Saliva Swabs For Diabetics

Have you ever given much thought to your saliva? If the answer is “Eww no”, you may want to change your way of thinking after reading this blog post. Believe it or not, our spit can tell physicians many things about our health. Here’s a closer look at what that could lead to in terms of diabetes testing supplies.

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Diabetes & Kids

High-Fat Diets and Sedentary Lifestyles Contribute to Childhood Obesity

Type 2 diabetes was once considered an adult-only disease. Not anymore. Every year the number of cases of type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents increases.

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Sleeping Patterns & Diabetes

News stories about the assumed connection between naps and a person’s diabetes risk started to surface again. You may have even read one of reports on Fox News. Because of the resurgence in interest, we wanted to weigh in on the topic as well.

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Diabetes & Elderly

The fastest-growing segment of the American population consists of individuals aged 60 and older. In 1994, one out of every eight individuals in our country was over 65 years old. By the year 2020 it is estimated that one out of every six people will be over 65 years old.

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Mother Loving Her Child

With summer fast approaching, a person’s thoughts understandably start wandering towards pleasurable activities. After all, there are barbecues to plan and leisurely walks on the beach to enjoy. All of those activities are fine to focus on, just as long as you don’t neglect your type 1 diabetes testing routine. Here’s why:

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Diabetes & Your Vision

Diabetes has never been as big of an epidemic as it is in society these days. In the past, a majority of people often thought of diabetes as a health condition where you must simply reduce your sugar and fat intake on a daily basis. Little did they know that diabetes may end up actually causing serious health concerns like blindness without closely monitoring it!

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Walking on the Beach

From finding out that you’re pregnant, to actually being pregnant, and then to finally give birth, there are so many different emotions that a pregnant woman goes through. Excitement, fear, exhaustion, anxiety, and stress are just a few of them. But whether it’s your first child or your tenth, nothing compares to the added stress that comes after you’ve been diagnosed with gestational diabetes.

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Pumpkins Great For Diabetic Health

There are certain foods that can be associated with seasons. With the fall season here and the holidays will be soon arriving, the fruit pumpkin comes to mind. Pumpkins are believed to have originated in North America. Seeds from related plants have been found in Mexico dating back to 7000 to 5500 B.C. References to pumpkins date back many centuries. The name pumpkin originated from the Greek word for “large melon” which is “pepon.” “Pepon” was changed by the French into “pompon.” The English changed “pompon” to “Pumpion.” American colonists changed “pumpion” into “pumpkin.” Native Americans dried strips of pumpkin and wove them into mats. They also roasted long strips of pumpkin on the open fire and ate them. The origin of pumpkin pie occurred when the colonists sliced off the pumpkin top, removed the seeds, and then filled the insides with milk, spices and honey which was then baked in hot ashes of a dying fire.

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Milk Cow Grazing

An individual who is lactose intolerant is not able to fully digest the milk sugar called lactose, in dairy products.  Lactose intolerance occurs when the body is unable to breakdown all of the lactose that is found in the foods you eat.  Lactose intolerance is also called lactase deficiency – an enzyme produced by the cells lining the small intestine.  There are individuals that have low levels of lactase that experience no signs and symptoms of this condition and there are others that do experience signs and symptoms usually after eating or drinking foods that contain lactose. Symptoms can include diarrhea, gas, nausea, bloating, and stomach cramps.  These symptoms can be controlled by choosing a balanced diet plan that carefully limits dairy products.

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Guinea Pigs Snacking

Having diabetes does not mean that you must stop eating snacks.  It does mean that you should know what a snack can do to your blood sugar.  You also need to know what healthy snacks are. The best snacks for type 2 diabetes have no added sugar and combine protein and healthy fats with high–quality carbohydrates which is an ideal mix for keeping hunger at bay and blood sugar levels consistent. Snacks with no carbohydrates change your blood sugar & glucose tests the least.  The healthiest snacks usually do not have many calories.

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