National Diabetes Month
Thank Halloween’s confectionary overabundance and Thanksgiving’s gastronomic excess for being logical reminders. I don’t know if it’s intentional but when there are copious amounts of food and sweets available, it’s best to remember there are greater health risks than an extra couple pounds. I covered diabetes prevention a while ago, so diabetes talk may be old news. Here’s some extra information on diabetes.
For a quick assessment of your risk take this.
initiate or be involved with diabetes awareness, check the American Diabetes Month webpage.
Lung Cancer Awareness Month.
Maybe you read this and thought, “Lung Cancer, meh.” It may not have the cache of other cancers causes, but take notice. Did you know Lung Cancer will kill more people this year than breast, prostate, colon, liver, kidney, melanoma cancer combined? Did you know it’s the leading cause of cancer death in the US? It is.
How to prevent it?
- Quit Smoking: Duh, I know, it’s the most obvious prevention. Look into it.
- Avoid second hand smoke: Even if you don’t smoke, second hand is still dangerous.
- Have your home tested for radon: Radon results from broken down uranium. It’s a radioactive gas that can’t be seen, felt, smelled or tasted. Uranium occurs naturally in the soil, and homes built over natural deposits, can lead to lung cancer.
- Avoid carcinogens: If you are exposed to dust and fumes at work or in your home, make sure you are protecting your breathing.
- Eat well: Eat 4-6 servings a day of fruits and vegetables. There have been studies linking various foods (such as broccoli, cabbage, beans, peas, spinach, sprouts, soybeans, chickpeas and yams) in helping to reduce incidence of cancer.
To help initiate lung cancer awareness check The Lung Cancer Alliance site. My favorite part of the site is their short videos with breathing exercise tips for you to watch. (I tried a few just now…simple.)