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Reduce risk of developing some forms of cancer – drop to a healthy weight

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Tubby’etes … Somehow I’ve seriously packed on an excess of thirty pounds or so since my tumor operation and I’m back to seriously climbing stairs.  I began again this morning. The possibility that obesity increases the risk of ‘developing some form of cancer’ is a call to cut obesity loose and off this short frame.

Poulsbo women, if any of you are 100 or more pounds overweight, you are welcome to join me in a health quest of diet and exercise.

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  • From: National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.

“ Your weight may be affecting you more than you may think.

Even a few extra pounds each year can affect your quality of life.

There are many benefits to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight that will improve your health and life in the short-term. These include:

If you are overweight or obese, losing weight and being physically active can help you control your blood sugar levels.

Weight loss of at least 5 percent of your body weight may decrease stress on your knees, hips, and lower back.

Weight loss often improves sleep apnea.

Not only can extra weight cause joint pain, it can lead to serious chronic diseases. If you are overweight or obese, losing just 5 to 10 percent of your weight can lower your chances of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, or having a stroke. Other long-term health benefits of having a healthy weight include:

 

    Reducing your risk of developing some forms of cancer.

    Lowering your risk for developing gallstones and fatty liver disease.”

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/lose_wt/onepound.htm

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Thanks for reading …. Sharon O’Hara <familien1@comcast.net>

 


The Legs Have It – Our Heart – Happy February Heart Month!

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

As a person with chronic lower leg issues who recently called 911 believing I might be having a heart attack the following article shows the relationship between our heart and leg vascular disease.  Educating ourselves can make the difference between living  and living a quality life.

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“Approximately nine million Americans over the age of 50 are living with a disease that affects their legs and raises their risk of having a heart attack. Unfortunately, many with the disease do not even know they have it. February is Heart Month, and the Vascular Disease Foundation and its P.A.D. Coalition are urging Americans to listen to their legs and be alert to the signs of peripheral arterial disease, or P.A.D.

P.A.D. occurs when arteries in the legs become narrowed or clogged with fatty deposits, reducing blood flow to the legs. This can result in leg muscle pain when walking, disability, amputation, and poor quality of life. If you have blocked arteries somewhere in the body, you are likely to have them elsewhere. Thus, P.A.D. is a red flag that other arteries, including those in the heart, are likely affected – increasing the risk of a heart disease, heart attack and even death.

In many, P.A.D. is a silent disease, causing no recognizable symptoms. People with P.A.D. may have one or more of the following symptoms:

- “Claudication” – fatigue, heaviness, tiredness or cramping in the leg muscles (calf, thigh or buttocks) that occurs during activity such as walking and goes away with rest.

“Often, people think leg discomfort or slow healing sores are just a part of aging, yet they can be signs of a serious disease,” stated Joseph Caporusso, DPM, Chair of the P.A.D. Coalition. “Through early detection and proper treatment, we can reduce the devastating consequences of P.A.D. and improve the nation’s cardiovascular health.”

Everyone over age 50 is at risk for P.A.D., and your risk increases if you:

- Smoke, or used to smoke

- Have diabetes

- Have high blood pressure

- Have abnormal blood cholesterol

- Are African American

- Have a personal history of coronary heart disease or stroke…”

Source: Vascular Disease Foundation

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/216803.php

More later… Sharon O’Hara


Stroke, Vascular Disease and Heart Rhythm Aren’t Just Pretty Names

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Harrison Medical Center is sponsoring a Life Line Screening at the Silverdale Grange Hall, Saturday, August 29, 2009.

Package of four screenings, Stroke, Vascular Disease & Heart Rhythm $139, Osteoporosis Screening 10. 1-800-635-0475

If you can, avoid these diseases by early detection and if your doctor advises it, get tested.

I have Cellulitis and/or Venous Dermatitis Stasis and when the ulcers form in my lower legs from breaks in the skin, fluid runs down my legs and the slime puddles in my slippers. More importantly, NOTHING I have experienced is more painful. If early detection will help you avoid it, get tested.

More later… Sharon O’Hara


Public Health Department Continues to Spurn Spirometry Testing

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Following are a few comments – in part – I had written in response to an article in the Kitsap Sun. that will help explain the importance of early detection Spirometry testing.

You be the judge – are the following comments still valid today, as I believe they are? Sharon

Posted by familien1 on November 9, 2008 at 4:53 p.m. (……

The Washington State Department of Health lists the following diseases of interest to them.

Chronic Disease (Section Overview)
Coronary Heart Disease
Stroke
Asthma
Female Breast Cancer
Invasive Cervical Cancer
Colorectal Cancer
Lung Cancer
Melanoma of the Skin
Diabetes

Note that COPD, the 4th leading cause of death in the U.S., 5th leading killer in the world, is not on the list.

Cancer is of interest to the Department of Health KNOWING COPD KILLS more people per year than Lung Cancer and Breast Cancer combined –main cause – smoking.

Cancer caused by smoking is important to public health – COPD is not.

Asthma kills an estimated 5000 people a year in the United States…

www.pulmonologychannel.com/asthma/index.shtml

COPD claims about 120000 deaths a year in the US. www.medscape.com/viewarticle/553196

Why is Asthma important while COPD killing 115,000 more people a year is not important to the Washington State Department of Health?

Diabetes is the 5th leading cause of death in the US, right behind COPD.

Why does public health care more about Diabetes patients than COPD patients?

“…OMG, I swear if I hear one more word about COPD from Sharon O’Hara I am going to scream.”

…until you people start caring and 120,000 people a year stop dying of COPD from … callous indifference, I will continue talking about COPD.

http://uwnews.org/article.asp?article…

Washington State Department of Health
101 Israel Rd SE, PO Box 47890
Olympia, WA 98504-7890

http://www.doh.wa.gov/HWS/CD2007.shtm

In 2005, the Washington Asthma Initiative adopted the Washington State Asthma Plan, 17 a
The Health of Washington State, 2007 updated: 12/07/2007
Washington State Department of Health

(Spirometry) Early detection of COPD might alter its course and progress. ¦ Avoiding tobacco smoke, home and workplace air pollutants, and respiratory infections are key to preventing the initial development of COPD.

Most primary doctors have failed to provide Spirometry testing for early detection of COPD…

COPDers, caregivers, friends and family – fight for your right to live! Fight for research! Fight for early detection and Spirometry testing!

Posted by familien1 on November 9, 2008 at 7:41 p.m. (Suggest removal)

(A blogger made the following comment and I responded to it.)

“There is currently no effective way to make COPD go away once it occurs, unlike other diseases.”

NO disease could ‘go away’ without the research and studies to bring them under control.

Early detection (Spirometry) can slow down or stop the disease from progressing.
COPD is slow developing.

Oddly enough while the majority of COPDers were smokers, only about 20% smokers get COPD.

NO senior with or without disease would put their own life ahead of a child’s life. NONE. Would your own parents or grandparents?

Why it is okay …that older smoking caused Cancer patients deserve treatment and research while older COPD patients do not?

What are the odds that COPD is usually diagnosed later in life because doctors refuse to give patients a Spirometry test for early detection?

Latest studies show COPD is being diagnosed in younger people.

…Spirometry testing doesn’t matter to those older folks already diagnosed with COPD — they care about Spirometry testing because they don’t want their children and grandchildren – nor your children to get what they have.

Early detection could make the difference.

Environment plays a part in getting COPD – remember the firefighters at 9-11?

… Let the taxpayers pay for something worth lives…early detection Spirometry testing.

Sharon O’Hara
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