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ABOUT JEAN JEFFERS

Jean is an RN with an MSN from University of Cincinnati. She is a staff writer for Living Well 60+ and Health & Wellness magazines. Her blog may be seen on her website at www.normajan.naiwe.com

14 HINTS FOR A FESTIVE HOLIDAY

Although you may be battling diabetes, you still want to have a tasty but healthy holiday. How can you plan a good diet that will not compromise your diabetes? Here are some holiday hints that are meant for the person with diabetes but are appropriate for everyone:

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DRY MOUTH A COMMON ORAL HEALTH PROBLEM

Everyone has a dry mouth occasionally, but when dry mouth persists over time, it can become a problem. Dry mouth, also called xerostomia, is fairly common and can range from being annoying to being a serious source of tooth decay. It can cause infection in the mouth and poor nutrition because of problems with chewing.

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THE MANY FACES OF ANXIETY

Emily burst into her parents’ bedroom one night, crying and moaning. “I think I’m dying,” she gasped, clutching her chest. Her heart was pounding wildly and sweat soaked her nightshirt. Her mother called 911 when Emily fell to the floor in a daze. This was not some exotic West African disease; this was a panic attack.

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EXERCISE CAN BE A FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH

Did you ever dream of finding the Fountain of Youth? Well, you can discover it, in a way. Look for the next best thing: Exercise.  Anxiety disorders are rampant. They are the most common psychiatric illness in the United States, surpassing depression. Exercise figures prominently in the treatment and relief of anxiety and related disorders.

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GENERAL FACTS ABOUT LEUKEMIA

Leukemia is a form of cancer that occurs in the blood cells. The National Institute of Health (NIH) National Cancer Institute says with leukemia, cancerous blood cells form and crowd out healthy cells in the bone marrow.

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EXERCISE: THE KEY TO A LONG LIFE

Did you ever dream of finding the Fountain of Youth? Well, you can discover it, in a way. Look for the next best thing: Exercise.  Anxiety disorders are rampant. They are the most common psychiatric illness in the United States, surpassing depression. Exercise figures prominently in the treatment and relief of anxiety and related disorders.

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SUGAR IN THE DIET – DELICIOUS OR DELETERIOUS?

“If one simple thing could energize you within hours, soothe crankiness and fatigue within days, allow you to finally shed extra pounds and dramatically reduce risk of heart attack and stroke, you’d say it is magic, would you not?” This simple something is real, says Ann Fittante, MS, RD, in her book, ......

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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....

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COMMERCIAL DIETS: WHICH ONE SHOULD YOU CHOOSE?

Commercial diets have become all the rage, although they are systemized and often expensive.  Weight Watchers is listed among the best of these diets. Pros of this plan include the freedom to eat what you want. No food is off limits, so this gives you the flexibility to shape your own diet.

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MIDWIVES AND DOULAS: CHOICES FOR EXPECTANT MOTHERS

Are you pregnant and planning for the birth of your child? Your pregnancy may be a special experi- ence for you and your husband or partner as you welcome your new baby into the world. You could consider having a midwife assist you with your pregnancy, particularly through labor and delivery.

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ALCOHOL HAS A PROFOUND EFFECT ON MEN’S HEALTH

Here are a couple of important questions for men concerned about their health and wellness: Do you drink too much? Are you able to say “no” after having a few drinks?  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says excessive alcohol use is responsible for approximately 89,000 deaths in the United States yearly.

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WE ARE LOSING OUR MEN TO SUICIDE

 Men, are you feeling sad and withdrawn? Do you notice you are not being social these days or you’re working all the time? Are you drinking too much? These may be clues that you have depression. And you may be at risk for suicide.  Depression affects men and women differently. For men, depression may be marked by unhealthy coping....

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A DIET FOR HEALTH & WEIGHT LOSS

Have you noticed? Look around and you’ll see a majority of Americans who are either overweight or obese. Look in supermarkets and you’ll see a plethora of food products, many of them processed or high-fat and/or sweet laden.

