• Eye Disease,  Health Knowledge

    Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

    Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) blurs the central part of the vision which we use for seeing detail by damaging the macula. In western countries it is the main cause of vision loss in people over the age of 60. Their are two forms of AMD, wet and dry, this article deals with both separately. Dry AMD is far more common than Wet AMD. Wet AMD is caused by abnormal fragile blood vessels growing under the macula where they often leak blood, which moves the macula. Wet AMD causes loss of vision far quicker than Dry AMD and is also considered far more serious. One of the first symptoms of…

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    Achromatopsia, A Rare Form Of Color Blindness

    Also known as Maskun, Achromatopsia is a rare form of color blindness where the sufferer is completely unable to perceive colors. This is caused by the cone cells (color receptors) in the retina not functioning. The lack of perceiving color isn’t the only problem caused by Achromatopsia however, as the rod cells (brightness perceivers) can become easily saturated with light, therefore sufferers of Achromatopsia can have problems seeing in bright lights or even on a bright day. Achromatopsia sufferers see things in a very different way to people with full color vision, as they identify objects based on their brightness rather than color. People with full color vision only identify…

  • Health Knowledge

    What Should Your Diet Look Like During Pregnancy?

    Mothers have to know the answer to this question: “How should your diet be during pregnancy?” in order to experience a peaceful pregnancy and to bring a healthy baby into this world. Lots of women gain a lot of weight during pregnancy because they are misinformed and this causes several health problems for themselves and their baby. Just like when you are not expecting, a healthy and balanced nutrition is important. It is true that you must eat a little more for your baby’s development, but this amount is not as much as most people think. Eating one extra portion is enough to feed your baby. This means that a…

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    Are Herbs & Diabetes Compatible?

    Self-medication and herbal treatment are becoming more and more popular these days. For some diseases or illnesses, these natural cures usually work well enough on their own, but for some serious types of illnesses, self-medicating and herbal medicines will not only refuse to work, but may also aggravate the illness or introduce new afflictions. When it comes to herbs & diabetes, it may not be a good idea to forego standard treatment in favor of cheaper and less complicated herbal treatment. These natural diabetes remedies usually consist of certain types of preparations derived from plants that are purported to have blood sugar controlling capabilities. This is supported by historical records…

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    Is Insulin That Expires In A Month Still Good?

    There are a lot of stories and anecdotes going around stating that expired insulin is still usable even though less potent. Some of these accounts even claim that expired insulin is still better than no insulin at all, which is wrong, and could be harmful for people who may believe it. Is insulin that expires in a month still good, yes, but any less than that and it may have reduced potency, none at all, or have adverse effects. Credit image: Brian J Mantis Problems Associated with Expired Insulin While some expiration dates on medicines are very conservative, the risk is still too high and there is usually a very good…

  • Health Tips

    How to Avoid Diabetic Septic Foot Problems

    One of the big concerns for diabetics is the issue of foot care. For diabetics, no single scratch, wound or ulcer is too small to ignore and even the smallest of lesions have the potential to be the biggest problem due to the possibility of diabetic septic foot. Credit image: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/dmrr.3266 Diabetes mellitus eventually causes damages in the neuropathy and circulatory system, which has great impact on the health and condition of an individual’s feet. When a person’s circulation is compromised, even small traumas that should heal quickly can persist and become infected. This is further worsened by diabetic neuropathy, which damages the nerves and prevents a person from assessing the…

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    Is There a Connection between Gestational Diabetes and the African American Culture?

    More and more often, people are having to deal with diabetes in some form or another.  For some individuals, it is a matter of genetics or perhaps even just carrying around too much weight.  At times, however, there are situations where people have diabetes which they really have no control over.  One of these is gestational diabetes and many women are wondering about the connection between African American culture and gestational diabetes.  Is there actually a connection at all? First of all, gestational diabetes is not always directly related to the fact that a woman is pregnant.  For many individuals that have diabetes, they have it as a result of…

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    Diabetic Symptoms to Watch for to Avoid A Medical Emergency

    While diabetes can usually be kept under control, it may sometimes lead to serious complications and you can never tell when you will have to undergo emergency treatments. Let me demonstrate the exact complications that might require diabetic emergency treatments, what these treatments are all about and how you can prevent having to go through these complications. So let’s get started, shall we? Image credit: www.dialysistechniciansalary.org. The most dangerous condition that can hit any diabetic is diabetic ketoacidosis, or DKA. It occurs when the body is not able to properly dispense insulin in the bloodstream. This is when structures, which are called ketones, start to build up in the blood and…

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    Can Diabetes Lead to Vision Loss?

    There are a lot of different things that we need to worry about whenever we have diabetes.  For the most part, individuals think that they need to regulate their sugar in some way or another and this is certainly the case.  The fact of the matter is, however, there are several different things that can happen to those with diabetes.  In fact, the cases of diabetes causing blindness is actually the number one cause of vision loss in the United States, affecting some three out of every 100,000 individuals.  Those are really astounding numbers and need to be looked into, especially if you’re suffering from this disease. Photo via https://flickr.com/photos/neilmoralee/49391122658/ You…

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    Benefits of Drinking Coffee For Health

    There are many articles on the internet that mention drinking coffee every day is not good for health. It is stated that coffee caffeine is harmful to health and causes various diseases. By reading this article, your view of coffee will change. Here are some recent studies that prove the benefits of a cup of coffee. Coffee vs Stroke According to a recent study in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation, researchers found a possible link between coffee consumption and stroke risk. There is a general opinion that coffee will increase the chance of having a stroke. Why? Coffee raises blood pressure, right? Coffee breaks your heart, right? Science and…