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The Impact of Sugar on the Body

This week (January 18-24) is Sugar Awareness Week.  We thought this was a perfect opportunity to explore all the negative ways that sugar can affect your body and your health.

What is sugar, anyway?  It’s actually more of a generic name for a number of different sweet, soluble carbohydrates found in many foods and drinks.  It can go by a lot of different names like sucrose or fructose.  This makes it easier to disguise in foods.  These added sugars are high in calories, but have zero essential nutrients.  Zero!  No proteins, no essential fats, no vitamins or minerals . . . just pure energy.  In other words, empty calories.

Diabetics typically have to watch the amount of sugar they consume daily, but with the number of serious problems that sugar can cause to your body, we all should.  Here are just a few ways in which sugar can negatively impact your health:

 

  1. Brain – Sugar has huge effects on a person’s brain. Sugar, much like many street drugs, releases chemicals that set off the brain’s pleasure center, like dopamine.  And just like street drugs, you can develop a tolerance for sugar, meaning that you’ll crave more sugar in order for your brain to get its “fix”.  Chemical FormulasEssentially, the difference is the nitrogen atom present in cocaine, but missing from sugar.  Further, the large releases in dopamine, create true addiction in many people.  Sugar also works against the part of the brain that makes you feel full, convincing you to take in more calories leading to other health issues.
  2. Face – Not nearly as serious as the effect on the brain, but still something to think about is your face. When a body has sugar in the bloodstream, the sugar will attach to proteins forming harmful molecules.  These molecules attack nearby proteins, damaging them.  Some of these key proteins are collagen and elastin, the components keeping your skin firm and elastic.  Over time, too much sugar leads to wrinkles and saggy skin.
  3. Teeth – This one seems to be the most obvious thing that people tend to think about, and it is definitely a real concern. Sugar is the most damaging substance for teeth that we’re eating.  When sugar sits on your teeth, it creates decay more efficiently than any other food.  This is because it provides easily digestible energy for all the bad bacteria living in your mouth.
  4. Heart – Have you ever thought about how sugar can affect your heart? Probably not, but it is a very real concern.  We know that diabetes is directly affected by one’s sugar intake, but heart disease and diabetes are intertwined.  Among people with type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke are the number one cause of death.
  5. Liver – Added sugars trigger your liver to store fat more efficiently. Over time, a diet high in sugar leads to a fat buildup around your liver, or non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.  Studies show that people with fatty livers consume up to 2-3 times as much sugar as an average person.
  6. Pancreas – Insulin, which is made in the pancreas, is very important to the body. It allows sugar to enter the cells from the bloodstream and tells the cells to start burning sugar instead of fat.  Too much sugar in the blood is highly toxic, so the ability of insulin to regulate blood sugar is very important.  Too much sugar can cause the cells to become resistant to insulin.  When cells become resistant to insulin, the pancreas is geared up to make more insulin.  Eventually, the pancreas isn’t able to keep up with the demand.  Without enough insulin, blood sugar can reach dangerous levels.
  7. Blood Vessels – Excess insulin in the bloodstream can also take a toll on arteries. High insulin can lead to tense artery walls, leading to high blood pressure.  Ultimately, this makes stroke and heart attack more likely.
  8. Aging – Most people want to slow the aging process, but did you now that a high sugar intake can lead to faster aging. As stated previously about the face, we know that sugar in the bloodstream attaches to proteins and forms harmful molecules that attack components such as collagen and elastin.  But, this loss of elasticity can prematurely age all the body tissues, from skin, to organs, to arteries.  The more sugar in your blood, the faster the damage occurs.
  9. Cancer – Cancer is the uncontrolled growth and multiplication of cells. Because insulin is a key hormone in regulating this growth, many scientists believe that elevated insulin levels (as we’ve already seen, a consequence of high sugar consumption) can contribute to cancer.
  10. Obesity – We’ve already seen how sugar is just empty calories, and also how it leads to cravings of more sugar and more food in general due to its ability to make you feel hungrier. It’s not difficult to see how a diet high in sugar can lead to obesity.
  11. Stress – When we’re stressed, our stress hormones rise. These chemicals prepare the body for attack or escape, etc.  These very same stress hormones are released when the blood sugar is low.  After a blood sugar spike and compensatory dive, the body releases these stress hormones, leading one to feel anxious, irritable and shaky.
  12. Immune System – The body is made up of trillions of good bacteria, which help digest food, produce vitamins and protect the body from germs and diseases. But, consuming too much sugar can alter the balance between good and bad bacteria weakening immune systems.

