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TMGROUP is going in a different direction the first of the year. So much has happened over these last several years and some of our services we were no longer able to provide due to Covid-19 restrictions. So we had to make a collective decision to move in a different direction. Starting in January TMGLIFESTYLE will become a lifestyle blog that still provides great informative information about staying healthy, great meal ideas, fashion and beauty and great products you can purchase. We will also have an advice columnist who will answer questions concerning life’s many issues. We hope you will continue to follow us and share your thoughts. Well wishes and see you in the new year.
I remember there was a time when I would never sweat, I was always asked do you sweat because everyone else would be sweating and I wouldn’t have a drop of sweat on me. But now that I’m older I’m making up for all the times I didn’t sweat. So let’s take a look at sweating and can you sweat to much? I did a little research and looked up an article on Real Simple for some answers.
We all sweat—and for good reason. The body produces sweat to help regulate body temperature, and sweating can be caused by “changes in your body temperature, the outside temperature, or your emotional state,” explains dermatologist Corey L. Hartman, MD, founder and medical director of Skin Wellness Dermatology in Birmingham, Ala., and assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Alabama School of Medicine.
“When body temperature rises due to a warm environment or physical activity, the autonomic nervous system signals eccrine sweat glands,” says New York City–based dermatologist Hadley King, MD. These glands, which are located throughout the skin, are concentrated on the palms, soles, forehead, and armpits. “When sweat is produced, it promotes heat loss through evaporation.” The result: a much cooler you. A good thing, considering that if we didn’t sweat, the body would be unable to cool itself, which can ultimately put you in danger of overheating, or worse, heatstroke.
So is it possible that the body could sweat to much and you would overheat like a car? Let’s find out.
What is excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis?
While sweating is an essential bodily function, determining a normal amount is really a you thing. People have been known to sweat as little as a single liter or as much as several liters per day, depending on their activity. When you’re dripping copious amounts of sweat, though, and it’s not tied to heat or exercise, this phenomenon, called hyperhidrosis, can certainly be an issue.
“Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a medical condition whereby the sweat glands are triggered by the nerves to produce too much sweat,” Dr. Hartman explains. There are two types: primary focal hyperhidrosis and secondary generalized hyperhidrosis.
Primary focal hyperhidrosis, which Dr. Hartman says occurs typically in the armpits, hands, and feet, affects more than 15 million people in the U.S., and can understandably “be embarrassing and interfere with normal daily activities when severe,” making even the simplest tasks, like holding a pen, difficult. Excessive sweating may also be more psychologically damaging than physically damaging, adds Dr. Hartman.
So we found out that sweating is really a good thing for your body, it helps you cool down. Also you don’t want to sweat to much because then that can lead to a serious medical condition that could become embarrassing and interfere with your normal daily routine. If you think you may have Hyperhidrosis please contact your primary care physician.
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I want to talk a little about mental health today, as we recognize maternal mental health this month. First, I’m not a mental health professional but I’m a maternal health advocate and critical incident professional so I have experience dealing with individuals in both areas.
What’s Maternal Mental Health?
According to The World Health Organization, Worldwide about 10% of pregnant women and 13% of women who have just given birth experience a mental disorder, primarily depression. In developing countries this is even higher, i.e. 15.6% during pregnancy and 19.8% after child birth. In severe cases mothers’ suffering might be so severe that they may even commit suicide. In addition, the affected mothers cannot function properly. As a result, the children’s growth and development may be negatively affected as well. Maternal mental disorders are treatable. Effective interventions can be delivered even by well-trained non-specialist health providers.
Who’s At Risk?
Virtually all women can develop mental disorders during pregnancy and in the first year after delivery, but poverty, migration, extreme stress, exposure to violence (domestic, sexual and gender-based), emergency and conflict situations, natural disasters, and low social support generally increase risks for specific disorders.
Effects of maternal mental disorders after birth on the mother and the infant
After the birth, the mother with depression suffers a lot and may fail to adequately eat, bathe or care for herself in other ways. This may increase the risks of ill health. The risk of suicide is also a consideration, and in psychotic illnesses, the risk of infanticide, though rare, must be taken into consideration.
Very young infants can be affected by and are highly sensitive to the environment and the quality of care, and are likely to be affected by mothers with mental disorders as well. Prolonged or severe mental illness hampers the mother-infant attachment, breastfeeding and infant care.
Where Can You Find Help?
