Get the facts on DVT's dangerous clots so you can protect yourself. By Regina Boyle Wheeler Medically Reviewed by Farrokh Sohrabi, MD DVT, or deep vein thrombosis, is a potentially dangerous blood clot that can form in a deep vein without your knowing it. If it breaks free, it can travel through your body and eventually lodge in the arteries of the lungs, blocking blood flow. This is a life-threatening emergency called a pulmonary embolism. The problem is such a big risk to public health — responsible for up to 100,000 deaths in the United States each year — that the U.S. Surgeon General issued a Call to Action to raise disease awareness and educate people on ways to reduce blood clot risk. Still, misconceptions exist about DVT and pulmonary embolism. DVT expert Lawrence “Rusty” Hofmann, MD, chief interventional radiologist at Stanford University Medical Center in California, as well as the co-founder and medical board chairman of Grand Rounds, helps bust these myths. Myth: You're young and healthy, so you don’t have to worry about DVTs. Fact: DVT doesn't discriminate by age. Dr. Hofmann said while it's true that as you age you have a slightly higher risk, many of the patients he sees with DVT are in their twenties and thirties. Myth: If a DVT is going to form, there’s nothing you can do to stop it. Fact: Your likelihood of getting a blood clot is based on other factors related to your health, several of which you have control over. These include obesity, smoking, taking birth control pills, immobility, and dehydration. “Stay healthy, exercise, drink lots of water, and quit smoking,” said Hofmann. Pregnant women are also at increased risk of developing a DVT until about six weeks post-partum. Having surgery or breaking a bone also raises your risk if you're immobilized. Talk to your doctor about how to avoid DVTs in these situations. Myth: You’ll know if you have a DVT because you’ll feel a lot of pain in your leg or thigh. Fact: The most important indicator of a DVT is swelling, said Hofmann. Yes, the vast majority of people feel pain in a leg or thigh, but Hofmann pointed out, there are many reasons for leg pain and not as many for swelling. “Another symptom that I’ll see in some patients is lower back pain in the pelvis area, specifically the sacrum,” he added. If swelling and/or pain have you suspecting a DVT, go to the emergency room. An ultrasound can diagnose a clot. Myth: The only way to combat “economy class syndrome” is to buy a seat in first class. Fact: “Most people associate flight-related blood clots with the altitude or the size of your seat, but it really has everything to do with the movement of your legs,” said Hofmann, adding that getting a blood clot while flying is actually rare. “The best way to avoid DVT on an airplane — or even sitting at your desk — is to move your legs. I suggest the ‘put the pedal to the metal’ movement while seated: Move your foot up and down as if you’re pushing down on the gas pedal of a car. Do this 10 times every 20 minutes. For flights longer than two hours, get up and walk to bathroom and back a couple times.” Knowing the facts about DVT can help reduce your blood clot risk and enable you to recognize symptoms, so you can get treatment early and avoid dangerous complications.
The convenience of these grab-and-go eats is undeniable, but for people with diabetes, some options are healthier than others. Here's how to snack smartly. By Diana Rodriguez Medically Reviewed by Lynn Grieger, RDN The right convenience foods can put you on a fast-track to better health when you have diabetes.Alamy; iStock.com More and more nutrition bars, nutrition shakes, and other convenience foods labeled for people with diabetes are turning up in grocery store aisles. Some marketers of these quick and easy foods even claim they’ll help you more successfully manage your type 2 diabetes. But just because these nutrition bars and shakes are targeted to people with diabetes doesn’t necessarily mean they are good for you or worth their cost. You have to know what ingredients to look for, says Nora Saul, RD, a Boston-based certified diabetes educator and clinical specialist at Roche Diagnostics. Before you go out and buy a jumbo-size pack, read the label to learn what's inside. Using nutrition bars and shakes may be effective for weight loss. In a study by the American Diabetes Association published in August 2013 in Diabetes Spectrum, researchers found that participants who used meal-replacement shakes and nutrition bars were better at staying on a weight control program and keeping track of their overall calorie count than those who ate conventional food. In fact, those people who ate bars and drank shakes lost 7.8 percent of their initial body weight compared with the other group, who lost only 1.5 percent of their initial body weight.
