Showing posts with label illnesses. Show all posts
Showing posts with label illnesses. Show all posts

International Diabetes Day - November 14

International Diabetes Day is a day set by the UN and is designed to raise awareness of diabetes, its treatment and prevention.
There are three main forms of diabetes: type 1 diabetes (also known as "insulin-dependent diabetes" and "juvenile diabetes"), type 2 diabetes (also known as "adult-onset diabetes" or "insulin-independent diabetes"), and gestational diabetes.

The cause of diabetes is difficulty in producing or absorbing insulin.
Diabetes has two dangerous conditions: an excess of glucose in the blood (hyperglycemia), which is usually caused by an insufficient amount of insulin in the blood, and a condition of lack of blood glucose (hypoglycemia), which is usually caused by too much insulin in the blood.
International Diabetes Day was first celebrated on November 14, 1991. November 14 was chosen because it was the birthday of Frederick Banting, a Canadian physician and biochemist, who in 1923 won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for insulin extraction. He discovered insulin in 1922 with Charles Herbert Best.
 International Diabetes Day logo

In honor of International Diabetes Day, get 19 short, good and surprising tips from doctors to deal with the disease and balance blood sugar, which help to live with the disease in a normal life routine:

1. Exercise - Do not settle for aerobic activity such as walking and running, incorporate more exercise into your agenda such as gym, Pilates, design classes.

2. Dietary fiber - Add dietary fiber to every meal that inhibits the absorption of carbohydrates.

3. Eat 5 servings of vegetables a day.

4. Adequate sleep - Sleep of 7 to 9 hours a day is important for balancing sugar.

5. Sitting in front of the computer - Avoid prolonged sitting in front of the computer. Do not sit for more than two hours beyond what is required of you at work.


6. Herbs and Spices - It has been found that infusions of herbs and spices such as green tea, cinnamon, turmeric, fenugreek, aloe vera and more help balance the sugar level in the body.

7. Breakfast - It is important not to give up breakfast. In the morning the body is sensitive and responds better to insulin and breakfast contributes to the secretion of hormones that are very important for maintaining sugar levels. Breakfast should be the most important meal of the day, compared to other meals.

8. Vegetable fat - A very important ingredient in the menu is the vegetable fat that helps balance blood sugar levels - olive oil, almonds, tahini, avocados, seeds, nuts.

9. Foods to avoid - saturated animal fats such as beef, liver, cream ice cream, fatty cheeses, butter, Puff pastry, processed foods.

10. Protein - Even eating protein is not good to eat a lot. The proteins cause an increase in the level of glucose in the blood because they become sugar. Although the absorption of the sugar that the liver produces from the protein is slower and more controlled, it should not be exaggerated yet, because it is still sugar.

11. Combine carbs with vegetables and healthy fats - If you eat bread, eat it with cucumber or avocado. It is better than bread without anything because then the carbohydrate breaks down more slowly.

12. Wine - A study conducted at Ben-Gurion University led by Prof. Iris Shai found that moderate consumption of wine, especially red wine, improves the health of diabetics.

13. Exercise - Contrary to many people's beliefs, exercise does not always cause sugar to drop. Although it causes the sugar to burn in the muscle quickly and this can cause sugar to fall, in some people the opposite happens, the muscle absorbs the sugar on the one hand, and the body secretes hormones that raise the sugar level on the other. To know what is causing you physical exertion, you should measure your blood sugar level using a continuous measuring device.

14. Maintaining contact with doctors - The supervision of a doctor is necessary in the event of diabetes. Although it is not pleasant to hear the restrictions and instructions, but you must demonstrate maturity and responsibility towards your body and tell the doctor about any problem or weakness.

15. Reduce with simple carbohydrates - give up white bread, pastas, rice, sugar, etc. There is a difference between the effect of simple carbs on people. There are those for whom rice bounces the sugar level, and there are those for whom potatoes do it. A recent study conducted at the Weizmann Institute found that it was possible to assess which foods raised blood sugar in patients by examining their gut bacteria.

16. Exercise time - for children it is recommended to play outside for at least an hour a day, for adults it is recommended to do exercise about an hour a day.

