<p><strong>What Is Diarrhea? </strong></p>
<p>Acute diarrhea—the passage of frequent, loose, or watery stools—is not a disease itself but rather a symptom of an underlying disorder.</p>
<p>As food passes through the digestive system, its water content is normally absorbed through the wall of the large intestine. Diarrhea—and, at times, dehydration—results when fluid is not absorbed but remains in and is expelled with the fecal matter.</p>
<p>Although diarrhea usually subsides without treatment within two or three days, resulting dehydration can be serious and often requires prompt treatment.</p>
<p><strong>Who Gets Diarrhea? </strong></p>
<p>In more than 90 percent of cases, acute diarrhea is caused by infectious agents (e.g., viruses, bacteria, parasites) that are ingested in food and water. ...
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A question posted at HealthCentral's diabetes site got me
thinking today. A woman with type 1
diabetes for over 20 years asked about the severity of her condition and how
best to communicate with her spouse regarding the importance of good diabetes
Type 1 diabetes demands so much from us that have the
disease. However, we're not an island;
our condition affects our loved ones too.
Having a support system is invaluable when you're dealing with a chronic
disease. Along with support, it's
important that your family and friends are empathetic about your diabetes. I appreciate it when my husband, mom, or
another loved one pats me on the back and says, "You're doing great" or "I know
it's not always easy to manage this disease."
A little understanding goes a long way.
One of the ways that my husband supports my healthcare
efforts is by agreeing not to have certain foods in the house. There are particular sweets and sn...
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