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  • Prevent diabetes by taking food with low Glycemic index
    By Health Blog on April 19, 2010 | No Comments  Comments

    Except for children who are suffering from diabetes, changes to a healthy eating program can make a difference in whether you develop diabetes later in life. For some people the problem begins during pregnancy with gestational diabetes, and those who develop diabetes during pregnancy have a much better chance of developing the disease later in life. The importance of healthy eating needs to be stressed early in life because the sooner you begin the process of eating healthy, well-balanced meals, the easier it will be to continue doing so.

    Low Glycemic Diet

    Low Glycemic Diet

    Diabetes is not a fun disease by any means, and many people don’t understand the real complications that it can cause. Even with insulin injections, it’s important to eat a diet that is low in sugar content, thus the reason for a low glycemic index diet. Simple carbohydrates such as candy, cakes, and even white bread, starches, white rice, and other high glycemic carbohydrates convert into sugar upon digestion, thus raising the blood sugar level in your bloodstream. Although this may not create a problem when you are young, as you get older, and especially if you continue the practice, you increase your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes. In addition, if someone in your family has it, there is a greater chance that you will develop diabetes as well.

    The switch to a low glycemic index doesn’t mean that you have to change your entire diet, just the foods that have a high glycemic index such as white breads, potatoes, white rice, bleached flour, and of course, the many sweets such as candies and cakes. What you need to do is substitute high glycemic index for lower glycemic carbohydrates. You can accomplish this by reducing the amount of potatoes you eat, using brown rice instead of white rice, using whole grain breads such as sour dough and whole wheat bread instead of white bread, using whole wheat instead of bleached flour, and choosing cereals that contain oats, barley, bran, and other whole grain products. In addition, reducing the amount of simple carbohydrates such as sweetened cereals, cakes, cookies, candies, and the like and replacing them with fruits and vegetables will also help prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes. The more ways you find to eat healthier now means the less your chances are of being plagued with the symptoms of diabetes later in life.

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  • How to control weight when suffering from diabetes
    By Health Blog on April 12, 2010 | No Comments  Comments

    It is imperative for a person with diabetes to manage their blood sugar and carbohydrate intake. This is the objective of diabetic management. Unlike people without the disease, diabetics do not process certain sugars and carbohydrates through their system, which increases the glucose level in their blood,. Glycemia is the term used for the measure of glucose in your blood. People who have diabetes have to measure the amount of glucose in their blood several times a day. Monitors are provided to people with diabetes by their physicians so that they can do this. There are many different monitors on the market today that make monitoring blood glucose levels easy and painless.

    There are several reasons as to why certain people are prone to acquiring diabetes. Although there is a genetic link to the disease, weight also plays a significant role in diabetes. People who are considered obese have an increased chance of acquiring diabetes and poor weight management makes it difficult for them to control the disease.

    Controlling Overweight:
    People who are overweight can, in some cases, eliminate the condition by losing weight. If, for example, a significant gain in weight caused a person to acquire Type II Diabetes, a proper diet and elimination of the obesity can reverse the condition of the disease. Weight control in diabetes management is not only essential in treating the disease, but can also actually reverse this potentially life threatening condition. There have been many instances where those who have been obese and who have lost weight have also lost diabetes. This reversal effect, however, only works with those who contacted the disease by being overweight. Those who contact diabetes through a genetic disposition cannot reverse the condition.

    Weight control in diabetes management can take many facets. From eating the correct foods and eliminated carbohydrates, particularly those that are high on the Glycemic Index, from your diet, you can not only lose weight, but manage the disease.

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    Doing Excercises:
    Exercise is crucial for everyone. It raises our energy level, keeps us active, improves our mental state, is instrumental in treating depression but is essential when managing diabetes. By exercising, a person with diabetes can not only better control the glucose in their blood as active muscles can better eliminate blood glucose than idle muscles, but exercise is an excellent way to implement weight control in diabetes management.

    Proper Wight Management:
    Weight management in diabetes is one of the more important aspects of treating this condition. Other ways in which someone can manage their diabetic condition is to take the proper medication as prescribed by your physician and be certain to monitor your blood glucose with a testing device. Many diabetics, especially when first diagnosed, are in denial. Diabetes is among some of the most non compliant patients treated by physicians, which can be dangerous to the patient and frustrating to the doctor. By following doctor’s orders, eating the proper foods, taking prescribed medication, monitoring your blood sugar levels and watching your weight, you can stave off harmful complications of this disease. Weight control in diabetes management is one of the first methods in treating your condition.

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  • Sexual health problems related to diabetes
    By Health Blog on April 10, 2010 | 5 Comments5 Comments  Comments

    As if people with diabetes do not have enough to worry about, they also have to contend with sexual problems. Diabetes and sexual problems affect both men and women but in different ways. Because your body responds to sexual stimuli through your nerves and high blood glucose levels affect your nervous system, it is understandable that even sexual response is affected by this potentially life threatening condition.

    In men, diabetes and sexual problems often focus on erectile dysfunction. It is estimated by the American Diabetes Institute that as many as 85 percent of men with diabetes experience erectile dysfunction. This can cause problems in marriage but, more importantly, can cause severe depression in those who are contending not only with the disease of diabetes, but also what they deem the loss of their self esteem.

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    Erectile dysfunction can also be a symptom of diabetes. If a man continues to experience this malady, he should discuss this problem with his physician to make sure that he is not suffering from undiagnosed diabetes. Fortunately, there are certain medications and other treatments available to men who experience this common side effect to diabetes. The key to eliminating the problem is for the patient to discuss this with his physician.

