Category Archives: Medical

A Look At Glaucoma & Natural Prevention Techniques

With nearly 3 million Americans with glaucoma, it’s surprising that the importance of preventional eye care remains understated.

Glaucoma is an eye condition that can lead to blindness if not caught early. As this disease develops remarkably slowly, many people don’t know they have it until the damage has been done. In fact, glaucoma remains the leading cause of blindness in elderly persons.

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Why Healthcare Is Becoming Problematically Expensive & What We Can Do About It

Healthcare is becoming an increasingly controversial topic in the US.

With rates that are only getting more expensive, the consequences of ObamaCare, and hefty premium rates- there is an urgent need for reform in the US healthcare sector. Middle-class workers, students, and self-employed individuals are choosing to forgo traditional insurance and “wing it,” resulting in a steep decline in their overall personal wellness. Not only are people having difficulty in finding affordable solutions for their illnesses, they are also missing a key step in the security of their health: prevention.

So, what are our limitations and how do we solve them to make way for a stronger and healthier country?

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Are Young Adults Able to Predict Their Chances of Developing Alzheimer’s?

Would you want to know?

A recent study  by the American Academy or Neurology (AAN) published on Science Daily, revealed that young adults may be able to anticipate their chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

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Everything You Need to Know About Maintaining Good Eye Health

The eyes indicate the antiquity of the soul. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

The eyes are windows to the soul, so it essential to take good care of them.

Like most preventative care, ensuring your eyes stay in shape as long as possible is a multistep process. This involves managing a well-balanced diet, UV protection, as well as avoiding certain external strains. The cautionary thing about eye health is that it tends to become worse rather than better over time.

The following steps will ensure that you are maximizing the quality of your eyesight for as long as possible:

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Cancer Prevention: A Multistep Process Worth the Effort

Cancer is one of the scariest words in the medical field.

With no simple or painless treatment options or cures available, this disease nothing short of a scary cloud looming in the distance. With a broad range of risk factors and genetic predispositions, no one is safe from developing this life-changing condition. Like for all medical conditions, prevention is often times infinitely easier than a cure.

So, how does one ensure that they are lowering their risk for developing cancer as much as possible?

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How to Fall-Proof a Home in Five Easy Steps

The following is a guest post by Max Gottlieb from Senior Planning.

If you’ve ever had a relative who has fallen, then you know just how important it is to avoid falls at any cost.

A fall oftentimes means the beginning of someone’s journey into death. Both of my grandparents, who were otherwise healthy, fell and within three months passed away. My grandfather, recovering from a hospital stay, rolled off of his bed and all the progress of his recovery quickly vanished. Unfortunately, with a fall like this, there is not much you can do to prevent it unless the older person wants to put rails on their bed, similar to a top bunk on a bunk bed. For most people, this is unrealistic. My grandma’s fall, however, could have been prevented.

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All About Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is a serious and complex condition caused by Borrelia bacteria.

The disease itself is attained through a tick bite.  Quickly after the inception of the infection, a series of symptoms will most likely occur between 3 to 30 days. These symptoms include (but are not limited to) an itchy rash that can be up to twelve inches across, fever, and severe joint pain. If treated quickly, the disease can be cured with relatively no complications. However, some people don’t develop symptoms from the infection, which contributes greatly to the severity of the disease in the long run.

More serious complications from Lyme Disease include memory loss, chronic fatigue, severe migraines, heart palpitations, and the most severe being neurological problems that are sometimes irreversible.

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All About Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea is a chronic disorder in which an individual has irregular breathing during sleep.

This breathing irregularity occurs at intraverbals, typically lasting seconds to minutes. Although this habit seems negligible, it prevents an effective, healthy sleep pattern from occurring. This results in extreme daytime fatigue, moodiness, and sometimes, even depression.

Since this condition, that nearly 18 million Americans are projective to have, occurs during sleep, it is extremely tricky to diagnose. Individuals can go a very long time without even realizing they have sleep apnea, and struggle to find the cause of their endless exhaustion. Even doctors have a hard time diagnosing sleep apnea, as there are no physical indicators that one has the condition.

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What You Need to Know About Lupus

Lupus is a serious chronic inflammatory
that affects many different organs such as the kidneys, lungs, and even the brain.

Lupus occurs when an individual’s immune system attacks its own tissues, making it an autoimmune disease. It is estimated that up to as many as 1.5 million people are affected by lupus. Because so many systems in the body are damaged from this condition, it can be extremely uncomfortable and difficult to manage. The complications from lupus vary from kidney failure, an increased risk of pneumonia, anemia, strokes and more. It is also important to note that developing lupus also increases one’s risk of cancer.

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Crohn’s Disease: The Basics & Treatment Options

Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract.

For those with this condition, their immune systems end up attacking the good bacteria in their intestines . This often results in ulcers and painful inflammation. The symptoms of Crohn’s can be quite uncomfortable, the most common ones being painful cramping, fatigue, diarrhea,  and weight loss. The pain can range from mild to severe, and if left untreated can have serious health consequences.

