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    Today I went to the doctor for a physical that was required for the job I just got hired for. For whatever reason, I was really nervous. I haven't had a physical since I was in 1st or 2nd grade (I know, you are supposed to have one every year). I guess that's why I was nervous. At any rate, the nurse was surprised at my high blood pressure and took it twice just to make sure...the second reading was a little lower but still high for someone my age so when the doctor came in, he took my blood pressure again after the other parts of the physical were done. He said that it was still on the high end of normal but his reading was the lowest of the three. He said I should check it every 2 months instead of once a year like most people. I'm pretty sure that it was so high because I was nervous but it probably is a little high anyway. How does this relate to nudity? Well, after he took my blood pressure he said we were almost done, he just needed me to drop my shorts (boxer-breifs) and check for hernia or unwanted lumps, etc. For someone nervous at the doctor, this probably would have been the worst part but I noticed a huge difference as soon as I dropped my draws and it was for the better...my heart stopped beating as fast, I became instantly more relaxed. I think this is because I associate removal of the undies with total relaxation when I'm at home. So my point is that nudity being associated with comfort could make some people alot less anxious at the doctor's office.

    The only thing that kinda wierded me out was their concern with the high blood pressure so I went to the American Heart Association website to find out more information. Apparently, high blood pressure is not very well understood but for the benefit of those on the forums with high blood pressure, here is a list of controllable factors:
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    Controllable risk factors

    Obesity — People with a body mass index (BMI) of 30.0 or higher are more likely to develop high blood pressure.
    Eating too much salt — A high sodium intake increases blood pressure in some people.
    Drinking too much alcohol — Heavy and regular use of alcohol can increase blood pressure dramatically.
    Lack of physical activity — An inactive lifestyle makes it easier to become overweight and increases the chance of high blood pressure.
    Stress — This is often mentioned as a risk factor, but stress levels are hard to measure, and responses to stress vary from person to person.
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    I'm gonna work on eating less sodium, getting more exercise and de-stressing. Things I've kinda felt like I ought to be doing anyway but have been slacking on.

    Anyway, take care everyone.

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    Today I went to the doctor for a physical that was required for the job I just got hired for. For whatever reason, I was really nervous. I haven't had a physical since I was in 1st or 2nd grade (I know, you are supposed to have one every year). I guess that's why I was nervous. At any rate, the nurse was surprised at my high blood pressure and took it twice just to make sure...the second reading was a little lower but still high for someone my age so when the doctor came in, he took my blood pressure again after the other parts of the physical were done. He said that it was still on the high end of normal but his reading was the lowest of the three. He said I should check it every 2 months instead of once a year like most people. I'm pretty sure that it was so high because I was nervous but it probably is a little high anyway. How does this relate to nudity? Well, after he took my blood pressure he said we were almost done, he just needed me to drop my shorts (boxer-breifs) and check for hernia or unwanted lumps, etc. For someone nervous at the doctor, this probably would have been the worst part but I noticed a huge difference as soon as I dropped my draws and it was for the better...my heart stopped beating as fast, I became instantly more relaxed. I think this is because I associate removal of the undies with total relaxation when I'm at home. So my point is that nudity being associated with comfort could make some people alot less anxious at the doctor's office.

    The only thing that kinda wierded me out was their concern with the high blood pressure so I went to the American Heart Association website to find out more information. Apparently, high blood pressure is not very well understood but for the benefit of those on the forums with high blood pressure, here is a list of controllable factors:
    ------------------------------------------------
    Controllable risk factors

    Obesity — People with a body mass index (BMI) of 30.0 or higher are more likely to develop high blood pressure.
    Eating too much salt — A high sodium intake increases blood pressure in some people.
    Drinking too much alcohol — Heavy and regular use of alcohol can increase blood pressure dramatically.
    Lack of physical activity — An inactive lifestyle makes it easier to become overweight and increases the chance of high blood pressure.
    Stress — This is often mentioned as a risk factor, but stress levels are hard to measure, and responses to stress vary from person to person.
    ------------------------------------------------

    I'm gonna work on eating less sodium, getting more exercise and de-stressing. Things I've kinda felt like I ought to be doing anyway but have been slacking on.

    Anyway, take care everyone.

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    • #3
      Here, here we all could use a healthier life.

      I too feel stressed when dressed and at ease while nude. And like you I need to get more exercise than I do.

      The sodium thing is an easy one, just quit adding salt at the table. I did this sort of on my own during the ford administration before "they" started saying how bad it was for you.

      Over the years I found that there is more than enough sodium in our foods we buy, even in the "low salt/sodium" stuff for our bodies to function properly and if I felt the need for salt, a 25 cent (well 99 cent bag today) of chips did wonders.

      Though this method has worked for me (and my doctor loves it in my case) please follow any instructions your doctor has given you.

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      • #4
        Hooked, it does sound as though you were experiencing the common "white coat anxiety" that often leads to elevated blood pressure while in the doctor's office. The Mayo Clinic publishes a newsletter on health issues. The most recent one says that a diagnosis of high blood pressure requires readings taken during two separate office visits.

        On the other hand your doctor has seen white coat anxiety before, and was concerned enough to take a third reading. Hopefully you'll pay attention.

        High blood pressure is one of several chronic conditions that don't cause obvious problems for a long time. It just sort of hides out of sight and quietly chips away at the foundations of your good health. By the time the damage becomes obvious it may be too late to recover your health.

        In addition to working on the risk factors that you identified, I hope you'll get to a doctor's office a little more often now. You might also consider buying one of those machines that take your blood pressure automatically at home.

        A few years back my blood pressure rose above my normal. I started running again, but monitored my blood pressure myself until I was sure that it was back to where it should be.

        Good luck.

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        • #5
          quote:
          Originally posted by nacktman:

          The sodium thing is an easy one, just quit adding salt at the table. I did this sort of on my own during the ford administration before "they" started saying how bad it was for you.


          I've seen conflicting advice on sodium, but recent studies seem to be showing that the number of people for whom sodium is a significant factor is much smaller than previously thought. However, if you're one of those people, then it's a big deal.

          Not adding salt is a good start, but people who want to lower their sodium intake also need to read food labels. Many prepared foods, both frozen and canned, are enormously high in sodium.

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          • #6
            we have an ad on tv at the moment here in the uk saying no more than six grams of salt a dayfor an adult

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            • #7
              Well, I wouldn't stress over it, Hooked !

              I'm joking, of course, and probably shouldn't be so facetious, but I just couldn't resist. If it means anything, on the machines at the stores, my blood pressure is generally about 110-60 with a pulse of about 40 - but it's NEVER that low at the Doctor's office (which in my case, may be just as well, they may wonder if I'm half dead, if they ever actually got what is apparently "normal" for me....)

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