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DIABETES: TYPE 2 REMISSION

DIABETES: TYPE 2 REMISSION

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Diabetes Experts

 

It is pretty much understood that Type 1 Diabetes is for life, but such may not be the case where Type 2 Diabetes is concerned. When we refer to “Remission” we are discussing the fact that if we can lower A1C numbers it means we are, in effect, allowing the natural production of Insulin to increase and are, in fact, achieving Remission.

To understand how this can be accomplished we must examine the “Twin Cycle Hypothesis,” which theorizes that when extra fat is deposited in the liver due to weight gain, fat accumulates in the pancreas and adversely affects the insulin-producing beta cells located there. It is believed that fat reduction in the pancreas via weight loss can help restore normal Insulin production.

Understanding that Diabetes is effected by both Genetics, Lifestyle and Weight Control, we can contribute to Remission by changing our Lifestyle in a positive way. The reason it is imperative that we do so is because if we don’t, Type 2 Diabetes can lead to an increase in risk to Kidney Failure, Strokes, Blindness, Heart Attacks and even Lower Limb Amputations.

Inasmuch as Weight Control is a major element in Remission, many experts suggest both a Low Carb and Low Calorie Diet! The reason a Diet change is beneficial is due to the fact that when we cut our caloric intake the body gets the energy it needs by burning fat that is stored under the skin. Conversely, when we consume too much food our body naturally increase the amount of fat stored to the point that the “overflow” ends up accumulating in the liver.

As important as Diet is, in itself it cannot lead to meeting the Remission Goal. Other Lifestyle Changes that will help include, but are not necessarily limit to:

  • Aim for concentrated periods of exercise, which can consist of such low-level intensity activities as walking. Preferably, we should have no more than two days of inactivity at any time.
  • Aim for a minimum of seven hours sleep per night. Also, whenever possible, have the same bed – and wake up time each day.
  • Check Blood Sugar frequently to determine how the different foods you eat affect the results.
  • Establish a low carb, healthy fat diet when possible.
  • Find additional motivations for your efforts, such as increased energy as well as weight loss.
  • Have healthy snacks available (Preferably low carb).
  • When Blood Sugars are high take a walk and drink a glass of water!

Studies show that the longer you have had Type 2 Diabetes the less chance Remission can take place. Too, the more severe the A1C scores, the less chance for Remission as well. It should be noted that once Remission has been accomplished, resorting back to your “old” life style may prove detrimental, especially if it should result in weight gain.

Positive Lifestyle Changes are beneficial in general, and especially for those who have Type 2 Diabetes. As a result, we strongly suggest that you take the necessary steps to implement them to your daily regimen at your very earliest convenience!

 

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 part, with information gleaned from the following sources:

https://diatribe.org/type-2-diabetes-remission-what-it-and-how-can-it-be-done

https://www.everydayhealth.com/type-2-diabetes/study-sheds-light-on-how-fat-loss-can-put-type-2-diabetes-in-remission

TIPS FOR COPING WITH WILDFIRE SMOKE

TIPS FOR COPING WITH WILDFIRE SMOKE

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Diabetes Experts

 

As unbelievable as 2020 has been regarding health conditions, the Wildfires on the West Coast have added even more concerns for us to be aware of, specifically Wildfire Smoke. To fully understand the risk, it is imperative that we know what, exactly, Wildfire Smoke is: A complex mixture of fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) and gases such as volatile organic compounds, nitrogen oxides, and carbon monoxide.

While the effects of Wildfire Smoke can be extremely hazardous, there are ways to know if you are being affected, including but not necessarily limited to:

  • A Scratchy Throat
  • An Asthma Attack
  • Chest Pain
  • Coughing
  • Fast Heartbeat
  • Headaches
  • Irritated Sinuses
  • Runny Nose
  • Stinging Eyes
  • Tiredness
  • Trouble Breathing Properly
  • Wheezing and Shortness of Breath

It is highly conceivable that you may be at risk of suffering from Wildfire Smoke, especially the closer you live to the West Coast. While distance does present some protection, it is estimated that this year’s Wildfire Smoke has drifted as far East as Europe, some 5,000 miles away! As a result, we all should be aware of the ways we can minimize the effect. These include, but are not limited to:

  1. Avoid Smoke Exposure During Outdoor Recreation – Refrain from going to Parks or Forests near Wildfires, OR that may be planning a Prescribed Burn.
  2. Consider Wearing a Protective Mask – This is made more palatable by the fact that, due to COVID 19, many of us are already doing so.
  3. Do not Maximize the Problem by Adding to “Indoor Pollution” – Avoid the utilization of:
  • Candles
  • Fireplaces
  • Tobacco Products
  • Even the Vacuum Cleaner
  1. Drink Plenty of Water – Proper

Hydration allows the Kidneys and Liver to

effectively eliminate toxins.