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The Deal on Health Supplements: Necessary, Optional, or Useless?

“A healthy body is a platform for flourishing a healthy mind.” Pawan Mishra

If you walk down the health aisle at any drug store, you’ll be amazed at just how many vitamins and supplements there are out there.

Ten years ago, simply taking a vitamin C supplement in the morning would make you feel a step ahead of the health game. In recent history, the market for vitamin supplements has gone through the roof. There seems to be a capsule for any condition out there (even ones you didn’t know you could have!)

Really, there are supplements available that are marked as  “curve-enhancement,” “sharp mind“, and “placenta pills.” Who would have known?

So, in the midst of this colorful and extensive health market, what vitamins do we actually need to be taking?

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6 Sneaky Reasons You’re Tired That Have Nothing to Do with Sleep

Mothers talk about sleep the way someone who is starving talks about food. Fatigue can overshadow your life, making everything seem like too much trouble.
― Kathleen A. Kendall-Tackett

We’ve all been there.

There are times that we maintain a balanced, sufficient sleep schedule and still end up exhausted. Our bodies are complex mechanisms that can be quite finicky at times.  It’s a frustrating feeling, not being able to get the energy you need despite a full night of rest.

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Is There Room for Alternative Medicine in Modern Society?

Herbs As Alternative Medicine

I grew up with a grandma who seemed to have a natural remedy for any of my ailments: honey for a sore throat, lavender to relax me, or ginger to calm my stomach. In a society far too used to popping a pill for a quick fix for any ailment, is there room for the traditional, natural remedies our grandparents have always told us about?

The following are qualities about common herbs that you may have grown up with and may be interested in using instead of prescriptive medication.

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Health Comes First

dreamstime_xl_15726474 - Copy - CopyTeddyCan takes pride in all of our the health-related resources. We offer a variety of cash-back rebates to an extensive amount of various health-related tests. All testing is done through QuickLabWork, and above all else are affordable. Not only are the prices of these tests inexpensive, but health insurance is not a requirement. These are simple procedures that do not require a doctor’s order, and can also be ordered right online! Your test results will remain confidential, and when using TeddyCan, so will your searches.

Here’s a sample of some of our latest health tests:

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Solutions for Osteoporosis: From Mainstream Medicine to Chinese Herbal Cures

Bone mass inevitably decreases as we age, making us more susceptible to bone fractures and back pain. This is a condition known as osteoporosis, which over 10 million americans struggle with. Women are much more likely to develop osteoporosis, and having a family history also increases your likelihood. One of the biggest factors in this condition is lies in how much bone mass you had to begin with, which usually reaches its peak in your early twenties. Other risk factors include: lack of calcium and vitamin c, a high sodium intake, smoking, and an inactive lifestyle.

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The Link Between Depression and Coronary Heart Disease

Does being diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder put us at risk for developing cardiovascular disease?

Recent clinical studies have shown that there is in fact a correlation between Major Depressive Disorder and Coronary Heart Disease. Those that have been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder are at a much higher risk of developing Coronary Heart Disease, accompanied by a higher mortality rate. Research has shown that 15-20% of those who experience a myocardial infarction met the criteria for having Major Depressive Disorder.

The tricky part lies in determining if one condition is a primary trigger for the other.

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Is Candida Silently Destroying Your Health?

Candida is a fungus that lives in your digestive tract, and in small amounts, does a good job of absorbing essential nutrients. Also known as yeast, candida is found in an abundance of foods we consume, such as bread, beer, wine, pretzels, and cakes.

An overgrowth of candida can have extremely insidious effects on our health that most people are completely unaware of. In fact, the symptoms of candida overgrowth mimic symptoms of other common illnesses like depression, diabetes, and irritable bowel syndrome. If left untreated, candida can wreak havoc on our immune systems, gastrointestinal system, and our mental health.

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Coping with Heart Disease: Prevention Tips & Alternative Medicine

At Teddycan, we believe in the importance of approaching our health from a holistic viewpoint. This means using multiple sources as a way to get the best, most well-rounded advice. We know that you know the basics, so we are eager to share some interesting, alternative advice for you.

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Living with Arthritis: How Do I Stay Active?

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an inflammatory disease that is marked by pain and swelling in joints. This discomfort can make it tough to be as active as you would like. However, a little bit of exercise goes a long way, and can actually improve your symptoms greatly. So, the question is, how do you do this without making your condition worse?

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Type 2 Diabetes: What You Need to Know

Type 2 Diabetes is a common disease which occurs when your body cannot maintain proper insulin levels. This results in  your pancreas making too much insulin, and then consequently, not having enough. Although the complications from Type 2 Diabetes can be severe, prevention and catching it early make a world of difference.

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Spring Into Action

Sick of being cooped up from all this cold weather? With temperatures rising, snow melting and birds chirping, spring is about to be in full bloom. It’s time to get outdoors and shake off that winter weariness!

It’s hard to find something to do outside when the weather isn’t warm, but studies show that it’s incredibly important for your health. Business Insider reviewed the results of multiple studies from scientific journals that found some of the benefits from experiencing nature might include:

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