As many as 54 million American adults are considered “pre-diabetic” according to the Centers for Disease Control. A pre-diabetic condition is defined as a state in which blood glucose levels are elevated but have not yet met the standard to qualify as diabetes. Continue reading “1 in 5 at Risk for Insulin Disorders” »
Depression is a problem that can affect anyone from teenagers to adults and can bring with it serious side-effects that may cost a person his or her life. With the ever increasing fast pace of life these days and the pressures that people feel with the responsibilities they have in their lives, depression and stress has become an ever increasing worry. Continue reading “The Problem of Depression and Stress Symptoms That Come With It” »
I am having spots of blood only for the last three to four days. My period has been delayed by fifteen days. I am using copper-T for not becoming pregnant. I did pregnancy tests thrice but it came out to be negative twice and positive once. I had severe infection in urine when I did my test first time. Continue reading “Conflicting pregnancy test results – how reliable such tests are?” »
Question: I have two children they are 12 and 15 years old. I have to take them to the dentist every now and then. Both of them have cavities in their teeth. What can be done to prevent future cavities in their teeth. I heard of some paint, if applied to teeth will keep away the development of cavities. Is this true? Continue reading “Prevention of dental cavities and tooth decay – Fluoride application” »
I am 25 years old, having cervical spondylosis and that I am pregnant. My neck and shoulder muscles feel very weak and fatigued. My neck becomes stiff many times. Please tell me what should be my life style to prevent any further damage and how will my pregnancy going to affect this condition as I am not able to carry even the smallest weight for a long time. What is my treatment? Continue reading “Lifestyle to prevent damage due to cervical spondylosis” »
Bladder infections are no fun. Ordinary urine contains the waste products, fluid, and salts that are body needs to expel. When bacteria is found in the urine it can cause a bacterial infection in the urinary tract, pain, stiffening of the bladder, and could lead to bleeding. Continue reading “Urinary Concern – Bladder Infection” »
Because skin cancer prevention should begin early in childhood the initial responsibility lies with parents of babies and small children. Although most skin cancers are diagnosed after age fifty, the actual tumor is the result of ultraviolet exposure throughout life. Continue reading “Skin Cancer Prevention” »
Thanks to the success of national vaccination and immunization programs, we have managed to take control over several debilitating infectious diseases. Polio, a crippling nerve degenerating viral infection, has been virtually eliminated from the United States because of an organized comprehensive prevention program. Continue reading “Immunization & Vaccination: Cost-Effective Disease Prevention” »
The herpes virus is very contagious. During an active outbreak, skin-to-skin contact with the infected area is all that is needed to transmit the disease. While the virus is most often transmitted to the genitals, thighs and buttocks, touching the infected area has been known to pass the virus to fingers. Continue reading “Herpes Prevention and Transmission” »
Prostate problems may be preventable: a number of preventive measures are being investigated through clinical trials. New medication, vitamin supplements, and even the food we eat may help reduce the risk of cancer and other prostate problems.
Dietary Suggestions, Lycopene and Antioxidants
Prostate cancer has been linked to both obesity and consumption of fatty foods. Eating a diet high in fruits, grains and vegetables can help maintain healthy weight levels and control fatty food intake. Of course, losing weight is easier said than done.
Lycopene is an antioxidant that prevents damage to the body’s DNA. Eating foods high in lycopene antioxidants may help prevent cancer. Tomatoes, watermelons and grapefruits are good sources of lycopene. Limiting alcohol, and caffeine is also recommended.
Maintaining Urinary Health
If you suffer from BPH or prostatitis, pay attention to your bladder. Don’t let your bladder get too full or wait to urinate: this increases the chances of urine remaining in the bladder and causing infections. Urination can be slow and difficult with prostate problems, but try to empty your bladder as thoroughly as possible when you urinate.
The Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT)
In 2001, the selenium and vitamin E cancer prevention trial (SELECT) began to investigate the prostate-protecting properties of selenium and vitamin E. Previous clinical trials suggest that selenium may reduce the risk of prostate cancer by sixty percent, and vitamin E by as much as thirty percent. (Vitamin A supplements, on the other hand, raise the risk.)
SELECT is the largest prostate cancer prevention clinical trial ever done. In the first year alone, 13,951 men were recruited. When completed in 2013, SELECT researchers expect to have studied 32,400 men at 435 sites in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.
If you’re interested in taking part in SELECT, the trial is open to men 55 years and older, with an exception made for African American men. As prostate cancer rates are higher amongst the African American community, and develop earlier in life, African Americans can enter the trial at age fifty.