  1. If you are told to stay indoors, STAY INDOORS!!! - See #3!
  2. Know Where to Find Information – Two key places are Local Air Quality Reports and the US Air Quality Index External .
  3. Listen to Your Body – If you experience one or more of the symptoms, take the necessary steps to reduce your exposure.
  4. Seek Comfortable Spaces in the Community – These include, but are not limited to, Community Centers, Libraries, and Malls. For the most part, these have Large Filtration Systems that improve Air Quality.
  5. Take it Easy – The harder you work, or work out, the more air/smoke you breathe.
  6. Understand how Susceptible YOU Are – Individuals who are at “High Risk” include:
  • Asthmatics
  • Diabetics
  • Those with Heart Issues
  • Pregnant Women
  • Infants
  • Older Adults
  1. Use a Portable Air Cleaner – Those with HEPA Air Filters are especially beneficial. In the case of an Emergency, a high quality Furnace Filter taped to a Box Fan can provide some protection as well. (Author’s Note: For Safety Reasons, be sure to never leave unattended!)

The bright side is that winter is on its way and, hopefully, the effects of the Wildfires will be greatly reduced. Until then, take the necessary steps to stay healthy, even if it does “cramp your style” more than you would like!

 

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 part, with information gleaned from the following sources:

https://theconversation.com/10-tips-for-coping-with-wildfire-smoke-from-a-public-health-expert-146015

https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/wildfires/smoke.html

COVID 19 AND THE FLU

COVID 19 AND THE FLU

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Diabetes Experts

 

To say that 2020 has been a challenging year would be more than somewhat of an understatement! Our actions during the past six months have been dictated by our combined effort to halt the tide of the spreading of the COVID 19 Virus, and now we enter into what is perhaps the most difficult time of the year where Health is concerned – Flu Season! As winter draws closer and closer we face yet another possible ailment: The Common Cold! With all of this in mind, we thought it might be beneficial if we took the time to do a “Symptoms Chart,” if you would, to help better understand what to look for with each malady!

Symptoms Chart Key:

C = Common

N= No

R = Rare

S = Sometimes

* Additional Comments Below

 

SYMPTOMS COVID 19 FLU COLD
Cough C C Mild
Diarrhea S * N
Fatigue S C S
Fever/Feverish Chills C C R
Headaches S C R
Loss of Smell/Taste C R R
Muscle Pain S C C
Nausea/Vomiting S * N
Runny/Stuffy Nose R SN C
Shortness of Breath S N N
Sneezing N N C
Sore Throat S S C
       
       

May Occur in Some, More Common in Children

 

To date, there is no vaccine that can keep you safe from the COVID 19 Virus. However, such is not the case with Influenza. It is felt by most in the Medical Profession that the best time to get a Flu Shot is from September to November, allowing your body its best chance to build up immunity to the upcoming Flu season.

If you have not yet made arrangements to take this precaution this year, please feel free to contact AVEON HEALTH at 480-300-4663 to do so.

As is so often the case, we suggest you take pro-active steps to keep yourself as healthy as possible at all times. The steps we suggest you take at this juncture in time include, but are not limited to:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing
  • Get a Flu Shot
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Wash your hands frequently

If you are one of those who battle with Diabetes, you undoubtedly already know that you are, unfortunately, in the “High Risk” Group regarding COVID 19. As a result, we strongly suggest that you adhere to the six preventive steps above to the nth degree!

