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Archive for October, 2012

Oct
31

Exercise can help manage, control diabetes

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Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease that can cause serious health problems, but you can live a long, happy life with diabetes. Research has shown your risk of problems greatly decreases by getting your blood sugar in good control and keeping it there.

Getting regular exercise is one of the things you can do to manage your diabetes. The Learning Center of Diabetes Management and Supplies recommends starting an exercise routine and slowly working your way up to 150 minutes of exercise a week. This might seem much more doable if you consider doing a moderate exercise like walking 30 minutes at a time three days a week.

Almost anybody can safely take up walking, and light to moderate exercise is usually fine for healthy adults with no troublesome symptoms, but Harvard Medical urges you to a doctor if you have any questions about your health or plan to start more vigorous workouts, especially if you haven’t been active recently.

The Harvard Health beat offers tips to safe exercising that include: 

  • Take five to 10 minutes to warm up and cool down properly.
  • Plan to start slowly and boost your activity level gradually unless you are already exercising frequently and vigorously.
  • Be aware that training too hard or too often can cause overuse injuries like stress fractures, stiff or sore joints and muscles, and inflamed tendons and ligaments.
  • Listen to your body. Hold off on exercise when you’re sick or feeling very fatigued.

Click  HERE  for a Harvard’s complete safe exercising list.

Visit The Learning Center for a list of “What You Can Do” to control type 2 diabetes.

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Oct
29

Diabetes can put burden on dental health

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Diabetes can have a widespread effect on the body – head to toe – but many diabetics may forget about steps needed to insure good dental health. Due to the difference in blood sugar levels, extra care has to be taken on a regular basis as well as when you visit the dentist.

Dr. Shalini Jaggi, Senior Consultant with Action Diabetic Centre that’s part of Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute, explains the risks of poor oral care in diabetics. “Poorly controlled diabetic patients are at risk for numerous oral complications such as periodontal disease, salivary gland dysfunction, infection, neuropathy and poor healing, she said.

These complications are not unique to diabetes, but their presence may serve as a sign of possible presence of diabetes.

Visit The Times of India for complete article and parameters for dental care for diabetics.

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Oct
26

Step out: Join the ADA walk in NOLA

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Diabetes Management and Supplies will join the American Diabetes Association on Saturday November 3 for the New Orleans Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes.

ADA experts explain that Louisianans are increasingly feeling the effects of diabetes as thousands of people suffer from the disease, and many others may have diabetes and not know. It is estimated that one out of every three children born after 2000 in the United States will be directly affected by diabetes.

DMS is one of a select number of messaging partners in the 2012 New Orleans Stop Diabetes Campaign. These groups and the Louisiana ADA are committed to educating the public about how to stop diabetes and support those living with the disease.

The Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes Walk will be held November 3 from 8 a.m. to Noon in Audubon Park. Visit the ADA site for more information and directions. Join us by registering today!

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The American Diabetes Association is seeking nominations for the 2013 Kelly West Award for Epidemiology. Given in memory of Kelly M. West, widely regarded as the “father of diabetes epidemiology,” to an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of diabetes epidemiology. Nominations will be accepted until November 16, 2012.

The recipient will deliver the 2013 Kelly West Award Lecture at the 73rd Scientific Sessions, June 21 to 25, at McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago.

Visit Diabetes Pro for more information and submission forms.

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Oct
24

Self-monitoring helps avoid complications

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If you’re diabetic, you have been encouraged to “know your numbers” or test regularly, but you might not realize what’s at stake by achieving good control and remaining in compliance. Diabetic complications will not only affect your quality of life, but they will dictate your life span and productivity.

The time and effort invested in diabetes education not only helps you understand the disease, but what steps you can take to improve your health. Visit the Learning Center of Diabetes Management and Supplies for tips on what you can do everyday to combat diabetes. These include monitoring your blood sugar, eating a healthy and helpful diet and establishing an exercise routine.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) cautions that diabetes increases your risk for many serious health problems, but the good news is, with correct treatment and recommended lifestyle changes, many people with diabetes are able to prevent or delay the onset of complications.

Talk to your doctor about the benefits of working with a diabetes educator and contact education@diabetesms.com if you want more information on services available in the metro New Orleans area.

