Diabetes affects nearly 600,000 Kentuckians – that's one in every eight people living in the state. And many in Kentucky who have the disease don't even know it.
Over time, diabetes damages nerves and blood vessels, which can lead to complications such as heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, blindness, nerve problems, gum infections and amputation. The ...more
Audrey K. Darville, PhD, APRN, CTTS
Written by Audrey K. Darville, an associate professor in the UK College of Nursing and a certified tobacco treatment specialist.
Tobacco use continues to take a massive toll on the lives of Kentuckians. Currently, one in four Kentuckians smoke cigarettes, and certain groups, like pregnant women, smoke at even higher rates. ...more
Quitting smoking is obviously good for your long-term health, but did you know there are immediate benefits? If you quit smoking right now, your health improves within minutes. Here’s a timeline of the positive changes you can look forward to when you quit:
After 20 minutes, your blood pressure, pulse rate and the temperature of ...more
Have you gotten your flu shot yet?
Although flu season is not yet in full swing, cases could begin to pick up at any time. Flu shots can take two weeks to be effective, so if you haven't gotten yours yet, make plans to do so soon.
Here are four reasons everyone needs a flu shot.
1. Vaccines are ...more
Now that the weather has gotten chillier, you may be looking for fun indoor activities to do with the kids. If you’re headed to an indoor trampoline park, know that while they do encourage physical activity, they can also be dangerous. The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that over 100,000 children visited emergency rooms last ...more