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Why You Should Get Your Influenza Vaccine this Month

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Flu season occurs during the fall and winter months, between October and February. It is possible to get the flu during other times of the year, however, it is not as common. The flu season peaks during the winter, particular December, therefore, it is important that you get the flu vaccine now.

Symptoms of the Flu

The symptoms of the flu can keep you bedridden for a week or longer. The symptoms of the flu include:

  • High fever (101 or higher)
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Headaches
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Dry, unproductive cough
  • Loss of appetite

In some cases, the flu can lead to serious complications such as pneumonia, which can land you in the hospital. This is especially true in the elderly and people who have conditions and illness that have compromised their immune systems.

Types of Flu Vaccines

Your best defense against the flu is to be vaccinated every year. If you were vaccinated last year, it won’t protect you from the flu this year. This is because the flu vaccine only lasts for so long. Also, each year, the flu strain is different, therefore, you would need a different type of vaccine. There are a few types of flu vaccines available. The one that you choose would depend on your own situation.

  • Standard dose: The standard dose vaccine is recommended for people between 6 months and 64 years old. It is administered using a needle injection.
  • High dose: The high dose vaccine is recommended for people 65 years of age or older. Also, people with compromised immune systems should go with the high dose vaccine. This vaccine is also administered using a needle.
  • Flu-Mist: The Flu-Mist vaccine is recommended for people between 2 and 49 years old. This vaccine is not given via injection like the others. It is given through a spray that goes up your nose.

Why Do People Avoid Getting the Flu Shot?

There are some people who avoid getting the flu shot because they are worried about the side effects associated with the vaccine. The side effects are often very mild and they include:

  • Redness and soreness at the injection site
  • A fever that lasts for less than 24 hours
  • Slight fatigue

There are some people who avoid getting the flu shot because they are worried that it will give them the flu. There is no active virus in the standard dose or the high dose vaccines, therefore, you cannot get the flu by getting vaccinated. The Flu-Mist does contain a live virus. However, it isn’t enough to cause you to contract the flu.

The flu is a very contagious disease. It can be spread in the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It can also be spread if you touch something that a person who has the flu has recently touched. There are ways to prevent catching the flu such as washing your hands frequently and avoiding people you know are sick. The best way to keep from getting the flu is to get the flu vaccination every year at the beginning of flu season.

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What is Gastroparesis?

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When the stomach takes more time than normal to empty the food inside of it, the delayed gastric emptying is known as gastroparesis. Typically, this is caused by weakened or abnormally formed muscles in the stomach. Currently, there is no known cure for this condition, but there are numerous medical procedures and treatments that can help manage the symptoms once a patient receives a proper diagnosis.

The Cause

Gastroparesis can occur at birth or can become more prominent later on in life. While the precise cause of the condition is not known, there is some understanding of what happens to a person suffering from gastroparesis. The nerve signals in the stomach do not function properly because of an underlying nervous system condition or a problem with the vagus nerve, which moves food along the digestive tract. When symptoms appear later on in life, this usually means the vagus nerve became damaged around the time of symptoms presenting themselves. Often times this damage occurs from diabetes or a physical injury. Unfortunately, it is currently unknown how to fix this damage. This is also the case with a variety of stomach issues that can result in gastroparesis such as infection, bulimia, anorexia and medications that target the stomach.

Symptoms

The severity of symptoms that patients with gastroparesis experience vary but typically include:
-Pain in the abdomen
-Nausea or vomiting
-Bloating after meals
-Excess gas
-Heartburn
-Fluctuations in blood sugar non-related to diabetes
-Inability to eat larger quantities of food
-Unexplained weight loss
-Nutritional deficiencies

Diagnosis

Prior to conducting any testing, your doctor will want to know a full medical history. You will also have to explain your symptoms in great detail. Once your doctor suspects a condition like gastroparesis exists, you may be asked to undergo some diagnostic testing. This can include ultrasounds of the abdomen to check on your internal organs and rule out any other issues such as gallbladder disease or pancreatitis. An upper endoscopy can be used to look at the lining of your stomach and see if the emptying process is functioning as normal.

