Get More Out Of Life While Managing Your Diabetes

Get More Out Of Life While Managing Your DiabetesWhen I was first diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 21, I had not given the first thought to living a healthy diabetic lifestyle. As far as I was concerned, a healthy lifestyle was reserved only for fitness junkies and overweight moms.

I didn’t know squat about the benefits and overall happiness a healthy lifestyle would lead to. I was perfectly content eating frozen pizza, smoking cigarettes, and binge drinking on a regular basis. After I was diagnosed with diabetes, I had a lengthy discussion with my doctor that resulted in an epiphany, “Everything I love is killing me!”

First, we’ll define what I mean by healthy lifestyle. When I asked the question, “What is a healthy lifestyle?” the common answer seemed to be, “Don’t smoke, don’t drink, eat only vegetables and protein, and make sure to exercise every day.”

My first thought was, “You can give that crap right back to the birds.” I was 21, loved to party, and absolutely chock full of testosterone.

The ideas, practices, and benefits a healthy lifestyle provided

How Does Inhaled Insulin Work

How Does Inhaled Insulin WorkThere has been lots of research in the field of insulin administration. To keep blood sugar under control insulin is injected. Patients would prefer inhaled insulin to injected insulin especially, when sometimes you have to take up to 6 injections daily. The different targets tried for insulin delivery are through the upper airways i.e. the mouth, the nose, the skin and even as suppositories. Oral delivery is not possible due to the acidity of the stomach and the digestive enzymes of the intestines which prevent the insulin molecules to absorb into the blood. Inhaled insulin can reduce or eliminate the daily insulin injections.

There are several systems in developmental phase by different pharmaceutical firms with products like AerodoseR, AERxTM Diabetes Management System, QdoseR, and ExuberaR.

An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on September 8th 2005 recommended approval of Exubera an inhaled insulin for adults with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. It is predicted that Pfizer would launch Exubera in late 2006. Exubera is produced by Sanofi-Aventis and Nektar Therapeutics, a California biotechnology firm (formerly Inhale Therapeutic Systems, Inc.) in

Living Healthy with Diabetes

Living Healthy with DiabetesDiabetes affects around 16 million Americans and about 800,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Diabetes attacks men, women, children and the elderly. It spares no race.

Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, blindness in Adults and amputations. It is a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke, and birth defects and it shortens life expectancy by up to 15 years. So you can see what I am up against. It is up to me to make sure that none of these things ever happen to my daughter. My daughter Ashley has Diabetes Type 1. She will be 10 years old March 15th. Ashley has been a diabetic for 5 years.

Five years ago I was totally overwhelmed by all that information. I felt helpless and depressed. I was sure this was a death sentence for my daughter. This was because of my total ignorance of Diabetes. A person can live a full life with Diabetes. It just takes some extra care. A good diet plays an important part in a Diabetics life. They need to put together a meal plan with their

Your Child Has Diabetes

Your Child Has DiabetesWell, first of all, diabetes is divided into 2 types, commonly known as Diabetes Type 1 and Diabetes Type 2.

If you have a Diabetes Type 1, the probability that your child will have the same condition is 1:17. If you are a mother with Diabetes Type 1 and deliver a child when you are under 25 years old, then the probability that your child will be diagnosed with the same condition is 1:25. The probability decreases to 1:100 if you give birth over 25 years old.

The risk that your child will have diabetes is doubled if you are diagnosed with Diabetes Type 1 before you turn 11. Should you and your spouse both have Diabetes Type 1, then the probability that your child also has it will increase starting from 1:10 up to 1:4.

What about Diabetes Type 2? This kind of diabetes does have a larger genetical basis than Diabetes Type 1. Though, a huge influence also comes from external factors such as environments, way of lifes, eating habits, etc.

Generally, if you are diagnosed with a Diabetes Type 2

Childhood Allergy Insights

Childhood Allergy InsightsEvery kid seems to have childhood allergies of some kind. I was allergic to strawberries when I was in grade school… but maybe that came from having to pick too many of them each summer. At any rate, that allergy went away as I got older, as many childhood allergies seem to do. Obviously, some allergies are more serious and present greater exposure to the child. Peanut allergies and being allergic to corn syrup can present life-threatening scenarios that must be guarded against constantly. Because they represent such an exposure, they also heavily impact the entire family environment, especially when travelling or attending a birthday party. Corn syrup further complicates the issue because it occurs in all kinds of processed foods. So, parents can never drop their vigilance.

