It Could all be so Simple

College of Dupage Nursing Student   Kenia Chamorro shared that she is guilty of it and she thinks we all are. Kenia relates that most of the time, she goes about her day without truly pausing. Next thing she knows, she is in bed exhausted and ready to sleep, only to wake and let another day pass by like nothing. It’s time to break the cycle. Mindfulness is the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something. There are simple things you can do to practice mindfulness so that you can feel like you are truly living instead of feeling like a robot while life flies by.

You can start at this very moment by simply pausing. Take a deep breath right now and realize what you are doing. You are reading a blog on a topic that you found interesting and would like to know more about it; think about how lucky you are to have the life you have and to be able to educate yourself on whatever topic you desire at the click of a button. This should make you realize that you can do anything you want to do. You can even make a wish list of all the things you wish to learn about and all the new things you are curious to try out.

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Be Antibiotics Aware: Smart Use, Best Care

Be Antibiotics Aware is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) national educational effort to help improve antibiotic prescribing and use and combat antibiotic resistance.

Antibiotic resistance is one of the most urgent threats to the public’s health. Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria develop the ability to defeat the drugs designed to kill them. Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people get infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and at least 23,000 people die as a result.

Antibiotics save lives, but any time antibiotics are used, they can cause side effects and lead to antibiotic resistance. About 30 percent of antibiotics, or 47 million prescriptions, are prescribed unnecessarily in doctors’ offices and emergency departments in the United States, which makes improving antibiotic prescribing and use a national priority.

Helping healthcare professionals improve the way they prescribe antibiotics, and improving the way we take antibiotics, helps keep us healthy now, helps fight antibiotic resistance, and ensures that these life-saving drugs will be available for future generations.

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Create a Healthy Holiday Workplace

The holiday season is kicking off, and with it comes a marathon of office parties, potlucks, and gift exchanges. Here are a few tips from the Center For Disease Control for bringing healthy holidays to your workplace.

Creating Healthy Holidays at Work

Ready, get set, go. The holiday season is kicking off, and with it comes a marathon of office parties, potlucks, and gift exchanges. Help employees enjoy the holidays with their coworkers. Here are a few tips for bringing healthy holidays to your workplace.

Spotting Challenges Ahead of Time

Temptation lurking around every corner – During the holidays, it seems more sweets and homemade treats pop up in the break room, on countertops, and in coworkers’ offices than during the rest of the year. It’s enough to make your employees throw up their hands and say, “I’ll wait until after the holidays to eat healthy again!”

Stress mounting by the minute –With parties, entertaining, gift-giving, and office cookie swaps, the demands on your time and wallet may seem endless. People can feel overwhelmed and have a hard time remembering why this season is supposed to be fun.

Busy calendar leaving no time for physical activity – The extra tasks make it tempting to hold off self-care with the promise to renew it in the new year. Your employees may believe they barely have time to cram in all the holiday planning and celebrations, causing them to skip workouts. Read more

Don’t Worry About All the Calories on Thanksgiving

 Jacqueline Andriakos wrote in SELF’s Food Healthy Eating section  that during the week leading up to Thanksgiving,

it’s easy to get wrapped up in healthy side dish recipes, tips for avoiding holiday weight gain, and pre-turkey workouts that make room for an extra slice of pie. But for some people, all that strategizing sucks the joy right out of a day that’s supposed to be about celebrating gratitude with loved ones over lots of delicious food.

“I tell people all the time, if you’re looking forward to Thanksgiving, or any special occasion dining experience, go all out. Eat what you want. Then get back up on the horse again,” says Liz Weinandy, RD, a nutritionist with the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “But for a lot of people, this is easier said than done because they worry one meal makes or breaks everything.”

How much does one meal really matter?

One single indulgent meal—even one whole day of high-calorie eating—is “absolutely not going to destroy anyone’s metabolism, cause them to gain some tremendous amount of weight, or ruin longer-term goals,” says Weinandy. To gain a notable amount of weight, you’d need to continuously consume more calories than your body can burn over the course of several days.