The damage sugar does to your body is real.  But, since cutting out sugar altogether is very difficult, what can be done to decrease sugar intakes?  Here are a few tips;

  1. Cut down on sugary beverages – Sodas, juices (even 100% juice), sport drinks and smoothies all contain high amounts of sugar.  To start with, drink a glass of water before everything else.  You may find you are no longer thirsty!
  2. Read labels – Sometimes sugar is hidden in foods you wouldn’t think contain sugar like oatmeal, salad dressing, yogurt and processed foods.  Watch for high fructose corn syrup.
  3. Be leery of healthy alternatives – Phrases like “sugar free”, “low calorie” and “all natural” can be misleading. These phrases don’t necessarily mean the food is healthier.
  4. Make the change gradual – Remember how sugar is addictive.  Don’t change your eating habits overnight, but make a gradual change towards a low sugar diet.  The slow change will be easier on your body, especially if your sugar addiction is real.

Sugar** Disclaimer – Not to take the place of medical advice.  Always consult with your doctor about health concerns.

*** Sources: prevention.com; atkins.com; authoritynutrition.com

TheraSport and Resolutions for 2016

Here we are in January – the month of New Year’s Resolutions and generally getting healthy.  It’s time to try out all that new workout equipment and apparel you received for the holidays.  Did anyone get knee high running socks?  These seem to be quite the trend in athletic and running apparel – convenient for those of us who like to wear athletic compression socks like our new TheraSport socks, as well as our Core-Sport socks.

 

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Gradient compression, which is compression that is greatest at the ankle and gradually decreases as it moves upwards, is known to improve blood flow from the ankle to the heart.  The increased blood flow improves oxygenation and enhances athletic performance.  Athletes that wear athletic compression garments may experience less delayed onset muscle soreness, less fatigue, improved performance, less edema post-competition and faster recovery.

Gradient compression is common in the medical world, but virtually unknown in athletic compression, despite all its advantages for athletes.  Most athletic compression on the market is the more basic all over compression.  TheraSport and Core-Sport socks both feature lab-tested gradient compression available in 15-20mmHg and 20-30mmHg.

TheraSport Athletic Performance and Recovery Socks, the newest addition of gradient compression socks to Therafirm’s line, are breaking the athletic compression mold.  Not only do they offer the wearer the true gradient athletic compression, but they also have a number of other benefits that make them ideal for today’s most serious professional and amateur athletes or anyone who prefers a sports style sock.

 

TheraSport socks are made with a super soft and lightweight material for exceptional comfort.  A comfortable band provides a non-binding grip to help the socks stay up.  High tech, moisture wicking yarns, as well as breathable mesh paneling and moisture-wicking fibers keep feet cool and odor under control.  A unique “Y” heel stitching helps to keep socks in place.  Additional Achilles and foot protection provide greater support and stabilization.  Finally, a lightweight cushioning helps to absorb shock and protect feet during athletic activity.

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But, let’s not forget how cool they look!  Seriously, these things look great, all the while providing beneficial gradient compression.  It’s a win-win.  So, get a pair, put them on and get to those resolutions!

