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Treatment of Celiac Disease

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Celiac Disease: Patient Guide and Treatment Information

For people with celiac disease, going gluten-free is a medical necessity rather than a choice. Celiac disease is a serious digestive disorder that is triggered by the protein gluten. When people with celiac disease eat foods that have gluten, such as barley, rye and wheat, their immune system responds by damaging the intestine. Over time, this results in the body being unable to absorb nutrients. Celiac disease leads to a host of problems, including:

  • Malnourishment
  • Osteoporosis
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Cancer

Symptoms of Celiac Disease

Here are some of the symptoms of celiac disease. If you have these symptoms, check with your doctor for an official diagnosis. There are many other diseases that could be causing these symptoms, as well.

  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Swelling in the abdomen or feeling of fullness
  • Foul-smelling, pale stools that float
  • Nausea
  • Gas
  • Stomach pain
  • Vomiting

How is Celiac Disease Diagnosed?

Celiac disease can be diagnosed by your physician. They will ask you for a complete family medical history. Then, you physician may order a physical exam and other tests, such as genetic tests, blood test or a biopsy.

Treatments for Celiac Disease

There is no cure for celiac disease. The only treatment is to remain on a gluten-free diet. Following a gluten-free diet will significantly reduce the symptoms of this disorder and may eventually end the symptoms altogether as the villi of your intestines are healed. Eating any gluten at all will restart the damage to your intestine. Therefore, you will have to remain on a gluten-free diet for the rest of your life.

In some cases, the damage to the intestines is so significant that eating a gluten free diet will not help. If this happens, the only way to get nutrients is intravenously.

Living with Celiac Disease

Living with celiac disease requires a big change in your diet. A true gluten-free diet will limit what you can eat. You cannot eat many of the staples, including:

  • Cereals
  • Pasta
  • Crackers
  • Cakes
  • Cookies
  • Ice cream
  • Instant coffee
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Yogurt
  • Pizza
  • Processed foods

Read food labels carefully before eating any food to be sure that it does not contain wheat or any other type of gluten. Some patients with celiac disease can eat oats and others cannot. So, if you have celiac disease, ask your doctor whether or not you should consume oats. Just be aware that packaged oats are sometimes contaminated with wheat.

It is also a good idea to pay close attention to over-the-counter capsules, vitamins and tablets as many of these contain wheat starch, which is used as a binding agent in capsules and tablets. Gluten is present in barley so avoid beer. Brandy, whiskey, wine and other alcohols are fine as they do not contain gluten.

It is always a good idea to work with a dietitian, who can provide you with more information about a gluten-free diet.

When eating in restaurants, you will have to ask what the ingredients are in each dish that you order. Eating just a small amount of gluten will cause some people with celiac disease to vomit or have severe diarrhea that lasts for hours.

Even though you have celiac disease, you can still enjoy a healthy diet. You can get pasta and bread that are made from other types of flour, such as rice flour. In addition, many food companies have significantly increased their gluten-free offerings over the last couple of years as gluten-free has become quite popular. In addition, you can enjoy fresh vegetables, fruits, fish and meats, as long as they have not been artificially processed.

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What Is the Difference Between COPD vs CHF

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and congestive heart failure (CHF) both are debilitating and leave you with shortness of breath. These two serious conditions share symptoms and common risk factors, but you should be aware that the causes, treatments and prognosis of each differ significantly.

COPD Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

COPD is a term for serious respiratory conditions of several types that block airflow to the lungs. The two main conditions of COPD are emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Regarding effects of bronchitis, the airways connecting your trachea to your lungs become inflamed. Emphysema is a dysfunction that occurs when serious damage occurs to the tiny air sacs in your lungs where oxygen and carbon dioxide are exchanged. These both leave lungs unable to work fully, making it very difficult for the patient to breathe.

CHF Congestive Heart Failure

CHF or congestive heart failure occurs when your heart becomes too weak to pump blood through your body. If your blood isn’t pumped out of the heart effectively, then unfortunate fluid levels build up or can become congested. When blood backs up or develops blood pools in the heart, the heart beats harder and faster and expands to handle the greater blood volume in it. This makes heart failure much worse.

