Take this test to see if you are at risk for having diabetes. Diabetes is more common in African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. If you are a member of one of these ethnic groups, you need to pay special attention to this test. Write in the points next to each … Continue reading Could You Have Diabetes-And Not Know it?
Take this test to see if you are at risk for having diabetes. Diabetes is more common in African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. If you are a member of one of these ethnic groups, you need to pay special attention to this test. Write in the points next to each statement that is true for you. If a statement is not true, put a zero. Then add your total score.
1. I am a woman who has had a baby weighing more than nine pounds at birth.
Yes 1 ______
2. I have a sister or brother with diabetes.
Yes 1 ______
3. I have a parent with diabetes.
Yes 1 ______
4. My weight is equal to or above that listed in the chart.
Yes 5 ______
5. I am under 65 years of age and I get little or no exercise.
Yes 5 ______
6. I am between 45 and 64 years of age.
Yes 5 ______
7. I am 65 years old or older.
Yes 9 ______
Scoring 10 or more points: You are at high risk for having diabetes. Only your health care provider can check to see if you have diabetes. See yours soon and find out for sure.
Scoring 3 to 9 points: You are probably at low risk for having diabetes now. But don’t just forget about it. Keep your risk low by losing weight if you are overweight, being active most days and eating low-fat meals that are high in fruits and vegetables and whole grain foods. Diabetes is a serious disease that can lead to blindness, heart disease, strokes, kidney failure and loss of a limb.
Sedatives are drugs that depress the central Nervous System, aka the (CNS). Their are several different things which are caused by sedatives:
Calmness, Relaxation, Reduction of anxiety, Sleepiness, Slowed breathing, Sleepiness, Slurred speech, Staggering gait, Slowed breathing, Poor judgment and Slow and uncertain reflexes.
Often times Sedatives are referred to as other names other than just ‘sedatives’. Other names include the popular: Tranquilizers, sleeping pills, downers, depressants, anxiolytics, soporifics, or sedative-hypnotics.
The most common sedative that we see all the time is the common sleeping pill. Often times in the news and media we will hear of people who attempt, or accomplish committing suicide by taking an over-dose of a sedative. This is due to the fact then when high doses are taken, and the drug is abused it can cause unconsciousness and death.
It isn’t abnormal for doctors and nurses to prescribe a sedation to their patients to calm their anxiety in relation to painful or anxiety intensive practices. Sedatives in no way relieve pain, which is why in often cases they are used in association with analgesics in surgery preperation of a patient. Use of a sedative in a one time case like this will rarely lead to dependence. It is when sedatives are used consistantly over a length of time, when physical and psychological dependence can occur.
As with any drug, be careful with sedatives. Keep them out out of reach of children, and always follow the guidelines set out by your doctor, or those otherwise prescribed on the package.
In the modern world, anxiety is something that people have to constantly deal with. The stress that living in today’s anxiety-filled world can wear down even the toughest people. There are countless pressures that a person has to deal with on a daily basis. These things can range from the mundane to the highly improbable. It doesn’t help that the way things work also makes it hard for people to find ways to relieve that stress and anxiety. Some people just buckle under the strain and give up, but that is really just the tip of the iceberg. The fact is, all that anxiety can become the critical component in a dangerous mix of external and internal factors that can be severely damaging to a person’s mental health. Anxiety, when combined with things like depression or insomnia, can effectively cripple someone psychologically.
One of the many consequences of anxiety come in the form of panic disorders. The fear and anxiety gets to a point when it can no longer be controlled without the help of psychoactive medication. Panic disorders differ from an anxiety disorder in that the former does not necessarily require a specific trigger to kick in. Another difference lies in the fact that panic disorders have more severe physical side effects and symptoms than an anxiety disorder. In general, nausea, excessive sweating, and increased heart rate are all classic signs of a panic attack. More severe cases can also include muscle spasms, shallow breathing, sudden drops in body temperature, and an inability to fully coordinate physical activity. In contrast, an anxiety attack has less obvious physical symptoms, aside from the increase in heart rate and sweating.
Another potential consequence of being unable to deal with anxiety is depression. As the stress and anxiety causes a person to be unable to perform his duties professionally or socially, it can cause a lack of confidence. In a world where one’s purpose in life is defined by what he does and the people around him, this can be a massive problem. The lack of confidence only makes any attempts to perform even worse, eventually evolving into a crippling case of performance anxiety. If left untreated still, this problem can easily evolve into clinical depression, as the person loses all ability to see past his mistakes and perceived lack of ability. Obviously, this problem can be addressed by counseling early on, but the problem lies in it being detected by untrained observers during the earlier stages. Most people tend to dismiss the signs as nothing more than a phase or a temporary slump in a person’s ability.
Perhaps the most drastic consequence of stress and anxiety would be addiction. Gambling, narcotics, and alcohol are all things that a person can develop an unhealthy attachment to. All three addictions tend to start out as just stress relief for the person, until the mind begins to crave it and the body develops a tolerance for it. This process goes on until it becomes a mental health problem that could potentially destroy the person and damage his relationships with other people.
Hypoglycemia is a condition where there is low blood sugar. Symptoms of this include anxiety, trembling, heart palpitations, sweating, and dilated pupils. Many symptoms can occur or become more severe after eating. It is important to consult a physician if these symptoms are present to rule out more serious complications. However, there are many natural ways to reduce effects and control the condition.
A healthy diet is essential in treating hypoglycemia. Eliminating sugar from the diet, or greatly reducing it proves to have positive results. This includes candy, cookies, pastries and other types of sweets commonly eaten. Care should also be taken to reduce the amount of alcohol and caffeine intake. Choose foods high in complex carbohydrates and high in fiber. It is also important to eat regularly at the same time each day. Do not skip meals or delay meals unnecessarily. Foods with artificial sweeteners can also prove damaging, and reducing the amount of this type of food will benefit greatly. Get in the habit of reading the labels on food products to avoid hidden ingredients.
Use of nutritional supplements will also alleviate symptoms of hypoglycemia. Chromium, fish oil and magnesium have been proven good dietary supplements. Chromium is especially recommended as a diet supplement. Also, selenium and N-acetyl cysteine are recommended. Vitamin additions to the diet may be helpful. The most common vitamin recommendation is niacinamide. Alternately, add the use of a multivitamin.
There are psychological conditions that may cause the onset of hypoglycemia and it is important to reduce those factors. Ensure a full nights sleep is attained as sleeplessness can aggravate symptoms. Learning relaxation techniques will also help. Try meditation or other calming exercises to reduce stress levels. Learn to control the rhythm of breathing in case of distress. This calming ability will help offset any ill effects.
Being active and exercising is a valuable health benefit. Not only does it keep the body healthy and reduce possible effects of hypoglycemia, it also is a relaxation technique. Do not overdo it, however. Exercise at a comfortable level several times per week, employing aerobic fitness such as walking, using a treadmill or bicycling.
Hypoglycemia is a condition that affects millions of people worldwide. The numbers are rising steadily with more people eating foods high in sugar. This condition is easily controlled, though, with the use of proper diet, exercise and supplements. Small changes in lifestyle can greatly reduce the ill effects of hypoglycemia symptoms.