By James G. Jenkins
Maintaining your teeth and gums is a lot like maintaining a car. With a car, you can clean it every day, always park it in two spaces, and even with this meticulous care, the car requires periodic maintenance of oil changes and tune-ups to keep it operating in optimum condition.
Now even with this maintenance schedule, eventually things like brakes and tires wear out and require replacement. Can you still drive a car with bad brakes and tires? Yes, but would you put someone you love in the car and let them drive it?
Teenagers who consume a lot of added sugars in soft drinks and foods may have poor cholesterol profiles, which may possibly lead to heart disease in adulthood, according to first-of-its-kind research reported in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.
“Added sugars” are any caloric sweeteners added to foods or beverages by the manufacturer during processing or the consumer.
The National Health and Nutrition Survey of 2,157 teenagers, ages 12 to 18, found the average daily consumption of added sugars was 119 grams (or 476 calories), accounting for 21.4 percent of their total energy.
Everyone misses out on a good night’s sleep at some point or another. But when adequate sleep becomes a nightly struggle, it drains energy and can drastically affect a person’s health, mood and daily functioning.
People who have difficulty falling asleep and-or staying asleep might be dealing with the sleep disorder called insomnia. Symptoms of insomnia also can include waking up too early in the morning or feeling unrefreshed upon waking. Insomnia is classified as either short-term or chronic, when it lasts at least three nights a week for a month or longer.
Adults generally need seven to eight hours of restorative sleep a night.
By Angela Quinn
Did you know that something as small as a hangnail on your toenail can become a wound that can takes months to heal? Did you know that if you have poor circulation in your legs you could develop ulcers that have difficulty healing even though there has been no injury?
Chronic wounds affect 4 million Americans per year and approximately 10 to 15 percent of diabetics develop chronic wounds. Risk factors associated with developing these wounds are liver illness, kidney problems, cardiac problems including difficulties with circulation, diabetes and cancer. There are different types of wounds including diabetic, arterial and venous.
Diabetic wounds are usually found on the bottom of the foot. They can be associated with neuropathy or decreased sensation of the feet.
To prevent and treat these wounds, it is important to: