Build an Understanding of Diabetes

Diabetes (diabetes mellitus) is a metabolism disorder that affects the way the glucose that the food we eat produces is moved in our bloodstream. Our bodies produce insulin, a hormone created in the pancreas, which helps keep our blood sugar levels in check. A person with diabetes either does not produce insulin, doesn’t produce enough insulin, or has cells that do not respond properly to the insulin the pancreas produces.
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Smoking: You’re Hurting More Than Yourself

Mr. H was a smoker of 30 years before he had a stroke four years ago. The stroke left him paralyzed throughout the left side of his body and severely affected his eyesight. As a result of the stroke, Mr. H was comatose for 22 days, during which his children even asked the attending doctor to pull life support. Fortunately, Mr. H recovered, but still carries with him the baggage and disabilities the stroke inflicted. Continue reading

SampanHealth: Why Exercise is Good for You

With Thanksgiving (and all that festive food) in our rear view mirrors, and Christmas and the new year coming up ahead, there hasn’t been a better time to start exercising if you haven’t already. The benefits of exercise are countless. Not only does a regular exercise routine help you feel better, but you’ll have more energy and perhaps even live longer. Who doesn’t want that?

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When are you considered OVERWEIGHT?

The terms “obese” and “overweight” are labels used to categorize people into ranges that are helpful in identifying those who are heavier than what is generally healthy. To determine whether or not one falls into one of the two categories medical professionals use the Body Mass Index (BMI), a number that takes into account a person’s height and weight, which is then compared to a chart that identifies weight ranges. The BMI is used because it tends to accurately correlate with the amount of body fat a person possesses. Continue reading