According to the Centers for Disease Control, diabetes is the most costly chronic condition in the United States. Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S. and affects over 34 million people in the country each year. Another 88 million are prediabetic, including 20% of American teenagers and 25% of adults aged 19-34. This adds up to $327 billion in healthcare costs related to diabetes each year and is climbing, with over half of those costs paid for by the Medicare system. Read More
Living with Type 2 Diabetes can be tough. From daily finger pricks to oral medication or even insulin, managing diabetes is an all-day, everyday thing. But with a few lifestyle tweaks, you can take control of managing your diabetes and start living a better life.
Eat a Healthy Diet
You should always eat a healthy diet, but even more so if you have type 2 diabetes. Focus on whole grains, healthy fats, and lean proteins. Limit carbohydrate intake and try to cut out sugar entirely. Fruits and vegetables are always great options, but try to choose lower-sugar fruits and non-starchy vegetables for the most impact. Read More
Managing diabetes requires a higher level of dedication to a healthy lifestyle than the average person. Therefore, knowing what foods to eat and not to eat is very important, especially when trying to manage type 2 diabetes with diet alone. Unfortunately, many of the foods that diabetics should avoid are commonplace, and refraining is difficult. However, being aware of your body’s nutrition is the first step in any diabetes treatment plan that involves dietary management.
If you have any type of problems with your body regulating insulin (blood sugar), maintaining a healthy diet is your best weapon against health complications. You are probably well aware that you should avoid refined sugar and anything containing simple sugars like cakes, cookies, and other desserts, but there are many other foods that you should avoid. Here are just a few.
Trans fats are unsaturated fats that have had hydrogen added to them to extend shelf life. Trans fats are found most often in frozen dinners, margarines, and peanut butters, but they can also be present in some muffins and breads to extend shelf life. While trans fats will not raise your blood sugar, they can be problematic for diabetics and insulin resistant patients. These patients are more prone to heart disease.Read More
A diagnosis of diabetes is never something that someone wants to hear. Once you have been diagnosed with diabetes, it will affect many aspects of your life and for the rest of your life. There is no cure for diabetes, although it can sometimes be managed with just diet and exercise if you are careful and do not have severe fluctuations in blood sugar. Here are three ways diabetes will affect your life that you may not have considered.
When you want to dine out, it will be much more difficult than ever before. You will have to make sure that you are always monitoring how much sugar and carbs you are ingesting in order to control your blood sugar. It is not always easy to tell from a menu description if something has sugar in it or not. You may find yourself needing to ask more questions of the waiters and kitchen staff before being able to make a healthy decision when you go out to eat.Read More
Diabetes has become an epidemic in America, with about one million Americans suffering from Type 1 diabetes. A brand new study has now transformed the mindset regarding diabetes treatment in the United States and supplied diabetes patients with new hope regarding lasting health and wellness.
A Brief Introduction to Type 1 Diabetes
Also known as juvenile diabetes, Type 1 diabetes is a chronic medical condition that prevents the pancreas from producing the insulin needed to transform sugar into cellular energy. Most people are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at a young age, though it is not uncommon for it to appear in adults. Read More
Given that 27 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes, the condition is well known by the general population, but very few people truly understand why and how diabetes impacts the body. You may have a family member or friend with diabetes, or you may even be concerned about your own blood sugar health, but without understanding the inner workings of diabetes it can be difficult to seek treatment. Read More
When you’ve been diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, it’s incredibly important to not only consider short-term treatment, but long-term management. Your internist will work with you to develop a comprehensive care plan, which will help to ensure you remain in optimum health.
Understanding Your Condition
The best way to manage your diabetes is to understand the nature of your condition. Your internist will provide you with relevant information; and there are also other steps you can take to familiarize yourself with it. Local support groups are a great place to start, as are informative classes and online forums. Read More
If you have diabetes, you’ll know only too well how complicated it can be to successfully manage the condition at times. It’s only through the correct blend of good diet and medication that you can control blood glucose levels and prevent any complications, such as hyperglycemia.
However, recent evidence suggests that managing glucose levels is even more complex with elderly patients. In some instances, lowering blood glucose levels to supposed ‘optimum’ levels can actually cause hyperglycemia. In certain cases, this has even hospitalized the patient concerned. Read More