Treatment Options

If you have a confirmed case of gastroparesis, then you may want to consider treatment options to help you lead a normal life. Of course, if you have another medical condition present such as diabetes, you will want to make sure that condition is well managed as well. Considering dietary changes, medication and surgery are all options. Medications are available to help control symptoms you may be experience like bloating and gas. You can also take medications which help stimulate your digestive tract; speeding things up a bit. All medications come with side effects so it is important to speak with a trusted medical professional to weigh the pros and cons of taking a drug.

If medication is not helping your condition and you feel you would like to go a step further, there are surgical options to consider. Surgery involves a stomach bypass surgery to completely bypass the stomach you stomach stapling. These procedures can be very invasive and involve a lot of recovery so if you can make dietary changes and utilize medications to keep you in a stable condition, this may be the way to go. Typically a doctor will refer you to a nutritionist that will help you with things like increasing your cooked vegetable intake, reducing fat content in foods, drinking enough water during and after meals, avoiding foods with excessive fiber and decreasing the size of your meals while increasing the amount of times you eat.

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Preventing Lung Cancer

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Today, we know how to prevent most lung cancers. While we don’t know how to prevent all forms of lung cancer, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk.

Preventing Lung Cancer

  1. Don’t smoke: The first step in preventing lung cancer is simple, don’t smoke. If you’ve never smoked, don’t start. If you were a smoker, stop smoking now. Make sure to talk to your kids about smoking. Make sure they know it’s a major cause of lung cancer. Have this conversation early, and often, with them.
  2. Use stop-smoking aids: If you do smoke, speak to your doctor about a strategy to help you quit. There are a number of aids on the market today, designed to help you quit smoking. Your doctor may suggest a replacement product or even a support group.
  3. Avoid secondhand smoke: If you live or work with smokers, ask them to smoke outside (or, talk to them about quitting). Make sure to avoid going to places where people smoke; if you can’t avoid these venues, at least look for smoke-free areas.
  4. Get a radon test kit: After smoking, radon is the top cause of lung cancer in this country, according to the EPA (the Environmental Protection Agency). Typically, you won’t even know if you’ve been overexposed, as there are no symptoms, and once you’ve been exposed, there is no treatment. If you purchase a radon tester, it can check your home for problems and you can get them fixed.
  5. Avoid other carcinogens: If you work in an industry that uses toxic chemicals, make sure to take all suggested precautions. Use a face mask so that you won’t breathe in the chemicals.
  6. Eat the rainbow: Make sure your plate contains a number of different colors throughout the day. A diet filled with a variety of fruits and vegetables provides your body with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, which fight free radicals in the body. And, low levels of vitamins A and C have been linked with an increased risk for lung cancer, according to a study done by the University of Maryland Medical Center.
  7. Exercise: Keep your body in tip top shape by exercising most days of the week. A healthy body is better able to fight off infections, viruses, and even cancer. Shoot for at least 30 minutes a day, 6 days a week.

 
While scientists and doctors don’t yet know how to prevent all types of lung cancer, we can prevent some forms by following these simple steps.

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November is National Family Caregivers Month

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November is National Family Caregivers Month. Each year, this month is set aside as the time to celebrate those who contribute their time to support a loved one’s health or help manage a loved one’s disability. Today, there are more than 44 million Americans who care for family, friends, and neighbors. This is the month to celebrate them.

This Year’s Theme

In 2017, the theme for National Family Caregivers Month is “Caregiving Around the Clock”. Since caregiving is often a round the clock, 24/7 job, the Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) thought the theme should reflect that.

We all know that caring for those with special needs can be a non-stop journey; it can often take precedence over your own family or your own needs. How do you, how do all caregivers, manage these challenges?

A Caregiver’s Day

Most caregivers are working mothers, with children in school. If this is you, you typically have to get your children ready for school, while making sure your loved ones are taken care off, before getting yourself ready for work.

If you are a caregiver, as much as 70% of your time is dedicated to managing your loved one’s medications. You have to make sure your loved one has the right medications and takes them at the right times throughout the day.

Since 60% of all caregivers also work at least part-time, you may find yourself cutting back your hours at work, or taking time off to help care for your loved one.

At night, you need to make sure your loved one eats properly, and that you do, too, to keep your strength up and stay healthy. It’s important to make time for yourself every day, even if it’s just a few minutes later at night. Take some time to breathe and recharge your batteries so you can give your all the next day.