Similar symptoms

Wheezing and shortness of breath are shared symptoms of both COPD and CHF. Breathing difficulties are developed following any physical activity and have a tendency to develop gradually. Initially you may be out of breath after simple activities such as climbing a set of stairs. As COPD and CHF each worsen, wheezing and shortness of breath occur with very little physical effort.

Chronic coughing is a main symptom of COPD. The cough sometimes brings up mucus but can also in the alternative be a dry cough. People with CHF also tend to have a dry, but one that produces sputum. Sputum is the coughed up mucus that may contain bacteria, blood, or pus.

COPD could produce chest tightness. CHF doesn’t lead to chest tightness, but you may feel the sensation of your heart beating irregularly or very rapidly.

Causes

COPD and CHF develop from different causes. The most common cause of COPD is smoking. While a medical history of smoking doesn’t mean absolutely you’ll get COPD, it certainly increases the likelihood of developing dysfunctional respiratory problems. Smoking is also a risk factor for CHF and heart disease, not to mention the high risk for lung cancer.

COPD may be attributed to secondhand smoke or inhaling chemicals in your workplace, but a congenital family history of COPD can also increase your likelihood of developing it.

Heart failure can be caused by coronary artery disease (CAD). This heart disease occurs when one or more blood vessels in the heart become blocked. This usually causes heart attacks. Other causes of heart failure include diseases of the heart valves, high blood pressure, and diseases of the heart muscle itself.

Treatment and Lifestyle Changes

There is no cure for either COPD or CHF. Treatment with medication is necessary to slow progression of the disease and manage symptoms. Smoking contributes to COPD and CHF; therefore quitting smoking will improve your health, whatever your condition happens to be at the time.

Physical activity strengthens the heart and lungs, but COPD and CHF will definitely limit the types of exercises you can perform. Discuss safe activities with your physician, and understand precautions you should take.

Summary of Disease Differences

Both COPD and CHF can only be treated for symptoms. Therefore, prevention is the key to both diseases and your capability of a long healthful life.

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Understanding Sleep Deprivation

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Chronic Sleep Deprivation: More Harmful Than You Might Think

Not only can sleep deprivation can cause serious damage to your body over the long-term, but it can cause you to lose your mind too.

You probably have noticed that, when you don’t get enough sleep, your thoughts are not as clear as normal and you feel grumpy. Although you might think that not getting enough sleep is no big deal, in the long run, you actually pay quite a price when you are sleep deprived. Chronic sleep deprivation significantly affects your mental functioning, performance and health.

Why Do We Need to Sleep?

Although sleep is as important to your physical and emotional health as is eating and drinking, researchers still do not quite understand why people need to sleep. In fact, the question of why humans sleep is one of the biggest mysteries in biology. Researchers theorize that the brain may need sleep to store the day’s memories or that sleep regulates the body’s hormones.

How Harmful Is Sleep Deprivation, Really?

Even though the question of why humans sleep is not completely understood, there is no question that sleep deprivation is extremely harmful both physically and mentally. Research shows that losing sleep can cause psychosis, long-term memory problems and can impair cognitive functioning. Other studies have found that sleep deprivation can lead to physical ailments, such as high blood pressure, weight gain and impaired immune system functioning.

What Causes Sleep Deprivation?

There is not one specific cause of sleep deprivation. Actually, many things can cause you to not get enough sleep. You might have too many daily stresses. Health issues, such as sleep apnea, diabetes and heartburn can all cause you to not be able to sleep well. Mental health problems, such as bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety can all interfere with sleep. Taking care of an infant, working in shifts or the need to finish work or school projects may also lead to a lack of shut-eye.

What Can I Do If I Cannot Sleep Well?

The cure for sleep difficulties can often be found in your lifestyle choices and daily routines. Try the following tips to help improve your sleep and leave you feeling emotionally and physically balanced.

Regular Sleep Schedule

One of the most important strategies for improving your sleep is to get on a regular sleep schedule. The reason this is important is because your body has a natural 24-hour clock, called a circadian rhythm. Your circadian rhythm tells your body when to sleep, wake and eat. This clock is linked to the 24-hour cycle of the sun. Typically, your circadian rhythm will cause you to wake in the morning after 8 hours of sleep and feel tired after about 16 hours of being awake. Sometimes, your circadian rhythm can become disrupted, causing your sleep patterns to become abnormal. Therefore, getting back on track with your body’s natural clock is vital for overcoming insomnia. Going to bed at the same time each night and waking up at the same time every morning can help your body’s natural clock become more regular.

