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A diabetes primer: 1 in 4 are unaware that they have this disease


More than 29 million people (9.3 percent of the population) in the United States have diabetes, and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that’s up from the previous estimate of 26 million in 2010.

The scary part is one in four people with diabetes doesn’t know he or she has it.

Why are there so many people unaware?

Cook for yourself: Dinner at home is a main ingredient for healthy eating


People who eschew takeout for home cooking eat healthier foods, whether they aim to or not, according to new research from Johns Hopkins University.

“When people cook most of their meals at home, they consume fewer carbohydrates, less sugar and less fat than those who cook less or not at all — even if they are not trying to lose weight,” said Julia A. Wolfson, the lead author of the study and a fellow at the Center for a Livable Future at Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health.

A steady course to ideal weight


Slow and steady wins the race.

This is Scott Ayler’s approach to helping others with their desire to lose weight and find a healthier lifestyle.

Best way to conceive? Start with good health, experts say


If you’re among the hundreds of thousands of U.S. couples trying to get pregnant — and December is the most popular month for baby-making — experts say there are some lifestyle choices that could improve your odds.

Some are fairly obvious: Maintain a healthy weight and don’t smoke.

Be moderately merry: How and why not to drink to excess at the holidays


Whether it’s a few mugs of mulled wine at Christmas or a couple of bottles of Champagne at New Year’s or some wine in between, the holidays aren’t known as a time of alcoholic restraint.

A recent Harris Interactive survey showed that a whopping 96 percent of respondents went to work hung over after a holiday party or knew someone who did, and 40 percent of people said they, their friends and their family use the holidays as an excuse to drink.

Treating overactive bladder


Karen Dinse is not the kind of woman who gets Botox treatments to chase away wrinkles on her face. She is, however, the kind of woman who gets Botox treatments to alleviate the urgency of her overactive bladder.

In the past year and a half, Dinse has found that Botox injections have eradicated symptoms of OAB in ways that oral medication could not.

Healthy holidays: A few tips to help you stay well this season


For those rushing out the door on the way to Grandma’s house for the holiday, here’s the most important safe-travel tip we can offer. In three words:

Wash your hands.

Pulmonary rehab program helps former smoker manage his emphysema


When it comes to recovering his health after a lifetime of smoking, Gary Hagen has discovered that it takes a village.

For Hagen, that “village” has been the staff in the pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation department at United Hospital System’s Kenosha Medical Center campus.

10 minutes of dementia: Virtual tour aims to help caregivers understand illness


No one asks for Alzheimer’s disease or any form of dementia.

No one would willingly sign up for a disease that erodes one’s mental and physical faculties to nothingness. But on Nov. 10, 40 people in Kenosha did sign up for a dose of dementia.

Joyful journey to health


Editor’s note: Jamie Morgan, 38, of Pleasant Prairie, has lost 210 pounds over a four-year period and recently competed in a figure competition. We asked her to share her story by answering some questions for Focus on Fitness.

After spending almost 30 years overweight or obese, I fell into a depression after the sudden loss of my mother in 2004. It compounded several emotional issues from my past that were never addressed. Before I knew it, I was deep within an endless cycle of private binge eating coupled with a socially reclusive and sedentary existence. So, after someone close to me asked me to seek counseling, I began my journey to health.

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