What is prediabetes, and do I have it?
Prediabetes means a person's blood glucose (sugar) level is higher than normal, but not high enough yet to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. People with prediabetes are on the road to develop type 2 diabetes and are also at increased risk for serious health probelms such as stroke and heart disease.
Prediabetes often can be reversed through lifestyle changes such as increased physcial activity and weight loss. The earlier people are diagnosed with prediabetes, the more likely that they can reverse it and prevent type 2 diavetes.
Take the Prediabetes test today! It takes 30 seconds! : https://doihaveprediabetes.org/index.html
Although cancer takes many forms, there are four that claim the lives of over a quarter of a million Americans every year: breast, prostate, lung, and colon/rectum. It is estimated that around 827,000 new diagnoses for these cancer types will take place in 2014. This represents nearly 50% of new cancer diagnoses and nearly 49% of annual cancer deaths.
“Keeping Veterans Well and Well-Informed”
www.prevention.va.gov is a website that contains a vast amount of information as well as educational outreach that the VA has taken on prevention and wellness. There are 9 healthy living messages as part of the Health Promotion Disease Prevention program. In addition, You Tube videos and whiteboard videos have been created as well as additional content for the Veteran Health Library.
Take a quick look around and see what you can find! All of these resources have been implemented and are available to help Veterans.
Cholesterol is a natural compound created by the body and is vital to survival. However, too much intake from your diet can be a danger to your cardiovascular system.
This is mainly due to the fact that cholesterol can't dissolve in the blood. It must be transported through your bloodstream by carriers called lipoproteins, which are a special type of protein made of fat (lipids). Read more about the differences between High-Density Lipoproteins (HDL/Good Cholesterol) and Low-Density Lipoproteins (LDL/Bad Cholesterol)
Click here to learn about good and bad cholesterol from the American Heart Association.
Our ears work as an initial warning system, and we should take care of them! How often do you subject yourself to loud noises? Read this article to learn from the NIH how loud is "too loud" and how you can better protect yourself from hearing loss.
A woman suffers a heart attack every 90 seconds in the United States. Yet according to a 2009 American Heart Association survey only half of women indicated they would call 9-1-1 if they thought they were having a heart attack. Click here to learn more about each of the 7 symptoms.
The Don't Miss a Beat campaign is as national public campaign that aims to educate, engage, and empower women and their families to learn the seven most common symptoms of a heart attack and to encourage them to call 9-1-1 as soon as those symptoms arise. Here is also a link to their 1-min public service announcement video.
Did you know that more than 75% of sodium intake in the average American diet comes form salt added to our processed food? In other words, we often fail to realize what we’re really putting into our bodies when we don't prepare our own meals. Find out ways to cut back on sodium by reading more in the article, Processed Foods: Where is all that salt coming from?
Find out what red flags to look for in order to identify diabetes and avoid complications. Educate yourself by reading Diabetes Symptoms from the American Diabetes Association.