Diabetes, commonly called a silent killer, is related to blood sugar levels in the body. The warning signs can be so mild that you may not notice them. So, how do you know you have it and how severe it is? Most early symptoms are from higher-than-normal levels of glucose, a kind of sugar, in your blood. Diabetes is increasing at an alarming rate in the United States. According to the CDC's (Centers for Disease Control) National Diabetes Statistics Report for 2020, diabetes cases have … [Read more...] about Diabetes Symptoms and Emergencies
I Feel Exhausted All The Time, Am I Sick?
It's the middle of the day and you just can't seem to get out of first gear. Is it a lack of sleep, or could there be something else that makes you feel so lethargic? Much of the current ‘tiredness epidemic’ is blamed on our increasingly co-dependent relationship with technology and widespread use of laptops and smartphones around the clock. The reasons for being perpetually exhausted can be broadly broken down into lifestyle factors, physical causes, and psychological causes. Check out a few … [Read more...] about I Feel Exhausted All The Time, Am I Sick?
Is It An Emergency If Someone Collapses?
A collapse—your legs suddenly give way and you fall to the ground—is called by many names: fainting, passing out, losing consciousness. The medical term for fainting is syncope (SINK-a-pee). Before you actually faint, you are likely to experience one or more signs that it’s about to happen: sweating, lightheadedness, or a sense that your surroundings are going dark are some of the signs that precede loss of consciousness. Fortunately, most episodes of fainting are over quickly and are no … [Read more...] about Is It An Emergency If Someone Collapses?
High Blood Pressure: When To Seek Emergency Care
High blood pressure increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, two leading causes of death for Americans. Tens of millions of adults in the United States have high blood pressure, and many do not have it under control because of rare physical symptoms. That is why it is also known as the silent killer. (CDC) In the United States, key findings by the recognized government bodies (Million Hearts) indicate that: Nearly 1 out of 2 adults have hypertension (108 million).Most adults with … [Read more...] about High Blood Pressure: When To Seek Emergency Care
Signs You May Have Diabetes
Diabetes is a common chronic medical condition that affects how your body turns food into energy. It occurs when there is an excess of glucose (sugar) in your body. People diagnosed with diabetes either don’t produce enough insulin or the insulin they produce does not get optimally used as required by the body. In both conditions, there is excessive sugar getting stored in the bloodstream which eventually causes serious related health problems. Sadly, diabetes is increasing at an alarming … [Read more...] about Signs You May Have Diabetes
African Heritage & Health
African Heritage and Healthy Eating Celebrated February 1st-7th, African Heritage and Health Week commemorates the ﬂavors and healthy cooking techniques that were core to the wellbeing of African ancestors from Africa, South America, the Caribbean, and the American South. February is the perfect time to honor and explore this healthy culinary history. (Oldways 2015) African Heritage Week is the perfect way to kick off Black History Month. It continues to raise awareness of the world of the … [Read more...] about African Heritage & Health
5 Common Emergencies on Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is a special commemoration of our love for others. We celebrate it in many ways with gifts and date nights. No one is thinking about a visit to the ER on Valentine’s Day, what could possibly happen? Many of us go all out and buy expensive gifts, book exotic holidays or cook a romantic candlelit dinner at home. Our focus is on making the evening memorable, so it can be easy to forget to take basic safety measures. Buying candy, flowers and kissing can come with hidden … [Read more...] about 5 Common Emergencies on Valentine’s Day
Diabetes Warning Signs
Diabetes mellitus is a medical condition most people have heard talked about. In fact, this medical condition is so prevalent, most people probably know someone who has this condition. So what is diabetes mellitus? It is a disease of the pancreas, an organ located in the abdominal cavity. The pancreas is part of the endocrine system and the digestive system. It produces digestive enzymes to break down food for digestion and absorption in the small intestines. As part of the … [Read more...] about Diabetes Warning Signs