Identifying the Best Nutrition Bars and Shakes for Diabetes Ingredients can vary widely among products, but some of the nutrition bars and shakes made for people with diabetes may contain specific ingredients that make them a good choice. "There are certain bars that have resistant starch or uncooked cornstarch in them," says Saul. The presence of these starches can help prevent overnight low blood sugars as well as very high blood sugar levels. It all has to do with how the body breaks them down: Resistant starch is incompletely digested in the small intestine and then fermented in the large intestine into short-chain fatty acids. This way, blood glucose levels rise very slowly, rather than spike. Other nutrition bars and shakes may have valuable vitamins and nutrients, and may be perfectly fine for people with diabetes, says Saul. But while they are acceptable choices, "there's nothing magical about them," she says, and they don't provide an easy fix for type 2 diabetes management. How to Use Nutrition Shakes and Bars If you like the taste, can afford the price, and enjoy the convenience of a safe and healthy snack, there's no reason why you can't keep a supply of nutrition bars and shakes on hand for times when you need to eat in a pinch. But snacks with resistant starch aren't a good option when your blood sugar is dropping and you need to bring it back up, because they're designed to do so slowly. Also remember not to overdo it on these prepackaged foods, and don't use them as an easy way out if you want to avoid planning a healthy meal. "They're fine for a snack," says Saul, but she suggests that fresh fruit and vegetables are preferable, not to mention less expensive. Before you or a loved one with diabetes snacks on a nutrition shake or bar, check out Saul's advice: Look for nutrition bars and nutrition shakes that contain protein and fiber. Choose nutrition bars that are low in fat, with no more than 5 to 7 grams, and make sure those are mostly monounsaturated fats. Check the products' vitamin and mineral content — look for brands that contain essential nutrients like foliate and calcium, especially. Consider checking your blood sugar about two hours after eating one of these bars or drinking a shake to get an idea of the effect the snack has on you. Saul's main advice regarding convenience foods is they shouldn't be a staple of the diabetic diet, and you shouldn't plan on regularly having a nutrition bar or nutrition shake in place of a healthy, well-balanced meal. "If somebody skips breakfast sometimes, having one of these bars is fine," but, she adds, it's important to learn how to prepare and eat whole foods sustainably.
At the sound of his baby brother’s cooing, Max noticed that something was up, too! He lifted his head and started sniffing at Hollis. Max could tell that something wasn’t quite right, but he had no idea what in the world was going on with his human brother—or what would happen next.
What Hollis decided to do next was enough to make Max think twice about spending any more time with the little guy. While it might be entertaining to us, Max just couldn’t handle his human brother’s presence! So, what happened?
Hearing about this hilarious moment is one thing, but in order to fully appreciate it, you need to see it for yourself. See what Hollis did to poor Max in the video below. You won’t be able to stop laughing!
