Diabetes is on the rise, with more than 24 million Americans being affected by the disease. What’s even more frightening is type 2 diabetes, which usually affects adults is now showing up in children. The complications caused by diabetes such as limb loss and heart disease are equally disturbing. In fact, 60% of all non-traumatic lower limb amputations performed in the US are due to diabetes.
Football is arguably the top cause of school sports injuries in the US. The most common forms are traumatic injuries, concussions, overuse injuries, and heat-related injuries. A majority of these injuries occur while blocking and tackling. Here are a few preventive measures that can be adopted to minimize the likelihood of injury:
The bone is the body’s major structural and supportive connective tissue, so it’s important to keep them strong and healthy. Our bones are in a state of constant flux. Old bone breaks down and new bone is formed. Up until the age of 30, the human body has the ability to create new bone faster than the amount of bone loss thus increasing the bone mass.
Summer is coming to an end and school is back in session! While it is time to get back to reading, math and other academic activities, many kids also look forward to going back to school for school sports! As children return to school with renewed energy and enthusiasm, they now have to change their ‘game play’ into a more disciplined one.
“Eight glasses of water a day” has become the mantra for overall good health. But, how do these 8 glasses benefit us?
You may be surprised to learn that around 60% of your entire body is made up of water. This water is essential for many body functions, some of which have been mentioned below.
Vitamin D is essential for the healthy growth and development of teeth and bones. Aptly called the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D is primarily sourced from the sun’s rays. Once exposed to the sun’s rays, the body prepares the vitamin. This in turn, allows the absorption of calcium and phosphorus (obtained from the food) into bones and teeth.
Arthritis is an inflammatory condition that affects the body's joints. The cushioning (cartilage) between articulating bones begins to degenerate, causing pain, stiffness and disability. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 52.5 million US adults are diagnosed with arthritis and 62% are over 65 years old. Although commonly associated with aging, arthritis can also occur in children.