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Healthy weight: Compared to overweight or obese, a body weight that is less
likely to be linked with any weight-related health problems such as Type II
diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, or others.
A person with a body fat percentage between 18% - 22% (depending on age) are
considered to be at a healthy weight.
Heat Therapy: A form of therapy often used in patients who have chronic, or
long-lasting pain. Heat therapy can involve many kinds of methods, from simple
heating pads, wraps, and warm gel packs, to sophisticated techniques such as
therapeutic ultrasound. While ice therapy is used to reduce swelling, heat
therapy is used to relax the muscles and increase circulation. Both kinds of
therapy help reduce pain.
Herniated Disc: A disc that protrudes from its normal position between two
vertebrae, due to an injury to the annulus; frequently associated with the
nucleus of the disc oozing out of the center of the disk.
High blood pressure: See Hypertension.
High-density lipoprotein (HDL): A form of cholesterol that circulates in
the blood. Commonly called “good” cholesterol. High HDL lowers the
risk of heart disease. An HDL of 60 mg/dl or greater is considered high and is
protective against heart disease. An HDL less than 40 mg/dl is considered
low and increases the risk for developing heart disease.
Hip circumference: A measurement of the hips, including the widest portion of
the buttocks, used in conjunction with the waist circumference, body weight and
percent body fat to calculate the body composition score.
Hypertension: a resting blood pressure is greater than or equal to 140/90 mm Hg.
Hypertension is associated with an increasee risk of heart disease and stroke.
Hypothalamus: A small area of the brain that is a main control center for
regulating eating and sleeping behavior in humans. It has binding sites
for several hormones including ghrelin and leptin.
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