We generally think of medications available without a prescription or over-the-counter medications as relatively safe. For the most part this is true. However, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. This may lead to potential harm. One of those seemingly safe drugs is acetaminophen. What makes this drug not so safe to use? Acetaminophen can be found in many prescription and over-the-counter medications. For instance it is the main ingredient in Tylenol an other over-the-counter cold or sleep remedies. Moreover it can be found in combination with other drugs. This may lead to over dosing or worse yet liver failure if one is not careful. The best that one can do is read medication labels to carefully to note ingredients and avoid duplication of ingestion.
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It’s a brand new year and a time when resolutions are made. And if you are any thing like me, you probably have made many many resolutions. For instance, as I started writing this post I intended to discuss my New Year resolutions to maintain my blog up to date and so on. Then I started wondering about all those forgotten resolutions of past New Years. I finally came to the conclusion that this year I will not make resolutions but will focus on specific areas such as my blog. This led me to the topic of this post which is about areas to focus on in regards to your health instead of making resolutions.
So here is a list of areas to focus on to improve or maintain one’s health status:
1). Annual physical examination
2.) Regular dental examinations
3.) Eye examination
4.) Maintain immunizations up to date
5.) Regularly reconcile medication list
Bear in mind, this list is not all inclusive, but it is a great start to a healthier year. Now, I will work on my focus areas to maintain the Hispanic Latino Health blog.
Happy New Year!
A closer look at Hispanic Latino Health’s first year in the blogosphere!
The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.
A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,700 times in 2010. That’s about 4 full 747s.
In 2010, there were 6 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 23 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 4mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.
The busiest day of the year was March 25th with 132 views. The most popular post that day was Disclaimer.
Where did they come from?
The top referring sites in 2010 were twitter.com, WordPress Dashboard, blogadera.com, minoritynurse.com, and hon.ch.
Some visitors came searching, mostly for hispanic latino health, latino health blog, rosita rodriguez, hispaniclatinohealth.com, and hispanic health.
Attractions in 2010
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
Disclaimer March 2010
About March 2010
Contact March 2010
Links to Health Websites March 2010
Greetings and Salutations March 2010
Let’s talk about two key words used to describe body weight. These terms are overweight and obesity. In addition, let’s discuss how the terms are defined.
First, we will talk about the term overweight. Overweight is a state in which a person weighs too much. It is important to note that this state includes weight from fat, muscle, bone, and body water (MedlinePlus, 2009). In adults, overweight can be further defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 25.0 to 29.9 (CDC, 2010).
The second word to explore is obesity. Obesity is a condition defined as having too much body fat (MedlinePlus, 2009). This definition does not take into consideration other factors that may increase weight. In adults, obesity can be further defined as having a BMI of 30 or higher (CDC, 2010).
An important point to be aware of is, BMI does not measure body fat directly (CDC, 2010).
Weight Management Resources on the Web:
The Obesity Society: http://www.obesity.org/
Weight Control Information Network: http://win.niddk.nih.gov/index.htm
Center for Disease Control and Prevention. (2010). Defining overweight and obesity. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/defining.html
MedlinePlus. (2009). Obesity. Retrieved from http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/obesity.html
Let’s talk about the highs and lows of blood glucose or sugar. There are two important words to know which are associated with diabetes. These terms are hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia.
First, we will explore hyperglycemia. This term is used to describe an abnormally high blood glucose level. This can further be divided into fasting and postprandial high blood glucose. For instance, fasting hyperglycemia occurs when there is a high blood glucose level although a person has not had any food for about eight hours. Postprandial hyperglycemia occurs when a person has a high blood sugar level after an hour or two of eating a meal (National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse [NDIC], 2009).
Now, we can take a look at hypoglycemia. This term is used to describe an abnormally low blood glucose or sugar level (NDIC, 2009).
So is there a term that describes the just right blood glucose level? The answer is yes! Euglycemia means a normal blood sugar level (NDIC, 2009).
National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse. (2009). Diabetes dictionary. Retrieved from http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/dictionary/index.htm