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DIABETES AND PREVENTION TECHNIQUES

DIABETES AND PREVENTION TECHNIQUES

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Diabetes Experts

There are many of us who now “suffer” from Diabetes who have, more than once, thought “I only wish I knew then what I know now.” The “then” that we refer to is when we were young, healthy, and in the category of “Pre-Diabetic.” The number in that category today is in the millions, and, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, some 90% are not aware of it! As a result, they do nothing to prevent the actual onset of Diabetes!

The question becomes, “If you aren’t aware that you are Pre-Diabetic, how can you possibly do anything about it?” There are two suggestions we have in this realm: Inasmuch as Diabetes is one of those hereditary issues, if you have a Family History of Diabetes chances are pretty good that you, too, might be plagued with them! Also, the symptoms of Pre-Diabetes are similar to those of a Diabetic, which includes, but are not limited to:

  • Dry Mouth
  • Excessive Thirst and Hunger
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent Urination

With many youths, even though they may know that they have a propensity for obtaining the disease and are even experiencing some of the symptoms, the fact remains that most will not have a proclivity to do anything about it! As a result, those of us who have already contracted Diabetes need to be proactive in mentoring our children and grandchildren to take the steps to ensure that they avoid the issues we must contend with.

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The first step may very well be to have family members take the Glucose Blood Test, which requires fasting, or have hemoglobin A1C levels tested, which does not require fasting. Once the determination is made that an individual is, in fact, Pre-Diabetic there are numerous steps that can be taken that might ward off the onset of Diabetes itself. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Cut Sugar and Refined Carbs from Your Diet – Studies found that people with the highest intakes of fast-digesting carbs were 40% more like to develop diabetes than those with lower intake.
  • Drink Water as Your Primary Beverage – Sugary Beverages like soda and punch have been linked to an increased risk of Type I Diabetes and Latent Autoimmune Diabetes of Adults.

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  • Drink Coffee or Tea – Especially effective with “high” consumption, Coffee and Tea have antioxidants known as polyphenols that may help protect against Diabetes.
  • Eat a High Fiber Diet – Consuming a good Fiber source at each meal can help prevent spikes in Blood Sugar and Insulin Levels, which may help reduce your risk of developing Diabetes!
  • Lose Weight if you are Over-Weight – Although losing only a little weight will help you some, studies show the more weight you lose the more benefits you will enjoy!

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  • Minimize Your Intake of Processed Food One study showed that poor-quality diets that were high in processed foods increased the risk of Diabetes by 30%.
  • Watch Portion Sizes – This is an important suggestion as it doesn’t tell us to give up any foods, but just cut down on the quantities we eat of them!

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  • Work Out Regularly – Self-Explanatory!!!

As you can see, many of the activities that helps with the Prevention of Diabetes are the same ones that are used to limit the adverse effects of Diabetes. The key, of course, is to convince people to participate in these activities before they actually contract Diabetes!

 

If you, or someone you know, needs help in managing their Diabetes, please call AVEON HEALTH at 480-300-4663 to make an appointment with a member of our staff and allow them to escort you down the path to an improved quality of life for you and your loved ones!

 

This Blog was written, in great part, with information gleaned from the following sources:

 

https://www.healthline.com/health-news/how-to-prevent-prediabetes-from-becoming-diabetes

 

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/prevent-diabetes#1.-Cut-Sugar-and-Refined-Carbs-From-Your-Diet

DIABETES AND SKIN CONDITIONS

DIABETES AND SKIN CONDITIONS

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Diabetes Experts

 

While Diabetes may be described as a “Silent Killer,” many of its symptoms are far from hidden!  And, this is exactly the case where Skin Conditions are concerned.  In general terms, these Skin Conditions are the results of a reduced blood flow to the skin, which leads to changes in the skin’s collagens.  Since over half of the individuals with Type 2 Diabetes are plagued by Skin Issues, we should be aware of the following things to watch for:

  • Changes in the skin
  • Cuts or wounds that appear infected
  • Cuts or wounds that are slow to heal, as these may lead to secondary infections
  • Injuries or irritation to the skin surrounding Insulin Injection sites

One of the main concerns, as can be imagined, are the afore mentioned Infections.  There are two major types to be concerned about:  Bacterial and Fungal.

BACTERIAL – The two major issues in this realm are Staphylococcus (Staph) and Streptococcus (Strep).  The effects find that the areas involved are often painful and warm to the touch with swelling and redness.  This can lead to carbuncles, which may need to be lanced by a doctor.  Additional issues might include boils; styes (infections around the eyes) and even infection of the hair follicles.

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FUNGAL – Appearing as areas of red, itchy, swollen skin surrounded by blistering or dry scales.  This most often manifests itself in such areas as the under the breast, in the warm folds of the skin; in the armpits; in the groin and in the corners of the mouth.

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There are, unfortunately, yet other Skin Conditions that may need to be dealt with.  One of these is Digital Sclerosis, which usually affects skin on the hands, fingers, and toes.  It can be treated with lotions, moisturizers and maintaining Blood Sugar levels.

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There are several ways of dealing with these Skin Conditions, including both Over the Counter and Prescription Medications.  In fact, there are even some everyday items that can help, such as applying talcum powder and/or lotions formulated for dry skin to the affected areas.  Even Aloe Vera applied to the affected areas often proves beneficial.

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Though fairly rare, another Skin Condition a Diabetic may encounter are Diabetic Blisters.  Though unsightly, Diabetic Blisters are painless and normally heal on their own.  More often plaguing men than women, they most often appear on legs, feet, and toes though they also can develop on hands, fingers, and arms.

Diabetic Blisters can be treated with Antibiotic Creams or Ointments.  They are often bandaged to protect them from further problems, including the onset of infections.  Their cause is unknown, and can be best thwarted by protecting your feet by wearing both shoes and socks!

