STOMACH AND BOWEL DISORDERS AMONG INFANTS.

STOMACH AND BOWEL DISORDERS AMONG INFANTS.

Disorder of the stomach and bowels is one of the most fruitful sources of the diseases of infancy. Only prevent their derangement, and, all things being equal, the infant will be healthy and flourish, and need not the aid of physic or physicians.

There are many causes which may give rise to these affections; many of them appertain to the mother's system, some to that of the infant. All are capable, to a great extent, of being prevented or remedied. It is, therefore, most important that a mother should not be ignorant or misinformed upon this subject. It is the prevention of these affections, however, that will be principally dwelt upon here; for let the mother ever bear in mind, and act upon the principle, that the prevention of disease alone belongs to her; the cure to the physician. For the sake of clearness and reference, these disorders will be spoken of as they occur:

To the infant at the breast.
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The infant's stomach and bowels may become deranged from the breast-milk becoming unwholesome. This may arise from the parent getting out of health, a circumstance which will be so manifest to herself, and to those more immediately interested in her welfare, that it is only necessary just to allude to it here. Suffice it to say, that there are many causes of a general kind to which it may owe its origin; but that the most frequent is undue lactation, and the effects both upon mother and child fully dwelt upon.

Anxiety of mind in the mother will cause her milk to be unhealthy in its character, and deficient in quantity, giving rise to flatulence, griping, and sometimes even convulsions in the infant. A fit of passion in the nurse will frequently be followed by a fit of bowel complain in the child. These causes of course are temporary, and when removed the milk becomes a healthy and sufficient for the child as before.

Sudden and great mental disturbance, however, will occasionally drive away the milk altogether, and in a few hours. A Mrs. S., aet. 29, a fine healthy woman, of a blonde complexion, was confined of a boy. She had a good time, and a plentiful supply of milk for the child, which she continued to suckle till the following January, a period of three months, when her milk suddenly disappeared. This circumstance puzzled the medical attendant, for he could not trace it to any physical ailment; but the milk never returned, and a wet-nurse became necessary. In the following spring the husband of this lady failed, an adversity which had been impending since the date when the breast-milk disappeared, upon which day the deranged state of the husband's affairs was made known to the wife, a fact which at once explained the mysterious disappearance of the milk.

Unwholesome articles of diet will affect the mother's milk, and derange the infant's bowels. Once, I was called to see an infant at the breast with diarrhoea. The remedial measures had but little effect so long as the infant was allowed the breast-milk; but this being discontinued, and arrow-root made with water only allowed, the complaint was quickly put a stop to. Believing that the mother's milk was impaired from some accidental cause which might now be passed, the infant was again allowed the breast. In less than four-and-twenty hours, however, the diarrhoea returned. The mother being a very healthy woman, it was suspected that some unwholesome article in her diet might be the cause. The regimen was accordingly carefully inquired into, when it appeared that porter from a neighbouring publican's had been substituted for their own for some little time past. This proved to be bad, throwing down, when left to stand a few hours, a considerable sediment; it was discontinued; good sound ale taken instead; the infant again put to the breast, upon the milk of which it flourished, and never had another attack.

In the same way aperient medicine, taken by the mother, will act on the child's bowels, through the effect which it produces upon her milk. This, however, is not the case with all kinds of purgative medicine, nor does the same purgative produce a like effect upon all children. It is well, therefore, for a parent to notice what aperient acts thus through her system upon that of her child, and what does not, and when an aperient becomes necessary for herself, unless she desire that the infant's bowels be moved, to avoid the latter; if otherwise, she may take the former with good effect.

Again; the return of the monthly periods whilst the mother is a nurse always affects the properties of the milk, more or less, deranging the stomach and bowels of the infant. It will thus frequently happen, that a few days before the mother is going to be unwell, the infant will become fretful and uneasy; its stomach will throw up the milk, and its motions will be frequent, watery, and greenish. And then, when the period is fully over, the milk will cease to purge. It is principally in the early months, however, that the infant seems to be affected by this circumstance; for it will be generally found that although the milk is certainly impaired by it, being less abundant and nutritious, still, after the third or fourth month it ceases to affect the infant. Is then a mother, because her monthly periods return after her delivery, to give up nursing? Certainly not, unless the infant's health is seriously affected by it; for she will generally find that, as the periods come round, by keeping the infant pretty much from the breast, during its continuance, and feeding him upon artificial food, she will prevent disorder of the child's health, and be able in the intervals to nurse her infant with advantage. It must be added, however, that a wet- nurse is to be resorted to rather than any risk incurred of injuring the child's health; and that, in every case, partial feeding will be necessary at a much earlier period than when a mother is not thus affected.

