Collagen is the protein that forms connective fibers in tissues such as skin, ligaments, cartilage, bones and teeth. Collagen also acts as a kind of intracellular “glue” that gives support, shape and bulk to blood vessels, bones, and organs such as the heart, kidneys and liver. Collagen fibers keep bones and blood vessels strong, and help to anchor our teeth to our gums. The repair of blood vessels, bruises, and broken bones require the use of collagen. As the most abundant protein in the body, collagen accounts for more mass than all the other proteins put together. But, is collagen something that we should be concerned with having to replenish on a daily basis? Read on to learn why it’s important, and how you can have a leg-up to a little known health crisis that is becoming more common, every day.
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Most people have heard of diabetes and understand that it has something to do with how the body metabolizes sugar, but unless you are one of the 10% of Americans who suffer from the disease, that may be where your knowledge of the disease stops.
Though there are actually many forms of diabetes, the two most commonly diagnosed are Type 1 and Type 2. Since misinformation about the differences between these two forms of the disease abounds, today we’ll help you understand the main points that set these two types apart, as well as debunk some common misconceptions about Type 1 diabetes.
When you think of holidays, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas, one of the first things you think of is: food. Overindulgence just seems to be part of the plan. Willpower seems to go by the wayside, but it is pertinent to a diabetic.
Today, Antoinette Taranto, mom of two sons (one of which is a diabetic), offers some tricks and tips to help enjoy the holidays. With proper management, children with diabetes can enjoy the holidays as well.
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Cherries are a wonderful source of vitamins and nutrients and can have a strong impact on your health, plus they are quite yummy! Unfortunately, they are in season for a very short period of time, meaning most people do not reap their benefits often.
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When you begin the habit of looking at the ingredients list of foods before purchasing, it’s easy to feel like you have no idea what you are looking at or what you’re looking for. Of course, the first rule of thumb is a short and pronounceable ingredient list. But what if you would really like to purchase an item that seems fairly processed but would like to make sure it doesn’t contain anything really bad? And why are these things bad?