Monday, April 02, 2012
BE AN ORGAN DONOR
Today there are 113,736 on the waiting list for a donor. 18 of us will DIE today! ONE donor (deceased) can help 50 people live a better life!
Many people who need transplants of organs and tissues cannot get them because of a shortage of donations. Every month, more than 2,000 new names are added to the national waiting list for organ transplants, and about 18 people die every day while waiting for an organ transplant in the U.S. Organ and tissue donation helps others by giving them a second chance at life.
Identifying yourself as an organ and/or tissue donor is simple. Simply visit the Donate Life America website at www.donatelife.net and choose your state of residence to learn about the options in your area, which might include:
Join your state's online registry for donation, if one is available.
Declare your intentions on your driver's license.
Sign a donor card, which is available at the bottom of this web page.
Signing a donor card, registry or driver's license is a good first step in designating your wishes about donation, but letting your family or other loved one's know about your decision is vitally important. That's because family members are often asked to give consent for a loved one's donation, so it's important that they know your wishes.
You can also consider being a living kidney donor. Living donation takes place when a living person donates an organ or part of an organ to someone in need of a transplant. The donor is most often a close family member, such as a parent, child, brother or sister. A donor can also be a more distant family member, spouse, friend or co-worker. Non-directed donors - those who donate anonymously and do not know their recipients - are also becoming more common.
You can learn more about donation in our A to Z Guide.
See the info in full here: www.kidney.org/transplantation/beado
Leader of Loving our Kidneys.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
I used to be a naysayer when it came to strength training. I have spent a lot of time in physical therapy with my ankle. (I was hit by a drunk driver in 1998 and my ankle is forever damaged)
I came to dread strength training - hate it - loath it! I did not want any part of my exercise routine to include strength training ! Strength training meant 20 extra minutes of working out my already tired body. Strength training meant I was going to be sore and ache. Strength training meant I was going to have to dedicate more time, energy, and commitment to really working out. I just did NOT want to do that!
However, since I have been consistent in strength training - I have lost inches! I have started to lose the weight! I have been able to extend my body in ways I could not in the last few years. I can pick up a 50 pound bag of dog food... not that that was a goal of mine, but I can DO IT. I can clean under beds easier (see my last blog), I can flex more and little things that used to cramp my body when doing - are no longer an issue.
A year ago I was pulling garbage out of a bin - the bag got "sucked" back into the bin and was kinda stuck.. my entire body went into a charlie horse type of cramp - I hurt for a week or so. I was that outta shape. I could not pick things up - I had to drag them or push them. Not so any more! I have more energy, (please excuse my last blog), I am sleeping better, I can work harder and longer. I get more things done in my life.
The aches and pains? Yes, there has been some discomfort from working out - but that has been minimal. (however, don't get me talking about Pilates! now that is painful for me!) My ankle - well that is always going to ache, I live in chronic pain with that darn thing!
But my balance is better and I can now kick from the HIP, not the ankle.
I am building me a better and stronger body.
Spark has an article on the top ten reasons to Strength Train. So please don't just take it from me - take it from Spark - IT WILL DO YOUR BODY GOOD! (just excited is all - not really yelling -sorry for the caps)
Is it time to stop cheating yourself in your workouts to getting healthy? I am done cheating myself!
For April I have joined my fourth challenge of the year: Sweatsuit to Swimsuit Challenge.
Come on over and get healthy with me. Jean
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Diabetes is the #1 cause of Kidney Disease.
Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease
Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure in the U.S., accounting for about 44% of new cases. Current research suggests that control of high blood pressure is a key factor in slowing this disease. Strict control of blood sugar levels and reduction of dietary protein intake are also important. Treatment to prevent diabetic kidney disease should begin early – before kidney damage develops.
24 million people in the U.S. have diabetes. Of these, 18 million are diagnosed and nearly 6 million are undiagnosed.
You can see the full article here:
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