Thanksgiving Travel Tips for People with Health Issues

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Halloween is over, which means we’re exchanging jack o’lanterns for turkey and pumpkin pie.  The Thanksgiving holiday is right around the corner!  Thanksgiving weekend is known for being one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.  According to AAA, last year 46.3 million Americans packed their bags and journeyed at least 50 miles away from home to spend the holiday with family or friends.

Thanksgiving weekend travel can already be stressful due to the sheer numbers of fellow travelers, but travelers with health issues may experience extra stresses.  So, if you’ll be among America’s travelers in a few weeks, follow these travel tips to help you have a smooth and happy holiday trip!

  1. Pack Your Medications – The last thing you need is to be far away from home and not have your necessary medications. Whether you pack them first or last, don’t walk out the door until you’ve checked your medications off your list.
  2. Pack Snacks to Control Your Glucose and Monitor It – Make a pack of snacks that will help you control your glucose level. Make sure you can access it easily or that someone else could easily get to it.  Bring your glucose monitors and pack them close to your snacks.  Monitor your glucose levels as often as you would at home.
  3. Pack Insurance Cards and Other Documentation – No one wants to have a visit to a doctor or emergency room while out of town, but it’s best to be prepared in case it does happen. With the proper cards and documentation, you can better focus on getting the treatment you need, instead of insurance red tape.
  4. Plan Out Time Zone Changes – If you’re going to be in more than one time zone, plan your snacks and monitoring accordingly. Also, ensure that you’ve accounted for time zone changes when taking medications or monitoring glucose levels.
  5. Pack Insulin or Other Temperature-Dependent Medications So That It’s Kept Cool Until Reaching Your Destination – You can use a wide-mouthed, insulated, non-breakable bottle or thermos to help keep your medications cools. Fill the bottle ice or cold water before hand to cool it.  Then empty the bottle, dry it and place your medications inside.
  6. Get Plenty of Sleep – It’s important to get plenty of sleep – even extra sleep – before a big trip, but especially if you are dealing with health issues while traveling. Go to bed early before a trip, or take a nap before leaving.  Be sure to get good sleep during the trip, as well, so that you’ll be in good shape when traveling back home.
  7. Put Medications and Other Necessities in a Carry-On Bag – Carry all medications and any other necessities in your carry-on bag. Just in case your luggage is misplaced, you won’t want to be without your necessities.  You can always buy another toothbrush!
  8. Pack Lightly and Use Luggage with Shoulder Straps or Wheels – If you suffer from arthritis or other health problems, you won’t want to over exert yourself. Make sure to pack as lightly as possible, so you have less to carry.  Bags with comfortable shoulder straps or wheels will also help.
  9. Wear and Pack Comfortable Clothing That’s Easy to Get On – Comfortable clothing will make you comfortable all around, especially if it will be awhile before you can change. Wear Seamless Socks from SmartKnit to help keep your feet from getting irritated.  Or if you’re at risk for DVT, Compression Travel Socks from Therafirm will help prevent this dangerous condition.
  10. Pack Any Arthritis Aids You Regularly Use – If it’s something you use regularly, bring it, even if you think you won’t use it.
  11. Carry Cash – You will want to have cash for situations like tipping luggage assistants or toll payments.
  12. Inform Others of Your Condition – Inform TSA agents, flight attendants or any other officials of your health conditions. They’ll be more likely to be helpful and also to watch for changes in your condition.

Remember at the end of the road is that special turkey and dressing or pumpkin pie that you’ve been craving for months – as well as hugs and smiles and family memories.

