• 22May

    Coping with Health Disorders

    Advances in medical science have identified countless conditions that impact human health. Almost all of us have had some type of issue that we deal with. It could be as simple as astigmatism or something chronic like asthma.

    Whatever the case may be, our various health problems typically require some form of intervention, treatment, or other provision to help us live as normal a life as possible. The degree of assistance they require depends largely on the type of disorder.

    Certain conditions are genetic. Just as you may get your father’s blue eyes or your mother’s distinctive nose, you can also get genes that predispose or even guarantee that you will one day develop a certain medical condition.

    health2Multiple sclerosis is one example. It is a highly inheritable disease that affects both men and women but often has more pronounced symptoms in men. This disease creates gradual paralysis of muscles, making it difficult to walk, speak, or even swallow. Traditional aids like crutches and wheelchairs are commonly used with MS, but new ideas are in use as well. Because MS interferes with the peristaltic process in the esophagus, thinner foods may be difficult to swallow. That’s why simplythick was developed to thicken food without impacting flavor. It permits patients with swallowing issues of all kinds to eat a wider array of foods with less difficulty.

    Other medical conditions may stem from an injury. We think immediately of paralysis in this category, but events like traumatic brain injuries can also interfere with the person’s ability to function normally, possibly damaging hearing, eyesight, speech, memory, and other brain functions. Service animals have proven very valuable for these patients, increasing their independence and watching them for imminent events like seizures. There are also therapeutic and surgical options that can help restore certain functions, with new advances in these areas every day. Additionally, the world is now built a little better for people who can’t see or hear well, with audible crosswalks, braille signs in buildings, and headphone jacks on ATM’s.

    Finally, some conditions are the result of poor lifestyle choices. Diabetes falls partially in this category; Type 2 diabetics develop the disease with their actions, whereas Type 1 diabetics develop symptoms in childhood strictly as a result of unidentified factors. Both can be managed with appropriate diets, which are easier to achieve with careful meal planning, but both forms of diabetes require monitoring.

    For the Type 2 diabetic, the condition is a result of a poor diet and probably inadequate exercise. Interventions today still cannot cure it, but they can make management much easier. There are a variety of new noninvasive blood glucose monitors available that are less invasive than needle sticks, increasing the chances that the diabetic will monitor sugar levels more reliably. There are also insulin pumps that bypass the need for constant injections.

    We all have some limitation or other. It seems that every day we find a few more ways to treat, limit, and cure some conditions. Those advances, coupled with amazing innovations in technology, are making it easier for all of us to deal with whatever situation we are dealing with, giving us the chance to maintain an active lifestyle with a minimum of intrusion by things we cannot control.

    Anna L.

    It’s all about health!
    I have academic background in drugs related Chemical Technology, as well as extensive professional experience in pharma and medical companies. My main area of interest is everyday life medicine. The goal of my articles is to give people informative answers to the questions that bother them, to dispel doubts and some common misbeliefs and also to inspire everyone to keep healthy lifestyle.

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