And that’s a day in the life of a caregiver; the FCA knows life isn’t always easy, which is why they’ve dedicated this time to you.

FCA’s 40th Anniversary

This year is the Family Caregiver Alliance’s 40th anniversary. It is working to strengthen advocacy for caregivers. They provide tools, educational programs, and services which help family caregivers. If you are a family caregiver, be sure to head to their website and check out their resources.

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Taking Care of Your Bladder

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Your bladder is a hollow organ that holds the urine that is produced by the kidneys. The urine remains stored in the bladder until you go to the bathroom. If you don’t take care of your bladder properly, there are certain conditions that you can suffer from both now and in the future. A few of the most common bladder issues include:

  • Frequent bladder infections
  • Interstitial cystitis: A chronic bladder condition that causes bladder pain and frequent and urgent urination.
  • Overactive bladder: A serious condition that squeezes urine out of the bladder at inopportune times.
  • Urinary incontinence: A condition where a person is unable to control their bladder.
  • Bladder cancer

To avoid these conditions and to ensure the health of your bladder, there are a few tips that you should follow.

#1 Let It All Out

Women are especially susceptible to urinary tract infections that involve the bladder. Frequent infections of the urinary tract and the bladder can cause permanent damage to your bladder over time. When you go to the bathroom, it is important to empty your bladder completely each time. If you tighten up your muscles and you stop urinating before your bladder is empty, the urine that didn’t make it out of the bladder will bring bacteria back into the urinary tract and bladder which will cause an infection.

#2 Drink Plenty of Fluids

Drinking plenty of fluids will help to flush out your bladder. It will also flush your urinary tract, preventing you from developing an infection. It is recommended that you drink six to eight glasses of water each day. If you find that you are urinating too often, cut back slightly.

#3 Get Moving

If you spend your day sitting at a desk, fluid can build up in your legs during the day. At night, the fluid build-up will cause you to empty your bladder. The longer you leave the fluid in your bladder, the higher the chances are of developing an infection. To prevent this, try walking throughout the day. You can also try raising your legs to your waist and flexing your calf muscles.

#4 Avoid Tobacco

Each year, over 50,000 people are diagnosed with bladder cancer. According to a recent study, cigarette smokers are two to three times more likely to develop bladder cancer than non-smokers. If you are a smoker, now is the time to quit. It will greatly reduce your risk of developing bladder cancer and a variety of other health conditions.

#5 Drink Cranberry Juice

The best way to avoid bladder infections is to drink cranberry juice. The ingredients in the juice can keep harmful bacteria from sticking to the walls of your urinary tract. This will keep the bacteria from moving up into your bladder. If you don’t like cranberry juice, you can also take cranberry tablets.

#6 Watch What You Eat

There are certain foods that can cause bladder pain and frequent urination. If you suffer from these issues, avoid acidic food such as orange juice and tomatoes.

#7 Drink Less Before Bed

It is not healthy for your bladder to remain full all night. This is why you should drink fewer fluids two hours before bedtime. Also, avoid caffeinated drinks before bed because caffeine will make you urinate more often. If your bladder remains empty at night, the chances of an infection greatly decrease.

If you want to avoid bladder infections and chronic bladder problems in the future, you should start taking care of your bladder now. Each of the tips listed above will ensure a healthy bladder now and in the future.

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What is Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease?

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Gastroesophageal reflux disease is a condition you may suffer from if acid from your stomach flows back up the esophagus into the mouth. The condition is diagnosed by your family physician, and sometimes your dentist. The reason why dentist notice this condition is because the acid from the stomach can eat away at the enamel of your teeth. Sometimes ulcers will form in the mouth as well if the condition is severe. Receiving proper treatment for this condition fast is essential for protecting your esophagus and oral health from damage.

What are the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease?

Some of you may know gastroesophageal reflux disease as heartburn. That is because the condition can cause a burning sensation in the chest, which usually always occurs after eating foods that do not agree with you. Other common symptoms that come with this condition are:

  • Trouble swallowing
  • Sensation of something stuck in your throat
  • Chronic coughing
  • Breathing difficulty due to inflammation of the airways
  • Trouble sleeping due to acid coming up the throat while you are laying down
  • Weight loss from not wanting to eat with the condition

What causes this condition?

