Today is World Hearing Day, and the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that more than 1.5 billion people globally live with hearing loss and that this number could rise to 2.5 billion by 2050.
Back in 2020 at the height of the pandemic, actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry encouraged African Americans to increase their intake of vitamin D. Through social media, where Perry has millions of followers, he stressed that although it is not a cure for COVID-19, taking a vitamin D supplement may help fight the virus. He shared that his vitamin D level was low and said that this is actually common in Black people.
I am quite familiar with the devastating toll that diabetes can have. For example, diabetes was primarily responsible for the death of my parents and many other family members. It is a common condition today - more than 37 million Americans have diabetes with 90 to 95 percent of this group having type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is one of the most prevalent and serious health issues in America. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 37.3 million people in the United States are diabetic and 96 million people (18+) are prediabetic. A person with type 2 diabetes has insulin resistance. Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas “that acts like a key to let blood sugar into the cells in your body for use as energy,” reports the CDC.
The following story is very inspiring. It represents the epitome of what it means to take ownership of your health and be proactive despite the setbacks.
March is National Nutrition Month, and I think many of us would agree that the nutrition of our children is of the utmost importance. What people may not realize, however, is that women need to consume a healthy diet even before getting pregnant. Our diet before pregnancy may affect the health of our future child.
In my opinion, many people underestimate the power of walking when it comes to overall health benefits. Maybe it’s because we tend to associate a good, effective workout with a lot of sweat and a rapidly beating heart.
It is that time of year again when you may be focusing on eating healthier. One way to accomplish this goal is avoiding, as much as possible, ‘empty calories,’ i.e., foods that are high in calories and low in nutrients your body needs to stay healthy.
Most people are aware of the usual risk factors for developing Type 2 diabetes, such as being overweight, not getting enough exercise, poor diet and smoking. But did you also know that stress is another risk factor for developing this disease that, according to the World Health Organization, impacts over 200 million people worldwide?
Diabetes and low magnesium levels: Two common health problems affecting millions of people. But did you know that they are related? Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, according to the CDC. And most people, in general, aren’t getting enough magnesium on a daily basis. It turns out, low magnesium may make you worse off for developing diabetes, and having diabetes may in turn deplete your existing magnesium levels. Magnesium depletion affects at least 30 percent of diabetics. It’s a cycle that needs to be broken, and it starts with education. Let’s take a look at the relationship between this mineral and diabetes.
One of the great things about life is that there is always a reason to spend time with family and friends and celebrate - the holidays, Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day, weddings, baby showers, graduations, vacations, birthdays and the list goes on. And what this sometimes mean is that year-round we may be tempted to eat too much food and overindulge with the booze.
We have a diabetes pandemic on our hands. According to recent data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 34.2 million people (10.5 percent of the U.S. population) have diabetes. This includes 26.9 people who have been diagnosed, and 7.3 million people who have not been diagnosed. In addition to this, 88 million people (aged 18 years and older) have prediabetes. Foods like chia seeds and lentil can play a huge role in addressing this issue.
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