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Nutrition Standards for Juvenile Diabetics

Posted by David Desrosiers on Jul 28th, 2007 in Information, News & Articles | No Comments »

The Early Warning Signs of Diabetes The nutritional recommendations for juveniles with diabetes are much the same as the general population in this country. Children with diabetes need to eat a well balanced and healthy diet in order to keep their blood sugar levels in the normal range. Because of this need to control blood sugar they must eat foods in specified amounts depending on how they affect blood sugar levels.

Finding out that their child has diabetes can be quite shocking for many parents. One of the most challenging parts of any diabetics lifestyle change is learning how to prepare meals and snacks. This can be doubly hard for the parents of a diabetic child because following the dietary advice of the doctor and dietitian can affect the entire household.

Attempting to learn what foods to feed a juvenile with diabetes can be confusing at first. There is a wealth of information in books and on websites but for most parents in can be overwhelming trying to figure it all out. The important thing for parents with newly diagnosed diabetic children to do is learn to spot the good information from the bad.
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You Are What You Eat: Triglycerides and Diet

Posted by David Desrosiers on Jul 4th, 2007 in News & Articles | No Comments »

You Are What You Eat: Triglycerides and DietI must confess that I am a Steve Martin fan. Like me he studied philosophy in his earlier days. He plays a banjo like I wish I could. And he is funny. In 1987 he was in a movie entitled “Roxanne“. He played a small town fire chief with an enormous nose who fell in love with a beautiful astronomer played by Daryl Hannah.

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Adjusting to a Type 2 Diabetes Self-Management Plan

Posted by David Desrosiers on May 26th, 2007 in Type 2 Diabetes | No Comments »

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and accounts for over 90 percent of all cases. This is a disease in which the body does not make or properly use insulin, which is a hormone that helps convert sugar, starches and other foods into energy. Type 2 starts as insulin resistance, which occurs when the cells do not use insulin the way they should. As the body needs more and more insulin, the pancreas usually stops producing it. The cause is not yet known but genetics and environmental factors such as being overweight and having a sedentary lifestyle are believed to play a role.

A type 2 diabetes self management plan is a major component of fighting this disease.

Type 2 diabetes self management programs offer knowledge about the disease and educate the patient about how to ward off complications. Diet modification, exercise plans, glucose monitoring, and insulin self-injection are taught in these classes. The patient is taught how to monitor glucose, modify their diets, develop exercise regimens, how to self-inject insulin and much more to aid in the battle with diabetes.
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Benefits of Chair Yoga, Part 4

Posted by David Desrosiers on Mar 18th, 2007 in Health & Exercise, News & Articles | No Comments »

Benefits of Chair Yoga: Part 1
Benefits of Chair Yoga: Part 2
Benefits of Chair Yoga: Part 3

Chair YogaChair Yoga can easily work in harmony with most physical rehabilitation prescriptions. Many physical therapists have knowledge of Yoga or are teachers of Yoga. Many doctors, physical therapists, and medical professionals recommend Yoga to patients who are making a “come back.”

Yoga gives these patients the strength to move ahead, when many would be discouraged. The comebacks that I have personally witnessed are inspiring to me as a Yoga teacher. Over time, I have seen come backs from strokes, heart attacks, and car accidents.

It touches me that they thanked me for teaching them Yoga or Chair Yoga. The courage to go on came from within their minds, but Yoga became a significant part of their lives. As a Yoga teacher the inspiration was mutual and made me feel helpful. After all, being of help, and being appreciated, are prime motivations for teachers of any subject.

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Basic Meal and Menu Planning for Diabetes

Posted by David Desrosiers on Feb 1st, 2007 in News & Articles | No Comments »

Basic Meal and Menu Planning for DiabetesAs a basis for meals and menu planning, refer to the pyramid information mentioned earlier to make sure you have the basic food requirements met for all family members. Then cross check and plan by looking over basic food categories to target healthy foods to fit the lifestyles and health of everyone. For example, if someone has depression, add some foods mentioned above to his or her dietary plans that aid in the healing and prevention of depression.

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Treating Hypertension for Diabetics

Posted by David Desrosiers on Jan 24th, 2007 in News & Articles | No Comments »

Treating Hypertension for Diabetics In most cases, high blood pressure is usually present long before its complications developed and shows some of its symptoms. In order to treat high blood pressure it is important to detect it in its earliest stage before it can do severe damages to the critical organs in the body. In addition, the increases in public awareness as well as the promotion of some screening programs that are aimed towards the detection of hypertension in its earliest stage are some of the keys that lead to successful treatment of hypertension.

