Staying Healthy to Prevent Diabetes Complications

Why do we tend to reach for things not good for us when life gets stressful? Could be a natural response, say experts. Hormones released during times of physical or emotional pressure can shut down the area of the brain that controls our ability to make reasonable decisions. Stress can also trigger an appetite for high-calorie foods.

The good news: We can help avoid complications of diabetes when we know how to manage life’s stressors.

Click here for some proven strategies.

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Preventing Diabetic Eye Disease Vol. 1, No. 11

by Kenzie on November 3, 2013

Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults, according to the American Diabetes Association. Yet 95% of severe vision loss from diabetic retinopathy—the most common diabetic eye disease—can be prevented!, says the National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP).

How can we do that? Detect problems early, say experts. And get treatment when needed. Click Here to learn how.

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Rules to Avoid Alcohol Complications Vol. 1, No. 10

by Kenzie on September 30, 2013

“Alcohol is both a tonic and a poison,” say experts at the Harvard School of Public Health. It’s the dose that makes the difference.

A “moderate” intake of alcohol, for example, may benefit the heart and blood pressure. Excess alcohol has the opposite effect; it can damage the heart and liver and increases blood pressure. That’s why drinking alcohol safely when you have diabetes can be tricky.

Click here for some rules to help you prevent potential complications.

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Nutrition researchers continue to learn how substances in some foods protect the body’s cells and organs. That’s good news if you have diabetes. Here are 3 diet strategies proven to pack a powerful punch against the complications of diabetes, including heart disease and eye disease.

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Be Wise, Immunize Vol. 1, No. 8

by Kenzie on July 30, 2013

If you have ever suffered a bad case of the flu, you probably don’t want to do that again. And especially if you have diabetes, which makes it harder for your body to fight off the invasion of bad bugs and viruses.

Influenza (aka the “flu”) is more than just a bad cold, says the US Center for Disease Control (CDC). “It’s a serious illness that can lead to pneumonia and even death.”

Since people with diabetes are more susceptible to the flu and pneumonia, it’s time to think about getting immunized against them.

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Keeping Your Vision Clear (Vol. 1, No. 7)

by Kenzie on July 5, 2013

It has been said that “the eye is the lamp of the body.” And if our eyes are healthy, our whole body will be full of light. It’s true. Our view of the world comes through light that is filtered and focused through our eyes.

Diabetes can rob us of clear vision, however. We will review how you can prevent the common issues associated with uncontrolled diabetes.

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Staying Strong and Sexy (Vol. 1, No. 6)

by Kenzie on June 3, 2013

What does diabetes have to do with sexual health and performance? Plenty. Men and women with diabetes are more prone to have problems with sexual function. And diabetes increases one’s risk for developing urinary tract infections and bladder problems.

What’s the connection? Abnormally high blood sugar levels can damage nerves that control sexual responses. And uncontrolled blood sugars can make infections more difficult to treat.

Don’t throw in the towel on your love life just yet, however. Read this article for some proven strategies to help keep you strong and sexy.

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Tingly feet? Walking on “pins and needles”? Foot pain or numbness? These are more than just signs of too much fun on the dance floor. They could be symptoms of neuropathy, or damaged nerves, especially in the feet. Why do we care? Because half the people with diabetes have some form of neuropathy, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). And since nerves are our messengers for touch and pain and tell our muscles how to move, bodies function much better when nerves are healthy.

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Spring has sprung! Yet amidst our fun in the sun stalks a silent killer that affects 1 of every 3 adults around the world, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). High blood pressure (hypertension) is “silent” because we may not “feel” it until we are faced with a heart attack or stroke. High blood pressure is especially menacing for people with diabetes. But there is good news—powerful strategies that can prevent or control high blood pressure.

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Caring For Our Kidneys (Vol 1. No. 3)

by Kenzie on March 4, 2013

Our kidneys perform amazing feats of health. Every day, these fist-sized organs filter about 180 liters of blood to preserve important nutrients and rid our bodies of dangerous impurities. Our kidneys also make life-preserving red blood cells. And they maintain a delicate balance of enzymes and nutrients to control our blood pressure and provide strength to our bones. Diabetes can damage kidneys. But here is the good news: We can protect and preserve the function of these precious organs with a few simple strategies.

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