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American Diabetes Association _ Medicaid – Impact on the States


AmericanDiabetes Association _ Medicaid - Impact on the States

American Diabetes Association _ Medicaid - Impact on the States (click to read more from ADA)

 

For individuals with diabetes and prediabetes, access to adequate health insurance is critical to maintaining health, delaying onset of the disease and preventing complications associated with diabetes.

For nearly 3.5 million children, pregnant women, adults and seniors with diabetes, Medicaid provides vital and valuable access to care as families continue to cope with the difficult economic environment. (Source: http://www.diabetes.org/advocate/take-action/states/medicaids-impact-on-the.html?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Post&utm_content=091411-medicaid&utm_campaign=WWW)

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Type 2 Diabetes Pictures Slideshow: Learn the Warning Signs


Type 2 Diabetes Pictures Slideshow_ Learn the Warning Signs - MedicineNet

Type 2 Diabetes Pictures Slideshow_ Learn the Warning Signs - MedicineNet

There is no way around it: Daily exercise has to become part of who you are, even more so after you have been diagnosed with the big D (for Diabetes). No matter what medication, no matter how much of it, your health status will only worsen unless a battery of physical activities becomes part of your daily life and you may even start enjoying enough to make it a wonderful pastime.  The  earlier in the morning you exercise the better will influence the rest of the day. It is hard to face this reality, especially if the only exercise you have been practicing is at your fingertips (like in spending all that time on the computer, seated, slouching, straining your eyes, staring at a flat, two dimensional screen, just like you’re doing as you read this article: don’t get me wrong, thanks for reading so far, and to the end, but afterward, get up and stretch a little). As a rule:  The more sedentary lifestyle the more exercise you need, the more you’ll need to become more active.

No matter what you choose to do, all exercises have as foundation breathing (yes I know we are aerobic creatures, but how many of us still remember how we used to breathe when we were very young? I mean how many still breathe from the abdomen? Easy to check: place the palm of one hand on your abdomen and observe what happen to that hand while you’re breathing: If when you breathe out the abdomen compresses, than you know that you’re breathing more or less from your diaphragm, as you should. Start all exercises with an breath out, and relax upon breathing in. Breathe out while lowering your arms and breathe out as you raise them. walking is the best, natural way to increase your air intake, lung capacity, and the amount of carbon dioxide and water you eliminate at each exhalation. In addition walking help correcting your posture, balance, and endurance, while you start loosing weight. It is time to purchase a electronic scale, set your personal information, get a closer look at you numbers: Body mass index (BMI), weight, set a goal (such as lowering your weight (a pound a week) over let’s say three months. 

After a week or two you can start walking faster and faster, check your pulse, and stay within the comfort zone of being able to talk entire phrases without fatigue, slow down if you need to catch your breath in order to make longer sentences.
For indoors,  I prefer an elliptic equipment (cross country) with variable tension. I like to combine forward and backward rotation, which involves differently your arms and legs muscles. Start small steps, try and get 2-3 times a day on the equipment for few minutes: you can watch Tv, or listen to music while exercising; time will just fly by!
acknowledge the effort your body is making and think about how good it will feel knowing that it earned the apple is going to receive…yes start thinking that way, food can become a reward, healthy food (apples are great). Do not starve yourself, but eat smaller meals, and drink green tea (which is a great appetite suppressant, and helps digestion and muscle activity. It has much lesser caffeine than coffee, but unlike coffee is fat free).

Outdoors there are so many ways to exercise, one only has to make up one’s mind. I will invite you again to discover more about the outdoors.

All in moderation, and in full observance of the effect on your health can really add to the quality of your life when you need it most: In the later years.  

Diabetes and Hot Weather


If left in heat (in a car parked in the sun), the meter may need to be cooled down to become operational.


Every year many people with chronic health conditions are profoundly affected by weather extremes. you hear it on the news, especially during heatwaves, due to not only the intensity, but even more by the duration, sometime of weeks, when nights do not bring the much relief from the heat. To add to these conditions it in not uncommon to experience power failure and rollouts, due to extensive use of electricity. So what it a person suffering from diabetes to do in such situations? A heighten state of awareness is needed in order to be able to function with little or no impact it is critical to have your medicine (such as insulin) and your Blood Glucose meter and test strips sheltered from heat and humidity, for as long as possible. Insulated containers such as wide outlet thermos, double wall soup jars, and even insulated launch bags are best, once cooled to room temperature, and cold pack can provide for optimal storage.
Even when on the road, a soup jar can be easily carried so you have everything you need at hand. I like to drink my protein shake cold, while riding on my bike, so I do the following: I first cool the water to the point it starts making ice, I prepare my drink, and then I put it in the freezer (covered in the wet insulating pouch  for few minutes, until the water on the pouch freezes. As I ride the evaporation of that water keeps the bottle colder for hours.

But even room temperature water is irreplaceable when it comes to hydration. Some drink distilled water: Make sure the water you drink contains the mineral needed to make ir suitable for drinking (potable), as distilled water will dilute the electrolytes needed to function, making you even more susceptible to acute heat induced health conditions). When it comes to glucose: If you have diabetes, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) can make you very sick or even kill you. Therefore always carry glucose tablets ON YOU (in your pocket, strapped on your belt, but on you). One tablet weighing 4 grams, will increase your blood glucose level in a matter of seconds, to safe levels.  Always remember to add tablets to your supply, as you use them. You can have hard candy, but don’t expect the same fast action.  

One very important thing, people forget when it comes to spending time outdoors: When your biking, and you have put 25 miles between you and the place you started, weather conditions may be a bit, or a lot different, so plan to have what you need for change in weather, precipitations, or a variation in heat,  which you may have to accommodate.  
Lastly: If you think tha brown sugar has lesser calories so therefore you can use it instead of bleached sugar, well, you’re wrong: It has the same amount of sugar!
To a large extend spending more time outdoors will help your medical condition, once you start earlier in the morning and exercise in a controlled environment (such as a park, with water fountains, facilities, diverse exercise equipment, An elastomeric track (if possible) and…Shade in summer and shelter in winter!)

There: Now what other excuses can you find to continue to be a cautch potato, while medicating your medication?

The sooner you start to control your medical condition, the more confident you’ll be to enjoy life as you were intended to!