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Diabetes management specialist at the Mayo Clinic explain that following a diabetic diet  means eating a variety of nutritious foods in moderate amounts and sticking to regular mealtimes.

Rather than a restrictive diet, a diabetes diet is a healthy-eating plan that’s naturally rich in nutrients and low in fat and calories, with an emphasis on fruits, vegetables and whole grains. In fact, a diabetes diet is the best eating plan for most everyone.

The certified diabetes educators of Diabetes Management and Supplies in New Orleans teach patients either individually and/or in small-group settings. Their registered dietitians also provide medical nutrition therapy for those in need of additional and disease-specific nutritional counseling.

For more on their Self-Management and Training services, visit the DMS Learning Center, email a certified diabetes educator at education@diabetesms.com or call the office at 1-888-738-7929.

Visit The Mayo Clinic for the complete diabetes diet article.

Diabetic kidney disease, also known as diabetic nephropathy, is a serious complication of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, affecting up to about 30 percent of individuals with the disease. Preventing kidney damage is a challenge, which is why a new prevention target discovered by scientists could be good news.

Scientists inJapanhave found a new target for diabetic kidney disease in mice, and it’s called osteopontin. This molecule is involved in the inflammatory process, and inflammation has been established as playing a key role in diabetic nephropathy, as shown in a number of studies, including a new review in Mediators of Inflammation.

Visit eMax Health for the completed article.

Oct
16

Type 1 diabetics needed for driving study

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Diabetes Driving logoManaging your diabetes requires a continual balance of insulin, food, and exercise. When these are out of balance, your blood glucose (BG), or blood sugar, can go very high or low. Very high BG (hyperglycemiaBG (Blood Glucose) above 250 mg/dl) or low BG (hypoglycemia) below 70 mg/dl) can interfere with your thinking, reaction time and judgment. These can disrupt your ability to drive and can increase your risk of being in a collision or getting a ticket.

Researchers at the University of Virginia, with a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), are conducting a study to identify driving risks and potentially help all drivers with type 1 diabetes. Those selected will participate completely online and no clinic visits will be required. Participants can earn up to $270 in gift cards.

Click HERE for a flyer with more information on the study and to see if you qualify to participate. If you are ready to get started with the study, visit DiabetesDriving.com for a full description and all the forms needed to participate.

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Oct
15

Pumpkin eaters gain diabetes weapon

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Pumpkins are fall favorites for decorating and eating in October and November. A recent research, however, suggests one more reason to celebrate the great orange gourd: Possible anti-diabetic benefits. Diabetes will affect half a billion people worldwide by 2050 — a growing number due to the rise in global obesity. The list of diabetes associated ailments includes heart disease, stroke, dementia, blindness and cancer.

A study fromJapan’sIwateUniversitylooked at how pumpkin compounds affected rats fed a high-starch, high-sugar diet for six weeks. Compared to a control group, those with pumpkin extracts mixed into their feed had dramatically lower blood and liver markers for diabetes: specifically, 17 percent lower blood glucose, 65 percent  lower triglyceride levels, and 30 percent less abdominal fat.

Visit Dole’s Nutrition News  for the complete article and see our related recipe, Roasted Pumpkin With Feta and Cilantro, below.

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A recent study suggests that compounds found in pumpkins can help counter the affects of diabetes and may help diabetics by affecting liver enzymes that regulate glucose and fat metabolism. This recipe might prove to be a fall favorite.

Roasted Pumpkin With Feta and Cilantro
Serves 4

Peel and seed a 2 lb pumpkin and cut into 1/2-thick wedges. Toss with 1 Tbsp olive oil and 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper.

Roast in a 450°F oven, turning occasionally, until tender, about 20 minutes.

Layer pumpkin with 3 oz sliced feta and 1/4 cup cilantro leaves. Drizzle with pumpkin seed oil and sherry vinegar to taste.

NUTRITION (per serving) 128 cal, 5 g pro, 11 g carb, 1 g fiber, 8 g fat, 3.5 g sat fat, 530 mg sodium

Recipe courtesy of Prevention Magazine

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Ordering Supplies and Equipment

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