Boxers , briefs, or bare it all? There's more to making good choices than you might think. By Wyatt Myers Medically Reviewed by Farrokh Sohrabi, MD You wouldn't think there'd be a lot to learn about underwear — wear it, change it, wash it, repeat — but there's actually more than most men think. And whether guys choose boxers, briefs, or live to go commando, chances are, underwear rarely gets a second thought. As a results, many men lack “underwear etiquette,” says Gregory D. Albert, MD, a physician in Delray Beach, Fla. “Underwear most importantly needs to be changed frequently and always remain clean, and I need to tell you, be discarded when they are thread-bare or stained,” he stresses. “If you work out or sweat excessively, it may be a good idea to change midday to remain fresh.” Here are more experts dos and don’ts. Simple Rules for What You Wear Under There With that sentiment in mind, there are a number of simple rules you can follow when it comes to men’s health and underwear. For starters, April Masini, a relationship advice expert and columnist, seconds the commandment that underwear dos include throwing out the old. “Your old underwear is not sentimental,” she says. “It's disgusting. Throw it out. Once a month throw out any underwear that is unpresentable. Gray, ripped, unsightly. Get rid of it. Uncertain? Toss it.” Masini says this purge should be accompanied by buying new underwear regularly. “In fact, every time you get a haircut, buy some new underwear. Link buying new underwear to something you already do on a schedule, so you get into the habit.” Don’t get locked into just one type of underwear. “My advice is to switch it up — and unless you’re religiously committed to boxers or briefs, have fun with your underwear and have some of both,” says Masini. “If you have fun with your underwear, she will, too — and everybody wins! Colors, fabrics, cuts, styles — have at least one pair of each. One of the best things you can do for your relationship is to keep things fresh in the bedroom, and while your underwear isn’t a cure-all for bad bedroom skills, it sure can’t hurt.” Boxers or Briefs — the Pros and Cons Variety might be the spice of life (and underwear), but it also brings to mind the age-old men’s health debate: boxers or briefs? Here, Dr. Albert says, it’s really a matter of your own personal tastes more than anything else. “Generally, boxers will give you more breathing room, and briefs will give you support,” he says. “It is a matter of preference, yet tighter briefs will lower fertility, so if you are trying to get your wife pregnant, stick with loose-fitting boxers.” Material Matters The next issue to consider is what material to choose. Masini says that men, just like women, should choose cotton or synthetic blends for everyday wear and save the more luxurious silks and other fun fabrics for special occasions. For the gym, Maurice Voce, the co-founder and chief marketing officer of skin care line Skin Authority, says that the newest synthetic blends are the way to go to prevent chaffing. “You definitely need to wear underwear that provides the proper level of support and utilizes a moisture-wicking fabric,” he says. “Never wear boxers, cotton, or go commando when working out. The good news is there are so many athletic underwear choices at all price points. Also, never wear workout underwear more than once without washing them.” The Pros and Cons of Going Commando Another underwear option is to wear no underwear at all. This can be fun and feel great in the right circumstances, but our experts advise proceeding with caution. “Going commando can be very sexy, but like everything else, there's a time and a place,” Masini says. “Commando is great if you’re going for a sexy evening with a predictable outcome. However, dancing the night away first is going to have a sweaty outcome, which is not ideal. Also, linen trousers or shorts are going to reveal a little too much of your commando profile. If you go commando, wear something that makes your underwear status your little secret revealed by choice, not visual impact.”
By Beth W. Orenstein Reviewed by Bhargavi Patham, MD If you have type 2 diabetes, you know about the importance of making healthy mealtime choices. But just as important is staying away from the wrong foods — those that can spike your blood sugar. That's because simple carbohydrates, like white bread and sugary soda, are broken down by the body into sugar, which then enters the bloodstream. Even if you don't have diabetes, these foods can lead to insulin resistance, which means your body's cells don't respond normally to the insulin produced by the pancreas. Here are seven foods you should avoid for better blood sugar control. White Rice
If you have type 2 diabetes, scratch white rice from your menus. In a study published in June 2010 in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health found that people who ate five or more servings of white rice a week increased their risk for developing type 2 diabetes, while people who replaced at least a third of their white-rice servings with brown rice lowered their risk by as much as 16 percent. The reason is that white rice has little fiber, especially compared with brown rice, and fiber can help keep blood sugar levels stable. White Bread
Who would think this everyday staple could add to diabetes risk? The problem is that your body quickly digests products made with refined flour, such as white bread, and this quick digestion can cause your blood sugar to rise. Researchers have also found that people who eat more whole grains and fewer refined grains — including white bread — have less of the type of body fat that can trigger heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Soda and Other Sweet Drinks
To keep your blood sugar within normal range, you want to avoid soda and other sugar-filled drinks. In an analysis published in November 2010 in the journal Diabetes Care, researchers found that people who drank one or two sugary drinks a day were at a 26 percent higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes than those who drank less than one 12-ounce glass a month. Replacing regular soda or sugary drinks with water or seltzer can help with weight loss, too. Red Meat
