One of the most difficult and painful aspects of the current SARS-CoV-2 (coronavirus or COVID-19) pandemic is having to accept that individually as well as a society, we could have done so much more to reduce the impact of this virus. Admittedly, our lifestyles have contributed to the underlying health conditions that greatly increase the risk of developing complications or even dying from this virus.
One of the great things about life is that there is always a reason to spend time with family and friends and celebrate - the holidays, Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day, weddings, baby showers, graduations, vacations, birthdays and the list goes on. And what this sometimes mean is that year-round we may be tempted to eat too much food and overindulge with the booze.
If you go to a restaurant and ask to see a kids’ menu, you will likely see food items such as french fries, chicken tenders or nuggets, grilled cheese, macaroni and cheese and pizza. These are all foods classified as "unprocessed" and may increase your risk for diabetes.
It’s the holidays. And I’m not trying to be Scrooge by discussing not so jolly topics such as obesity and diabetes, but the truth is we have to be mindful and proactive about these issues.
Every 21 seconds someone in the United States is diagnosed with diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. I would like this statistic to change! And I am hopeful that it will through awareness, education and being proactive. But it is equally important to be able to effectively manage diabetes if you are already diagnosed with it.
Some of the most dangerous occupations in America include construction laborer, firefighter, electrician, mining machine operator and athlete. And this all makes sense if you consider the risk of injuries associated with these occupations.
Celebrity trainer and fitness guru Jillian Michaels said you should always eat something before working out. I happen to agree with her. I wrote a blog about how we need micronutrients, including iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc and vitamins C and E (just to name a few), in order to fuel our bodies for physical fitness. And, of course, let’s not forget the importance of macronutrients.
Type 2 Diabetes (TD2) is a prevalent and often devastating disease. I am all too familiar with the toll TD2 can take on one’s health. (You can read about how diabetes has affected my family, here).
On Oct. 4, 2018, my doctor’s office called me at my son’s home in Tallahassee. The office had the results of the breast biopsy I’d had done the week before. I begged the nurse to tell me on the phone, though she wanted me to see my doctor on Monday. I made the appointment, but she did tell me the results: stage 2 invasive ductal carcinoma.
Although many diabetic Americans are able to live overall healthy and happy lives if they manage their condition well, there is a large community of American people being devastated by diabetic amputations.
I recently read a sobering statistic. Nearly 50 percent of boomers are prediabetic. This means that we have blood sugar levels that are above normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed with full-blown type 2 diabetes.
Kate Middleton is already a mother of three. But because she is the Duchess of Cambridge, everyone wants to know if Prince William and her plan on expanding their royal family.
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