Antibiotics and Vitamin D Deficiency Can Lead to Childhood Food Allergies

Thankfully, from time to time, medical research makes some breakthroughs to provide insights into what can be done to reduce the allergy potential. Two such occurrences have recently been reported through the American Academy of Pediatrics. The first established

What Is a Food Allergy

What Is a Food AllergyA food allergy is caused when the body’s immune system triggers off an abnormal response to a certain type of food. The human body in general develops a high degree of tolerance to food in order to survive. Sometimes the presence of antigens in food components can cause a threat to the health of a person and that is when the body’s immune system starts reacting in order to destroy the harmful substances and thus causes an allergic reaction.

A food allergy can occur in different intensities ranging from mild reactions to those which can even be life threatening. It should not be confused with food intolerance. A food allergy can also be termed as food hypersensitivity because it is caused when the immune system identifies the ingested food as being harmful to the body and thus triggers off an allergic reaction.

The work of the immune system is to create food-specific antibodies to protect the body. These antibodies are actually proteins which fight the harmful antigens and try to destroy them or reduce their effectiveness. Allergens are the food which trigger the harmful

Cholesterol Does Not Cause Heart Disease

Cholesterol Does Not Cause Heart DiseaseCholesterol is an essential building block of every cell in the body, required for all metabolic processes. It is particularly important in the production of nerve tissue, bile and certain hormones. On average, our body produces about half of a gram to one gram of cholesterol per day, depending on how much of it the body needs at the time. By and large, our body is able to produce 400 times more cholesterol per day than what we would obtain from eating 3,5 ounces (100 grams) of butter. The main cholesterol producers are the liver and the small intestine, in that order. Normally, they are able to release cholesterol directly into the blood stream, where it is instantly tied to blood proteins. These proteins, which are called lipoproteins, are in charge of transporting the cholesterol to its numerous destinations. There are three main types of lipoproteins in charge of transporting cholesterol: Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL), Very Low Density Lipoprotein (VLDL), and High Density Lipoprotein (HDL).

In comparison to HDL, which has been privileged with the name ‘good’ cholesterol, LDL and VLDL are relatively large

What You Should Know About Allergic Reactions

What You Should Know About Allergic ReactionsAn allergic reaction occurs when the immune system works overtime. For some people, certain substances do not agree with their body. The immune system then tries to get rid of these foreign substances from the body and in the process, the person has an allergic reaction. It could be a mild reaction or it could get severe. Some people may only react to one substance while others may react to many substances.

Major Symptoms of Allergies

The most common sign of an allergy is a runny nose along with watery eyes and itchy eyes. Usually the skin starts to itch and the person may also suffer from sneezing fits.

Different people show different symptoms when they react to allergens. For some, a rash or boils may appear on the skin. Hives are also common on the skin and these hives consist of a swollen area with a pale center. In some cases, fluids may leak from the blood vessels and cause a swelling under the skin, called Angioedema. This can lead to asthma

How to Remove Nasal Polyps

How to Remove Nasal PolypsNasal polyps are some nasty little things that form inside the sinuses. They are teardrop shaped and look like grapes. They are brown, red and yellow in color and cause all sorts of problems for people that suffer from these growths. The symptoms include, loss of smell, loss of taste, chronic sinusitis, excessive drainage, facial pain, snoring and sleep apnea.

Studies show that people who have bad allergies, chronic sinusitis and a history of sinus infections are more prone to developing the polyps. So below are ways to prevent as well as ways on how to remove nasal polyps.

Saline Rinse

This is a great way to keep your nose healthy. Rinsing your nose with saline rinse on a regular basis keeps the nose free of debris and allergens. And as mentioned earlier, sinusitis and sinus infections make a person more susceptible to developing polyps in the nose. So this is a great step in preventing polyps as well as easing and alleviating the symptoms of the growths.

Chili Peppers

Who would have thought that chili peppers can help treat and

Coffee and Heart Disease

Coffee and Heart DiseaseAlthough it’s more interesting to see both good and bad news about the coffee controversy, the only thing to conclude is that the news keeps getting better for coffee drinkers. In a report published by coffeescience.org. The researchers conclusion was that their was no evidence of an adverse relationship between coffee intake and coronary heart disease.

While you can’t make up your mind by just one study the researchers mention that coffee:

  • protects against type 2 diabetes,
  • increases stamina,
  • decreases leg pain associated with exercise, and
  • keeps you alert and active.

Coffee has also be found to be rich in antioxidants, something that is a no-brainer to consider increasing. You should only take advice from your doctor, just be certain that he/she has all the needed information to make a recommendation.

In the study they took into consideration:

  • age,
  • weight,
  • height,
  • smoking status,
  • parents history,
  • plus a few more things.

