Health
Risks

It's becoming clearer by the day that food plays a vital role in keeping ourselves healthy. That is why we as a welfare association aim to, next to our main task: offering u healthy, delicious and personalized meals, inform you about the most common health risks you might encounter and how to treat them.

Blood pressure

Blood pressure causes the thrust for blood to flow through the veins. The pressure is dependent to the force at which the heart contracts and relaxes. There is a stolic (high) pressure and a diastolic (low) pressure. When bloodpressure is too high it can damage the blood vessel walls. It can cause calification of the blood vessel walls which causes contstrictions within the veins. This heightens the risk to heart- and vascular diseases.

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Osteoporosis

This condition causes the bone to degrade faster then the body can create. The quality of your bones starts gradually lowering and increases the chance to fractures significantly. Osteoporosis is a condition often developed by elderly persons, most often by women because of the menopause. The condition start developing when there's a lack of calcium and vitamine D. Fractures, in this context, occur most often on the hips, wrist and vertebrae.

Diarrhea

Diarrhea, is the condition of having at least three loose, liquid, or watery bowel movements each day. It often lasts for a few days and can result in dehydration due to fluid loss. The causes for this vary:

  • Side effects from medication
  • Stomach flu
  • Infections
  • Inflammation of the intestines

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Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a substance that mainly is created by the body itself and partialy gets extracted from food. It's a greasy substance that flows through the blood vessels. Cholesterol has a 'good' (HDL) and 'bad' (LDL) variation. Bad cholesterol can stick to your blood vessel walls, causing constrictions and increase of blood pressure. This heightens your risk for heart- and vascular disseases.

Chewing and swallowing issues

Chewing and swallowing issues also called dysfagia, causes u to experience pain whilst swallowing your food or choke on bits of food. You also have the feeling that pieces of food get stuck in the oesophagus after swallowing. When u start drinking or eating less because of this condtion, it can cause dehydration and malnutrition. 

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Metabolic syndrome

Metabolic syndrome consists off different symptoms giving u a higher chance at contracting diabetes and/or heart- and vascular diseases. Metabolic syndrome causes a disturbed metabolism. The body becomes less sensitive to insuline: this hormone keeps your sugar levels up. Insuline is also needed to allow sugars into your cells.

Oral hygiene


Oral hygiene Is to daily care for your mouth and teeth. This way you will keep your teeth healthy and prevent things like caries or gum inflammation and minimize chances on developing focal infections.

Brush your teeth twice a day with an electric or manual toothbrush and a fluoride-containing toothpaste to prevent dental plaque and cavaties.

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Kidney issues

The kidneys filter our blood by removing waste materials. They also help control our blood pressure. The speed at which the kidneys filter our blood, is the filtration speed.

Kidneys make sure the body doesn't poison itself: they keep our water and different kind of salt's levels balanced. When the kidneys start malfunctioning, waste materials will start accumulating. In turn raising our blood pressure. It increases our chance of developing heart- and vascular diseases.

Malnutrition

Malnutrition occurs when a person, for a long period of time, doesn't take in enough energy or nutrients than required to stay healthy.

Malnutrition can be developed by a person that doesn't eat enough or in some way uses up more energy or nutrients than required. The problem is mostly developed by the sick and elderly. Malnutrition can also be caused by chewing and swallowing issues. 

 

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Overweight

Overweight occurs when your weight is too high in proportion to your length. prolonged overweight can cause grievances to your limbs and increase your risk to develop heart- and vascular diseases. Extreme overweight is often called obesity

Overweight is mostly caused by eating more than u consume. The excess food then accumulates as fat in your body. A disrupted meal pattern can have emotional or physical causes. Refer to a doctor or dietician for proper advice.

Diabetes

Diabetes causes our blood-sugar levels to be abnormally high, because the body doesn't create insuline at a fast enough rate or because your body is less effective in taking in insuline. Metaphorically there are not enough keys(insuline) to open our doors, or our keys (insuline) dont seem to fit on our doors. Insuline is the hormone that keeps our sugar levels balanced

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Constipation

Everyone's bowel movements are different. But when u haven't been able to relieve yourself for more than 3 days we start talking about constipation. The stool has been in the large intestine for too long, hardening and drying out. Constipation can be caused by:

  • A lack of exersice
  • A lack of high-fibre nutrients
  • Drinking too little
  • Not going to the toilet when feeling the urge.
  • Medication (iron substitutes or antacids)
  • abnormalities on the intestinal wall
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Slow transit-time
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