Eric Olsen

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  • Eric Olsen - El Cerrito, CA - Fitness
    Eric Olsen answered:

    What causes sciatic pain?

    The symptoms of a bulging or ruptured disk in the lower back include low backaches accompanied by sciatica, typically an intense burning sensation, sometimes with tingling. Sciatica occurs when the disk presses on the root of the long sciatic nerves running down the backs of both legs. In the most...Read More
  • Eric Olsen - El Cerrito, CA - Fitness
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    What is cardiovascular disease (CVD)?

    Cardiovascular diseases encompass diseases of the heart and blood vessels, and all of these related diseases are characterized by the same deleterious changes. These include changes in the blood that lead to an increased risk of blood clots in the arteries, a weakening of the heart muscle and loss...Read More
  • Eric Olsen - El Cerrito, CA - Fitness
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    Can exercise help relieve depression?

    The idea that exercise can ease depression is gaining increasing acceptance. A variety of studies of exercise and mood over the years have looked at the therapeutic effects of exercise on depressed patients and concluded that:  
    • exercise is a better antidepressant than relaxation or other enjoyable
    ...Read More
  • Eric Olsen - El Cerrito, CA - Fitness
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    Can eating more protein make muscles bigger?

    Many assume that because muscle is protein, the more protein they eat, the bigger their muscles will become, but it doesn't seem to work that way. The only way to make a muscle larger or stronger is through exercise. Very heavy exercise of long duration may increase the need for extra protein, although...Read More
  • Eric Olsen - El Cerrito, CA - Fitness
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    Why does heart disease differ in men and women?

    We typically think of cardiovascular disease (CVD), particularly heart attack, as almost unique to middle-aged or older men, but heart disease is also the number one cause of death among women. It's a woman's disease as well.

    Where men and women do differ is in the age at which they tend to show up in...Read More
  • Eric Olsen - El Cerrito, CA - Fitness
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    How does exercise reduce my risk of heart disease?

    Physical activity and exercise reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in several ways. Some of these mechanisms work to prevent "acute" disease, such as heart attacks or strokes. Other mechanisms work to reduce the risk of "chronic" disease, such as atherosclerosis, angina, and peripheral...Read More