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JOURNALING CAN BE AN IMPORTANT OUTLET WHEN EXPERIENCING CANCER

Are you a person with cancer who wants to create a safe, comforting place to express your feelings about dealing with the disease – a place where you can be yourself and find solace? Perhaps you want to write stories about your experience with cancer and how it is affecting you. Do you want to gain deeper insight into who you are....

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WHAT ARE CATARACTS?

“It’s all in the eye of the beholder,” or so the saying goes. Cataracts obstruct the vision of the beholder. But the condition may be markedly improved by a simple surgical procedure.  As Americans age, some conditions develop that must be treated to live well. One of those is cataracts. A cataract may be present in one or both eyes.

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SENSIBLE HOLIDAY FEASTING

The holiday season is upon us, and with the festivities comes time for renewed effort on the part of the person with diabetes – to eat within the guidelines but still celebrate. The same advice could be given to every American. Twenty-two million Americans eat turkey at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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EXERCISE HAS BENEFICIAL EFFECTS ON THE BRAIN

While exercise has long been known for its positive effects on physical health and its ability to heighten energy and help manage chronic health problems such as diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol, exercise is now being lauded for its beneficial effects on the brain.

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FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT DEPRESSION IN WOMAN

Life has numerous turns and twists. Women encounter many stages of growth and change, from puberty and menstruation to giving birth to menopause. All these rites of passage create emotional ups and downs. Because of these factors, women may have a greater susceptibility to depression.

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MASSIVE WEIGHT LOSS CALLS FOR BODY CONTOURING

Weight loss, particularly massive weight loss (MWL), may give a person a new lease on life, creating motivation for increased socializing, providing new efforts at work and perhaps bringing an exciting new lifestyle.   There is a downside to MWL, which comes in the form of redundant skin and fat everywhere on the body.

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RECOVERING FROM A HEART ATTACK

What happens now?  That is a question you could ask after surviving a heart attack.  How do you take care of yourself afterwards so that there is no repeat?  According to Family Doctor (www.familydoctor.org), a heart attack happens when part of the heart muscle is damaged or dies because it does not receive enough oxygen.

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TAKING AWAY THE CAR KEYS

Life doesn’t have to end with the cessation of driving privileges, does it?  I took this thought to a church group that was meeting at my home for a Kentucky Derby party. These members of Guardian Angels Parish in Cincinnati were all seniors, ages 66 to 90 years. These men and women attempt to face life with courage, ....

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DIABETES AND YOUR TEETH

Diabetes may cause serious problems with keeping your mouth healthy and having an attractive smile. The disease causes difficulties in the mouth, and problems in the mouth may cause trouble with diabetes. With diabetes, glucose is present in the saliva. When diabetes is not controlled, increased glucose in the saliva allows harmful....

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RETINAL DETACHMENT

The eye is a marvelous organ. Sight occurs when light rays enter the eye through the cornea. The cornea bends the light, which passes through the pupil, a size-changing hole in the iris. The iris works somewhat like a shutter in a camera, allowing light to pass through. After it passes through, the light hits the eye’s crystalline lens.

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OPIOIDS AND OVERDOSE

The overuse and misuse of opioids is a serious health problem. From 1999 to 2016, more than 630,000 people died from a drug overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Around 66 of those deaths involved an opioid. In 2016, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids increased by five times....

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FACTS ABOUT MELANOMA

The skin is the body’s largest organ. Its job is to protect against heat, sunlight, injury and infection. The skin has several layers; the two main layers are the epidermis (upper or outer layer) and the dermis (lower or inner layer). Skin cancer begins in the epidermis. With melanoma, malignant cancer cells form in melanocytes,....

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TOP THREATS TO MENS HEALTH

Most men need to pay more attention to their health. Men are more likely than women to smoke, drink too much alcohol, have risky behavior and put off regular check-ups and medical care. The good news for men is they can improve their health and avoid becoming a statistic in mortality studies.

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