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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.
Cold and flu season is here, and for those of us with diabetes, it can be a very tough time. For most people getting sick is an uncomfortable inconvenience where they have to decide whether to use PTO or not. People with diabetes have more to think about because they just don’t heal as fast and getting sick comes with more uncertainty.
I overheard a woman talking about her pregnancy while out to lunch today. She mentioned to her friend that everything was going great and that she was over the moon with excitement for her little one. Her friend mentioned how difficult her own pregnancy was due to gestational diabetes and the soon to be mom interrupted her by saying, “Yeah, I don’t have diabetes.” Her friend stated that she also wasn’t diabetic before pregnancy, but had developed gestational diabetes, she was interrupted again with, “I eat healthy, so I’m fine, thanks.” I am not sure why the subject of GD is such a hot topic for this woman and many others, but maybe it’s time to learn a little more on the subject.
If you have ever spent time on pregnancy forums and mommy blogs, you have probably seen posts about women finding out they have gestational diabetes. They are confused and scared because they most likely were not expecting the diagnosis. With about 9% of pregnant women developing GD, it is no wonder many Obstetricians are testing all their pregnant patients.
We all know that exercise is necessary when trying to improve our overall health, but for diabetics, it’s a must. When building or maintaining a healthy metabolism, you must get your heart rate up and strengthen your muscles. So what kind of exercise should you do? Have you ever thought about trying yoga? These days just about everyone has heard of yoga and knows at least one person who swears by it. But just what is yoga and how can it help someone with diabetes?
Having diabetes can be very frustrating. Diabetics have to deal with insulin, needles, tons of doctors’ appointments, all sorts of added expenses and on top of all that we still need to listen to other people’s lack of understanding and lack of compassion. I thought now would be a great time to take a minute and try to clear things up and maybe rant a little bit