June is Menâ€™s Health Month and also Scoliosis Awareness Month
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JUNE IS SCOLIOSIS AWARENESS MONTH
Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine that occurs most often during the growth spurt just before puberty. While scoliosis can be caused by conditions such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, the cause of most scoliosis is unknown.
Most cases of scoliosis are mild, but some children develop spine deformities that continue to get more severe as they grow. Severe scoliosis can be disabling. An especially severe spinal curve can reduce the amount of space within the chest, making it difficult for the lungs to function properly.
Children who have mild scoliosis are monitored closely, usually with X-rays, to see if the curve is getting worse. In many cases, no treatment is necessary. Some children will need to wear a brace to stop the curve from worsening. Others may need surgery to keep the scoliosis from worsening and to straighten severe cases of scoliosis... [Read more]
MAY IS ARTHRITIS AWARENESS MONTH
So what is Arthritis? Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints. It can affect one joint or multiple joints. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, with different causes and treatment methods. Two of the most common types are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
The symptoms of arthritis usually develop over time, but they may also appear suddenly. Arthritis is most commonly seen in adults over the age of 65, but it can also develop in children, teens, and younger adults. Arthritis is more common in women than men and in people who are overweight.
What are the symptoms of arthritis?
Joint pain, stiffness, and swelling are the most common symptoms of arthritis. Your range of motion may also decrease, and you may experience redness of the skin around the joint. Many people with arthritis notice their symptoms are worse in the morning.
In the case of RA, you may feel tired or experience a loss of appetite due to the inflammation the immune systemâ€™s activity causes. You may also become anemic ... [Read more]
APRIL IS STD AWARENESS MONTH
The term sexually transmitted disease (STD) is used to refer to a condition passed from one person to another through sexual contact. You can contract an STD by having unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has the STD.
An STD may also be called a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or venereal disease (VD).
That doesnâ€™t mean sex is the only way STDs are transmitted. Depending on the specific STD, infections may also be transmitted through sharing needles and breastfeeding.
Symptoms of STDs in men
Itâ€™s possible to contract an STD without developing symptoms. But some STDs cause obvious symptoms. In men, common symptoms include:
pain or discomfort during sex or urination
sores, bumps, or rashes on or around the penis, testicles, anus, buttocks, thighs, or mouth
unusual discharge or bleeding from the penis
painful or swollen testicles
Specific symptoms can vary, depending on the STD... [Read more]
MARCH IS NATIONAL KIDNEY MONTH
Tips For Healthy Kidneys.
The kidneys are important organs that affect many other body parts, including the heart. Follow these tips to keep them working efficiently:
Avoid Extra Salt
Eating a lot of salty foods can disrupt the balance of minerals in the blood. This can make it harder for the kidneys to work properly. Try swapping out processed foods â€” which usually have a lot of added salt â€” for whole foods, such as: fresh fruits and vegetables, lean cuts of meat and nuts.
High blood pressure is a known risk factor for chronic kidney disease. Regular exercise, even for just 20 minutes a day, can help reduce blood pressure... [Read more]
FEBRUARY IS NATIONAL SELF-CHECK MONTH
National Self-Check Month is a reminder that every day of the year we can take charge of our health and increase our odds of avoiding chronic disease and other often preventable conditions.
We all have our reasons for avoiding a checkup or self-check. Weâ€™re too busy, or we donâ€™t want to know the truth. National Self Check Month brings to your fingertips a variety of self-empowering and proactive early detection and preventative resources and tools to guide us through healthcare related fears and concerns.
Even if you are proactive, someone in your life may not be. National Self -Check Month provides an opportunity for you to sit down with a loved one to share your concerns and offer ways to better health.... [Read more]
Are you trying to get your summer body together? Are you working out hard but not getting the results you expected? Are you finding it hard to eat right and eat in a timely manner? Well guess what? So, did I!
A lot of people like you are finding it hard to either start a healthier lifestyle or get the results they expect in the time that they expect it to happen. Thatâ€™s because we tend to follow what we think is right in our minds such as: going on a very strict diet, not eating at all, or workout more and eating less!
While they may tend to work for the short term however, they tend to have negative effects in the long term. A quick diet especially in the beginning of your fitness journey is not wise. What tends to happen is you give yourself a month just to eat foods you do not desire to stick to for the rest of your life. Then unfortunately when that month is over and your proud that you lost 10-20 pounds, you back to eating the foods you did before the diet and then all of a sudden that 10-20 pounds you lose you gain back plus 5 more. WHY??? Because we donâ€™t understand the 80/20 formula!!! [Read More Here]
Ok this is the part of the healthier lifestyle everyone loves. Whether you workout at the gym, with a coach at a random location or at home watching & following moves on a workout video. Everyone tends to be more drawn to the 20% fitness aspect of their healthy journey. For most (at least those who are actually trying) it seems so easy. Especially when grammy goes for a walk and calls it her exercise, or doing house or yard work it seems so easy for them. People consider walking to the bus stop exercise, well guess what??? It is!!!
Whenever you get your body to do movements that burns which is not a daily norm that is considered a form of exercise. Yes! Sex is a form of exercise, but how come? Because you burn calories while â€śdoinâ€™ itâ€ť but thatâ€™s another topic for another day.
Back to what I was saying about walking to the bus stop. Do you think you burn more calories sitting and driving for 2 miles or walking to a nearby destination which is half a mile away? Most definitely it will be the walking.
Now ask yourself this, what do you think burns more calories, walking a mile or running a half mile? If you choose running then once again you would be correct.
Why? Because your pushing your body to do something that you donâ€™t daily and when you running you will have a higher heart rate than if you were walking. So, you blood is pumping faster, oxygen is used more, you become more sweaty... [Read More Here]