    Diabetes and sexual problems does not stop at erectile dysfunction, however. Retrograde ejaculation is a more potentially dangerous situation that can happen to men with diabetes. In this condition, the semen can go into the bladder instead of being dispelled out of the penis during ejaculation. A man who is experiencing this side effect of diabetes should seek consultation with a urologist who can help with medication or surgery to correct the problem. Men are not the only ones affected with sexual problems as a side effect to diabetes. Diabetes and sexual problems also affect women. Because of damage to the nerve cells within the vagina by high levels of blood glucose, dryness can occur that can make intercourse very painful. Many women also report that the nerve damage caused by the hyperglycemia also causes them to lose interest in sex and have no sensations in their genital area. Needless to say, the lack of sexual desire can cause psychological problems for both men and women and may lead to marital difficulties as well.

    Many people are embarrassed about speaking to their physician when it comes to problems relating to sexual relations. People with diabetes should be aware of the fact that their condition makes them prone to these side effects and should discuss them with their doctor so they can get treatment. There is a variety of treatment for those experiencing diabetes and sexual problems.

    One way to prevent such problems from occurring is to maintain your blood glucose levels by eating a healthy diet, exercising and taking your prescribed medication or insulin. Monitor your blood sugars as instructed by your physician. If you experience any side effects related to your condition, discuss them with your physician. By keeping informed of the disease and the side effects as well as complications, you can empower yourself in managing your illness and lead a happier as well as longer life.

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  • Maniac depression
    By Health Blog on April 5, 2010 | No Comments  Comments

    Symptoms of Manic Depression

    An extremely common and unfortunately the worst type of depression is the manic form. A person suffers from repeated mood swings and has frequent highs and lows. Behavior takes on an erratic form, and moods can change from happy to sad within seconds. Some people think that Pre menstrual syndrome could be the cause or even stress, but this is not so.

    A person can get annoyed over the slightest incident and sometimes it could be something quite unimportant like the flavor of ice cream. Anger and irritability ensue leading to an unpleasant display of words. All this can be a symptom of manic depression. Unfortunately, it could last for a week, and is not limited to just one day.

    When a person is experiencing a low feeling, it could be equated with real depression. There are so many negative feelings that go through a person’s mind like the inability to enjoy life and people, feelings of hopelessness and guilt, feelings that no one cares for them, panic attacks and acute negativism. Therapists feel that if this persists for over a week, a person can be labeled as manic depressive.

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    Treatment for Manic Depression

    Manic depression is very common and can be severe, but the good news is that it can be treated. It is not necessary to worry about it, but see that the person is in touch with the therapist who can guide him with correct treatment and medication in the right amount. Regular visits are a must, so the person can interact and discuss all his feelings which he may not be able to do with family and friends.

    It is possible to get good relief through natural forms of treatment, and this can be looked into as possible help for the individual, but for permanent relief, it is best to consult a cognitive behavior therapist who has the experience in dealing with manic depression and all problems related to the mind. He will be able to diagnose your condition and go deeply into your past and present behavior and find the necessary link to your actions and behavior. He is better equipped to deal with the situation, and will prescribe the necessary medication if he feels you need it – regular visits to him will give you a confidence boost and enable you to open up. With his experience in dealing with cases like yours, he will be able to give you the pros and cons of the treatment and advise you on what treatment is best for you. You need to remember that each individual is different, and what may be suitable for someone else may not be suitable for you. So, all you need to do is seek the best therapist in the field and get the help you need.

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  • Throw your back pain away!!!
    By Health Blog on April 2, 2010 | No Comments  Comments

    Computer jobs are increasing and so are the back pain cases. According to the research done in foreign countries, it has been visualized that around 80% of people there will be suffering from the back pain.

    If you have back pain, then take full rest and do light exercises which would help to stabilize spine. Do exercises which corrects muscle imbalance and makes muscles more flexible. It must be for core muscles, which are between shoulders and hips. The imbalances caused by these muscles causes back pain. The full stress comes on spine if the thighs back side is weaker than front.

    This pain occurs due to following reasons:

    1. Sitting or Standing for long time

    2. Running for long distance

    3. Vertebral Column sways back

    4. Improper exercise of strength training

    While doing any exercise related to strength training, deep breathing proves to be very effective. While pressing the leg toe, inhale deeply during bending and exhale during pressing. This proves to be very much helpful to increase length of spine and effectively utilizing the diaphragm muscles for supporting the spine.

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    Exercises to reduce back pain:

    1) The Tummy Tuck

    It is a simple pelvic move that brings the abdominal muscles up and away from floor. Relax for some time by keeping the face down on the floor and squeeze your buttocks to strengthen your spine. Reach your tail bone down towards the heels. Perform alternately for two sets each with twelve counts.

    2) The Bridge Lift

    This exercise is done by placing your feet on floor or a bench and scooping your pelvis in an upward motion. Your ribs should remain in lower position to reduce pull on your spinal muscles. Focus completely on muscle contraction.

    3) The Lumbar Side Stretch

    This is done in standing and sitting position. While bending your knees, widen up your legs as much as possible. Now, put your one hand behind your head and bring the other hand down towards your feet on the inner side of thighs.

    4) The Hip Flexor Stretch

    This is performed by bringing one foot ahead in an angle of 90 degree. The other leg is behind on floor with your foot pointed upwards. This exercise helps to extract muscles near hips on spine’s side. You can squeeze your buttocks to feel stretch more. Stretching sensation must be experienced in back leg, front thigh and hamstrings of front leg.

    5) The Calf Stretch

    This is intended to help strengthen the Achilles tendon. Put an object below your feet and lean whole weight of your body in a forward direction. Hold these stretches for 30 seconds and release. You will begin to feel a stretch on the back on the knee and shin area. Consult the Doctor and start exercise today.

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