This year marks the 50th anniversary of American Heart Month from the American Heart Association. More than 787,000 people in the U.S. died from heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases in 2010. That's about one of every three deaths in America. In fact, cardiovascular diseases claim more lives than all forms of cancer combined. What's even more heartbreaking about those statistics is that heart disease is preventable in many cases.
SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder affects four to six percent of people severely and another 10 to 20 percent more moderately. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that is season specific, and generally affects people in the winter, when the days are shorter and colder. If you've ever experienced SAD, then you know how difficult it can be to get through the doldrum days of winter, but imagine dealing with SAD when you're already sick.
Dealing with terminal illness is one of the hardest things both the ill person and their loved ones can deal with. Often a sense of powerlessness can overwhelm everyone involved. There's no perfect way to deal with impending death, and everyone does it differently, but here are a few tips to help work through this difficult time.
Asking for help is hard. We're raised to believe that we should be able to do things on our own, to be independent, but when we're sick or if we're caring for someone who is sick, the fact is that we simply can't do everything ourselves. So how can we get out of our comfort zone and ask others around us for the help we desperately need?
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Being a caregiver to a sick loved one can be difficult, time consuming and emotionally draining. It's also hard to find others who know what you're going through, but keeping all the thoughts, feelings, concerns and pains inside can lead to burnout, sickness and depression.
Not all illnesses are visible. Across the US, nearly 60 million people are struggling with a mental illness. If you're caring for someone with an "invisible disease" it can be just as, if not more, difficult than caring for someone with a physical ailment.
A caregiver is generally defined as someone within a family or close friendship circle who is caring for a sick or elderly family member or friend. Generally the care is given within the home of the sick or elderly person or within the home of the caregiver.
Nearly two-fifths of the US population call themselves a caregiver of some kind and at some level, whether it's full or part time care. However, this still leaves a large population of the sick or elderly without a primary caregiver.
This week, National Public Radio did a story on how chemotherapy patients often lose their appetite. Part of the reason is because the chemo medication gets into the bloodstream, and therefore into saliva, causing foods to taste metallic when chewed and digested. Another reason is because of the nausea and general fatigue that chemotherapy can cause. Yet another way chemotherapy destroys appetite is by killing off rapidly reproducing cells.
When you're not feeling well, it's easy to spend days at a time in the same sweatpants or old, raggedy t-shirt. But getting yourself dressed, put together and looking good can actually lift your mood and help you recover faster. Plus a little pampering can go a long way. Here are a few tips on how to look good, even when you're feeling bad: