382 million. That's the number of people living with diabetes worldwide today. And by the year 2035, 592 million people will have this disease. Diabetes is a chronic condition where the body does not metabolize sugar properly. As a result, sugar which is our main energy source, remains in the blood causing other complications like kidney disease, nerve damages, and heart diseases. However, most cases of diabetes and the complications that arise from this disease can be avoided through healthy lifestyles.
November is mostly associated with Turkey and Thanksgiving, but the American Academy of Dermatology has also designated this month as Healthy Skin Month. Our skin is the largest organ in our body and is our first line of defense against pathogens. So this November take time out to care for this organ.
There are two startling facts about breast cancer - it is reportedly the second most common type of cancer women are diagnosed with and 1 in 8 women who are born in this country will get breast cancer at some point in their lives. However, it has been found that an early diagnosis is the best way to beat this disease.
17.3 million. This is the number of people who died globally in the year 2005 due to heart disease and stroke. This number represents 30 percent of global deaths. And this number is expected to hit 23 million by the year 2030. In order to bring about awareness about this disease which is the biggest cause of deaths worldwide, the World Heart Federation created World Heart Day in 2000. Ever since, September 29th is recognized as World Heart Day. One of the main aims of this day is to promote preventative measures that can reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
September 27th marks the 18th annual Family Health & Fitness Day. This day is the nation's largest family event where thousands of families across the country participate. The primary goal of this day is to get families involved in fitness related activities, encouraging them to exercise to maintain a healthy lifestyle. FHFD also gives families an opportunity to try out the various fitness programs offered by the local community.
Today is the 13th annual National Women’s Health & Fitness Day. An estimated 80,000 to 100,000 women of all ages are expected to participate in fitness related activities all over the country on this day. It has been reported that more than 1,000 groups across the country will host women’s health and fitness events at senior centers, hospitals, health clubs, park and recreation districts, local health and service organizations, schools, retirement communities, houses of worship, and other community locations.
National Women's Health Week (#NWHW) began as an effort by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health to get women to take care of themselves. The goal of this effort is for women to make health a priority and remain well-women.