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Diabetes and Children

Diabetes and Children The diagnosis of diabetes at a young age is particularly difficult for the child or adolescent and for his or her family. In most cases the diagnosis is type 1 diabetes; but increasingly type 2 diabetes is being diagnosed with a link to childhood obesity. The symptoms are similarly: Increase thirst Hunger Urination Fatigue weight loss Blurred vision or even yeast infections in young … Continue reading Diabetes and Children

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Diabetes and Stress

(As seen in Business Focus March/April 2015 p100) The seasons of gift exchange and indulgences, affection and revelry, gave way to the tax season, which may have caused some distress; financial or otherwise. Stress is defined in Psychology as a person’s response to an external stimulus that may be positive or negative. Eustress has been defined as a positive motivator or challenge that keeps a … Continue reading Diabetes and Stress

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Diabetes and Exercise

The benefits of exercise: 30 minutes a day with an increased heart rate of 60-80% of maximal peak heart rate. reduces the risk  of heart attack and stroke. improves the body’s use of insulin can delay or prevent type 2 diabetes increases HDL cholesterol improves hypertension causes weight loss improves function if you have peripheral arterial disease. lowers the risk of certain cancers including breast … Continue reading Diabetes and Exercise

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Diabetes and Smoking

Cigarette smoking is a risk factor for diabetes, respiratory disease, strokes and heart disease. One in ten persons smoke; the prevalence of smoking among persons with diabetes is not significantly different compared to the general population. Non-smokers live an average of eight to ten years longer than smokers with diabetes, mostly due to heart disease. Smoking may decrease overall body weight but increases obesity around the abdomen … Continue reading Diabetes and Smoking

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Snacks

A Word on Non-Nutritive Sweeteners Non-nutritive sweeteners (NNS) include: Aspartame,(Nutrasweet,Equal), Saccharin (Sweet’NLow), Sucralose (Splenda), and Stevia (Truvia, PrueVia). NNS do not add calories, nor do they add nourishment. In theory these sweeteners should support blood glucose control and weight management but there has been some controversy. For example, some studies indicate that persons who drink more than twenty-one diet sodas per week are twice as likely to become … Continue reading Snacks

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Diabetes and Insulin

Has your diabetes physician recommended that you start insulin? This may be for one of several reasons: The available oral medications do not adequately control your blood glucose. You have type 1 diabetes or latent autoimmune (slow onset type 1) diabetes. Intensive control is necessary for you, for example in hospital. Diabetes is naturally progressive. Talk to your diabetes physician about insulin today. What is … Continue reading Diabetes and Insulin

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Diabetes and Your Meal Plan

  EAT WISELY   When you have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes you will receive essential advice about your meal plan. The goal is to maintain blood glucose control while maintaining your nutritional needs, sometimes known as medical nutrition therapy. Other goals will include to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, adequate blood pressure control and weight loss. The meal plan is individualised, but generally consists of regular meals … Continue reading Diabetes and Your Meal Plan

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Diabetes and Depression

Depression must be managed adequately because this disorder may affect one’s decision making; memory and ability to self-manage. A person with depression may be unable to function effectively at work or at home and therefore may not be able to handle basic self management such as: following diet and exercise routines, performing home blood glucose monitoring, refilling prescriptions, visits to diabetes physician taking medications as … Continue reading Diabetes and Depression