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While many people encounter problems with their skin, if you encounter if any of the issues we have discussed here, it might behoove you to contact your doctor and see if, in fact, they are being influenced by the fact that you may also be battling Type 2 diabetes!!!

 

If you, or someone you know, needs help in managing their Diabetes, please call AVEON HEALTH at 480-300-4663 to make an appointment with a member of our staff and allow them to escort you down the path to an improved quality of life for you and your loved ones!

This Blog was written, in great part, with information gleaned from the following sources:

 

 

Type 2 Diabetes And Skin Health: Conditions And Treatment | DiabetesTalk.Net

 

Everything You Should Know About Diabetic Blisters (healthline.com)

 

DIABETES AND NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

DIABETES AND NEW YEAR’S

RESOLUTIONS

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AVEON HEALTH

Diabetes Experts

 

Well – - – 2020 is almost over and, if you are like most of us, you will agree that it is none too soon!  Our hope, of course, is things that will get back to normal and we can resume our lives as we did before COVID-19! For those of us who spend our days in the never ending battle to control our Blood Sugar Levels, and thus our Diabetes, the two areas we undoubtedly make most of our Resolutions in are Diet and Exercise!  While we can do little to increase your resolve to actually keep your Resolutions, we can, however, give you some tools that might help you in your quest to live healthier!

For most, controlling Carb Intake is a major part of the war against Diabetes.  As a result, knowing how many carbs are actually in a food is paramount in this struggle.  To assist you with this, following is an extensive chart that reflects the Carb Count of a number of foods.  Please feel free to print these out and use as you deem prudent.  As you will note, at the end of this chart we have included some “blank spaces” to allow you to add additional foods that you might eat that are not included herein.

