HEART DISEASE AND THE NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT

Like many Americans, do you believe heart disease affects mostly men? In fact, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States. Heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined.  Heart disease, according to The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women, written by members of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, is one of several cardiovascular diseases that affect the heart and the blood vessel system. Others include stroke, high blood pressure and rheumatic heart disease.

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10 COMMON WEIGHT-LOSS MYTHS

There are so many misconceptions about weight loss and diets that it can be hard to know what to believe. Here are some common weight-loss myths.   Snacking and eating fast food are bad ideas.    Actually, eating small, healthy snacks between meals could help you eat less so you don’t overeat or binge later. Dietitians recommend having five small meals a day, instead of just three. Snacking has a bad rap because of some of the snack choices we make, such as potato chips, cookies, candy and other fattening items.

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FITNESS TIPS FOR LOSING WEIGHT

Summer is finally here, and you want to get your weight down and be in the best shape ever. This summer, make it your mission to reach your weight-loss goals – the same ones you probably set for yourself at the beginning of the year. Fortunately, it’s never too late to start down the path to health and wellness. Follow the guidelines below so you can put yourself on a fast track. Turn these tips into lifelong habits to ensure lasting success.

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fatal coma. Becoming aware of the symptoms and risks is a great way to be proactive about your health and the health of your family members.

Type 1 diabetes, once known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system tries to destroy the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. More than 700,000 Americans have this type of diabetes. The symptoms of Type 1 diabetes are caused by high blood sugar. Initially, the symptoms may be overlooked or mistaken for another illness such as the flu. These are some signs and symptoms of Type 1 diabetes:


•  Extreme hunger – your body isn’t using the calories you are eating so it doesn’t get the energy it needs.

•  Headaches and feeling dizzy.

•  Leg cramps.

•  Abdominal pain, nausea and/or vomiting.

•  Blurred vision, which occurs because the lens of your eye changes shape.

•  Increased thirst.

•  Slow healing of cuts and scrapes.

•  Fatigue and weakness.

•  Frequent urination that is more noticeable at night. The kidneys try to get rid of excess sugar in the blood. To do that, they get rid of more water, which means more urine.

•  Unintended weight loss and loss of muscle bulk. This happens because you are dehydrated. Weight loss may also happen if you are losing all the

BE ALERT FOR SYMPTOMS OF TYPE 1 DIABETES

sugar calories in the urine instead of using them.

•  Irritability and other mood changes.

•  Bed-wetting in children.

•  A vaginal yeast infection or regular bouts of thrush (a yeast infection).


Although most people with Type 1 diabetes are diagnosed in childhood and early adulthood, the symptoms are the same at any age. Adults diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes may not recognize their symptoms quickly, which can prove detrimental because diagnosis and then treatment may be delayed. Adults may develop a specific form of Type 1 diabetes known as latent autoimmune diabetes of adulthood (LADA), which tends to develop more slowly than Type 1 diabetes in children and young adults. People with LADA may sometimes be misdiagnosed as having Type 2 diabetes.


Type 1 diabetes is managed with insulin injections several times a day or the use of an insulin pump. It’s not easy to ignore the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes because they appear very quickly. However, leaving it untreated can cause serious health problems such as diabetic ketoacidosis, which can result in a potentially

HARLEENA SINGH

Harleena Singh is a professional freelance writer with a background in teaching and education. She has a keen interest in food and health related issues and can be approached through her website freelancewriter.co. Checkout her blog and network with her on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.

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