Obesity affects your sense of smell, your sleep, your sex life and even your resistance to cancer.
Doctors failed to diagnose 54% of patients over age 60 with high blood pressure and 67% of those ages 18-24.
6,125 proposed regulations and notifications posted in last 90 days — average 68 per day.
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I wonder if part of the second headline is just that young people in particular really don’t consider themselves to be at high blood pressure risk/,ay not go to the doctor as much because they’re in particularly good health?
I would think most of that would be well known by now — with the possible exception of your sense of smell.
Reposted from John Goodman’s slightly more sarcastic blog: Things You Should Probably Already Know
Dang, Buster beat me to the punch.
6,125 Proposed Regulations and Notifications Posted in Last 90 Days–Average 68 per Day
Hey, look at it this way: the government is creating jobs. Now, every company will need to have a Government Regulation Officer in charge of keeping an eye on proposed regulations and leaving comments on the website whenever something that affects their industry pops up!
Call me cynical, but I suspect doctors know when someone has blood pressure that is a little high, but the doctor also knows some patients are unlikely to adhere to a protocol. About half of patients that start hypertensive medications drop out. I suspect doctors get tired to telling people… “you’re overweight, you need to exercise and watch your diet. Cut down on your drinking and stop eating the foods you enjoy… Oh, here’s some medication you should take that will give you a headache, it will make you drowsy, it will cost $100 a month and you will hate it. If you take it starting now you may live another 31 years compared to 30 years if you don’t.”
Doctors probably get tired of all the drama. They tell patients about a problem; the patient gets upset and asks how to manage the condition. The patient leaves and fills the prescription, but stops taking their meds within 6 months.
If I was obese, I wouldn’t need any other incentive (e.g. a better ability to smell, better sleep and better sexual function) to get healthy and take care of my condition than to stay alive. Obesity is the #2 cause of preventable death in the United States…that would motivate me enough to do something about it.
“6,125 proposed regulations and notifications posted in last 90 days — average 68 per day.”
-This is extremely disturbing. These kinds of regulations are hampering growth, and restricting freedom!
Scary! Need I say more?
According to the second link “Doctors were 28 percent less likely to diagnose high blood pressure in college-age adults compared with patients over 60, especially if they smoked or spoke English as a second language…” What does the language you speak have to do with the doctor’s ability to diagnose a condition you may have? Not sure what to think of it. Weird.
Only 400 in the last 7 day, 77 in the last 3. I don’t see the flood of regulation expected in those numbers. However, content really is more important.
“Doctors failed to diagnose 54% of patients over age 60 with high blood pressure and 67% of those ages 18-24.”
Reading the article I’m not sure if this isn’t a goofy reading of the charts. Does this mean that 54% of the time they didn’t prescribe any anti-hypertensive? Or, did it mean 54% of the time they didn’t check off the “hypertension” diagnosis code on the insurance forms?
They are different. I frankly don’t believe that assertion, and without a published paper to review I have no idea how they came up with it, or their methods, or anything really. This is why science reporting sucks.
i think the reasons doctors miss blood pressure in people of 18-24 is because its a problem that commonly affects older patients and is normally left out from diagnostics
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