Monthly Focus

February is Healthy Heart Month

Heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 killers in the United States but early recognition and preventive intervention can be lifesaving for millions. The observance of American Heart Month was proclamed in 2004 because of the unacceptable level of morbidity and the immense toll on human lilfe. 

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January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

What Is It?

Glaucoma is a major cause of preventable blindness which affects all age groups from infants to seniors. The incidence is greatest among the African-American and Hispanic populations and it is a leading cause of blindness. 

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December is AIDS Awareness Month

AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) is now pandemic- widespread geographically- and since the 1970s has killed more than 21.8 million people.

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November is American Diabetes Month

We are acutely aware of the personal and economic toll diabetes has on our population. The direct cost to employees and employers as well as indirect costs have become staggering. The American Diabetes Association estimates that the U.S. spends $116 billion each year for medical costs and an additional $58 billion for disability benefits, work loss and premature mortality. We need to take charge and stop diabetes in its tracks!

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October is Health Literacy Month

Health literacy, the ability to obtain, understand, and apply health information in an appropriate fashion is imperative. The lack of informed consumers not only affect  our personal well-being but it affects the “health“ of our nation in a variety of sectors including  economics, morbidity and mortality, ethics, and liability.

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January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

What Is It?

Glaucoma is a major cause of preventable blindness which affects all age groups from infants to seniors. The incidence is greatest among the African-American and Hispanic populations and it is a leading cause of blindness. 

 

Over 3 million Americans, and nearly 70 million people worldwide, have glaucoma. Experts estimate that half of them don’t know they have it. Combined with our aging population, we can see an epidemic of blindness looming if we don’t raise awareness about the importance of regular eye examinations to preserve vision. 

There are two main types of glaucoma: primary open angle glaucoma (POAG), and angle closure glaucoma. These are marked by an increase of intraocular pressure (IOP), or pressure inside the eye. When optic nerve damage has occurred despite a normal IOP, this is called normal tension glaucoma. Secondary glaucoma refers to any case in which another disease causes or contributes to increased eye pressure, resulting in optic nerve damage and vision loss. 

What Should You Know?

The most common type of glaucoma—primary open angle glaucoma—is hereditary; so if you do have glaucoma, don’t keep it a secret. Also, siblings of persons diagnosed with glaucoma have a significantly increased risk of having glaucoma so let your family members know they are at increased risk.

Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness, and in the most common form, there are virtually no symptoms. Vision loss begins with peripheral or side vision, so if you have glaucoma, you may not notice anything until significant vision is lost. 

The best way to protect your sight from glaucoma is to get a comprehensive eye examination. Then, if you have glaucoma, treatment can begin immediately.

For more information about glaucoma visit the official glaucoma website at:

www.glaucoma.org

 

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