Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Winter Weather Especially Harsh for Those with Diabetes

Trekking through the mall on holiday shopping excursions, shoveling out the driveway and playing in the snow with the kids - every winter, your feet log some long, chilly hours.

For people with health issues like diabetes, foot health is especially important when the weather turns cold, as the disease can affect your body's circulation even more so during the winter months.

The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) offers some podiatrist-approved advice to help those with diabetes maintain good foot health throughout the winter months:

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Monday, November 21, 2011

10 Things To Help Women With Diabetes

It has been observed that women who are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes are overweight. The exact cause of this type of diabetes is unclear, but it does appear to be associated with weight gain.
In fact, a sedentary lifestyle, along with poor dietary habits, popular in the culture today, is among the explanations for the dramatic increase in the numbers of women suffering with Type 2 diabetes.

The connection between diet and diabetes is that, if you eat a high-fat, high calorie diet, which a lot of us do today, you put yourself at risk for weight gain, and if you are more than 120% of your desirable body weight, in simple terms, more than 20 pounds over what you should weigh, you become more insulin resistant, you use your own insulin at less capacity than you should, and you will have higher blood sugars, which will lead to diabetes.

Diabetes is on the rise, and women with diabetes have an elevated risk of heart disease and stroke. 
The good news is that there are steps they can take to reduce their risk of diabetes complications. From the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP)

Read the Top 10 do's to help women with diabetes live longer, healthier lives

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Diabetic Thanksgiving Recipes

Delicious Thanksgiving recipes for everyone at the table, including people with diabetes

Food plays a central role in family celebrations and holidays, especially at Thanksgiving. If you have diabetes—or if you’re cooking for someone who does—you don’t have to eat special foods or be excluded from what “everyone else” is eating. (In fact, everyone else should be taking their cue from what’s on your plate!)

Check out Healthy Diabetic Diet Thanksgiving Menu's
Diabetic Diet Thanksgiving Recipes

Also take a look at recipes from Diabetic Gourmet Magazine
Thanksgiving and Holiday Recipes

And one more from the American Diabetes Association
Enjoying Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Sweets for Diabetics – Ideas for a Sweet Tooth

Got a hankering for something sweet?

When you have type 2 diabetes, your best bet is to abstain, but sometimes the craving is strong or you feel left out of festivities and celebrations. Our bodies may be wired for craving carbohydrates, and we have to learn how to handle that in a smart way. Sweets for diabetics don't have to be banned. Here are some ideas to help you satisfy that craving while maintaining control.

Your number one weapon is a plan with effective strategies so you don't find yourself giving into temptations while your brain is preoccupied with getting a sweet fix.

Sweets for Diabetics – Ideas for a Sweet Tooth

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Become Involved in American Diabetes Month 2011

November is American Diabetes Month, a time to rally individuals, communities and families to Join the MillionsSM in the movement to Stop Diabetes®.

This year, the American Diabetes Association is asking individuals to take a pledge and raise their hand to Stop Diabetes.

Beginning November 1, the public can take action by taking the American Diabetes Month pledge on Facebook.

Here are other ways you can become involved:
  1. Attend an American Diabetes Month event in your area
  2. Visit
  3. Call 1-800-DIABETES
  4. Text JOIN to 69866 (standard data and message rates apply)

Friday, November 4, 2011

Soft Drink Makers Target U.S. Youth

U.S. children and teenagers are seeing far more soda advertising than before, with blacks and Hispanics the major targets, as marketers have expanded online, according to a study released on Monday.

The report from the Yale University Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity also said many fruit and energy drinks, which are popular with teenagers, have as much added sugar and as many calories as regular soda.

When it comes to energy drinks such as Red Bull and Amp, the marketing is skewed toward young people, even though the American Academy of Pediatrics says such highly caffeinated beverages are not appropriate for children and adolescents, the report said.

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Soft drink makers target U.S. youth

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Meals to Live, the first grocery store line of frozen meals designed for the needs of consumers living with diabetes

Meals to Live offers innovatively packaged, great tasting and convenient options to help people living with diabetes manage their nutritional requirements.

