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Health Ministries
November 2021


November is American Diabetes Month; Lung Cancer Awareness Month and National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.

 

Diabetes

Diabetes affects just over 1 in 10 Americans and approximately 1 in 3 American adults is prediabetic.  The National Institutes of Health’s Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Disease section defines diabetes as a chronic disease that occurs when your blood glucose, also called your blood sugar, is too high and your body’s ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin is impaired. There are 3 types of diabetes: type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes.  Type 1 diabetes is thought to be an autoimmune reaction that stops your body from making insulin. Approximately, 5-10% of people who have diabetes have type 1.  Type 2 diabetes occurs when your body does not use insulin well and cannot keep blood sugars at a normal level.  Approximately, 90-95% of people who have diabetes have type 2.  Gestational diabetes is similar to type 2 diabetes but it develops in pregnant women who never have had diabetes before.  Most time gestational diabetes resolves after the baby is born however having gestational diabetes increases a woman’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. 

 

You are more at risk for developing type 2 diabetes if…

  1. You have a family history of diabetes, especially a parent, brother or sister with type 2 diabetes
  2. You are overweight
  3. You are physically inactive
  4. You have hypertension/high blood pressure
  5. You are prediabetic
  6. You had diabetes during pregnancy
  7. You are age 45 years or older and
  8. You are African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino American, Native American, Asian American or Pacific Islander
  9. You have low HDL cholesterol and/or high triglycerides
  10. You have been diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome

 

How to prevent and/or lower my risk of developing type 2 diabetes:

  1. Lose weight and keep it off - Loosing just 5-7% of your body weight can decrease your risk
  2. Exercise an average of 150 minutes per week at moderate to vigorous intensity, always check with your healthcare provider before starting any exercise routine
  3. Eat healthy - As Seventh-Day Adventists our health message promotes a plant-based diet. However to have the best benefit, the plant-based diet should be whole-foods, without refined sugars or carbohydrates, with minimal to no processed foods and low fat.

 

For more information visit the CDC, the American Diabetes Association and National Institutes of Health websites from which the above information was gleaned.

https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes

https://www.diabetes.org

https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/diabetes

 

Lung Cancer

All types of lung cancer collectively account for about 27% of all cancer deaths in America.  Survival rates for lung cancer unfortunately are low, about 17% chance of surviving to 5 years.

 

Risk factors for lung cancer…

  1. Smoking
  2. Being exposed to second-hand smoke
  3. Being exposed to radon gas
  4. Being exposed to asbestos
  5. Being exposed to other carcinogens (cancer causing agents)
  6. Air pollution
  7. Having arsenic in the drinking water
  8. Having previous radiation to the lungs and
  9. Having a personal or family history of lung cancer

 

Lung cancer prevention:

  1. Do not smoke or breath in other people’s smoke
  2. Avoid radon exposure in your home and on the job
  3. Avoid or limit exposure to cancer causing agents
  4. Eat a healthy diet (one filled with lots of fruits and vegetables)

 

For more information visit the American Cancer Society and the Lung Cancer Foundation of America websites from which the above information was gleaned.

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/lung-cancer.html

https://lcfamerica.org

 

Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain disease and is the most common form of dementia.  Dementia is a general term for symptoms like decline in memory, reasoning or other thinking skills.  Alzheimer’s Disease is a specific disease that accounts for 60-80% of dementia cases. 

 

Ten warning signs and symptoms for possible Alzheimer’s Dementia:

  1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
  3. Difficulty completing familia tasks
  4. Confusion with time or place
  5. Trouble understanding visual images or spatial relationships
  6. New problem with words in speaking or writing
  7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  8. Decreased or poor judgment
  9. Withdrawal from work or social activities and
  10. Changes in mood and personality

 

Risk factors for Alzheimer’s Disease…

  1. Older age
  2. Family history
  3. Genetics
  4. Other factors
    • Head injury
    • Having diseases that damage heart and blood vessels (heart disease, diabetes, stroke, hypertension/high blood pressure and high cholesterol)
    • Being African American or Latino

