Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term adult disability. Four million Americans are living with the effects of stroke.
If you think you or someone near you is having a stroke, call 911 immediately. Getting to a hospital within 60 minutes makes a huge difference in whether or not a stroke victim lives or dies, or the quality of their life afterwards if they do live.
Stroke symptoms are sudden, but sometimes the victim cannot perceive the problem because strokes injure the brain. Symptoms are -
Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg — especially on one side of the body
Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding
Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
Sudden severe headache with no known cause
If you see someone experience facial paralysis on one side or lose the ability to speak or move an arm or leg on one side, call 911.
Find out more about preventing and responding to stokes.
More than 8 percent of Americans have diabetes and about 35 percent of American adults have prediabetes. Prediabetes is a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal. Without healthy lifestyle changes, those with prediabetes may develop diabetes.
To protect your health, get information about:
Risk Factors - Family history, blood pressure, and other factors can affect your chances of developing diabetes. Take a quick test to learn your level of risk.
Prevention - The onset of Type 2 diabetes can sometimes be prevented or delayed through moderate weight loss, good nutrition and exercise.
How to Manage Diabetes - If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, learn how to stay healthy and keep the disease under control.
Statistics - Get some basic facts, including the prevalence of Type 1 versus Type 2 diabetes.
Today is the Great American Smokeout. These five steps will help you put together a plan to quit smoking for good.
OxyElite Pro, a diet supplement marketed for weight loss and muscle growth, was recalled after being linked to acute liver failure and cases of hepatitis. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that the supplement caused one death and several patients required liver transplants.
The FDA is advising people to immediately stop using OxyElite Pro and another supplement, VERSA-1, which are both manufactured by the same company. VERSA-1 has also been linked to health problems.
If you experience problems after taking OxyElite Pro or VERSA-1, report them online or call 1-800-332-1088 and request a complaint form.
The company that makes OxyElite Pro will destroy the remaining supply of supplements under supervision from the FDA.
Learn more about the recall and the health risks.
It is American Diabetes Month. Find out if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes and learn how to avoid it.