 

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.bannerhealth.com/healthcareblog/teach-me/covid-19-and-the-flu-know-the-symptoms?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=consumer%20blast

DIABETES AND ITS EFFECTS ON YOUR BODY

DIABETES AND ITS EFFECTS ON

YOUR BODY

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Diabetes Experts

If you have Diabetes, or know someone who does, you undoubtedly realize that it is not a “Stand Alone” ailment. Rather, it can have an adverse effect on a variety of other organs and systems in the body. In some instances, these other issues can help you detect the fact that you do, in fact, have Diabetes. Just as often, the Diabetic must strive diligently to control their Diabetes so that the additional issues don’t create complications that can, unattended to, lead to real poroblems! Today we are going to take a quick look at a few of these other issues, describing what the problem may be and offering advice as to how to cope with them.

CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM

Diabetes can lead to Diabetic Neuropathy, which occurs when damage is done to nerves. This oft time manifests itself by affecting one’s perception of heat and cold. As a result, you may be more susceptible to injury, as the natural “alarms” don’t warn you of impending danger.

CIRCULATORY SYSTEM

The two immediate concerns here are the possibility of High Blood Pressure and the creation of Fatty Deposits in the Blood Vessel Walls. Unfortunately, experts tell us that having Diabetes may actually double one’s propensity for Heart Risks and Strokes. As we so often advise our readers, proper diet and exercise can effectively help lower the risk of high Cholesterol Levels and high Blood Pressure.

ENDOCRINE, EXCRETORY & DIGESTIVE                

                           SYSTEMS

Without an adequate amount of usable Insulin, the body opts to use alternate hormones for “fat into energy” conversion. This process can result in the creation of high levels of toxic chemicals such as acids and ketones, which can result in Diabetic Ketoacidosis. One of the more serious of the “side effects” of Diabetes, this often manifests itself with extreme thirst, excessive urination and fatigue.

INTEGUMENTARY SYSTEM

Though seldom thought of as an “organ,” the skin is actually the largest organ in our body! Diabetes affects the skin is several ways, including but not necessarily limited to:

  • Dehydration
  • Dry and Cracked Skin on the feet
  • Eruptive Xanthomatosis – Hard Yellow Bumps with Red Rings
  • Digital Sclerosis – Thick Skin on Hands or Feet
  • Diabetic Dermopathy – Brown Patches on the Skin (No cause for concern, no treatment necessary)

KIDNEY DAMAGE

An issue that doctors are most concerned about in regard to the Kidneys is Microalbuminuria, which results when there is an elevated amount of Protein in your urine. When such is the case, it may very well be indicative of the fact that the Kidneys are not functioning properly.

REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM

Hormonal changes during pregnancy may create Gestational Diabetes, which may result in High Blood Pressure. Generally speaking, controlling Gestational Diabetes is not a problem, and the patient usually returns to normal after the pregnancy. While the symptoms are typical to regular Diabetes, and additional situation often includes infections in either the bladder or vagina.

Two other issues to be aware of include the fact that if you do have Gestational Diabetes your baby may have a greater birth weight, which can, of course, make the birthing process more difficult. Further, it is not unusual to develop Type 2 Diabetes several years after the pregnancy if you do, in fact, have Gestational Diabetes.

As if having Diabetes isn’t enough on its own, we also need to be aware of these other issues as well. The key, of course, is working closely with your health care provider to ensure that none of these situations develop into a major concern!

 

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/diabetes/effects-on-body?slot_pos=article_1&utm_source=Sailthru%20Email&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=diabetes&utm_content=2020-09-03&apid=35041135#9

Diabetes: Injectables for Type 2

DIABETES: INJECTABLES FOR TYPE 2

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Diabetes Experts

 

Medications are often an important part of the treatment for Type 2 Diabetes. A common aspect of this treatment is the utilization of Injectable Meds known as Glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1 RAs). Typically, these are used in conjunction with other anti-diabetes treatments.

Rather than just one type of product, there are numerous varieties of GLP-1 RAs, including but not necessarily limited to:

Lixisenatide (Adlyxin)

Exenatide (Byetta)

Liraglutide (Victoza)

Dulaglutide (Trulicity)

Semaglutide (Ozempic)

Of these, the only one that needs to be administered twice daily is Byetta, while the others are used either once daily or once weekly.

Unlike Insulin injection, which may result in weight gain, the GLP-1 RAs may actually assist in weight loss. As a result, those who struggle with being overweight, or even obesity, find this to be a welcomed form of treatment.