Hold the bacon! You don’t have to cut red meat from your diet entirely, but studies show that eating lots of red meat and processed meats, such as bacon and cold cuts — all high in saturated fat — could contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes. A review published in October 2011 in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that people who ate processed meat — a hot dog, sausage, or two slices of bacon — once a day more than doubled their risk for diabetes. You can easily lower your risk by substituting one serving of red or processed meats with healthier sources of protein, such as nuts or low-fat dairy products. Fast Food
Fast food is tempting, especially when you're hungry and in a hurry. But most fast food is high in fat, calories, and salt, all of which can increase your risk for type 2 diabetes, reduce your chances of weight-loss success, and send your blood sugar soaring. A study published in April 2011 in The Journal of Nutrition found that eating a fatty fast-food meal spiked blood sugar levels by 32 percent in healthy people who didn't have diabetes. Also, salty fast-food fare can increase your blood pressure, which is especially dangerous for people with diabetes, who, according to the American Heart Association are 2 to 4 times more likely to die from heart disease than those without diabetes. Packaged Foods
It's not known for certain why some people develop type 2 diabetes and some do not, but poor eating habits are tied to the condition. Snack foods and commercially prepared baked goods also should go on your foods-to-avoid list if you have type 2 diabetes or want to avoid developing it. First, these foods make it harder for you to achieve your weight-loss goals. Second, they tend to be high in trans fats, and trans fats raise the bad cholesterol and lower the good cholesterol in your blood and can also cause inflammation, which may lead to diabetes. Even small amounts of trans fats can have harmful health effects. Choose wholesome snacks, like a handful of almonds, or make your own treats with healthier ingrefients. Whole Milk
When you think about saturated fat, red meat and butter probably come to mind first, but whole-milk dairy products are also loaded with saturated fats, the prime suspects in life-threatening conditions like heart disease. Research shows that a diet high in saturated fats is linked to both obesity and insulin resistance. Switch to no-fat or 1 percent dairy products to get all the benefits of calcium without the drawbacks, and reduce calories to help with weight loss.
Sara C. Nelson , Senior Editor , Huffington Post UK 04/09/2017 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced they are expecting their third child. The Queen and members of both families are said to be delighted with the news. Prime Minister Theresa May greeted the news on Twitter as “fantastic.” Kate’s brother-in-law, Prince Harry, reacted to the news he will be an uncle once again telling reporters he was “very, very happy.” When asked how she was getting on, he replied: “I haven’t seen her for a while but I think she’s OK.” The couple are already parents to Prince George, who celebrated his fourth birthday in July, and Princess Charlotte, who turned two in May. The children have travelled on official tours of Poland and Germany with their parents. Their third child would be fifth in line to the British throne. William, 35, is the eldest son of Prince Charles, the first in line to the throne, and a grandson of the queen. The announcement means Prince Harry is now sixth in line to the throne. If the Cambridges’ third child is a boy, he will not be allowed to jump ahead of older sister Charlotte in the line of succession. The Duke of York will move to seventh and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie to eighth and ninth. The Earl of Wessex is tenth in line of succession. Previously, under the ancient rules of male primogeniture, royal sons took precedence over their female siblings, even leapfrogging first-born royal daughters But a radical shake-up of the royal succession rules removed discriminatory male bias and came into force in March 2015, affecting babies born after October 28 2011. As with her previous two pregnancies, the Duchess is suffering from a rare form of acute morning sickness called Hyperemesis Gravidarum. She will no longer carry out her planned engagement at the Hornsey Road Children’s Centre in London on Monday. Prince George is set to start school on Thursday at an independent school in Battersea, south London. It is not certain if Kate, who has already said she is unsure if George “has any idea what’s going to hit him” will be well enough to accompany her son. The severity of the condition, which affects 3.5 per 1,000 pregnant women, can cause dehydration, weight loss and a build-up of toxins in the blood or urine called ketosis. The 35-year-old is being cared for at Kensington Palace. It is not known how far along in her pregnancy the Duchess is, though BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt points out: “For a third time Kensington Palace has had to announce the pregnancy earlier than planned because Kate has acute morning sickness.” It is believed she will be the first senior royal since the queen to have more than two children. William and Kate were married at Westminster Abbey in 2011 after announcing their engagement in November 2010. The lavish ceremony was watched by about two billion people around the world. The pair met at St Andrews University. News of the royal pregnancy comes just days after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, alongside Prince Harry, commemorated the 20-year anniversary of Princess Diana’s death with a visit to a memorial garden planted in honour of her. In a sign of how the young royals have helped to modernise the House of Windsor, the princes have spoken about the trauma of her death and its lasting emotional impact.
