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Who Said "An Apple A Day Keeps the Doctor Away?"
1960 Franklin Half Dollar
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If you answered Ben Franklin, you are correct. He coined the phrase “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” in Poor Richard’s Almanac approximately 250 years ago. Though he did not know it at the time, apples contain vitamins, minerals, fiber and even antioxidants (flavanoids and polyphenols) which are thought to protect against cancer (BBC). Researchers at Cornell University in New York found that eating a small apple (100g) gave an anti-oxidant effect equivalent to taking 1500mg of vitamin C. Professor Chong Yong Lee said: “Some of the chemicals we found in apples are known to be anti-allergenic, some are anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral. Now I have a reason to say an apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

There is no better advice than to live a healthy lifestyle including not smoking, avoiding excessive alcohol intake, consuming a nutritious diet, doing 30 minutes of aerobic exercise a day, and getting plenty of rest. Ironically, however, most studies show that visiting your primary (family practice, internal medicine and pediatrics) care doctor for regular check-ups and assessing your family history is as important in keeping the doctor away!

There are many medical conditions that cause damage silently, that is, without symptoms, and may not reveal themselves until there is destruction of vital organs. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a common example of just such a problem. According to the American Heart Association, almost one third of American adults have hypertension. Without treatment, it can damage blood vessels throughout the entire body. When the blood vessels in the kidneys are damaged, it can lead to kidney failure and the need for dialysis. Hypertension and diabetes are the leading causes of kidney failure in the Unites States. Untreated, hypertension also damages the blood vessels in the brain and can lead to stroke. In the heart, high blood pressure puts undue stress on the heart muscle, which can eventually malfunction and cause congestive heart failure in addition to coronary artery disease.

At Trinity Medical Care we recognize the need for early detection and treatment of hypertension. Our goal is to identify and treat as many people with high blood pressure as we can before catastrophe strikes.

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