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Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood sugar. Hyperglycemia, or raised blood sugar, is a common effect of uncontrolled diabetes and over time leads to serious damage to many of the body’s systems, especially the nerves and blood vessels.
There are three types of Diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2 and Gestational Diabetes.
Type 1 Type 1 diabetes (previously known as insulin-dependent, juvenile or childhood-onset) is characterized by deficient insulin production and requires daily administration of insulin. The cause of type 1 diabetes is not known and there is no information in how to prevent it. Symptoms include excessive excretion of urine, thirst, constant hunger, weight loss, vision changes and fatigue. These symptoms may occur suddenly.
Type 2 diabetes results from the body’s ineffective use of insulin. This condition makes up 90% of all diabetics. This condition is also the result of excess body weight and physical inactivity. Symptoms may be similar to those of Type 1 diabetes, but are often less marked. As a result, the disease may be diagnosed several years after onset, once complications have already arisen. Until recently, this type of diabetes was seen only in adults but it is now also occurring in children.
Gestational diabetes is hyperglycemia with onset or first recognition during pregnancy. Symptoms of gestational diabetes are similar to Type 2 diabetes. Gestational diabetes is most often diagnosed through prenatal screening, rather than reported symptoms.
Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible and progressive brain disease; it affects memory, thinking skills and sometimes even the ability to perform the simplest task. In most cases symptoms start appearing after age 60. It is estimated that as many as 5.1 million American’s may have Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is the number one main cause of Dementia. Many people see the symptoms of dementia as normal consequence of ageing and therefore do not seek the help and support that is available. Early diagnosis improves the quality of life for both Dementia and Alzheimer’s patients and their families.
Did you know that one in three Americans suffer from blood pressure? And many don’t even know it! You can prevent and control it by making healthy food choice, keeping active, reducing stress levels and of course keeping up with regular doctor visits. Also Hearth disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the U.S, and ever year about 715,000 Americans have a hearth attack. Several medical conditions and lifestyle choices can put you at higher risk for heart disease, such as, diabetes, over weight and obesity, poor eating habits, lack of physical activity, and excessive alcohol use.
Asthma is a lung disease that makes it harder to move air in and out of your lungs, it can very well be control, but symptoms can always be triggered by breathing in allergy-causing substances (called allergens or triggers), common triggers include tobacco smoke, pet hair, dust mites, mold, but also physical exercise; some medicines; bad weather, such as thunderstorms or high humidity; breathing in cold, dry air; and some foods, food additives, and fragrances can also trigger an asthma attack. Remember – you can control your asthma. With your healthcare provider’s help, make your own asthma action plan and take your long-term control medicine even when you don’t have symptoms.
Other Lung conditions include COPD, Lung cancer and Influenza. COPD is also know as emphysema or chronic bronchitis, this being the third leading cause of death in the US, but this is condition that can very well be prevented by not smoking and avoiding lung irritants such as secondhand smoke, air pollution, chemical fumes, and dust. There is no cure for COPD, but it can be treated by making lifestyle changes and with the help of certain pharmaceuticals, for more information you can contacts us.
Outdoor allergens, such as pollen, are the main cause of seasonal allergies. They are small, light, and dry, so the wind can carry them for long distances. Pollen levels can vary day-to-day, depending upon several factors, including the weather. There is weed, grass and tree pollen. Peak pollen production can occur in early morning, so try to plan outside activities for other times of the day.
A common trigger for indoor allergies, are dust mites, they can be found in the dust particles that collect naturally around the house. These microscopic creatures live off our dead skin cells, hiding in the fibers of pillows, mattresses, blankets, and carpets. Help prevent allergy flare-ups by wearing a dust mask and gloves, dusting with a damp sponge or mop, also remove all carpets if possible.
Another allergen is mold. Indoor molds shed spores all year, usually hiding in damp environments. Mold can typically be found on soil, plants, rotting wood or dead leaves as well as on basements, bathrooms, refrigerators and windowsills.
Lastly pets, if you’re allergic to cats or dogs, you are not allergic to their fur, but to the dander found in their saliva or urine. These allergens can be transported to the skin or fur, where we touch dogs or cats most often.
Obesity has now has reached epidemic proportions globally. About one third of America is overweight and the second third is considered obese. Once associated with high-income countries, obesity is now also prevalent in low- and middle-income countries causing 2.8 million deaths per year around the world. Morbid Obesity and compromise your health, shorten life span. Obesity increases significantly the probabilities of developing hearth disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and even cancer.