Women with type 2 diabetes are at increased risk for yeast infections because they have more sugar in their bodies. By Marijke Vroomen-Durning, RN Medically Reviewed by Bhargavi Patham, MD Controlling your blood sugar levels can help decrease your risk for yeast infections.Thinkstock; Getty Images A vaginal yeast infection, also known as candidiasis, is a condition that causes itching and irritation around the vagina, a thick white vaginal discharge that looks like cottage cheese, and burning when using the bathroom or having sex. Although many women experience yeast infections, women with type 2 diabetes are at a greater risk, especially if their blood sugar levels are higher than normal. Blood Sugar and Yeast Infections Most women have yeast organisms as part of their normal flora, the tiny microorganisms that live on and inside our bodies. These microorganisms don’t cause any discomfort or symptoms because they're limited in number. But when there's overgrowth, their presence becomes a problem. “No one knows exactly why yeast infections are more common [in women with type 2 diabetes], but there is a definite association with how well a person's diabetes is controlled," says Vincent Woo, MD, endocrinologist at the University of Manitoba Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, Canada. An increased level of blood sugar from diabetes affects the entire body, not just the blood. “Elevated blood sugar appears in the mucus of the vagina and vulva, so they serve as an excellent culture medium for yeast,” says Daniel Einhorn, MD, a former president of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and medical director of the Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute in San Diego. Yeast gets energy from sugar, so in an environment that is moist with sugar, yeast may overgrow. The effects of diabetes on the body become more obvious as time goes on. People who don’t keep good control of their blood sugar may develop complications related to the constantly high levels. One such complication is a difficulty in fighting off infections, either bacterial or fungal. Dr. Einhorn explains, “Some women, especially those with poorly controlled diabetes, have some compromise in their ability to fight off any infection.” This means that once a yeast infection has begun, getting rid of it may not be that easy. Yeast Infection Treatment Treatment of a yeast infection is the same for people with diabetes as for those without it. “These infections are managed the [same] way as any other yeast infection. All the standard agents will work,” says Einhorn. Over-the-counter treatments consist of antifungal vaginal creams and suppositories, which are used for one to seven days, depending on the product. Your doctor can tell you which product is best for you. If you get yeast infections very frequently or they don't completely go away, your doctor may treat you for longer periods of time or prescribe a yeast infection medication called Diflucan (fluconazole). This is an effective treatment for yeast infections, but it shouldn’t be used if you’re pregnant. Although most women believe they can tell if they have a yeast infection, this isn’t always the case. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), many women often misdiagnose themselves and buy over-the-counter yeast infection treatments that are ineffective for their problem. This is dangerous because the real problem is not being properly treated. If you're not certain that you have a yeast infection, or if your symptoms don't go away with over-the-counter treatment, see your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. Lowering Your Risk for Yeast Infections While yeast infections can’t always be prevented, you can lower your risk of developing one, even if you have type 2 diabetes. Some tips that may help prevent yeast infections include: Avoid wearing tight-fitting clothes. Wear cotton underwear. Eat yogurt with live cultures of Lactobacillus acidophilus. Still, notes Einhorn, “The most important [way to prevent yeast infections] is to optimize glucose control, so that the sugar in the secretions from the vulva and vagina doesn’t promote the buildup of yeast.”
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