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Taking Care of Young Children with Diabetes

Seeing a loved one experience discomfort is always difficult—but to see a young child be diagnosed with a lifelong condition is even harder. For parents learning their child has type 1 diabetes, the news can be crushing, but it doesn’t have to be. While type 1 diabetes is a lifelong condition, advances in treatment options have made managing it easier than ever before. 

Image of a child with type 1 diabetes, formerly known as juvenile diabetes.

The Difference Between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

There’s been an increasing amount of discussion surrounding the growing levels of sugar in our food and how it relates to the obesity epidemic. Frequently, these statistics are paired with the rising rate of diabetes across the country.

But what does that mean?

According to the American Diabetes Association, 29.1 million people had either type 1 or type 2 diabetes in 2012—that’s nearly 10 percent of the population! However, many of these people went undiagnosed because they didn’t know the warning signs. Today we’re going to talk about both types of diabetes and their differences so that you can catch the symptoms early.

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Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Tips

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes in America. According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 20 million Americans had type 2 diabetes in 2012. Unfortunately, the numbers seem to be on the rise. However, unlike type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes isn’t necessarily a lifelong condition. In some cases, you can control type 2 diabetes with diet, exercise, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. 

Image of a glucometer. Contact a local physician about diabetes prevention tips.

How Too Many Halloween Treats Can Affect Your Children

It’s fun to go around shouting “trick or treat,” but managing your children’s post-Halloween treats can be rather tricky. Mass consumptions of candy are not exactly the healthiest option for anyone, let alone your growing children. 

This isn’t to say that your kids can’t enjoy their Halloween plunder. A couple treats here or there are fine, but regular amounts of sugary substances can be harmful, especially when there’s a bunch of tempting sweets hanging around in a trick or treat bag. Here are three ways candy can mess with your body.

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Healthy Pumpkin Recipes for Fall

Now that fall is here, pumpkin season is officially in session. However, a constant diet of pumpkin pies and pumpkin spice lattes might not be the best thing for a healthy diet. That doesn’t mean that you can’t get your fill of delicious pumpkin-based goodies this year. Here are three healthy pumpkin recipes that you can try out at home.

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Antibiotic Safety: Keep an Eye Out for These Three Adverse Effects

Antibiotics are an incredibly powerful tool to help treat and prevent bacterial infections. Medicines like penicillin, amoxicillin, and other groups of antibiotics work to kill or impede bacterial growth and keep people healthy. 

While these powerful drugs help keep people safe, there are occasions where antibiotics can have adverse effects through negative reactions or the development of resistances. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control reports that antibiotics are the most common cause of emergency room visits for children under the age of 18. Here are three effects to watch for.

Image of side effects for medical prescription. Antibiotics can have adverse effects. See a Westshore physician about healthy antibiotic use.

10 Reasons Why You Get Headaches

Nobody likes dealing with headaches, but nearly everyone will get one every once in a while. Not every headache is created equal, however. Headaches can range from minor annoyances to severe pains that can incapacitate individuals, sometimes on a regular basis. 

Sometimes, it doesn’t take much to trigger a headache. Here are 10 common reasons why your head may not feel too well.

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Five Skin Care Tips from a Dermatologist

Your skin does a lot to help you, so it’s a good idea to take care of it. Improper skin care can lead to everything from cosmetic issues to dangerous diseases. Fortunately, a few quick adjustments can make a notable difference for your skin. Here are five tips that should help you take care of your skin.

Image of a person using moisturizer. Read a dermatologist's tips for keeping your skin healthy and looking its best.