Preventing Diseases

Disease can affect every part of the body, not least including: the brain, heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, and eyes. What can we do to reduce the chances of getting these diseases?

Influenza

Influenza is a viral infection, and a major cause of death for older people.Antibiotics have no effect, so prevention is all the more important. Without doubt, the single most effective preventive measure is to have an annual flu injection. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu vaccine, by the end …

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Kidney Disease

The National Kidney Foundation states that 1 in 3 American adults is at risk for kidney disease. Major risk factors include diabetes, high blood pressure, a family history of kidney failure and being age 60 or older. Kidney disease often has no symptoms, and it can go undetected until very advanced. But a simple urine …

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Stroke

According to Wikipedia: A stroke is a medical condition in which poor blood flow to the brain results in cell death. There are two main types of stroke: ischemic, due to lack of blood flow, and hemorrhagic, due to bleeding. Both result in parts of the brain not functioning properly. Signs and symptoms of a …

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Cholesterol

According to the Mayo Clinic: Cholesterol is a waxy substance found in your blood. Your body needs cholesterol to build healthy cells, but high levels of cholesterol can increase your risk of heart disease. With high cholesterol, you can develop fatty deposits in your blood vessels. Eventually, these deposits grow, making it difficult for enough …

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Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a condition in which parts of the brain become progressively damaged over many years. According to the UK National Health Service, the three main symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are: • involuntary shaking of particular parts of the body (tremor) • slow movement • stiff and inflexible muscles A person with Parkinson’s disease …

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Diabetes

The most common form of diabetes is called Type 2 Diabetes, and whether or not you get this condition is largely under your control, ie. It is preventable. So, this is what we’ll be focusing on here. FYI: Type 2 is ten times more common than the inherited form Type 1, which is something you …

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Dementia

Most of us know of a friend or relative that’s been affected by dementia, with the saddest cases being where the person no longer even recognizes close family members. That’s why many people fear dementia more than cancer or other diseases. The UK National Health Service says that early symptoms to watch out for include: …

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Brain Training

I keep seeing advice that it’s important to keep my brain active, especially to delay the onset of dementia, or at least of its effects. But is this true? And if so, what should I do about it? Will a daily crossword or Sudoku be enough? The UK Alzheimer’s Society says that: “Keeping your mind …

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Heart Disease

For many of us, heart disease is perhaps the number one threat in terms of healthy longevity. And the bad news is that often the first attack is fatal. The UK National Health Service says that “Coronary heart disease is the term that describes what happens when your heart’s blood supply is blocked or interrupted …

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