From General Health

There is an Alarming Surge In Diabetes

The world Health Organization or WHO as it has been called, has released a statement stating that in 2014, There were over 422 millions adults who live with Diabetes which in itself may not alarm you. What if we told you that 422 million people is a 400% increase since 1980. Does that have your attention?

Governments around the world must act to ensure people can make healthier food choices, the World Health Organisation has said in a report (pdf) revealing a fourfold increase in global diabetes cases since 1980.

There are 422 million adults living with diabetes globally, most of them in poorer countries with limited access to treatment although the numbers are rising everywhere, says the report released for World Health Day on Thursday. That is 8.5% of the global adult population. In 1980, there were 108 million, which was 4.7%.

There are two types of diabetes. Type 1 begins usually in childhood and the causes are unclear. The big increase in numbers is in type 2, which is linked to obesity and decreasing levels of physical activity.

“If we are to make any headway in halting the rise in diabetes, we need to rethink our daily lives: to eat healthily, be physically active and avoid excessive weight gain,” said Dr Margaret Chan, WHO director general. “Even in the poorest settings, governments must ensure that people are able to make these healthy choices and that health systems are able to diagnose and treat people with diabetes.”  – The Guardian

As health providers, we try to push the facts of the matter when it comes to health. Not emotions. The fact is that as much as we would like to jump on the “body positive” bandwagon in hopes of making everyone feel good about themselves emotionally, the truth of the matter is that in America, We have a serious problem with obesity and health. True that being thin does not equate to being healthy and I’ve personally seen overweight patients far healthier in a sense than some thin patients. Yet the fact is that ALL of us could make healthier choices today in order to prevent many of these health issues in the future. A future that for many is here today.

Making healthier choices in what we eat, what drink and working against our sedentary life styles with cardio and strength based exercise is one of the only sure fire ways to combat these health problems facing us as individuals, as a nation and as a world.

Prevention is the key.

It is far easier for every involved from the patient to the healthcare provider to prevent problems rather than trying to correct the problem after it has taken root.

Contact us today for help with a full comprehensive preventative plan.

Why our teeth become discolored and Yellow

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Bright white teeth are considered a sign of health, youth and beauty.

Americans spend countless dollars trying to get brighter teeth. You can do treatments at home or get whitening procedures from a dentist, but prevention is the best treatment.

But what causes teeth to turn yellow in the first place, and what can you do to avoid it?

Well, it’s actually the enamel on a tooth that is white. Enamel is the covering that protects the tooth. However, dentin – the tissue that covers the nerves, blood vessel and root of a tooth – is yellow. When the white enamel is weakened, the yellow dentin underneath is exposed. The enamel can also become discolored by consuming food and drink that stain.

There are several causes of enamel weakening or discoloration:

  1. Age
  2. Genetics
  3. Diet
  4. Oral Hygiene

 

AGE AND GENETICS

As you get older, the white enamel on your teeth will naturally weaken. Which explains why our society tends to correlate bright teeth with youth. Your DNA also will have an impact on the natural pigment of your teeth and how susceptible they are to staining and enamel breakdown.

But although these first two causes are not things you can control, the next two are behavioral and thus definitely something you can manage to improve the appearance of your teeth.

 

DIET

“The most effective way to strengthen and brighten your teeth is to no engage in or limit those activities that are the number one culprits in breaking down enamel and thus causing issues.” Dr. Erin Meyers of Bolingbrook Dental Specialists. “Of all the issues we treat here in our office, I would say that teeth whitening procedures such as Xoom and other teeth bleaching methods are the number one requested treatments as well as number one concern across all age groups. But what people don’t seem to understand is that 80% of tooth discoloration is simply due to lifestyle and bad habits that when corrected will allow for a much healthier smile.”

Keep in mind that smoking, food and drinks can directly stain your teeth. Stop smoking tobacco completely, and try to limit your consumption of dark drinks such as red wine, coffee and tea. You may be able to prevent staining from dark soda by drinking them through a straw.

Just as there are foods that can stain and weaken your enamel, there are foods that can help whiten and strengthen your teeth. Crunchy fruits and vegetables that are high in vitamin C, such as carrots, apples and celery, can help remove plaque. Strawberries and lemon juice can reduce staining.

 

ORAL HYGIENE

Your oral hygiene is very important. You need to establish a cleaning routine and stick to it. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss daily, and use mouth waste or a home treatment to help reduce plaque. Get regular dental checkup and cleanings.

 

Once your teeth have lost their luster, there are many treatments, methods and procedures to brighten them back up again. But those can be costly, time-consuming, and potentially harmful. Preventing your teeth from getting stained and dull is the best way to go. See your local dentist regularly and adapt good diet and hygiene habits to help prevent those teeth from getting dull and yellow.

 

For more information, come in and see us today.