Blood sugar control: Exercise helps to lower blood sugar in two ways. First of all, exercise decreases insulin resistance, the hallmark of type 2 diabetes. Secondly, exercise increases glucose disposal. An exercising muscle simply uses more sugar than a resting muscle.

Weight control: Besides burning glucose, exercise burns fat, which helps with weight control. Excess body fat increases insulin resistance and worsens type 2 diabetes. Achieving and maintaining a reasonable weight is a key to preventing and treating type 2 diabetes.

Blood sugar control: Exercise helps to lower blood sugar in two ways. First of all, exercise decreases insulin resistance, the hallmark of type 2 diabetes. Secondly, exercise increases glucose disposal. An exercising muscle simply uses more sugar than a resting muscle.

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Approximately 50 million Americans have hypertension. That is one out of every four adults. If you are African American, make that one out of three. High blood pressure tends to run in families. It strikes more often in people over 35 years old, and by age 65, more than half of us will have high blood pressure. Women are especially susceptible after menopause. Birth control pills may cause hypertension in some women. Although more common in adults, hypertension can still affect young adults and even children. People with type 2 diabetes are twice as likely to have hypertension.

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The use of sugar, sweeteners, and sugar substitutes has often been a topic of hot debate. Until recently, using sugar has been discouraged in diabetic meal planning. Current scientific studies have not supported the necessity of completely abstaining from sugar, and now itís becoming widely accepted that sugar may be used in moderation without causing deterioration in blood sugar control. Countless studies have investigated the safety profiles of artificial sweeteners.

Misinformation is rampant regarding the safety and acceptability of using both sugar and artificial sweeteners. A fair amount of alarmist propaganda is out there, mixed in with medical facts.

Listen with a critical ear. Try to review the scientific studies, not the hearsay. Consider the source of the information. In the end, the decision of what to use is up to you.

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Pregnancy is a wondrous and exciting time. Itís a time of change, both physically and emotionally. With the proper attention and prenatal medical care, most women with diabetes can enjoy their pregnancies and welcome a healthy baby into their lives.

Why Tight Blood Sugar Control Is Critically Important

Blood sugar control is important from the first week of pregnancy all the way until delivery. Organogenesis takes place in the first trimester. Uncontrolled blood sugar during the early weeks of pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage, and birth defects. (Women donít develop gestational diabetes until later in pregnancy, which means they donít share these early pregnancy risks.)

Later in the pregnancy, uncontrolled blood sugar levels can cause fetal macrosomia, which may lead to shoulder dystocia, fractures, and the need for Cesarean section deliveries. Very high blood sugar levels can increase the risk of stillbirth.

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Healthy Meals For Diabetes

Eating right is essential to keeping your mind and body running at its best. During this year’s National Nutrition Month, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reminds us to build an eating plan with your unique lifestyle and nutritional needs in mind. So whether you’re a career professional, vegetarian, student, athlete, or busy parent, it’s important to “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day.”

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Asparagus & Diabetes Health

Looked at as a prized delicacy, asparagus has been around and used since ancient times by the Greeks and Romans. Asparagus is one of the oldest recorded vegetables, and it is thought to have originated along the coastal regions of eastern Mediterranean and Asia Minor areas.  Asparagus is a member of the Lily family.  Its spears grow from a crown that is planted about a foot deep in sandy soils. When grown under ideal conditions, an asparagus spear can grow 10″ in a twenty four hour period.  
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At least half of all Americans are overweight or obese. Excess weight poses many health risks. Obesity increases the chance of developing numerous diseases such as diabetes, but can include:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Lipid Abnormalities
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Stroke
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
  • Certain cancers, including endometrial, breast, prostate, and colon

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Control Is Key

Too much sugar in the blood can cause many different problems in your body, including heart disease, kidney damage, blindness, and loss of feeling in your feet and hands. If you work with your doctor or health care professional, these problems can be lessened, or in some cases, avoided.

Your doctor will tell you how often you should be testing your blood sugar with a blood glucose (sugar) meter. Write down the test results and keep a record. This will tell you how well you are controlling your sugar level through diet, exercise, and diabetes medications.

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Today we have many types of insulin and delivery systems available to us. Which is right for you? Work with your doctor to determine if you need as few as one or as many as four or five injections per day. It will depend on what type of diabetes you have, your age and ability to manage low blood sugar reactions and your lifestyle.

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Nutrients & Skin

Do you want beautiful, radiant, and glowing skin?  It can be possible when your skin is supplied and nourished by certain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.  Your skin can look healthier and younger by eating the right foods.  Experts recommend that a balanced diet is the best way to get your share of good food for healthy skin.  No need to go out and spend hundreds of dollars on certain skin-care products and lotions.  Try eating these nutrients for an amazing and healthy complexion:

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