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How high blood pressure affects the kidneys

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Arterial hypertension is an important risk factor for the development of a variety of diseases. It not only puts a strain on the heart and promotes heart attacks and strokes, but over time it also affects other organs – especially the kidneys.

Aspartame, saccharin and the alike – which sweetener causes weight gain?

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With the development of practically calorie-free sweeteners came the promise of a cure for the problem of consuming sweet foods without negative effects on health. At the same time, they were seen as a means of combating the advancing epidemic of obesity and diabetes. Now, however, there are many indications that they are not keeping their promise and may even have opposite effects. The choice of sweetener could be the most important factor.

How much muscle mass can be built up in a month?

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Bicep curls, pull-ups and exercises on various fitness machines all have one thing in common – they build muscle mass. There are more than enough reasons to go to the gym. A well-trained body not only looks good, it also aids health and performance in all phases of life. For some, building up muscle mass does not happen quickly enough, so the question often arises as to what expectations are realistic.

How do blood pressure monitors really work?

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Blood pressure monitors are common on both hospital wards and in outpatient areas. They are in use every day, yet many people still do not know the technique behind them. It is high time that we learn how these blood pressure measuring devices actually work.

Need a shock? What is EMS training?

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In today’s hectic and chaotic world, physical exercise should be, first and foremost, efficient. This is why an ever-increasing number of fitness centres and personal trainers are offering 20-30-minute workouts that are supposed to show results after just a few weeks. These quick results are achieved by using electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) or electrical muscle activation (EMA).

How to counteract the yo-yo effect

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The yo-yo effect is one of the biggest fears of people who wish to lose excess weight. Those few pounds that have disappeared as a result of strict diets and dedicated workouts soon seem worthless when the scales reveal the old weight again after a short amount of time – or often even more than before. How do some people manage to maintain their weight after a diet whilst others seem to be caught in a vicious circle of constant losses and gains?

Medical Vital Sign Analyzer – enhanced quality health checks

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An ever-increasing number of people across the globe are suffering from conditions associated with high blood pressure and excess weight. To combat this trend, education and prevention play a central role alongside basic medical care. Indeed, for many patients, their GP is the first port of call when they have questions concerning their health, as they have had a hand in their treatment for many years.

Young doctors want better working conditions

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Since the turn of the millennium, representatives of Generation Y (also known as millennials) have revolutionised working life in many areas. Unlike their parents, they are driven less by money and status and more by leisure and self-realisation. They have already influenced large parts of the service sector with their demand for a healthy work-life balance. This influence is now also slowly reaching the health service.

Different countries, different normal ranges

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Determining body composition by means of a bio-impedance analysis provides a differentiated assessment of the nutritional and health condition of a person and plays an ever-increasing role in medicine and fitness. Normal ranges are essential in order to assess the measured results correctly. They define the body composition in healthy adults and enable individual values to be classified as well as detecting deviations. But what is healthy – i.e. "a normal state" – and what is unhealthy?