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Obesity Epidemic

By: Meg Irish
Published: October 15, 2019

Despite increased awareness of obesity in recent years, the number of those diagnosed with this disease continues to rise in both the U.S. and worldwide. Around 70% of the U.S. population is currently considered either overweight or obese. Obesity is classified by a person’s body mass index (BMI), the value derived from the mass and height of an individual. Nearly 30% of the population is considered overweight, meaning their BMI is above 24 and below 29.9. Those categorized as obese have a BMI of more than 29.9 and account for 40% of the population. High rates of inactivity, easy access to high calorie-dense food, and changes in behavior all contribute to this growing trend.

“The greatest challenge as a primary care provider often comes when consulting patients,” said family medicine physician, Ebtehal Abdelaal, MD, of TPMG Peninsula Medical Associates. “Oftentimes, patients say they are not ready to discuss the issue, and we’re unable to help resolve some of the underlying medical conditions associated with obesity.” Read more

What you need to know about hypertension

What You Need to Know About Hypertension

By: Meg Irish

According to the American Heart Association, more than 100 million Americans have hypertension, also known as high blood pressure. Hypertension puts you at greater risk for various cardiovascular diseases including heart disease, stroke, and sometimes death. High blood pressure occurs when the force of blood flowing through your blood vessels is consistently high. This contributes to hardening of the arteries because the heart is continuously working harder to pump blood around the body. What you need to know about hypertension

According to TPMG Osteopathic Family Medicine Physician, Matthew D. Fenlason, DO, “Hypertension is the most common condition treated by primary care physicians and is responsible for the greatest number of chronic prescriptions.”

Blood Pressure Guidelines (American Heart Association)

  • Normal Blood Pressure: under 120/<80 mm Hg (millimeters of mercury)
  • Elevated Blood Pressure: 120-129/<80 mm Hg
  • Stage 1 Hypertension: 130-139/80-89
  • Stage 2 Hypertension: <140/90
  • Hypertensive Urgency: >180/>120
  • Hypertensive Emergency: >180/>120 with organ failure (kidney, heart, etc.)

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