydration Technique

  1. The kidney keeps the fluid level balanced. This is the most important function of kidney.
  2. The kidneys need to balance out a large amount of water into the blood stream at once when you dump a large amount of water into the blood stream.
  3. By drinking slowly, a mouthful at a time, you reduce the pressure on the kidneys and increase hydration.

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BENEFITS AND DISADVANTAGES OF MANAGED HEALTH CARE

Managed care is a big part of health care today. The main question is whether it is the best way to control health care costs. Becausesometimes managed health care can be advantageous or other times it may be disadvantages. We will look at both the advantages and disadvantages of managed health care.

MANAGED HEALTH CARE

Most people who have managed care health insurance don’t even understand the concept or why they might be better or worse than ordinary insurance plans.

In managed health care insurance, mainly companies attempt to control the cost of health care for employers by introducing specific guidelines or protocols health care professionals must follow and improve the ways both employees and employers select their medical providers and facilities.

The assumption is the plan will allow a financial accounting that shows the results of various medical treatments in both patient responses and quality of life issues. 

TYPES OF MANAGED CARE PLANS

Currently there are three different types of managed health care plans are available.

They are as follows:

  • Heal Maintenance Organizations (HMO)
  • Preferred Provider Organizations (PPO)
  • And Point of Service plans (POS)

Each is a little different from the other. The main features of these plans are to provide the same basic service i.e. managed health care.

benefits OF MANAGED CARE

  • Lower Cost
  • The first and main advantage of managed healthcareis the lower costs associated with them.
  • The aim of managedhealth care is to keep healthcare costs down without sacrificing quality.
  • This is a great benefit of these types of health care plans.
  • This is accomplished through the contracts that are set up with doctors and hospitals.

Accredited Care

  • Another advantage seen by many in managedcareis the network of health care providers that are readily available to them.
  • All the doctors and health care providers that are contracted through managed health care plans have to pass a very in depth accreditation process in order to be approved for their network of care providers.
  • This is important to members in that it gives them peace of mind to know that they are in good hands

Cheaper Prescriptions

  • Along with the initial visits, medications are also covered underneath these plans.
  • For many, this is the main reason for appeal to these managed care plans.
  • This greatly reduces the cost of already expensive medications.
  • Some people need medications in order to live a healthy life, and many of these medications are ridiculously high priced.

DISADVANTAGES OF MANAGEDCARE

  • Restricted Care
  • Since you can only visit doctors that are in your managed health care provider’s network.
  • So your options get limited, as to who you can see.
  • Many doctors are instantly out of your reach with these plans.
  • Strict Approval
  • Insurance companies are businesses, meaning their primary goal is to make a profit.
  • Because of this, the things that they are willing to fully cover, or cover at all, are very strict.
  • Pre-approval is required before starting treatment.
  • You must tell an insurance company representative about your problem to be approved, no matter how embarrassed you are to talk about it.
  • You may have to wait weeks for an appointment.
  • You must receive authorization for all treatment.
  • Many people with preexisting health conditions and problems are out of luck. 

Referral Problems

  • It is not uncommon for a doctor to refer you a specialist when a problem is out of his scope of practice.
  • They do not concern themselves with finding out if that doctor is in your care network, meaning you cannot go to see them, and if you do the cost will come fully out of pocket.
  • While many people criticize the quality of care and the ethical practice of managed care providers, the fact remains, they provide a great service to many people.
  • Without health insurance even the most minor of illnesses can cause an incredible amount of financial stress.

HOW HIGH CHOLESTEROL AFFECTS THE BODY

HOW HIGH CHOLESTEROL AFFECTS THE BODYHigh Blood Cholesterol:

Cholesterol is a type of fat (lipid) made by your body and found in some foods.
Every cell in your body contains cholesterol.
Too much cholesterol in the bloodcan be serious.
A certain type of increase cholesterol level in your blood can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. Continue reading

Good Nutrition When Trying to Conceive

You know there are many rules about what you can eat and can’t eat once you are pregnant, but what about when you want to become pregnant .There are certain foods which will improve your ability to become pregnant. Here are the lists of fertility-boosting foods, plus there are certain items which you need to be avoid if you want to become pregnant. Continue reading

HOW DOES LIVER DISEASE AFFECT THE BODY

Liver:

Introduction:

  • The liver is a most complex, very important and metabolically active organ in the body.
  • The liver works hard to filter out toxins.
  • Liver is the largest organ inside your body.
  • It performs more than 500 vital functions.
  • It is also a gland because it secretes chemicals that are used by other parts of the body.

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Functions of the Liver:

The liver has four main functions:

  • Detoxification
  • Synthesis
  • Storage
  • Transformation

It helps your body to digest food, to store energy, and removethe poisons.