The milk may also be rendered less nutritive, and diminished in quantity, by the mother again becoming pregnant. In this case, however, the parent's health will chiefly suffer, if she persevere in nursing; this, however, will again act prejudicially to the child. It will be wise, therefore, if pregnancy should occur, and the milk disagree with the infant, to resign the duties of a nurse, and to put the child upon a suitable artificial diet.

The infant that is constantly at the breast will always be suffering, more or less, from flatulence, griping, looseness of the bowels, and vomiting. This is caused by a sufficient interval not being allowed between the meals for digestion. The milk, therefore, passes on from the stomach into the bowels undigested, and the effects just alluded to follow. Time must not only be given for the proper digestion of the milk, but the stomach itself must be allowed a season of repose. This evil, then, must be avoided most carefully by the mother strictly adhering to those rules for nursing.

The bowels of the infant at the breast, as well as after it is weaned, are generally affected by teething. And it is fortunate that this is the case, for it prevents more serious affections. Indeed, the diarrhoea that occurs during dentition, except it be violent, must not be subdued; if, however, this is the case, attention must be paid to it. It will generally be found to be accompanied by a swollen gum; the freely lancing of which will sometimes alone put a stop to the looseness: further medical aid may, however, be necessary.

At the period of weaning.
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There is great susceptibility to derangements of the stomach and bowels of the child at the period when weaning ordinarily takes place, so that great care and judgment must be exercised in effecting this object. Usually, however, the bowels are deranged during this process from one of these causes; from weaning too early, from effecting it too suddenly and abruptly, or from over-feeding and the use of improper and unsuitable food. There is another cause which also may give rise to diarrhoea at this time, independently of weaning, viz. the irritation of difficult teething.

The substitution of artificial food for the breast-milk of the mother, at a period when the digestive organs of the infant are too delicate for this change, is a frequent source of the affections now under consideration.

The attempt to wean a delicate child, for instance, when only six months old, will inevitably be followed by disorder of the stomach and bowels. Unless, therefore, a mother is obliged to resort to this measure, from becoming pregnant, or any other unavoidable cause, if she consult the welfare of her child, she will not give up nursing at this early period.

Depriving the child at once of the breast, and substituting artificial food, however proper under due regulations such food may be, will invariably cause bowel complaints. Certain rules and regulations must be adopted to effect weaning safely, the details of which are given elsewhere.

If too large a quantity of food is given at each meal, or the meals are too frequently repeated, in both instances the stomach will become oppressed, wearied, and deranged; part of the food, perhaps, thrown up by vomiting, whilst the remainder, not having undergone the digestive process, will pass on into the bowels, irritate its delicate lining membrane, and produce flatulence, with griping, purging, and perhaps convulsions.

Then, again, improper and unsuitable food will be followed by precisely the same effects; and unless a judicious alteration be quickly made, remedies will not only have no influence over the disease, but the cause being continued, the disease will become most seriously aggravated.

It is, therefore, of the first importance to the well-doing of the child, that at this period, when the mother is about to substitute an artificial food for that of her own breast, she should first ascertain what kind of food suits the child best, and then the precise quantity which nature demands. Many cases might be cited, where children have never had a prescription written for them, simply because, these points having been attended to, their diet has been managed with judgment and care; whilst, on the other hand, others might be referred to, whose life has been hazarded, and all but lost, simply from injudicious dietetic management. Over-feeding, and improper articles of food, are more frequently productive, in their result, of anxious hours and distressing scenes to the parent, and of danger and loss of life to the child, than almost any other causes.

The irritation caused by difficult teething may give rise to diarrhoea at the period when the infant is weaned, independently of the weaning itself. Such disorder of the bowels, if it manifestly occur from this cause, is a favourable circumstance, and should not be interfered with, unless indeed the attack be severe and aggravated, when medical aid becomes necessary. Slight diarrhoea then, during weaning, when it is fairly traceable to the cutting of a tooth (the heated and inflamed state of the gum will at once point to this as the source of the derangement), is of no consequence, but it must not be mistaken for disorder arising from other causes. Lancing the gum will at once, then, remove the cause, and generally cure the bowel complaint.

