Glucose is the simple carbohydrate that is used for energy production. It can be consumed directly or more complex carbohydrates can be broken down into glucose. While other nutrients play different roles in the body, both fats and proteins can also be converted into simple carbohydrates if it is needed for energy. Glucose is transported through the bloodstream to every cell. This ensures that the cells have a constant supply for energy production. Without glucose and energy production, cells will not function properly and eventually die. Fortunately, the human body has several reserves to maintain a constant supply of glucose to the cells. In this way, the blood glucose/sugar levels are normally maintained within a narrow range. However, any rise or drop in the glucose levels above or below the normal range can have serious effects.
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Prostate problems are common in older men. About 1 out of 3 men older than 50 years will suffer with an enlarged prostate, a condition known as benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). By the age of 85 years, it will affect 90% of men. It is not the only type of prostate problem that will affect a man, especially as he gets older, but it is the most common by far. An inflamed prostate known as prostatitis is also a fairly common occurrence but is more frequent in a man with BPH. And prostate cancer is among the most common types of cancer in men.
While prostatitis and prostate cancer needs definitive medical treatment, an enlarged prostate is often managed conservatively. Most men have to learn to live with the problem. It is only when an enlarged prostate is causing severe symptoms that treatment is considered, or the prostate is even surgically removed. So what does living with prostate irritation, and specifically an enlarged prostate entail?
The thyroid gland is one of the important glands in the human body. Sitting in your neck, this butterfly-shaped gland primarily controls your body’s metabolism. Through the actions of its two hormones, the thyroid gland can speed up your metabolism or slow it down. This means that your cells will produce more energy or less. It also affects your body’s growth rate and has a host of other effects on the body. There are minor changes in thyroid activity occurring throughout the day but we never give our thyroid gland much thought until it become dysfunctional. With minor problems, there may be little to no symptoms. But once the thyroid activity is significantly affected, the symptoms become obvious, causes significant discomfort and can have severe consequences.
Diabetes mellitus is a global problem largely associated with diet and lifestyle, although genetic factors are just as important. With some 26 million American living with diabetes, it has become one of the major chronic diseases of today along with coronary artery disease and high blood cholesterol. The even more concerning factor is that there are some 79 million Americans with prediabetes, and it is not just the middle aged or elderly. Studies have revealed that approximately 35% of Americans older than 20 years of age (just over 1 out of 3 people) are suffering with prediabetes and many do not even know that they have the condition. Eventually these people will become diabetic without quick intervention.
The environment within the mouth and structure of the teeth are geared to handle a range of chemical, thermal and physical insults during the course of a day. After all, the mouth is one of two main points for a range of external substances to enter the body – the other being the nose. While these areas tend to react to the entrance of any noxious substances, it should not be painful of uncomfortable if food or drinks enter the mouth just like air should not pose a problem to the nose. However, there are instances where eating regular food and drink can be a problem due to abnormal sensitivity of the teeth and mouth.