Some of the important ones are

  • Liver provides immunityagainst infection.
  • Liver is the manufacturing factoryfor most of the important proteins in the body, and also cholesterol and special fat forms called lipoproteins in which all body fats are carried.
  • Liver purified and clearsthe blood of most chemicals, alcohol and drugs.
  • Liver excretes bile. Bile is vital for digestion of fats in the intestine, and also serves to throw out body wastes.
  • It regulates by manufacturing vital proteins and inhibits the formation of clottingof blood.
  • Liverstores and converts extra sugar (glucose) in the form of starch (glycogen) which can be used in times of starvation.

What makes the liver unique?

  • Reserve
    All liver functions remain normal even if 70% of it is removed (provided the remaining 30% is healthy). Hence, in persons with cancer of the liver, large portions of cancerous liver can be removed without causing harm or compromise to liver function.
  • Regeneration
    The liver is the only organ in the body which can regenerate itself after large portions of it are removed. InfactSmall remnants of liver grow back to normal size within a few weeks. Because of this reason it is safe to remove large portions of liver from living donors and persons with liver tumours. 

Common Triggers               

Liver disease can affect the body and lead to other health problems. Liver disease is often triggered by other chronic conditions such as Hepatitis C, AIDS or EBV. Liver disease can also cause a person to become weak and tired continually.When a person has liver disease, his skin may become yellow because of jaundice. When excess bilirubin brought on by liver congestion it causes the Jaundice. This is something that happens quite often in newborns. However, people who have other chronic conditions such as Hepatitis C can also develop jaundice because their liver is not functioning properly

Different types of Liver disease:

There are more than 100 different forms of liver disease that affect men, women and children.

Alcohol abuse

  • Alcohol abuse is the most common cause of liver disease.
  • As alcohol is directly toxic to liver cells and can cause liver inflammation.
  • It is also referred as alcoholic hepatitis.
  • Inchronic alcohol abuse there is a fat accumulation occurs in liver cells.

 Cirrhosis

 

Scarring of the liver and loss of functioning liver cells cause the liver to fail.

  • Cirrhosisis a late-stage of liver disease.
  • Drug-induced liver disease

 

  • Liver cells may become temporarily inflamed or permanently damaged by exposure to medications or drugs.
  • Infectious hepatitis

 

The term “hepatitis” means inflammation, and liver cells can become inflamed because of infection.

  • Hepatitis Ais a viral infection that is spread primarily through the fecal-oral route when small amounts of infected fecal matter are inadvertently ingested.
  • Hepatitis Bis spread by exposure to body fluids and can cause an acute infection, it can also progress to cause chronic inflammation (chronic hepatitis) that can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer.
  • Hepatitis C is spread by exposure to body fluids.Hepatitis Ccauses chronic hepatitis. Chronic hepatitis C may lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer.As there is no vaccine available for this virus.
  • Hepatitis D is a virus that requires concomitant infection with hepatitis B to survive, and is spread via body fluid exposure (needles from drug abusers, contaminated blood, and sexual contact).
  • Hepatitis E is a virus that is spread when there is exposure to contaminated food and water.

 

  • Non-Alcoholic fatty liver disease

 

  • NASH or non-alcoholic steatohepatitisalso known as fatty liver disease describes the accumulation of fat within the liver that can cause inflammation of the liver and a gradual decrease in liver function.
  • Cancers

 

  • Primary cancers of the liver arise from liver structures and cells.
  • Primary biliary cirrhosis

 

  • Primary biliary cirrhosis can lead to progressive scarring of the bile ducts.
  • It is causing them to become narrow, these results in reduced bile flow through the liver.
  • Eventually, damage and scarring of the liver architecture occurs resulting in liver failure.

How the Body is affected?

  • When the liver is not able to filter out the toxins due to this the other organs are affected.
  • Due to these toxins person have a lot of fatigue.
  • It also causes different liver disease.
  • Liver disease can also cause the abdomen to protrude outward because the liver can become inflamed and enlarged.
  • As liver disease can cause a person to develop anemia or large bruises on their body.
  • According to the American liver Foundation, a person with liver disease may also notice that they have more body fluid retention, swelling, body aches and even excessive itching.
  • Liver disease can also cause a person to have aeczema,psoriasis,headaches,age spots, yellow or white tongue, acne and a weak immune system.
  • The good news is that some forms of liver disease such as fatty liver can be reversed with certain lifestyle changes, which involve removing alcohol and other fatty foods from the diet only to replace those fatty foods with healthy fruits, vegetables and herbs.

Why Some Women Have Difficulty Losing Weight

Every one of us is very known to the fact that men and women have different body build. this fact makes easy for men to loose weight and hard for women. You may have seen men asking their doctors about losing weight and the advice usually given involves better eating better and more exercise will help. This advice, if honestly followed, will probably work for many men. Moreover, simply exercising will often work. Continue reading