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or treat any condition, and should not replace the care and attention
of qualified medical personnel. Use the information on these pages
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changes that might affect your overall health.
at High Altitude
at high altitude is a little different. Many of the differences
are small, and only noticeable if you really pay attention.
Some of them are major, and potentially life threatening.
may feel affects from higher altitudes as low as 4000 ft above
sea level. Usually by 6000 ft, they will experience more fatigue,
and a greater potential for dehydration. This is also high
enough to require some adjustment in baking, and a little
more care in selecting produce.
altitude is not a matter of saying, " THIS altitude is
high, and THIS is not." It is a matter of degree. The
affects tend to increase exponentially as altitude increases.
also affects individuals differently. People with existing
health problems, or reduced fitness may feel effects at a
much lower height than those who are more physically able.
at higher altitudes is different than visiting. When you live
there, your body has time to completely adjust. When you visit,
you need to make more compensations, but if you stay for more
than a few weeks, your body will do it on its own for the
Editorial Comments throughout this site written by Laura Wheeler (with occasional sarcastic remarks by her son, David). Laura is a 10 year resident of Medicine Bow, Wyoming, where the altitude is greater than the population. Medicine Bow is at 6200+ ft above sea level, and boasts a total of 297 residents from the last census. Laura is an experienced technical, health and family writer.