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FRUIT Amt Carbs (gm) VEGGIE Amt Carbs(gm)
Apple   small 2″ 14 Acorn Squash 1C 29.9
Apricot  dried 1 2.2 Asparagus Spear 1 6.9
Apricot Fresh 1 3.9 Baby Carrots 1 Raw 0.8
Banana 1 26.9 Beets (cooked) 1C 5
Blackberries 1C 14.7 Bok Choy 1C 3.1
Blueberries 1C 21.5 Broccoli  raw 1C 5.8
Canteloupe 8-Jan 4.8 Broccoli boiled 1C 11.2
Cherries 1 1.3 Brussel Sprouts 1C 11.1
Fig 1 7.7 Butternut  Squash 1C 21.5
Grapes (red or Green) 10 1 Cabbage  raw 1C 3.9
Honeydew 8-Jan 11.4 Cabbage cooked 1C 3.9
Kiwi 1 10.1 Carrots cooked 1C 12.8
Mango 1C 25.7 Cauliflower cooked 1C 5.1
Nectarine 2 1/2″ 1 13.7 Cauliflower raw 1C 5.7
Orange small 1 11.3 Celery  4″ 10 1
Peach  2/1/2″ 1 12.9 Corn Canned 1C 30.5
Pear small 1 22.9 Corn on cob 1 14
Pineapple 2 oz 7.3 Cucumber 1C 3.7
Plum 1 7.5 Edamame cooked 1C 29.9
Prunes 1 6 Edamame raw 10 pods 2.2
Raisins 1C 114 Eggplant Parm 4″ sq 32.9
Raspberries 1C 14.6 Garbanzos 1C 34.2
Strasberries(sliced) 1 C 12.8 Green Beans 1C 9,9
Tangerine(cutie) 1 10 Green Leaf Lettuce 1C 1
Watermelon 1C 11.6 Iceberg Lettuce 1C 1.7
Jicama 1C 10.6
NUTS Amt Carbs(gm) Kale cooked 1C 7.3
Almond 1C 28.2 Kale raw 1C 6.7
Brazil 2 1 Mushrooms raw 1C 3
Cashews 1 oz 8.6 Mushrooms stuffed 1oz 20
Macadamia 1oz 1.2 Peas 1C 22.9
Peanuts 1C 38.3 Pepper – Red 1 7.3
Pecans 1 C 38.3 Pepper -Yellow 1 10.3
Pistachios 4 1 Pork & Beans 1.2C 23
Walnuts 1/2 up 8 Potato  Sweet sm 13.7
Radishes raw 1 0
SEEDS Amt Carbs (gm) Red Leaf Leffuce 1C 0.6
Pumpkin 1C 15.8 Romaine Lettuce 1C 1.2
Sunflower 1C 30.8 Rutabaga 1C 10.6
Spaghetti Squash 1C 10.1
DAIRY Amt Carbs (gm) Spinach cooked 1C 6.8
Yogurt Plain 1C 11.5 Spinach raw 1C 1.1
Yogurt w/fruit 1C 46.8 Sugar Snap Peas 1C 11.4
Yogurt Greek 1C 7 Summer Squash 1C 7.7
Greek Vanilla 1C 16 Tomato 2″ 3.5
Cottage Cheese 1C 5.7 Turnips 1C 8
Cream Cheese 1 Tbs 1 Zucchini 1C 7
BREAD & SNACKS Amt Carbs (gm) CHEESE Amt Carbs (gm)
BBQ Sauce 1 Tbs 12.7 Cheddar 3 oz 1
Cheese Puffs 13 13 Swiss
Chips – Potato 15 15
Chips  Taco 7 19 MISC Amt Carbs (gm)
Eng Muffin 1 25 Beef Jerky  7oz pc 1 2.2
Everything Bagel 1 59 Hummus 2 Tbs 4
Kaiser Roll 1 30 Pasta w/sauce 1C 33.8
Pop Corn 1C 6.3 Pizza – Pepperoni 1 Slice 35
Pretzels Soft 1 43 Potato  Baked sm 29.5
Pretzels Twisted 1 4.8 Potato  FF 1 32.6
Pub Mix 1 oz 19 Potato boiled sm 25
Saltines 5 10 Potato Mashed 1C 35.5
Tortilla   Corn 1 8 Potato Salad 1C 28
Tortilla Flour 1 32 Rice  Brn 1/2 C 23
Tortilla Wheat 1 22 Slim Jim  1oz 1 3
Wheat slice 1 14.4 Quinoa 1 tbs 2.5
CANDY Amt Carbs (gm) MISC – Phase II Amt Carbs (gm)
3 Musketeers 1 Bar 42 Dinner Rolls 1 14
Bit O Honey 1 Sect. 6 Eggs 1 1.5
Butterfinger 1 Bar 43 Eggs 1 1.5
Junior Mints 1 2 Frstd Cinnmn Bun 1 23
Mounds 1 Pkg. 29 Frstd Shrdded Wht 1 Cup 41
Pay Day 1 Bar 27 Honey Nut Cheerios 1 cup 22
Peanut M & M 15 9 Pan Cakes 1 6″ 31
Peppermint Paties 1 Bar 31 Pepsi 8 oz. 26
Pepprmnt Pat Sgr Fr 1 Bar 8 Pie 1 Piece 50
Reeses 2 Pk. 24 Raisin Bran 1 cup 46
Snickers 1 Bar 33 Refried Beans 1 Cup 26
Star Mints 1 5 Rye Bread 1 Slice 10
Suzy Q 1 Cake 35 Tomato Soup 1 can 50
MISC. – PHASE III Cargs (gm) MISC. – PHASE IV Carbs (gm)
Cake – Carrot 1/2 Slice 20 Cous Cous 1 Cup 37
Cake – Cup – Choc. 1 24 Crnd Beef Hash 1 Cup 22
Cake – Ger. Choc. 1/2 Slice 20 Egg Nog 1 Cup 20
Cake – Rice 1 4 Fried Mushrooms 1 17
Cashew Clusters 8 16 Fried Onion Rings 1 Med. 2
Chimichanga 1 43 Hamb. Roll 1 20
McD Dble Chssebrgr 1 29 Hash Browns 1 Cup 46
McD Fish Fillet 1 39 Hot Dog Roll 1 20
McD McSausage/Egg 1 29 Nacho Chips – Corn 10 18
McD Small Fries 1 Pkg 44 Quinoa 1 Cup 20
Milk 1 Cup 12 Smoked Almonds 28 5
Northern Beans 1/4 C-Dry 28 Sub Roll 6″ 46
Oyster Crackers 24 10 Taco Bell Taco Sup. 1 20
Veggie Straws 30 12 Taco Bell Tostada 1 20
MISC. – PHASE V Amt Carbs (gm) MISC. – PHASE VI Amt Carbs (gm)
Bit-O-Honey 1 Piece 5 Tomato Juice 1C 10
Dried Turkish Figs 1 9
Einstien Pump Bagel 1 53
Ice Cream 1/2 Cup 16 MISC. – PHASE VII Amt Carbs (gm)
Lemon Pudding 1/2 Cup 24 Brownie 2″ Sqre. 12
Nutter Butter Wafer 1 Patty 4 Chkn Noodle Soup 1 Cup 10
OG Bread Sticks 1 37 Coconut Donut 1 46
OG Pasta Fagule 1 Bowl 21 Crckr:Corn/Sea Salt 10 6
OG Salad 1 Bowl 12 Crckr:White Cheddr 1 1
OG=OLIVE GARDEN Pound Cake 1 Pc. 14
Potato Chips 25 15 Small Sweet Pprs. 1 2
Pringles 1 1 Spnch Stffd Mshrm 1 6
Rice Cakes 1 4 Sun Flower Seeds 1 Cup 28
SfeWay Whoopi Pies 1 57 Wise Chees Puffs 23 17
SfeWay Elcairs 1 34 Wise Onion Rings 15 10
SfeWay Cream Puffs 1 16 Wise Potato Chips 20 15
MISC. – PHASE VIII Amt Carbs (gm) MISC. – PHASE IX Amt Carbs (gm)
Arby Classic Rst Bf 1 37 Angel Food Cake 1/8 Cake 25
Arby Mozz Sticks 2 19 Baby Carrots 6 5
Arby Sm Crly Fries 1 Pkg 21 Dates 1 7
Black Beans 1 Cup 46 French Toast 1 Slice 15
Choc. Chip Cookie 1 9 Frzn Strawberries 1 C 60
Denny’s Super Bird 1 42 Honey Smck Cereal 1 C 24
Dinner Roll 1 Sm. 11 Jell-O I Cup 10
Jason’s Baked Chips 1 Srvng. 20 Mac & Cheese 1 Cup 45
Jason’s Deli Club 1 67 Mini Tortillas 1 6
KFC Bisquit 1 22 Mstrd Prtzels 1/3 C 18
KFC Cold Slaw 1 Cup 14 Oatmeal Muffin 1 Sm. 10
KFC Mshd Spuds 1 Cup 19 Snow Peas 6 1.5
Sno Balls 1 28 Sweet & Sour Pork 1 Cup 25
MISC. – PHASE X Cargs (gm) MISC. – PHASE XI Carbs (gm)
2% Milk 1 Cup 12 Bean & Bacon Soup 1 Can 22
Applbees Spnch Dip 1 Cup 74 Brownie 2″ Sqre 14
Apple Fritters 1 Avg. 49 Ice Cream Sndwch 1 26
Apple Sauce 1 Cup 34 Mini Cornbread 1 15
Boston Cream Pie 1/8 Pie 30 Mini Poppy Seed 1 12
Brkfst Cookies 1 5 Mini Wheats 1 Cup 45
Donut Holes 1 7 Oatmeal Raisn Ckie 1 16
Egg Roll 1 23 PB Pretzels 6 Pieces 10
Ent. Cheese Danish 1/9 Cake 27 Pita Bread 1 Slice 22
Entemann Crmb Cke 1/9 Cake 32 Rice Krispies 1 Cup 22
Frosted Flakes 1 Cup 26 Triskets 1 2
Granola Bar 1 Bar 18
Prog. Clam Chowder 1 Can 40
Toffee Fay 1 Piece 5
MISC. PHASE XII Cargs (gm) MISC. – PHASE XIII Carbs (gm)
 

