When a diagnosis of diabetes is made, people with diabetes believe that their entire lives will be affected. Although approximately 3.4 million Canadians are diabetic, many myths persist. Monitoring your blood sugar and paying attention to everything they eat, three times a day, is sometimes difficult to accept. However, research is progressing. Researchers in Montreal have even discovered an enzyme that plays a vital role in the treatment of the disease. Also, to better live with diabetes and not feel that it takes all the place in their lives, many opt to make changes in their diet by finding healthier alternatives, but no more complicated to do.
Build a diabetic recipe book so you do not vary your menus (check out our recipes for low carbohydrate desserts ) and especially put the exercise back into the program. Sport keeps you on track.
If you have arthritis, knowing that you are not alone (over 4.2 million Canadians are suffering from it) will not comfort you, but at least you can also benefit from the advice of others to better live with your condition. Arthritis can take many forms (gout, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, etc.), but it still affects the joints and connective tissues all around. Stiffness and pain are your daily lot, but did you know that home remedies can soothe some symptoms? You can also turn to massage therapy or even physiotherapy to relieve pain.
Difficult to pin down all the effects of multiple sclerosis. As your neurons – and thus their ability to transmit different messages to different parts of your body – are affected, many symptoms are observable depending on what area of the nervous system is affected: loss of vision, imbalance, problems of concentration or memory, weakness in a limb, tingling, etc. There are several stages of the disease which requires those who suffer from it to have to continually adapt to the evolution of their disease. Which is not always obvious. However, in addition to the medication and innovative treatments that appear, good nutrition can have some impact. Also, acupuncture could be an interesting option to promote the physical well-being and psychology of patients.
The symptoms of multiple sclerosis differ from one person to another. However, if you have many of these signs, see your doctor.
Parkinson’s disease progresses slowly, but often insidiously. This degenerative disease greatly affects the coordination of the members of people who suffer from it by making their movements more complex. One of the first symptoms of degeneration is the appearance of tremors. Several other changes can occur and affect the daily lives of patients (did you know there would be about 100,000 people with this disease in Canada?): Difficulty performing daily tasks, stiffness of limbs, difficulty walking, slowness movements, etc. But some symptoms are not related to the motor system. For example, some people also realize that an excessive flow of saliva occurs. The guide to non-motor symptoms related to Parkinson’s diseasesuggests chewing gum to send the brain a reminder to swallow and thus reduce saliva in the mouth. Other solutions are offered for a variety of symptoms such as leg swelling, sleep problems, orthostatic hypotension, depression, etc.
Among the chronic diseases of the nervous system, epilepsy would be the most frequent. Indeed, 50 million people around the world would be affected. In Canada, it would be 139,200 people. A study by Statistics Canada shows that between 65% and 85% of epileptics end up in long-term remission. The limitations due to this neurological condition characterized mainly by seizure crises differ for each. Photosensitivity – a visual hypersensitivity – can inconvenience some epileptics. For the latter, avoid certain visual stimuli, prevent stress (and avoid unnecessary stress) and fatigue and change certain habits (do not drive at night, for example).
Recognize asthma? Wheezing, chest tightness, coughing, persistent, severe shortness of breath, etc. Environmental factors as well as family history as well as allergies influence the condition of asthmatics. Did you know that some nutritional supplements can help relieve the discomfort associated with this chronic respiratory disease? It would also be possible to better educate people with asthma so that they know the right things to do and manage their condition better. Among the simple tips to get better breathing, it would be best to avoid smoking (and smoke), to have animals, but to continue the sport and exercise.
Strokes – stroke – are among the leading causes of disability. Result of a clot that blocks the flow of blood to the brain, the stroke creates different damage depending on the affected areas. To recover from a stroke – as no one reacts in the same way to the various sequels – you have to know how to be patient. First, there is a rather rapid phase that occurs within three months of stroke and then a slower phase lasting up to 18 months. The more time passes, however, the more the improvements are rare. Patients must learn to live with their new condition tinged with a whole new reality: partial paralysis, language impairment, memory loss, vision problems, etc. Their autonomy and quality of life are diminished. One of the ways to recover after a stroke would be to get back to work. This good habit could even prevent the risk factors of a second stroke. Just find an activity that suits your new condition.
Among the chronic diseases of the digestive system, you find Crohn’s disease which is, in fact, a chronic inflammation in the terminal part of the small intestine (ileum) and the colon. It is a condition that causes rash, abdominal pain, blood in the stool, diarrhea, weight loss, etc. A healthy lifestyle can improve your condition, control the disease and reduce the onset of seizures. Stress like smoking is to be avoided. Also, special attention should be paid to the food given its direct impact on your already sensitive digestive system. You can consult these 4 nutritional approaches to take care of yourself if you suffer from Crohn’s disease.
Good news: a new treatment has recently been approved by Health Canada to treat this type of inflammation.