Exercise

Regular exercisers tend to spend more time in the deeper, more restorative stages of sleep, according to the latest research. Exercise also helps you feel less sleepy during the day and feel better overall. Just make sure that you exercise at least several hours before bedtime as vigorous exercise can interfere with sleep hormones. It can take months of regular exercise before you notice the full effects on your sleep, so be patient and stick with it.

 

 

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Identifying Chocolate Allergies

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Chocolate is a food craved by many, but someone cannot eat this sweet treat due to a food allergy. Food allergies occur anytime the body’s immune system reacts to a protein that it sees as harmful, when it is not. Those reactions can range from mild to severe. The only way to know the severity of the food allergies is with allergy testing or by eating the food and discovering bad reactions that follow afterwards. To help you identify if whether you have a food allergy to chocolate or not here are some of the symptoms that can occur.

Migraine Headache

One of the most common symptoms related with a chocolate allergy is a migraine headache. Migraine headaches cause pain in the front or sides of the head. They can cause blurred vision, nausea, vomiting, tingling in the arms and feet, body aches and chills and pain within the jaw and teeth. They come on suddenly, but typically occur after eating or drinking a food substance that causes it. The best way to treat migraines is with rest, drinking plenty of water, taking pain relievers, and avoiding the substance that causes it such as chocolate.

Hives or Rash

Skin issues such as hives or rashes are other issues people experience with food allergies. This is because the body is trying to rid the substance from the body through the skin. Sometimes eczema can occur as a longtime allergic reaction symptom if chocolate is eaten daily. To soothe and heal skin issues such as these, oatmeal baths and coconut oil seem to help greatly.

Difficulty Breathing

Wheezing, chest tightness, coughing and closing of the airways are serious allergic reaction symptoms that can occur with chocolate allergies. These typically occur within minutes of consuming the food, and most of the time need to be treated with an EpiPen and medical treatment from a doctor.

Swelling of Body Parts

Swelling and itching of the lips, mouth or tongue right after eating chocolate is a way of identifying a chocolate allergy. If this happens visit a medical professional immediately for treatment. Sometimes the hands can swell too, but it depends on the severity of the allergies.

Digestive Issues

Tummy troubles are another common sign of a chocolate allergy. Some of the digestive issues that you may experience are diarrhea, stomachache, and vomiting. Avoiding chocolate will stop these symptoms from occurring, but what will ease them are chamomile tea, papaya fruit, peppermint tea, antacids and antihistamine medication.

Runny Nose with Sneezing

A runny nose with constant sneezing while or after eating chocolate means it is probably time to stop eating this sweet treat. Antihistamines are the best treatment for easing these types of allergy symptoms.

Watery Eyes

Dripping watery eyes is an allergy symptom most suffer from with not only chocolate allergies, but with all allergies. Again, antihistamines and eye drops can help ease this allergy symptom. Sometimes itchy eyes can occur as well along with the watery eyes.

Bottom Line for Identifying Chocolate Allergies

Knowing these symptoms can help you identify these common chocolate allergy symptoms. Once they are known, it is best to avoid chocolate all together, but if for some reason, you do develop a severe allergic reaction go to the emergency room immediately for treatment. If there isn’t away to get to the ER call 911 immediately for help. After all, some food allergies without treatment can be deadly. If you are unsure if you have a chocolate allergy or not even after eating it and experiencing symptoms it is best to visit your doctor for allergy testing.

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All About Allergies

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Did you know that according to the AAFA (Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America) 30% of adults, and 40% of children have allergies ? An overall understanding of the various allergies is imperative when it comes to combating and coping with it.

What Causes Allergies?

Allergies occur when your immune system develops a reaction to an allergen. Symptoms could range from mild to severe, in some instances. Foreign substances or antigens are sometimes seen as harmful to your body’s natural immune system, and it reacts by producing an influx of antibodies.

For some reason, your immune system perceives certain harmless substances as a threat and starts to attack these substances. One common way your body does this is by producing histamines. These histamines are responsible for the allergy symptoms you experience.

