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Why Your Dentist Is Part Of Your Diabetes Treatment Team

Why Your Dentist Is Part of Your Diabetes Treatment Team

Why Your Dentist Is Part of Your Diabetes Treatment Team

No one wants tender gums that bleed and pull away from loosening teeth, creating infections and bad breath. That is why good oral care is vital when you have type 1 or 2 diabetes.
Although anyone can develop gum disease there is a link between high blood sugar and increased incidence of periodontitis. Periodontitis (periodontal disease) is caused by bacterial infections that can eventually destroy attachment fibers and supportive bone that secure the teeth in our mouths.
People with diabetes also tend to have more serious cases of oral disease, which can trigger diabetic complications.
The Glucose and Periodontitis Link
The bacteria that cause gum disease thrive in sugary environments, and people with diabetes have more sugar in their mouths. This is why, along with good dental care, excellent glucose monitoring is the best periodontitis preventive.
People with fluctuating or chronically elevated blood sugar have the highest risk for periodontal disease and more difficulties if a mouth infection sets in. Increased glucose interferes with the body’s ability to heal infections.
On-going periodontitis can also make blood sugar control more problematic. A vicious cycle can occur where the body’s energy (glucose) and immune systems have a negative influence on each other. A severe infection may increase an individual’s insulin requirements, at least until the gum inflammation is healed. Sometimes, hospitalization is required.
Other Factors
Diabetes weakens collagen—an important element in our soft gum tissue and in tissue that connects tooth to bone.
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How Can We All Sock It To Diabetes? This is How

How Can We All Sock It To Diabetes? This is How

As many of you know, November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Yet there remains a lot of confusion amongst the diabetes community when it comes to how one can show their support in the fight against diabetes. As we’ve recently posted, there is no universal symbol for diabetes. There is no universal color.
This needs to change. Diabetes is a disease that not only alters lives, but takes lives. It is a disease that, like so many others, has been without a cure, and will be for some time. More importantly, with 371 million people worldwide affected by diabetes, it is a universal disease. And it needs a voice.
So, throughout the month of November, we’re going to be socking it to diabetes. That’s right, we’re going to be socking it to diabetes. And we want you to grab your socks and join in! Confused as to how? Here you’ll find the instructions for how you can Sock It To Diabetes.
Step #1: Choose Two Colors
a. Orange
b. Grey
c. Blue
Or, if you can, choose all three! The goal here is to be mismatched.
***Remember: Your socks DO NOT have to be solid blue, solid orange, or solid grey. Have a pair of pink and blue argyle socks? WEAR ‘EM! Any and all patterns are welcome, as long they clearly have orange, blue or grey in them.
MORE EXAMPLES:
Step #2: Put Socks On
Once you have your two colors chosen (Blue + Orange, Blue + Grey, Orange + Grey), take one sock and put it on your left foot. Take the other sock (not of the same color) and put it on your right foot.
Step #3: Take Pictures
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Stop Using Artificial Sweeteners! They May Lead to Diabetes, Obesity, and Chronic Illness

Stop Using Artificial Sweeteners! They May Lead to Diabetes, Obesity, and Chronic Illness

At Healthy Holistic Living we search the web for great health content to share with you. This article is shared with permission from our friends at the Alliance For Natural Health USA
Microbes in our gastrointestinal tract power our immune systems and keep our insulin and blood sugar in balance. Aspartame and other manufactured no-calorie sweeteners are killing them. Action Alert!
Artificial sweeteners are among the most widely used food additives worldwide, regularly consumed by lean and obese individuals alike. Products containing artificial sweeteners bring in huge sales figures, and they’re touted as being a safe and healthful alternative to sugar and high-fructose corn syrup. The science, however, tells a different story.
An important study published in the journal Nature shows that all artificial sweeteners actually induce glucose intolerance, which leads to type 2 diabetes. A team of immunologists, molecular geneticists, and digestive tract disease specialists found that consumption of products containing artificial sweeteners actually change the composition and function of our intestinal microbiota.
A microbiota is “the ecological community of commensal, symbiotic, and pathogenic microorganisms that literally share our body space.” Joshua Lederberg coined the term to emphasize the importance of microorganisms inhabiting the human body in health and disease.
The research team identified sweetener-altered microbial metabolic pathways that are linked to our susceptibility to metabolic disease. They also demonstrated how the sweeteners create a dysbiosis (microbe Continue reading

This Incredible Detox Drink Helps You Burn Fat, Boost Metabolism, Fight Diabetes And Lower Blood Pressure

This Incredible Detox Drink Helps You Burn Fat, Boost Metabolism, Fight Diabetes And Lower Blood Pressure

Discover the power of this amazing elixir; this health potion is the perfect concoction for people wanting to lose weight and fight diabetes. The unique combination of ingredients will burn fatty deposits in the body while reducing blood pressure. Enjoy this elixir’s many benefits.
12-16 oz distilled water
2 tbsp organic lemon juice
2 tbsp unpasteurized apple cider vinegar
1 tsp organic cinnamon
1 tbsp raw honey or real maple syrup (vegan option)
Instructions:
Mix ingredients together in a large jar or pitcher.
For optimal results, drink this elixir in the morning before you eat or drink anything else; start your day off right. Your body will thank you.
Benefits:
Apple cider vinegar is packed with enzymes and good bacteria. It contains acetic acid, which is proven to reduce blood pressure up to 6%. It will help you better digest starches if you eat grains in your diet. Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar is recommended for the best results.
Lemon juice balances blood sugar levels and creates an alkaline environment in the stomach, regulating the pH value of the body. It contains high levels of Vitamin C. Use fresh, organic lemons or Lakewood Organic Pure Lemon Juice.
Cinnamon is one of the most powerful antioxidants that you can eat; it is also the most effective spice when it comes to balancing blood sugar levels.
Raw honey contains many beneficial compounds and it can be useful in any weight loss regimen as an alternative to eating processed sugar. People have long used honey to treat wounds, lung, and skin diseases; it also positively conditions the female reproductive syste Continue reading

Mom’s ‘Diabetes Box’ Ensures Her Daughter Is Safe In All Her Classes

Mom’s ‘Diabetes Box’ Ensures Her Daughter Is Safe In All Her Classes

As summer comes to a close, most everyone with kids is getting in back-to-school mode. There’s the usual shopping for school supplies, new clothes, and for some with special needs, there are a few more crucial preparations. We’re talking life-saving measures.
That’s why one mom in Florida is making sure her kid is equipped with all she needs for her condition. Lauren Rowe’s daughter Leah, in 5th grade, has Type 1 diabetes. She posted her daughter’s “diabetes box” on Facebook and many are praising her brilliance.
That time of year again. Here is Leah's Diabetes Box! I put one in every classroom she goes to. It's great for substitutes. It has glucose tabs and snacks for high and low blood sugar. And the Nurse's box with the Glucagon pen is clearly marked. Please share with all of your friends who have kids with special needs!
“That time of year again. Here is Leah’s Diabetes Box!” she writes.
“I put one in every classroom she goes to.” She adds, “It’s great for substitutes.”
Rowe explains that it has glucose tabs and snacks for high and low blood sugar including juice boxes and crackers.
She also has nurse’s box with the glucagon pen clearly marked. For those not familiar with diabetes medical terms, glucagon is the opposite of insulin and is used to treat severe hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). It comes in prescription, injectable form for diabetes patients.
In the photos you’ll notice that on the left Rowe has a clear picture of her daughter, her daughter’s name, and teacher’s name. On the right, she gives explicit instructions.
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