** Note: Tips are not meant to replace medical advice.  Always consult with your doctor.

Foot Health Tips for National Diabetes Awareness Month

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month.  As many diabetics know too well, diabetes can be very dangerous to your feet.  Because of reduced blood flow, injuries may be harder to heal, and infections harder to resist.  Nerve damage may reduce feeling to the feet making it hard to notice irritations leading to blisters developing.  Taking good care of your feet is one of the keys to staying healthy.  See the tips below adapted from the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

  1. Get periodic foot exams – Seeing your physician on a regular basis can help prevent many of the foot complications related to diabetes.
  2. Inspect your feet daily – Check your feet for cuts, blisters, redness and swelling. Contact your doctor if you notice any of these or other irregularities.
  3. Wash your feet in lukewarm water, not hot, and with a soft washcloth or sponge – Only lukewarm water should be used, but feet should be washed daily. A soft washcloth or sponge will prevent irritation or injury.  Gently pat dry with a soft towel.
  4. Moisturize, but not in between toes – Daily moisturizing will keep skin from itching or cracking. Avoid moisturizing between the toes, however, as this can encourage fungal infection.
  5. Keep nails trimmed – Cut your toenails carefully and straight across. File any edges and avoid cutting nails too short, which can lead to ingrown toenails.
  6. Don’t treat corns or calluses yourself – Self “surgery” is not recommended, nor is the use of medicated pads. Visit your doctor for any of these issues.
  7. Avoid smoking – Smoking restricts blood flow, which will increase the chance of damage to your feet.
  8. Keep shoes clear of debris – Foreign objects, no matter how small, inside of shoes can be a major source of irritation. Always inspect shoes before putting them on.
  9. Keep your diabetes in check – Watch your blood sugar levels and keep them in control.
  10. Never walk barefoot – Always wear shoes or slippers, even at home. Doing so will prevent injury from scratches or cuts.
  11. Always keep feet warm and dry – Don’t let your feet get wet in snow or rain and always wear warm socks and shoes in the winter.
  12. Wear socks to bed – To prevent cold feet during the night, wear your socks to bed. Avoid using heating pads or hot water bottles.
  13. Wear clean, dry socks – Be sure to change them daily.
  14. Avoid wearing the wrong type of socks – Avoid tight elastic bands. Thick or bulky socks can fit poorly and irritate the skin.  Try SmartKnit Diabetic Socks.  Our socks are seamless and form fitting, which help to prevent blister-causing pressure points.  Moisture wicking fibers keep feet dry reducing friction, which can cause irritation.

** Note: Tips are not meant to replace medical advice.  Always consult with your doctor.

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7 Fun Activities for Fun Seniors!

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Retirement.  You’ve reached the golden years of rest and leisure.  But since you’ve spent all of your adult life focused on a career and earning a paycheck, it’s hard to know how to fill those hours that were once spent on the job.  All you really need is to rediscover your hobbies and passions and jump into them with both feet.  We’ve put together a few ideas to get you started.

  1. Travel – There is no time like the present to go out and explore the amazing things around this world. Whether you’re flying off to Europe to visit the Eiffel Tower, driving across country to see the Grand Canyon or taking in some beach time just about anywhere, the choices are endless and the fun is out there to be had.ID-10049918
  2. Day Trips – Check out the activity catalog from your local Community Center, YMCA or Parks and Rec organization. Many of them will organize day trips to various local interests.  The cost usually includes transportation and some meals.  A great way to see things you may not have even known were close by.ID-100308206
  3. Enrichment Classes – While you have those catalogs out, check out the section for enrichment classes. This is a great way to learn something new.  Henry Ford once said, “Anyone who stops learning is old.  Whether at twenty or eighty.  Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”  Have you always wanted to learn Spanish?  Or to sew?  Or to play chess?  All of these and many more are out there.ID-100101134
  4. Exercise – Community Centers are truly such a great resource. Like the day trips and enrichment classes, you can also use that catalog to find exercise classes.  Many of them are designed specifically for seniors.  Keeping your muscles toned and your heart active are great ways to stay healthy.  Try a water aerobics class or maybe a spin class.  There are many to choose from.ID-10044409
  5. Arts and Crafts – Former President George W. Bush likes to paint. Taken up in his retirement, the former leader of the free world says painting has changed his life.  And he’s quite good!  Anyone can pick up a paint brush, or a hunk of clay or a camera and create beautiful art.  Many people say that art is relaxing and stress relieving making the perfect activity for someone that previously had a high stress career – not unlike the President.2D9734401-today-bush-leno-131120-05.today-inline-large
  6. Volunteer – There are so many opportunities for seniors to volunteer in the community. Most hospitals, for one, typically have adult volunteer programs.  Schools are another great place for seniors to offer their assistance.  Many have programs where seniors can read to young children or tutor older children.  Animal shelters will typically take volunteers who will walk and play with the dogs.ID-10046705
  7. Church Groups – Some of the busiest people I know are the seniors at our church. They organize bake sales, help teach religious education to the children and sing in the church choir.  Look into church groups that you never had time for when you worked full time. Bake-Sale

