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9 Tips For Maintaining A Healthy Liver

You probably don’t know how important your liver is. For starters, it is a major player in your digestive health.

Everything you consume passes through your liver. Therefore, it is important to take care of it, so it does its job.

What Does A Healthy Liver Do?

Your liver sits just below the lower part of your ribcage on the right side. Your liver is about the size of a football.

The liver has some pretty important functions, including the ability to clean out your blood by getting rid of harmful substances made by the body. It also uses a chemical called bile to break down the fat you consume and is a storage for glucose (blood sugar) which you need for energy.

You need your liver to survive and everything you breathe, eat, and drink passes get processed by your liver. Since the liver has so many different functions, any complications, as result of disease and bad lifestyle choices, can be drastic.

Tips for Keeping Your Liver Healthy

Your liver can fully regenerate and is always working to repair the damage. Just because it can heal, it doesn’t mean you should it punish on a consistent basis.

Excessive damage eventually results in complications in the form of liver diseases. Therefore for is important to practice healthy behaviors to preserve liver function and to prevent disease.

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Chemical burns: Symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

A chemical burn can occur when a person comes in direct contact with a chemical or its fumes.

Chemical burns can happen to anyone at any place – at home, at work, at school, when outdoors, or in an attack.

Chemical burns will cause some skin damage, but most people recover fully without any serious health consequences. Severe chemical burns do require immediate emergency care to prevent complications and, in some cases, death.

Common causes of chemical burns

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Misusing products such as bleach, oven cleaners and paint thinners may result in chemical burns.

Most chemical burns occur as a result of misuse of products. Some of the most common household and workplace products linked to chemical burns include:

  • car battery acid
  • bleach
  • ammonia
  • swimming pool cleaners
  • toilet and drain cleaners
  • oven cleaners
  • fertilizers
  • metal cleaners
  • concrete mix
  • paint thinners

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Addisonian crisis: Causes, symptoms, and treatment

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Addisonian crisis is also known as an adrenal crisis or acute adrenal insufficiency. It is a rare and potentially fatal condition where the adrenal glands stop working properly and there is not enough cortisol in the body.

Cortisol is a hormone that helps with a variety of bodily functions. These include maintaining blood sugar, managing the immune system, regulating blood pressure, controlling some of the electrolytes in the body, and controlling stress levels.

Cortisol levels are highest in the early morning and after meals and the lowest at night in the early sleep phases.

Low levels of cortisol can cause weakness, extreme tiredness, and drops in blood pressure. Most of the time, however, the human body is capable of balancing the amount of cortisol it produces.

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Can People with IBS Drink Coffee?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects 10 to 15  percent of adults in the United States according to the American College of Gastroenterology. It causes symptoms such as abdominal pain and cramping, diarrhea, constipation, and urgency.

For most of us, coffee is the wake up beverage of choice. But coffee is also stimulant and stimulants affect bowel function and cause diarrhea in some people.

How Coffee Affects IBS Symptoms

Most people, not just those with IBS, will experience tummy troubles after drinking coffee. Coffee, like other caffeinated drinks, stimulates the stomach intestines and increases the movement of food through your digestive tract.

Unfortunately, one of the hardest dietary changes to make is quitting coffee because caffeine is addictive. Not only that, it is part of American culture.

Withdrawal symptoms of caffeine include painful headaches, loose stools, constipation, sleeplessness, and irritability. But withdrawal symptoms dissipate with time.

But for some people with IBS, giving up coffee might improve their symptoms and overall health.

Why Does Coffee Cause IBS Symptoms?

There are a number of ways that coffee effects IBS.

Coffee stimulates the Gastrointestinal (GI) Tract

Research has shown coffee may cause a laxative effect in people with IBS within four minutes of drinking coffee according to one study out of the University Hospital Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Even small amounts of coffee can have this effect and it’s not just limited to caffeinated coffee; decaffeinated coffee has the same effect.

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The Link Between Chronic Pain and Depression

There are nearly 40 million American adults living with severe or significant chronic pain, according to the National Institutes of Health. Chronic pain affects more people than cancer, diabetes and heart disease combined.

Chronic pain is devastating and can be a challenge to treat. Pain also causes depression and depression leads to decreased function, poor treatment outcomes and further healthcare costs. About half of people with chronic pain are also depressed, according to a recent study in the Journal of Affective Disorders.

“The dual burden of chronic physical conditions and mood and anxiety disorders is a significant and growing problem,” wrote senior author Silvia Martins, MD, associate professor of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health.