 

Suggested measure to take to try and prevent for Alzheimer’s Disease:

  1. Maintain good heart health
  2. Get regular physical exercise
  3. Eat a heart healthy diet
  4. Maintain strong social connections and keeping mentally active
  5. Avoid head trauma

 

For more information visit the Alzheimer’s Association website from which the above information was gleaned.

https://www.alz.org

 

COVID-19

COVID-19 is still with us.  The Delta variant recked havoc on those who are not fully vaccinated late summer and early fall.  There have been over 747,970 COVID related deaths in the United States.  Praise the Lord for blessing us with 1 fully FDA approved vaccine (Comirnaty-the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine) and 2 emergency use authorization vaccines (Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen single-dose COVID-19 vaccine).  Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine has met the safety and efficacy standards for authorization in children ages 5 through 15 years.  Additionally, booster shots are now available and are recommended for various groups of people. Check with your healthcare provider to determine if you are eligible for the COVID vaccine booster.  It is each individual’s choice in consultation with their healthcare provider whether and when to be vaccinated.  Finally, we are in the influenza (flu) season which began October.  Everyone is encouraged to get vaccinated against the flu every year.  In 2020, the flu was moderate compared to prior years.  It is felt that the same precautions we took to prevent COVID-19 also protected us from getting the flu in some cases.  We still need to be vigilant in taking precautions to avoid getting and spreading the both these viruses.      

 

STOP THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 and GERMS (CDC.gov/coronavirus)

  1. Wear masks
  2. Social distance: stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people in public
  3. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue then throw the tissue in the trash and immediately wash your hands
  4. DO NOT touch your eyes, nose and mouth, especially in public
  5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  6. STAY HOME when you are sick except when getting medical care
  7. WASH YOUR HANDS often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  8. Get vaccinated (unless you have a medical contraindication or a healthcare provider has told you not to get the vaccine).

 

Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19

(This is not an all-inclusive list)

Fever (temperature greater than or equal to 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius)

Cough

Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Chills

Fatigue

Muscle or body aches

Headaches

New loss of taste and/or smell

Sore throat

Congestion or runny nose

Nausea or vomiting

Diarrhea

 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html

 

Sign and symptoms of the flu are often similar to COVID-19 symptoms. 

  1. Fever (temperature greater than or equal to 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius)
  2. Dry, persistent cough
  3. Shortness of breath
  4. Chills and sweats
  5. Tiredness and weakness
  6. Aching muscles
  7. Headache
  8. Sore throat
  9. Runny or stuffy nose
  10. Vomiting and diarrhea (this is more common in children than adults)
  11. Eye pain

If you think you have the flu or COVID-19, your healthcare provider may want to test you to see which one you have.  There are prescription antiviral drugs that are FDA approved to treat the flu.  Remdesivir is an intravenous drug that has been approved by the FDA for treatment of COVID-19 hospitalized adults and pediatric (age >= 12 years and weighing >= 40 kg) patients.  Continue to pray for our state, country and world for healing.

 

Psalm 121 (NKJV)I will lift up my eyes to the hills, From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.  He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber.  Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.  The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand.  The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul.  The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth and even forevermore.”

 

2 Chronicles 7:14 “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive theirs sins and heal their land.”

 

John 10:10 “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”



Seventh-Day Adventist Grief Share Groups

 

El Centro SDA church group California-meeting online

 

Discover Life SDA church group California-meeting in person

 

Kansas Avenue SDA church group California-meeting online

 

Dorchester Berea SDA church group Boston, MA-meeting online

 

Apple Creek SDA church group Ontario, Canada-meeting online

 

Arlington SDA church group Arlington, TX-meeting online

 

 

 

https://www.griefshare.org




 

Other Resources:
NAD Health Ministry

Weimar Health Center

Loma Linda University

Adventist Hospitals

Adventist Health System

NEWSTART Lifestyle program
Uchee Pines Institute WebMD

 

Veggie World
Mayo Clinic