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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Self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) with home blood glucose monitors is essential. The blood glucose (BG) results are used to assess the efficacy of therapy, and to provide data by which to make management decisions. Typically, patients who use insulin should be SMBG at least 3-4 times per day. Some type 1’s check as much as 6-8 times per day.† Individuals with type 2 diabetes should SMBG, but if well controlled they may need somewhat less frequent checks. Patients on diet therapy without medications may only need to check BG a few times per week. Type 2’s using oral agents should check at least 1-2 times daily, and vary the times.

When BG control is sub-optimal, frequency of monitoring should be increased to provide data for therapy changes. To assure proper technique, patients should receive training on meter use.

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Cooking with Herbs

You have decided to cook with some delicious herbs but do not know how to cook with them. Then you wait and your fresh herbs go bad. Herbs can be bought fresh, or dried. You can even grow them in your own home. Herbs are flavoring agents used for enriching or altering the flavor or odor of foods. Herbs make a dish complete. Different herbs have different uses. Herbs add great flavor to your dishes but also contain many healthy nutrients.

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Delicious Mediterranean Foods

A heart-healthy eating plan, called the Mediterranean diet might be the right diet for you. This diet is based on the traditional foods eaten by people living in the Mediterranean region especially in Greece. The Mediterranean diet is a delicious and healthy way to eat. It incorporates the basics of healthy eating and is low in saturated fat, very high in fiber and antioxidants from vegetables, legumes and nuts. Very little red meat is eaten in this diet and milk consumption is limited as well, except for some cheese and yogurt. Research has shown that the traditional Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of heart disease and may be associated with a reduced risk of overall and cardiovascular mortality, a reduced incidence of cancer and cancer mortality, and a reduced incidence of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

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Choosing An Insulin Pump Can Be Difficult

Insulin pumps represent a giant step forwards in diabetes management. Instead of constantly preparing and administering insulin by injection, pumps allows users to fine-tune their insulin delivery. Pumps as a whole and specific pumps in particular have both pros and cons for different types of users, however, so it is vital to read up on what is available.

Most conventional insulin users will mix shorter and longer-acting types of insulin to attempt to get blood sugar control over an entire 24-hour period. This is important because high blood sugar can have serious short and long-term consequences, but is annoying at best. Pumps remove this necessity as they can deliver short-acting insulin constantly. Users trigger a ‘bolus’ or larger dose based on their carbohydrate intake when they eat and receive a low, calculated dose at all other times.

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Healthy Mushrooms

Mushrooms are known for its heal>thy nutrients and when used right in cooking can enhance the flavor of many different dishes. You can find mushrooms as toppings in hamburgers, steaks and pizza. Or mushrooms are eaten raw or added to salads, soups, casseroles, rice dishes, stir-fry and scrambled eggs.
Mushrooms supply the diet with vegetable proteins, vitamins, amino acids, minerals, fiber, iron plus they are low in calories. Nutritionally, mushrooms contain important vitamins like vitamin D and B vitamins and minerals like potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, selenium, copper and zinc. These vitamins and minerals play an important role to boost immune system and to keep your body healthy. A number of edible mushrooms are available and easy to buy.

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Nutrient Dense Foods Benefit Diabetes Patients

Why would you choose a piece of fresh fruit for a snack over a bag of pretzels?  What is the healthier choice?

These foods have roughly the same number of calories, but not in nutrients.  The fresh fruit provides fiber, vitamin C and potassium for an equal number of calories. Which means the piece of fruit has a higher nutrient density. A nutrient dense diet is recommended for maintaining optimal diabetic health.

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