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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.

Someone who is not in good health is putting their well-being in jeopardy, and the side effects could be felt for years. 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.

A person who is 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 you may 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.

You must do what you 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.

We hope you make the right decision. Remember you only have one life to live. If you want to make it the best it can be, ensure your health is taken care of.

 

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 an 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 pounds 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 are 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.

Luxury Dog Crates For Travel Or Home

One of the healthiest ways to enjoy living and verify the perceptions of the world’s richness is to embark on vacation, pass, and tour, but what better highway can you enjoy your tour without our four legged pals. In the United State alone, every year, millions of swine clear passages with their protectors. Moreover, having regard to the fact that canines have gained a renowned importance in the family to become a part of it, it is a respectable meaning to showcase inclination by having them around while on vacations to sit and trail us around, sleep beside or around us at night, serve as a company on a travel and also expose it to the freshness of nature.

Everyone has the right to some degree of consolation as showcased by individual across the globe expanding to acquire resources, owneds and an suite to themselves so as to enjoy moments of succour, accordingly, canines also exhibit natural Denning instincts and usually elevate safe and enclosed one-fourths which could be a little, cozy arrange for their nap, hence, to mimic this natural den, Luxury dog packs were designed and peculiarly produced using wide range of materials such as metal, cable, plastic, or textile with a opening to provide a arrange of recourse and volunteer a superlative home for this lovely creature where it can feel harmless and secure while at home or on a journey. This lovely patch of chattels is available in different sizes especially designed to house your baby conveniently with common sits being plastic and collapsible cable crates designed to ease airplane transportation and other means of the transport system. If for a reason you need to keep the pet fastened, the best alternative is to go for these crates as it does merely allow you to keep your baby safe and pleasant but also organizes the excellent arrange for your baby while indoors.

Also, it is important to establish a bond and support you are the leader of the bundle which does not mean being bestial or vigorous, therefore it is essential to use one of this structures as it will surely assist your pooch in mastering the rudiments of training and is a matter of immense improve when emphasized. Plastic crates are often preferred for little reproduces since it can be opened and used as snug and high-sided round couches, and are compact enough to use in autoes while the collapsible metal crates are hands-on for large-scale reproduces since it could easily be sectioned off into relevant openings during training courses and are easier to collect. Additionally, this piece of furniture designed for your baby is a fantastic tool which will not only change your bird-dog into a chewing toy addict, which is an upright highway to keep your pooch physically fit and mentally animated but also a great tool for the management of your dog’s action and well-being. Too, it is essential to use this excellent patch to manage the total raft of awaited editions such as injurious mastication, snipping at teenagers and residence soiling questions common with young puppies.

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Tips in Finding Our Passion!

Some of us take a lifetime in realizing what we really want to do and where we want to take our journey.

It would be best if we knew the essentials in finding our passion while we were still young.

This way, you will have lots of time to fulfill whatever you want to achieve and enjoy its effects and benefits as well.

For some of us we only want to pursue our passion only after we have gone through several failures.

It is not that easy to know what we really want to do for the rest of our lives. I still don’t know, and I’m far from young, physically.

But, there are some of us who end up pursuing a very unlikely routes while forgetting what we really wanted to achieve.

The reasons for this varies. But I just call it getting caught up in life.

To help us in this regard, here are some tips that we can follow.

We should look at things around us. Determine what or who inspired us to achieve whatever goals we had in mind

. They can be your loved ones or a specific person that encouraged you to be better.

These can also be things. Be careful with this one. What are the objects that create some sparks and enhance you to move forward?

Use these objects and people in order to find out for yourself what you really want to achieve.

You can list down the things and people or places that may come to your mind when you are thinking about this, so that you can begin tracking of what really matters to you.

Think happy thoughts!

Reminisce about the times when you were most happy in your life.

What brought about such happiness? What made you happy?

And while you’re at it, you should also think about when was the last time you experienced such a moment.

If it’s already been a long time, ask yourself why? What do you think caused such a state?

Go back to the things that ignited your passion in the past. Read your favorite book.

This may be a great time to find peace digging through self-help books, videos, for some the bible.

This can especially true if you cannot talk to anyone close to you regarding the matter in ways that you hope to be understood.

If you are stuck in a job that is killing you and your only reason why your there is for the money, (aka paying the bills). Ya know that getting caught up in life thing!

Then you may have a harder time in getting to know where your real passion lies.

Because if you’re like me other people depend on you.  Bottom line we still have to take care of business.

Despite the hype, unless you’re in certain fields is still tough finding the job of our dreams out there.

You may want to look back at the point before you entered this job. What were you back then or what were you trying to achieve at that point?

What where the things you were thinking about? If you have already saved enough, then you’re probably not reading this post, you may want to consider quitting your current job.

This way, you can allot more time in pursuing the things that you really want before it is already too late.

Think this step through though! Don’t let frustration cost you everything. Don’t take for granted what you’ve already achieved. Take time to reflect on where you are.

I can Guarantee you that you are going to find people in better and worse situations then us.

Never forget to be thankful!

That being said, we all have to be open to whatever possibilities life may bring. We need to expect more than what we may already have achieved.

This can be done by being bold enough to reach out of our comfort zone.

It doesn’t matter how small or how big it is. Once we start following our hearts and minds to reach the point where we think and feel we will be happy and satisfied, we begin to feel we are on the right track.

And finding our passion will hopefully be easier in the long run.

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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.

 

Did “Somebody” (not the wife, life partner, person stuck with living with you) call you a Pack Rat?

For those of us who admit we’re pack rats usually live in the dream world of  I’ll Use That One day! hate to get rid of our stuff because we’ll need that down the road.

The main problem for us pack rats is that we know we’re going to do something with all the stuff he or she accumulates.

Being a good organizer does not necessarily mean you have to get rid of everything you have, but it does mean keeping things in an organized and orderly fashion so that when the time does come to use it, you’ll be able to find it.

For those of us in denial or so called “Organized” pack rats usually find space to store our stuff in one place, ah like a monthly storage bill.

A “disorganized” pack rat can become overwhelmed by ‘stuff’ and their family life and mental health can suffer as a result. Between me and you organized or disorganized pack rat?

Really?

Ideally, a pack rat should strive to keep those things that are truly important, discard the wreckage, and maybe if you dare, have a yard sale once in a while. Sometimes rehab is worse than the injury.

It’s very difficult for a pack rat to break the habit of hoarding and keeping things. If you have a family member who is a pack rat, offer to help them weed through their belongings and get a handle on the situation. If you are the packrat, it’s time you asked yourself some honest questions.

Make the process of weeding through things as pleasant as possible. Most likely you’ll be able to have a huge yard sale, or some community organization will benefit greatly from the donation of your unneeded items.
I’m sure that “Somebody”, is more than ready to help! Take a picture before you start. The before picture as it were. So you’ll know how much you’ve accomplished when the pain is over.

After you’ve purged your excess stuff, work on developing a long-term organizational goal that will send up a red flag to warn you if you are beginning down that road again.
Take a picture of your house after the purge, and look at the before and the after pictures every time you think you’re starting to slip back into pack rat mode.

Remember how hard you worked to get rid of the excess and the feeling of accomplishment afterwards.

Keep on top of the clutter so the clutter doesn’t overwhelm you in the end again.

Turn yourself into that “Somebody”!

Thanks,
Pablo

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