Chronic kidney disease (CKD), also called chronic kidney failure or renal disease, is plaguing the African-American community. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, a black person is almost four times as likely as a white person to develop kidney failure. And even though the African-American community makes up about 13 percent of the population, it accounts for 35 percent of the people with kidney failure in the United States.
If you have type 2 diabetes, the odds are you are taking the prescription medicine metformin to help manage it. Also known by the brand names Glucophage, Carbophage, Riomet, Fortamet, Gluformin and Diaformin, among others, metformin is believed to be the world’s most prescribed antidiabetic medication since it first appeared in scientific literature almost 100 years ago. Metformin became commercially available in the United Kingdom in the late 1950s, in Canada in the early 1970s and in the United States in 1995.
Restaurants in Baltimore have recently banned sodas and other sugary drinks from kids’ menus throughout the city. So that begs the question. Is maintaining good health a personal choice or is it up to legislators to help facilitate?
Do you remember when it was all about kale, kale and more kale?
It may not feel like we have control of our health at times, because disease sometimes just happens. But don’t get discouraged. Although some things are not within our control, we can be proactive and make healthy choices that may make all the difference in the world to our health.
Spring is here, and summer is just around the corner. So you know what that means: barbecues, barbecues and more barbecues!
Bill Cosby is in the news again. This time it’s not about the sexual assault allegations against him. Unfortunately, Cosby and his wife, Camille, recently lost their daughter, Ensa Cosby, to renal disease. She was a mother and just 44-years-old.
As boomers, we’re used to having our blood glucose levels measured during our annual physicals. After all, our risk for developing diabetes increases with age. Many of us now know our A1C levels as well as our cholesterol, iron and calcium levels.
Menopause is inevitable for every female. It marks the end of fertility for women.
A proper dental hygiene routine usually involves three steps: floss, brush and mouthwash. But the last of these steps is causing some concern in the healthcare field.
This blog is probably one of the more difficult ones to write because of the toll Type 2 diabetes has taken on both my parents. I grew up hearing that my dad had passed from diabetes. I was about 3-years-old when he died. Thirty years later, my mom passed away from complications of diabetes. She was hospitalized just prior to her death for a foot ulcer, which just refused to get better. The doctors discussed with her the option of amputating her foot. She went into a coma and died soon after. In my opinion, she simply lost her will to live after being told that her foot would have to be amputated.
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. One in 3 children are obese. And obesity puts kids at risk for numerous health problems, like diabetes.
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