Type 2 Diabetes -What is Healthy?

Despite the diagnosis of over 1.8 million new cases a year in the United States, Type 2 diabetes is not feared as it should be.

A survey taken by the ADA and the CDC showed many people were more afraid of snake bites, plane crashes, or cancer.

Those of us  who are not in good health are putting our well-being in jeopardy, and the side effects could be felt for the rest of our lives..

  • An individual who is overweight or obese for instance may have to deal with much more than just adiposity in the years to come.
  • Type 2 diabetes could strike, and life, as it is known, could be changed forever.
  • Heart disease could develop. A stroke could occur without warning. These are potentially lethal ramifications.

People who are healthy on the other hand has the odds on his side.

  • While unfortunate circumstances could still unfold, it would take much more to put his well-being at high risk.
  • And the chances are what does develop could be more easily managed. For instance, if high blood pressure becomes an issue, a physically active lifestyle may be all that is necessary to bring the reading under control.
  • This is provided the individual is eating healthily. If not changes would need to be made to their eating plan.

Many factors determine whether or not we can be considered healthy.

  • Unless you consult a doctor, opinions will greatly differ. Some will say as long as you exercise, you are doing well.
  • But it is essential not to forget the importance of healthy eating. Also, what is known as vices need to be controlled, before they get out of hand and damage your health in a permanent way.
  • Smoking, for example, can have lifelong consequences, which is not news to most of us.
  • But alcohol can also cause harm to your body. Despite these facts, there are still smokers in our society and those who drink to excess on a regular basis.

We must do what we can to be healthy.

  • Forget what others are doing. And know you do not have to be perfect, either.
  • A healthy body doesn’t require a perfect lifestyle; rather, all it demands is some discipline.
  • You have to eat well most of the time, exercise regularly, and use some common sense.
  • For instance, if you have high blood sugar levels and need to lose weight, it is unwise to binge on carbohydrates when you know you need to limit them and eat healthy carbs most of the time.

A healthy body ultimately leads to a healthy life.

  • And a healthy life is perhaps what you should aim for as your experiences are made much more fruitful when you can enjoy them thoroughly.
  • It is as if the odds are in your favor if you are a middle-aged adult with a healthy body and a healthy life. What can’t you achieve?
  • Of course, many things in life are difficult to attain, but nothing worth having comes easy.

I hope we all make the right decisions.

Remember we only have one life to live.

If you want to make it the best it can be, ensure your health is taken care of.

The Meanings We Create

Today’s topic explores the meanings we create.  Meanings could also be called; underlying assumptions, norms, or beliefs.

In fact, every incidence of behavior has a root in some assumption we hold to be true.

Creating meaning can apply to both healthy and unhealthily thinking.  Studies have shown that using less negative terms in stressful situations improves overall morale.

Conversely, research shown that people are able to identify constructive meanings tends to improve.

The use of certain words can cause feelings of being judged, or criticized and can trigger defensiveness.

Creating Meaning conveys the active of people’s interpretation and it’s an everyday term.

Fulfillment, happiness, sense. To truly be fulfilled in life, we need to experience pleasure, we should do things that we think it is useful, and we should have in our lives meaning.

Many of as we experience a radical change in our lives, divorce, children leaving home, retirement, we begin to ask is there more in life.

So it could be a decisive feeling when we actually live for years with and through others. When we finally get time for ourselves, we do not know what to do with it.

We are so used to spending every second on what’s next, “to do” list,  who thinks what, even if you think you have time, do not know what you want to do with it.

Over the years, we somehow lose the sense of who we are, what we most relate to and what we wanted to be.

Take Care of Your Body With Rest And Sleep

All the parts of the human body work together, although each one has its especial part to do.

The stomach must have a time to rest between meals.

The other parts of the body require rest, too. This they usually get while we are asleep. We must not be neglectful and fail to give them enough rest, or they will soon get worn out and give us trouble.

Sometimes, when people are not well or are all tired out, they find they cannot sleep well at night. There are a number of little things that can be done to induce sleep.

A warm bath before retiring, followed by a gentle massage, especially along the spine, often will, by relaxing the nerves and muscles, produce very good results.

A hot foot bath, which draws the blood away from the brain, frequently will be found beneficial. A glass of hot milk or cocoa, taken just before retiring, often will have the same effect.

If the sleeplessness is a result of indigestion, a plain diet will relieve. Sleeping upon a hard bed without any pillow sometimes produces the desired effect.

Always have plenty of fresh air in the room. Keep the mind free from the cares of the day.   If they will intrude, crowd them out by repeating something else some soothing sentence or bit of poetry.

One good plan is to close the left nostril by pressing on it with the finger, then take four deep breaths through the right nostril. Then close the right nostril and take four deep breaths through the left one.

Repeat this about four times. Then breathe slowly through both nostrils, but count your breaths. You seldom will count very many.

Never take any sleeping powders or tablets except upon the advice of a physician, for they usually contain drugs that will injure the heart.