Dental Emergencies

Dental Emergencies

As we all know, toothaches and any type of oral injury can be extremely painful and should be seen by a dentist immediately. Dental emergencies should be seen immediately by a dentist, day or night. These emergencies include broken teeth, teeth that have been knocked out, or teeth that have been forced out of the socket. With some emergencies, the cheeks, lips, or gums will have cuts or abrasions on them from where the teeth come out of the socket.

If you’ve had a tooth recently knocked out, the first thing you should do is look for that tooth. When you’ve found the tooth, gently scrub it to get rid of any dirt or debris. Once you have cleaned it, you should place it back in your mouth between the cheek and gums. Whatever you do, you should never try to put it back in the socket. If you can make it to the dentist in time, he may be able to put the tooth back in place.

If you’ve had a tooth come out of place, you can normally reposition it with your fingers. You shouldn’t use a lot of force, simply because it could damage the tooth. You shouldn’t force the tooth into place, rather try and jiggle it around. You can also use moist tissue to hold the tooth in place, until you can get to a dentist.

If you’ve got a fractured tooth, the treatment will all depend upon how bad the booth has been fractured. No matter how light the fracture may be, it is very important that you get to a dentist as soon as you can. Minor fractures aren’t that bad, as they can normally be smoothed out using sandpaper. Sometimes, the tooth can also be restored with a composite. Either way, you’ll need to make sure that you use extreme caution with the tooth for the next few days.

The more moderate fractures, normally include damage to the dentin, pulp, and even the enamel. These fractures can be nothing to worry about at times, yet painful with other cases. Providing the pulp hasn’t been damaged, your dentist will be able to restore the full shape and function to the fractured tooth. In cases where pulp damage has occurred, the dentist may need to do a root canal or other type of serious surgery to repair the tooth.

Whenever you encounter a dental emergency, you shouldn’t hesitate to contact a dentist immediately. Your dentist will be able to assist you, fix the problem, and stop the pain. Dental emergencies can happen at any time, so you should always the emergency number of a dentist who will be there at a moments notice. Tooth pain can be very excruciating – and you’ll obviously want to get the problem fixed immediately.

The Foundations of Beauty

The Foundations of Beauty

Most of us have heard the old saying, “Beauty is only skin deep.”

Well, it’s not really true. Beauty is the outer manifestation of good health, good genetics and good will. The state of our health is reflected in the quality of our skin and luster of our hair. Beautiful strong hair and clear smooth skin is the result of good nutrition. The state of our mind and intentions in reflected in our smile, in our eyes, and in the regard our loved ones have for us. A beautiful smile and sparkling eyes are the result of a good attitude. Good genetics? Well, that’s just the result of good luck.

Although it’s not skin deep, it is open to interpretation. After all, beauty IS in the eye of the beholder. Those we love deeply are always beautiful to us, no matter what they actually look like.

Whatever our genetics and luck, whatever our mindset, most women would like to look as healthy and beautiful as they possibly can. Whether want to look magazine-cover perfect; or just as healthy and vibrant and as youthful as possible, the first step in constructing a new beauty regimen is finding out if you are providing the tools your body needs to repair and maintain itself and the health of your skin, hair and nails. The basic factors affecting the appearance of these are 1) nutrition, 2) hydration, 3) toxification, 4) hormonal profile, and 5) sleep.

Nutrition

Your body rebuilds and repairs cellular tissue on a daily basis, and needs adequate protein, fats, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other micronutrients to perform this function. Your skin regenerates constantly, building new cells underneath and sloughing off old cells. Without adequate protein, your skin will not be able to construct strong healthy collagen structures. Without an adequate amount of the right kinds of fats, your hair and nail cells will be weak and easily broken, and your skin will become dry and lifeless.

Hydration

Adequate hydration is vital to the process. Your body requires enough water to move nutrients into, and wastes out of, cells. Water is the basis of the interstitial tissues that flow between your muscle and fat cells, carrying oxygen and hormones from one to the other. Dehydration can lead to slack skin and lifeless hair.

