The statistics about diabetes are staggering. More than 29 million Americans have diabetes and nearly a quarter of them don’t realize it. And the numbers are expected to go up. Expanding waistlines and lack of exercise are to blame for the rapid increase in the number of people facing diabetes, a chronic condition that affects the way your body metabolizes sugar. Your body either resists the effects of insulin – a hormone that regulates the movement of sugar into your cells – or doesn’t produce enough insulin to maintain a normal glucose level.
I’m guessing there’s a good chance you’ve felt tired today and if not today, then probably yesterday. Most people, it seems, are tired. And the reason for that is simple: we’re not getting enough sleep.
High school athletes will soon return to action so now is an ideal time to discuss a common concern: concussions. Many parents and athletes worry about head injuries. And they are right to be concerned: According to the CDC, an estimated 173,285 patients from birth to age 19 are treated annually in U.S. emergency departments for concussions or other brain trauma.
School will soon be back in session and part of getting ready is making sure your child is up-to-date on her vaccinations. But have you ever stopped to think if you’re up-to-date on yours? Vaccinations don’t stop when you turn 12. There are several vaccinations adults need to ward off diseases and stay healthy.
Immunizations and keeping up with the schedule set out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are crucial to your child’s health as well as the health of those around him or her.
The summer months are a time of celebration – weddings, graduation parties, sporting events, and back yard get-togethers with family members and friends. Alcohol is often a part of the festivities and unfortunately too many people get behind the wheel after throwing back a few drinks.
It’s no secret kids (and adults) spend way too much time in front of a screen. Whether it’s a TV, handheld device, or gaming system, a recent study found that children ages 8 to 18 spend an average of seven hours a day in front of some kind of screen. That’s way above the two hours recommended from the American Academy of Pediatrics (kids under age 2 should stay away from all kinds of screens.)
For 2013, make one resolution that will be easy to keep. Schedule an appointment with your primary care doctor or nurse practitioner and begin building a healthy relationship.
High blood pressure – known clinically as hypertension – is one of the most common reasons patients come in to my clinic. High blood pressure leads to a variety of serious health problems, including heart attacks and strokes, so it’s something that needs to be taken seriously.
When it comes to healthcare, disease prevention doesn’t usually attract a lot of headlines. But it should. Whether it’s getting the proper screenings or having vaccinations at the right time, preventative care can have a huge impact on your overall health.
It may be winter, but that doesn’t mean you – and your kids – need to stay inside. There are plenty of fun winter activities that will get you moving, such as sledding, skating, snowshoeing, skiing and more. All of these activities are good exercise.
Two of the biggest medical “to dos” parents need to take care of before school include sports physicals and making sure their children’s immunizations are updated.
Osteoporosis is a silent disease you may not realize you have until you break a bone. Osteoporosis – also known as thinning bones – can leave patients not only with broken bones, but also pain. While this condition doesn’t have any easy-to-see symptoms, it’s important everyone – especially women – know about osteoporosis, their risk for developing it, and how to prevent it.
High blood pressure usually doesn’t have any symptoms, which is why it’s checked every time you come into a doctor’s office. If you have high blood pressure, multiple lifestyle changes can improve your numbers and your overall health.
The cervix is the lower, narrow end of the uterus. Cervical cancer strikes women of all ages and is caused by the human papillomavirus or HPV. Women can get HPV from having sexual contact with someone who has it.
After what seems like an endless winter, summer is just around the corner. While summer is filled with lots of fun, carefree activities, it’s important to not get careless. Driving accidents involving teens, drownings, and bike accidents hit their peak during the summer.
It may be cold outside, but thankfully that doesn’t keep people inside. We’re fortunate to have so many opportunities to get outside and enjoy the world around us.
Summer – that time of the year when the weather is perfect to head outside and go for a walk, ride your bike, play a game or just relax. But unfortunately too many children spend summer (and the rest of the year too if we’re being honest) sitting in front of a computer screen.
Before talking about how to quit, let me quickly review why you need to quit: Smoking is an unhealthy habit. Smoking not only causes lung cancer and chronic lung disease, it also raises your risk of heart disease and stroke. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Mention the word “colonoscopy” and many people immediately plug their ears and want to think about anything else. But when my patients turn 50 – or if they’re younger and there’s a family history of colon cancer – it’s something I have to bring up, whether they want to talk about it or not.
This is one column people may want to skip right over, but it’s definitely one everyone needs to read – especially if you’re over 50. The subject? Colonoscopies. Before you skip to the next headline, hear me out: Colonoscopies are important and a valuable tool for physicians. Not only do colonoscopies screen for colon cancer, if any polyps are found they can be immediately removed. And if the doctor finds nothing? You likely won’t need another one for 10 years.
Farming is one of the most dangerous occupations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 243 agricultural workers suffer lost-time injuries every day, with 5 percent of those resulting in permanent impairments.
If you’re a smoker, there’s a good chance that you want to quit. According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, an estimated 70 percent of state smokers want to kick the habit. And why not? Smoking not only is linked to a host of health problems, including cancer, stroke, heart problems, and lung disease, it is also an expensive, smelly habit.
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