Diseases Support Services

Specific to adults with addictive disease issues, Addictive Diseases Support Services (ADSS) consist of substance abuse recovery services and supports which build on the strengths and resilience of the individual and are necessary to assist the person in achieving recovery and wellness goals as identified in the Individualized Recovery Plan.

Curiosity: the biggest drive to medical breakthroughs

According to bioanalytical cro, many basic medical science researchers focus specifically on understanding the molecular mechanisms of disease, usually with the end goal of development of therapeutics.  By identifying key molecules that lead to disease phenotypes drugs can be developed to specifically target these pathways leading to an increase in potential therapeutics.  With the ability to sequence the human genome many groups are now focusing on understanding the genetic background of diseases and the best way to identify and intervene in patients with high risk. While focusing on a particular disease seems to be the progressing trend in basic science, many curiosity driven discoveries have also lead to great medical breakthroughs. If you are trying to lose weight in order to prevent most common obesity related diseases check out these halo cigs.

For example Marie Curie’s discovery of radium led to the development of chemotherapy, and more recently Carol Greiders work on telomeres opened up a whole new field of cancer biology. These discoveries were not due to specific interest in developing therapeutics for a specific disease area in medicine, but were instead due to the interest of the researcher in a subject that was broader in outlook.  Unfortunately with the current funding environment, this type of research is being funded less often which could greatly harm the medical field in the long run,

The service activities include:

  • Assistance to the person and other identified recovery partners in the facilitation and coordination of the Individual Recovery Plan (IRP) including the use of motivational interviewing and other skill supports to promote the person’s self-articulation of personal goals and objectives
  • Relapse Prevention Planning to assist the person in managing and/or preventing crisis and relapse situations with the understanding that when individu­als do experience relapse, this support service can help minimize the negative effects through timely re-engagement intervention and, where appropriate, timely connection to other treatment supports, and practices like cardiology and physical therapy.
  • Individualized interventions through all phases of recovery (pre-recovery preparation, initiation of recovery, continuing recovery, and relapse) . If you or someone you know is struggling through through their recovery phase, you can seek professional help and consultation with the doctors at Recovery Delivered in Houston.

Preventing kids from becoming overweight means making choices in the way your family eats and exercises, and how you spend time together. Helping kids lead healthy lifestyles begins with parents who lead by example.

What Health Problems Can Obesity Cause?

Obesity puts kids at risk for medical problems that can affect their health now and in the future. These include serious conditions like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol — all once considered adult diseases.

Overweight and obese kids are also at risk for:

  • bone and joint problems
  • shortness of breath that makes exercise, sports, or any physical activity more difficult. This also can make asthma symptoms worse or lead kids to develop asthma.
  • restless sleep or breathing problems at night, such as obstructive sleep apnea
  • a tendency to mature earlier. Overweight kids may be taller and more sexually mature than their peers, raising expectations that they should act as old as they look, not as old as they are. Overweight girls may have irregular menstrual cycles and fertility problems in adulthood.
  • liver and gallbladder disease.

Cardiovascular risk factors (including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes) that develop in childhood can lead to heart disease, heart failure, and stroke in adulthood. Preventing or treating overweight and obesity in kids may help protect them from these problems as they get older.

Obese kids also might have emotional issues to deal with (such as low self-esteem), and may be teased, bullied, or rejected by peers. Kids who are unhappy with their weight can be at risk for:

  • unhealthy dieting and eating disorders
  • depression
  • substance abuse

How Are Overweight and Obesity Defined?

Body mass index (BMI) uses height and weight measurements to estimate a person’s body fat. But calculating BMI on your own can be complicated. An easier way is to use a BMI calculator.

On a standard BMI chart, kids ages 2 to 19 fall into one of four categories:

  1. underweight: BMI below the 5th percentile
  2. normal weight: BMI at the 5th and less than the 85th percentile
  3. overweight: BMI at the 85th and below 95th percentiles
  4. obese: BMI at or above 95th percentile

For kids younger than 2 years old, doctors use weight-for-length charts instead of BMI to determine how a baby’s weight compares with his or her length. Any child under 2 who falls at or above the 95th percentile may be considered overweight.

BMI is not a perfect measure of body fat and can be misleading in some cases. For example, a muscular person may have a high BMI without being overweight (extra muscle adds to body weight — but not fatness). Also, BMI might be hard to interpret during puberty when kids have periods of fast growth. Remember, BMI is usually a good indicator of body fat, but it’s not a direct measurement.

If you’re worried, take your child or teen to see the doctor. The doctor will ask about eating and activity habits and make suggestions on how to make positive changes. The doctor also may order blood tests to look for some of the medical problems associated with obesity.

Depending on your child’s BMI (or weight-for-length measurement) and health, the doctor may refer you to a registered dietitian or a weight management program.

Why Do Kids Become Overweight or Obese?

A number of things contribute to a person becoming overweight. Diet habits, lack of exercise, genetics, or a combination of these can be involved. In some instances, too much weight gain may be due to an endocrine problem, genetic syndrome , or some medicines.

Diet and Lifestyle

Much of what we eat is quick and easy — from fat-filled fast food to processed and prepackaged meals. Daily schedules are so busy that there’s little time to make healthier meals or to squeeze in some exercise. Portion sizes, in the home and out, are too large.

Plus, modern life is sedentary. Kids spend more time playing with electronic devices than actively playing outside. Kids who watch TV more than 4 hours a day are more likely to be overweight compared with kids who watch 2 hours or less. And kids who have a TV in the bedroom also are more likely to be overweight.

Exercise and Physical Activity

Many kids don’t get enough physical activity. Older kids and teens should get 1 hour or more of moderate to vigorous exercise every day, including aerobic and muscle- and bone-strengthening activities. Kids ages 2 to 5 years should play actively several times each day.