World Health Day is on April 7, and this year the World Health Organization is bringing attention to diabetes. Diabetes is common, but those who don’t have it know very little about it. For some people, living a healthy lifestyle prevents them from ever getting diabetes, for others the disease may be genetic, and there is no way to prevent it. Here are some stats that may make you rethink the disease.
- 422 million people globally have been diagnosed with diabetes
- 1.5 million have died from a diabetes-related issue in 2012
- 86 million people in the United States are considered to be pre-diabetic
- 69% of adults in the United States who are overweight or obese have a health issue that could lead to Type 2 diabetes
- 8.1 million people in the United State are likely to have diabetes and haven’t been diagnosed
- 23% of low-income countries have availability of insulin in public-funded health care facilities
- The increased risk of death goes up to 50% for those with diabetes
Click here to read the full article on Huffington Post.
Teaching children healthy habits at a young age is very important. There are many lifelong benefits for children who develop healthy habits when they are young. When they are taught healthy habits when they are young, they will most likely carry the habits into adulthood. Here are some helpful tips to help your children develop those healthy habits.
- Be a good role model
- Keep things positive
- Get the whole family moving
- Be realistic
- Limit TV, video game and computer time
- Encourage physical activities that they’ll enjoy
- Pick truly rewarding rewards
- Make dinnertime family time
- Make a game of reading food labels
- Stay involved
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Spring is in the air and so is that pollen that may be making you sneeze more than often. It’s allergy season. Around this time of year a lot of people may start to get a stuffy/runny nose, itchy eyes, and sneezing more than usually. Allergies are usually caused by the increase of pollen that is in the air. If you suffer from allergies, here are some tips to help you get through the allergy season.
- Keep your windows shut
- Check the pollen count
- Sport shades
- Snack on yogurt
- Take a breather
- Limit outdoor runs to the afternoon
- Kick off your shoes at home
- Keep dogs and cats off the bed
- Take a 24-hour allergy pill before bed
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What Are Vaccinations and Does My Child Really Need Them?
Vaccinations, also known as immunizations, protect children from a number of fatal and serious diseases by prompting the body to produce antibodies to fight these infections. Vaccines boost the body’s own immunity. Some of the diseases that vaccines protect against include measles, polio, whooping cough and diphtheria. You may not have heard of these diseases and that is because these vaccinations are working properly. Vaccinations have significantly decreased the number of infections and deaths from vaccine-preventable diseases, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. They have eradicated many serious illnesses over the years. In spite of these statistics, many parents are still anxious about giving their children vaccinations because of the misinformation that they have received. Read below to learn all about vaccinations for your child.
Types of Vaccinations
There are a number of vaccinations that children need. Consult your physician for a complete schedule and recommendations. Here are some of the common vaccinations:
This vaccine protects against meningococcal infection. Meningitis is a serious bacterial infection. It is an infection of the covering of the spinal cord and brain. Even when treated with antibiotics, about 15 percent of people that get meningococcal disease die. Of those who live, many suffer strokes and seizures, become deaf, lose their legs or arms or have problems with their nervous systems. Although anyone can get meningococcal disease, it is most common in infants and children ages 16-21.
Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP)
This is a combination immunization that helps protect children from three serious illnesses: diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis. These illnesses are caused by bacteria. Pertussis and diphtheria are spread from person to person. Tetanus enters the body through wounds or cuts.
- Diphtheria causes a thick mucus that covers the back of the throat. It often leads to difficulty breathing, heart failure, paralysis or death.
- Tetanus, also called lockjaw, causes extremely painful tightening of the muscles throughout the body. It causes the jaw to become locked so that the victim cannot swallow or even open his mouth. Tetanus causes death in approximately 2 out of 10 cases.
- Pertussis is also called whooping cough. It causes terrible fits of coughing that makes it hard for the child to breathe, drink or eat. These coughing spells can lead to brain damage, seizures or even death.
The diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine prevents all of these illnesses. As you can see, childhood immunizations are very important, as they prevent serious illnesses from occurring. Vaccines are also very safe. They are rigorously tested to ensure that they are effective and safe before they are ever approved by the FDA.
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Energy drinks have been asscoaited with many adverse health effects. A study in Canada has found evidence that teens who drink energy drinks have a greater risk of a traumatic brain injury. This is very dangerous at this stage in life because a teenagers brain in still growing and developing. The study looked at 10,000 middle and high school students in 2013 who were asked how often they drink energy drinks and if they have experiences a TBI in their life or the past year. Children who drank energy drinks in th epast week havea 5x higher chance at having a TBI compared to children who did not drink energy drinks. Most of the childrens’ TBIs were caused during sport activity, so young athletes should definitely avoid these types of beverages.
Click here to read the full article by Rachel Rettner on Huffington Post.