What You Need To Know About Cholesterol

What You Need To Know About CholesterolIt seems like every time you turn on the television or open a newspaper, there’s another story about another health risk. It seems like the number of health risks rises every, until it almost seems like just being alive is the biggest health risk of all! Well, the truth is that there ARE more health risks nowadays, so you’re not imagining it. People around the world have to cope with a lot more health afflictions in the past. These include heart disease, cancer, STDs – this is only the beginning of the list, and many of these are potentially fatal.

More and more, health experts are looking at the way we eat and saying it has to change. That’s right, what we’re eating is gradually killing us. What sort of things do you eat on a regular basis? If you’re like most modern Americans, chances are what you eat includes high levels of fat and sugar, even though we know very well that these things are bad for us. The evidence is overwhelming – a high percentage of America is overweight, and the

Drugs or Vitamins for Heart Health

Drugs or Vitamins for Heart HealthWould you be surprised to learn that you can protect your heart more effectively through taking high-quality nutritional supplements than through taking cholesterol-lowering drugs? This is the message of a book entitled “Cholesterol Conspiracy” written by Ladd McNamara, M.D., a board-certified physician and expert in nutritional medicine. In his 85-page book with 167 references Dr. McNamara explains that most people who die of heart disease have normal cholesterol levels! The most common form of heart disease nowadays is atherosclerosis (damaged arteries which are possibly clogged due to plaque formation).

Heart disease kills 725,000 Americans annually – it is the #1 killer in the US today. An early idea was that cholesterol is the culprit of this disease. Dr. Ladd McNamara sheds light on the history:

  • Years ago the idea was that to reduce the risk of heart disease the total cholesterol level needed to be kept below 200 – it did not lower the risk of heart disease.
  • The recommendation eventually changed to measuring the ratio of “good” cholesterol (HDL) and “bad” cholesterol (LDL). The initial recommended limit of LDL was 130, was then

Protect Your Heart from Heart Disease

Protect Your Heart from Heart DiseaseOne of the major killers of folks in America is heart disease and therefore it makes sense to watch what you eat, exercise regularly and protect yourself; if you do not, you could easily shave 10-years off your life. Heart Disease kills more American people than cancer, car accidents and wars combined. Do not think you are automatically immune due to good genetics, because if you do not take care of yourself your heart cannot take good care of you. If it stops you stop too.

How can you protect yourself? Well stop over eating foods that you know will gum up your system and arteries, these foods are no secret and everyone knows that you cannot douse everything you eat in fattening sauces, butter and greases. Play it smart on your food intake. Another huge issue is Americans do not exercise enough and they say if you walk a minimum of three miles per day you will add at least 10-years to your life, so why not start tomorrow and do that for yourself, your

Quick Guide To Understanding Your Cholesterol

Quick Guide To Understanding Your CholesterolCholesterol is a fat-like substance which is found in the tissue of humans and other animals. It plays important roles in cell membrane structure, certain hormones, and manufacturing vitamin D. Our livers produce all of the cholesterol that we need for these important functions. Excessive amounts can contribute to antherosclerosis or clogging of the arteries.

Cholesterol is found in all food from animal sources: meat, eggs, fish, poultry, and dairy products. Some animal foods contribute substantial amounts of cholesterol, while others contribute only small amounts. It is not found in any plant-derived foods. Excessive amounts in your diet can increase its level in your blood, which can increase the risk of coronary heart disease.

You’ll often hear it referred to as either good cholesterol or bad cholesterol. To help in our understanding of the two and their differences, we first need to define the word “lipoproteins.” These are packets of proteins, cholesterol, and triglycerides that are assembled by the liver and circulated in the blood. When we talk about LDL, we’re referring to low density lipoprotein cholesterol. And when we refer to HDL,

Heart Disease in Women

Heart Disease in WomenAccording to the American Heart Association’s Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics, cardiovascular disease (CVD) is still the United States number one killer of men and women of all ethnic groups. The statistical update for 2005 utilized the statistics compiled for 2002, or the most recent year that data are available.

Cardiovascular diseases include high blood pressure, arrhythmia, valve disease, congestive heart failure and stroke. Coronary heart disease (CHD) or hardening of the arteries is the largest killer of Americans. There were 494.4 thousand coronary heart disease deaths in 2002 including 179.5 thousand deaths from heart attack. The deaths from CHD included 241.6 thousand females of which 25.9 thousand were Black females. The number of deaths from strokes for Black females was 9.6 thousand.