There are a range of substances that can spark off an allergic reaction. Some of these include pet dander, penicillin, and the spring time challenge for many, pollen. If treated properly, the majority of allergies are not serious, with the exception of anaphylaxis. This severe allergic reaction can lower your blood pressure. You could also stop breathing, and would need to contact 911 for an emergency dose of epinephrine or adrenaline Be sure not to take antihistamines if you develop anaphylaxis, as this could worsen your condition.

Skin Allergies

Hives, or urticarial, is one of the most common skin allergies. Here you’ll develop an itchy inflamed rash with sores. Your skin may also become inflamed beneath the surface. Hives can occur on your eyes, lips, hands, feet, as well as your back. An insect sting, pet dander, stress, certain drugs, and extreme temperatures are often the cause here.

Other forms of skin allergies include dermatitis or eczema. With eczema, your skin will appear itchy, patchy and leathery. If you have mild atopic dermatitis, a skin barrier repair moisturizer should remove the flakiness. For more severe cases, and in instances where the eczema does not clear within 3 weeks, see your healthcare provider for oral or topical corticosteroids.

Food Allergies

The majority of these types of food allergies stems from eating products containing peanuts, egg whites, cow’s milk, soybeans, wheat, and tree nuts.

You may also develop an allergic reaction from eating shellfish, additives found in gum Arabic, corn, beans, and food comprising yellow food colorant or dye.

Developing an Allergic Reaction to Medication

Many people are allergic to penicillin and wear compulsory medical bracelets as a result. Practice caution if you have arthritis and are taking medication like Celebrex, which contains sulfa pharmaceuticals.

Some may also develop an allergic reaction to various types of antibiotics. It’s also advisable to practice caution when taking aspirin, as it’s an anti-coagulant which could cause problems if you have nasal polyps or asthma.

Respiratory Allergies

Hay fever or allergic rhinitis is one of the most common forms of respiratory allergies. Here you may experience a runny nose, itchiness around the eyes and nose, constant sneezing, wheezing, coughing, and sometimes nasal congestion. This usually occurs at the onset of spring when pollen from grass and ragweed is released. Dust and animal dander may also cause respiratory allergies.

Other causes here are airborne spores which can cause a mold allergy. Be sure to remove all dampness indoors, especially in your bathroom, or if you’ve had leaks somewhere, as mold will thrive here.

Keep your home dust-free at all times if you suffer from allergies, as dust harbors dust mites, pollen and spores. Do practice extra caution if you have asthma, as an allergic reaction to dust, pollen and mold spores can trigger an attack.

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Understanding Heart Disease

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Heart disease, also referred to as cardiovascular disease, refers to a group of diseases that affect the heart. Heart diseases include:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Heart rhythm problems-Arrhythmias
  • Congenital heart defects-Heart problems that are present at birth

Not all but many forms of heart disease can be treated or even prevented with a healthy lifestyle.

Coronary Artery Disease

The most common type of heart disease in the United States is coronary artery disease, according to the Mayo Clinic. Coronary arteries are responsible for supplying the heart muscle with blood. Coronary artery disease occurs when cholesterol builds-up within the artery walls. This buildup of plaque prevents the arteries from pumping blood as they are blocked. When the plaque ruptures, it causes a clot in the artery and results in a complete blockage which then leads to a heart attack. The heart muscle then begins to die as it is denied blood due to the blockage.

What Are the Signs of Coronary Artery Disease?

  • Chest pain
  • Sweating
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea

How Can I Reduce My Risk for Coronary Artery Disease?

You can reduce your risk for coronary artery disease by making lifestyle changes. In some cases, medications may be necessary to reduce cholesterol levels in the blood.

Congestive Heart Failure

WebMD reports that heart failure affects almost 6 million people in the United States. More than a half of a million people are diagnosed with heart failure each year. Heart failure remains the top cause of hospitalization in adults 65 years and older.

