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Expert Advice For People With Diabetes

Expert Advice for People with Diabetes

Expert Advice for People with Diabetes

As a certified diabetes educator, a registered nurse, a registered dietitian and a licensed dietitian nutritionist, Clara Schneider has an expert opinion that you can trust.
Clara is on the advisory board at DiabetesCare.net and writes a weekly blog for the site.
We had the opportunity to interview Clara and find out what advice she has for people with diabetes.
What basic advice would you give to someone who had just been diagnosed with diabetes?
If you are just diagnosed with diabetes, you need to know what kind of diabetes you have and also if you're going to be put on medicine. There are different kinds of diabetes, including pre-diabetes, type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes.
Young people with type 1 diabetes are sometimes hospitalized when diagnosed. People with type 1 diabetes need to know that they have an autoimmune disease which destroys the beta cells in their pancreas. The beta cells function is to make insulin, and in type 1 diabetes, these cells are destroyed and will no longer make insulin. The only way a patient with type 1 diabetes will live is if that insulin is replaced, so insulin injections need to be started. You hear that there is the inhalable insulin out, but you’re not going to do that for somebody just diagnosed, and most likely you’re not going to do that for type 1, although that might change, depending on advances in research.
If you have type 2 diabetes, you need to know how it is going to be handled. Do you need to go on medication, or will you be able to control it with lifestyle changes?
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Is Cannabis The Diabetes Cure We Have Been Searching For?

Is Cannabis The Diabetes Cure We Have Been Searching For?

Diabetes and Marijuana Studies Show Great Hope
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Cannabis for Diabetes
If you love eating space cakes and cannabis-infused candies but worry about diabetes, we’ve got good news.
Diabetes is a group of metabolic diseases that are characterized by high blood sugar (also referred to as high glucose levels) either because the body can’t metabolize blood sugar properly or because insulin production isn’t enough. It can be caused by genetics, weight gain, inactivity, exposure to a virus, dietary factors, high levels of triglycerides (a type of fat that is stored in the blood), low high-density lipoprotein (HDL, also known as good cholesterol), or high blood pressure.
Diabetes affects around 29 million Americans, and almost 400 million people worldwide.
Diabetes leads to the death of 5 million people each year, despite the prevalence of big pharma in “treating” diabetes.
But then the great ganja shows us again, that yes there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and it isn’t exactly “news”. It all started back in 2005 when a research paper from the American Alliance for Medical Cannabis stated that cannabis had several health benefits for people who suffer from diabetes particularly because of its ability to stabilize blood sugar.
Marijuana’s anti-inflammatory properties have also proven effective in reducing the arterial inflammation that typically occurs with diabetes.
In fact, marijuana isn’t just a good remedy for diabetes: smoking pot is also a preventive measure. In 2013, the American Journal of Medicine published the results Continue reading

Cleanse Kidneys Of Toxins, Treat Diabetes And Lower Cholesterol With This Easy Recipe

Cleanse Kidneys Of Toxins, Treat Diabetes And Lower Cholesterol With This Easy Recipe

If your kidneys need a good cleansing procedure that will eliminate toxins and boost their function, okra, or ‘’lady fingers” is what you need!
This superfood is commonly consumed in the UK, US, and the Philippines, as it is extremely high in nutrients. Namely, a cup of raw okra contains only 30 calories, 3 g fiber, 2 g protein, 7.6 g carbs and 0.1 fat, 60 mg magnesium, 80 mg folate and 21 mg vitamin C.
You can consume raw in various ways, stewed, fried, boiled, raw, or pickled. Its consumption will help you boost your immunity, help in the case of diabetes, regulate bad cholesterol, soothe asthma symptoms, prevent kidney issues, and cleanse them.
It also helps in the case of issues with the absorption of glucose in the stomach.
The following recipe will help you regulate blood sugar levels:
Cut four fresh okras on heads and tails, and place 2-3 pieces in water. Leave them to soak until the next morning. Then, on an empty stomach, drink this water in order to prevent food cravings during the day, and regulate the sugar levels in the bloodstream.
Source: www.organichealthuniverse.com Continue reading

Caring for Cats and Dogs with Diabetes

Caring for Cats and Dogs with Diabetes

For many people, a pet is like a member of the family. Finding out that your pet has diabetes can be difficult, but – just like humans – pets can manage to live otherwise healthy lives with the disease.
There are many things you can do to help your diabetic pet cope. Diabetes cannot be cured, but it can be successfully managed.
Diabetes Symptoms in Pets
Weakness and fatigue are common symptoms in both cats and dogs. In cats, diabetes can cause wasting of back muscles or weakness in the back legs. When it comes to dogs, you may notice a general feeling of lethargy. The dog may be less active, or it could be sleeping more.
Increased thirst and urination are two early signs of diabetes that go hand in hand. You may notice that your pet is drinking more water and urinating more frequently, or that your pet is having “accidents” in the house.
Weight and hunger are also things that you should be conscious of when it comes to your pet. If your cat or dog suddenly acts as if it is always starving despite eating the usual amount, this can be a sign of diabetes. Sudden weight loss is also a common occurrence because diabetes can increase a pet's metabolism.
It can be easy to disregard how much a pet eats, and it is important to know that obesity can cause diabetes to develop in animals, just like in humans. If your pet is obese, you should keep an eye on it to determine if it is developing any symptoms of diabetes.
Diabetes Management, Diet and Exercise
If your pet has been diagnosed with diabetes, the most important thing to do is to monitor your pet's blood sugar levels. Th Continue reading

Mindfulness and Diabetes Management: A Perfect Match

Mindfulness and Diabetes Management: A Perfect Match

“Few of us ever live in the present. We are forever anticipating what is to come or remembering what has gone.” ~ Louis L’Amour
Mindfulness is putting our full attention on the thoughts, activities, or sensations of the present moment—while giving criticism and judgment a rest.
Being more mindful does not do away with life’s problems, but helps us deal with tasks and difficulties more calmly, including those related to diabetes management.
Present moment awareness of what we think, feel, and do - what is going on in our mind and body - helps us see clearly and more objectively. This makes it easier to avoid auto-responding to situations in unhealthy ways. For instance, instead of automatically reaching for a bag of cookies when hit with a carb-craving, we can mindfully notice and acknowledge the craving, take a moment to weigh options, and maybe decide to munch on a few almonds instead.
Simple Mindfulness Practices
Thankfully, practicing mindfulness is easy, and can often be done as we go about our daily business. Here are a few suggestions:
For a minute or two, look at a familiar object with fresh eyes. Suspend what you know about your car keys, a lamp, or your toothbrush, and identify any details you hadn’t noticed before. Or, try looking at familiar objects as if you had never seen or used them before.
When in a conversation suspend your thinking mind and give your full attention to what the other person is saying.
When driving, be mindful only of what is going on around you. No daydreaming, thinking about the putt you missed, or worry about tomorrow’s busi Continue reading

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