Where Could Cholesterol Be Hiding In Your Diet?

April 7, 2015

Cholesterol is a well traversed topic in the health and nutrition world because of its presence in the majority of American foods. At a cellular level, cholesterol is in fact a  wax-like type of substance that flows alongside nutrients throughout the bloodstream, as mentioned previously. It works by connecting to proteins in order to create new cells. Therefore, cholesterol is essential but it’s imperative that it exist in balance with the body’s requirements. Otherwise, it can lead to multiple health problems.

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How Examining Nutrition Can Help Lower High Blood Pressure

March 23, 2015

High blood pressure is a chronic disease in which the heart is working over time to supply the body with a sufficient amount of blood. Constantly pumping more blood than what is healthy is harmful to a heart’s longevity and when left uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to serious heart problems and stroke. Knowing that 27% of American adults (that’s 1 in 3) live with high blood pressure, we wanted to utilize March as National Nutrition Month to offer some guidance for how people living with high blood pressure can help control their chronic condition by implementing a daily nutritional structure.

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Managing Diabetes From A Nutritional Standpoint

March 9, 2015

The month of March is recognized as National Nutrition Month. Its purpose is to raise awareness of how nutrition directly relates to a person's overall health. Over the next 5 weeks we will discuss how to incorporate nutritious eating habits that will benefit people who live with different types of chronic diseases. A knowledge of how to eat healthy is crucial to incorporate for many health conditions. Today we will feature information on Diabetes. Our hope is that this will serve as a guide for diabetics to make nutritional food choices that help to regulate their blood sugar.

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Raising Awareness of HIV/AIDS

February 25, 2015

The Human Immunodeficiency Virus, or HIV, was first recognized in the early 1980’s by medical professionals. The purpose of this discovery was to pinpoint the source behind people whose immune systems suddenly ceased to function. Today we know HIV as a sexually transmitted disease (STD) affecting over 1.2 million people in the United States. Of these individuals, the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) has reason to believe 1 out of every 7 of these individuals is unaware that they have been infected with the virus.

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Herpes Simplex: Simple To Get, Impossible To Cure

February 23, 2015

The Herpes Simplex virus is a very common sexually transmitted disease (STD) that affects 1 in every 6 people in the Unites States between the ages of 14 and 49, according the the Center for Disease Control (CDC.) Though it is more commonly referred to as Genital Herpes, this disease is spread through skin-to-skin contact during vaginal, anal or oral sex with someone who has been infected.

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Syphilis: A Really Sore Topic

February 17, 2015

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that began to surface in the early to mid-1900’s. It became a widespread threat to public health until the development of penicillin in 1941. Since then, the number of cases reported in the U.S. each year began to slowly decline, reaching an all time low in the year 2000. However, there has been a spike in reported cases, doubling from 8,724 in 2005 to 16,663 in 2013. Today will continue the series covering Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

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Putting A Stop To The Spread Of Gonorrhea And Chlamydia

February 9, 2015

Gonorrhea and Chlamydia are two of the most commonly diagnosed sexually transmitted diseases in the United States, according to the Center for Disease Control. The CDC has also found that Chlamydia holds the top spot with the most diagnosed cases each year. What’s interesting about these two diseases is how similar they are in regards to the nature of disease, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, risks and prevention. However the problem isn’t the diseases themselves, it’s how often they go un-diagnosed and develop into much more serious health problems due to a lack of awareness and accessible treatment.

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Raising Awareness of Cervical Cancer

January 30, 2015

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC,) over the last forty years cervical cancer has gone from being the most deadly cancer for women in the Unites States to being highly detectable and treatable. This medical shift has been made possible by early detection medical procedures and analysis such as the Pap Smear (Papanicolaou) test which takes specimen samples of cells from a woman’s cervix and makes them available to view under a microscope.

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Raising Thyroid Awareness: Thyroid Cancer

January 21, 2015

In a recent post in the series Raising Thyroid Awareness, we described the gland known as the Thyroid. Our cells rely on its function of metabolizing food into energy along with it’s many other contributions. We discussed the common thyroid disorders Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism. Today we will talk at length about the serious conditions that can cultivate and evolve into thyroid cancer.

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Raising Thyroid Awareness : Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism

January 19, 2015

The human body contains a vast expanse of systems which work together in sustaining life. From digesting and metabolizing food for fuel to breathing and transporting oxygen throughout the bloodstream to nourish cells, each complex piece is ever so vital for the whole to function well. The thyroid is one of these important components.

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