This really only scratches the surface of the many exciting and fulfilling activities that are out there for you to explore.  Go ahead and enjoy life!  You’ve earned it!

 

Tips for Retirement

As they’ve done at every life stage, the Boomer generation continues to cross the finish line into retirement in droves, effectively changing the way retirement looks.  Better healthcare and quality of life and increased life expectancy, means that today’s seniors are living longer after retirement than previous generations.  Many seniors opt to work past retirement age, as their retirement accounts won’t support longer retirements.  Below is a list of things to help seniors maximize their final working years as they move into retirement.

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Health Care Coverage – One great benefit to working past your retirement age is access to employer health care plans.  Stay on your employer’s plan for as long as you can before opting for Medicare or private insurance.

Health – On that same note, take care of yourself as best as you can now.  Follow doctors’ orders and instructions to better your health.  Good health now will mean better health later.

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Retirement Accounts – Contribute as much as you can to retirement accounts.  If your account does not feel big enough to support you through an extended retirement, many plans will allow you to make “catch-up” contributions.  Anything extra you can put in today will help tomorrow.

Social Security – Review your Social Security decisions.  If you are still working at retirement age, the benefits you receive will be reduced by your income.  It is best to delay receiving benefits until full retirement age.

Investments – If you’re saving for retirement through investments, remember to stay away from declining industries like newspapers, chemicals or department stores.  Instead choose things like technology, insurance and health care.

When you do retire, remember this piece of advice:

Stay Engaged in the World – Now is the time to do things that make you happy, and an active lifestyle will make you more fulfilled.  Do things that you want to do instead of things you have to do.  You can work part time, volunteer, travel the world, learn something new or teach others.

And a couple things for the younger workers to remember:

Retirement Accounts – If you don’t have one, start one.  If you do have one, keep contributing.  And contribute as much as you can.  You’re only investing in your future.

Employer Contributions – Take advantage of any “free money” offered by your employer.  Many employers will match a certain percentage of your contributions.

National Stress Awareness Day

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Today is National Stress Awareness Day in the United States.  National Stress Awareness Day was started in 1992 to help raise awareness of stress and how stress can negatively affect our health.  This Thursday, we suggest that everyone take a deep breath and relax . . . for the sake of your health.

In 2015, it’s hard to imagine life without stress.  Our world has become faster, busier and more complex.  There are more people on our planet than their ever have been.  And with more people come more violence, more disease, more pollution, more poverty.  It’s no wonder we’re stressed.  How can we avoid it?

But avoid it we must try to do, as stress can do as much damage or more than anything.  Stress can lower our immune systems, raise blood pressure, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, increase vulnerability to anxiety and depression, contribute to infertility and hasten the aging process.