Pre-Diabetes What the heck is that?

So, I go for my annual physical and low and behold I get slapped with a Pre-Diabetes diagnosis.

Pre-Diabetes? WTF!

How could this happen to me?

Now I have to do the research and learn how to live with this and how to keep from getting full blown Diabetes!

Pre-diabetes is a medical condition, in which blood sugar level is higher than normal but not yet high enough to be classified as type-2 diabetes.

Without intervention, it is likely to become type-2 diabetes in 10 years or less.

Pre-diabetes can be an opportunity for one to improve one’s health.

However, its progression to type-2 diabetes isn’t inevitable if effective intervention is instituted.

According to American Diabetes Association, the following are considered to be its risk factors, if one:
• Is above 45 years.
• Has BMI (body mass index) above 25.
• Is inactive.
• Has a family history of type-2 diabetes.
• Is African-American, Hispanic, American Indian, Asian-American or a Pacific Islander.
• Is Asian as Asian counties contribute largely to the prevalence of pre-diabetes.
• Has a history of gestational diabetes or have given birth to a baby, who weighed more than 9 pounds (4.1 kilograms).
• Has a history of polycystic ovary syndrome.
• Has high blood pressure.
• Has an abnormal cholesterol level, including high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels below 35 mg/dL or a triglyceride level above 250 mg/dL.
Diagnosis of pre-diabetes –
The following tests are performed to confirm the diagnosis of pre-diabetes:
Fasting blood glucose test –
• A blood sample will be taken after fasting for at least eight hours or overnight and blood sugar level is tested.
• A blood sugar level from 100 to 125 mg/dL is considered pre-diabetes. This is sometimes referred to as impaired fasting glucose (IFG).

Oral glucose tolerance test –
• A blood sample will be taken after fasting for at least eight hours or overnight. Then one will drink a sugary solution, and blood sugar level will be measured again after two hours.
• A blood sugar level less than 140 mg/dL is normal. A blood sugar level from 140 to 199 mg/dL is considered pre-diabetes. This is sometimes referred to as impaired glucose tolerance (IGT).

Glycated hemoglobin (HbA1C) test –
• This blood test indicates average blood sugar level for the past two to three months. It measures the percentage of blood sugar attached to hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying protein in red blood cells.
• A normal HbA1C should be below 5.7 percent. The HbA1C level between 5.7 and 6.4 percent is considered pre-diabetes.
• Certain conditions such as pregnancy or an uncommon form of hemoglobin (known as a hemoglobin variant) can make the HbA1C test inaccurate.

Causes
Though the exact cause of pre-diabetes is unknown, its contributors are as follows:
• Family history of type-2 diabetes
• Genetics – some genes related to insulin resistance have been discovered by the researchers.
• Excess fat especially abdominal fat
• Physical inactivity

Ways to keep it from becoming type-2 diabetes
Lose weight – Losing just 7% of body weight (that’s 10.5 pounds for a 150 pound person) helps people reduce diabetes risk by 58%.
Do more exercise – Exercise regularly by aiming for at least 30 minutes of cardio 5 days a week and weight training twice a week.
Change diet – By being sure you’re getting all the nutrients you need and sticking to small portion sizes and eating regularly scheduled meals, you can avoid high blood sugar.
Reduce stress – A stressed system pumps out hormones that increase blood sugar. Strive for calm by meditation or ways that work best for you.
Have regular sleeps daily – Deprivation of sleep derails the metabolism. People who clocked less than 6 hours a weeknight for 6 years are more than four times likelier to see their blood sugar climb into pre-diabetes territory.
• Those who got 4-5 hours of sleep for just four days become more insulin resistant, setting up the stage for high blood sugar.
Have periodic blood tests – One should have one’s blood tested periodically for blood sugar and HbA1C on a regular basis so that one can know when to take stringent measures for its control.

The bottom line is that pre-diabetes is most likely to progress to a full-blown type-2 diabetes, if adequate preventive measure is not taken.

Since type-2 diabetes has already reached epidemic proportions all over the world, pre-diabetes, if not checked in time, will further deteriorate the worsening global situation of prevalence of type-2 diabetes.

Have You Seen Some Of These Faces of Stress?

Stress affects each individual differently, according to the cause and its effects. Therefore, there are different kinds of stress as recognized by clinical and research studies.

It is important for us as individuals to recognize the causes of stress in order for us to be able to deal with it, and hopefully reduce our stress.

We’re only going to talk about four types of stress: acute stress, episodic acute stress, chronic stress, and psychological stress.

Acute Stress

Acute stress arguably the most common form of stress, which can result from the pressures we are subjected to in their everyday life. In small doses of acute stress, it can actually be beneficial to an individual. Think of athletes that are about to compete in an event.

They experience acute stress, which triggers the production of adrenaline and gives them a burst of energy needed to perform their best. The symptoms for this type of stress are easily recognizable and mostly affects a person only in a short-term. Common symptoms include back or neck pain, muscular tensions, headache, rapid heartbeat, sweaty palms, cold hands or feet.