 

MISC. PHASE XIV Cargs (gm) MISC. – PHASE XV Carbs (gm)

 

 

 

Knowing how many Carbs each food is “worth” is only part of the battle – - keeping track of how many you have consumed is the next step.  For that purpose we have included a DAILY CARB RECORD CHART.  You will note that there are actually two here – one partially completed and the other blank.  Again, please feel free to print this out and use it daily.  There are several Phone Apps that can also be used for this purpose, should you be one of those individuals who prefers “High Tech” to “Hard Copies” you may want to research and check these out.

You will note that there is a “Goal” for Carb Intake.  The Number we chose was “135,” which is somewhat arbitrary.  We would suggest that you confer with your Diabetes Health Team to determine what your Daily Goal should be.

 

DAILY CARB RECORD CHART

DATE     1/1 CRB DATE CRB DATE CRB DATE CRB
BREAKFAST BREAKFAST BREAKFAST BREAKFAST
Plain Yogurt 12
Eng. Muffin 25
Banana 27
Tom. Juice 10
LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH
Arby Classic
    Roast Beef 37
Arby Sm. Fries 21
Unswt. Tea 0
DINNER DINNER DINNER DINNER
1 Can Prog.
 Calm Chowder 40
24 Oyster
     Crackers 10
1 Brownie 14
SNACK SNACK SNACK SNACK
18 PB Pretzels 30
1 Small Apple 14
TOTAL 260 TOTAL TOTAL                 TOTAL
GOAL 135 GOAL 135 GOAL 135 GOAL 135
+ or - +125 + or - + or - + or -
DATE CRB DATE CRB DATE CRB NOTES/CMMNTS Date
BREAKFAST BREAKFAST BREAKFAST
LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH
DINNER DINNER DINNER
SNACK SNACK SNACK
                TOTAL                 TOTAL                 TOTAL  
GOAL 135 GOAL 135 GOAL 135  
+ or - + or - + or -  

 

As you can see, our example here is not exactly a Banner Day, as our Carb Intake was nearly twice our Carb Goal!  I’m sure as you examine it more closely you can see where better choices could have been made!

 

DAILY CARB RECORD CHART

DATE CRB DATE CRB DATE CRB DATE CRB
BREAKFAST BREAKFAST BREAKFAST BREAKFAST
LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH
DINNER DINNER DINNER DINNER
SNACK SNACK SNACK SNACK
TOTAL TOTAL TOTAL                 TOTAL
GOAL 135 GOAL 135 GOAL 135 GOAL 135
+ or - + or - + or - + or -
DATE CRB DATE CRB DATE CRB NOTES/CMMNTS Date
BREAKFAST BREAKFAST BREAKFAST
LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH
DINNER DINNER DINNER
SNACK SNACK SNACK
TOTAL TOTAL TOTAL  
GOAL 135 GOAL 135 GOAL 135  
+ or - + or - + or -  

 

The next area we may want to concentrate on in the New Year is Exercise.  For those of you who have an established daily regimen the following chart will be of little value.  However, if like so many of us, you are finding it difficult to get started, this may be just the ticket!  Of the nine Exercises listed, five can be accomplished on the couch, and two others in the comfort of your living room!!!!  These Exercises will allow you to keep muscles toned and hopefully jump start you to bigger and better things!  As before, one of the Charts is partially filled in and the other blank so you can print it out for your use!

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DAILY EXERCISE CHART

DATE 1/1 1/2 1/3 1/15 1/16 1/17 1/22 1/23 14
Number of Reps
Neck Crunches 10 10 10 15 15 15 20 20 20
Shoulder Rolls 10 10 10 15 15 15 20 20 20
Curls (with wght) 10 10 10 15 15 15 20 20 20
Leg Lifts 10 10 10 15 15 15 20 20 20
Leg Scissors 10 10 10 15 15 15 20 20 20
Knee Bends 10 10 10 15 15 15 20 20 20
Marching (Mins.) 5 5 5 10 10 10 15 15 15
Walk
Bike
DATE
Number of Reps
Neck
Shoulder
Curls
Leg Lifts
Scissors
Knee Bends
Marching
Walk
Bike

 

 

 

DAILY EXERCISE CHART

DATE
Number of Reps
Neck
Shoulder
Curls
Leg Lifts
Scissors
Knee Bends
Marching
Walk
Bike
DATE
Number of Reps
Neck
Shoulder
Curls
Leg Lifts
Scissors
Knee Bends
Marching
Walk
Bike

As you start your New Year, do so with enthusiasm and encouragement!  Striving to keep your Resolutions will not only help you stay physically healthy, but mentally healthy as well!  And, while we can’t stop time, we certainly can ensure that we will experience more of it with a concentrated effort to control our Blood Sugar Levels!

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If you, or someone you know, needs help in managing their Diabetes, please call AVEON HEALTH at 480-300-4663 to make an appointment with a member of our staff and allow them to escort you down the path to an improved quality of life for you and your loved ones!

