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  • Parish Nursing Ministry
    worth a pound of cure Sunburn Sunburn can range from mild tender reddening of the skin to severe very painful second degree burns with dehydration nausea and vomiting chills and fever Remember that you can burn even on cloudy days and you may not feel any discomfort or see reddening until after the sun goes down Risk factors same as for cancer Eye Damage Like the skin eyes can also be burned by overexposure to sunlight even on cloudy days Skin and eye protection go together Dehydration Our bodies are composed of 66 75 water depending on age During hot weather we are particularly prone to dehydration due to sweating It is vitally important to drink extra fluids water salty fluids throughout the day to prevent serious imbalances which can ultimately be fatal Skin Cancer not Melanoma Risk factors include fair skin freckles blond hair blue eyes sun exposure and tanning salons severe sunburn in childhood family history previous skin cancers Symptoms include a sore that doesn t heal changes in a wart mole change in size shape colour irregular edges Skin cancers are common and usually easily treatable They should not be ignored Prevention Use sun blocking agents appropriate

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    able to enjoy the life on earth that we have been given We have heard ad nauseam about what we need to do Eat well exercise take time out for ourselves and maintain balance in our lives NOTHING NEW ABOUT THIS But there are new theories about diet and exercise Dieting has led to yo yo dieting eating disorders depression chronic fatigue and obsession with thinness taking the joy out of eating healthy foods Choosing lower fat foods taking control of the amounts we consume and viewing our new eating habits as minor constraints rather than deprivations prove to be more successful options Being focussed on no pain no gain exercising three times a week in your target heart rate zone and burning calories often leads to high attrition rates for exercise programs An active living approach has proven to be more successful It makes sense to be active your way every day to enjoy the feeling of your muscles moving and to value activities that are moderate and fun Sharing your activities with a friend is not only more enjoyable but also helps to keep you both motivated Instead of accepting society s emphasis on being thin or muscular

    Original URL path: http://www.tri-church.ca/parishnursingministry/Health%20and%20Well-Being.htm (2016-02-13)
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    it is becoming increasingly frequent among young adults and even children Worse yet many people who have the disease aren t aware of it Diabetes results when the body can t produce enough insulin Type I or can t effectively use the insulin it does produce Type II to metabolize sugars glucose and fats Risk factors include Increasing age Family history of diabetes Overweight obesity Inactive lifestyle High risk ethnicity

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    cells are unable to use it efficiently resulting in insulin resistance In type 1 diabetes the body destroys the insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas The pancreas then stops producing insulin Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease The risk factors for type 2 diabetes include obesity puberty and sedentary lifestyle These cause the disease by promoting insulin resistance Prevention and Treatment Weight Loss With modest weight loss you can achieve an improvement in insulin sensitivity Significant weight loss can promote normalization of blood sugar levels and permanent resolution of the disease Change in Diet Baked goods fried fast foods and other prepared foods high in fat increase the risk of type 2 diabetes while polyunsaturated fat from vegetable and fish sources decreases risk Physical Activity Even moderate physical activity such as daily walking will decrease risk for type 2 diabetes In contrast sedentary activities such as TV and video games increase the risk for obesity The authors conclude that the above causes have produced a ten fold increase in some pediatric populations over the past 2 decades Diagnosis Early diagnosis is the key to controlling the progression to beta cell failure Type 2 diabetes can be without symptoms

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    pump blood effectively throughout the body Gradual narrowing of the coronary arteries e g with cholesterol plaques may result in temporary chest pain especially during vigorous activity Complete blockage of a small artery destroys the part of the heart muscle fed by that vessel heart attack One massive heart attack or repeated smaller attacks can lead to death Although heart attacks are most common in the 50 age group the process of artery narrowing begins much earlier in life Risk factors include Increasing age Family history of heart attack or CHD Current cigarette smoking Overweight obesity Inactive lifestyle High blood pressure High blood cholesterol trigylcerides Diabetes mellitus Type I or Type II Signs symptoms include Fatigue less tolerance for usual activity Shortness of breath on exertion Shoes swollen feet or rings swollen hands too tight Chest neck back left arm pain that occurs with activity but is relieved by rest Chest pain that occurs at rest irregularly All above symptoms mean you should see your doctor promptly Chest pain that radiates to back neck left arm and is NOT relieved by rest is a Medical Emergency Call 911 Some people have NO SYMPTOMS until a major attack occurs People usually

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    appropriate to think of cancer as a family of diseases rather than as a single entity Regardless of type cancer s common characteristic is that it involves uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells that tend to invade surrounding tissue and spread to distant sites NB Not all tumours are cancerous Some are benign they don t spread Risk factors include Increasing age although children also get some types of cancer Family history of cancer Current cigarette smoking Chronic exposure to cancer causing chemicals radiation and ultra violet radiation e g sunlight black light Immune system suppression Overweight obesity Inactive lifestyle Signs symptoms may include Change in bladder or bowel habits A sore that doesn t heal Unusual bleeding or discharge A lump in the breast or elsewhere Chronic indigestion or difficulty swallowing Obvious change in a wart mole Nagging cough or persistent hoarseness Usual treatments include Ssurgery radiation and or chemotherapy New treatments currently being researched Laser therapy combined with a light sensitive cancer fighting drug Drugs that starve tumours by minimizing their blood flow Special viruses programmed to target only cancer cells Vaccines Heat laser microwave or cold freezing argon gas Drugs that confuse cancer cells own chemical signals Hormone

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    to do so Even if you can t alter someone s situation your willingness to listen can be a powerful source of support and encouragement To whom should we listen To God to those who are important to us and to ourselves A wit once said When you talk to God it s called prayer When God talks to you it s called schizophrenia Too many of us are afraid of being labeled schizophrenics We miss the point that prayer is meant to be a dialogue so we fill our prayer time with words leaving no space for God to talk to us Yet the Bible contains many examples of God speaking to people especially in the quiet moments Elijah heard God not in the earthquake fire or storm but in the still small voice after the storm Samuel heard God in the quiet of the night Unless we allow ourselves quiet time we have little chance of hearing the still small voice If you want calm amidst turmoil strength when you are feeling exhausted and help with choices and priorities make regular time to listen to God as well as to tell Him your concerns Listening to those for whom we care deeply is an important key to keeping relationships strong and growing Profound truths are often hidden in tiny off hand statements that are easily overlooked A comment that someone who has been actively searching for work for several months is a little discouraged by the lack of job opportunities can hide a growing sense of uncertainty and despair Strain that affects one member of a family affects all members as they try to support and compensate for the one who is struggling Arguments become a common occurrence and relationships can start to deteriorate Even familiarity can prevent

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    Hopefully the following will provide some inspiration and a smile Eleven Lessons from Noah s Ark 1 Don t miss the boat 2 Remember that we are all in the same boat 3 Plan ahead It wasn t raining when Noah built the Ark 4 Stay fit When you re 600 years old someone may ask you to do something really big 5 Don t listen to critics just get

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