Environment, animals, and a lack of hygiene can affect your risk for infections. Frequent hand-washing, for example, can minimize the spread of many infections. Living in a developing area or interacting with rural animals and uncooked or unclean food can increase your risk for infections. Parasites can contaminate water or live within a host animal. If you were to eat the host animal without thoroughly cooking it first, the parasite could still live and be passed on to you.
Katarzyna Ostrzenska, MD
Specialty: Internal Medicine
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What increases my risk for infections?
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What causes dense breasts?
HealthyWomen answeredDoctors are fairly sure that fluctuating estrogen levels are the culprit behind dense breasts, particularly since premenopausal women (who have higher levels of estrogen) are more likely to have dense breasts than postmenopausal women. Also, postmenopausal hormone therapy can increase the density of a woman's breasts.
Plus, it seems that breast density changes during the menstrual cycle, becoming denser in the latter part of the cycle when estrogen levels are highest. Thus, if you have dense breasts, it's a good idea to schedule your mammogram during the first two weeks of your cycle.
Why should I avoid processed foods?
Deb Kennedy, PhD, Nutrition & Dietetics, answeredThe purpose of food is to nourish you. With today's food supply, what we eat can either take us in the direction of health or away from it. Processed foods are amateurs and imposters compared to the real thing: food straight from nature.
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