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Updated on July 2, 2017

January is National Health Awareness Month, all body systems included. Seems January is a good month to choose since it's the beginning of each new year. What better way to start the year than to resolve to be more of an advocate for your own health. With health insurance being an issue high on the list of things to change, it's important to follow through on the basics of taking care of yourself.  There are lots of things that can be done in ones everyday life to live healthy and practice preventive measures.


Good personal hygiene is not only important for the body and the clothes we are wearing to be clean and presentable. Cleansing the skin from head to toe, including mouth/teeth and tongue, helps maintain proper body functioning on the inside (the body systems). Of course, it makes it easier on the senses of everyone concerned when the body is fresh and clean on the outside, along with clean clothes. Yet, there are things to be considered which, at first, do not meet with the perception of the senses. When the skin and the clothes we put on are consistently dirty, bacteria seeps into the pores/skin and its deeper layers and enter into the bloodstream and can cause infections and dysfunctions of bodily systems. This includes blood and kidney infections and kidney failure. To the extreme you may ask? Not so, as it may take time to get there, but the possibility of it happening is true.

Added Benefit:  Research has shown that the running of warm water on the skin releases endorphin filled molecules which stimulate both the skin and our brain activity.

The Importance of Early Oral Cancer Detection by livoniadental

Teeth and Gums

Seeing your dentist every six months (unless otherwise directed by your doctor or dentist), is vital to the prevention of diseases pertaining to the mouth as well as other diseases.

*Bad breath: A clean mouth fights bacteria that cause bad breath.

*Cavities/Gum Disease: Good oral hygeine is key to preventing cavities and gum disease. Once you have been diagnosed with cavities or gum disease seeing your dentist and following his/her recommendations is optimal.

*Heart Disease: Proper brushing, rinsing and flossing help prevent plaque build-up and increased C-reactive protein levels caused by inflammation of blood vessels. The increase of this protein can encourage heart disease.

*Pneumonia: The risk of pneumonia is greatly reduced by good oral care.

Remember brushing and flossing is an easy preventive measure and dentists say that flossing gives more benefit to your oral care.

*Diabetes: Good oral care helps prevent complications of diabetes.

*Throat cancer: Your dentist can screen you for early detection and prevention of throat cancer. Oral inspection will make him/her aware if you are at risk.


Check Your Reproductive System

Both women and men should have their yearly check-ups to make certain the reproduction system is functioning properly and free of any cancer causing bacteria. Did you know that there are over six million people diagnosed with HPV each year? Early diagnosis (schedule your appointment) in addition with good hygiene will give both men and women the step ahead in preventing bacteria in the reproductive system to become cancer causing.

There are over one-hundred strains of HPV but not all cause cancer. Yearly exams are therefore important. Be wise and take the pledge for HPV awareness, prevention and care, as there are usually, no signs that you have the virus.


Most men are concerned about their prostate health when they get older, as it usually affects those over fifty years of age. Which means lots of younger males believe they have a long time before they have to be concerned about it. But...Did you know that more men are affected more commonly with testicular cancer. Men between the ages of twenty and thirty-five years of age are more likely to develop it. It is one of the most leading causes of death in males under forty years of age. You can see how yearly exams are very important.

Thyroid Gland

 The thyroid gland affects the brain, intestinal functioning, liver, hormones, blood cells and the cardiovascular system and more.  You name it, the thyroid gland has a link to it somehow, someway.  If you are consistently having feelings of not feeling well, low body temperature and sensitivity in the neck, please see your physician for an exam.

National Health Awareness Month

National Health Awareness Month is for the body as a whole. Including, eyes, ears and your feet. .

Points to Remember:

Kidney Disease (when not advanced) is usually without symptoms.

Thyroid disorders are not easily detected (even by the physician) and most shrug off that 'I just don't feel well, feeling.

High blood pressure is a silent killer.

YOU NEVER KNOW, UNTIL YOU GO: Screenings are free! You can call your local state department of health, local hospitals or search the internet for local health screenings in your area.


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      Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

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      Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

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      syliconsystems 6 years ago from United State

      good work

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      Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Eileen for visiting and commenting.

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      Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Great health hub reminding us on things we need to be aware of. thanks.rated

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      Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks for your comments coolmon2009.

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      Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      Good advice on maintaining personal health. Thanks for sharing this information. Good article.

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      Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks for your visit and comments Patty Inglish, MS. My sources said January is National Health Awareness Month. Then Feb., came so quickly it seems, and now that everyone is becoming and promoting 'health,' each month is good for something anatomical. Hope you are having a great day.

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from North America

      National Health Awareness Month - is it February? Voted Up and Rated!

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      Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks for your comments katiem2. And you, no need to worry, as you are one of the most health conscious persons I know on-line--Keep Smiling!!! Have a grand day!

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      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      Ewwwww, January is my birth month and now I learn its health awareness month. I did not know this, and me someone who is so intune with good health. Thank you so much for your health awareness and wonderful tips on being healthy, and staying healthy. Well Done! :) Katie

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      Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Lady_E for visiting and commenting. Just hoping it will help someone get information needed during these times we are in. Hope you are having a great day!!!

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      This is good to know and I am glad it's the whole month. These Health/hygiene tips go a long way in keeping us out of health problems or bad diseases.

      I am glad you wrote it.

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      Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Pamela99 for your visit and comments. I found a few broken links in the hub that I had to correct, so I hope it did not break the flow of your reading. Hope you are having a great day!!!

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      Support Med, This is a very excellent hub to remind everyone that good health includes many things. You covered the topic very well.