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Father’s Day is just around the corner. This year get him a gift he will actually appreciate. Buying him a gift that reflects the person he is. Sure you could get him a pair of silk boxers or a personalized t-shirt, but is that really a reflection of him. I say no more generic gifts. Give your dad or husband a Father’s Day gift he will brag about all year. Here are 10 ideas to get you started.
There has been growing concern over what we put in our bodies and how our bodies are responding. Food today is very different than what our grandparents used to eat. In the past couple decade’s food has evolved (through human manipulation) and our bodies are having a hard time recognizing and digesting what we eat. As a result, more people are dealing with food related reactions such as allergies, intolerance's, and sensitivities. Could these adverse food reactions be the culprit behind the increase in food-related diseases? Is an allergy or intolerance making you overweight or obese? Is wheat causing diabetes?
There has been growing debate over the use of marijuana. Some believe the drug has no medical purpose and still others use it every day to relieve symptoms of their chronic conditions. The federal government considers it a Schedule I which implies it has no medicinal properties. Punishment can range from fines to several years in prison for a simple carrying charge. So why are so many states going against the FDA’s recommendations? Is medical marijuana helpful for people with diabetes?
There has recently been some controversy over the use of the word “diabetic,” so I want to share my thoughts on the subject. First, it seems that most of the people against the word do not have diabetes themselves. Mother’s, spouses, siblings, friends, and family of people with diabetes are labeling the term “diabetic” as offensive. Why?
I understand that you want the best for the people you love, and you are trying to protect them, but they are still diabetic. I have diabetes and here are ten reasons why I am okay with the term diabetic.
Here is a short video from Healthgrades about which exercises are best for diabetics. Enjoy!
Being a mom is one of the hardest jobs a person can do. It’s a 24 hour 7 day a week job that comes with stress, fear, anxiety and a whole lot of love. A mother will sacrifice her body, her health, her time, and her sleep. We at Active Diabetics appreciate the hard work moms do every day.
Flowers, cards, and candy are great ways to show your gratitude, but what should you get a busy, active mother with diabetes? Here is a list of 6 gifts we think any mom would love, especially our Active Diabetic mommas.
There is very little argument over the benefits of regular exercise. There is, however, plenty of debate on which workouts are the best for losing weight and staying healthy. It is hard enough to find time in our busy day to hit the gym, let alone knowing if we are using that time effectively. Most people don’t have the time to run on a treadmill for an hour every day and if you can find the time, then why are you not seeing the results you would expect? We have a suggestion that will save you time, get you the results you want and reduce you A1C all at the same time.
High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), can be performed anywhere. You don't need a gym or special equipment, but you do need to remember to test your blood sugar before and after your workout. You just perform an exercise at as high intensity as you can manage for a set time and follow it with a lower intensity exercise. By coupling high intensity with a lower intensity, you are giving your body a challenge and then rest.
For most woman pregnancy can be a very beautiful and exciting time. The miracle of creating a brand new human and dreaming of the day you get to hold your little bundle of joy is enough to make most soon-to-be-moms swoon. Unfortunately, some women have a different time altogether. They have the added stress of worrying if their diabetes is harming their unborn child.
Diabetes can be tricky, and at times it might be hard to manage, but when you're pregnant, the hormonal changes can make controlling those numbers downright impossible without added help. Every pregnancy is different, and the same can be said of people with diabetes. If you are a type 1 or type 2 diabetic and you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant, we have some advice to make things easier.
Living with diabetes is hard. Every day can bring different challenges. Health, fitness and nutrition information contradicts itself all the time making it difficult to know if we are making the right choices for optimal wellness. Many people living with diabetes are too tired or too frustrated to believe there will ever be a cure. Most people who do not have diabetes pay too little attention to the disease and some actually think there is already a cure. I personally battle every day between hope and fear. I want to feel good for once, and I am sick of living by a number. Every decision I make revolves around what my monitor tells me. A cure would be great, but we are far from close. What are some things diabetics and non-diabetics can do get closer to a cure? Here are 3 steps we can do now that will get us closer.
Vote and Change Laws
Do you vote? If so, how much research do you do before voting? I ask because who you choose to lead this country will have a direct effect on public health. Local and state elections are just as important as presidential ones. Know who is on the ballot and ask them questions. Most candidates have Facebook and Twitter accounts. They all have websites and phone numbers. They are supposed to be available to their constituents at meetings or by appointment. So find them and ask important questions like, “What would you do to change the school lunch programs?” or “How will you ensure all diabetics can afford their insulin every month?”. Politicians work for us! If someone is on the ballet and wants your vote, they are essentially interviewing for a job. You are the boss. Take control and ask them the questions that are important to you. No one in the government deserves a free ride. We are a sick nation, and we are getting worse. We are currently facing several health epidemics all of which can trace back to government policy in some way.