by CK Dillon · Filed Under: African American Baby Boomer Health Alert
Boomer’s Health – Interactive Tutorials
“African Americans have seldom had an easy trail to follow. Historically our ancestors had to continually “make ends meet.” This resourcefulness caused our providers to feed us whatever it took for our ultimate survival and we owe them big time, because it worked. We survived.
As a community, we must be thankful for those who paid the sacrifice to keep our families alive. In doing so, however, decisions had to be made when it came to nutrition.
Enough salt could mask the taste of pretty much anything. The fat from animals was nourishment that we just could not pass up. The stress from just trying to survive taxed them mightily. I could go on, but I won’t.
The outcome of this (mal) nourishment has caused, as ‘they’ say, the chickens to come home to roost.
A lot of our problems, but not all, come from poor diets. Bottom line . . . our diets and life styles are killing us. But as with most challenges to our community . . .
This section of the CreateVitality.Com blog lists tutorials on some of the health issues specific to our community (not all caused by lack of nutrition) that we need to come to grips with.”
Click on the MedlinePlus links below to check out these excellent interactive health tutorials from the Patient Education Institute.
Learn about symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, surgeries, prevention and wellness for a variety of diseases and conditions. Each tutorial includes animated graphics, audio and easy-to-read language.
Check Out These Interactive Tutorials:
Arthritis: is inflammation of one or more joints, which results in pain, swelling, stiffness and limited movement. There are over 100 different types of arthritis.
Breast Cancer: starts in the tissues of the breast. There are two main types: Ductal carcinoma, the more common type, starts in the tubes that move milk from the breast to the nipple. Lobular carcinoma starts in parts of the breast that produce milk.
Colon Cancer: also known as Colorectal or large bowel cancer, starts in the large intestine (colon) or the rectum (end of the colon).
Depression: An estimated 19 million American adults are living with major depression. Major depression significantly affects a person’s family and personal relationships, work or school life, sleeping and eating habits, and general health.
Diabetes: 7.8% of the population (includes 11.8% of blacks) equaling 23.6 million adults and children in the United States have diabetes, the seventh leading cause of death listed on U.S. death certificates in 2006.
Heart Attack: Occurs when blood vessels that supply blood to the heart are blocked, preventing enough oxygen from getting to the heart. Subsequently the heart muscles dies or becomes permanently damaged.
Hypertension/HBP: Hypertension (HTN) or high blood pressure (HBP), the opposite of hypotension, is a chronic medical condition in which the systemic arterial blood pressure is elevated. Persistent hypertension is one of the risk factors for stroke, myocardial infarction, heart failure, arterial aneurysm, a leading cause of chronic kidney failure and if unchecked, leads to shortened life expectancy.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Post-traumatic stress disorder is a type if anxiety disorder. It can occur after you’ve seen or experienced a traumatic event that involved the threat of injury or death.
Prostate Cancer: usually but not always slow growing, starts in the prostate gland, a small walnut sized structure that makes up part of a man’s reproductive system.
Rheumatoid Arthritis: (RA) is a long-term disease that usually begins gradually and leads to inflammation of the joints and surrounding tissue, but may affect many other tissues and organs.
Strokes: A stroke, sometimes called a brain attack, results from impaired oxygen delivery via the bloodstream to any part of the brain. Symptoms will depend on what part of the brain is damaged.
Sarcoidosis: (sahr-koi-DO-sis) is characterized by the development and growth of tiny clumps of inflammatory cells in different areas of your body, most commonly the lungs, lymph nodes, eyes and skin.
For more Interactive Tutorials log on to http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/tutorials/
Hope this information helps you in some way.
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