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What Is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs in two different types. Both forms of diabetes, called type 1 and type 2 diabetes, revolve around a breakdown in the body's ability to either produce or manage insulin. (A third type, gestational diabetes occurs only during pregnancy.)

Self-Care: Lowering Your Cholesterol To Prevent Heart Disease

(Note: The information in this article is for adults who want to prevent heart disease. It is not intended for people who have been diagnosed with diabetes or heart disease [heart attack, angina, coronary artery disease] or who have had heart surgery, a balloon or angioplasty procedure, or an angiogram that showed a blockage in a coronary artery.)
 

 

It's Time to Think Positive

Picture a rose bush in full bloom. What did you notice first: the roses or the thorns? A rose bush has plenty of both. But if you focused on the roses and overlooked the thorns, you were thinking positive.

 

Breast Self-Exam (BSE)

Your breasts change throughout your life. But monthly breast self-exams can help you learn what is normal for you. That way, you are more likely to notice any unusual changes. Try to check your breasts one week after your period each month. If you don’t have periods, aim for the first of each month.

Allergies: Nothing to Sneeze At

Like other allergy symptoms, hay fever's leaky eyes, runny nose, sneezing, and burning palate mean your immune system is overreacting to an otherwise harmless substance you've inhaled, swallowed, or touched.

A Guide to Healthier Eating

Eating less junk food and adding more nutritious food to your diet is one change that can make a significant improvement in your nutrition and health.

 

Show Off Your Smile

You know the drill -- it's what you hope to avoid with regular brushing and flossing. Brushing twice a day will help get rid of plaque, the main cause of tooth decay and gum disease. Plaque is a sticky film that grows on your teeth. It breaks down the sugars and starches from foods into acids, which attack the enamel on your teeth, causing tooth decay and other problems.

Ways to Enhance Your Self-Esteem

Feeling good about yourself is an essential element to living a healthy, happy life. Unfortunately, we are often our own worst enemy. Whether we are insecure about certain parts of our lives or we set unrealistic expectations for ourselves, how we feel about who we are and how we live our lives can greatly impact our quality of life. The good news is self-esteem is something you can work on and change for the better. Read on to find how you can increase your self-esteem and enhance your life. 

Keeping Your Spirit Healthy

People talk about the importance of keeping their lives in balance. But when it comes down to it, few people really know how to achieve it.
 

Habits to Help You Look Good and Feel Terrific

You can help reduce the effects of aging by following this simple advice: Take care of yourself. Habits that keep your body functioning at its best are the same things that promote an active, confidant bearing, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

Breast Biopsy, Percutaneous

Percutaneous breast biopsies can be done in a doctor’s office or in an outpatient setting. A needle or special probe is used to remove samples through the skin. Once removed, the biopsy sample is sent to a lab for study. If a lump or breast change cannot be felt, an image-guided biopsy is done. In these cases, the breast change may be located using ultrasound guidance. Computer mapping, based on mammograms, can also pinpoint breast changes.

 

Activity Can Help Control Diabetes

Being active is a great way to help control diabetes.

Quitting Smoking

If you have tried to quit smoking, you know how hard it can be. That's because nicotine is a very addictive drug. Just seconds after you inhale tobacco smoke, nicotine travels to the brain, telling it to release chemicals to make you want to smoke more. Usually people try to quit several times before finally succeeding. The good news is that each time you try to quit, you will be stronger and closer to quitting for good.