Diseases and Health

The end goal of a great diet is to improve your health. Here are some great tips and information for staying healthy.

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Gout

Gout is one of the most common forms of arthritis in the world as it is estimated to affect 3 million people in the United States. The cause of gout is urate crystal deposition in joints causing a severe inflammatory reaction, but why some people are affected while others are not, is still very muchContinue reading “Gout”

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in older individuals passed the age of 60. Worldwide, it is the number one cause of permanent blindness while in the USA it is the second most common. Glaucoma occurs when there is damage to the optic nerve of the eye often occurring very slowly overContinue reading “Glaucoma”

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes damage to your body’s joints over time. It is usually seen in a symmetric pattern, so if one joint in your arm or leg is affected, the other joint on the opposite arm or leg will also be affected. This characteristic is unique to RA andContinue reading “Rheumatoid Arthritis”

Osteoporosis

Among most people, osteoporosis is a well-known condition, however the cause and complications are often misunderstood. By medical definition, osteoporosis occurs when there is low bone mass, microarchitectural disruption, and increased skeletal fragility in the body. The causes can vary between poor diet and hormonal problems, most common being the loss of estrogen occurring postContinue reading “Osteoporosis”

Poison Ivy Precautions

Most of us have been told to avoid poison ivy since we were kids, passing along the caution to our own children, friends, and neighbors. The etiology of why poison Ivy causes a rash is unknown to most people, however the mechanism is well studied and has to do with the way our immune cellsContinue reading “Poison Ivy Precautions”

COPD

COPD, also known as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, emphysema, or chronic bronchitis, is a disease caused by tobacco smoke that affects 15.7 million Americans and was the third leading cause of death in 2014 according to the CDC. Smoking introduces toxins and free radicals that can cause reversible damage in the short-term, but irreversible damageContinue reading “COPD”

Diabetic Diets

Diabetes is a disease of sugar imbalance in the blood. Eating too much sugar or fat greatly worsens this imbalance, leading to faster progression of the disease along with increased fatigue, loss of focus, and depression. For type 2 diabetics, this imbalance can be corrected and reversed by a healthy diet and exercise.  Reducing theContinue reading “Diabetic Diets”

Reading a Nutrition Label

Nutrition labels on pre-packaged food can provide an easy reference for the nutrition content of the meal. A large amount of information is present and can be daunting to interpret correctly, but with practice this process can be a simple step to ensuring each meal is nutritious and well-balanced. Below is an example label thatContinue reading “Reading a Nutrition Label”

Quitting Smoking

Tobacco use is the largest preventable contributor to disease, disability, and death in the US. Currently, there are 34 million smokers in the United States, totalling about 14% of the population. 16 million Americans live with a disease directly attributable to smoking tobacco, such as heart disease, COPD, or cancer.  Smoking tobacco harms the bodyContinue reading “Quitting Smoking”

Diabetes Health and You

There is a lot of fear and misinformation when it comes to diabetes. Most people know diabetes has a lot to do with the mechanism in which the human body regulates blood sugar and diabetes development has a lot to do with overeating sugar, but beyond that…. There is a lot of confusion amongst people. Continue reading “Diabetes Health and You”

Hypertension

Elevated blood pressure or hypertension is a disease that thousands of Americans have. The American Heart Association classifies hypertension as having a blood pressure greater than 130/80 on two occasions. This equates to your systolic pressure being greater than 130 and your diastolic pressure being over 80. These pressures are associated with the amount ofContinue reading “Hypertension”

Skin Cancer Prevention

Gardening comes with so many benefits… fresh produce, some physical activity, your daily dose of vitamin D through sunlight and much more including delicious, nutritious, and homegrown produce, but we students at Macon Veggies want to remind you that being out in the sun requires proper precautions.  Skin cancer is the most prevalent cancer inContinue reading “Skin Cancer Prevention”

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Peas

Peas are a great source of nutrients that play a role in eye and digestive health. They are high in fiber as well as antioxidants which leads some to believe that they aid in joint health, especially for those with rheumatoid arthritis. Pea Salad with Bacon Ingredients: 6 strips bacon cut into small pieces 2Continue reading “Peas”

Corn

Corn is a staple in our homes during the summer. Corn on the cobb is such an easy side dish that is rich in fiber. Did you know that you can throw an unshucked cob of corn in the microwave for a couple minutes and it will come out ready to eat? Tomato and CornContinue reading “Corn”

Eggplant

Eggplant season begins in May and June depending on your region. These veggies possess fiber and antioxidants which help with diabetes management as well as cardiovascular health. Garlic and Herb Eggplant Ingredients: 2 medium eggplants, peeled and diced into 1 1/2 inch pieces Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup virgin olive oilContinue reading “Eggplant”

Zucchini Noodles

Zucchini is a great summer vegetable that you can be planting now! It is very versatile in terms of uses in dishes- you might have even heard of zucchini noodles. Those noodles are a great substitute in dishes to decrease carbs and increase nutrients while being easy to make with a spiralizer or veggie peeler.Continue reading “Zucchini Noodles”

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