 

THE BEST OF 2020

DIABETES BLOGS

THE BEST OF 2020

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AVEON HEALTH

Diabetes Experts

 

When we decided to do a weekly Blog our Number One Priority was to provide our readers with as much beneficial information as possible! As mentioned before, we strongly believe that Knowledge is one of the key weapons in battling Diabetes, and the more of it you can get the better off you are. With that thought in mind, today we are sharing with you a host of places where you can glean more information than we could possibly share with you ourselves.

We trust that one or more of these sites will prove helpful in your daily walk, and perhaps sometimes struggle!, with Diabetes. Hopefully, after enjoying and benefitting from our Blog, someday you might forward us to the following email:

bestblogs@healthline.com.

 

Diabetes Self-ManagementManaging diabetes doesn’t mean never indulging in foods you enjoy, which is why you’ll find over 900 diabetes-friendly recipes on this blog.

Diabetic FoodieAnyone living with diabetes, cooking for someone with diabetes, or just in search of healthy recipes will find help at the Diabetic Foodie.

Diabetes DadTom Karlya has two children with diabetes, and he’s been committed to staying educated about the condition and its best management tools since his daughter’s diagnosis in 1992.

College Diabetes NetworkThe College Diabetes Network is a nonprofit organization focused on helping young adults with diabetes enjoy healthy living by offering a space for peer connections and expert resources.

Insulin NationFor the latest news regarding type 1 diabetes, Insulin Nation is a great resource.

DiabetogenicRenza Scibilia’s writes about the ongoing challenges of living with diabetes and she does so with humor and grace.

ADCESThe Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists, or ADCES, is a professional organization committed to improving the care of those living with diabetes.

Diabetes ForecastDiabetes Forecast (the website for the healthy living magazine of the American Diabetes Association) offers comprehensive guidance and advice for living with diabetes.

Diabetes StrongChristel Oerum launched Diabetes Strong (originally TheFitBlog) as a platform for sharing her personal experiences as a fitness enthusiast with type 1 diabetes.

Children’s Diabetes FoundationThe Children’s Diabetes Foundation is an organization dedicated to providing patient support to children, adolescents, and young adults living with type 1 diabetes.

Hangry WomanFounded by type 2 diabetes patient advocate Mila Clarke Buckley in 2016, Hangry Woman brings approachable resources about diabetes to both men and women.

Diabetes UK BlogDiabetes UK Blogs — under the umbrella of the official Diabetes UK — brings first person stories of people living with diabetes. You’ll find stories of people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, along with research-based and fundraising blogs.

Gestational Diabetes UKThis blog was founded by a mom who received her own GD diagnosis and combines resources such as dealing with your diagnosis, recipes, birth preparation, life after GD, as well as a membership area for more detailed assistance.

Yoga for DiabetesBlogger Rachel chronicles her journey with type 1 diabetes since her 2008 diagnosis and how she uses yoga as a form of healing, coping, inspiration, and disease management.

JDRFGeared specifically for type 1 diabetes in children, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation focuses heavily on fundraising efforts aimed toward curing type 1 diabetes completely. You’ll find practical and professional resources to walk you through a new type 1 diabetes diagnosis in your child, as well as personal stories to help show you that you’re not alone in the challenges this condition can bring.

The Diabetic JourneyBrittany Gilleland, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 12, started her blog to “change the way the world views” diabetes — and she’s accomplishing just that. She shares her ongoing journey with diabetes, as well as the stories of others (and you can submit your own story too), and updates on new developments and world issues that affect those with type 1 diabetes.

 

We hope this list provides you with some valid suggestions as to where you can learn more about the situation you live with daily. Be not dismayed, however, for we will continue to provide you weekly with information that will help you in your quest for normalcy in a world where you have to contend with your Diabetes!

 

If you, or someone you know, needs help in managing their Diabetes, please call AVEON HEALTH at 480-300-4663 to make an appointment with a member of our staff and allow them to escort you down the path to an improved quality of life for you and your loved ones!

This Blog was written, in great part, with information from the following source:

https://www.healthline.com/health/diabetes/best-blogs-of-the-year#10

 

DIABETES AND HAVING A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS

DIABETES AND HAVING A VERY

MERRY CHRISTMAS

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AVEON HEALTH

Diabetes Experts

 

We have decided that the months of November and December are cruel and unusual punishment for those of us who are Diabetics!  We no more than settle back into our normal routine of Carb Counting and Dessert Dodging after Thanksgiving when around the corner lurks all of the Delectable Delicacies of Christmas!  But, like veteran soldiers going out to confront the enemy in their own territory, we know that the key to success is to have a Battle Plan and to stick to it!  So, with that thought in mind, let’s take a look at a plan for the Holidays this year that will help make us Super Heroes with our families!

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  1.  Avoid Grazing Between Meals – Though Holiday Meals are seldom actually served on time, it is imperative that we refrain from snacking along the way as much as we can!

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  1. Drink Water Before your Meal – This serves two purposes:  It will battle the possibility of dehydration and help to fill you up so you won’t eat as much!

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  1. Plan Your Meal – Just as you shouldn’t shop when you are hungry, neither should you plan your Holiday Meal before you have eaten!  The key here, of course, is to make sensible options!  This could include:
  • Turkey – A traditional meat for the Christmas Meal as well as the one at Thanksgiving, Turkey is a fine choice.  To reduce caloric intake, you might want to eat the white meat as opposed to the dark meat.
  • Vegetables – Filling you plate 2/3 full of non-starchy veggies serves a multitude of purposes including caloric count and helping to fill you up, removing the temptation for seconds and or too many sweets.
  • Roasted Potatoes -  This reduces the “fat content” greatly compared to mashed potatoes.
  • Desserts – Tasty Desserts are always a part of the Christmas Feast, and should be! Concentrate on eating those with a minimum of fats and calories!

