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									                                           WSU STUDENT HEALTH NEWSLETTER
                                American Diabetes Month
                                Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is
                                needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. The cause of diabetes
                                continues to be a mystery, although both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of
                                exercise appear to play a role.
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                                                                                                         Type 1 diabetes
                                                                                                         Results from the body's failure to produce insulin, the hormone that "unlocks" the cells of the body,
        .                                                                                                allowing glucose to enter and fuel them. It is estimated that 5-10% of Americans who are diagnosed
        .                                                                                                with diabetes have type 1 diabetes.

                                                                                                         Type 2 diabetes
                                                                                                         Results from insulin resistance (a condition in which the body fails to properly use insulin), combined
        .                                                                                                with relative insulin deficiency. Most Americans who are diagnosed with diabetes have type 2 diabetes.
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                                                                                                         Prevention
                                                                                                         Healthy lifestyle choices can help you prevent type 2 diabetes. Even if diabetes runs in your family, diet
        .                                                                                                and exercise can help you prevent the disease. And if you've already been diagnosed with diabetes, the
        . .                                                                                              same healthy lifestyle choices can help you prevent potentially serious complications.

                                                                                                               Eat healthy foods. Choose foods low in fat and calories. Focus on fruits, vegetables and whole
                                                                                                                grains. Strive for variety to prevent boredom.
                                                                                                               Get more physical activity. Aim for 30 minutes of moderate physical activity a day. Take a
                                                                                                                brisk daily walk. Ride your bike. Swim laps. If you can't fit in a long workout, break it up into
                                                                                                                smaller sessions spread throughout the day.
                                                                                                               Lose excess pounds. If you're overweight, losing even 10 pounds can reduce the risk of diabetes.
                                                                                                                To keep your weight in a healthy range, focus on permanent changes to your eating and exercise
                                                                                                                habits. Motivate yourself by remembering the benefits of losing weight, such as a healthier heart,
                                                                                                                more energy and improved self-esteem .
                                                                                                               Get plenty of fiber. Its rough, its tough – and it can reduce the risk of diabetes by improving
                                                                                                                your blood sugar control. And that’s not all. Fiber also reduces the risk of heart disease. It can
                                                                                                                even promote weight loss by helping you feel full longer. Aim for 25 to 50 grams of fiber a day.
                                                                                                                Food high in fiber include fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains and nuts.

                                                                                                                The Great American Smokeout is an annual event in the United States to encourage Americans
                                                                                                                (of whom 45.8 million smoke) to quit tobacco smoking. It was first held in 1977, and is
                                                                                                                sponsored by the American Cancer Society. The event challenges people not to smoke
                                                                                                                cigarettes for 24 hours, hoping it will last forever. This year’s 32nd Great American Smokeout
                                                                                                                will be held on November 20th .

                                                                                                                December 1st is recognized internationally as World AIDS Day. World AIDS Awareness
                                                                                                                Week begins on November 24th. The aim of World AIDS Day and AIDS Awareness Week is to
                                                                                                                raise consciousness in the community about HIV/AIDS issues, including the need for support
                                                                                                                and understanding for people living with HIV/AIDS, and the need for the development of
                                                                                                                education and prevention initiatives.
           National Healthy Skin Month
                                                                                                          Your busy lifestyle leaves little time for pampering skin care. The result: Your skin isn't the baby-soft .
        .                                                                                                 body glove you were born with. As you age, your skin gradually becomes thinner and finely wrinkled.
        ..                                                                                                Oil-producing (sebaceous) glands grow less active, leaving your skin drier. The number of blood vessels
        .                                                                                                 in your skin decreases, your skin becomes more fragile, and you lose your youthful color and glow.

                                                                                                          Good skin care — such as avoiding the sun, washing your skin gently and applying moisturizer regularly
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        —                                                                                                 can help delay the natural aging process and prevent many skin problems. These simple skin-care habits
        .                                                                                                 will help you protect your skin to keep it healthy and glowing for years to come.

                                                                                                          Wash your skin gently

                                                                                                           Cleansing is an essential part of caring for your skin. The key is to treat your skin gently.

                                                                                                               Use warm water and limit bath time. Hot water and long showers or baths remove oils from
                                                                                                                your skin. Limit your bath or shower time to about 15 minutes or less, and use warm, rather than
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                                                                                                                hot, water.
                                                                                                               Avoid strong soaps. Strong soaps — those most capable of stripping oil from your skin — can
                                                                                                                leave your skin dry. Instead, choose mild soaps or detergent substitutes with added oils and fats.
                                                                                                                Good choices include Dove, Vanicream, Cetaphil and Purpose.
                                                                                                               Avoid irritating additives. If your skin is sensitive, avoid products containing perfumes or dyes.
                                                                                                                These can irritate your skin and may trigger an allergic response.

                                                                                                           Pre-Finals Stress Reduction Programming - November 10th-20th
                                                                                                           Every college student knows that stress can creep up during dead week and finals week. For those who
                                                                                                           don’t know, it’s pretty intense. So instead of letting it creep up on you on the finals week, we have
                                                                                                           decided to keep you prepared by following some simple tips:

                                                                                                               Remember to breathe. According to helpguide.org, deep breathing from your abdomen, not your
                                                                                                                chest, increases the amount of oxygen intake. This makes your brain create longer, slower brain
                                                                                                                waves, which are similar to the ones your brain makes when you are relaxed and calm.
                                                                                                               Find a quiet study environment. Distractions or constant interruptions by roommates, etc. can be
                                                                                                                frustrating and lead to higher stress levels. Instead of studying in the dorms or in your room,
                                                                                                                head to a library or bookstore. Try not to listen to loud, distracting music or watch television.
                                                                                                               Stay positive. Perhaps the best relief for stress is a positive attitude. If you think you’ll do well
                                                                                                                on that geography exam, you probably will. That is, if you actually went to class and did the
                                                                                                                appropriate homework.

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                                                                                                                                                         come and visit us

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