Toxification

Detoxification is also another fundamental. Your skin is responsible for eliminating approximately 10% of your body’s toxins and metabolic wastes. By ensuring that the other organs of elimination are clean and functioning well, you lighten the load on the skin, allowing it to use its precious energy on repair and re-growth. Certain toxins can have definite adverse effects on the hair. Heavy metal poisoning from mercury can cause hair to fall out and to break and can aggravate gums. Lead causes neural damage that can lead to faulty signaling between your brain and outlying extremities.

Hormonal Profile

Your body produces many different hormones that are used by the body to communicate with outlying organs and tissues and tell it how to react to changing conditions. Some of the hormones that directly affect your hair, skin and nails are estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, and growth hormone. For example, estrogen is important for keeping your skin youthful and resilient, but too much can cause aggravation of the gums and lead to gingivitis. Testosterone is needed to for the important task of producing your body’s own moisturizer, sebum; too much can lead to hair loss from your head and the unsightly growth of excess dark hairs on your face and belly. A lack of progesterone can lead to the skin condition cellulite. The hormones leptin, insulin, and glucagon are important for the maintenance of a healthy weight. As you can see, hormonal balance has a definite and important influence on how you look.

Sleep

Your body requires a certain amount of rest to rebuild, repair and replace cellular tissue. Interestingly enough, the skin is usually regenerated between the hours of 11PM and 2AM, so for best results, you should be sleeping during those hours. Your body also uses the time during sleep to balance brain chemistry. Adequate sleep and rest is one of the most important things you can do to improve the appearance of your skin and the health of your hair and nails, as well as giving you the energy to live actively and the mood enhancement to enjoy life.

Summary

One of the first things you need to do when devising a new beauty routine is to find out whether or not you are getting the right kind of food and enough water to meet your beauty goals. Also, you might want to consider a detoxification routine. Are you are getting enough sleep to put all these other factors to work for you? These are the first things to consider when devising a beauty regimen.

The Many Bacteria in Your Mouth

The Many Bacteria in Your Mouth

When I wake up in the morning I brush my teeth before I sleep at night I brush my teeth. Why? Well it is because I like to think of my mouth as clean and I like to feel the cleanliness of my teeth with my tongue. Don’t you like to think of your mouth as a clean place? I was astonished to lean that just because my mouth felt “clean” didn’t mean it was sterile. The best oral hygiene strategy in the world cannot rid the mouth of bacteria and in my opinion this is not always bad (more about this later).

Think about the environment that is your mouth dark, wet, and warm. This climate with the occasional meal running through it is probably one of the best places bacteria have to live. It has been estimated that the average human mouth has over 400 species if bacteria, their combined populations total to billions and billions of distinctive organisms, (Stevens J. It’s a jungle in there. BioScience, 1996:46:1-5).

The good news is that most oral bacteria are not harmful. Many oral bacteria are helpful. This is definitely good news! What this means is that we need not worry about eliminating all bacteria in our mouths. Some mouth washes do eliminate all bacteria for a short amount of time, but this is not necessarily safe.

What xylitol enables us to do is to focus killing specific bacteria – such as S. Mutants, the biggest bacterial culprit when it comes to tooth decay. Still other bacteria cause periodontal disease which attack the gums and bone that surround and support the teeth.

Why fight S. Mutants?

They turn sucrose into acid.
It is important to focus on controlling S. Mutants. S. Mutants ferment carbohydrates and sugars into an acid. Grapes are fermented into wine, but sucrose is fermented into a much less palatable product- lactic acid. Our pH level decreases in our mouths shortly after the consumption of sucrose based candy and chewing of gum.

Acid eats away tooth enamel.
Although tooth enamel is a very hard tissue, it is very vulnerable to acid. Acid produced by bacteria breaks away tooth enamel much like acid rain corrodes marble structures. Tooth decay caused by acid is called demineralization.

Demineralization constantly occurs very slowly while it is constantly balanced by remineralization. Teeth are able to remodel themselves by adding minerals-especially calcium- into the enamel. However, remineralization may only occur when conditions inside of the mouth are not too acidic.

As long as the mouth’s pH level is not too acidic, the mouth is able to cover newly formed small cavities with new enamel. Although they may not be able to completely fill a hole of a cavity it usually is able to seal the cavity from further erosion. Remineralization cannot succeed when acid producing S. Mutants are not kept under control.

As you may have noticed our body as an method for fighting cavities on its own, all we need to do is empower our own bodies to heal it self.

