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Crohn Disease

Crohn’s disease primarily affects the digestive system, particularly the ileum (the lower part of the small intestine) though portions of the large intestine (the colon) may also become affected. Conditions typically involve abnormal inflammation of the intestinal walls and inflammation can occur anywhere from the mouth to the anus.


Most commonly Crohn disease appears in a person’s middle to late teens but can appear at any age. There is no known cause of Crohn disease though a variety of genetic and environmental factors are likely to play a role in causing Crohn disease. Research suggests that variations such as changes in the immune system and the presence of bacteria in the digestive tract may disrupt the ability of cells in the intestine to respond normally to bacteria. Recent studies suggest that the genes responsible for providing instruction for making proteins are disrupted causing an abnormal immune response to bacteria in the intestinal wall and are thought to lead to the chronic inflammation characteristic of Crohn disease.

Common symptoms of this condition are diarrhea, abdominal pain and cramping, loss of appetite, weight loss and fever. Some people with Crohn disease may experience chronic bleeding from inflamed tissues in the intestine which may lead to anemia. Individuals with Crohn disease may also experience intestinal blockage caused by swelling or a build up of scar tissue in the intestinal walls. Some may also develop fistula (abnormal connections between the intestine and other tissues such as the bladder, vagina or skin). Fistulae occur when ulcers break through the intestinal wall to form passages between loops of the intestine or between the intestine and nearby structures.

Doctors treat Crohn disease with medicines, bowel res and surgery. The goal of treatment is to decrease the inflammation in the intestines, to prevent flare ups and to keep affected persons in remission. Depending on the symptoms changes in diet may be suggested to help manage Crohn disease.

Diagnosis is not accomplished by one test however by multiple tests. To find a genetics professional you may wish to speak with you personal physician or insurance company. There are several resource for locating genetic professionals online.

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What is prediabetes?

Why do I want to prevent diabetes?

Who do I want to do it for?

86 million American, age 20 and above, have blood glucose levels higher than normal but not high enough to be called diabetes. This is called “pre-diabetes”. Because people with prediabetes are at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke taking steps toward prevention will give you and your family health benefits that and lower risk or complications such as blindness, heart disease, kidney disease and stroke. Small steps at life long changes such as developing a low fat, low calorie healthy eating plan that include fruits, vegetables and whole grains and moderate exercise, at least 30 minutes a week, are rewarding steps you and your family can enjoy.

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One in eight of all women are affected by breast cancer. There are many risks factors however no one has been able to reveal why women get breast cancer. Some risks include:

  • Age
  • Genetics
  • Personal History
  • Contraceptives
  • Obesity
  • Dense Breasts

Sign that someone may have breast cancer can include nipple discharge, a change or difference in the shape or size of the breast or a lump in the breast. Mammography is a type of X-ray imaging used to check for breast cancer in women who do not show signs or symptoms of the disease. This type of mammogram is used to locate breast in its early stages where most effectively treated. Treatments can include:

  • Lumpectomy
  • Mastectomy
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Targeted Therapy

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What are the benefits of vitamins

Vitamins are important because they are organic substances your body needs to grow and function and they help boost your immunity system.

    Vitamin A


  • Helps with vision, bone health, immune system and skin health

When the body doesn’t have enough vitamin A this can cause dry eyes, dry skin and even diarrhea.

  • Foods with high amounts of Vitamin A are sweet potatoes, carrots, dark leafy greens, squashes, lettuce, dried apricots, cantaloupe, bell peppers, fish, liver and tropical fruits.
    Vitamin B


  • Helps create energy and improve metabolism, helps with digestion and helps vision, skin and hair health

Inadequate amounts of vitamin B can cause stress, fatigue and restlessness.

  • A good source of Vitamin B can be found in fish, poultry, meat, eggs and dairy.
    Vitamin C


  • Helps the Immune system and helps with healing wounds

Symptom of vitamin C deficiency include fatigue, joint and muscle aches, and mood changes.

  • Foods rich with Vitamin C include, bell peppers, dark leafy greens, kiwifruit, broccoli, berries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, peas and papayas.
    Vitamin D


  • Helps strengthens bones, in calcium absorption and immune system health

Not enough vitamin D may not only lead to exhaustion it can also cause aches and pains in the bones known as osteomalacia.

  • Foods that provide a good source of vitamin D include tuna, mackerel, salmon, orange juice, soy milk, cereal, beef liver, cheese and egg yolks.
    Folic Acid


  • Helps promote cellular health and helps to prevent birth defects

All people need folic acid however this is especially true for women’s health because it assists in preventing birth defects.

  • Foods that provide a good amount of Folic Acid are leafy green vegetable’s, citrus fruits, beans, breads, cereals, rice and pastas.


  • Helps with teeth and bone health, muscle contraction, nerve signaling and heart rate regulation

If you don’t take in enough calcium you may experience fatigue and muscle cramps.

  • High calcium foods include dark leafy greens, cheese, low-fat milk and yogurt, bok choy, fortified tofu, okra, broccoli, green beans, almonds and fish.

Eating the right amount of vitamins daily will decrease the risks of illness such as the common cold, asthma, heart disease and cancer.

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Health Risks of Obesity- why kids should eat well and live happy

Approximately 17% or 12.7 million of children and adolescents aged 2-19 are obese. The main causes of obesity or excess weight in children are individual causes such as genetics and behavior. Behaviors can include dietary pattern, physical activity or inactivity and medication use. Additional contributing factors include the food and physical activity environment.

frts_vegsChildren who are obese have a greater risk of:

  • High blood pressure and high cholesterol, which are risk factors for heart disease. 70% of obese children had at least one cardiovascular disease risk factor.
  • Increased risk of impaired glucose tolerance, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.
  • Breathing problems such as asthma
  • joint problems and discomfort
  • liver disease, gallstones, and heartburn
  • and psychological stress such as depression and low self-esteem

Healthy behaviors include a healthy diet pattern and regular physical activity. Energy balance of the number of calories consumed from foods and beverages with the number of calories the body uses for activity plays a role in preventing excess weight gain.phys_actvs A healthy diet pattern emphasizing eating whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean protein, low-fat and fat-free dairy products and drinking water can decreases obesity and reduce risk of disease factors such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. It is also recommended that children maintain at least 60 minutes physical activity every day also to reduce disease and obesity factors such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

As a child matures, later health risks include a number of more serious conditions which include heart disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and cancer. People who are obese are at increased risk for serious health conditions and diseases including:

  • High blood pressure (Hypertension)
  • High LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, or high level of triglycerides (Dyslipidemia)
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Osteoarthritis or a breakdown of cartilage and bone within a joint
  • Sleep apnea and breathing problems
  • Some cancers such as endometrial, breast, colon, kidney, gallbladder, and liver
  • Low quality of life
  • Mental illness such as clinical depression, anxiety and other mental disorders
  • Body pain and difficulty with physical functioning

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