Author: kristinhill

Do Not Be Afraid To Get Screened For Breast Cancer

In a recent survey that was conducted, some of the participants said that the main reason that they preferred not to get tested for breast cancer was that they did not want to know the results of the mammogram. They also cited that they were afraid that the more routine health tests that were given to them, the more the physicians would find out the real state of their health. More and more organizations are speaking out to Nigerian women and other women of color to let them know that they do have to be afraid to get breast cancer screenings. Mammograms that are considered “negative” means that everything is fine and you can continue or even improve your current state of health. If a mammogram comes back “positive”, you do not have to be immediately concerned. This means that the test detected something that may or may not be malignant. Of course you will have to undergo further testing to make sure that everything is okay. Most of the time the mass is not malignant, but if it is, you probably got tested early enough so you can have a complete recovery. If you do wait to be screened for breast cancer, you have a greater chance of being diagnosed with an advanced stage of cancer. This will leave you and your physician with fewer options, and your...

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Ways to Naturally Relieve Arthritis

If you happen to be one of the estimated several million people who are affected by the symptoms of arthritis, you know that sometimes the pain that you feel can keep you from living your life at your fullest potential. Although this pain can affect your daily routine, are you aware that there are several natural and affordable ways that you can treat this joint disease? These natural alternatives can be very effective at relieving any joint pain that you may be dealing with. Become Friends with Heat You can gain great benefits when you become friends with heat. Heat helps to bring more blood flow to affected body parts. The increased blood circulation will help ease any symptoms that are associated with arthritis like cramps and stiffness. This is the same basic idea behind a lot of the medications that you see in the store, but you do not have to pay for heat aided treatments, you can apply heat to your aching muscles naturally. There are a few things that you can do to increase the blood circulation in your body through heat: Take hot showers. Wear sweaters and sweat pants. Use heating pads and hot water bottles. All of these things are very effective at minimizing the pain and discomfort you feel when you have arthritis. Get In the Water Gravity can take its toll on the...

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How Stretching Can Help You

There is no doubt that most people have extremely busy lives. There are hardly enough hours in the day for everything to be completed. It is little wonder why people are not motivated to exercise on a daily basis. They want to take better care of their bodies, but they simply feel they do not have the time to exercise. Aerobics and strength exercises are not the only exercises that will give your body multiple benefits. There are also many benefits that Nigerian women and other women of color can receive by stretching. These simple tips can greatly enhance your life if they are used every day. Stretching Will Prevent You from Getting Injured Before Starting Other Exercises Most people only think they are exercising when they are sweating it out at the gym, or running a mile in the park. But, when you are rushing to the bus stop in the morning, or hurriedly walking across the parking lot so you will not be late for work, you are exercising. Anytime your heart rate increases while your muscles are engaged, you are exercising. You can stretch in the mornings before you walk to the bus stop so you can avoid developing cramps or other injuries. Stretching Will Help Improve Your Exercise Stretching can help you feel less discomfort when you are working out. It will also help you...

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You Can Live a Productive Life with Diabetes

People who are diagnosed with diabetes can face many challenges in their day-to-day activities. Adults and children need to be properly educated so they can understand their diagnosis and they can adjust to the changes in their bodies properly. Have you just been diagnosed with the disease, or have you been dealing with diabetes for many years? It can be difficult to participate in activities that others take for granted like working out, traveling, or just going to school or work. There are things that you can do some you can enjoy every part of life while living with diabetes. You Must Accept It When someone is diagnosed with diabetes it can be quite shocking to family members and friends. A lot of patients will disregard the diagnosis, and refuse to accept the obvious. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with diabetes, and the adjustment has been difficult, there are places you can go for support. Many hospitals offer support groups for patients that have been diagnosed with diseases including diabetes. There are also support groups for the family members so they can help their loved ones accept the diagnosis. How to Travel When You Are a Diabetic You must be extremely organized when you are traveling if you are a diabetic. You have to take a number of things into consideration because you never want...

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How Diet Is Related To Hypertension

Over 40 percent of black women suffer with hypertension. This disease is especially taxing on the body, and it causes the heart to work harder. Hypertension also increases your chances of developing kidney disease, heart failure, stroke, and an early death. Women of color also have greater percentages of obesity than other ethnic groups, and this also increases their chances of developing hypertension. Some researchers have also concluded that there may be a genetic issue that makes women of color more sensitive to salt than their white counterparts. If this theory is true, it would not take an enormous amount of salt in the diet to elevate the blood pressure. A half of a teaspoon would be all that a woman would have to consume to raise blood pressure levels as high as four or five mm Hg, or millimeters of mercury. The History of the African-American Diet Hypertension was nonexistent in people of color. When slaves were brought over to the new land, they were given a simple diet of meat, vegetables, bread, molasses, and water. Because the meals were so bland, they began to consume a lot of sugar and salt with their meals. The slaves endured long hours of physical labor in the grueling sun, and they were not plagued with issues like obesity, diabetes, and hypertension. This is likely attributed to the fact that they...

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