Monthly archives of “November 2015

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Staying stress free this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just a few days away. It is a time when people come together, laugh, have fun and eat great food. Yet planning travel, cooking, family time, and the other million things that come along with the holidays can be very stressful. Below you will find tips and tricks on how to stay mentally, physically, and emotionally healthy this Thanksgiving.

  • Get organized
  • Plan your shopping trips
  • Clean out your fridge
  • Prepare side dishes the day before
  • Thaw your turkey (in the fridge)
  • Ask for help preparing for guests
  • Set up your table first thing on Thanksgiving morning
  • Keep people out of the kitchen
  • Make notes for next year (bake the pie longer, double mashed potato recipe, etc.)
  • Don’t over indulge
  • Get some fresh air
  • Take a break
  • Tell a funny story
  • Put out games for entertainment
  • Make cleanup a group activity
  • Pack light if going out of town
  • Stay well rested

Mental, physical, and emotional health is very important. Hoping the tips above can help keep your Thanksgiving stress free. Also remember the holidays are about family and friends, the food is an added bonus. So even if your turkey is dry and your house gets messy just know that this time of year is about being thankful and happy as well as healthy, no dry turkey or cold stuffing can ruin that.

Trivia: Which president was the first to make Thanksgiving a national holiday? Comment your answers below.

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National Diabetes Awareness Month – Are you at risk?

Not only is November men’s health month, but it is also National Diabetes Awareness Month. There are currently 29.1 million people who have diabetes and another 8.1 million people who are unaware of their condition. The American Diabetes Associations uses November to help spread awareness and raise funds to help find a cure. Here is what you need to know.

Facts

  • Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S.
  • Insulin is naturally produced in the body and is used for energy.
  • Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder in which the body no longer makes insulin.
  • Type 2 diabetes begins with insulin resistance where the body cannot use insulin to produce energy.
  • Pre-diabetes is when blood sugar levels are higher than normal and is a sign of type 2 diabetes.
  • 37% of adults (20+ years old) in the U.S have  pre-diabetes.
  • Having diabetes increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and kidney disease.

Risk of Developing Diabetes

  • 45 years or older
  • Family history of diabetes
  • Physical inactivity
  • Obesity
  • Diagnosed with gestational diabetes
  • High blood pressure

Symptoms of Diabetes

  • Unquenchable thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Being tired all of the time
  • Blurry eyesight
  • Losing weight without trying
  • Dry skin and mouth
  • Fruity odor to the breath
  • Headache
  • Shaking, and weakness
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Slow healing
  • Hunger
  • Pain or numbness in the hands or feet

It is important to understand your risk of developing diabetes. Even if you have the signs and symptoms that are listed above it does not automatically mean you have diabetes. These signs and symptoms may be caused by other medical conditions.  If you have any concerns it is important to get them looked at by your doctor. This November do your part and help spread awareness, it could help find a cure, save a life, and extend support.

Found out if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes by taking a simple risk test provided by the American Diabetes Association. Follow the link below.

American Diabetes Association Risk Test

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What is manlier than a well groomed moustache?

November is Movember, a month long campaign focused around men’s health. The Movember Foundation is an international non-profit organization that is all about spreading awareness and raising funds for men’s health issues. Their main areas of focus are on are prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health, and physical inactivity in men. Their cause is represented by growing a moustache (mo), getting active, or donating during the month of November. The Movember Foundation uses the funds that are raised to improve programs that save lives. Ladies are welcome to take part in the events as well, sign up and take the pledge to move  or donate during the 30 days of Movember. Below are facts about men’s health as well moustache facts, do your part and help spread awareness.

Men’s Health Facts

  1. 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime
  2. Men 65 years and older are at a higher risk for prostate cancer
  3. 1 man out of 38 diagnosed will die of prostate cancer
  4. Half of testicular cancer cases are in men 20-34 years of age
  5. Most cases of testicular cancer can be treated and cured
  6. The highest rate of depression is in men 40-59 years of age
  7. 41% of men do not exercise enough

Weird Moustache Facts

  1. Mo is Australian slang for moustache
  2. There is a World Beard and Moustache Championship competition
  3. The average moustache has 600 hairs
  4. Albert Einstein had a moustache for over 50 years
  5. A man touches his moustache an average of 760 times a day
  6. Facial hair grows half an inch a month
  7. The world’s longest moustache is 14 feet long

There are lots of ways to grow, give and move for men’s health in November. Help raise awareness about conditions like prostate cancer, mental health and physical inactivity. Since 2003, Movember has raised $650 million and funded more than 1,000 men’s health programs around the world. Let us know in the comments below how will you grow, give, or move this Movember.

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Recognize the signs of breast cancer

With October coming to a close, we have one last post on the topic of breast cancer awareness. 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Knowing the signs and symptoms can help in early detection. Below are some common symptoms related to breast cancer.

  • A new lump in the breast
  • A new lump in the armpit
  • Swelling or thickening in part of the breast
  • Dimpling of the breast skin
  • Irritation of the breast skin
  • Pulling in of the nipple
  • Pain in the nipple area
  • Nipple discharge (other than milk)
  • Change in shape or size of the breast
  • Pain anywhere in the breast

If you are showing any of these symptoms it does not automatically mean you have breast cancer. These signs and symptoms can be caused by other medical conditions. It is important to be looked at by your doctor should you have any concerns.  On the other hand, some women have no symptoms at all. Even if you are not showing any signs of breast cancer it is important to get regular screenings.

Comment below how you plan to stay on top of your health. Also how will you share this information with others?

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