Diseases That Effect Minority Woman More…Sickle Cell Anemia

WHAT IS SICKLE CELL ANEMIA

 

By definition Sickle Cell Anemia is a chronic inherited anemia that occurs primarily in individuals of African, Mediterranean, or southwest Asian ancestry who are homologous for the gene controlling hemoglobin S and that is characterized especially by episodic blocking of small blood vessels by sickle cells also called sickle cell disease.

Sickle Cell Anemia is a genetic disease and affects the red blood cells. It changes the cells from a flexible disc into a rigid crescent shape.

When red cells take this shape veins get blocked. This can cause damage to many organs. The organ damage increases with time and leads to an early death.

This disease starts in childhood and lasts for a lifetime. When the cells take on the shape of a sickle, the cells also become sticky.

This causes difficulty in blood flow when cells flow through long narrow veins and capillaries. Low oxygenation occurs when the cells go through low oxygen areas and only complicates this already horrific disease.

CARRYING THE TRAIT

If anyone inherits one sickle cell gene and one normal gene usually don’t have any of the symptoms of the disease itself but the bad news is they can pass the disease to their children.
If a child has both parents that has the trait then the child has a 50/50 chance of having the disease. When the child has the trait of the disease he or she can pass it along to his or her off-springs.

AGONIZING PAIN

The most common sign that accompany’s Sickle cell anemia is pain that may be dull, stabbing, throbbing, or sharp, and seems to come out of nowhere.

How severe it is and how long it lasts varies. Some people have crises here and there, while others may have them every month.

You might feel the pain anywhere in your body at any time. It may occur in the hands, feet, legs, chest, lower back or the arms.

You could experience difficulty breathing, exhaustion, tiredness, painful erections (if you’re a male), headaches and dizziness, and sometimes difficulty in moving certain body parts.

WHAT OTHER THINGS CAN SICKLE CELL ANEMIA CAUSE?

People with sickle cell disease, especially kids, are more likely to get infections. That’s because the disease damages the spleen, this is the part of our body that helps your body filter bacteria out of your blood.

When sickle cells block blood flow to the bones of major joints, it can cause bone tissue to die, it often happens in the hip joints of teenagers and adults with sickle cell disease.

PAIN MANAGMENT

Drink water or other fluids when your symptoms start. Staying hydrated can help you lessen the intensity of worst of an attack.

Use a heating pad on the area that seems to be hurting worse or take a warm bath to help your whole body. Try a massage, this will bring some relief to area where you are hurting and also help in circulation.

FOODS THAT HELP WITH SICKLE CELL ANEMIA

Eating calcium rich foods like low-fat or fat-free milk, yogurt or cheese, green leafy vegetables, soy milk, orange juice and tofu are all excellent foods that help with this incredibly horrible disease.

LIFE EXPECTANCY WITH SICKLE CELL DISEASE

Among children and adults with sickle cell the median age at death was from forty-two years to sixty-eight years depending on which gender you were or which class of the disease you were effected with.

IS THE A CURE FOR SICKLE CELL DISEASE?

The research that has been done with stem cell transplants is the only hope so far for a cure for this dreaded disease. Most efforts have been concentrating on avoiding crisis, relieving symptoms and prevention of complications.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The roaring twenties…life shaping, fun, and frightening

YOUR TWENTIES: LAYING THE FOUNDATION

There’s no female in their 20s who is exactly like another, there’s no one that’s a carbon copy of another, not even identical twins.

Not a woman at this age that will experience things the same way another woman will. But there are some things that are common in all woman and this will take place in all females.

SEXUAL ACTIVITY IN YOUR TWENTIES

During this period of their lives women gain a deeper understanding of their own bodies better. They hear what their body is saying to them both intellectually and sexually.

They have more of an awareness of what things can happen if they make wrong choices as far as their sexual activity is concerned.

Just thought it worth mentioning that women in their twenties have a higher rate of contracting sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia and gonorrhea, than at any other time in their life.

More frequent sexual activity can also put women at risk for more frequent urinary tract infections and poor hygiene can contribute to yeast infections which are pretty common at this period in a young woman at this time in her life.

SKIN CARE

Younger women In their 20s, you may still struggle with breakouts of acne, some of the biggest skin-enemies in your twenties will be the sun and too much of it.

At this time consider a good sun screen to protect your skin against the powerful ultra violate rays of the sun.

Be sure to watch your diet because poor nutrition can have a direct bearing on the look of your skin.

Be especially attentive to long exposure to the sun as skin cancer is becoming more and more prevalent in young women.

BONE BUILDING CALCIUM

Putting on a lot of weight during your twenties can set you up for health problems later on in life, in particular diabetes or heart disease.

Always remember that the skeletal system must bear the burden of excess weight, adding on those extra pounds now will certainly be something that you will have to deal with later.

A diet rich in calcium is essential you can get your daily intake of calcium from foods such as sardines, tofu, broccoli rabe, green leafy vegetables, Black Eyed Peas, White beans, sesame seeds, and others.

Your younger years are a time of great opportunities. At this time during your youth, energy, create a strong foundation that can carry you along through a long, healthy life.

AQUAINT YOURSELF WITH HEALTHY EATING

Putting on a lot of weight during your twenties can set you up for health problems later in life, in particular diabetes and heart disease.

Bad attitudes toward food can keep young women at the mercy of fad diets, and generally bad keep young women at the mercy of fast food, fad diets, and generally bad nutritional habits.

Get to know foods and those that are beneficial for you. Those kinds of food that are gives you energy and makes you feel good and are pleasant to the taste.

Drink two eight-ounce glasses of vitamin D-fortified, low-fat milk every day, a perfect match for developing bones that are not easily broken.

Broccoli also deserves a place on your menu. It contains calcium and also magnesium, vitamin K and phosphorus.

Try eating beef it’s the perfect muscle food because it’s packed with protein and creatine, these are muscle builders and act as a bubble of protection around tendons and your joints.

OTHER THINGS THAT HELP YOU DEVELOP IN YOUR TWENTIES

Never box yourself in, be open to new ideas in case you current career doesn’t work out for you. At this age, don’t take yourself too seriously and get tied down with stuff that isn’t necessary.

Love your life and live it passionately, you’re not like anybody else on the planet so don’t make any comparisons.

Set yourself in a happy place financially, don’t get caught thinking the future is so far off that you have enough time to correct any mistake you might make.

Take care of all of yourself, body and mind, listen to that soft voice inside you.

Friends are very important, they can be of some assistance to you in a pinch but know what is a friend and a weight that burdens you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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