With easy-to-read packaging that clearly displays relevant nutritional information on the front, such as fat, sodium and fiber, Meals to Live is a leader in the frozen foods category. It gives consumers a convenient, easy meal option with no guesswork. Five of the eight meal options are also 100 percent gluten-free.

Founded in 2010, Meals to Live is the only line of frozen meals specifically designed for those living with diabetes. Available for purchase at more than 2,000 retail locations in the U.S. Meals can also be purchased on-line through the company's website . Meals to Live is a proud sponsor of the Diabetes Friendly Foundation (DFF).

Meals to Live is available in stores across the U.S., including select locations of Publix, Tom Thumb/Randalls, Walgreens, Raley's, Brookshire's, Ralph's, Meijers and Sprouts and may also be purchased online at . The suggested retail price for entrees ranges from $3.99 to $4.99.

Meals to Live is the first frozen food line to utilize the Carb Counting system - a guide nationally recognized and endorsed by the American Dietetic Association - to help easily calculate the total number of carbohydrates in each meal. Meals to Live entrees range from 18g to 58g of carbohydrates, are high in fiber and low in saturated fat, trans fat and sodium, which are important considerations for those living with diabetes.

Along with frozen entrees, Meals to Live also offers Glucose Quick Sticks, an easy-to-carry quick-dissolving flavored powder that instantly provides a healthy boost of glucose for those who face low blood sugar challenges.

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Healthy Fast Food Choices

Can fast food be part of a healthy diet?

The CDC estimates that most Americans get one third of their daily calories from sources outside the home, and a study from the USDA shows that people who frequent fast food restaurants have a higher BMI than people who don't. The increase in fast food consumption coincides with the increase in obesity in the past few decades.

The ideal approach to healthy living would be to limit fast food in our diets. With today's fast-paced lifestyle, that might be difficult to do sometimes. Is there a way to eat at a fast food restaurant and still have a healthy lifestyle?

Find out the six tips for making healthy choices at fast food restaurants
Healthy Fast Food Choices - How to Make Healthy Fast Food Choices

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Better Neighborhood Can Improve Health

A study by researchers from the University of Chicago has shown that 'location location' as real estate agents are fond of saying, can also work for improving health.

Low income women with children who moved to better neighborhoods showed better health statistics, including reductions in diabetes and obesity.

Read more - Moving Poor Women To Less Impoverished Neighborhoods Improves Their Health

Seniors with Diabetes

 When diabetes presents in the older population, there can be different criteria for diagnoses and treatment. There are many special considerations to take into account when caring for the senior with diabetes. Management of the disease can sometimes be challenging.

Diabetes Management Challenges For Seniors
Seniors face many additional challenges when diagnosed with diabetes. Not only is the risk for Type 2 diabetes more common as people get older, but physical, financial and medical issues are often compounded as people age. Not enough insurance coverage, co-existing medical problems, difficulties with transportation, lack of social support, being unable to be physically active, all these can come into play when elderly patients are diagnosed with diabetes.

Endocrine Changes in the Elderly
According to A.D.A.M. Healthcare Center, the normal or average fasting glucose level rises 6 to 14 mg/dL (milligrams per deciliter) for each 10 years after age 50. Older people should have blood drawn to check glucose levels and make sure they aren't in the early stages of diabetes, or high blood sugar.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Nearly 26 Million Americans on Your Holiday Shopping List?

This holiday season, make your money go further and support a great cause: stopping diabetes. How? By shopping in this year's American Diabetes Association's Gift of Hope Catalog.

Every penny of profit from the Association's Gift of Hope catalog goes directly to diabetes research.

Gift of Hope offers items for everyone on your list:

• Holiday cards, many of which were created by or dedicated to a person with diabetes
• Personalized photo gifts, including holiday greeting cards, travel mugs, phone skins and more
• House wares and seasonal gift items, such as plates, ornaments and hand towels
• Gift bundles feature cookbooks and kitchen gadgets together at a discounted price

The Gift of Hope program was started in 1971, when several Minneapolis-area parents of children with diabetes wanted to do something to fight the disease. They started selling holiday greeting cards to raise money for diabetes research. Since then, the program has raised more than $24 million for diabetes research, averaging 50,000 customers a year.

Find out more at
DiabetesCare.Net - Nearly 26 Million Americans on Your Holiday Shopping List?