S. mutants thrive in an acidic environment.
Not all bacteria can survive in an acidic environment. S. Mutants are able to. S. Mutants secrete acid themselves and are able to live in acid. In a way, it is survival of the fittest- the acidic environment that S. Mutants create allows them to be able to take over environments unto themselves by killing other weaker and less harmful bacteria with their acid. This is the method in which S. Mutants are able to become stronger, they kill all the competition and multiply.

They turn sucrose into sticky plaque.
As I have mentioned before many bacteria are not harmful. They can be easily washed out of the mouth with saliva or food. Saliva balances acid because it contains alkaline properties. Acid produced by bacteria like S. Mutants is not harmful until it has concentrated a specific area which is exactly why sucrose can be devastating to your teeth.

Sucrose is the only carbohydrate that can be changed by S. Mutants into polysaccharides. When the S. Mutans secrete this type of carbohydrate they are covered with a sweet and sticky substance. This allows them to stick to anything- especially dental enamel.

Polysaccharides produced from sucrose hold bacterial colonies together that form dental plaque. We all know that plaque is harmful and leads to cavities. Plaque forms at the surface of the tooth. Plaque actually helps bacteria and acid by protecting it from saliva, which could neutralize the acid on contact. Instead, the acid is allowed to eat away at the tooth.

They store sucrose.
Dental plaque breaks down sucrose quickly. Lactic acid levels increase quickly when any piece of sucrose candy or gum is put in the mouth. Bacteria can unfortunately store sucrose inside of polysaccharide cells to use when we are eating less sugar.

This is why we brush, floss, and now eat and chew xylitol. What is xylitol? Well in short it provides a non sticky surface on your teeth allowing this plaque to slip on by, never clinging and thus never eating at your teeth. To read more about xylitol see my article called “Xylitol the Cure for Caries”.

Home Remedies for Curing Bad Breath

Home Remedies for Curing Bad Breath

Summary: There are halitosis sufferers who tried home remedies for curing bad breath and claim they worked!

Who would want to have bad breath or halitosis? I don’t think anybody would want to have bad breath. Unfortunately, no matter how much we hated to have one if we do not take good care our oral and dental health, it is possible that we can have bad breath. But, do not think that proper oral and dental hygiene is the only reason for your bad breath. Of course not! There are several factors that can affect the odor of your precious mouth. Whatever the reasons maybe for your bad breath condition, it has to be cured. Before you buy any over the counter remedies, try and see if home remedies for curing bad breath work for you.

Curing bad breath need not to be expensive. There are lots home remedies for curing bad breath that you can take advantage of. These home remedies for curing bad breath may or may not work for you, but there are halitosis sufferers who are cured from these home remedies.

Some of the home remedies for curing bad breath that might solve your problem include:
o Brushing your teeth properly and regularly. Brushing your teeth is best done in the morning, every after meal, and before bead time. Don’t forget also to include brushing your tongue every time you brush your teeth. In doing so, you will fresh health teeth and gums, not to mention fresh breath.
o Flossing can help remover the deep seated food particles in between your teeth. These food particles if not taken will form into plaque and become the breeding ground of odor-causing bacteria. Dental floss should be one of your “tools” in your oral and dental kit.
o You may use mouthwash, but avoid those that have alcohol and dyes.
o Chewing mint leaves will give you fresh breath, especially after eating certain foods that give odor to your mouth like raw onions and garlic. This might give you temporary relief, still it helps remove bad odor in your mouth.
o Gargle with a cup of lukewarm water mixed with baking soda.
o Chew and entire clove or keep it in your mouth if you find it too spicy. It’s good for bad breath.
o Dip your tooth brush into baking soda and brush your teeth using it as your toothpaste. After that, you can brush again your teeth with toothpaste this time to give your breath fresh scent. This is best done in the morning and in the evening before bed time.
o Gargle a cup of lukewarm water mixed with salt or half a lemon juice. This is also best done before going to bed.
o Tea tree oil can also be used as your toothpaste or mouthwash. Put a few drops of tea tree oil on your toothbrush alone or top it with toothpaste, and then brush your teeth. You can use it as a mouthwash to help keep your gums healthy. Tea tree oil can also cure gum disease, which is possibly the cause of your bad breath. You can even soak your dental floss in tea tree oil.

