May is National Stroke Awareness Month

Stroke: The Risks, Symptoms and Increasing Awareness has information to keep us abreast concerning this important health matter, along with recognizing the signs associated with the condition to obtain medical attention quickly.

 

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Diabetes and Food Selections

 

If you have loved ones with diabetes, please share the following article with them: 9 of the Best Foods for Diabetics.  The mentioned foods can lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels, encourage weight reduction, provide necessary vitamins, and a lot more.

 

 

 

 

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Harmful Effects of Noise Pollution

Noise pollution (aka sound pollution) is defined as harmful environmental noises (i.e., construction equipment, lawn mowers, living near industrial areas, airports, freeways, railway systems etc.).

The following are consequences from noise pollution:

Children (more vulnerable because of developing organs)

  • Ignoring teachers in classroom because they’re conditioned to ignore sounds
  • Hearing Loss
  • Stunted reading and language skills
  • Elevated stress levels
  • Elevated blood pressure levels

Women

  • Abnormal menstruation cycles
  • Abnormal embryos
  • Miscarriages
  • Premature births

Men and Women

  • Psychological difficulties
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Blurred vision
  • Tinnitus
  • Hearing loss
  • Sleeplessness

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Diabetes and Mental Health

Individuals with pre-diabetes, or the full-blown condition, may experience personality changes (i.e., mood swings, irritability). We have to pay close attention to loved ones who suddenly have personality changes and suggest immediate medical attention. While these clues are important, we have to view diabetes from another perspective to understand what may happen for loved ones taking psychiatric medications.

Metabolic Syndrome is a group of risk factors which nurtures coronary artery disease, stroke, and Type 2 diabetes.  The symptoms are elevated levels of cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, and excess belly fat.  Two medications closely associated with the syndrome are Clorazil (schizophrenia) and Zyprexa (schizophrenia and bipolar disorder). These medications can elevate cholesterol and blood sugars five-fold, creating a profoundly dangerous health condition.

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