Recent studies have given the answers to these 5 questions about blood transfusions, high blood pressure, low testosterone, brain cancer, and obesity.
How many will you get right? (Answers appear below the quiz.)
1. Patients who receive blood transfusions have a higher rate of:
B. Heart Attack
C. Heart Failure
2. When compared to women with normal blood pressure, women with high blood pressure are 3 times more likely to develop:
A. Multiple Sclerosis
B. Early Menopause
D. Gum Disease
3. Lower testosterone levels in men are associated with:
A. Nagging Wife
D. Cable TV
4. You have a lower risk of brain cancer if you have:
D. Hay Fever
5. When compared to normal weight, obesity increases the risk of esophageal cancer (cancer of the gullet) by:
A. Two Times
B. Five Times
C. Six Times
D. Nine Times
Here are the answers:
1. A, B, C and D.
Over the past 5 years, many studies have shown that blood transfusions are linked to higher rates of stroke, heart attack, heart failure, and even death.
Recently, it was discovered why.
When blood is donated, it loses a gas called nitric oxide. This gas keeps the blood vessels open which allows red blood cells to pass through and deliver oxygen to your tissues.
If the blood vessels can’t open, the tissues don’t get oxygen.
That’s why your risk of stroke, heart attack, heart failure and death increases with a blood transfusion.
The high blood pressure effect was separate from body mass index and other conditions that can cause heart disease and diabetes.
Women with high blood pressure may want to talk to their doctors about having blood glucose levels checked periodically.
3. B and C.
Men in long-term marriages and men with kids have lower testosterone levels than single men with no children.
4. A, B and D.
If you have allergies, you’re 40% less likely to develop glioma, a type of brain cancer, than people without allergies.
If you have eczema or asthma, you’re 30% less likely to develop glioma.
There was no difference in the rates of another type of brain cancer, meningioma.
If you have a body mass index (BMI) over 40 without reflux disease, you’re 6 times more likely to develop esophageal cancer when compared to people of normal weight.
If you’re obese and have frequent acid reflux, your risk is 16 times greater.