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Bones & Muscles
Calcium is a naturally occurring mineral that is important for the proper function and maintenance of many parts of the human body. Not only is calcium necessary for the health of your bones and teeth, it is also needed for muscle contractility, the transmission of nerve impulses, and the clotting of blood.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition associated with increased tenderness at specific sites (‘tender points’) on the body for at least 3 months. Pain is felt in many of the muscles, ligaments, tendons and bones of the body.
Gout is a very painful type of arthritis that results from too much of a substance called uric acid in the body. It affects up to 500,000 Canadians with men being at least four times more likely to develop the condition than women.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting about three million Canadians (one in ten). It usually develops after the age of 45 and affects men and women in equal numbers.
Osteoporosis is a disease that results in thin and brittle bones that break more easily than normal. About 1.4 million Canadians, including 1 in 4 women and 1 in 8 men over 50 years of age have osteoporosis.
Diabetes Care
It is very important to keep a record of your blood glucose values on a schedule as recommended by your healthcare providers.
People with diabetes have too much sugar (glucose) in their blood. This situation can lead to harmful short-term and long-term consequences. Blood glucose acts as a ‘‘fuel’’ for the body, giving the cells of the body enough energy to do their job.
The number of people with diabetes in Canada is increasing at near epidemic rates. Today, more than 9 million Canadians live with diabetes or prediabetes.
Digestion & GI Care
We are all different, and that applies to how many times a week it is normal for each of us to have a bowel movement. Anywhere from three times a day to three times per week is considered normal.
Diarrhea is the word used to describe loose, watery stools that occur more than three times in one day. Usually diarrhea is an isolated event lasting one or two days before going away on its own.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) occurs when acid and contents from the stomach regurgitate or 'reflux' back in to the esophagus, the tube that connects your mouth to your stomach. The lining of the esophagus is very sensitive to the effects of acid and causes a feeling of heartburn.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a group of symptoms that include abdominal (stomach) pain, bloating, and constipation/diarrhea. Symptoms are usually relieved with a bowel movement.
General Information
One in four Canadians will experience an anxiety disorder during their lifetime. Anxiety disorders are treatable; however, only one in three people will seek treatment.
Asthma affects the lives of over 3 million Canadians, including up to 10% of children. Approximately 60% of Canadians with asthma do not have good control of their condition, although many think they do.
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a mental health and behaviour disorder that develops in childhood and may continue into adolescence and adulthood. Five to twelve percent of school-aged children have ADHD.
Health Canada recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life for healthy term babies. Nutrient-rich, solid foods with particular attention to iron should be introduced at six months.
Many childhood infectious diseases have been virtually eliminated over the past number of years by effective immunization programs. Infections such as mumps, measles, rubella, polio, pertussis, diptheria, tetanus, haemophilus influenzae type B, hepatitis B, and meningitis all fall into this category.
One in four Canadians suffer from depression at some time in their lives. Fortunately depression is treatable; however, only one in three people with this debilitating disease seeks help.
Folic acid, also known as folate or folacin, is a B vitamin that is essential for the healthy development of a baby’s spine, brain and skull during the early weeks of pregnancy.
Head lice are tiny insects that can survive only by sucking blood from humans at least once a day. These parasites have six legs that are adapted for grasping hair shafts and are spread mainly by direct head-to-head contact with an infested person’s hair.
We have all had a headache at some time in our lives, but what each of us feels when we have a headache may be quite different. This is because there are many different causes of headache pain that result in varying symptoms.
AIDS stands for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. As the name implies, it is a disease that reduces the ability of the body’s immune (defense) system to fight against infection by viruses, bacteria and fungi that cause disease.
Menopause is a natural part of a woman’s aging process and officially begins 12 months after the final menstrual period. Most women reach menopause in their early 50’s.
It is important to realize that it may take 6 weeks or more to feel better. It’s important to keep taking your medication for a period of time after you feel better to help prevent depression from recurring.
RLS is an intense urge to move the legs, accompanied by uncomfortable or unpleasant sensations. These sensations are often described as creepy-crawly, burning, tingling, itching, or twitching.
As the Earth’s ozone layer thins, we are exposed to more of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. There are three different types of UV rays-A, B, and C. UVC rays are trapped by the ozone layer; however, UVA and UVB rays reach Earth and are responsible for causing skin cancers, premature skin aging, and cataracts.
Lupus is a condition of chronic inflammation caused by an autoimmune disease. Autoimmune diseases are illnesses that occur when our body’s tissues are being attacked by its own immune system.
Heart Health
Any abnormal heart rhythm or heartbeat is known as an arrhythmia or dysrhythmia. Arrhythmias may make your heart beat too slow, too fast, or ‘skip’ beats.
Cholesterol is a fat lipid found in the blood and every cell of the body. The liver makes about 80% of the cholesterol in our bodies. The other 20% comes from our diet, particularly from eating foods rich in saturated or trans fats.
All of the body’s tissues require oxygen to survive. Oxygen is taken in by the lungs and carried throughout the bloodstream. Heart attacks occur when the blood supply to part of the heart muscle is either severely restricted or stopped entirely.
Blood pressure is a term used to describe the force placed on the walls of the arteries (blood vessels) by blood as it flows through the body. This force is affected by hormones that are released in the body, the flexibility of the arteries, and the effort made by the heart to push blood through the body.
Living With Cancer
The number of deaths caused by breast cancer have been declining over the past number of years, with much credit owed to improved cancer treatments and breast cancer screening programs.
Colorectal cancer is a highly preventable, treatable, and often curable disease. It is estimated that over 17,000 men and women in Canada are diagnosed with colorectal cancer each year.
Approximately 2400 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year; however, if detected early, this disease can be treated with survival rates as high as 90%.
Neurological Conditions
Approximately 238,000 Canadians over the age of 65 have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. As one grows older the chances of developing this condition become much greater.
Epilepsy is a condition associated with the onset of seizures - the result of sudden, brief changes in how the brain works. These changes are the result of brief, excessive electrical discharges in a group of brain cells (neurons) that cause varying symptoms depending on the area of the brain in which the activity takes place.