Keeping your mouth smelling fresh and healthy will take a lot of effort, especially if you already have bad breath. Try and use any of the home remedies for curing bad breath listed above. Some works to other bad breath sufferers, they might work for you, too.

Your Whiter Smile Is Just A Few Steps Away

Your Whiter Smile Is Just A Few Steps Away

Do you wish you could get rid of your discolored teeth? This article will show you some ways you can whiten your teeth and replace that dingy smile with a mouth full of dazzling, white teeth.

Before you make an appointment with the dentist to have your teeth bleached, try some home remedies like brushing your teeth with baking soda. Mix it with water to make a paste and brush your teeth with it. Baking soda is a mild abrasive that can leave your teeth looking whiter.

Coffee is notorious for causing stains on teeth. Whenever drinking coffee, be sure to rinse your mouth out with water afterwards to prevent the coffee from settling on the surface of teeth. If you can, avoid drinking coffee all together. Avoid drinking cola and wine, as they also have the same effect as coffee.

To help whiten your smile, try brushing your teeth after every meal. It sounds incredibly obvious, but many people do not and it can make a big difference in the color and luminosity of your smile. Trying carrying a mini disposable brush on your person when you go out.

One of the simplest and most effective things that you can do in order to get whiter teeth is to brush and floss regularly. By doing this, you will prevent food stains from discoloring your teeth, you'll rid yourself of gum disease, plus it helps make your mouth smell better.

You are going to damage your teeth in a way that cannot be repaired if you over treat your teeth with teeth whitening gels or pastes. Only use them as they are directed on the label of the brand that you are using. You will avoid doing damage to your teeth when trying to get them white.

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Use hydrogen peroxide as a mouth rinse to whiten your teeth without using harsh chemicals. Hydrogen peroxide is gentler on tooth enamel than commercial whitening strips and can whiten your teeth significantly if used regularly. Do not swallow the liquid, and brush your teeth immediately after rinsing with hydrogen peroxide.

Tooth whitening is one of the subjects when the idea that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure is especially true. It is possible to whiten your teeth but it is much easier to avoid having the problem in the first place. This can be done by avoiding specific things like coffee.

More is not always better and this is how it is with teeth whitening. Fight the temptation to get addicted to it. If you overdo it you are going to end up with an unnaturally looking smile that is going to look as bad as what your teeth did when they were yellow.

You'll be amazed by how much teeth whitening can do for you. You'll be more talkative, more social, and more attractive than ever before. You'll get a boost of self-confidence and a youthful, active lifestyle that's unhindered and unrestricted from an embarrassing smile. Apply these tips to get rid of your stained teeth and make your life more enjoyable through teeth whitening.

Insulin, What You Need To Know For Treating Diabetes (3)

Insulin, What You Need To Know For Treating Diabetes

While a diagnosis with diabetes is not the end of the world, make sure that your overall health is good by following this articles advice. A healthy body and a healthy mind is the key when learning to manage diabetes. There is no magic cure, but keeping yourself healthy is important.

Afraid of diabetes? Its time to start exercising. Not only will we get that body that we always wanted if we exercise, but also we will lessen our chance of getting diabetes. Every calorie we burn on that treadmill can add time to our life. If you are looking for reasons to exercise think of how much you can extend your life by dedicating that 30 minutes everyday.

When you are a diabetic there is an increased risk that you will develop some sort of gum disease. Making regular appointments at the dentist and following his suggestions on proper oral hygiene will ensure that you will stay healthy in that regard. Proper flossing and brushing are essential parts of a daily routine.

Alcohol consumption causes the body to have an excessively high intake of carbohydrates. This raises the blood sugar level in your body and over a period of time significantly increases your chances of getting type 2 diabetes. Routine alcohol consumption at high levels is severely detrimental to your health for many reasons including contributing to diabetes.

Take a thyroid test! If you are diagnosed as Diabetic, find out if you've had your thyroid checked recently. Sometimes thyroid conditions can cause the pancreas to lower its production of insulin! So, getting a blood test to make sure that your thyroid is doing fine is a good idea – before you go on any medications for Diabetes.

Find out if your state government offers neighborhood health services where you can get discounted medical treatment, supplies, and prescriptions to help you battle your Diabetes. Some states also offer discounted health insurance, which can be an even bigger help by allowing you to seek treatment in your own city or town.