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  1.  Be Aware of Portion Sizes – Enough said!

 

  1.  Stay Active – Though a long nap might seem most appealing as a post-meal activity, a brisk walk would be much more beneficial!

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While many of us celebrate with our Christmas Meal at the home of loved ones, others fancy going to a restaurant instead.  If that is the case for you and yours, here are some tips that might prove helpful:

  1.  Eat slowly, putting your knife and fork down between each bite.
  2.  If you have s smaller appetite, order a “Starter” instead of a Main Course, as it will consist of less food.
  3.  Remember – - Veggies and Salad are better for you than Potatoes and Gravy!
  4.  Make sure you are the first to order, avoiding the temptation to say, “Ooooo, that sounds good!  I’ll have some of that, too!”

 

Well, that’s our suggestions to help make your Christmas a Very Merry One!

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If you, or someone you know, needs help in managing their Diabetes, please call AVEON HEALTH at 480-300-4663 to make an appointment with a member of our staff and allow them to escort you down the path to an improved quality of life for you and your loved ones!

This Blog was written, in great part, with information gleaned from the following sources:

 

Christmas and Diabetes – Managing Diabetes During Christmas (thediabetescouncil.com)

Christmas and diabetes | Diabetes UK

 

 

DIABETES: SYMPTOMS AND SIGNS

DIABETES:  SYMPTOMS AND SIGNS

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AVEON HEALTH

Diabetes Experts

One of the reasons that Diabetes is known as one of the top ten “Silent Killers” is the fact that it can “sneak up” on us.  There is no overt pain nor immediate debilitating conditions.  That’s why it is so important that we are able to recognize it as soon as possible, in both ourselves and in loved ones.  As a result, we have decided to share a few of the more unusual Symptoms that might indicate Diabetes is on the near horizon.

  1.  DARK SKIN ON THE NECK – As well as the discoloration, the skin may also feel velvety or thick.  It may also appear in the groin area or armpits.

 

  1.  DRY MOUTH – In Diabetics this occurs because High Blood Sugar decreases saliva flow.

 

  1.  FRUITY-SMELLING BREATH – Known as Diabetic Ketoacidosis, this often occurs when the body breaks down fat cells for energy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1.  ITCHING – Itching occurs when Blood Sugar increases creates nerve damage, specifically in the feet and hands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1.  LIGHTHEADEDNESS – While this may be caused by fatigue or hunger, it can also be the result of both Hypo- and Hyperglycemia.  High glucose levels can result in frequent urination which, in turn, can lead to dehydration and Light-headedness.
  2.   RECURRENT INFECTIONS – As Diabetes oft times weakens your Immune System, the result can be causing increased susceptibility to disease.  The result may be increased Infections in the body, including but not limited to:
  • Vaginal Infections
  • Yeast Infections
  • Bladder Infections
  • Skin Infections
  1.  VISION CHANGES – High Blood Sugar can create several Eye Issues, including but not limited to:
  • Altered Fluid Levels to the Eyes
  • Swelling
  • Blurry Vision

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are some signs regarding Diabetes that we are, perhaps, more familiar with.  These include, but are not limited to:

  1.  EXTREME THIRST – This is an early warning that you may be suffering from Diabetes.  High Blood Sugar can create Thirst on its own, and this is compounded by the fact that High Blood Sugar can also lead to frequent urination.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1.   FREQUENT URINATION – High Blood Sugar puts an “overload,” if you would, on your Kidneys which allows an over-flow into your urine.
  2.   INCREASED HUNGER – Even though you eat voracious amounts of foods, you may find that you are actually losing weight, as the body is unable to absorb the energy that it needs.

It is imperative that if we note ANY of these Symptoms and Signs in ourselves, or a loved one, that we seek Medical attention immediately.  If we don’t, some really nasty things can occur, including but not limited to:

  • Amputation
  • Blindness
  • Irreversible Nerve Damage
  • Kidney Disease
  • Skin Complications
  • Stroke
  • DEATH!!!

If you, or someone you know, needs help in managing their Diabetes, please call AVEON HEALTH at 480-300-4663 to make an appointment with a member of our staff and allow them to escort you down the path to an improved quality of life for you and your loved ones!

This Blog was written, in great part, with information gleaned from the following sources:

 

https://perks.optum.com/blog/7-early-signs-of-type-2-diabetes/

https://www.healthline.com/health/diabetes/unusual-symptoms-of-diabetes

DIABETES: MAKING SURE YOUR TURKEY DINNER “ADDS UP”

DIABETES: MAKING SURE

YOUR TURKEY DINNER “ADDS UP”

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AVEON HEALTH

Diabetes Experts

 

For Diabetics there is, perhaps, no more bittersweet day than Thanksgiving! Set aside all of the things that we in this nation have to be thankful for; Set aside the MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE; Set aside some of the most iconic rivalries in the NFL that are played out on that day and what you have left is one of the most abundant feasts of the whole year! And there, my friend, is where the bittersweet comes in! For while we want to gorge ourselves on all of the goodies on the table, we realize that, for the most part, we really shouldn’t indulge! To help make the difficult decisions as to what should be eaten and what shouldn’t, we have taken the time to do a numbers count so you can see just how the Carbs and Calories mount up as you enjoy this most scrumptious day!!!

 

       ITEM                            AMT.         CARBS       CALS.

