World Diabetes Day is celebrated annually on November 14 to acknowledge global awareness of diabetes. It was initiated in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response to increased rates of diabetes around the world.
Over the past week, during my weekly diabetes skills and management sessions, I taught 3 different patients who had contracted Hepatitis C within the last 5-12 years and had recently developed diabetes Type 2. They were all Baby Boomers (born between 1945 and 1965) between the ages of 49-68. Baby Boomers are the highest risk group for developing Hepatitis C because of past drug abuse as well as due to the lack of blood transfusion protocols prior to 1992.
Fall season is often a good time to look at your present health practices or lack of them. Most people who have health insurance have already met their yearly deductibles, and are more willing to schedule physician recommended tests and examinations. Let's review some easy tips to consider while improving your health. The upcoming holiday season may seem less stressful and more enjoyable when you feel well.
According to the CDC, over 50% of American adults continue to take vitamins and supplements - even though multiple studies suggest they are often "unnecessary or harmful". A study in The Atlantic, published in 2013, showed that supplements "may shorten your life span". Women tend to purchase and take supplements more than men. The studies keep changing, and some of the results are skewed due to size and study methods. At this point in time, it is still prudent to get most of your vitamins from food sources.