"Blood is like an enormously varied soup, of which plasma is the stock."
"Exercised blood is like wine; sedentary blood is more like spaghetti sauce. That's an exaggeration, but it helps you visualize the difference."
"Blood is like the body's transportation system, busy making deliveries and pickups. As blood circulates throughout the body, it delivers oxygen and nutrients to all the places they're needed."
"Secretary of State and former First Lady Hillary Clinton was recently hospitalized due to a blood clot found in her brain during a follow-up MRI. Dr. Bradley Close, an interventional radiologist at Suburban Imaging said a blood clot is like a cork or plug. "Whatever vessel the blood clot is in, the vessel is like a tube that has a plug blocking the blood flow"
"A blood clot is like a big car crash that stops all of the other cars from going where they need to go "
"Blood flow is like the life force of our bodies, and the healing process really takes off only when the ankle receives proper blood flow."
"Don't think of blood flow like a single loop from arteries to veins. Think of it like a ladder where it flows up one side, across the rungs, then down the other side. If you cut off the top few feet of the ladder, you still have the rest of the rungs."
"Blood sugar is like a wave in the ocean - it's constantly in motion," Chalmers says. That's why you'll likely gain more information by looking at your tests over the course of an entire day or week to find a pattern rather than focus on individual test results.
"The perfect blood sugar range is like walking on a gymnastics balance beam. If you are too high or too low, you can fall off the beam and land on the floor. You may sway a little to one side, and then to the other, but the width for perfect balance is not very wide. It's easy to fall off, so you need to stay conscious and focused. What got me off this ride was something I never expected."
"High blood sugar is like a soda spill on a countertop-it permits plaque-forming material to fasten more easily to artery walls. It's also a symptom of diabetes, which doubles your risk of heart disease or stroke."
"High blood sugars damage the blood vessels throughout the body, including the vessels in the eye. High blood sugar is like a slow acting corrosive agent which destroys the insides of the blood vessels. Keeping blood sugar under control can slow down the development and progression of diabetic retinopathy."
"Blood sugar is like money in your pocket. Glycogen is like money in your EFTpOS account.Fat stores are your term deposit. Glucagon is the bank manager who gives you access to your term deposit, but onlybafter the glycogen account is empty. "
"Your blood sugar is like a tightrope, and insulin and glucagon are the weights that go on either side of the tightrope walkers balancing pole. A healthy person has a very well balanced rope walker, a diabetic or insulin resistant person on the other hand has a tightrope walker with an inner ear deficiency "
"Blood types are like gang affiliations. Some get along fine, but others have whatever those especially passionate feuds are called. For example, if you have type A blood, your body will corner and beat to death any type B cells unfortunate enough to wander into your turf. The results for your body are fucking horrifying."
"Millions of years of evolution have resulted in whole blood that is (a) liquid and flows easily and (b) of a viscosity that the heart is accustomed to pumping. To overly simplify, blood doping is like turning your blood into molasses and asking your heart to keep up, all the while hoping that the sludge doesn't get stuck anywhere."
Tubes, garden hoses, highways with water, sewage pipes, water pipes, canals, rivers of cells, Erie Canal, the Panama Canal, the Suez Canal, this canal, a stream, a brook, a storm drain. In short they are kinda like any kind of circular liquid transport system.
"Blood pressure is like weight lifting for the heart, and high blood pressure means the heart has to work extra hard to pump blood. Just like arms or legs, this extra work makes the heart get bigger."
"High blood pressure is like high cholesterol and smoking - they are "modifiable" risk factors, meaning that controlling them will help in limiting your risk of developing coronary artery disease (CAD)"
"Blood pressure is like the barometer of health. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, means that your heart is working harder to pump the blood."
"You want it just right. Not enough clotting & you bleed. Too much clotting (hypercoagulable state or disorder) & you are at increase risk for strokes, heart attacks, venous thromboembolism & pulmonary embolism."
They move oxygen around the body the way barges moves stuff up and down the Mississippi river. Of course the red blood cells can only carry 4 oxygen molecules/hemoglobin molecule. But there are many of these little boats, about 45% of the blood, so the system works pretty well.
"Let us take a moment to discuss what the kidneys do. In several of my previous columns, I use the analogy that our blood circulation is like plumbing with the heart being the pump and the arteries and veins being the pipes. Well, the kidneys are the filter and the drain, which create urine as a way to expel waste products from the body."
"Your body's blood circulation is like your cash flow. If you have a very slow cash flow or infrequent supply of cash you may feel stressed about meeting your financial obligations. You probably always feel poor. In the same way your body requires constant supply of fresh blood to carry out daily activities. Without a constant flow of blood, your hands and feet will always feel cold and you will feel lethargic. Acupuncture can help stimulate the body's circulation to reduce the symptoms mentioned above."
"White blood cells are like the artillery of the body. They're a powerful force but useless on their own. The "brains" of the operation are the antibodies. They're what latch on to the foreign body and act as a spotter so the white blood cells know what to destroy "
"The blood of my mother is like the dark side of the moon,shrouded in mystery"
"For example, high blood pressure is like pumping up a bike tire so much that the inner tube explodes from too much pressure."
"About 1 in 3 Mainers are told they have high blood pressure, also called hypertension. Many people do not know they have it because there are usually no symptoms. High blood pressure is like having high pressure in a pipe. It damages the pipe, but you often don't see a problem until it bursts."
"Other factors known to affect the development of the disease and its symptoms include blood pressure and activity levels. When diagnosed in people over 60 years of age, HCM is often associated with high blood pressure or hypertension. High blood pressure is like weight lifting for the heart; a long history of high blood pressure can itself lead to the overgrowth of the heart muscle. Extensive physical training can also result in an overdeveloped heart. The difference between a professional athlete's heart and the heart of an individual with HCM can be subtle. Other environmental factors that increase one's risk of developing HCM will most likely become apparent as research continues. "
"The problem is that it isn't until the high blood pressure escalates to a more severe condition, like heart disease or stroke, that people take notice. High blood pressure is like a sniper strategically waiting to fire from a rooftop-you don't see it, but you know it's only a matter of time before it strikes. "
"Blood in the dermis is like the fluid in a radiator, bringing heat from other parts of the bod "
"The blood-brain barrier is like the moat outside a castle, preventing harmful invaders from entering."
"The blood-brain barrier is like a very fine sieve; only very small molecules can cross this layer and actually enter the brain."
" The blood-brain barrier is like a semi-permeable gate between the brain and bloodstream."
"The blood-brain barrier is like a border where customs officers, i.e. P-glycoproteins, only allow specific substances to pass through whilst ..."
"Formation of a blood clot is like assembling a raft in the middle of a raging river. Platelets and a fibrin meshwork assemble on the injured vascular endothelial surface while blood continues to flow through the vessel."
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