Heart failure does not mean that the heart has stopped working. It is a disease that causes the heart to not pump blood effectively. If you have heart failure, then blood moves through the body and heart at a slower rate. This increases pressure in the heart and makes it to where the heart cannot pump enough nutrients to meet the body’s needs. The chambers of the heart stretch to hold more blood. They also might become thick and stiff. Although this keeps the blood moving, the heart muscle will eventually weaken. This causes the heart to not pump blood effectively. When the body does not pump blood effectively, it causes the body to retain salt and fluid. The fluid builds up in the ankles, feet, lungs and other organs causing the body to become congested. Congestive heart failure is caused by:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart attack
  • Damage to the heart muscle
  • What Are the Symptoms of Heart Failure?
  • Fluid and water retention
  • Congested lungs
  • Fatigue, weakness or dizziness
  • Irregular heartbeats
  • What Are the Treatments for Heart Failure?

Although congestive heart failure is typically progressive, there are new treatments and medications that can slow the progression of the disease. It is always a good idea to talk with your healthcare provider about which treatments are right for you.

Arrhythmia

An arrhythmia is an abnormal rhythm of the heart. There are many types of arrhythmias. Some arrhythmias cause the heart to beat too slow, while others cause it to beat too fast. An arrhythmia can interfere with the functioning of the heart in some cases. It may cause the heart to not be able to pump enough blood for your body’s needs. Some arrhythmias are harmless and others are life-threatening. It depends upon what type of arrhythmia that you have.

What Are the Symptoms of an Arrhythmia?

  • Fluttering or racing heart
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Lightheadedness
  • Shortness of breath

What Treatments are Available for Arrhythmias?

The treatment depends on the type of arrhythmia that you have. Talk to your doctor about different treatment options available for you.

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Symptoms of Gluten Intolerance

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Symptoms of gluten intolerance

Gluten sensitivity, otherwise known as gluten intolerance can manifest worse than IBS like symptoms and stomach problems. It can affect other bodily processes and not just the digestive system. It wreaks havoc on your skin, the largest organ, bones, mouth, and endocrine system. You may have a myriad of symptoms that don’t make sense to the physician and may mean they are clueless you’re reporting back to them with symptoms of gluten sensitivity. The currently available drugs only tend to treat symptoms and looking taking care of the underlying issue. This is why doctors are quick to give medication that might only ease your current suffering.

If you feel that the physician is not attending to you like you would wish i.e. they don’t listen to you properly, then it may be time to visit a new doctor.

Below are some symptoms you would want to look keenly

Depression and anxiety

Depression is a grave concern for many. There are myriad symptoms of depression

Including

  • Hopelessness,
  • Appetite changes,
  • Low energy,
  • Anger
  • Sleep changes

While some patients may need medical attention to correct the never ending imbalances with depression, others may not necessarily need. However, the underlying causes of depression are often not investigated. The study has confirmed that glutamic intolerance has a hand in anxiety, depression and mood disorders. The moment you remove gluten from the diet, depression, and anxiety shall have been solved.

Autoimmune diseases

Consumption of gluten has been linked to several autoimmune diseases. You can always know when autoimmune issues are developing before they can show up and their symptoms start to manifest. This will give you ample time to adjust your dieting and lifestyle to alleviate chances of developing full blown autoimmune disorder. Below is a list of some autoimmune diseases usually known to be relating to glutamic sensitivity.

  • Celiac diseases
  • Vitiligo
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Type 1 diabetes

Vital to mention is that this condition is very prevalent.

Low immunity

If you have noticed that the frequency in which you fall sick is relatively higher than normal, then think about gluten being an issue.

IgA is a group of antibodies which occur in the tears, saliva as well as the gastrointestinal tract. Reflect on this class of antibodies as your first line of defense whenever an infection comes to attack you. When you have a sensitivity to gluten, the first sign is a reduced number of IgA antibodies. This means you don’t have a proper defense in place to keep you safe.

Dental issues

Cancer sores, cavities, tooth decay and broken teeth are all indicative of gluten sensitivity. The levels of calcium of gluten sensitivity can be waveringly level due to malabsorption which may lead to weak bones and teeth. A DEXA scan is, therefore, imperative. It’s one of the surest ways of determining calcium levels and the overall health of your bones.

Migraine headaches

Though gluten doesn’t have a hand in all migraines, it has often been linked to many cases. A research was carried out to gauge the migraine headaches in individuals sensitive to gluten. In those with non-celiac gluten sensitivity, there was a report of chronic headaches on 56% of the individuals, 30% of those suffering from celiac disease and then 23% of the patients with inflammatory bowel disease.

