If you suffer from diabetes mellitus condition and have not taken steps to seek treatment, you are missing out on much. Despite the fact that the condition does not have any cure, various treatment options are available to you. The treatment options available aim at controlling the level of sugar in your blood, which happens to be the cause of your problems when in high levels. Being chronic, you need to understand the treatment options available to put you in better position of choosing the most suitable. However, you need to consult your doctor who should be able to advice you on the best treatment option.
Identifying the most suitable treatment option happens to be the best way of treating the condition because treatment depends on the type of diabetes, age and other factors. You are likely to receive personalized treatment because treatment suitable for you may not be suitable for another patient. Read the rest of this entry »
The low dopamine levels caused by Parkinson’s disease interfere with regular sleep patterns. People with PD often have trouble falling asleep, waking frequently during the night, and staying up for hours in the middle of the night. This condition is known as sleep fragmentation. Just as people with Parkinson’s have good days and bad, we also have good nights and bad.
“Rest is a problem,” said James, 51. “I suffer from insomnia. I get about two to three hours of sleep a night; sometimes I’m up for two or three days at a time. I’ve gotten used to it. If I get more than four hours of sleep, I feel stiff, almost frozen. It takes two doses of medication before I’m up and able to move enough to do anything. About a month ago, I slept 12 hours, and it took almost 24 hours to get over that.” Read the rest of this entry »
When you’re diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, you find out who your real friends are. Some people pull away; others come much closer. I’ve had both types of friends. When I was first diagnosed I don’t know how I could have made it without my dear friend Jess. She took me to doctor’s appointments; she picked up the slack in our relationship without my saying anything.
Sometimes she would listen while I tried to make sense of what was happening to me, and at other times she sat quietly and I felt comfort in the silence. There were times when I actually fell asleep in the middle of a sentence, and she let me doze off and then reminded me of what I was talking about when I woke up a few minutes later. I couldn’t have asked any more from her.
Other people avoided me because they didn’t know how to deal with me. They were suddenly unavailable, and they didn’t return phone calls. I felt like a leper, at a time when I really needed to be around other people.
Michael had the same experience, especially with his friends in politics. Because of his outward symptoms, he became politically embarrassing—would people think he was drunk or using drugs? Was he simply strange? Michael learned just how shallow some of those people were, and it was a difficult time for him. Read the rest of this entry »
Life is stressful for everyone, particularly those of us with PD. Just as your body can’t tell the difference between real and imagined stress, your body can’t tell whether the relaxation response was triggered by a change in circumstances or a change in your attitude. This can work to your advantage because you can learn to promote relaxation and reverse the stress response by using various mind-body techniques.
Studies have shown that people who are well-trained in mind-body techniques can voluntarily lower their blood pressure and heart rate, alter their brain-wave activity, reduce blood-sugar levels, and ease muscle tension. With practice, you, too, can put mind over illness and use stress-reduction techniques to help control your Parkinson’s symptoms.
You can learn more about each approach by checking books out of the local library or contacting a community center or health clinic to inquire whether classes are offered in your area. Read the rest of this entry »
Shielding cells from the ravaging effects of oxygen free radicals is one route to a long cellular Youth; maintaining and repairing cells after the free radicals that pierced that shield have done their inevitable dirty work is another.
The most understood way that free radicals damage cells is through attacks on the DNA, the cell proteins, and the cell membranes. Fatty acids and phospholipids are specific fat like compounds that all of our cell membranes are composed of to a significant extent, and therefore they are needed in order for the cells to maintain and repair their cell membranes. Read the rest of this entry »
Phosphatidylcholine (PPC) is a phospholipid that has been found to be especially useful in repairing and stabilizing the cell membranes of liver cells. Your body makes PPC, but it is very energy-demanding, and studies of people with existing liver disease suggest we don’t make enough of it for maximal health of our liver cells.
Taking PPC is a particularly good idea if you drink alcohol, a major liver toxin. In fact, Dr. Charles Leiber, at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Manhattan, has shown that baboons consuming alcohol along with PPC supplements for several years were significantly less likely to progress to fibrosis and cirrhosis of the liver than those baboons drinking alcohol and not getting PPC. Read the rest of this entry »
Phosphatidylserine (PPS) is a naturally occurring substance that is essential to all cell membranes, but is found in particularly high concentrations in the cell membranes of the brain.
Clinical studies have shown that PPS works by supporting certain brain functions that decline with age, possibly by enhancing neurotransmission by neurons and stabilizing neuronal cell membranes.