As with all Medications, it is imperative that one be informed regarding the possible side effects of GLP-1 RAs. These include such gastrointestinal issues as diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. Another area you might want to be aware of is skin reactions near the injection sites. This seems to be especially the case with Byetta.

Due to its importance, we feel it to be imperative to stress that Medications alone are not the only key to controlling Type 2 Diabetes. Rather, one must embrace Lifestyle Changes to enhance your chance of success. This includes, but is not necessary limited to:

  • Not Smoking
  • Modifying Diet
  • Limiting Alcohol use
  • Losing 5 – 10% of Body Weight if one is over-weight, especially if Obesity is an issue
  • Monitoring Blood Sugar Levels on a Regular Basis
  • Exercising for 150 Minutes per week

One of the main issues in regard to Diet is carbohydrate intake. When possible, it is best to consume carbs that are Nutrient Dense; Minimally Processed; and High in Fiber.

For some, the Cost Factor of GLP-1 RAs may be a real concern. To date, there are no “Generic Options” available. As a result, a monthly dosage may range in price from $850 to $2,600, depending on the Medication Type and brand used. In some cases a patient’s Insurance Company may cover the cost. It might be best to confer with your Insurance Provider before choosing with GLP-1 RA you want to have prescribed for you.

As with all forms of treatment for better health, it is important to confer with your Diabetes Team when determining which GLP-1 RA you should use, or if it is a viable form of treatment at all. If you have any questions, we here at AVEON HEALTH would be more than happy to meet with you and discuss this in much greater detail!

 

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/type-2-diabetes/ask-the-expert-injectables-for-type-2-diabetes

 

DIABETES AND YOUR TEAM OF EXPERTS

 DIABETES AND YOUR TEAM OF EXPERTS

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Diabetes Experts

 

Diabetes is, without a doubt, one of the more unique ailments 21st Century Americans have to deal with. One of the elements that makes it so unique is the fact that it is not a “stand alone” issue. While the “root problem” is the fact that Diabetes impacts, and is impacted by, the Pancreas, it also has the propensity to adversely affect the Eyes, Kidneys, Feet, and even your Mental Health. Today we are going to take a quick look at the experts who deal with these issues, and why they are important to the Diabetic.

 

PANCREATIC ISSUES

Inasmuch as the Pancreas is part of the Endocrine System, it is understandable that one of the Medical Experts you may have dealings with is an Endocrinologist. Whether you are a Type I or Type II Diabetic, it may not be surprising if you have reasons to frequent an Endocrinologist in the course of Diabetes Treatment.

EYE ISSUES

These may include, but are not limited to, Diabetic Retinopathy, Cataracts and Glaucoma. It is recommended that Type I patients have an annual Dilated Comprehensive Eye Exam beginning five years after diagnosis. Type II Diabetics should have their Annual Eye Exam annually at time of diagnosis.

FOOT PROBLEMS

Often the issue with feet is the result of circulatory problems. This may lead to problems in your body healing blisters and cuts, which can result in major issues, up to including gangrene which can lead to amputation. As a result, it is imperative that the Diabetic visit a Podiatrist, who can monitor your feet to avoid serious infections.

 

KIDNEY ISSUES

Over time, people with Diabetes may be at risk for Kidney Disease. While your Primary Doctor may conduct the annual test for identifying Kidney Problems, they may then recommend that you visit a Nephrologist. They will help you maintain proper Kidney care, up to and including Dialysis when needed.

MAINTAINING YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

Diabetes is a life long struggle, and as such can create periods of frustration and even depression. It has been determined that it is often beneficial to involve one’s self with a Support Group. If this isn’t the way you would prefer to deal with these issues, there are specialists who can help you on a “one on one” basis.

PERSONAL TRAINERS

As Exercise is an important element in maintaining Diabetes, it is often beneficial to go to someone who can help you design and maintain a proper Exercise Regimen.

SUMMARY

As you can imagine, it is imperative that you communicate frequently and truthfully with your Primary Care Giver so they can evaluate your situation and determine if, in fact, you will need to visit one of these specialists. It is most important to never assume that any symptoms or problems will “just go away!”

