Month: September 2016

Women Reducing Diabetes By Breastfeeding Among Other Things

Many people are conscience of the positive effects on children who are breastfed. But what about their mothers?

Women who breastfeed their child with each additional year have less of a risk of type 2 diabetes. However, there is a decline in the number of children being breastfed as well as the amount of time spent breastfeeding.

Additionally, diabetes isn’t the only thing women are decreasing their chances on.Cancer is also being diminished when a women breastfeeds for more than a year.

Nurses gave testimonials to researches in which the results showed a 15% decline in the risk of diabetes with every additional year the mothers of breastfeeding. It even showed that women show a greater risk reduction from breastfeeding one child for a whole year than two children within the same time frame.

The conclusion? Author Alison Stuebe, from Women’s Hospital in Boston speculates that breastfeeding might reduce diabetes risk because of it’s lasting beneficial effect on insulin resistance and glucose tolerance.

 

Drugs And Their Side Effects, Are They Worth The Risks?

Ever read the label of an over the counter medicine that warned about the possible side effects while trying to control another?

It is known that many over the counter drugs provide a number of possible side effects in order to cure or reduce symptoms of a condition. But how bad can the effects really be that people will still use and abuse the drug and cause an even fatal demise.

Almost more than a decade ago, a man met his demise when the “possible” side effects put him into a state in which his kidneys failed and set off a chain reaction that led up to his death and a 80 million dollar law suit. The patient was given a drug to control bleeding during heart surgery but instead it forced his kidneys to shut down which led to getting both his legs amputated. He also had to get a tracheotomy and placed on a ventilator to breathe. It was reported that the food in his body backed up to the point where both his corneas exploded and they had to sew his eyes shut. Eventually all these effects led to his death.

The labels of most medications and products warn us about the possible side effects of what could occur when using them but for most people those odds are rare. In this day and age many people seek cures that only temporarily relieve us from symptoms but do not cure. Before taking anything, always consider the effects and only resort to them if there is no healthier substitute.

Longer Life Support In Food

Ever wonder what kinds of foods will extend your lifespan? Well there are super-foods that will give you longevity by proving all the right stuff!

Everyone knows about healthy greens, but do you know how you should be eating them and what they provide? Most healthy greens are nutrient filled veggies that support bone health as well as protect against cognitive decline. Leafy greens like kale, escarole, and spinach create the perfect addition to all manner of dishes, including stir-fries, salads, stews, and soups.

What about the whole grains? Other than being rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, whole grains lower the risk of age-related illnesses as well as cancer. Grains such as brown rice, and oatmeal make a hearty side or main dish and an even better breakfast!

Berries such as blue, black, and cranberries are rich in antioxidants which have shown to lower the growth of certain cancers and improve brain function, muscle tone, and balance. Fresh berries are the best to enjoy or frozen varieties year-round. They can be enjoyed as a snack, in your salad or your morning smoothie.

Remember, you are what you eat, so if you eat healthy you will be healthy. You are free to consult a specialist on your nutritional evaluation to make sure you are taking what your body needs.

Arthritis Affects Children, Too

Did you know children are prone to being fully diagnosed with one of the 100 different conditions that all cause joint pain?

There is an estimated 300,000 children in the U.S. who have some form of arthritis but are unable to get diagnosed properly due to the lack of pediatric rheumatologists. So what should one do to find out whether or not  their children are suffering from this disease?

There are warning signs linked to diagnosing kids, such as:

  • Joint stiffness and pain that worsens after waking up in the morning
  • A limp, that has become an ongoing problem
  • Redness and swelling around a joint that lasts long and isn’t the result of an injury

What is rheumatoid arthritis?

A disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the tissue that lines the joints and affects fifty to 100,000 children.

Children who don’t receive treatment can suffer irreversible damage to the joints  and can face a number of problems. These problems include, a delay in the proper diagnosis and a shortage of specialist for the condition.

However, you are able to receive treatment for your child through your family chiropractor and do things the holistic way before considering anti-inflammatory medications. Remember, getting the right kind of help for your child’s body can make all the difference.

 

 

To Test Or Not To Test, That Is The Question…

One of the most important questions to ask your doctor is about the kind of tests you’ll be having and why. There is no doubt your doctor knows what is best for you, but it is always better to prevent then to regret. It is advised against common, yet unnecessary, medical tests that are conducted during routine checkup without the appropriate diagnostics.

It is important for you to only apply the kinds of tests your body needs because many medical tests have some level of risks. The more radiation you have over a lifetime, the higher your risk for some type of cancer. When finding out about the risks related to each test, find out whether there are alternatives with less of a risk.

Always inform your doctor if you have had exposure to other CT scans or X-rays in the past. However, you should not allow your fear of radiation prevent you from taking the tests necessary to save your life. It is important to weigh the chances of potential discomfort vs. risks against the benefits of your health.

Not Enough Nurses In U.S.

More than 30 states have nursing shortages and it is projected to be 44 by 2020.

It is not uncommon for people to be interested in a field like nursing but without fixing the work environment we won’t have enough for nursing care over the coming decades. Thousands of nurses have already left the profession and explored other career paths open to nurses. Have you ever been to a hospital or ER and were under a nurse’s care? Can you imagine how things would be if there weren’t enough nurses to care for all the patients and the time spent with each patient was reduced?

A study found that for every additional patient a hospital nurse had to handle, complications increased and mortality rose. In nursing homes, when less than 15 minutes were spent with a resident, patients suffered more pressure sores, falls, infections, and hospitalization. Hiring more nurses for 30-40 minutes on daily nursing time for patients, can improve those outcomes. However, where will they all come from?

Foreign-born nurses have filled many of those gaps but developing countries have begun to have shortages of their own as a result. Ultimately, we will never have enough nurses to stay in the profession if the work environment isn’t changed. Some hospitals are leading by example and increasing salaries, offering better hours, and less mandatory overtime. The demand for nurses continues and changes must be made for numbers to be kept.