We want every mom expecting and those who have delivered already to know you don’t have to suffer in silence. We have a link at the end that has alot of great resources if you’re in need of help. https://www.mhtf.org/topics/perinatal-mental-health/
Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, NAMI joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.
You Are Not Alone, Mental Health Awareness
What is Maternal Health?
According to dictionary, Maternal health is the health of women during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. It encompasses the health care dimensions of family planning, preconception, prenatal, and postnatal care in order to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality.
What is Black Maternal Health?
The United States has the worst maternal health outcomes in the developed world, and the COVID-19 pandemic has made conditions worse. (Commonwealth Fund). Black maternal health is the same as maternal health it is just the neglect that women of color get from doctors who neglect to listen to women of color when they say they are in pain, when they mention that something doesn’t feel right are they are misdiagnosed.
“We can’t just sit by and watch women of color die because we are waiting on someone in government to act like they care, we must fight and fight like hell for our health and our children’s health .”
— Trina Cook CEO of The Milford Group
Let’s Talk Statistics.
Significant racial and ethnic disparities in maternal morbidity and mortality exist in the United States. Black women are three to four times more likely to die a pregnancy-related death as compared with white women. Growing research indicates that quality of healthcare, from preconception through postpartum care, may be a critical lever for improving outcomes for racial and ethnic minority women. This article reviews racial and ethnic disparities in severe maternal morbidities and mortality, underlying drivers of these disparities, and potential levers to reduce their occurrence. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5915910/
- The maternal mortality rate in the U.S. for 2018 was 17.4 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. However, significant racial and ethnic gaps exist between non-Hispanic black (37.1 per 100,000 live births), non-Hispanic white (14.7), and Hispanic (11.8) women (CDC)
- The rates of maternal mortality and morbidity among Black women are especially alarming. Black women are nearly three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than white women.
- Black women in the United States are more likely to die from pregnancy or childbirth than women in any other race group.
- Black women’s heightened risk of pregnancy-related death spans income and education levels. (CAP)
- Black women experience more maternal health complications than white women and are more likely to experience complications throughout the course of their pregnancies than white women.
Can This Be Prevented? Yes!
The death of a woman during pregnancy, at delivery, or soon after delivery is a tragedy for her family and for society as a whole. Sadly, about 700 women die each year in the United States as a result of pregnancy or delivery complications.
During pregnancy, a woman’s body goes through many changes. These changes are entirely normal, but may become very important in case there are complications or problems. There are plenty of organizations working together to bring about change in the way doctors deliver babies and different protocols that have been implemented to help reduce maternal mortality as it pertains to women of color.
My Closing Word,
In closing there is more effort to preventing the death of women of color when giving birth, but we have a long way to go. We must first have doctors who care about the health of their patients and not just the money aspect because the same effort you put into making sure white women have a successful birth outcome needs to be the same effort you put into making sure women of color have a successful birth outcome are just don’t accept them as your patient if you don’t care. Secondly women if you feel that your doctor isn’t giving you the care you feel you deserve leave and find someone else who will, You Must Become Your Own Advocate It’s Your Body and Your Baby At Stake!
About 2 million cases of heart attack, stroke and heart failure might be prevented each year if U.S. adults had high cardiovascular health as defined by a set of seven metrics, according to a new study.
Even modest improvements in the population’s overall heart health could make a significant dent in the number of cardiovascular disease cases.
These Life’s Simple 7 metrics, which the American Heart Association first identified in 2010, are smoking status, physical activity, weight, diet, blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure. Experts say they are the key risk factors people can improve through changes in lifestyle and behavior.
In the new study, researchers assigned scores to 11,696 people who participated in three national health and nutrition surveys from 2011 to 2016. The participants were rated on each metric with 0 for poor, 1 for intermediate or 2 for ideal. Their total scores determined whether they had high, moderate or low cardiovascular health.
The results showed that just 7.3% of the participants reached the highest health scores; 34.2% had a moderate score, and 58.5% had the lowest scores.
Separately, researchers used data from 30,477 people in seven community-based studies to estimate the rates of heart disease, stroke and heart failure cases that occur in each of the three health score categories.
“We wanted to put some kind of number on how many cardiovascular disease events we can prevent” if Americans improved their scores, said Joshua Bundy, an epidemiologist at Tulane University in New Orleans. He led the study, published Thursday in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
— Read on www.heart.org/en/news/2021/03/25/up-to-2-million-cardiovascular-events-could-be-averted-each-year-by-doing-this