Health and Beauty

Why it’s vital to know your family health history

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in Health and Beauty

When filling out those extensive medical questionnaires or talking with your healthcare provider during routine medical visits, you’re invariably subjected to a battery of questions related to your family health history. Answering this line of questioning with any degree of accuracy can be challenging to say the least. After all, in these hectic times, most of us have a hard enough time remembering what we ate for breakfast, let alone recalling hazy details like what health conditions Great Grandma had and how old she was when she developed them.

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Eating Well - Adopting a diabetes-friendly diet

Written by Laurie Syring, RD/LD. Posted in Health and Beauty

The month of November has been designated National Diabetes Month, a topic close to my heart as my dad had type 1 diabetes and now my son has type 1 as well. Although type 2 diabetes is much more prevalent and more of a lifestyle-related disease, it is still an impairment of the pancreas that prevents it from secreting adequate amounts of insulin into the bloodstream where it helps the sugar from food enter the cells where it is used for energy.

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Do you know the symptoms of Alzheimer’s?

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in Health and Beauty

As we get older, it’s normal to become more forgetful. Recollecting the name that goes with a familiar face, finding the right word in conversation, locating a misplaced set of car keys, or recalling the reason for entering a room can become more challenging with age. Oftentimes, people describe these common memory lapses as “Alzheimer’s moments.”

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Don’t forget to arm yourself against influenza

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in Health and Beauty

Another flu season is upon us, which means millions will soon be affected by this highly infectious respiratory illness, adding “insult to injury” on top of the COVID-19 pandemic. While influenza is unpredictable and flu seasons vary in timing, length, and severity, there’s no question that flu infection can be serious—even deadly. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that from October 1, 2019 through April 4, 2020, there were between 39,000,000 and 56,000,000 flu illnesses, between 410,000 and 740,000 flu hospitalizations, and between 24,000 and 62,000 flu deaths in the US.

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Stop losing sleep to GERD

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in Health and Beauty

“Josh,” age 45, was just beginning to experience some of the aggravating physical complaints common to middle age. Having packed on more than a few extra pounds, his BMI of 29 placed him well within the ranks of the overweight and right on the cusp of obesity. Once-simple activities like climbing the stairs left him out of breath, his knee joints ached, and lower-back pain frequently prevented him from getting restful sleep.

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Mercy Health pulmonologist urges lung cancer screenings for high-risk patients

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in Health and Beauty

The technology to screen long-time smokers for lung cancer has been available for several years. This innovative technique, called low-dose screening CT of chest, makes it possible for doctors to identify lung cancer at an early stage, before patients begin to show symptoms and when the disease is most treatable and potentially curable. Unfortunately, far too few people who are at high risk of developing lung cancer—the number-one cancer killer in both men and women—are taking advantage of the opportunity to be screened.

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With timely vaccination, HPV-related cancers can be prevented

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in Health and Beauty

Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is associated with several forms of cancer. Most notable among them is cervical cancer, which claims the lives of approximately 260,000 women worldwide each year, but this virus is also commonly linked to anal, oropharyngeal, vulvar, vaginal, penile, and other cancers. The good news is, cervical cancer and other HPV-related cancers are now largely preventable through timely vaccination.

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Q: Is it true that people with diabetes may experience hearing loss?

Written by Randa Mansour-Shousher, AuD, CCC-A. Posted in Health and Beauty

A: Yes, it’s true. Researchers have found a higher percentage of individuals with a diagnosis of diabetes have hearing loss compared to non-diabetic individuals regardless of age. Based on this data, the researchers estimated that there was a 28 percent prevalence of at least mild hearing loss in people with diabetes. When patients were tested, it seemed there was a stronger relationship between diabetes and high-frequency hearing loss than there was between diabetes and low- or mid-frequency hearing loss. But, we also know that as we age, we lose our capability to hear high frequencies, leaving us also with a high frequency hearing loss.

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Hope during COVID-19

Written by Leslie Fern, LPC. Posted in Health and Beauty

While living in the middle of a global pandemic, one thing is certain, these times are like no other. As a licensed professional counselor (LPC), I have heard firsthand from clients how COVID-19 has impacted their lives and how they have dealt with the related stressors. Not surprisingly, I heard about their personal struggles, but I also heard about victories clients experienced during this season of isolation. Clients shared their struggles and victories in very real ways that should give us all hope.

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