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Diagnosing Diabetes


While the symptoms of type 1 diabetes usually come on quickly, other types of diabetes tend to develop more gradually, making it easy to miss in the early stages. The best approach for everyone, especially as they get older, is to have regular blood screening tests performed annually. How is Diabetes Diagnosed? Diagnosing diabetes involves [...]

Diagnosing Diabetes2018-06-15T18:20:51+00:00

Understanding Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes


Diabetes actually falls into two distinct types – not including gestational diabetes, which another separate condition - which are in fact two completely different diseases and require completely separate approaches to treatment. Type 1 Diabetes Type 1 diabetes is actually an autoimmune disease. In these patients, their body's immune system actually attacks the insulin-making cells [...]

Understanding Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes2018-06-10T14:23:37+00:00

Strategies to Reduce Your Risk of Developing Alzheimer’s Disease


While you may not have full control over whether or not you or a loved one will develop Alzheimer’s, as much as 60% of your overall risk of developing this disease depends on factors that you can impact through diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes. Here are a few steps you can take to reduce your [...]

Strategies to Reduce Your Risk of Developing Alzheimer’s Disease2018-05-30T19:13:01+00:00

Treatments for Depression


Depression is a treatable condition. There are a number of medications approved for easing depression, and psychotherapy is also effective for many people. In some cases, a doctor will suggest a combination of these treatments to relieve symptoms. While a primary care physician may be able to prescribe an antidepressant, in can often be more [...]

Treatments for Depression2018-04-09T18:25:25+00:00

Common Facts and Fictions About Depression


Depression is probably far more common than you realize – and there are a number of myths that interfere with understanding this condition. Here are the some of the most important facts to dispel any fictions you may have heard, so that you better comprehend this condition, its risk, and its impact. Over 350 million [...]

Common Facts and Fictions About Depression2018-04-09T18:19:36+00:00

Types of Depression


The two most commonly occurring forms of depression are major depression and persistent depressive disorder. Other types of depression may develop under specific circumstances, such as SAD and postpartum depression. In some cases, depression may also be a symptom or result of another medical condition, including Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Research suggests that a [...]

Types of Depression2018-04-09T18:16:14+00:00

Understanding & Diagnosing Depression


Clinical depression is a mental health disorder characterized by having a persistently unhappy mood and/or a loss of interest in normal activities which causes a significant impairment to a person’s daily life. Depression causes a range of symptoms that impact how a person feels, thinks, and handles regular activities, including sleeping, eating, and working. How [...]

Understanding & Diagnosing Depression2018-04-09T18:11:05+00:00

Common Facts and Fictions About Dementia


Approximately 47 million people worldwide suffer from some type of Dementia today, and every three seconds a new case is diagnosed. Approximately five percent of all people aged 65 to 74 suffer from dementia, and that percentage rises to 40% for those over 85. Experts estimate that by 2030, at least 75 million people in [...]

Common Facts and Fictions About Dementia2018-03-16T16:22:10+00:00

Understanding & Diagnosing Dementia


Dementia can be confusing, because it is not one single specific disease, but rather a group of symptoms that can affect memory, thinking skills, and social abilities seriously enough that it interferes with the ability to function from day to day. There are many different causes and types of dementia, and depending on the case, [...]

Understanding & Diagnosing Dementia2018-03-16T16:15:47+00:00

Common Symptoms of Dementia


While there are many types of dementia and each person’s symptoms may vary, there are some common signs to be aware of. Many types of dementia are progressive, which means that the symptoms may start out subtly and get worse over time. If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these possible signs [...]

Common Symptoms of Dementia2018-03-12T15:00:54+00:00