Since things that cause stress have become an avoidable part of our lives, what methods can we employ to lower our stress level in an attempt stay healthy?  Here are some great ways to lower your stress level:

  1. Meditate – According to the Mayo Clinic, one of the fastest ways to reduce stress is to meditate. Meditation can wipe away the day’s stress, bringing with it inner peace.  Anyone can practice meditation.  It’s simple and inexpensive, and it doesn’t require any special equipment.  And you can practice meditation wherever you are – whether you’re out for a walk, riding the bus, waiting at the doctor’s office or even in the middle of a difficult business meeting.  Image courtesy of adamr at FreeDigitalPhotos.netID-100100416
  2. Do yoga – Similar to meditation, yoga is a mind-body practice that combines stretching exercises, controlled breathing and relaxation. Yoga can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure and improve heart function. And almost anyone can do it.  Image courtesy of tiverylucky at FreeDigitalPhotos.netID-100292162
  3. Get adequate sleep – Sleep is essential for stress management. Getting adequate sleep — between seven and eight hours each night — can help to reduce your stress levels. Sleep and stress go hand in hand – lack of sleep will contribute to stress, while increased stress makes sleeping difficult.  Image courtesy of imagerymajestic at FreeDigitalPhotos.netID-10090629
  4. Go for a run – Many people feel that running helps to reduce stress. Science tends to agree, as running releases endorphins, or the body’s “feel-good” hormones.  Studies have shown that runners tend to be happier and more stress-free than those who do not run.  And, running gives you a set amount of time to be alone with your thoughts.  Try a pair of Core-Sport by Therafirm gradient compression socks to increase athletic performance.  Image courtesy of Sura Nualpradid at FreeDigitalPhotos.netID-100132827
  5. Get a massage – Studies have shown that massage can decrease levels of the stress hormone cortisol. The benefits of massage for stress relief include relaxation of muscles, an increase in circulation and a reduction in stress related pain.  Image courtesy of Praisaeng at FreeDigitalPhotos.netID-100301768

For more stress relief techniques, click. So, find a method that works for you and decrease your stress level for a more healthy you!

National Public Health Week – April 6-12 – Part 3

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Final installment of our information on National Public Health Week . . .

Part 1; Part 2

What We Can Do To Improve Public Health:

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  1. Pre-Natal Care – Pregnant women should have quality pre-natal care, which will help prevent some instances of low birth weight, and infant and maternal deaths due to early detection of complications.
  2. Wellness Checks – Everyone should take advantage of annual wellness checks with their doctor. Research online for what tests and screenings should be done based on your age, weight, gender, etc.  Infants and young children may be eligible for more frequent wellness checks.  Even the family pets should visit their veterinarians once a year.
  3. Practice Safety Daily – Wear helmets when riding bicycles or motorcycles, drive at posted speed limits or slower when conditions require it, ensure that weapons such as guns or knives are properly stored where access is limited to responsible adults.
  4. Mental Health – Take advantage of counseling and support groups. Your mental health is as important as your physical health and can prevent some tragedies such as suicide and homicide.
  5. Eat a Healthy Diet – Eat healthy foods like fruits and vegetables. Avoid trans fats.  Drink water every day.
  6. Smoking – If you are a non-smoker, don’t start! If you are a smoker, take advantage of one of many smoking cessation programs available to you.  Also, consider second hand smoke.  Smoking and being exposed to second hand smoke can contribute to lower birth weight babies, SIDS, birth defects, frequency and severity of childhood asthma, can aggravate sinusitis, rhinitis, cystic fibrosis, and chronic respiratory problems such as cough and postnasal drip, increases both the number of ear infections a child will experience, and the duration of the illness, puts teenagers at a higher risk for low-frequency sensorineural hearing loss, and of course cancer.  Long and short; don’t smoke! Period!
  7. Alcohol – Moderation is key! Limit the amount and frequency with which you drink.
  8. Drugs – Just Say No!
  9. Responsible Sex Practices – Adolescents and adults alike should be educated on responsible and safe sex practices. There are many different methods that you can employ to ensure that you are protected from diseases and pregnancies among adolescents.
  10. Safe Food – Wash all produce you consume. Use different knives and utensils for each different food type to prevent cross contamination.
  11. Get Vaccinated – Infants, children, adolescents and adults should all be current on vaccines. Get flu shots annually to protect against influenza strains.
  12. Exercise – You should exercise daily or as often as you can. This can be as easy as taking a walk.  More movement means better health.
  13. Follow Doctor’s Orders – If you see a doctor for an illness, injury or chronic condition, follow the doctor’s orders. Whether it’s finishing an antibiotic, eating a healthy diet or wearing a medical product like Therafirm Compression Hosiery, it’s important to follow your doctor’s instructions.

