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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.

Image of a diabetic. Contact a local endocrinologist to talk about diabetes.

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.

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.

Image of a woman with a headache. Read about headache causes and contact Westshore today.

Stroke Therapy and Treatment

Recovering from a stroke can be a long and challenging process. It requires patience, persistence, and dedication. In collaboration with a team of medical specialists, stroke patients receive individualized treatments. Strokes can cause a wide variety of issues, but there are also a wide variety of treatments and facilities available.

A nurse works with a stroke patient. Contact Westshore to learn about stroke rehabilitation and recovery steps.

How Stroke Affects Your Body

A stroke is a debilitating attack on a person’s brain, and they affect hundreds of thousands of people in the United States every year. 

Every stroke has a different impact on its victim and their body, from affecting cognitive abilities to motor skills and beyond. Understanding the ways a stroke can impact a patient is important to recognizing both the dangerous potential of a stroke as well as identifying the areas where recovery can begin.

Image of a woman in a wheelchair. Learn about how stroke affects your body.

Stroke Warning Signs

Strokes are among the leading causes of death in the United States. Nearly 800,000 people in the United States suffer from a stroke every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control, a stroke occurs in the United States every 40 seconds. When someone begins to show signs that they may be suffering from a stroke, knowing the warning signs is the first step to a healthy recovery from stroke. 

Spot the warning signs of stroke and get help quickly. Talk to a Cleveland physician at Westshore to talk about stroke today.

What Your Kidneys Do for Your Body

When it comes to your health, your kidneys might not be the first thing you think about. Given that more than 26 million people in the U.S. have kidney disease whether they know it or not, kidney health is something every person should take seriously. In honor of National Kidney Month, here are some things you should know about your kidneys.

Image of a man that may suffer from kidney disease. Learn more about the causes of kidney disease and contact Westshore today.