CVD* Profile:

o 1 in 4 females has some form of cardiovascular disease.

o Since 1984, the number of CVD deaths for females has exceeded those for males.

o In 2002 CVD caused the deaths of 493, 623 females compared with 433,825 males. Females represent 53.2 percent of deaths from CVD.

o In the United States in 2002, all cardiovascular diseases combined claim the lives of 493,623 females while all forms of cancer combined to

Heart Disease Facts

Heart Disease FactsIt is estimated that approximately 7% of the population has some form of heart disease or damage to their heart. Most people associate heart disease with arteriosclerosis, which leads to heart attacks. However, there are other forms of heart disease, which are just as deadly. Knowing the facts about arteriosclerosis as well as the other primary forms of heart disease can enable you to recognize the symptoms both in yourself and loved ones. And early recognition is one of the most important factors in surviving heart disease.

Arteriosclerosis is the most common type of heart disease. This disease is characterized by a hardening of the arteries, including the coronary arteries, which surround and nourish the heart. Many believe that this process begins early in life. It is so common that it is found present in over half of Americans at death. Though the exact process is unknown, it is understood that the build up of plaque in blood vessels eventually causes the arteries to harden. Thus, the plaque seems to be the precipitating factor. Luckily, this can be controlled through a proper diet and regularly exercise. Eventually

Tips to Get Rid of a Headache

Tips to Get Rid of a HeadacheThere are millions of people around the world that can get headaches from time to time. Thus it is important to get the best remedies as much as possible. There are also a few important tips that must essentially be taken into consideration. Any headache can be a very nervy moment, because you get a feeling as to why this is happening. There is always a reason to try your best to get rid of the ache as soon as possible. All these tips have been derived from expert advice only and there is no harm in following them. You can take these as actual remedies instead of calling them as tips.

1. Use Cayenne

Cayenne can be described as a very spicy herb. However it is also well- known in the world of naturopathic as it is extremely effective in the treatment of inflammation and pain. There is a thing called the capsaicin that is present in Cayenne and this helps in treating the pain that is present on your head. It is capable of inhibiting a certain substance in your

How Poor Posture Can Cause Headaches

How Poor Posture Can Cause HeadachesHeadaches can be caused by a variety of reasons, but most people are unaware that they are often due to problems in the musculoskeletal system. The musculoskeletal system is the mix of muscles, bones, joints, and ligaments that provide support for the body. Poor posture can cause problems in the skeleton and muscles, resulting in headaches. But just how can poor posture cause headaches and what can you do about it?

Posture refers to the way you hold your body when you are walking, sitting, lying, or standing. Proper posture is in place when the head sits over the shoulders, and the muscles are able to work efficiently. Bad posture makes the muscles work overtime to keep the body in balance. The awkward positioning of the body causes muscle fatigue or muscle tightness, and it can also reduce the efficiency of some organs.

What is poor posture?

Poor posture is any position you hold while sitting, lying, walking, or standing, which results in the tightening or shortening of the muscles. Slouching forward is considered poor posture, as it imposes extra wear and

What Are The Types Of Migraine And How To Treat Them

What Are The Types Of Migraine And How To Treat ThemHealth specialists in the U.S. and Australia attribute the concerning statistics to the predominantly unhealthy lifestyle that most people have nowadays which is composed of a poor diet, stressful daily demands, and lack of schedule regularity.

Aside from these, there are other known migraine triggers, such as bright lights, loud noises and certain odours or perfumes, smoking or exposure to smoke, alcohol consumption, menstrual cycle fluctuations, birth control pills, hormone fluctuations during the onset of menopause, foods containing tyramine, monosodium glutamate (MSG), or nitrates, and other foods such as chocolate, nuts, peanut butter, avocado, banana, citrus, onions, dairy products and fermented or pickled foods. However, doing without these triggers rarely offers consistent results (many just prefer to be on the safe side and avoid or minimise exposure to or consumption of the triggers), which only goes to show how complicated migraine could be.

Migraine comes in two different types, the first one being migraine with aura. This basically means that the condition has neurological symptoms commonly in the form of visual disturbances like blind spots, coloured spots, stars,

Your Body Is Talking

Your Body Is TalkingI’ve learned that when my body is speaking, I need to listen to it. Most of us probably have had signals we didn’t recognize for a while before a significant event occurs.

A few years ago, I was diagnosed with epilepsy and have been on medication since 2012. They say I will need it for the rest of my life. I was hesitant at first but have accepted it. I would rather be safe than to be liability to anyone.

There have only been a few episodes but looking back, there may have been warning signs I was unaware of. About twenty years ago, I had a seizure when the kids were about kindergarten age. I was getting ready for work. My husband had taken the kids to school and when he returned, he found me having a seizure on the bathroom floor. I still had the curling iron in my hair which could have burned me badly.

I went to the hospital but didn’t want to go on medication because I thought it was a random event. I had been sick that week