The essence of treating high blood pressure in its earliest stage can decrease significantly the risk of stroke, heart attack and even kidney failure. Moreover, life style changes in patients which are pre-hypertensive are advised since it is not yet well proven that treatment by means of medication are beneficial for patients with pre-hypertension.

In treating high blood pressure, it is important to note the blood pressure reading. For blood pressure that is consistently higher than 140/90 mm Hg, the treatments consist of lifestyle modifications coupled with an appropriate medication. However, for cases wherein the diastolic pressure remains at a borderline level which is usually under 90 mm HG and steadily remains above 85 mm Hg, a more aggressive treatment may be advised.

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Fat Build Up Increases Risk Of Insulin Resistance For Texans

Posted by David Desrosiers on Jan 18th, 2007 in Foods & Eating, Information | No Comments »

As a young individual who lives in Dallas, Houston, Austin or other locations in Texas, you try to stay in shape. But maybe you’re still carrying a few extra pounds. Medical professionals have already linked your spare tire to the increased risk of diabetes. Now doctors are saying that upper trunk fat, which are deposits of fat on your chest and back, is associated with an increased risk of insulin resistance. And, as most of us know, this is a condition that is a precursor to type 2 diabetes. This is the first time an association like this has been demonstrated, medical researchers report.

This association was equal in both HIV and HIV-negative control subjects in the recent Study of Fat Redistribution and Metabolic Change in HIV Infection (FRAM). This is a national long-term longitudinal study of HIV-infected individuals taking modern antiretroviral therapy as well as HIV-negative controls.

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Diabetic Supplies are Essential Needs for Diabetic Persons

Posted by David Desrosiers on Jan 14th, 2007 in Diabetic Supplies | No Comments »

Diabetic Supplies The age factor is not a great matter with diabetic patients because diabetes affects all people, even children, in result injuring the heart, kidneys and even nerve systems if left untreated. Treatment for diabetes is necessary for diabetic patients in order to avoid other possible complications. Diabetes is an imbalanced of the sugar levels that affects different people of different ages where proper medication for diabetes patients is important in maintaining their glucose or sugar levels.

Diabetes is the most silent type of disease that can cause death and disability to people of different races all over the world. Significantly speaking, diabetic patients need proper care to help manage their condition to live a normal and satisfying life. As such, diabetic supplies for diabetic patients are acquirable in various medical stores worldwide. These supplies will allow diabetic patients help maintain their blood sugar and at the same time treat their condition.

A variation of supplies for diabetic patients is at hand. For example, self administered test kits for patients without the knowledge that they have diabetes can be bought to make test available to knowing if there are diabetic or not. These self-test kits include test strips and blood glucose meters that calculate glucose levels for individual patients. There are two kinds of meters that can be used to calculate the glucose level: one type is the meter that changes in color to show the glucose level and the other meter displays a digital reading for the glucose level.

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New Treatment for Diabetes

Posted by David Desrosiers on Dec 22nd, 2006 in Information | No Comments »

While new treatments for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are being developed all the time, none of these have withstood the ultimate test – of time.

Treatments offered for diabetes are dependent on a number of factors:

  • The type of diabetes diagnosed
  • The length of time an individual has been diabetic
  • In the case of women – pregnancy
  • Whether insulin has already been used in significant amounts, to treat the condition

Type 1 diabetes sufferers have only one treatment at the time, the injection of insulin. In type 1 a diabetic who do not take the insulin they need and who allow high levels of glucose to build up in their blood, risk their lives.

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The Glycemic Index: Key To Weight Loss Or Just Another Diet Gimmick?

Posted by David Desrosiers on Dec 4th, 2006 in Foods & Eating, News & Articles | No Comments »

Glycemic IndexThe glycemic index (GI) is a scale that measures how quickly carbohydrate foods are broken down into glucose. The original purpose for the glycemic index was to help diabetics keep their blood sugar under control. The glycemic index has recently attracted a lot of attention in the bodybuilding, fitness and weight loss world and has even become the central theme in numerous best-selling diet books as a method to choose the foods that are best for losing weight.

According to advocates of the glycemic index system, foods that are high on the GI scale such as rice cakes, carrots, potatoes, or grape juice are “unfavorable” and should be avoided because high GI foods are absorbed quickly, raise blood sugar rapidly and are therefore more likely to convert to fat or cause health problems.

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