Americans Are Not as Healthy as Europeans

Americans Are Not as Healthy as Europeans

This clearly is not good news. Americans are not as healthy as Europeans. Americans are more likely than Europeans to be diagnosed and treated for chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer. The United States was compared with ten European countries and there were some important findings that may help predict problems down the road. Americans are twice as likely to be obese. That’s twice as likely as Europeans. Also, more than 50% of Americans have a smoking history, while it’s only 40% in Europe. Now, there is a potential good side. The United States has better screening than Europe. If diseases are detected earlier, then they can be treated more effectively. The United States spends more on health care than any country in Europe, and that’s a very important point. We need to be more aware of what we’re spending, how we’re using it, and how effectively we can make it to help others.

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Dietary Choices and Metabolic Syndrome

Dietary Choices and Metabolic Syndrome

It is called the metabolic syndrome; a precursor of all sorts of problems. It can be linked to high blood pressure, and diabetes, and it is definitely having an impact. According to a new report in The American Family Physician, there are certain foods and dietary choices made by women that are associated with a greater risk for the condition. Although the study focuses on females, it’s quite likely this will apply to men as well. According to the report, there are certain foods that jump out. Number one on the list is diet soda. Also, refined grains, processed meats, and fried foods.

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Diabetes and Insulin Treatment

Diabetes and Insulin Treatment

There are two forms of diabetes…type one and type two. In type one, the body does not make insulin to help control blood sugar. In type two, there’s not an absolute need for insulin to be given as a medication. The problem is often how the body produces insulin. There’s a thought that insulin receptors are not working that well. There are medications that can be taken by mouth that help, but many people are afraid of taking insulin. They look at it as an end of the line, as if the disease is beyond treatment, but this is wrong. There is a growing trend in type two diabetes care that’s emphasizing insulin even earlier in use.

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Treating Diabetes Is Essential

Treating Diabetes Is Essential

Diabetes is a serious health problem and there is no doubt that diabetes can lead to heart problems and other issues, including kidney problems and nerve damage down the road. We are finding more and more that early treatment of diabetes is the best way to go. In other words, we want to control that blood sugar early. We do not want it to linger. The way you can do that is by monitoring the sugar and also by taking medications if necessary. Exercise and diet can also be helpful. The best way to deal with diabetes is to essentially attack it initially.

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Diabetes Cause Less Pain…And That’s Not Good

Diabetes Cause Less Pain…And That’s Not Good

People with diabetes often have less pain. Now you would think that’s a good idea, but it’s not. What’s happening is the pain is not as strong because the nerves are not working the way they should. The chronic wear and tear and disease associated with diabetes starts to damage these nerves. Here’s an example of why less pain is not a good thing. Let’s say, for instance, you’re a diabetic and you step on something with your foot, and you have a small cut. You may not know you have that cut. It can get worse throughout the day, and take a long time to heal.

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It’s So Dangerous If Diabetes Often Goes Undiagnosed

It’s So Dangerous If Diabetes Often Goes Undiagnosed

Diabetes is a very serious health problem that often goes undiagnosed. It goes undiagnosed because many people are unaware of the symptoms. It’s very important to get to diabetes early because diabetes, if left uncontrolled, can lead to long-term problems; problems in the heart, problems with the neurological symptoms, and most importantly, problems with the kidneys. These are issues that are quite serious and diabetes has to be regulated. It’s very important to be checked.

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Diabetes Is Being Seen In More Children

Diabetes Is Being Seen In More Children

Diabetes is a major health problem and obviously there are more and more children having to deal with it. Why? It’s because substantially more children are overweight; they’re not exercising; they’re not eating properly, and as a result, diabetes, which is the form called Type-2, which used to be known as adult onset diabetes, that form of diabetes is becoming more commonplace. It is an issue that we can’t ignore. It is clearly something which is sending us a message that the kids have to get in better condition.

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