To Your Health

With some questionable health advice being posted by your friends on Facebook, politicians arguing about the state of the American healthcare system and a new medical study being summarized in just a sentence or two on TV---that seems to contradict the study you heard summarized  yesterday---it can be overwhelming to navigate the ever changing landscape of health news.

Every Thursday at 7:31 a.m. and 5:18 p.m., Brooke Hildebrand Clubbs provides health information you can trust. With trustworthy sources, she explores the fact and fiction surrounding various medical conditions and treatments, makes you aware of upcoming screenings, gives you prevention strategies and more…all to your health.

Local support comes from EBO MD and EBO Center for Diabetes in Cape Girardeau. They're online at DO YOU

In his 1963 Thanksgiving proclamation, President John F. Kennedy said, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

Research shows that gratitude should be something we cultivate all year long rather than a quality we  only celebrate on the fourth Thursday of November.

After at least 50 attempts to repeal all or part of the Act and two Supreme Court decisions upholding the Act, the time has arrived for the third open enrollment period for the health insurance marketplace, thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.”

The political debate over the ACA was so divisive; many Americans didn’t really understand how it applied to them. Here are three quick things you should know:

Mark Twain said, “Quitting smoking is easy. I’ve done it a thousand times.”

The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day.

There are three types of diabetes: Type 1, in which the pancreas stops producing insulin; Type 2 in which the body becomes insulin resistant and the pancreas can’t keep up with the increased demand and Gestational Diabetes, when hormonal changes can make a pregnant woman’s body insulin resistant. While all three can be managed, only Type 2 diabetes can be prevented. People who are at high risk for Type 2 diabetes can lower their risk by more than half if they make healthy changes.

November is American Diabetes Month.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services states that diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. One in 12 Americans has diabetes – that’s more than 25 million people. Another 79 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

According to the American Diabetes Association, Type 2 diabetes disproportionately affects older adults. Approximately 25% of Americans over the age of 60 years have the condition, and the aging of the U.S. population is widely acknowledged as one of the drivers of the diabetes epidemic. 

However, everyone, regardless of age, should take steps to reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 was previously known as adult onset diabetes, but has been increasingly occurring in children and teens in recent years. Thus, everyone can benefit from eating more healthfully and increasing physical activity. Be sure to talk to your doctor about your risk factors for diabetes as well.

Brooke Hildebrand Clubbs is the Director of Health Communication at Southeast Missouri State University. 

Fall has arrived! The leaves are turning colors, the air is getting cool and crisp…and you’re sneezing?

Allergies don’t just occur as things bloom in the spring and summer.

Fall allergies have different triggers than spring and summer allergies, but they can be just as annoying. Ragweed is a common culprit. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America report that 10 to 20 percent of Americans suffer from ragweed allergy or hay fever. Ragweed begins releasing pollen in late summer and continues almost until frost kills the plant.