 

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 part, with information gleaned from the following sources:

 

https://www.healthline.com/health/diabetes-doctors

 

 

DIABETES AND INSULIN

DIABETES AND INSULIN

Facts You Need to Know

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Diabetes Experts

 

Virtually everyone with an even a micron of knowledge about Diabetes is familiar with “Insulin.” However, it just might be one of those things that while everyone knows about it, they don’t really know about it! As a result, we have decided that it might be a good idea to discuss Insulin in more than just a cursory over-view.

To begin with, it is imperative that we know that Insulin is the “key” that allows glucose to enter your body cells. Its next task is to assist in your body in making energy out of the glucose. Finally, it also helps you to store that energy.

The main source of Insulin is the Pancreas. In Type 1 Diabetes the Pancreas no longer produces Insulin, while in Type 2 Diabetes the Pancreas provides the Insulin, but your body cells are no longer able to make good use of the Insulin. This is referred to as “Insulin Resistance.” When our Diabetes is unmanaged, glucose builds up in the blood rather than being distributed to our cells or being properly stored. This can lead to complications that may result in stomach problems, kidney disease, eye problems, nerve damage and even issues with our heart.

There are various types of Insulin, and each has distinct characteristics:

Long-Acting: Starts working within a few

hours; works up to 24 hours.

Intermediate-Acting: Begins to work in in

2-4 hours; effective for up to 18 hours.

Short-Acting: Enters the bloodstream in 30

minutes, good for up to 6 hours.

Rapid-Acting: In the bloodstream in 15

minutes; keeps working for up to 4 hours.

The impact of Insulin is recognized when we realize that without it, cells must seek alternative sources for energy. As mentioned, one of the tasks of the Insulin is to assist muscle and fat cells store extra glucose so it doesn’t overwhelm your bloodstream.

A somewhat intricate part of the Insulin task is that in helping your cells use glucose for energy it prevents the dangerous buildup of chemicals known as Ketones. The body eliminates these Ketones via our urine, but isn’t always successful in doing so. When the urine can’t keep up, we experience Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA), which can be life threatening. Symptoms for this particular condition include dry mouth, nausea, sweet-smelling breath and vomiting!

As mentioned earlier, when our cells stop responding to Insulin in the way they should we have a situation known as “Insulin Resistance.” It results in high Insulin levels in the blood, which is referred to as “Hyperinsulinemia.” It is this condition that leads to a rise in Blood Sugar levels.

One of the main contributors to Insulin Resistance is increased levels of fat in the blood. This is perpetrated by ingesting too many calories and carrying excess body fat. It is not surprising, then, that obesity is linked to Insulin Resistance. Other things that might add to Insulin Resistance include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Gut Microbiota: Disruption in the Bacterial Environment in the Gut.
  • Inflammation: Throughout the body.
  • Fructose: From “added sugar” and fruit.
  • Inactivity: Activity increases Insulin Sensitivity.

The good news is that one need not worry that Insulin Resistance is an enemy that can’t be fought against. In fact, there are a number of ways to reduce Insulin Resistance, and all it takes are a few minor Life Style adjustments. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Exercise – Even Moderately!
  • Stop Smoking
  • Reduce Sugar Intake
  • Get a proper amount of Sleep
  • Eat Well
  • Reduce Stress
  • Donate Blood – Helps with the reduction of iron, and improves Insulin Sensitivity!

As you will note, it is generally accepted that these Life Style adjustments are associated with a long, healthy and productive life!

As you can see, Insulin is an important element in the well-being of us all, and is especially important to a Diabetic. Hopefully, with this little deeper insight into its importance, you will be encouraged to pursue the Life Style changes that will help you live a long, healthy and productive life!!!

 

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 part, with information gleaned from the following sources:

https://www.healthline.com/health/diabetes/insulin-effects-on-body#Ketone-control

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/insulin-and-insulin-resistance#bottom-line

 

DIABETES, AMPUTATION AND COVID 19!

DIABETES, AMPUTATION AND COVID 19!

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“Don’t cut off your Nose to Spite your Face!”

Obviously – - this is NOT the surgery we are going to be discussing today! Actually, what brings us back to the topic of Foot Care is a recent study conducted in Italy. A group from the University of Campania evaluated the results of a study by a Care Center for Diabetic Foot Ulceration (DFU) and made some rather sobering discoveries.

