Your Wellness Counts
Free your mind and your "wellness" will follow. Your weight is undercontrol. You dodged the H1N1 virus over the past several months. You are in good shape - able to jump, carry, squat, speed walk, jog or whatever gets you through the day. Your allergies have not overtaken your sinuses. Possibly you have faced -- and conquered -- a critical health condition like pneumonia.
Those are definitely good signs of wellness. But they are just the beginning. Full wellness begins with the body, yet it stretches far beyond that. There are five factors that best describe wellness:
Take Control of Your Health
Managing your health involves multiple factors that effect the quality of care that you receive and continued risks to your health. From practicing healthy behaviors to selecting the right treatments -- there are decisions that will have an impact on your overall health. To make the right decisions you want to stay informed. When it is time to make decisions about your health, knowledge truly is power.
Have a Plan
Having a plan is key to making the right choices for your health. Here at Aunis Health our goal is to empower you with the necessary information, products and services to do so in our advanced theraputic areas.
Be in the Know: (click on the tabs to learn more)
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (HIV/AIDS)
AIDS is a serious disease that represents the late clinical stage of infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HIV progressively damages the immune system. Without an effective immune system, life-threatening infections and other noninfectious conditions related to failing immunity (such as certain cancers) eventually develop.
HIV can be transmitted through:
- Sexual intercourse
- Needle- or syringe-sharing
- Medical use of blood or blood components
- Organ or tissue transplantation
- Artificial insemination
- Pregnancy (perinatally from an infected woman to her infant).
Live a Healthy Life
Heart disease or cardiovascular diseases is the class of diseases that involve the heart or blood vessels. Most countries face high and increasing rates of cardiovascular disease. Each year, heart disease kills more Americans than cancer.
By the time that heart problems are detected, the underlying cause is usually quite advanced, having progressed for decades. There is therefore increased emphasis on prevention by modifying risk factors, such as healthy eating, exercise and avoidance of smoking.
Chronic pain can cause sleep disorders
Patients suffering from chronic pain often find that their problems are compounded by the additional difficulties that come with insomnia and sleeping disorders. Chronic pain affects an estimated 86 million American adults to some degree. Pain management is important for ongoing pain control, especially if you suffer with long-term or chronic pain. After getting a pain assessment, your doctor can prescribe pain medicine or other pain treatments to help you get pain relief. Sometimes psychotherapy is also useful in learning new coping skills to help with chronic pain.
Oncology - What You Need to Know
Screening and early detection of cancer
Early detection of cancer greatly increases the chances for successful treatment. There are two major components of early detection of cancer: education to promote early diagnosis and screening.
Recognizing possible warning signs of cancer and taking prompt action leads to early diagnosis. Increased awareness of possible warning signs of cancer, among physicians, nurses and other health care providers as well as among the general public, can have a great impact on the disease. Some early signs of cancer include lumps, sores that fail to heal, abnormal bleeding, persistent indigestion, and chronic hoarseness. Early diagnosis is particularly relevant for cancers of the breast, cervix, mouth, larynx, colon and rectum, and skin.
What is the Metabolic Syndrome?
Metabolic Risk Factors:
- Abdominal obesity (excessive fat tissue in and around the abdomen)
- Atherogenic dyslipidemia (blood fat disorders high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol and high LDL cholesterol that foster plaque buildups in artery walls)
- Elevated blood pressure
- Insulin resistance or glucose intolerance (the body can’t properly use insulin or blood sugar)
- Prothrombotic state (e.g., high fibrinogen or plasminogen activator inhibitor1 in the blood)
- Proinflammatory state (e.g., elevated C-reactive protein in the blood)
People with the metabolic syndrome are at increased risk of coronary heart disease and other diseases related to plaque buildups in artery walls (e.g., stroke and peripheral vascular disease) and type 2 diabetes. The metabolic syndrome has become increasingly common in the United States. It’s estimated that over 50 million Americans have it.