Pain experiences are different for each person and your response to chronic pain depends on how you feel pain, and thoughts and behaviors related to your underlying pain conditions.

When pain invades every aspect of your life and leaves you uncertain of the future, anxiety, sadness, anger and grief are imminent. For many, the burden is so difficult, it leads to major depressive disorder, also known as clinical depression.

 

 

Research shows the highest rates of clinical depression are in people with fibromyalgia. According to a study in Pain Research and Treatment, people with fibromyalgia have a 90% chance for depressed symptoms and up to 86% risk for major depressive disorder.

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Fun Summer Month Activities with Lupus

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Summer is officially here and for most people, summertime means outdoor fun. Just because you have lupus, doesn’t mean enjoying summer is out of the question.

Why is Summer Hard for People with Lupus?

Summertime is difficult for people with lupus because most are photosensitive, meaning they experience negative reactions from being out in sunlight. Up to 83 percent of people with lupus are ultraviolet (UV) sensitive to either sunlight or fluorescent lights or both according to one report published in the British Journal of Dermatology.

You may experience a lupus flare after being exposed to UV rays. It is also possible you may develop a butterfly rash over your nose and cheeks after UV light exposure. You may develop other rashes resembling hives or other symptoms of a lupus flare including joint pain, fatigue, fever, or inflammation of an organ.

Many lupus patients also have secondary Sjogren’s syndrome which may cause dryness of eyes, mouth, and skin. It can be harder to manage Sjogren’s in the summer months so it’s important to stay hydrated and use eye drops frequently.

Lastly, be aware that some of the medications you take to treat lupus can increase your susceptibility to the sun’s effects. Ask your doctor if any of your medications will affect you during the summer months and what precautions you should take.

Lupus Friendly Summertime Activities

Summertime fun is usually outdoor fun which feels like a harsh reality for those who shun the sun due to health conditions. Don’t lose hope during summertime as there are plenty of fun activities you can still do.

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What You Need to Know about Elbow Gout

Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis caused by uric acid buildup in the joints. Uric acid is created when the body breaks down substances called purines found in some foods and drinks, including liver, beans, and beer.

Gout in the elbow is rare but usually seen in people who have lived with gout for many years or whose gout isn’t well managed.

What is Gout?

Gout develops when too much uric acid in the body accumulates in the blood. The excessive uric acid causes the formation of crystals that find their way to the joints and surrounding tissues.

Your body treats gout crystals as invaders and the result is inflammation. The process is quick and gout spots can appear overnight.

Gout can affect any joints or tissues but the most commonly affected joint is the big toe. The hands, hips, knees, ankles, and elbows may also be effected by gout.

Increased uric acid can also cause crystal formations (kidney stones) in the kidneys which could potentially cause kidney damage.

About Elbow Gout

Much like gout in a big toe, gout in the elbow is caused by a buildup of uric acid in the blood. Sometimes excess uric acid forms crystals that deposit themselves into your elbow joints.

Once crystals form in the elbow joints, swelling, redness, and pain will occur and the area may even appear infected.

The symptoms of gout in the elbow appear unexpectedly.

You may have no signs of a problem in your elbow but then you wake up the following morning and your elbow is inflamed and extremely painful. The slightest touch, such as your clothing touching your elbow, brings about pain.

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What Are Your Options for Liver Cancer Treatment?

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Liver cancer begins in the cells of your liver. And if you have been diagnosed with liver cancer, you probably have many questions about the treatments available to you.

Making Treatment Decisions

You don’t have to make a quick decision about treatment because it is important to give yourself time to understand your options. It is also important you ask questions about anything you don’t understand.

If you want a second opinion, and more time to make a decision, ask your doctor for help on where to start. Getting a second opinion will give you more information and allow you to think further about what treatments might help you best.

Treatment Considerations

Your doctor will likely develop a treatment plan based on certain factors, including:

  • How much of your liver has been affected by the cancer
  • Whether the cancer is spreading
  • Your preferences
  • Your overall health
  • Any possibility of damage to the healthy parts of your liver

You doctor will then discuss your treatment options, the benefit of each treatment, and any side effects or potential complications.

The main treatments for liver cancer are:

  • Surgery and liver transplant
  • Biological therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Localized treatments, such as radiofrequency ablation and cryoablation

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Do You Think You Have Been Misdiagnosed?