The condition is caused by sphincters in the esophagus relaxing too much and staying open instead of closing up like they are suppose to during digestion. Conditions that cause the sphincters to relax too much are:

  • Pregnancy
  • Cancer of the esophagus
  • Obesity
  • Lack of bowel movements
  • Sluggish digestive system

With that said, smoking, drinking, drug abuse, certain medications and overeating can cause the condition also known as GERD to wreck havoc on your body. This is why some doctors commonly recommend lifestyle changes first before prescribe medications to help treat the condition.

What lifestyle changes can be made to help rid GERD?

One of the biggest causes of GERD is overeating, or eating too much of a healthy diet. Simply changing your diet up and consuming healthier whole foods that nourish and heal the body is one of the ways to rid the condition for good. Whole foods consist of fruits and berries, fresh vegetables, grains and nuts, grass fed meats, fish, raw dairy products, and healthy fats. Whole foods do not consist of any type of food that contains preservatives, artificial ingredients, dyes, and pesticides. This is because foods that contain those ingredients can usually cause GERD to flare up and worsen. The ingredients also causes cancers and obesity. Another helpful way to rid GERD is by losing the extra body fat through exercising regularly. Other lifestyle changes that can cure the condition are:

  • Quitting smoking and drinking
  • Changing medications
  • Eating less acidy foods

What are the treatment options for GERD?

If lifestyle changes alone do not help rid GERD, your doctor may recommend over the counter or prescription anti acid reducers. However, a series of test will need to be done first to help diagnose the condition so the proper treatment can be given. Those test include:

  • Upper endoscopy
  • pH probe test
  • Xrays
  • Manometry test

Bottom Line for GERD

If you suspect you may be suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease it is essential that you make an appointment with your doctor to get a proper diagnoses and treatment plan. Leaving the condition untreated could lead to your esophagus becoming damaged. If that happened you may end up needing surgery to repair it. With that said, surgery is usually unlikely because again this condition is most of the time easily treated with lifestyle changes and acid reducers.

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Signs of Lung Cancer

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Signs of Lung Cancer

Lung cancer does not have a lot of noticeable signs in the early stages. Most people do not usually get a diagnosis until when the disease has progressed. However, there are signs you can look out for that will show if you have lung cancer. Noticing the signs can help you get diagnosed at the early stages.

Unending cough

You should be keen on any new cough that is prolonged. A normal cough that is associated with a cold or respiratory infection is likely to go after a week or at most, two weeks. However, a persistent cough can be a sign of lung cancer. If you notice a cough lingering for more than two weeks, you should visit your doctor to have more tests done.

Cough changes

You should also pay attention to your cough if it starts changing. It is especially the case if you are a smoker. Some things to look out for is if your cough gets deeper if you get an increased amount of mucus or start seeing blood.

Breathing changes

A lung tumor can cause fluid buildup in the chest, and the cancer can also block or narrow an airway. One way you can identify this is if you notice that you start getting easily winded or have extreme shortness of breath.

Pain in the chest area

Lung cancer is known to cause chest pain in some patients. The chest pain may be sharp, constant, dull or intermittent. It can also occur throughout the chest or can be confined to one spot. The pain can be due to enlarged nymph nodes or metastasis to the lining around the lungs, the chest wall or ribs.

Wheezing

You experience wheezing when the airway becomes constricted, inflamed or blocked. It can be easily diagnosed as a symptom of allergies or asthma and treatment is simple. However, if the cancer blocks the airway, wheezing might also occur and should be taken seriously.

Drop in weight

One common symptom of any type of cancer is loss of weight. If you notice that you have lost about 10 pounds without trying to lose weight, you should find out the reason.

Bone pain

If the cancer progresses, it might spread to the bones leading to bone pain. The pain might increase and usually gets worse at night. You should take note f any unexplained neck, back, chest, shoulder or arm pain that worsens at night.

Headache and fatigue

If the cancer spreads to the brain, you might experience headaches. However, it can also mean that the cancer is putting unnecessary pressure on the superior vena cava that triggers the headache. Another thing to look out for is fatigue even when you have not done any work. If the fatigue does not wear off even after resting, then you should visit your physician to find out the cause.

Nervous system problems

There are patients who experience nervous system problems when the cancer causes the immune system to start attacking parts of the nervous system. It can lead to muscle disorders characterized by difficult getting up from a sitting position, loss of balance and lack of steadiness in the arms and legs, weakness in the hips and trouble swallowing.

If you notice any of the above symptoms, it is important to visit a physician as soon as possible. Early screening is important especially if you are at high risk of getting the disease.

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How to Keep Your Skin Healthy

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Looking younger is big business. It seems there’s a cream or a serum for every line and wrinkle on our bodies. Sure, you can slather on a cream or two, but there are also some simple things you can do every day to keep your skin looking its best.

The foods you eat and even the sleep you can get help your body fight cell damage. When you eat the right foods or take the right vitamins, the nutrients you take in will help your cells replicate, leaving you looking fresher and younger!

Here are a few simple things you can do to keep your skin healthy:

  1. Drink Enough Water: Dehydrated skin can dry out and look saggy and dull. Drinking enough water each day will leave your skin firmer, hydrated, and give you a glow! Most adults should be drinking about 2 liters of water per day, which is roughly eight 8-ounce glasses.
  2. Get Enough Sleep: When you’re not rested, your entire body suffers. Your brain feels foggy, you’re grouchy, and your skin looks sallow. You’ll see dark circles under your eyes, casting a pall over your entire face. Your skin rejuvenates and repairs itself overnight. Shoot for eight hours a night if at all possible.
  3. Add Antioxidants to Your Diet: Eat the rainbow! Make sure your plate is loaded with lots of different colors throughout the day. Fruits and vegetables supply your body with the antioxidants it needs to fight inflammation and free radicals which will damage your skin cells. There are also a number of skin products on the market that contain antioxidants.
  4. Drink Green Tea: Studies show green tea can be good for our skin. They say drinking green tea can ward off aging and even help prevent skin cancer. Why? Because of those antioxidants again! Green tea contains both catechins and antioxidants, both of which can help keep our bodies healthy.
  5. Buy Organic: Organic foods have fewer pesticides, hormones, and toxins, which helps curtail the damage done to our bodies. In fact, if you choose organic meat and dairy, you’ll bypass the hormones and antibiotics given to the animals. This can help reduce acne.
  6. Stay Out of the Sun: Small amounts of sun each day help our bodies produce vitamin D, which is beneficial. But you only need about 10 to 15 minutes in the sun to achieve this benefit. Too much sun, especially if you forget to put on sunscreen and wear a hat and sunglasses, can damage your skin and your eyes.
  7. Choose Natural Skincare: When you do shop for your skincare products, choose those without parabens, sulfates and other harsh chemicals. Do your homework and research the ingredients in the products you choose.
  8. Decorate with Plants: Indoor plants help purify the air you breathe. They function as an air filter. Keep one on your desk, near your bed or anywhere in the house where you spend a lot of time.
  9. Limit Sugar: If you eat a lot of sugar, it can actually age your skin. Wrinkles brought on by sugar are becoming more common since Americans’ diets seem to be full of the sweet substance.
  10. Relieve Stress: It’s no joke; wrinkles can be brought about my stress. Exercise, meditate, do yoga, get a massage, talk to friends, get out and take a walk (with your sunscreen on, of course), whatever you need to do to alleviate stress. It will help both your mind and your body!
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Looking Out for Stomach Cancer

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Stomach cancer is slow growing and takes years for it to reach a stage that is life threatening. With that said, knowing the signs of the cancer can help with an early diagnoses and provide you with the proper treatment necessary for healing your body.

What causes the cancer?

The causes of stomach cancer seem to be chronic inflammation within the digestive system and polyps. Other common causes are lifestyle habits such as:

  • Overeating
  • Smoking
  • Consuming alcohol on a regular basis
  • Exposure to environmental factors that are harmful to the body
  • Suffering from chronic viruses
  • Genetics
  • Having Type A Blood (reasons are uncertain to why)

What are the early signs of stomach cancer?

People often don’t recognize the signs of stomach cancer as cancer because they are commonly confused with the flu, indigestion, nausea and vomiting, chronic heartburn, bloating and loss of appetite. If you experience these common health conditions often, or all together these could be the early signs that stomach cancer has invaded your body. This means it’s time to set up an appointment with your doctor for proper screening of the disease. If cancer is found treatment plans with be discussed to help rid it from your body.