Turkey                             4 oz.              0                 54

Mashed Potatoes             1 Cup              35                214

Turkey Gravy                  ½ Cup              0                  61

Grn. Bn. Cass.                 ½ Cup             12                115

Yams w/ Marsh.              ½ Cup             24                112

Dressing                          1 Cup              22                232

Corn Chowder                1 Cup              16                250

Cranberry Jelly               ¼ Cup             25                110

Apple Pie (9”)                 1/8 Pie             42                297

Mince Pie (9”)                1/8 Pie             35                188

Pump. Pie (9”)                1/8 Pie             40                316

Whip Cream                    1 tbls.              1                   20

Cool Whip                      1 tbls.              3                   25

 

To total the “Carbs” and “Calories” columns above can be a little disheartening to say the very least! The key, however, is not necessarily eliminating any of the favorites mentioned above, but, rather, trying to control portion size. The same care should also be given to preparing our plates of leftovers for the days following the holiday! Do have a Happy Thanksgiving, but be sure to do all you can do to ensure that you have a Healthy one as well!

If you, or someone you know, needs help in managing their Diabetes, please call AVEON HEALTH at 480-300-4663 to make an appointment with a member of our staff and allow them to escort you down the path to an improved quality of life for you and your loved ones!

 

 

 

DIABETES EMERGENCY KIT

DIABETES EMERGENCY KIT

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AVEON HEALTH

Diabetes Experts

2020 has proven, if nothing else!, that life can be full of surprises, and that not all of them are pleasant in nature.  As Diabetics we need to be aware of that, and, as a result, should make sure that we are as prepared for such situations as possible!  With that thought in mind, it is probably a good idea that we purchase and stock an “Emergency Kit,” if you would, that would be able to help sustain us should an event occur that would alter our normal daily routine.

PREPARING THE BAG

Like expectant parents who pack their “Hospital Bag” in advance and have it in a handy place, so should we prepare our Emergency Kits.  They don’t have to be anything extravagant, in fact a good gym bag works just fine.  It should be durable and light-weight in its own right, so as to not add any additional strain when toting it around.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PACKING THE BAG

It is here that a little thought needs to take place as, theoretically, the contents can vary dependent on the individual’s needs.  The things in our list, however, are pretty standard and probably should be included in everyone’s bag.

  • An Extra Supply of Meds – We would suggest a minimum of 3-5 days-worth.
  • An Extra Test Kit – Ensure that you have a goodly number of Test Strips and Lancets, as Stress can adversely effect Blood Sugar, mandating more frequent testing.
  • Foot Care Products – Inasmuch as a Diabetics feet are one of their most vulnerable areas, it would be wise to make sure your bag includes a bar of soap; several soft towels and a container of Foot Lotion.
  • Keep Glucose on Hand – Tablets and Gels are good, but a Glucose Pump might prove handy in extreme cases.
  • Prepare a Medical History & Contact List – In the event, Heaven forbid!, that you are incapacitated where communication is concerned, these could prove invaluable to those who will be attending to you!
  • Stock Snacks – Items with simple carbohydrates and sugars are especially good. This includes, but is not limited to, non-perishables such as dried fruit, dry cereal, nuts, seeds, trail mix, and/or whole-grain crackers.
  • Water is a Must - Dehydration can be a problem for everyone, so having several bottles on hand is always a good idea.

As well as preparing an Emergency Kit, it might be a good idea to wear a Diabetes ID Bracelet.  Should you be incapable of explaining your condition, such a bracelet will save precious time in allowing others to administer to your immediate needs.

We would suggest that you frequently rotate some of the consumables to ensure that they are always fresh and never “outdated.”  Our hope, of course, is that no one ever needs to depend on their Emergency Kit, but we trust that you have one ready should you ever find the need for one.  If you would like more insight as to what include in your Emergency Kit, please feel free to call the experts of AVEON HEATLH at 480-300-4663.

 

If you, or someone you know, needs help in managing their Diabetes, please call AVEON HEALTH at 480-300-4663 to make an appointment with a member of our staff and allow them to escort you down the path to an improved quality of life for you and your loved ones!

This Blog was written, in great part, with information gleaned from the following sources:

 

https://www.everydayhealth.com/hs/type-2-diabetes-care/diabetes-emergency-bag-pictures/

 

 

 

DIABETES, OBESITY, AND COVID-19

DIABETES, OBESITY, AND COVID-19

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AVEON HEALTH

Diabetes Experts

 

Without a doubt you have heard that one of the groups that is in particular risk regarding the Coronavirus is Diabetics. This is based, in part, on several studies, including but not limited to:

  • A small study reported in the March 2020 issue of Diabetes Metabolism Research and Reviews, based on 174 people in Wuhan, China, concluded that people with COVID-19 and Diabetes were at a higher risk for Pneumonia.
  • In the April 2020 Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology a link was drawn between Diabetes and the risk of dying from COVID-19.
  • A similar study to the one above was published online in the May 2020 issue of Cell Metabolism.

Knowing where the idea that Diabetics are at high risk comes from next leads us the question of how Diabetics are affected by COVID-19. To understand the response to the ailment by Diabetics, the Thriving Insights Panel surveyed some 20,000 individuals and ascertained the following information:

  • 90% reported that they “Know what they should do” if they think they have contracted COVID-19.
  • Over 85% have changed their daily routine due to COVID-19.
  • Over 50% reported they are “very concerned” about the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • 25% reported it is negatively affecting their Diabetes management.
  • 23% have “talked to a healthcare provider” in regard to COVID-19.
  • 8% reported having experienced symptoms of COVID-19.

Compounding the Diabetes/COVID-19 connection is yet another problem area where the Pandemic is concerned – Obesity! As a degree of clarification, it is imperative to understand what “Obesity” really is. Per the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, “Severe Obesity” is defined as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or higher. Obesity (BMI of 30 – 39), in general, plagues some 42.4 % of the U.S. population.

The issue of Obesity is often a combination of nurture and nature, according to the Obesity Medicine Association (OMA). In many cases, those who suffer from Obesity grew up in a family where large portions of calories at meal time and emotional eating are par for the course. However, the OMA notes that there is also a gene that can trigger reduced control in eating, increased caloric intake, and even a propensity of sedentary behavior.

