Diabetes is often called a condition. Manageable. No big deal if people just take their medicine and make some lifestyle changes. And while it’s true that people with diabetes can live long and healthy lives, the fact is that this is a serious, dangerous disease:
• Diabetes claims more lives each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined.
• It is a leading cause of blindness, heart disease, amputation, end-stage kidney disease and liver problems.
• Diabetes costs the American health care system over $237 billion annually.
• If trends don’t change, 1 in 3 Americans will have diabetes by 2050.
World Mental Health Day is October 10. It’s a day that can’t come soon enough. Nearly one in five American adults lives with a mental illness that requires treatment. But estimates show that only half of those people receive treatment. That’s because unlike other diseases, mental illness still carries a social stigma that often dissuades people from seeking the treatment that can improve their lives — from their mood, to their emotions, to the ability to relate to other people.
September is National Cholesterol Education Month.
OK, that may not sound as fun and exciting as, say, National Free Taco’s Month, but it’s a good time to learn about what you can do to help ensure that you’re fit, healthy and ready to go for National Bike Month in May.
It’s not only back-to-school time, it’s back-to-school-sports time. And by now the action is in full swing. While we’re enjoying the thrill of competition, we hold our breath a little bit at the prospect of injuries. Fortunately, most are minor sprains and strains that a little TLC can take care of without a long stint on the sidelines, or the trainer’s table.
A look online at any map of tick activity tells you all you need to know: our corner of the world is swarming with them. And even though summer may be starting to wind down, tick activity remains high through December. That means your risk of contracting Lyme disease through a tick bite is still high. And that’s why you need to take every precaution to avoid contact.