Compared to a similar study in 2019, they found that there was a major increase in the number of cases of Gangrene: 64% in 2020 compared to 24% in 2019. Equally alarming were the number of Amputations performed: 60% in 2020, while there was only an 18% occurrence in 2019. The conclusion arrived at was the fact that the COVID-19 lockdown resulted in people not making arrangements to get timely attention for their foot problems.

It is because of this conclusion that we strongly suggest that not only should you continue to be attentive to your Feet, but that as soon as you recognize an issue with them you make immediate arrangements to get to a doctor and have it attended to. In line with this, we thought it might be beneficial to share the following information with you.

First of all, it is estimated that Diabetics are 15 times more likely to have an Amputation than those who do not suffer from the condition. Further, the older you get the greater the risk becomes. As a result, there are several areas the Diabetic should be acutely aware of.

WARNING SIGNS

As previously mentioned, it is imperative that paying attention to your Feet should become an aggressive and not passive undertaking. With that thought in mind, issues you need to be especially aware of include, but are not limited to:

  • A bad odor from a wound on the Foot
  • Swelling of the Foot/Feet
  • Warmth in an area of the Foot
  • Blisters
  • Open Sores
  • Redness
  • An ulcer that lasts more than a week

If you discover any of these you should make immediate arrangements to contact your doctor to allow them to get involved in proper treatment of the problem.

PREVENTIVE MEASURES

The ideal situation, of course, is to do those things necessary to avoid the afore mentioned symptoms. The best way to do this is by managing your Blood Sugar levels. Ways this can be accomplished include, but are not limited to:

  • Exercise for at least 30 Minutes per day
  • Reduce Stress
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Avoid sugar-sweetened juice and soda
  • Check your Blood Sugar Levels regularly
  • Maintain a Healthy Diet
  • Take all prescribed Medications as instructed

On a more specific basis, Diabetics should also concentrate on proper Foot Care. Steps in this realm include, but are not limited to:

  • Do a Daily Foot Inspection, where you look for Blisters, Bruises, Discoloration, Wounds and Redness.
  • Wiggle your toes throughout the course of the day to ensure proper blood flow.
  • Wear clean, dry socks without elastic bands.
  • Test your Feet to see if they can sense heat or cold.
  • DO NOT Soak your Feet.
  • DO Wash them daily and dry them thoroughly.
  • DO NOT go barefoot – Indoors or Outdoors.
  • DO NOT remove callouses, bunions or corns by yourself. Get assistance from your doctor.

That Diabetics is a challenge is an understatement. But, it is not a challenge that has to be faced alone. Especially in the realm of Feet and Amputation, as soon as there becomes an issue, even a minor one!, it definitely behooves the Diabetic to make arrangements to get to the doctor and allow them to assist in ensuring that Amputation does not become a necessary alternative, even if it means facing COVID-19 head on!

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 part, with information gleaned from the following sources:

 

https://www.physiciansbriefing.com/diabetes-endocrinology-4/misc-diabetes-news-181/more-diabetic-foot-amputations-seen-during-covid-19-lockdown-759822.html

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324875

https://www.diabetes.co.uk/diabetes-and-amputation.html

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/933026

https://www.healthline.com/health/diabetes/diabetes-amputation#takeaway

 

DIABETES & DIET – HEALTHY SNACKS

DIABETES & DIET – HEALTHY SNACKS

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        To say that we Americans are a Snackin’ Bunch would be a gross understatement! In fact, in 2017 it was estimated that we spent some 374 BILLION dollars on Snacks! That’s roughly $1,000.00 for every man, woman and child in the country! And, if we are absolutely honest, we have to admit that Diabetics are well represented in the number of “Snackers.” That being the case, the only way to realistically approach the concept of Snacking is not to try to convince Diabetics to not Snack, but rather to try to convince them to partake in healthy Snacks.

The first issue, then, is defining what a healthy Snack is. A good rule of thumb is to look for something that is high in protein, healthy fats, and fiber. Such items will assist in keeping blood sugar at a proper level. With this thought in mind, we will take this opportunity to list a few specific foods that qualify as “Healthy Snacks.”

