Prostate Cancer

Symptoms of Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the most prevalent type of cancer in men after skin cancer.  It is estimated that 200,000 men per year in the US alone will develop this disease.  The good news is that it is far less likely to lead to death, with only one in 35 succumbing. This is because generally, this form of cancer is not aggressive – although it can be in some cases.

Prostate cancer is not only slow in growing; it is also not as likely to spread to other parts of the body as many other kinds of cancers do. The best way to find out if there is a problem is to see the doctor for a regular check-up as you age. A physical examination is necessary, but a blood test is even more so, to find out if you have prostate specific antigen in your blood.

Some testing will find cancer that is relatively harmless; if this is treated there is the possibility you will suffer from side effects such as incontinence and impotence from the treatment. It is therefore necessary to make sure that the cancer you have is indeed, in need of treatment.

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Cardiovascular Diseases

Preventing Cardiovascular Disease

According to statistics, cardiovascular disease is the world’s number one leading cause of death in both men and women. Unfortunately men seem to succumb earlier than women, with the average age of death being 65. This is partly because men do not take as good care of their health as women do, but in fact, even in their teens, men have more cholesterol in their arteries than girls. This is because women naturally have higher levels of good cholesterol.

Heart disease is also called atherosclerosis and is caused by the build-up of plaque in the veins until they are too blocked for the blood to flow freely. This will cause a stroke or a heart attack. It is not only the blockage that causes the problem though. Often, the plaque becomes unstable and a blood clot forms over it in an attempt to keep it in place. This increases the blockage, but if it breaks free it will also cause a big problem with stroke or heart attack being the usual result.

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Quit Smoking

How to Quit Smoking and Prevent Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is a disease that seems to affect men more than women. The main trouble is that it is often not found until it’s too late. Many men ignore their symptoms and hope they will go away on their own; if they are caused by lung cancer there is no likelihood of this. Once diagnosed, at least half the men have little more than a year to live. That is the best reason of all to take care of your health.

Most lung cancer is caused by smoking, and the earlier you start the more likely you are to develop it. Years ago, many boys started smoking while they were still in primary school; many died of lung cancer in their sixties or earlier. Smoking can also cause that most insidious disease emphysema, as well as other problems.

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Children Fit

Are Your Children Fit?

With the increase in technology these days affecting children at an ever younger age, there are many children who are not fit. Instead of running and playing, they spend hours sitting, first at school and then at home playing games with their electronic devices, watching television or plugged into music if they are older. But children need exercise to remain – or get – fit, just the same as adults.

It may even be more important for children to be fit than it is for adults. If children remain in poor health, they have many more years to develop some of those bad diseases such as diabetes and many more years for those diseases to cause even more problems such as blindness or kidney failure, like diabetes does.

In addition, children who don’t get enough exercise are not only unfit, they are also often obese. This causes a great deal of emotional trauma, especially if they are bullied or teased about their weight. And of course, it is unhealthy for them and can lead to early onset of high cholesterol and heart disease, among other things.

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Pretty Feet

8 Tips for Pretty Feet

Our feet are often the most neglected part of us. We simply shove them into some kind of footwear that may not even fit them properly, and expect them to take us through the day without complaining.  During summer your feet are more than likely to be on show as you wear flip-flops and sandals to beat the heat. You may even go around barefoot at home or the beach. If your feet are not looking their prettiest, here are some tips to make up for your neglect of them.

  • Wear shoes or sandals that actually fit well. Otherwise you’ll end up with ugly – and painful – corns and calluses, not to mention blisters on your feet.
  • Tired? Soak your feet in a dish of warm water with a teaspoon of olive oil and a few drops of rose essential oil mixed in. Don’t leave them in any longer than 15 minutes though, or they may look more like a prune. Pat them dry and rub in moisturiser.

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Importance of Exercise

The Importance of Exercise for Mature Aged People

The older you get the less you feel like exercising, but the more it is necessary for good health. The less you exercise the worse condition your muscles are in and this makes you feel even less like exercising until it becomes a vicious circle.  Health authorities all agree that exercise keeps us healthy, reduces blood pressure and stress, improves heart function and reduces depression. It helps us to sleep well and gives us a good appetite. So how can we get that exercise that we need but often don’t really want?

How to exercise when you hate walking

It’s important to choose something you like when it comes to exercising. If you hate walking, going for a walk every day will be unpleasant and you’ll look for –and find – many excuses not to go. But if you love photography, the beach, or gardens, then incorporating those things into your walk will make it seem much more pleasant. Fun, even. For instance, you could go for a walk along the beach and take photos or collect shells for a hobby, or for the grandchildren.

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Tips for Beauty

11 Sustainability Tips for Beauty

When it comes to beauty, most women have their favourite tips and tricks to ensure they make the most of their looks. However, you may not have thought of sustainability in the use of beauty products. One good thing in making a few changes in your lifestyle is that you’ll be avoiding some of those products that contain toxic ingredients, however small the quantity.

Whatever you put on your skin is absorbed into the body, so it’s wise to be careful with choosing only products that are organic. Here are some tips to ensure your beauty regime is as eco friendly as possible.

  • Coconut oil is a product that can be used in many ways when it comes to both sustainability and beauty needs. It can be used as a deep hair conditioner, a facial cleanser and a shaving cream that nourishes the skin while it is being used. It can also be used as a deodorant – and to cook with.
  • Use a washable cloth to wipe down your face and body with, rather than disposable tissues. This will save on the use of paper products and so, save trees.

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Get Over the Flu

How to Get Over the Flu

Every winter the flu virus flies through the air attacking everyone it meets. No matter what strain it is, influenza lays you low and is often difficult to get over properly. But often, people make their lives more difficult by trying to carry on their normal life, no matter how ill they feel. Over the counter medication that makes you feel better than you are doesn’t really help in the long run.

When the flu virus attacks your body, you need to rest as much as possible, stay out of the cold and drink plenty of warm fluids. If possible, stay in bed as rest and sleep are two powerful healers. There is no need for antibiotics unless you develop a secondary infection. Painkillers to relieve headaches and muscular aches and pains, and medication to help clear nasal blockages will both be helpful.

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Dermal Filler

Botox Injections vs. Dermal Fillers

Botox injections are a popular way to have those wrinkles in your face smoothed out so you look younger and more pleasant. Frown lines can make you look like you’re in a bad mood even though you are not.  This can have a negative effect on your business and social life.  Besides, many people start to get wrinkles in their late twenties and early thirties, far too young to have a wrinkled face.

If you are considering wrinkle treatment, you may be wondering about the difference between Botox and dermal fillers.  The two are not the same, so here is some information that will help you make the right decision.

Botox

This injectable is made from botulinum toxin type A. It is a toxic substance that has been purified so it is suitable for human use so long as not too much is used.  Botox has been cleared by the FDA for treatment of lines and wrinkles at the outside of the eyes commonly referred to as crow’s feet, and those vertical lines between the eyebrow, but it is used for much more than that, with many other wrinkles on the face being treated with it.

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Disability Fitness

Staying Fit with a Disability

Anyone with a disability will know the importance of staying fit. The less you have to work with, the more important it is for it to be fit. For instance, if you have one leg, it will have to work twice as hard, so if you allow it to become unfit, your ability to move around will be reduced even more. That’s not to say the effort to stay – or get – fit is easy. But it can be done, as many amazing Paralympians will testify to.

Your choice of ways to stay fit will essentially need to depend on your disability. Some disabled people cannot move from a wheelchair, but this doesn’t preclude them from partaking in some kind of exercise. You just have to find something you can do, and there will be help available from physiotherapists and occupational therapists as well as friends and family who will help and cheer you on.

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Cosmetic Surgery

Benefits of Cosmetic Surgery for People with Disabilities

Many people undergo various types of cosmetic surgery to improve their looks in some way. It could be breast augmentation, liposuction or something as simple as a Botox injection or dermal fillers to get rid of wrinkles and make them look younger.

Cosmetic surgery has many benefits and would surely help many people with disabilities. People with a physical disability are just the same as everyone else; it’s just that they are missing a limb. Those with a disease that makes them disabled are not all that much different except that they may find it difficult to express themselves clearly, walk properly or do many of the things we take for granted.

Cosmetic surgery is not all about looking more youthful. In fact, it has been given this reputation by the many film stars and singers that pursue perfection of looks to the utmost – often at great cost. Disabled people often suffer a stigma that their disability makes them different from everyone else – to their detriment. Their concerns are much more likely to be trying to look like the average person in order to become more accepted in society.

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Sustainability on Holidays

12 Tips for Sustainability on Holidays

While it is relatively easy to follow a lifestyle of sustainability practices while at home, once you go on holidays it becomes more difficult because so many holiday resources are geared towards the short term and the throwaway. To mention just a few, there are throwaway cameras, one use shampoo – meaning more packaging – and all those takeaway mugs and sandwich containers for the traveller who is passing through.

So if you are interested in remaining eco friendly while on holidays you may have to work a little harder at it. But at the same time you’ll enjoy yourself more in many ways. So here are some tips for sustainability while on holidays that are not too difficult to implement and may even save you costs.

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Liposuction

Is Liposuction Right for You?

Often, people who want to lose weight consider liposuction to be their magic wand. However, this procedure is not actually performed for this reason. It is a body contour procedure that takes fat from areas of the body that do not respond to dieting or exercise and makes those areas look more in line with the rest of the body.

For instance, if you’ve tried dieting and exercise but have found stubborn areas of fat still cause your thighs to look large in relation to the rest of your shape, liposuction may be the ideal way to solve the problem.  But if you haven’t dieted or exercised and want to lose fat from all over your body, or if you have lots of loose and flabby skin folds you want to get rid of, liposuction is not the right treatment and you’ll find your surgeon will not do it for those reasons.

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