Psoriasis Misdiagnosis

Psoriasis misdiagnosis

When you have an ongoing condition, like psoriasis, getting an accurate diagnosis is a vital. After all, psoriasis is a lifelong condition that can be managed with the right treatment plan.

But because psoriasis has symptoms and characteristics that mimic other conditions, it is possible your doctor may not diagnose you correctly.

Here is what you need to know about psoriasis, its symptoms, and what to do if you think you have been misdiagnosed.

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin disease caused by the body’s malfunctioning immune system. The National Psoriasis Foundation reports at least 7.5 million Americans are affected.

It is not contagious condition despite misconceptions.

And it isn’t simply a skin disease because it starts underneath the skin. It is a chronic (long lasting) condition where symptoms range from mild to severe.

Symptoms of Psoriasis

Psoriasis is characterized by dry, flaky, red patches on the skin. These can appear anywhere on the body, but usually on the arms, legs, elbows, knees, and scalp.

The patches are a result of the body’s immune system triggering skin to reproduce too quickly resulting in cell buildup on the skin’s surface.

And psoriasis doesn’t just affect the skin. It may also affect the joints, causing stiffness and pain and tendons causing inflammation.

Psoriasis also increases your risk for heart disease, diabetes, psoriatic arthritis (a condition where you have both psoriasis and arthritis), and metabolic syndrome (a cardiovascular complication resulting in several other conditions).

Importance of Getting a Correct Diagnosis

Since psoriasis is known to affect your entire body, your doctor will likely take a wide-ranging approach.

But a big concern for psoriasis patients is many people, including doctors, consider psoriasis a skin condition and only look at the skin symptoms in diagnosis and treatment. And that is a big mistake leading to some serious health problems.

One study in the Dermatology Times finds severe psoriasis may lead to increased risk for cardiovascular and metabolic disorders.

Psoriasis can also lead to psoriatic arthritis (PsA) which leads to joint inflammation, depression, decreased life quality, and a shorter life span if not managed and treated properly. At least one-third of people with psoriasis will also develop PsA.

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Is There a Link Between Kidney Cancer and Diabetes?

Evidence linking diabetes and kidney cancer has grown stronger over the past decade, leading researchers to investigate the reasons behind these links.

What is Kidney Cancer?

Kidney cancer is a disease in which kidney cells become cancerous and grow into a tumor.

Most kidney cancers are found before they spread to distant organs. Caught early, they can usually be treated successfully. Tumors can grow large if not detected.

This year, the American Cancer Society reports there will be at least 64,000 new cases of kidney cancer, affecting mostly men. Up to 15,000 people could die this year from this type of cancer.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a group of diseases resulting in high blood glucose (too much sugar in the blood). As of 2014, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) reports 29.1 million people, or 9.3 percent of the U.S. population, have diabetes – both diagnosed and undiagnosed.

Type 1 and type 2 diabetes are the two most common forms of diabetes, but there are other kinds, including one which occurs during pregnancy. Up to 95 percent of diabetics have type 2, according to NIDDK.

You are more likely to have type 2 if you are 45 or older, have a family history of diabetes, or are overweight and inactive. Other health problems, such as high blood pressure, also contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes.

Kidney Cancer-Diabetes Connection

Diabetes is just one of the many risk factors for kidney cancer. Obesity, smoking, high blood pressure, and family history are also potential risk factors, among others.

How diabetes is linked to kidney cancer has been an issue of debate.

One 2012 study out of the University of Texas finds the most advanced cases of cancer are found in those who have the worst control over blood sugar. At least a quarter of the kidney cancer study participants also had diabetes.

Another study from 2011 out of Harvard School Medicine finds that diabetic women had a much higher risk for developing kidney cancer than diabetic men. What is interesting about this is that men, in general, are at higher risk for kidney cancer than women.

A 2015 report out of the National Taiwan University College of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan, aimed to determine the link between incidences of kidney cancer and type 2 diabetes mellitus. The large study looked at close to a million people worldwide with and without diabetes who did not have kidney cancer at the start of the study.

The Taiwanese researchers concluded type 2 diabetics had a significantly higher risk for kidney cancer. They also noted some possible risk factors for both conditions were age, diabetic nephropathy (kidney disease or damage), and end-stage renal disease (kidney failure).

Diabetes is also associated with decreased overall survival rates for patients with kidney cancer, as reported by researchers at the 2014 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium. According to their report, diabetics with kidney cancer had 44 percent increased risk for death than non-diabetics.

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