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Awareness 101: It's Movember-No Shave November

Wondering why all of the men in your life seem to be sprouting more and more facial hair these days? Then wonder no more : it's Movember! (Also known as No Shave November.)

No Shave November

The meaning behind Movember is to raise awareness for prostate cancer and testicular cancer and the movement began in Australia more than 13 years ago.  Males participating not only talk about why they are participating but also get other men to start talking about men's health and cancer awareness.  Men participating are also encouraged to donate what they would otherwise spend on grooming/shaving to the American Cancer Society.

Don't worry, ladies, you are encouraged to participate as well, you can forego shaving your legs or cancel the waxing/threading appointment that you have planned for the month.

How to Treat and Deter the Outbreak of Cold Sores

Cold sores on the lips can be one of the most aggravating infections that a person gets.  Caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV-1), the virus can remain dormant in a person's body for years and then resurface , normally at the most inopportune time.

How to prevent cold sores

Some causes of cold sores include stress, insomnia, menstruation, too much exposure to UV rays, digestive disorders, the common cold, influenza, and dry, cracked lips.  While we can't do anything to cure our bodies of this virus for good, we can treat cold sores and deter the outbreak of cold sores if we follow these pieces of advice:

Recognize the symptoms: oftentimes you will get a stinging and burning sensation on your lips prior to a cold sore outbreak.  By recognizing this major symptom, you can purchase an over-the-counter medicine and apply it before the cold sore has a chance to appear.

Practice good hygiene when using OTC medicines for treatment: always wash your hands prior to and after applying an over-the-counter cold sore treatment medicine. Apply the treatment at least 5 times a day and use a cotton swab if possible, to avoid touching the sore.

Keep your lips moisturized: dry and cracked lips are both causes of cold sores, so by keeping the lips and skin well moisturized, you can help deter the outbreak of cold sores. 

Use sun block on your lips: too much exposure to the sun's UV rays can cause the outbreak of cold sores.  By remembering to apply and reapply sun block or a lip balm containing sun block to your lips when you are outdoors will also decrease the number of cold sores that arise.

Eat lysine-rich foods: foods that are high in lysine also help to deter cold sores. This includes beef, fish, chicken, eggs, milk, cheese and yogurt.

Healthy Living: Osteoporosis Warning Signs

Osteoporosis is one of the most common ailments of adults over the age of 50 and it is definitely a problem that people do not want to live with.  Weak bones lead to fractures and many other scary problems that could leave you disabled.

Before turning into full-blown osteoporosis, osteopenia : the process of thinning bones - precedes the ailment.  There are some warning signs to look for to determine if your bones are in fact thinning.

Signs of Osteoporosis Osteoporosis Warning Signs

Here are some warning signs for osteoporosis:

  • Warning Sign #1 - You've had more than one fracture in the past two years or a fracture that seemed pretty severe considering the circumstances.
  • Warning Sign #2 : You are naturally a small or thin person.
  • Warning Sign #3 : You have an autoimmune condition that causes you to take prednisone or another corticosteroid.
  • Warning Sign #4 : You are a smoker and have been throughout your adult life.
  • Warning Sign #5 : You drink more than two alcoholic beverages a day.
  • Warning Sign #6 : You do not drink milk, or you have a lactose intolerance that prevents you from drinking milk.
  • Warning Sign #7 : You have an eating disorder.
  • Warning Sign #8 : You are an Asian or Caucasian female over the age of 50.
  • Warning Sign #9 : You have a family member who had osteoporosis before the age of 50 or before menopause.

Simple Lifestyle Changes for Controlling Blood Sugar Levels

The American Diabetes Association estimates that around 10 percent of the general population and 25 percent of senior citizens suffer from type 2, or adult onset diabetes.

Diabetes when left unchecked can lead to heart disease, kidney disease, skin conditions, and even blindness. However, type 2 diabetes like any lifestyle disease is highly preventable.

The sooner you make this healthy lifestyle changes, the better your chances of lowering your risk for developing this disease. To keep your blood sugar levels healthy, below are some simple tips to keep type 2 diabetes at bay.

Lifestyle changes for controlling blood sugar levels Control blood sugar levels

Avoid or limit your sugary food or beverages intake. One of the most obvious culprits in raising your blood sugar levels. Replace those sugary drinks/ sodas with fruit juices or even better, water.

Shed some pounds. Every extra pound count, and the sooner you could keep your weight within your recommended levels, the better your chances of lowering your risk for diabetes.

Lower stress levels. Sound mind, sound body. Finding time to relax after a stressful day at work by performing simple exercises or just take some “me” time can lower stress levels.

Keep hydrated. Drinking water is never overrated. With water making up more than three-fourths of our body, keeping our body hydrated is essential. Dehydration causes our body to release stress hormones which in turn raises our blood sugar levels.

Eat less and more frequently. Keep your blood sugar levels within healthy levels by avoiding sudden peaks. Spreading your meals throughout the day means a steady stream of sugar.