In conclusion, you should consult with a doctor if you have experienced any symptoms of glutamic intolerance listed above.

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Toys to Get Your Child This Month

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It’s that time of year again when we start giving and receiving gifts from loved ones. We all know picking out gifts, especially for young ones can be a difficult task as there are so many awesome toys to choose from. So, here is a list of some of the best ones to get this year for your youngsters.

The Zoomers

This toy is great for a lot of age groups from little toddler stage to the big kids in your family. Zoomer is a robot animal that listens to different commands and acts as if it is real. They have a lot of different animal zoomers to choose from such as the puppy, cat, pony, unicorn, hedgehogs, chimp, dino, and they have even made paw patrol ones which is a big hit with children this year.

Personalized Books

This can be the perfect Christmas gift and it’s perfect for any age group. You can customize it for your little one with bright colors and pictures or with tons of loving fun words for the older ones to read.This gift will last a lifetime it will be something they will cherish and hold on to.

The Kids Smartwatch

This is perfect for ages 4 and up. You can find a smartwatch to fit anyone’s need. This can keep your little ones busy for awhile and your older kids will love this gift as well. There are many different types and brands out there that will suit your needs and age group you’re looking for.

Root Vue Farm

Nowadays with all the processed food and all the chemicals they put into the foods, this is a great gift to teach your little ones how to grow their own fresh food! This gift is educational, hands-on, and promotes healthy eating.

Zipfy Snow Sled

The Zipfy Snow Sled is not only fun but gets your children outside and playing in the snow. It gives them the best sled experience of their lives and comes in three different colors!

Glo Nightlight with Portable Balls

This gift is perfect for the ones who are scared of the dark at bedtime and keeps them busy for awhile while they try and fall asleep.

Beats Solo HD Headphones

The Beats Solo HD Headphones come in handy when your child is using their iPod or iPad because you don’t have to listen to what they are listening to. These headphones are nearly indestructible, which is a great feature for kids and parents.

Magnetic Thinking Putty

What child doesn’t love putty with all it’s slimy, squishy, silly sounds, and there’s a bonus it’s magnetic. This is a for sure a gift the kids will love.

Play and Freeze Ice Cream Maker

All of us enjoy eating ice cream. The Play and Freeze Ice Cream Make allows children to make their own. Best of all it only requires ice, rock salt and ice cream mix and no batteries. The kids get to have fun by just shaking the maker around and playing with it. Once playtime is over, bam the ice cream is ready to eat.

Kidoozie Foam Pogo Jumper

The Pogo Jumper is perfect for little kids bodies it is made of foam. This toy can be played inside or outside and promotes your little one to have fun while being active and getting exercise.

These are just a handful of the cool toys available this Christmas season. You really need to get out there and shop to see the countless other ones available out there to keep children fit, learning and having fun.

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Signs of Diabetes

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Diabetes is divided into two main categories, type 1 and type 2. They are both chronic diseases that develop when the body is unable to regulate blood sugar, also known as glucose. Individuals diagnosed with diabetes lack the ability to use or store sugar from their food, which is vital for producing energy to live. Insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, delivers glucose into the bloodstream, resulting in sugar distribution to the muscles, liver, fat, and other cells in the body. Insulin levels control sugar levels by indicating to the organs when the body needs fuel, and when insulin needs to be stored in the liver for future energy use. Almost all cells in the body require the presence of insulin to procure glucose from the blood. Diabetes results in protracted high blood sugar levels, which heighten the risk of complications. Following are recognizable signs of diabetes displayed by the two types of diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetes

Individuals who have type 1 diabetes are unable to produce insulin. The cause for this type of diabetes is still under investigation, however researcher do know that in type 1 diabetic individuals, the body’s immune system is flawed, mistaking healthy body cells for foreign invaders. In responding to the “attack”, the immune system eradicates the beta cells in the pancreas that are responsible for producing insulin. The complete lack of insulin production causes diabetic symptoms to rapidly develop, in just a matter of weeks. Symptoms are typically severe and include:

  • Extreme thirst and increased urination
  • Intense hunger, even after eating
  • Headache
  • Unexplained, rapid weight loss
  • Sores or cuts that don’t heal appropriately
  • Weakness and exhaustion
  • Visible emotional or behavior changes
  • Distorted vision
  • Fruity-smelling breath

Type 1 diabetes is typically diagnosed in childhood, or adolescence, and is often referred to as juvenile diabetes. Insulin must be systematically injected, or pumped, into the body to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Type 1 diabetes cannot yet be prevented, and there is no cure. Healthy living requires consistent blood sugar testing.

