October is National Family Health Month

Our Company | October 13, 2010 | By

Know Your Family Health History to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
By the National Diabetes Education Program

Many serious diseases run in families, including diabetes. Talking about health history with your family may make all the difference when it comes to preventing type 2 diabetes. If you have a mother, father, brother or sister with type 2 diabetes, you are at risk.

Although you can’t change your health history, knowing about it can help you work with your health care team to take action on the things you can change. People at risk for type 2 diabetes should take steps to prevent or delay the onset of the disease.

Small steps to prevent type 2 diabetes:

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Every little bit helps – lower the risk of type 2 diabetes

Frequent breaks to stretch and stand may lower the risk of type 2 diabetes for desk workers, couch potatoes and other people who sit for long amounts of time.

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Every little bit helps – lower the risk of type 2 diabetes

Frequent breaks to stretch and stand may lower the risk of type 2 diabetes for desk workers, couch potatoes and other people who sit for long amounts of time.

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Even Small Dietary Reductions in Salt Could Mean Fewer Heart Attacks, Strokes and Deaths

Our Company | February 15, 2010 | By

Heart health month isn’t just about awareness but also about providing some simple solutions. You have probably heard or read the statistics regarding salt intake in our everyday diet before we even pick up a salt shaker and while it may be some time before the “fast food” and “junk food” industries reduce the salt in their products,  there are a few simple adjustments you can make to help reduce your daily salt intake.

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February is American Heart Month – Take steps to improve your heart health

Our Company | February 1, 2010 | By

Just in time for American Heart Month, the American Heart Association has introduced “My Life Check“, a personalized heart score and a custom plan using seven simple steps (the “Simple Seven”) to help you start improving your heart health.

The seven simple steps to live better are:

  1. Stop smoking
  2. Get active
  3. Lose weight
  4. Eat better
  5. Manage blood pressure
  6. Control cholesterol
  7. Reduce blood sugar

Stop smoking: This is the most important preventable cause of premature death in the U.S.

Get active: Acknowledging how tough it is to make time for exercise in our over-scheduled lives, the American Heart Association reminds us that benefits for health are so great it is worth the effort.

Lose weight: Obesity is now recognized as a major risk factor for heart disease and with 145 million of us being overweight or obese it is a concern for many of us. Losing even a modest amount of weight and keeping it off goes a long way to improve our health.

Eat better: A healthy diet and lifestyle are your best weapons to fight cardiovascular disease according to the American Heart Association. Since there is a lot of conflicting information about these issues it is best to get information from credible sources such as the American Dietetic Association, the American Heart Association, The American Diabetes Association and the American Cancer Society, to name a few.

Manage blood pressure: High blood pressure is the single most significant risk factor for heart disease according to the American Heart Association. One in three adults has high blood pressure but almost a quarter of them don’t know it and of those being treated, over fifty percent do not have their blood pressure down to goal.

Control cholesterol: Too much cholesterol in the blood is a major risk factor for heart disease. Following some of the steps already mentioned above will help reduce blood cholesterol but many people also need to take medication to get cholesterol down to where it needs to be.

Reduce blood sugar: Diabetes is one of the six major controllable risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Adults with Diabetes are two to four times more likely to have heart disease or a stroke than adults without diabetes according to the American Heart Association.

Check out the American Heart Association’s My Life Check to get your personalized heart score and custom plan and start taking steps today.

Cindy Farricker, MS, RD, CDE

New Year’s Recommitment – Improve your Diabetes Management for 2010

Our Company | January 11, 2010 | By

Have you thought about improving your diabetes management skills for the New Year?  If so, you are like many others that use this time of year to improve their health.

If you are ready to recommit yourself to managing your diabetes here are recommendations you should consider which are supported by all the major health organizations including the American Diabetes Association.

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Stop bacteria from crashing your holiday party

Our Company | December 16, 2009 | By

During the holiday season we often participate in pot-lucks or other gatherings where we prepare food at home and then transport and serve it at a party or event.  It is important to keep food safety in mind in these situations to avoid ruining the holidays of our friends and loved ones with a case of food poisoning.

When traveling with food, keep HOT foods hot (140 degrees Fahrenheit or higher) by wrapping them in foil and then covering with heavy towels or carry them in insulated containers designed for this purpose. Cold foods must also receive care to ensure they remain at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below. This can be achieved using a cooler with ice or freezer packs.

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Type 2 Diabetes on the rise in the U.S.

Family Wellness | October 12, 2009 | By

Type 2 Diabetes has tripled in the last 30 years, and much of the increase correlates to the dramatic upsurge in obesity. Currently sixty-one percent of the adult population is classified as overweight or obese with a parallel increase in overweight children and adolescents. Currently diabetes afflicts more than 20.6 million people in the United States with Type 2 accounting for up to 95 percent of all cases.

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