How is stomach cancer diagnosed?

Stomach cancer is diagnosed with a basic blood test, but sometimes other testing is necessary to confirm that it has infected the lining of the stomach or other areas of the body. Those tests are:

  • Biopsying the tissues of the stomach lining
  • X-raying the digestive system
  • Upper GI screening
  • Upper endoscopy test

What are the treatments for stomach cancer?

The common treatments for stomach cancer are surgery to remove the cancerous parts within the stomach and sometimes chemotherapy or radiation treatments to kill off the cancer cells. Sometimes all three treatments are necessary to cure a patient from cancer if it is severe. Taking vitamins and supplements to boost the immune system along with the common treatments are also helpful in aiding in the body’s natural healing process. Your doctor will go over the best treatment options for you if cancer is found in your body along with any lifestyle changes that might need to be made to help with a more successful healing process.

What are some end thoughts to keep in mind?

The only way to treat and cure cancer from the body successfully is to recognize the symptoms, get a proper and early diagnoses and receive an effective treatment plan that works with your body. Other ways to protect yourself from cancer and to aid in the healing of it is by eating a healthy diet, exercising, staying hydrated, taking your daily vitamins and living an eco-friendly lifestyle free of harmful toxins.

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How Diabetes Can Affect Your Eyes

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Diabetes is a condition that occurs when your blood sugar is too high. This occurs because the disease makes it difficult for your body to make enough insulin or use it properly. There are two types of diabetes. Type I diabetes is also known as juvenile diabetes and it occurs in children and young adults. This type occurs when the body doesn’t make insulin. The second type is Type II diabetes. This type can occur at any age and it is caused if your body doesn’t make insulin or if it doesn’t use it well.

If not treated properly, diabetes can cause serious health problems including:

  • Kidney disease
  • Food problems
  • Nerve damage
  • Dental problems
  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Eye problems

What Is Diabetic Eye Disease?

Diabetic eye disease is more than one disease that can affect people who suffer from diabetes. People who don’t keep their diabetes under control are at greater risk of eye complications. Also, each of the conditions can cause serious vision loss and even blindness. If you suffer from diabetes, it is important that you understand each of the diseases and what they can do to your eyes.

  • Diabetic Retinopathy: Diabetic retinopathy is the most common cause of vision loss and blindness in people who have diabetes. The condition affects the blood vessels in the retina, which lines the back of the eye. If your blood sugar is often high, it can cause damage to the retina’s tiny blood vessels. This can result in the blood vessels bleeding or leaking fluid which can cause distortions in the vision. When the condition progresses, it can result in scarring and cell loss in the retina, causing complete blindness. In many cases, vision loss due to diabetic retinopathy is irreversible. Early detection and treatment can reduce your risk of going blind by 95 percent.
  • Diabetic Macular Edema (DME): DME often occurs in people who have diabetic retinopathy. While it often occurs when the disease progresses, it can occur at any time. It is a build-up of fluid in the macula. This part of the eye is used for seeing straight ahead to read, drive, and recognize faces. Half of the people who develop diabetic retinopathy develop DME. If left untreated, it can cause vision loss.
  • Cataracts: A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens. When a person has cataracts, their natural lens would be removed and replaced with an artificial one. Anyone can develop cataracts, however, people with diabetes are two to five times more likely to develop cataracts than those who aren’t diabetic.
  • Glaucoma: Glaucoma damages the eye’s optic nerve, which connects the eye to the brain. Glaucoma is often the result of high pressure in the eye, and it is very common in people with diabetes. Studies have shown that adults who suffer from diabetes are twice as likely to develop glaucoma than those who don’t have the disease.

Preventing Diabetic Eye Disease

The only way to prevent diabetic eye disease is to be vigilant when it comes to your blood sugar levels. You should also see your eye doctor every six months. The sooner a problem is detected, the sooner it can be treated, saving your eyesight. Many of the diabetic eye diseases won’t show any symptoms at first, therefore, it is very important that you see your eye doctor regularly.

Diabetes can wreak havoc on many of the body’s systems including your vision. The only way to prevent permanent vision loss and blindness is to check your blood sugar levels regularly and take the necessary steps to keep it at a healthy level.

 

 

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