Type 2 Diabetes

The signs of type 2 diabetes often develop very gradually, and may not be apparent to the individual. According to the Mayo Clinic, approximately one-third of all people that have this type of diabetes, do not know they have it. With this type of diabetes, insulin is being produced by the individual, but their body is not able to effectively use the insulin produced. Type 1 and 2 diabetes, share many warning signs, but individuals with type 2 diabetes may experience additional symptoms, because of the delay of onset. For example, pre-diabetes, a condition that occurs when glucose levels are higher than normal, may not produce any systems, and can often, only be determined by a blood test. If the pre-diabetes is not addressed by lifestyle or diet changes, it typically develops into type 2 diabetes within a matter of five years, or less. Along with the symptoms listed above for type 1 diabetes, type 2 sufferers may experience:

  • Red, swollen, tender gums
  • Numbness or tingling in the hands and feet
  • Dry, itchy skin, particularly around the groin or vaginal area
  • Recent weight increase
  • Numerous yeast infections
  • Darkened skin changes of the groin, armpit, and neck regions
  • Impotency,
  • Decreased vision

A glycated hemoglobin (A1C) test, is the primary method of establishing a diagnosis of diabetes, as it analyzes blood sugar levels for the prior two to three-month period. See your physician if you are experiencing any of the signs of diabetes, or have any concerns.

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Benefits of Washing Your Hands

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Your hands are the best tools for a variety of purposes. You use them for making delicious meals, completing work, caring for yourself, holding hands with loved ones, walking those furry four-legged friends and a countless amount of other tasks. Making sure you care for them by washing them regularly can ensure you stay healthy and they stay functioning.

How can washing your hands provide benefits to your health?

Hands are the common carriers for all kinds of bacteria that can cause many kinds of illnesses. Some of the most common ones are the cold and flu. These limbs also have the potential to transport bacteria that could cause eye, respiratory, and skin infections. Certain types of skin infections are fatal such as MRSA commonly known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Just like skin infections could be fatal, some eye infections could leave you blind, and particularly respiratory infections even with treatment could leave you needing medications for the rest of your life. Simply washing your hands with soap and water after using the restrooms, coming in contact with an ill individual, or touching anything in general that could potentially carry any kind of bacteria can not only protect your health but save your life.

When are the best times to wash your hands?

  • After coughing and sneezing
  • Before touching a newborn or elderly
  • Once you are done using the restroom
  • Before cooking or baking in the kitchen
  • After taking the trash out or picking up garbage
  • After touching your pets and cleaning up their messes
  • Once you are done grocery shopping carts are full of germs
  • After visiting a hospital or nursing home
  • Anytime you use your hands for cleaning the house
  • Whenever you feel or know your hands need a good washing

What soaps should you use to cleanse your hands?

Some people say that washing your hands with antibacterial soap is the best kind to use because it kills all germs, but others say that particular kind of soap will prevent your immune system from becoming stronger. Bottom line when it comes to washing your hands is that any good old fashion soap will get your hands clean and safe to use. The part that people don’t usually keep in mind is the amount of time you wash your hands is what determines how clean and safe your hands are. Quickly rinse your hands with tons of warm water and soap doesn’t always do the trick for killing dangerous bacteria. In order to achieve clean and almost completely germ-free hands, you must wash them for at least 20 seconds or more. You must also focus on lathering in between the fingers and scrubbing underneath the nails since these are areas that dangerous germs could potentially hangout.

What are some end thoughts to keep in mind?

If you skip on washing your hands often because you are afraid they will dry out go ahead and use a moisturizing hand soap, or apply a moisturizing hand cream after washing them. This will ensure your hands stay soft and healthy to use for whatever purposes you need to use them for on a daily basis. It will also ensure anyone you touch stays healthy too, which they will gladly thank you for.

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