“Let’s take a person who consumes 2,000 calories daily and maintains her weight,” Weinandy says. “Say she eats 5,000 calories on Thanksgiving. Her body is going to have to store 3,000 extra calories because it can’t burn them.” But she won’t even gain a whole pound. (One pound of fat is equivalent to 3,500 calories.) The amount of weight she’ll put on is simply not worth agonizing over, especially at the expense of enjoying the holiday, says Weinandy. Plus, she’ll burn all those calories off in the days to come, by returning to her regular eating habits and workout routine.

Craig Primack, MD, an obesity medicine specialist at the Scottsdale Weight Loss Center in Arizona, agrees that one big meal isn’t enough to cause a noticeable physical difference or weight fluctuation. Might you feel the effects of a fatty, sugary holiday dinner in other ways? Sure. “You’ll probably feel bloated, slightly dehydrated if you’re consuming alcoholic beverages, and potentially uncomfortably full,” says Dr. Primack. “But people know this going in.”

What really matters, says Dr. Primack, is how Thanksgiving influences your behavior in the following days. “It’s worth keeping in mind that you’re going into a four-day weekend full of leftovers,” he says. “And four days of eating off track can definitely have consequences, like weight gain or un-programming all of your great healthy habits. It’s about the bigger picture, not the one meal.” Read more

Living Well With Diabetes

The Center for Disease Control shared that you don’t get really good at dealing with diabetes overnight. But over time, you’ll figure out how to go from getting it done to take it in stride. See if any of these tips are familiar (or worth trying!).

Remember when you first found out you had diabetes and learned the basics of taking care of yourself?

 

  • Make and eat healthy food.
  • Be active most days.
  • Test your blood sugar often.
  • Take medicines as prescribed, even if you feel good.
  • Learn ways to manage stress.
  • Cope with the emotional side of diabetes.
  • Go to checkups.

One way or another, you’ve had to try to make it all fit with family, work, school, holidays, and everything else in your life. Here’s our short list of tips to help – you’re probably familiar with many, but some may be new (feel free to use!).

Eat Well

  • Take the time to cook. You’re not saving time by sitting in the drive-thru anyway.
  • Look online for budget-friendly, easy-to-make recipes. Many are so good you’ll want to eat right out of the pan.
  • Write down or take photos of all your meals and snacks. This one trick makes you much more aware of everything you eat and helps you stay in control.
  • You can’t go wrong with veggies. Take a free online cooking class to learn the secrets of making them taste delicious.
  • Skip “diabetic” foods. They often cost more than “regular” food, and they don’t taste very good anyway.
  • Make the same food for you and your family. Healthy eating for everyone!
  • Try Meatless Monday (or any day of the week). Beans and lentils are cheap, tasty, and really good for you.
  • Make family favorites with a twist: substitute veggies for some of the rice or pasta, or blend veggies until smooth and add to sauces.

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Lots of Sugar is Not So Sweet After All

College of DuPage Nursing student Maria Serna-Sanchez shared that a  form of sugar, glucose, is the most essential source of energy for our body and brain function, and in fact, is the main source of energy and without it, we cannot function. The brain requires glucose to synthesize neurotransmitters and has an important role in pathway formation and signaling. The supply of glucose to the brain can be supplemented during times of strenuous physical activity and prolonged starvation.[1] However, our body requires glucose to function, and glucose metabolism and management are vital to body and brain function.

Diabetes is in part, complicated by excess glucose consumption. Diabetes is a chronic, metabolic disease characterized by elevated glucose levels. Manifestations of diabetes include cardiovascular, kidney and nervous system complications if not managed properly or controlled. Currently, the World Health Organization[2] reports that an estimated 422 million adults have diabetes. Diabetes exists as type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is most commonly diagnosed in childhood and results when the pancreas is not able to produce

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College of DuPage Nursing Student Christina Kovach wrote for Healthy Lombard that with flu season upon us, it important to understand the importance of receiving the flu vaccine. The flu season begins in October, peaks in December, and may continue through May. During the 2017-2018 flu season according to the CDC (2018), health care personnel and infants who are 6 months and older should get an annual flu vaccine. The strains in the trivalent flu vaccine during 2018 protect against two influenzas A strains—H1N1 and H3N2—and one influenza strain. The influenza outbreak in the early 20th century quickly turned into a pandemic outbreak where millions of people died; influenza may spread quickly simply by an infected person coughing, sneezing, or even talking and exposing another individual.

