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Even though anorexia and bulimia mostly affect women (90% of cases), men can also suffer from eating disorders. Here is some important information to help you prevent and treat these underestimated ailments.
Inflammation is a natural part of the body’s immune system. It can be a response to a foreign element, such as a virus or bacteria, but it can also repair damaged tissue. When this normal healing process is disrupted, however, inflammation can become chronic.
Hypertension results when the pressure the blood exerts on the arteries while it is being pumped is too heavy. It is important to treat hypertension because blood pressure that is too high can cause damage to blood vessels and even increase the risk of a cardiovascular event.
Celiac disease—also known as gluten intolerance—is an autoimmune disease trigged by eating gluten, present in wheat, rye and barley. The body’s immune system responds abnormally to gluten, damaging the lining of the small intestine and reducing absorption of certain nutrients.
Constipation is defined as a difficulty emptying the bowels. More specifically, this means having less than three bowel movements per week and/or having hard and dry stools. Constipation can be chronic or only happen from time to time, and may be caused by diet, medication or pregnancy.
Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer among Canadian adults and includes a variety of illnesses that affect the heart and blood vessels. Risk factors include poor diet, physical inactivity, smoking, being overweight and a family history of heart disease.
Characterized by a feeling of irritation caused by excess acidity in the stomach, heartburn can be a huge inconvenience. Symptoms often appear after eating big meals or ingesting acidic, spicy or fatty foods, and can be an indicator of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
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