Love, Joleen: Sneaky Health Issues & Ways to Improve or Avoid Them

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Sneaky Health Issues & Ways to Improve or Avoid Them

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I posted this photo to Instagram the other day, talking about how I love my son, Benjamin, more than myself. He is loving, strong, and thoroughly enjoys exploring this beautiful world. I love seeing him grow and learn more and more everyday. I know that I want to make sure I am there for him everyday as he keeps growing, and that gives me a really good reason to take care of my body, so that I can stay healthy and age properly for years to come. This is something that I'm making a priority for myself through this second half of the year.

Unfortunately, there are some very sneaky health issues out there that you do not see coming, but there are ways that you can do your best to prevent and avoid them, which is what I want to discuss with you all today. I know we all want to stay as healthy as possible for our children, so if you are a mom or dad that wants to stay healthy and avoid sneaky health issues, keep reading along. Here are a few sneaky health issues & how to avoid them:

There are more than three million cases in the U.S. each year, and unfortunately arthritis cannot be curedbut it can be treated. There are different types of arthritis, but a common type is just from wear and tear on your joints. Unfortunately, there is no sure way to avoid arthritis, but there are a few things that you can do to help prevent it. Try maintaining a healthy weight by staying active and eating a healthful diet that is low in sugar and alcohol, avoid smoking, and increase your stretching each day. The latter is something I've just recommitted to adding to my daily life. 

Postpartum Depression
Most of us have heard of postpartum depression, but nobody thinks it is going to affect them, which is why it is so sneaky. If you do have postpartum, know that you are not alone and that it is okay. I have written a ton about living with depression. Please do not feel embarrassed about itso many moms go through the exact same thing as you. It is normal and there are many options for help so that you can be there for your new bundle of joy. Mayo Clinic says, “The birth of a baby can trigger a jumble of powerful emotions, from excitement and joy to fear and anxiety. But it can also result in something you might not expect—depression. Many new moms experience the "postpartum baby blues" after childbirth, which commonly include mood swings, crying spells, anxiety and difficulty sleeping. Baby blues typically begin within the first two to three days after delivery, and may last for up to two weeks. But some new moms experience a more severe, long-lasting form of depression known as postpartum depression. Rarely, an extreme mood disorder called postpartum psychosis also may develop after childbirth. Postpartum depression isn't a character flaw or a weakness. Sometimes it's simply a complication of giving birth. If you have postpartum depression, prompt treatment can help you manage your symptoms. If you're feeling depressed after your baby's birth, you may be reluctant or embarrassed to admit it. But if you experience any symptoms of postpartum baby blues or postpartum depression, call your doctor and schedule an appointment.

Gum Disease
According to Metro-Atlanta dentist, Metro Decatur Dental Group PC, Gum disease is “the leading cause of tooth loss. Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is very sneaky. The early signs of problems are so hard to detect that four out of five people are thought to be unaware they have the condition. This is alarming because gum disease is twice as likely to cost a person his or her tooth or teeth as tooth decay.” Gum disease is very easy to get because it begins with plaque, which everyone has. If you do not go to the dentist enough, this plaque will build up and will harden into calculus or tartar. “Both plaque and tartar house legions of bacteria, living organisms that, like any living organism, eats and excretes. The waste excreted by oral bacteria is toxic to oral tissues. The colonization of bacteria produces inflammation and infection that causes the gums to swell, bleed, and pull away from the teeth. As gums pull away, bacteria move into the pockets (periodontal pockets), where infection is more difficult to treat.” Dr. Gary Simms, with Metro Decatur Dental Group PC advises that routine dental appointments is essential, in order to avoid gum disease. During your routine exam, Dr. Gary Simms, DDS uses a small instrument to measure any existing pockets between the teeth and gum tissue. If periodontal disease is detected, you will receive a deep cleaning, in order to remove harmful microorganisms. Luckily, if you go to your routine dental appointments, you should be able to completely avoid gum disease, and if you do have symptoms of gum disease and catch it early, it is easy to get help before it is too late!

Asthma is sneaky because there are so many different types and it affects everyone differently. Luckily, there are many treatments for asthma, so you do not have to suffer for too long if you do think you have it, but until you do receive treatment, it can be very scary. Mayo Clinic says, "For some people, asthma is a minor nuisance. For others, it can be a major problem that interferes with daily activities and may lead to a life-threatening asthma attack. Asthma can't be cured, but its symptoms can be controlled. Because asthma often changes over time, it's important that you work with your doctor to track your signs and symptoms and adjust treatment as needed."

If you are struggling with a sneaky health issue, know that you can get help and with treatment, hopefully you will get back to living a full life by your child, or children’s side very soon. In order to avoid sneaky health issues, we should all be going to our regular dental and doctor appointments, trying to stay active, and fueling our body with healthy food, that will help improve and maintain health. Of course, prevention does not mean that we will completely avoid health issues, but it’s worth the shot and if we do experience them, we can face them head on, ready to tackle them!
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