Why Some People Mistake Diabetes For Signs Of Aging

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Looking deeper into our health.

Originally posted on News One:

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The U.S. has seen a sharp rise in the rates of diabetes over the past two decades, with 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3% of the population affected, according to the latest statistics from the American Diabetes Association

Diabetes occurs when a person has high blood glucose or blood sugar, either because insulin production is inadequate, or because the body’s cells do not respond properly to insulin, or both, according to Medical News Today. And African Americans are from 1.4 to 2.2 times more likely to be diagnosed with the disease than Whites, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, citing various studies.

Age 40 is about when some adults begin to show signs of diabetes, according to a report at Healthline. Some symptoms include frequent urination, thirst and weight loss or gain, which are similar to the what occurs during the aging…

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Winter Skin Relief: DIY Bath Salts

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Here’s something to get your hands dirty a little. I think it is a joy to create something which is going to later be used to soothe and pamper the body.

Originally posted on BlackDoctor:

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If you are serious about your bath time, then you will want to read on. Taking a bath is always a great way to relax and refresh, and in the winter it’s a perfect way to restore skin after facing cold, harsh elements daily. For an elevated bath experience, try formulating your own bath salts for a sure treat!

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  • 2 cups of Epsom salt: A mild pain and itch reliever, Epsom salt is great for releasing impurities form the body
  • 2 teaspoons fruit/vegetable oil: Jojoba, almond, olive, apricot, or grapeseed are all great options, but you could use almond, olive, apricot
  • 5–10 drops of  essential oil: Tuberose, sandalwood, lavender, eucalyptus are good for this
  • 1/4 cup sea salt: The salt gives the water a silk-like texture and softens the skin
  • Glass jar with a lid

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Mental Illness…Let’s Not Forget

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In Days To Come, I Hope To Spread More Awareness About The Importance Of Mental Illness, In The Black Community.

Originally posted on The Light 103.9 FM:

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Often times, mental health is considered less of a priority in comparison to physical health. However, when mental and physical health treatment coincide, positive outcomes are increased.

Consider this, if an individual treated a diagnosis of depression just as seriously as a diagnosis of hypertension or diabetes, the level of compliance with medication would likely increase.

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Luckie’s Quick Tips: Cherry Juice For Better Sleep

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Food For Thoughts

Originally posted on BlackDoctor:

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Energy and soft drinks (most of which contain high sugar and caffeine content) can stimulate the brain, disrupting high quality sleep. Why do you need high quality sleep?

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  • Appetite control
  • Energy improvement
  • Stress relief
  • Production of growth hormone for calorie-burning muscle
  • Optimal performance during exercise
  • Maximum results for race/competitive sporting event
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Instead of the usual suspects, try drinking tart cherry juice. Researchers from Louisiana State University found that drinking tart cherry juice twice a day can help you get almost 90 more minutes of sleep a night! Cherry juice contains melatonin and tryptophan, which assist in sleep regulation.

To reduce the risk of sleep-disrupting bathroom runs, avoid drinking beverages just before bedtime.

For optimal fitness results, balance high quality sleep with exercise and healthy nutrition.

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A letter for Lesley McSpadden

My prayers and thoughts are with the people, as a whole, in the town of Ferguson, MO and all the other cities around the U.S which have been effected by similar actions in the same ways.

But more importantly, my heart ACHES for Mike Brown mother, Lesley McSpadden, who after 11 or so days, has yet to be able to properly bury her son and mourn his passing, in peace and quiet the way a mother is supposed to do.

I can not speak for Ms. McSpadden, personally, nor do I know her, but as a mother myself, tears form in the wells of my eyes, feeling the deepness of this woman’s pain, and other mother’s who have their children snatched from their arms. Her grief, her torment; the constant visual reminder she has to live with day by day, of her young son dead in cold blood.

Not only has she lost a child, but she is continuously reminded of it at every turn she makes, with every step she takes, and possibly will be, for many more years to come. She has to listen to the accusations, hate, slander, thrown this way and that way from all sides of the field; from people who know nothing and think they know everything.

I am so sorry.

Mike Brown has not had a formal memorial yet, which is deeply saddening. I do not know Ms. McSpadden personally, but I feel your hurt. Your pain. Your rage. Your tiredness. Your restlessness. Your sleepless night’s. Your desire to find some peace, even though in this reality, you will never get that. The pain she must feel to not even be able to properly bury her son in a timely fashion, almost two weeks later, is deeply troubling.

My prayers are forever with you, Lesley McSpadden, and all the mothers and families which have to bury their children early and never find peace with it.

May God touch you in someway and bless you, that you may find some rest, and comfort of mind.

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Fibroids: What Women Need To Know

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According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), most American women will develop fibroids at some point in their lives. One study found that, by age 50, 80 percent of blacks and 70 percent of whites had fibroids.

In many cases, fibroids are believed to not cause symptoms, and in such cases, women may be unaware they even have them. However, according to HealthDay, black women are three times more likely than other groups to suffer from fibroid complications.

“Up to 80 percent of African American women will develop fibroids during their lifetime,” says Elizabeth A. Stewart, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Mayo Clinic. “The risk of fibroid surgeries is up to seven times increased for black women. When you look at the cost and impact on their health this has true public health implications.

One of the most frustrating aspects of a fibroid diagnosis is…

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