17. Do not overdo the consumption of salt. Salt causes an increase in blood pressure. Consume up to 3 grams of salt a day.

18. Treat depression and anxiety - Studies have found that diabetics are 20-25% more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety than healthy people. A state of mental stress disrupts the sugar levels in the body so treating depression and anxiety is important. You can use complementary medicine treatments to relieve mental stress such as acupuncture, shiatsu, reflexology and more.

19. Non-smoking - Smoking is dangerous for the entire population, but for diabetics who are at higher risk of developing atherosclerosis it is even more dangerous.

November 14 is also Pickle Day

Fibromyalgia Awareness Day- May 12

Every year, since 1993, World Fibromyalgia Awareness Day is marked around the world.
The problem with fibromyalgia is that it is a "transparent" disease, a disease without a cure and for no apparent reason.
The main symptom of fibromyalgia is widespread and chronic pain throughout the body, muscles, joints and skeleton but it has many other different symptoms like: chronic fatigue, sleep disturbances (like difficulty falling asleep and discontinuous sleep), headaches, difficulty concentrating and memory, general feeling of stiffness in the morning , Dizziness, abnormal body heat, sensitivity to light, noise, odor, temperature changes, mood disorders, sleep sweating and more.

Fibromyalgia causes significant damage to the life of the sufferer. It causes very severe pain, so much so that the patients are bedridden and unable to get up.
Patients' ability to work is impaired and it also adversely affects mood.
Studies suggest that it is an injury to the central nervous system, which causes overexcitation in the process of pain processing and its passage.
The causes of fibromyalgia are unknown. A possible cause is a genetic family background and also environmental factors such as mental stress, infections, a whiplash accident and more.
Incidence of the disease
Fibromyalgia affects 3-5% of the population. Most sufferers are women. This is a higher number of patients with multiple sclerosis, breast cancer and muscular dystrophy (ALS)! Not only older women in mid-life suffer from the disease, in recent years more and more young people are being diagnosed with it, including men and children.

Treatment of fibromyalgia
There is still no cure for the disease and it is considered a chronic disease. Patients are given medications that relieve the many symptoms they are suffering from, not against the disease itself.
Some people believe that a vegan diet helps.
Fibromyalgia is not a psychological disorder! Studies have shown through brain scans that the chemical and biological processes in people suffering from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue are significantly different from the rest of the population.

May 12 is intended to raise awareness of the suffering caused to patients with the disease, for the purpose of research that will reveal the causes and cure of the disease and the importance of consideration for patients.

May 12 is also Nurses Day

World Lupus Day - May 10

World Lupus Day is celebrated every year on May 10th. Today's goal is to raise awareness of a disease that little is known about, but for those who suffer from it, it has a devastating effect on him and his family.

Lupus is a chronic disease that causes the immune system to become overactive, creating antibodies that attack the body's healthy tissues. Lupus can cause pain, inflammation and damage to any part of the body and can be fatal. There is currently no known cure for the disease and about five million people suffer from lupus disease worldwide.
Lupus Day was first celebrated in 2004. It was founded by organizations aiming to fight lupus from thirteen countries, calling on governments to increase funding for research, provide better treatment services, increase epidemiological data and raise disease awareness.

Lupus Day is associated with the color purple, and people can show their support by wearing purple clothes or buying special purple ribbons with the caption "Help us solve the cruel mystery." One of the supporters of World Lupus Day and the ambassadors of the disease-fighting organization, is Julian Lennon, the son of John Lennon, whose girlfriend Lucy Wooden (who inspired the Beatles song "Lucy in the sky with diamonds") died as a result of the disease. sourceWorld Lupus day

May 10 is also Stay Up All Night Night

World Wish Day - April 29

In 1978, five-year-old boy Chris Greicius was diagnosed with stage 4 leukemia. Doctors said he had 3 more years to live and he told his mother he wanted to be a cop. In April 1980, officers in Phoenix, Arizona, heard about it and decided to make his dream come true. They had no charity or donations and they managed on their own to recruit a helicopter and take Chris to town to turn him into a cop. Young Chris was a police officer for one day on April 29, 1980. A few days later he was rushed to the hospital and died.
Other people who have heard about it thought that fulfilling wishes for sick children is a great idea. The Make-A-Wish Foundation was founded and has become one of the most well-known charities in the world. The foundation has since fulfilled dreams for more than 250,000 terminally ill children.

