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APRIL IS NATIONAL MINORITY HEALTH MONTH

 

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MARCH IS NATIONAL COLORECTAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

 

 

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FEBRUARY IS NATIONAL CHILDREN'S DENTAL HEALTH MONTH

 

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JANUARY IS NATIONAL GLAUCOMA
AWARENESS MONTH

 

Currently, more than 3 million people in the United States have glaucoma. The National Eye Institute projects this number will reach 4.2 million by 2030, a 58 percent increase.

Glaucoma is called "the sneak thief of sight" since there are no symptoms and once vision is lost, it's permanent. As much as 40% of vision can be lost without a person noticing.

 

Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness. Moreover, among African American and Latino populations, glaucoma is more prevalent. Glaucoma is 6 to 8 times more common in African Americans than Caucasians. 

 

Over 3 million Americans, and over 60 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. The World Health Organization estimates that 4.5 million people worldwide are blind due to glaucoma

 

What is Glaucoma?

 

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that gradually steal sight without warning. Although the most common forms primarily affect the middle-aged and the elderly, glaucoma can affect people of all ages.

 

Vision loss is caused by damage to the optic nerve. This nerve acts like an electric cable with over a million wires. It is responsible for carrying images from the eye to the brain.

 

There is no cure for glaucoma—yet. However, medication or surgery can slow or prevent further vision loss. The appropriate treatment depends upon the type of glaucoma among other factors. Early detection is vital to stopping the progress of the disease. 

 

Risk Factors

 

Are you at risk for glaucoma? Those at higher risk include people of African, Asian, and Hispanic descent. Other high-risk groups include: people over 60, family members of those already diagnosed, diabetics, and people who are severely nearsighted. Regular eye exams are especially important for those at higher risk for glaucoma, and may help to prevent unnecessary vision loss.

 

 

 

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DECEMBER IS NATIONAL AIDS AWARENESS MONTH

GET TESTED

 

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NOVEMBER IS AMERICAN DIABETES Month

 

Diabetes is more common among African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Asia Americans. Millions of people including you could have diabetes and not know it. Some of the warning signs include extreme thirst, frequent urination, tingling or numbness in hands and feet and unusual tiredness. You may feel find but your life style may not be as healthy as it could be.  Get tested and talk to your doctor about what is happening with you.

 

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OCTOBER IS NATIONAL DOMESTIC VILENCE AWARNESS MONTH

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May is National

MENTAL Health Awareness Month

 

 

Please Love yourself!!!!

Check it out!

 

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Take the Diabetes Risk Test!!!

www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics /prevetnion/diabetes-risk-test

View this interactive tutorial!!!

www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/tutorials/diabetesintroduction 

Contact your local Diabetes Association

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