Exercise and Diabetes

Exercise and Diabetes

Did you know you can lower high blood pressure and help control your diabetes by taking action and becoming more physically active?

First you need to admin, honestly, how active you currently are. Are you doing a little, but ready to do more? Are you working out three days per week, or are you just getting started? No matter where you are now, there is always room for improvement.

If you have kids, you are setting an example for them to follow, will it be a healthy lifestyle or one of a couch potato?
-Go for a brisk walk around the neighborhood.
-Ride a bike to the store, to work, or just for fun.
-Play an outdoor game such as basketball, catch with an American football, or set up a volleyball or badminton net.

Be realistic about your goals and your actual activity level. Ten minutes of exercise each day is better than NO exercise, so start small and work you way up in time and in intensity. The goal is to increase your heart rate to exercise your heart muscle, and sweat some toxins out of your pores!

Other activites that count as exercise include sit-ups or push-ups, heavy gardening, lifting weights (use canned foods if you must) and dancing.

Track your progress on a calendar. For example, mark on Tuesday: 15 minute walk; Wednesday: 20 min. dancing; Thurs: Planted 3 shrubs… and so on.

If you are walking 30 minutes a day already, try adding just ten more minutes to your journey. Lifting weights? Add more weight or do more repetitions. Just keep adding!

One of my favorite tips to keeping an active lifestyle is to “mix it up” – while I prefer certain physical activities over others, when I find myself bored, looking for excuses not to work out, or reaching a plateau on my weight/fitness goals, I will try something new at the gym, such as a different group fitness class. Or I will change up my route on my bike rides. It is really fun to take your bike and ride in different parks or other areas near your house. Go for a walk in someone else’s neighborhood, just keep doing it!

Tips to Protect Your Liver

Tips to Protect Your Liver. Your liver works hard to protect your health. It’s a rugged, strong organ. But certain things—like alcohol, drugs, viruses and excessive weight—can damage it. You may not even realize when your liver is struggling, because liver disease usually has no symptoms until the problem becomes severe. Help your liver to guard your health by avoiding the things that might cause it harm. Continue reading “Tips to Protect Your Liver”

Get Your Flu Shot

Getting the flu shot can reduce the risk that you will get the flu. Getting the flu shot may ease the symptoms, too, if you catch this nasty virus.

There is a wide variety of vaccines:

-The nasal spray is quick, easy and better yet, painless. You sniff and you’re done.
-There is a flu shot that covers four versions of the flu, and one that will protect you from three strains of the flu.
-You can even choose a flu vaccine that uses a shorter needle Continue reading “Get Your Flu Shot”

Protect Your Hearing

Protect Your Hearing

As the world gets louder and louder, a cacophony of sounds surround us. and the need to protect your hearing becomes more and more critical. We enjoy many of the sounds — like music, birdsong, and conversations with friends. But loud or long-lasting noises—from motors, power tools, and even headphones — can permanently damage your hearing. Take steps to protect your ears from harmful noises. Continue reading “Protect Your Hearing”

Preventing Type 2 Diabetes

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Preventing Type 2 diabetes is a matter of some will power. People with diabetes have a problem with blood sugar. Their blood sugar, or blood glucose, can climb too high. Having high levels of sugar in your blood can cause a lot of trouble. Diabetes raises your risk for heart disease, blindness, amputations, and other serious issues. But the most common type of diabetes, called type 2 diabetes, can be prevented or delayed if you know what steps to take. Continue reading “Preventing Type 2 Diabetes”

How Sugars and Sweeteners Affect Your Health

How Sugars and Sweeteners Affect Your Health

Most of us love sweet foods and drinks. But after that short burst of sweetness, you may worry about how sweets affect your waistline and your overall health. Is sugar really bad for us? How about artificial or low-calorie sweeteners? What have scientists learned about the sweet things that most of us eat and drink every day?  How Sugars and Sweeteners Affect Your Health. Continue reading “How Sugars and Sweeteners Affect Your Health”