Any exercise regimen for a diabetic who is looking to loose weight should include both cardiovascular exercises and weight training. Cardio is a great way to work up a sweat and burn fat. But, studies have shown that weight training also helps boost the metabolism and turn fat into muscle.

If you suffer from diabetes it is absolutely critical that you monitor the amount of alcohol you drink. Cutting back on alcohol consumption is one of the best things a diabetic can do to improve their health. Alcohol is loaded with empty calories and fast acting carbohydrates. These fast acting carbohydrates quickly raise blood sugar levels in the body and this, in turn, can lead to type II diabetes complications.

These tips will help you stay healthy and maintain healthy blood sugars. Diabetes needs to be managed throughout your life and adopting good habits to keep your body healthy is important. Make these tips habits, and see how it affects your overall health and mood. Diabetes doesn't have to mean the end of the world for you — it can be managed successfully.

Diabetes Health Tips For Achieving Better Control (4)

Diabetes Health Tips For Achieving Better Control

While a diagnosis with diabetes is not the end of the world, make sure that your overall health is good by following this articles advice. A healthy body and a healthy mind is the key when learning to manage diabetes. There is no magic cure, but keeping yourself healthy is important.

If you have diabetes, talk to your insurance provider and healthcare provider to see if an insulin pump might be a helpful and affordable thing for you. While expensive and more difficult to maintain, it can provide your body with a more stable insulin level, which may be helpful for some patients.

When a child has Diabetes, you need to ensure that everyone in their life is aware of the consequences of not adhering strictly to their new eating rules. If they go to their Grandparents' house, ensure they know how important it is for the child to only receive healthy snacks.

Don't sweat the small stuff! Being a diabetic is hard, and you're going to make mistakes. If you eat unhealthily or forget to exercise, don't beat yourself up over it because sometimes that's life! Do some deep breathing and forgive yourself for your lapse, then watch what you eat for the rest of the day and move on tomorrow.

If you are diabetic, finding a good system to keep track of all your appointments, medications, and blood sugar levels is essential. Using a simple accordion style folder can help. You can use each section to track a necessary item. One can hold your appointment book, another your blood testing supplies and journal, and a third your medications. This keeps everything in one place and readily available to you.

If you suffer from diabetes, take excellent care of your teeth and dental hygiene. Visit your dentist and hygienist regularly for cleanings and examinations to make sure any early stages of gum disease are diagnosed and treated quickly. Also, be sure to brush and floss carefully and monitor your gums and mouth for any sores or abrasions.

Do not skip any meals if you are a diabetic. Doing that will cause you to be more hungry when it is time to eat and you will probably eat much more than you would have otherwise. This will lead to higher than usual blood sugar levels so it should be avoided.

Diabetics who notice that their fingernails and toenails are becoming very thick and even pulling away from the nail bed may actually have a fungal infection. Fungal infections are more common in people with diabetes; diabetes may also make them more likely to suffer liver damage from common anti-fungal medications. If your doctor prescribes an oral medication, be sure to have regular blood work during therapy.

These tips will help you stay healthy and maintain healthy blood sugars. Diabetes needs to be managed throughout your life and adopting good habits to keep your body healthy is important. Make these tips habits, and see how it affects your overall health and mood. Diabetes doesn't have to mean the end of the world for you — it can be managed successfully.