The types of vaccinations available for influenza include: a live attenuated influenza vaccine, inactivated influenza vaccine, and egg-free vaccinations.

The live attenuated vaccine can be given through an intramuscular (IM) injection or nasal spray. According to the CDC, it is an option for the upcoming season in individual’s ages 2 through 49 years”. This live vaccination should not be administered to a pregnant woman or those who have had a serious reaction to the influenza vaccine in the past. Individuals that receive this live vaccine, may experience symptoms of the flu.

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Silent but Deadly: Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning

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College of DuPage Nursing Student Elly Schmidt wrote for Healthy Lombard that with the shivering midwest winter that is nearly upon us strikes, it is important to be aware of potentially deadly situations that may occur during the winter months. Heavy snow and strong winds often lead to power outages, and the absence of electrical power results in potentially harmful sources of electricity. The American Journal of Public Health (date) advises of some potential hazards during the colder weather resulting from the use of indoor charcoal grills and camping stoves for cooking or heating which may result in high concentrations of carbon monoxide (CO) entering the home. Inappropriate placement of portable gasoline powered generators may result in CO accumulation when generators are operated outside but close enough to carry fumes inside the home, contributing to dangerous amounts of CO gas. CO may be deadly when the concentration is confined to a small place, therefore, it is vital to know appropriate locations for backup generators. They should not be placed anywhere inside or close to the home and in addition, should not be placed in a garage or front porch.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas, that usually is unnoticed when levels become dangerous, resulting in subtle symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, vomiting, headache, confusion, chest pain and fatigue. Symptoms of CO poisoning are consistent with symptoms of other illnesses such as, the seasonal flu or cold, and should therefore, be checked as elevated CO poses a significant threat to families in the home.

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World Diabetes Day – Nov. 14. 2018

Created by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization, World Diabetes Day is November 14. Organizations around the world will host events to raise awareness about diabetes.

World Diabetes Day (WDD) was created in 1991 by IDF and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2006 with the passage of United Nation Resolution 61/225. It is marked every year on 14 November, the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922.

WDD is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign reaching a global audience of over 1 billion people in more than 160 countries. The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes firmly in the public and political spotlight.

The World Diabetes Day campaign aims to:

  • Be the platform to promote IDF advocacy efforts throughout the year.
  • Be the global driver to promote the importance of taking coordinated and concerted actions to confront diabetes as a critical global health issue.

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What Are Clinical Studies?

The National Institute on Aging shared that clinical research is medical research involving people. There are two types, clinical studies, and clinical trials.

Clinical studies (sometimes called observational studies) observe people in normal settings. Researchers gather information, group volunteers according to broad characteristics, and compare changes over time. For example, researchers may collect data through medical exams, tests, or questionnaires about a group of older adults over time to learn more about the effects of different lifestyles on cognitive health. Clinical studies may help identify new possibilities for clinical trials.

Clinical trials are research studies performed in people that are aimed at evaluating a medical, surgical, or behavioral intervention. They are the primary way that researchers find out if a new treatment, like a new drug or diet or medical device (for example, a pacemaker) is safe and effective in people. Often a clinical trial is used to learn if a new treatment is more effective and/or has less harmful side effects than the standard treatment.

Other clinical trials test ways to find a disease early, sometimes before there are symptoms. Still, others test ways to prevent a health problem. A clinical trial may also look at how to make life better for people living with a life-threatening disease or a chronic health problem. Clinical trials sometimes study the role of caregivers or support groups. Read more