November: National Diabetes Month

          November is National Diabetes Month. Diabetes, often referred to by healthcare professionals as Diabetes Mellitus. Diabetes Mellitus describes a group of metabolic diseases in which the person has high blood glucose (blood sugar), either due to poor insulin production, or because the body’s cells don’t properly respond to insulin, or both. Patients with high blood sugar will typically experience frequent urination (polyuria), they will become increasingly thirsty and hungry. There are 3 types of Diabetes: Type 1 Often referred to as insulin-dependent diabetes, juvenile diabetes, or early-onset diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. People usually develop type 1 diabetes before their 40th year, often in early adulthood or teenage years. Patients with type 1 diabetes will need to take insulin injections for the rest of their life. They must also ensure proper blood-glucose levels with regular blood tests and following a special diet. Approximately 10% of all diabetes cases are type 1. Type 1 diabetes is not as common as type 2 diabetes. Patients with type 1 are treated with regular insulin injections, as well as a special diet and exercise. Type 2 Type 2 Diabetes can be one of the most troubling forms of the disease because many times its onset is due to being overweight, physically inactive and eating the wrong foods. Approximately 90% of all cases of diabetes worldwide are type 2. Overweight and obese people have a much higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to those with a healthy body weight. People with a lot of belly fat, or abdominal obesity, are especially at risk. Being overweight/obese causes the body to release chemicals that can destabilize...

March is National Kidney Month

March has been declared as the National Kidney Month and today is a good day to know more about one of the most important organs in the body. After all kidneys work 24/7, yes even when a person is sleeping… It is important to know exactly how they function, what they do for the body, and what should be known about kidney disease. Basically, the kidneys filter 200 liters of blood daily to remove toxins, waste and water and produce urine. But do you know that the kidneys also produce a hormone which stimulates the production of red blood cells? This hormone is called Erythropoietin. The kidneys also produce hormones that help regulate blood pressure and the metabolism of calcium. Additionally, the kidneys help maintain the chemical balance of salt, potassium and acid. Even though anyone can get Chronic Kidney Disease, there are certain groups of people who are more likely to develop the disease. These would include: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asians, American Indians and Pacific Islanders. Diabetes is more common in these groups and have an inherited tendency to develop CKD. African Americans, meanwhile, have higher incidences of high blood pressure. Those who are older, have diabetes, have high blood pressure or have a family member who has chronic disease are also most likely to develop kidney diseases. Diabetes and high blood pressure are the leading causes of CKD. Diabetes damages the kidney’s filters causing protein to leak into the urine. On the other hand, HBP increases the pressure on the walls of blood vessels resulting to kidney disease, strokes and heart attacks. Diagnosis and treatment can...

10 Ways to Go Red This February

Go Red For Women wants to remind you of some easy ways you can Go Red this year. What does it mean to Go Red? It means supporting women just like you as we break the barriers against heart disease and stroke. Show your support for women to increase funding, education and awareness with these ideas: 10 Ways to Go Red 1. Know Your Heart Score Learn why it’s important to know your heart score on Go Red. Think you are eating right and getting enough exercise? It takes five minutes to make sure. Take the My Life Check and find out where you stand. You can also take the Go Red Heart CheckUp to get more tailored advice and information to improve your heart health. 2. Live Healthy Learn new ways to prevent heart disease with heart-healthy recipes, exercises and more on Go Red For Women. Our team of cardiologists, medical and fitness experts and nutritionists offer their advice to women like you for living a healthy lifestyle. 3. Know the Signs of a Heart Attack Watch Go Red For Women’s “Just a Little Heart Attack” video, starring and directed by Elizabeth Banks, to learn how to identify a heart attack. Learn more about the symptoms of a heart attack and stroke on Go Red. 4. Start Walking Get moving and start walking by starting or joining a walking club with friends or coworkers with the help of the American Heart Association. Sign up, get resources and even coordinate your group online! 5. Wear Red Brighten your wardrobe and support women fighting heart disease by wearing red and...

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. If it’s not controlled, diabetes can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, and other health problems. One in 12 Americans has diabetes – that’s more than 25 million people. And another 79 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The good news? People who are at high risk for type 2 diabetes can lower their risk by more than half if they make healthy changes. These changes include: eating healthy, increasing physical activity, and losing weight. How can American Diabetes Month make a difference? We can use this month to raise awareness about diabetes risk factors and encourage people to make healthy changes. Here are just a few ideas: Encourage people to make small changes, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Talk to people in your community about getting regular checkups. They can get their blood pressure and cholesterol checked, and ask the doctor about their diabetes risk. Ask doctors and nurses to be leaders in their communities by speaking about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity. How can I help spread the word? -Share this post!! Share this: Facebook3 Twitter1 Pinterest Google...

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