Until recently, PPS was available only from animal sources (their brains), and was found in trace amounts in commercial lecithin, but a plant source of PPS has now been found. Read the rest of this entry »
Selenium acts as an antioxidant, but unlike the antioxidants listed above, it does so “indirectly.” Several minerals work as cofactors in antioxidant enzymes—most prominently copper and manganese in addition to selenium—but of these, only selenium is usually missing from a normal diet.
It is a cofactor within a particular antioxidant enzyme system, the glutathione peroxidase enzyme (GPX) system, which is one of the most important endogenous enzymes our cells have to control oxygen free radicals. GPX needs selenium to do its job—selenium supplements increase its antioxidant activity.
And since the job of GPX is to essentially enhance the ability of the substance glutathione (GSH) to neutralize peroxides before they can be converted into free radicals, you should include GSH, or a GSH precursor along with your selenium. Read the rest of this entry »
Before the 1960s, most scientists believed that such things as heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, and muscle behavior could not be controlled by an individual without the help of drugs, claims to the contrary by yoga adepts notwithstanding.
Now biofeedback used in conjunction with techniques such as meditation, progressive relaxation, and guided imagery, is widely accepted by most of the medical community.
Basically, biofeedback is a setup for “teaching” your body how to control its responses. The “feedback” is information on the how the body is currently responding, which is then fed back to the individual via a simple signal, usually a sound or a flashing light.
So, for example, if your aim is to lower your blood pressure by self-induced relaxation, the feedback device will tell you when your blood pressure starts to drop. Read the rest of this entry »
What is mental health ?
Though it is very difficult to define mental health in the strictest sense of the term, one way of looking at mental health is to look at attitude of a person towards his life.
Hence, the health of a person’s mind or the lack of it would depend to a large extent on various factors such as his environment, his upbringing, his genetic makeup and a lot of such vital points and considerations.
In fact, there are thousands of people over the world are suffering from various degrees of mental ill health and the unfortunate part is that not many of them know that they are suffering from such a condition.
They continue to merely exist and they are not only to themselves but also to the outside world. Hence, incomplete mental health is indeed a serious problem around the world. Read the rest of this entry »
The importance of healthy living cannot be understated, more so at present times when many diseases and illnesses confront humanity. Diabetes mellitus happens to be one of the fast rising diseases/conditions that we need to guard against. To be able to guard against the disease/condition, we need to have deep understanding of its occurrence.
Diabetes mellitus happens to be associated with sugar levels in our blood. In particular, the condition comes about because of high sugar levels in our blood. High sugar levels may be because our body cells fail to respond to insulin produced within or when our bodies fail to produce the necessary insulin. With high blood sugar, we are bound to experience increased incidents of urination, hunger and increased thirst. Read the rest of this entry »
The Airwalker Swing has a special design, and it is different from conventional swings. It is made to allow parents and therapists to promote spatial awareness, muscle strength, coordination and sensory integration in children with autism spectrum disorders.
How Does the Airwalker Therapy Swing Work?
This spandex sack is easily suspended from swings, gym basketball backboards or secure ceiling eyebolts. The fabric has a cocoon-like feel that gives pleasing, full-body pressure to your child with autism. The tactile feedback provided when your child is in the swing works toward positive body image.
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There are dozens of various techniques, styles, and methods for massaging a person, but some are known to be superior to others, and as a result have become far more popular than other methods, growing and becoming available in more massage parlors and spas around the country.
Nearly every massage, pain relief prognosis, and injury treatment involves the uses of either heat or cold at some stage in the healing process, and these methods are employed through the use of hot and cold stone massage therapy, which can not only provide an escape from pain, but can actually expedite the healing process.
Let’s begin with cold stone therapy, exploring its numerous benefits, and touching on how cold stone therapy can provide you with quick, effective relief. Read the rest of this entry »
It really is not surprising that so many people are becoming interested in holistic healing options whenever possible. In the past, a lack of suitable information was largely what stopped many people from pursuing the natural option. People don’t want to gamble when it comes to their health, and finally there has been plenty of legitimate research about healing options like chiropractic care, massage therapy, and acupuncture.
Although there is no doubt that there are times when medical treatment is absolutely essential, there are also times when expensive bills and harmful treatments can be avoided by simply taking an alternative holistic option. One of the most appealing aspects of holistic healing is that the user can enjoy avoiding harmful medications. Many people become dependent on pain pills, and maintaining everyday tasks can be difficult on them. Getting to the root of the problem and stopping the pain for good is always the preferred option. Read the rest of this entry »