Posts Tagged ‘prevention’

Do You Suffer From Sinus Infections?

Did you know that most sinus infections are caused by viruses (CDC, 2014)?  Other causes of sinuses include: allergies, chemicals and other pollutants in the air, and an immune system that is not very strong (CDC, 2014).

To Prevent Sinus Infections:

  1. Wash your hands often.
  2. Stay away from people who have colds and remember coughs and sneezes can penetrate an entire room.
  3. Ask your employer to put practices in place that reduce the spread of infection in the workplace.
  4. Avoid smoking and second hand smoke.

 

Reference:

Center For Disease Control and Prevention (2014).  Sinus Infection. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/antibiotic-use/URI/sinus-infection.html

The Most Important Dating Question: What is your HIV/AIDS Status?

Today, we are commemorating World HIV/AIDS Day which is on December 1st.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention young people between the ages of 13 to 24 years old are experiencing an increase of new cases of HIV/AIDS.

Did you know that you can test yourself by purchasing an HIV/Aids test from your local drug store? That means that there is no excuse, like embarrassment, that should keep you from knowing about your health status.

Be informed and protect yourself and those that you are in relationship with.  Know your status!

For more information read the link below.

Reference:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2012). HIV among youth: Protecting a Generation. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/Features/vitalsigns/HIVAmongYouth/

 

 

Where do you purchase your fruits and vegetables?

Last week I was doing research for my doctoral level Public Health class when I spoke to a scientist who analyzes food and other items that could be harmful to the public.  He said that the fruits and vegetables from a well-known, one stop shop retailer, whose name begins with a “W” and ends with a “T” were quite dangerous. He told me that this retailer’s fruits and vegetables had six times more pesticides than other retailers who also sell fruits and vegetables.

Pesticides, as with so many other things in our environment, can cause cancer.  With that being said, it seems important to purchase our fruits, vegetables, and even meats from natural or organic stores. Preventive measures to protect our health can really go a long way.

So, where do you purchase your fruits and vegetables?  How well do you wash your fruits and vegetables?  Do you use a pesticide remover or do you simply rinse your fruits and vegetables and then consume them?

Please feel free to share your feelings or thoughts here on the site.  We have to continue the conversation about the quality of the foods that we eat because this conversation could save our lives.

 

Is poor dental hygiene making your body and mind sick?

I have a short story to tell you.  I know people who spend tens of thousands of dollars on cars, clothes, and jewelry, but fail to fix or repair the condition of their teeth.  One day a friend of mine was bragging about all the diamonds that he had.  Before I realized it, I said, “Wow, so you have the money to get your teeth done next.”  He said, “I know I need my teeth done.”  I said, “Oh ok, I was just concerned because poor oral hygiene can negatively affect your brain health.  I know this was a bold conversation on my part, but I believe in being a friend even when it involves a tough conversation (smiling)……and yes, I want friends to tell me the truth about myself too.  I think this conversation gave a whole new meaning to the American saying, “Put your money where your mouth is.”  Lol!  Now, read more about gum disease and prevent oral and health problems for you, your family, and friends.

About Gum Disease

Gum disease or periodontal disease is not just important because you want a date or you want to please an intimate partner by presenting with a clean mouth.  Gum disease is important to your overall health (ADA, 2011).

How do you know if you have gum disease (ADA, 2011)?

  •  Constant bad breath.
  • The gums easily bleed when you brush.
  • You may have missing teeth.
  • Your teeth may be pulling away from the gum line.

What are some of the health risks that are associated with gum disease (ADA, 2011)?

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Strokes

How to prevent gum disease (ADA, 2011)?

  • Brush twice a day.
  • Floss once per day.
  • Visit the dentist for a check-up and a professional cleaning regularly.
  • Try not to smoke as this increases the risk of gum disease.

To read more about gum disease feel free to read the article indicated below in the reference section.

References:

American Dental Association (ADA) (2011). What is gum disease? Journal of the American Dental Association 142(1). Retrieved from http://www.ada.org/sections/scienceAndResearch/pdfs/forthedentalpatient_jan_2011.pdf

Teeuw, W.J., Gerdes, V.E., Loos, B.G. (2010). Effect of periodontal treatment on glycemic control of diabetic patients: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Diabetes Care 33(2), 421-427.

Asthma Awareness Month

Asthma is a chronic disease that affects twenty five million Americans. Asthma has been an issue that I have dealt with for most of my life. I find that the smog from being a city dweller, paints, carpet, pollen, pet dander, and other environmental factors are often triggers for an acute asthma attack.

I am so glad that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has named the Month of May as “National Asthma Awareness Month.” For more information on how to prevent attacks or reduce asthma symptoms, feel free to check out the CDC web site using the reference.

Reference:

American Public Health Association (2011, May/June). May is asthma awareness month. The Nation’s Health, p.12

Center for Disease Control (2011). Retrieved from

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