World Health Day: Diabetes Stats

diabetesWorld 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.

Your Heart and Cholesterol

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Cholestrol has recieves a bad reputation in the last few years with Heart Disease on the rise, but there is also good cholestrol in your body. There are two types of Cholestrol, Low Density Lipoproteins (LDL)  and High density Lipoprotieins (HDL). LDLs are the bad kind which clog up your arteries and slow blood flow. HDLs  are the good kind of cholosterol and they break down build up og LDLs and carry them to your Liver to be disposed of. There are a few lifestyle changes that can control to keep your cholestrerol levels healthy.

  1. Limit Triglycerides
  2. Stop Smoking
  3. Lower Blood Pressure
  4. Slimmer Waist Size
  5. Increase Physical Activity
  6. Diabetes

Factors that you can not control are:

  1. Men have a greater chance for heart attacks when they are young and women are after menopause
  2. Greater risj over 65
  3. African-Americans, Native Americans, and Mexican Americans as well as some Asian Americans have greater risk than Causcasians.
  4. If your grandparents had heart disease you are a t a greater risk.

Though you can not change any of the above factors you can make the lifestly changes necessary to limit your risk of getting heart disease.

Click here to read the full article by Tony Rehagen on WebMD.

Humans May Be Able To Make Their Own Vaccines

Humans May Be Able To Make Their Own Vaccines | A&P Urgent Care

Scientists are reaserching a new type of vaccines that will cause the body to use it’s own cells to make the anitbodies faster therefore inproving their chances of being protected. Right now it takes about 9 months for our bodies to produce antibodies and some viruses mutate so fast we can not protect ourselves quick enough to be immune. Also, a virus can mutate before the vaccine is even given to the public like H1N1 in 2009. With the recent Ebola outbreak one American that survived donated his blood plasma to other Americans who were infected to give them blood that already had antibodies that knew how to fight Ebola. Doctors now want to use this method for other diseases. It will work by taking one persons blood that has fought of the said disease, picking out the strain of antibodies, copying them several times, and then injecting them into other people. This is more effective than traditional vaccines because it is almost instantly giving the body defense against the disease.

Click here to read the full article by Tia Ghose on Mashable.

Better Control of These Germs Could Save Many Lives

Better Control of These Germs Could Save Many Lives | A&P Urgetn Care

Right now dieases like MRSA and CRE, that are anitbiotic-resistant, are sickening 2 million people and causng 23,000 deaths a year in the United States. Dr. John Jernigan from the Center for Disease Control is reporting that we could prevent 37,000 deaths and 619,000 infections by implementing a plan to stop antibiotic-resistant diseases from spreading. This plan would involve healthcare facilities communicating with each other about prevention but could lead to 70% less patients due to antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the next 5 years. This could also save the health department $8 billion dollars in that same time.

Click here to read the full story by Dennis Thompson on WebMD.