As the United States becomes more diverse, minority populations grow as well. Despite the increasing need for equality in healthcare, gaps in minority health compared to other groups are still noticeable. April is Minority Health Month, making it the perfect time to highlight and explore conditions that may affect you or people you know.
Eating a healthy diet can make you feel good and help fight against chronic diseases and conditions, such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease. A healthy diet can also give your immune system a boost. Eating healthy can be a challenge if you don’t know exactly what that means. In general, it is important to eat a wide variety of foods. Fruits, vegetables, dairy (or non-dairy alternatives), protein and whole grains are all important pieces of a healthy diet. Another part of eating healthy is making sure that you are getting the necessary vitamins, nutrients and minerals. One essential nutrient that might be missing from your diet is fiber.
Have you ever seen someone on television clutch the chest, scrunch the face in pain and collapse? That’s how TV shows a heart attack. Although they really can look like that, heart attacks often have symptoms that are easy to miss—especially in women.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States overall for both men and women, and for most races and ethnicities. That makes February—American Heart Month—an important time for every American to understand the risks of heart disease.
Every January marks National Sugar Awareness Week, which is the perfect time to get educated on blood sugar. Awareness of blood sugar—also known as blood glucose—is important. Why? One word: Diabetes.
There’s pink everywhere you look. That’s because pink is the color of breast cancer awareness.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. Most specifically, it’s about getting out the message of the importance of finding breast cancer early, when it is easier to treat.
Atrial fibrillation (commonly called AFib or AF) is an arrhythmia, which means the heart beats in an irregular way, either too fast or too slow.
In a healthy heart, an electrical pulse starts in a group of cells, then travels down the heart, first to the two upper chambers (the atria) and then to the lower chambers (the ventricles). With AFib, that electrical signal goes haywire, causing the atria to expand and contract irregularly.
What happens when you or your family need medical care, and you are not sure where to go? There are different options for medical care including your Primary Care Provider (PCP), urgent care, or the emergency room. Where you choose to go can make a big difference in your family’s medical care and also how much it may cost, whether or not you have health insurance. Read More.
April showers bring May flowers, and May flowers bring…sneezing and wheezing.
With a winter thaw and nicer weather come spring allergies, made worse by the pollen that comes from those blooming plants—not to mention the pollution, dust, chemicals and pet hair that also cause problems. Allergy symptoms from pollen and other irritants can make your asthma symptoms worse.
May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, a good time to help you understand how those two are connected, and what you can do to help control your symptoms if you have asthma, allergies or both.
What is Diabetes?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Diabetes is the condition in which the body does not properly process food for use as energy. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy.
“The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugars to build up in your blood. This is why many people refer to diabetes as ‘sugar.’” Read More.