While overall our lives have improved over the last 70 years, it has changed so fast that each generation has had to learn how to navigate a world their parents never dreamed of. These generations came on the heels of a generation that knew long continental war and wasn't prepared for the changes that brought. The topic of self a care is in the media because we're just rediscovering it. And self care has changed because now we can pick and choose from methods from around the world that have been proven to help keep us ready for whatever the world throws at us.
Self care is a term that allows us to remind ourselves that our methods of dealing with the world should be caring for ourselves, not just comforting ourselves by reaching for a cocktail or a piece of chocolate cake. It can involve reminding yourself with words that you are doing your best. It can be learning not to over-extend yourself with commitments. It can be signing up for a personal trainer or a yoga class. Sometimes, it's that glass of wine or dessert with a friend. What is always should be is a way of rejuvenating your body, mind and spirit to be ready to tackle the hardships and celebrate the successes.
Lack of physical activity is the beginning of problems for the body. Physical activity doesn't have to mean working out, but it does mean get moving! Muscle burns calories more efficiently than fat, so building some muscle can help with weight loss. It's also important for your immune system and your heart.
If you know you are at risk there are certain signs you should be looking out for. Testing for type 2 diabetes is simple and can be done through your doctor's office. Here's what to look for:
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease can be prevented by maintaining a healthy weight, eat whole fresh foods and get regular checkups from your doctor to make sure your triglycerides and blood glucose levels are well controlled.
Keeping your blood glucose controlled is important for a number of reasons. Higher glucose levels can cause inflammation and cause significant side effects such as numbness and tingling in the legs, feet and hands and reduced blood flow to these same areas which can keep wounds from healing. Learning to help you body keep your blood glucose levels in the normal ranges can help protect you for years to come!
White blood cells are an important part of your immune system, and they often are high in diabetics but don't actually work as effectively against infection by bacteria and viruses. That makes vaccination important for people with diabetics, and should be considered seriously by people with prediabetes. Influenza is an important vaccination, especially since influenza … Continue reading Vaccinations are important if you have diabetes
Many people hear the word stress and they think it’s feeling a certain way. It could be feeling tired, angry, short tempered, frustrated or even just worn-down. But stress isn’t just a feeling or a schedule. Stress is a physical thing and it has definitive impacts on your health.
Many of us think that once we reach a certain age or position we’ll finally be able to slow down and relax a little. The unavoidable truth is, by time you get to slow down you may have already damaged your health. Taking time now to learn skills for managing stress and its effects on your health is an important step in making sure you have a long and healthy future ahead of you.
The rate of urinary tract infection rises in both sexes as they age (Cove-Smith & Almond, 2007). In younger populations the infections are more prevalent in women (Petersen, 2016). However, the reasons for UTIs change as the individual ages, as does the potential for hospitalization and the risk for sepsis. Symptoms for UTIs can also be different among … Continue reading Urinary Tract Infections in the aging population