This week we saw a wide variety of questions come into our community. Women asked about diabetes, relief from chronic bladder infections and how long it takes for a torn ligament to heal. Our moderators provided resources and answers to these health questions as well as many others. Do you have a health question you need an answer for? Post it to our community, and we promise to respond within 24 hours.
Here are some of our top ASKs in the EmpowHER community this week.
1. What are some tips on increasing weight and living a healthy lifestyle?
A: Glad that you are thinking about living a healthy lifestyle at your age. Good habits, like eating a well-balanced lifestyle, exercising regularly and managing stress levels will benefit you as you grown older.
Have you recently had a physical exam with your physician? If so, did the doctor comment that you were too thin? Frankly, with obesity reaching epidemic levels, being slender is not a bad thing. Eat a well-balanced diet. To maintain healthy body weights, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 suggest 16-year-old boys need 2,400 to 3,200 calories daily. Read the full answer here.
2. My father is an albino and I am not, what are the chances that my child will have albinism?
A: For those that may not know, Albinism refers to a group of rare inherited disorders that are present from birth. Albinism affects the amount of pigment found in the skin, hair, and eyes. People with albinism usually have little to no pigment in their eyes, skin, and hair, but the degree of pigment loss can be quite variable. There are three types of Albinism: persons have complete absence of pigment, persons have decreased pigment, but may still have freckles and moles and ocular albinism. Read the full answer here.
3. What is the purpose of detox waters and how do I use them?
A: Detox water promises to cleanse your body of toxins and help you lose weight. Recipes abound on the internet. Basically, it is nothing more than water flavored by adding lemon slices, ginger, or fresh fruits, such as blueberries. Read the full answer here.
4. How long does it take to recover and walk again after a calcaneus fracture?
A: For those who don't know, this is a heel fracture - a place in the foot that carries a lot of the person's weight. These fractures do take a long time to heal and sometimes cause long-term problems and are caused by a pretty significant incident/accident.
According to the American Academy of Orthopedic surgeons, the more severe the fraction, the longer it take to recovery may take a long time. Read the full answer here.Reviewed September 28, 2015 by Michele Blacksberg RN