The World down Syndrome day

Today, the 21st of march, is the World down Syndrome day, it is a global awareness initiative that has been created to raise awareness and support for those living with Down syndrome.

There Are many initiatives organized and inform people about what this syndrome represents and what it is not. Especially, to remember how some simple daily gestures (go to school, practice a sport, go out with friends) are still often, a far-off milestone for many people with this syndrome.

One of this event to raise awarness is the“Lots of socks”, which is a fun initiative that iinvites people to wear unpaired socks. Why socks? because chromosomes look like socks and people with Down’s syndrome have an extra chromosome.

Fonte: https://www.worlddownsyndromeday2.org/event/lots-of-socks-2019

March 20-International Day of Happiness.

The day recognizes that happiness is a fundamental human goal, and calls upon countries to approach public policies in ways that improve the well-being of all peoples.

This day was founded by Jayme Illien, and it was launched by the United Nations to inspire and mobilize the global happiness movement.

Scientific evidence suggests that being happy may have major benefits for your health.

Studies says that being happy can promote a healthy lifestyle, because happy people are more likely to eat healthier and they are more engaged in more health-promoting behaviors such as exercise.

It can also help keep your immune system strong and can help lower your blood pressure, because when people are happy tend to produce lower levels of cortisol in response to stressful situations. When you are stressed the levels of the hormone cortisol can increase, and it can cause weight gain, disturbed sleep and high blood pressure.

There are a number of ways to increase your happiness. Getting active, expressing gratitude and eating fruits and vegetables are all great ways to help improve your mood.

Being happy may have some other potential benefits, but the most important one is that it will make you live longer.

Fonte: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/happiness-and-health

World Sleeping Day – 15 March

The World Sleeping day is an annual event to raise awareness of sleep disorders and the burden that they place on society.

The lack of sleep can put you at risk of serious medical conditions like obesity, hearth disease and diabetes.

Most of us need from 7 to 9 hours of sleep, but most important is the sleep quality and it can be more difficult to measure than sleep quantity.

What can we do to improve the quality of our sleep? Here below some tips  from the Somnologist Francesco Fanfulla:

  • Light dinner: difficult digestion will cause frequent awakings at night.
  • Nap? with judgment. Sleep during the day only if necessary and never more than 20 minutes, possibly in the middle of the day, for example between 13 and 14.
  • Light (and tablet) at the right time. In the evening it is important to limit the exposure to light which is our main synchronizer of the sleep-wake rhythm. Even a good darkening of the bedroom is good to sleep. Electronic devices, however, are not and should be used away from the bed.
  • Smoking and alcohol doesn’t help to sleep.
  • Coffee yes, but not in the evening. Caffeine is a stimulant of the nervous system. It is therefore a good idea to avoid the evening cup and pay attention to the many foods in which caffeine is present, chocolate, cocoa or tea, the so-called nerve foods.
  • Watch the thermometer. The optimum temperature of the room is around 18 ° C. A too high (greater than 24 °c) and a too low (less than 12 ° C) cause continuous body movements and unpleasant dreams.
  • Sports Yes, but not evening. Performing regular physical activity is always a good recommendation but it would be better to reserve it at daylight hours.
  • Go to sleep regularly: getting used to go to sleep and getting up at the same time are the premise for good sleep. Our sleep-wake rhythm is in fact regulated by an internal biological clock, synchronized with the alterness of Light and darkness.
  • Make the scoreboard of your sleep. The morning, when you wake up, is the right time to assess the quality of your night’s rest. The self-assessment of sleep is the premise to make a therapeutic course effective in case of any disturbances.

Cit: paginemediche.it

March 13, 2019 – World Kidney Day.

Chronic kidney failure is in sixth place among the fastest growing causes of death.

More than 850 million people are suffering from various types of kidney disease. Chronic renal insufficiency (IRC) is the cause of at least 2.4 million deaths per year. Over 13 million people worldwide are affected by acute renal failure (IRA).
This year the purpose of the World Kidney Day is to bring to the attention of the population the eight basic rules to maintain the health of the kidneys:

  • Be always active and fit,
  • Constant check of your blood sugar levels,
  • Check your blood pressure,
  • Follow a healthy and balanced diet,
  • Maintain a correct and regular intake of liquids,
  • Do not smoke,
  • Do not take medications except on physician’s advice,
  • Always keep under control the kidney function if you have one or more risk factors.