Follow the American Public Health Association and National Public Health Week all this week for tips and information regarding improving Public Health.  Live Healthy!  Be Happy!

 

National Public Health Week – April 6-12 – Part 2

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A followup to Monday’s post on National Public Health Week . . .

Part 1

Where We Still Need to Improve:

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  1. Life Expectancy – Although the life expectancy for a U.S. citizen has grown, it has grown at a slower rate than other comparable counties. Our life expectancy is still lower than comparable counties.
  2. Adverse Birth Outcomes – Although infant mortality has decreased, we will have the highest rate of infant mortality, low birth weight and maternal death due to complications in pregnancy and childbirth. Children are less likely to live to age 5.
  3. Injury and Homicide – Deaths from motor vehicle crashes, non-transportation injuries and violence occur at much higher rates than comparable countries.
  4. Heart Disease – U.S. death from heart disease is second highest among comparable countries.
  5. Obesity – U.S. has the highest obesity rate across all age groups.
  6. Diabetes – Adult U.S. citizens are among the highest prevalence of diabetes.
  7. Chronic Lung Disease – High prevalence of lung disease associated with higher mortality.
  8. Adolescent Pregnancy and STDs – Americans have the highest rate of adolescent pregnancy and are more likely to acquire STDs.
  9. HIV and AIDS – The U.S. has the second highest prevalence of HIV infection among 17 peer counties and the highest incidence of AIDS.
  10. Drug Related Mortality – We lose more years of life to alcohol and other drugs than people in peer counties even when deaths from drunk driving are excluded.
  11. Cancer – Approximately 80-90% of all cancers may be caused by environmental and lifestyle triggers, as opposed to genetics.
  12. Food Supply – Unsafe food can affect the health of anyone with diseases such as E. coli and listeria.
  13. Second Hand Smoke – The Department of Health and Human Services reports that second hand smoke causes approximately 3,000 lung cancer deaths annually.
  14. Trans Fats – Foods containing trans fats are a major contributor to coronary heart disease.
  15. Vehicle Safety – Seatbelts and airbags, when used properly, have saved 135,000 lives since laws were passed requiring their use.
  16. Influenza – Annually, influenza causes an average of 36,000 deaths, making it the 7th highest ranked cause of death.

** Facts are from the American Public Health Association and thisispublichealth.org.

Follow the American Public Health Association and National Public Health Week all this week for tips and information regarding improving Public Health.  Live Healthy!  Be Happy!

We’ll finish up this series on Friday with What We Can Do to Improve Public Health . . .

National Public Health Week – April 6-12 – Part 1

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Since many of Therafirm’s products are intended to help with certain diseases, Public Health is something that we pay very close attention to, bringing us to recognize National Public Health Week which kicks off today here in the United States.  National Public Health Week is an initiative of the American Public Health Association and is dedicated to promoting public health through advocacy, awareness and education.  We’ll post this essay of useful information on public health in three parts throughout this week.  But, we’ll start with the positive!

Recent Public Health Improvements Within The Last Two Years:

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  1. Smoking – has declined from 19.6% to 19.0% in the adult population.
  2. Immunizations – have increased from 64% to 67.1% in adolescents.
  3. Life Expectancy – has increased.
  4. Infant Mortality – has decreased.
  5. Cardiovascular Deaths – have decreased.

Follow the American Public Health Association and National Public Health Week all this week for tips and information regarding improving Public Health.  Live Healthy!  Be Happy!

Coming Wednesday, What We Still Need to Improve . . .