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What you need to know about type 2 diabetes:
-Most common type of diabetes.
-Type II diabetes causes insulin resistant (which means that your pancreas is not using insulin properly).
Symptoms of high blood sugar.
- Increased thirst.
- Blurred Vision.
- Frequent urination.
Symptoms of low blood sugar.
- Excessive sweating, hunger, fatigue and shakiness.
- Mental confusion.
Watch this video to learn about Type II diabetes
Its all about the support!
Life style changes (American Diabetes Association, 2018)
- Timing of your meals
- How much to eat- Consult your PCP and Nutritionist
- What foods to choose- Find some helpful resources! Visit http://www.diabetes.org
- Increase your physical activity.
- Oral medications
PREVENTION IS KEY!
American Diabetes Association. (2018). Retrieved from http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/type-2/?loc=util-header_type2
Effective Type 2 Diabetes Diet Plan: See top Foods & Plans to Reverse Type 2 Diabates (2016). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnZmDCYkxiQ
Living with type 2 Diabetes: Finding the support you need. (2014). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2NyG-7kHmE
Understanding Type 2 Diabetes. (2014). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAjZv41iUJU
As the seasons change, the weather gets cooler and colds and the flu becomes more common.
What is the Flu?
Influenza virus, aka “the flu”, is more serious than the common cold. It is an upper respiratory tract infection that affects the lungs, nose, and throat. Individuals at high risk are young children, elderly adults, pregnant women, and anyone with a weakened immune system.
The flu spreads through three routes, airborne (i.e. coughs and sneezes), skin to skin contact (i.e. handshakes and hugs), and saliva (i.e. kissing or sharing of drinks).
- severe muscle or body aches
- sore throat
Serious complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, and dehydration. Unlike the common cold, the flu kills thousands of people every year.
- Self care – (rest and fluids)
- decongestant (relieves nasal congestion and runny nose)
- cough medicine (blocks the cough reflex)
- non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (Tylenol or Motrin) – relieves pain and reduces fever
- antiviral medication (Tamiflu) – reduces viruses’ ability to replicate and duration of the virus
Tamiflu is available by prescription only. It is used to treat the flu in children and adults as long as it is taken within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms. However, what is not commonly known to the public are the side effects associated with the use of the medication. The major side effects include abnormal neurological or psychiatric behaviors (38%), delusions/perceptual disturbances (21.7%), hallucinations, convulsions, and even encephalitis (Sang Won et al., 2015). These side effects lead to accidents, injuries, and suicides (Sang et al., 2015).
Yearly vaccine help prevent the flu and limit the complications. Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are in the vaccine. Types of vaccines include nasal sprays (live virus), trivalent (grown in eggs), and quadrivalent (grown in cell culture).
Good hygiene, such as washing your hands and covering your cough will help protect you and others against influenza infections. Use soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (i.e.Purell) to clean hands. Viruses commonly live on phones, door knobs, money, so when we use our hands and then rub our eyes or nose, we expose ourselves to possible infections.
Don’t let the flu catch you, know the signs, symptoms, and treatments of the flu. The best ways to prevent the flu is through a yearly flu vaccine and good hand hygiene.
Knowing this could just save your life.
Prevent Flu! Get a Flu Vaccine and Take Preventative Actions. (April, 2017). U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvyaE_eXDJU&t=1s
Sang Won, J., & Changsu, H. (2015). Psychiatric Symptoms in a Patient with Influenza A (H1N1) Treated with Oseltamivir (Tamiflu): A Case Report. Clinical Psychopharmacology & Neuroscience, 13(2), 209-211.
Tamiflu. (March, 2015). ABCTVcatalyst. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wiqb9U3hup0
Speaking and writing about the one dimensional beauty industry agenda revolves around the bombardment of images that constantly tell us that we are not good enough until we buy their products. Using a “anti-aging” advertisement, we can even see a clear distinct alteration to the photo that is make it most obviously computer generated and now inherently fake. Yet we continue to buy these snake oil merchandises in the hopes that we will see benefits like the make believe images that portray them.
Taking a look at another anti aging advertisement, we can notice a connection between cultural beauty and obvious physical age. An older look is portrayed with a dull and grayish tone, as seen in the first image posted, while the younger looking image is bright and the color white is used extraordinarily persuasively for the images that mean to be appealing towards the consumer.
This ageism attitude towards beauty gives a fleeting and decaying currency the means to provide women with status in Western culture (Clarke, 2017). For example, one of the most prestigious women featured in monthly magazines is Jennifer Aniston. This actress seemed to have defied aging and therefore, defied the decay of her class status as other actress who’s careers started at the same level at the same time have all but crashed and burned. In fact, women in general are hardly ever held to such a high regard as when they are pretty.
When “famous american women” is put into google, more than 90% of the results are either young and attractive actresses, athletes, or musicians and half the time they aren’t even ranked by their talent. Looking at a timeline of the development of these attitudes, we are living at an all time high of sexist cultural attitudes towards the sexualization of women, which I think is perpetuated by females. This perpetuation does have links, however, to the image bombardment of beauty culture.
Whether women, and men, realize it or not, they are constantly being conditioned to foster attitudes that are dependent on the beauty product suppliers. A revenue based, brainwashing war has been waged on American society by people who have doctorates in human sociology and psychology and an almost limitless supply of funding. A resistance in needed in everyone’s mind to fight and destroy these destructive attitudes and images that weasel their way into our thoughts and subconscious.
Clarke, L. H. (2017). Women, Aging, and Beauty Culture: Navigating the Social Perils of Looking Old. Generations, 41(4), 104-108.