Don’t Get Addicted To Teeth Whitening

Don’t Get Addicted To Teeth Whitening

Most people want their teeth appears white all the time. Whiter teeth could bring positive impact in every person every time you smile. There are people who are obsessed to teeth whitening and they are not aware that it could give harm to their teeth someday. Don't be a victim of bleachorexia! The over-bleaching of teeth or the obsession with bleaching is called bleachorexia and it could affect you dental health if you are suffering from this disorder. In fact, many people who became addicted to teeth whitening and bleaching suffered from multiple oral health concerns!
Among the warning signs of this disorder would be that a person seems to think that their already-white teeth isn’t white enough. So they frequently implement do-it-yourself bleaching and whitening. In the end, this caused teeth sensitivity, receding gums and loss of enamel that could decreases strength of teeth. It could also cause deterioration on your teeth. Many teeth whitening products are available today and most people are obsessed to whiten their teeth even at home without consulting to their dentist. The fact in teeth whitening obsession is that; it could totally ruin your teeth because of too much bleaching or too much using of teeth whitening products.
Bleaching your teeth could remove stains. However, bear in mind that drinking tea, coffee, sodas and smoking could stain your teeth. To avoid teeth staining avoid smoking and drinking these beverages that could cause stain on your teeth. Actually, teeth whitening rely on chemicals that could whiten your teeth like bleaching that contains peroxide agents. Mostly, teeth whitener that contains peroxide agent is best in yellow colored teeth. However this is not effective in people with dark and brown stain on their teeth especially if fluoride and antibiotics discolored their teeth.
You could do different whitening procedures that could impress people when your smile like visiting to your dentist to make an appointment for teeth whitening. This is often called in-office teeth bleaching. Your dentist applies protective gel that shield or protect your gum. After applying a gel to your gum, your dentist then applies a bleaching agent to your teeth and uses special light for fast whitening results on your teeth.
If you want at home bleaching, your dentist will provide you kit on how to do it at the comfort of your home. A customized mouthguard is provided for you to use. However, you need a frequent visit to your dentist to check if the mouthguard securely fits. You could also use whitening toothpaste at home. Whitening toothpaste has fluoride that helps you whiten your teeth. However the whitening effect takes time.
Having white teeth could give you beautiful smile. However, make sure that the process is right. Too much using of products that contain teeth whitening could harm your teeth instead of giving you beautiful smile. Choose your kind of teeth whitening agent that could give you the best results. Consult your dentist about the best products to be used when you want your teeth to be whitened at home.
Don't be obsessed of teeth whitening. Avoid too much using of teeth whitening agent so that your teeth will be protected. Remember that too much using of any products or even too much eating of food could ruin our health. There is nothing better than normal usage of any product for teeth whitening. Have a great smile by using the right amount of teeth whitening.

Survey Reveals Sjögren’s Syndrome Interferes With Daily Activities

Survey Reveals Sjögren's Syndrome Interferes With Daily Activities

The majority of women suffering from Sjögren's syndrome report that symptoms interfere with daily activities, including work, household and leisure, according to a recent survey. Sjögren's syndrome, one of the most common autoimmune diseases, attacks the moisture-producing glands and primarily causes severe dry eyes and dry mouth. It affects up to 4 million people in the United States, 90 percent of whom are women.

When asked which symptoms originally motivated sufferers to see a doctor for treatment, more than 70 percent of respondents indicated dry eyes (75 percent) and dry mouth (72 percent). The survey polled 3,190 members (94 percent women) of the Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation.

In addition, the survey uncovered that the average time between the onset of first symptoms and diagnosis is 6.5 years. The symptoms of Sjögren's can mimic other conditions, making diagnosis difficult.

Unfortunately, there is no one test to diagnose Sjögren's syndrome. When Sjögren's syndrome is suspected, a series of tests is administered, which aims to determine the degree of mouth and eye dryness and measure antibody markers in the blood.

Like all autoimmune diseases, there is no cure for Sjögren's syndrome. However, there are different treatment options available to manage symptoms. Artificial tears can be used to alleviate dry eyes, while chewing sugar-free gum and drinking water can provide temporary relief from dry mouth symptoms. In addition, an FDA-approved product called EVOXAC® (cevimeline HCl) has also been proven effective in treating the dry mouth symptoms of Sjögren's syndrome.

Safety Considerations

The most common side effects are excessive sweating, headache, nausea, sinusitis, upper respiratory infections, rhinitis and diarrhea.

You should not take EVOXAC® if you have uncontrolled asthma, eye inflammation, narrow angle (angle closure) glaucoma or allergies to EVOXAC®.

Before taking EVOXAC®, tell your doctor if you have a heart condition, controlled asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, a history of kidney disease or gallstones or if you are taking any heart medications, especially “beta-blockers.” If you have any of these conditions, your doctor will monitor you under close medical supervision while you are taking EVOXAC®.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking prescription or over-the-counter medications to avoid any possible drug interactions.

The safety and effectiveness of EVOXAC® in patients under 18 years of age have not been established.

Special care should be taken if you are elderly.

You should be careful when driving at night or performing hazardous activities in reduced lighting while taking EVOXAC®.

If you sweat excessively while taking EVOXAC®, you may become dehydrated. To prevent this, drink extra water and talk to your doctor.

Please see the Patient Information sheet and talk to your doctor.

Sjögren's syndrome, one of the most common autoimmune diseases, attacks the moisture-producing glands.