Blog Site

John Kang WebMD | Health Tip: Detection of Blood-Related Illnesses

John Kang WebMD | Health Tip: Detection of Blood-Related Illnesses

John Kang WebMD, hematologist and oncologist, believes that the body sends out signals and signs when it has reached its threshold. Early detection is important in preventing an issue, and at worst case, stopping the advancing symptoms of a serious health problem. Meanwhile, John Kang WebMD says,  most signs can mean a number of symptoms for multiple illnesses and health disorders, there are at least common signals from the bloodstream that the body sends out that spells out trouble for your health. This has been the result of two new studies made by medical researchers relating to the bloodstream.

Image Source: INVIVO Communications

Shins are related to hypertension?

If you are having trouble with high blood pressure and are already taking multiple medicines for control. You may want to ask your doctor to take a look at your shins – specifically, the lead levels on your shin bones. Apparently, this environmental toxin is related to hypertension.

In a study by professors from the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan, it was found out that the rising lead levels in shin bones may be an indication of advancing stage of hypertension. In their study, John Kang WebMD, the researchers tested the lead levels in the blood, shin bones, and even kneecaps of 475 men diagnosed with hypertension. They noted that in the shin bones test, those with rising lead levels are also advancing into more serious stages of hypertension. In addition, the study also tested that rising lead levels in the cortical bone in the tibia (shin bone) is also an unrecognized risk factor for drug-resistant hypertension.

According to John Kang WebMD, treatment-resistant high blood pressure is categorized as those who are taking at least three blood pressure medications from different drug classes and retain their health issue. In addition, those who are taking four or more medications in order to control their blood pressure are also categorized as such.

Your gut is to blame for blood infections

Another signal that your body may be sending you can be found on your digestive tract. Apparently, those who contract blood infections during their hospital stays were caused by what is inside the stomach and intestines.

The study by experts on hematology and genetics at Stanford University focused on the gut as a potential source of infection, and confirmed that the at least 2,000 germs that make the digestive tract their home have something to do with blood infections.

“They’re perfectly well-behaved in the gut. It’s only when they show up in the wrong place – due, for example, to leaking through a disrupted intestinal barrier into the bloodstream – that they cause trouble,” one researcher explained.

The study used new computer software to pinpoint sources of blood infections. With the results, programs can be established that can be used by doctors to quickly identify where the source of the germ is. This is important, as per John Kang of WebMD, since broad-spectrum antibiotics are inadequate in treating bloodstream infections. The treatment should also involve treating the source to fully control and eradicate the infection.