In the photo: the boy Chris Gracius, whose death led to the fulfillment of more than 250,000 wishes
Chris' story led to the creation of World Wish Day, the day the police fulfilled his dream. Today there are 48 countries in the world celebrating this day. On this day raise awareness of the importance of contributing to sick children and the fulfillment of their dreams.
If you want to celebrate this day, spread the message on social media, donate money to charity or if you know a sick child, refer him to the organization.

 April 29 is also Zipper Day and International Dance Day

Rare Disease Day - 28 February

Rare Illness Day is a day marked on the last day of February (i.e., usually on February 28 and once every four years on February 29). This day is designed to raise awareness of the existence of rare diseases and improve access to medical care and representation for people with rare diseases and their families.

Rare Diseases Day was founded in 2008 by the European Organization for Rare Diseases (EURORDIS). According to the organization, the treatment of rare diseases is not sufficient as well as the social networks to support people suffering from these diseases and their family members.
A rare disease is also called an "orphan disease" - a disease for which no resources have been invested over the years to research it and develop vaccines and drugs against it, because in science most of the time and resources are invested in more common diseases in the population. Rare diseases are most often complex genetic diseases, and according to the World Health Organization there are more than 5,000 types of such diseases.
All the rare diseases affect about one percent of the world population. In the EU the definition of the rare disease is its existence in one person out of 2,000 people. In the US the disease is rare if it is present in one in 2,500 people.

Diagnosis of rare diseases is difficult and takes longer than common diseases, because many times the existing symptoms are suitable for common diseases and because of misdiagnosis, the treatment is not appropriate and the patient suffers more. The remedies for rare diseases are usually not in the health basket because too few sick people need them.
Examples of rare diseases: Fabry disease, Morquio syndrome, Pompe disease.
Rare Disease Day

February 28 is also Chocolate Souffle Day and Tooth Fairy Day
February 29 is also Leap Day

Cancer Day - February 4th

Every year on February 4, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) together with the International Agency for Research on Cancer (UICC) mark World Cancer Day to promote ways to alleviate the global burden of cancer.
Cancer is the growth and spread of uncontrolled cells in the body. It can affect almost any organ in the body. Tumors often invade tissues and can send metastases to distant sites. Many cancers can be prevented by avoiding exposure to common risk factors, such as tobacco smoke. In addition, a significant portion of the cancer can be cured by surgery, radiation or chemotherapy, especially if it is detected early.

Some interesting facts about cancer:
Every day, 20,000 people around the world die from cancer.
Cancer causes more deaths than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.
There are more than 100 types of cancer. Any part of the body can be damaged.
Over 30% of cancers can be prevented by avoiding tobacco and alcohol, a healthy diet and exercise.
There are 28 million people worldwide who have won cancer.
Exercise like walking can lower the risk of lung cancer by 25%.
Compounds extracted from marijuana cause the cancer cells to freeze and prevent them from spreading.
One cigarette contains over 4,800 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer.
According to recent studies, multivitamins increase the risk of cancer and heart disease.
There are more cases of skin cancer caused by tanning in beds and tanning salons than cases of lung cancer caused as a result of smoking.

According to studies, tall women have a higher risk of getting cancer.
The three "Marlborough men" died of lung cancer: Wayne McLaren, David McLean and Dick Hammer.
Encouraging data: Cancer mortality rates dropped from 215 deaths per 100,000 people in 1991 to 172 deaths per 100,000 people in 2010.
The announcement of Angelina Jolie's mastectomy as a means of preventing the onset of breast cancer doubled the number of women examined in the first few months.
Pre-diabetes increases the risk of developing cancer by 15%.
Pilots, flight attendants and flight attendants are twice as likely to develop melanoma skin cancer because of their high exposure to UV rays.

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