Even if one possesses the “Obesity Gene” it does not mean that they are destined to be Obese. The issue can help be minimized with proper diet and exercise, and a concentrated effort to remain healthy!

Explaining that Diabetics really are at greater risk than the general public is one thing, but how to deal with this situation is what is really beneficial to us. As a result, here are several Tips to help us contend with the Coronavirus.

  1. Follow the CDC Guidelines
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  3. Call ahead regarding medical attention unless it is a medical emergency.
  4. Clean your hands often with soap and hot water, or use sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.
  5. Cover up with a tissue when you sneeze or cough.
  6. Stay home if you are sick.
  7. Wear a face mask outside of your home and when you are around people.
  8. Keep Your Prescriptions Filled and Stock Up on Extra Supplies.
  9. Know that Some Over-the-Counter Medication can Affect Blood Glucose.
  10. Advil (Ibuprofen), which can increase the hypoglycemic effect of insulin.
  11. Aspirin in large doses.
  12. Cough Syrups, except those that are labeled sugar-free.
  13.  Decongestants, such as phenylephrine and pseudoephedrine.
  14.  Pills that contain the same ingredients as syrups and do not have carbohydrates.
  15. Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle by Prioritizing Diet, Exercise, and Sleep.

We trust that this will both help you understand that Diabetics are at greater risk, and provide you with some insights as to how you can reduce that risk. While this is a trying time, we all need to know that we can not only survive, but even thrive, by following a Healthy Lifestyle and communicating with our Health Care Providers when conditions deem it prudent!

 

If you, or someone you know, needs help in managing their Diabetes, please call AVEON HEALTH at 480-300-4663 to make an appointment with a member of our staff and allow them to escort you down the path to an improved quality of life for you and your loved ones!

 

This Blog was written, in great part, with information gleaned from the following sources:

 

https://www.everydayhealth.com/diabetes/care-tips-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/

 

https://www.diabetesdaily.com/blog/study-how-covid-19-is-affecting-people-with-diabetes-648318/

 

https://www.everydayhealth.com/coronavirus/how-obesity-may-increase-the-risk-for-covid-19-complications/

 

DIABETES & DIABETIC NEUROPAHY

DIABETES & DIABETIC NEUROPAHY

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AVEON HEALTH

Diabetes Experts

 

When most of us think of Diabetic Neuropathy we immediately think of our feet. And, while this is a major part of the problem, there are other areas of the body that can, and often are, also affected by Diabetic Neuropathy. In this brief dissertation we will take a look at these other areas, and also discuss ways to minimize the effect of Diabetic Neuropathy.

It is probably best if we first make sure that we have a common understanding as to what Diabetic Neuropathy is. First and foremost, Diabetic Neuropathy is a type of nerve damage created by long term blood-sugar levels that are above normal. Typically, it is slow developing, often taking several decades to manifest itself. One of the major concerns regarding Diabetic Neuropathy is the fact that vulnerability to infections or injuries is a major reality.

When it comes to detecting Diabetic Neuropathy there are a host of symptoms to be aware of, including but certainly not limited to:

  • Burning sensation in feet, especially at night
  • Difficulty with coordination when walking
  • Increased heart rate
  • Nausea, indigestion, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation
  • Sensitivity to touch/Lack of sensation of touch
  • Vision problems, such as double vision

As easily determined by surveying these symptoms, there is more than one type of Diabetic Neuropathy. The four major ones include:

  1. Autonomic Neuropathy – There are a number or our organs and muscles that are controlled by the Autonomic Nervous System, including:
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Digestive System
  • Sex Organs and Bladder
  • Sweat Glands
  1. Focal Neuropathy – Also known as Mononeuropathy, this ailment is indicative of the fact that there is damage to one specific nerve, or group of nerves, causing weakness in the affected areas. Typically, this takes place in areas such as the hand, head, torso, or leg, with the most common being carpal tunnel syndrome.
  2. Peripheral Neuropathy – The most common form of Diabetic Neuropathy, this is manifested most often in the legs and feet, though it can also be experienced in the arms or hands. Symptoms can range from mild to extreme, and often include:
  • Extreme sensitivity to touch
  • Insensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Loss of balance and/or coordination
  • Muscle weakness
  • Numbness
  • Sharp pain or cramping
  • Tingling or burning sensations
  1. Proximal Neuropathy – Somewhat rare, this form of Diabetic Neuropathy is most likely to affect the hips, buttocks, or thighs. The good news is that that those with Proximal Neuropathy usually recover, and many do so with no treatment.

While Diabetic Neuropathy is not curable, there are some effective ways to treat it – and, most of the treatments are considered proper protocols for Diabetics in general. This includes maintaining proper blood-sugar levels through diet and exercise; making sure not to smoke; and avoiding obesity. Pain from Diabetic Neuropathy can be managed with proper medications, which should, of course, be prescribed by a physician.

It is commonly accepted that to catch Diabetic Neuropathy in its early stages that the Diabetic should always be aware of the condition of their feet. This mandates that the feet are inspected daily, with special attention to any sores or ulcers that might appear, and that the feet be washed and moisturized daily. As soon as a problem is discovered, or even suspected, it is imperative that your doctor be contacted immediately.

 

If you, or someone you know, needs help in managing their Diabetes, please call AVEON HEALTH at 480-300-4663 to make an appointment with a member of our staff and allow them to escort you down the path to an improved quality of life for you and your loved ones!

This Blog was written, in great part, with information gleaned from the following sources:

 

https://apollosugar.com/world-of-diabetes/diabetes-complications/everything-you-should-know-about-diabetic-neuropathy/