Episodic Acute Stress

Episodic Acute Stress, as mentioned above, acute stress is quite common to most people.

However, there are a few others who experience it more often than others. These people are the ones who are so focused on achieving organization and yet always fail when it comes to performance. Therefore, it is not surprising that they often become irritable, if not with themselves than their initial environment. T

his also explains why they find the workplace quite a stressful environment. Other forms of episodic acute stress are those people who keep worrying. They have become so pessimistic about the environment that they always expect the worst will happen. Hence, they end up feeling awful, tense, or anxious without having clear reasons for feeling that way.

Chronic stress

Chronic stress, is the type of stress that wears one out. Plus, it builds up over time and can produce long-term effects on a person, whether emotionally or physically.

Most forms of chronic stress are caused by trauma that they find difficult to let go and so it continues to disrupt their everyday lives. One problem with chronic stress is that people often believe that it is something that is innate to them and that they cannot get rid of.

Thus, it makes treating this condition difficult because it is often ignored by the person affected by it. It can, however, be treated through stress management procedures and behavioral treatment.

Psychological Stress

Psychological Stress has its own set of complexity. With the different types stated above, psychological stress concerns more of a person’s ability to respond to a given situation. To be specific, the loss of that ability.

During dangerous situations, your body produces hormones known as adrenaline and cortisol that prompts the body to make a response. Compare this to charging a battery that produces high voltage that must be discharged.

In the case of a person suffering from psychological stress, the body fails to discharge that burst of energy that is produced. The continued raise in your heart rate and the production of adrenaline and could result in harmful problems with your heart.

There are numerous schools of thought as to how we acquire psychological stress, but it can include trauma suffered from an emotionally disturbing event in the past or other emotional anxiety. The problem with people suffering from psychological stress is that they tend to induce more stress in their lives by subjecting themselves to stressful situations.

The best way to manage your stress

The best way to manage your stress is to learn healthy coping strategies like visiting Pablo’s help desk.com. Moreover, each type of stress has different approaches to treatment.

If you feel that stress is effecting your performance or health contact your Primary Health Care Physician for their advice.

Aging and your Quality of Life

From the day we are all born, we age every day. As a young person, we don’t think about the later years in our life.

We live in a very fast pace world today and it causes a lot of stress in our lives and as time goes on, the stress will affect us increasingly.

Everyone young and old, we all need to take care of our bodies and minds. By taking care of ourselves, it keeps us thinking, moving and helps prevent major illnesses such and cancer and many other diseases.

We all have to work at keeping ourselves healthy and there is no better time than right now. The younger you start taking care of yourself the better it is; by starting early your catching things before they have time to progress.

So right now, start of by eating healthy. Keep an eye on that diet and make sure you’re not overeating, but eat enough to get vitamins you need to have. A good multivitamin is a good way to start adding supplements to what you don’t get in your food.

Food doesn’t always have the number of vitamins anymore like they used to, and that starts at the farmer’s level. Don’t blame the farmer for this because they are just doing their jobs the same way we all go to ours every day.

The farmer has to add fertilizer, chemicals and even water to their crops to make them grow bigger, faster and for beauty too.

Adding all these chemicals eat up all the natural vitamins that you need. Water has chemicals in it too; one reason why your water needs to be tested at least once a year especially if you have well water.

Once the food is grown and ready to be shipped it is polished, coated to keep it nice and fresh looking during shipment, which is why this will take away some of the vitamins as well.

Try to eat as much, homegrown food as you can and not processed foods. Fresh homegrown food is the best, since you get natural vitamins.

A good multivitamin isn’t going to hurt anyone. It is known that people who take a multivitamin everyday are in better health than someone who doesn’t.

Sometimes your doctor may want you to take extra vitamin, as we grow older because our bodies change and sometimes require more of something.

In addition, as we grow older our eating habits change and we don’t eat as much or we want to lose weight and don’t eat the right foods. Nevertheless, remember you can lose weight and still eat right.

As we grow older our bodies and mind change. All the stress we had growing up and continue throughout our lives.

Relieve that stress as much as possible because it can do a lot of harm to us. Stress is known to be a major factor for poor heart conditions, strokes, and it will lower our immune system, as we grow older.

A regular exercise program is good for all ages and helps relieve stress at the early ages as well. If only families took time out maybe as a family with their children and made it a part of their lives that would help relieve it during the younger years.

A person who learns and enjoys exercising on a daily basis will keep during it, as they grow older as well.

Exercising will help the older person to keep those bones more flexible so they don’t get stiff and weak. The heart gets benefit from exercising too.

Exercise will cause the heart to produce naturally, by working it harder to keep it highly flavored. Exercising helps to keep our bodies toned up and helps us to lose weight, or at most keeping the weight maintained.

Remember starting early can help later in years to make your life healthier and more contented.