  • Hard-Boiled EggsEspecially Valuable for their protein content.
  • Yogurt with BerriesThe Berries bring antioxidants and Fiber to the plate, while the Yogurt is rich in Protein – particularly Greek Yogurt.
  • Almonds – Nutritious, convenient, and come in a variety of delicious flavors.
  • Veggies and HummusBoth vegetables and hummus are good sources of fiber, vitamins and minerals. Additionally, hummus provides lots of protein!
  • AvocadoIf you have diabetes, snacking on avocado may help manage your blood sugar levels. The high fiber content and monounsaturated fatty acids in avocados make them a diabetes-friendly food.
  • Sliced Apples with Peanut ButterApples are rich in several nutrients, including B vitamins, vitamin C and potassium, while peanut butter provides significant amounts of vitamin E, magnesium and manganese, all of which are known to help manage diabetes. Both apples and peanut butter are also very high in fiber. One medium apple combined with 1 ounce (28 grams) of peanut butter provides almost 7 grams of fiber, which is helpful for keeping your blood sugar under control.
  • Beef SticksBeef sticks are convenient, portable and diabetes-friendly. What makes beef sticks an excellent snack for people with diabetes are their high protein and low carb contents.
  • Turkey Roll-UpTurkey roll-ups are a great snack option for people with diabetes due to their low carb and high protein contents. One wrap provides about 5 grams of protein, which will help prevent your blood sugar levels from rising too high.
  • Tuna SaladA 3-ounce (84-gram) serving of tuna provides 22 grams of protein and no carbs, which makes it a great snack option if you have diabetes. Additionally, tuna is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to help manage diabetes due to their potential to lower inflammation and improve blood sugar control.
  • PopcornHas been deemed one of the best snack foods for people with diabetes, partly because of its low calorie density. One cup (8 grams) of air-popped popcorn contains just 31 calories. Snacking on low-calorie foods may aid weight control, which is known to promote decreased blood sugar levels and better overall management of type 2 diabetes. In addition, popcorn provides 1 gram of fiber per 1-cup (8-gram) serving, which is another property that makes. It is healthiest to air-pop your own.
  • No-Bake Energy BitesAre a delicious and healthy snack made by combining and rolling ingredients of your choice into balls. Some common ingredients include nut butter, oats and seeds. Most of the ingredients used to make energy bites are high in fiber, protein and healthy fats — three key nutrients known for keeping blood sugar stable.
  • Black Bean SaladSince black beans are rich in fiber and protein, they make a healthy snack for individuals with diabetes. Eating them may prevent blood sugar spikes and help lower insulin levels after meals.
  • Trail MixTrail mix is a snack made by combining nuts, seeds and dried fruit. The key is to avoid adding too much dried fruit to your trail mix, as it is quite high in sugar and may spike your blood sugar if you consume too much.
  • Peanut Butter Celery SticksFirst, celery sticks are very low in calories, providing only 16 calories per cup (101 grams). This can help you manage your weight, which helps control type 2 diabetes. Furthermore, celery contains antioxidants called flavones, which have been studied for their role in lowering blood sugar. Adding a tablespoon or two (about 16–32 grams) of peanut butter to celery sticks adds some extra protein and fiber to the snack, which will benefit your blood sugar control even more.

As you can see, Snacking isn’t the problem – - what we Snack on is where the issue lies! For the most part, Healthy Snacks are just as convenient, and tasty!, as those Snacks that do our bodies harm!

 

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/nutrition/best-snacks-for-diabetes#section22

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/snack-meal-spending_n_5913166?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAHDG7pxFYy83o8lwtKQg4nPthUAnXPvI1DXbXGhq1C9nELFkDcIK6TjtlsNV_qx8Sb6jr58EVFrmnRwDDP5zOAZEmAyY0RasYOHjvh2StA681os-bgGDAZcPrUkaWAb8F4qR062eAtc31LUzCxgwobgrkZ5yap9lMNE7sN-AAmmW

 

DIABETES AND OLD AGE

DIABETES AND OLD AGE
AVEON HEALTH

08042020

Too bad that Youth is wasted on the Young.”

-Mark Twain

 

It is no secret that we tend to be our healthiest when we are young. And, like most ailments, Type 2 Diabetes is most often contracted by those who are forty-five or older. While today we will be looking at the effects of Age on Type 2 Diabetes, we do feel it important to share other factors that might lead to this particular problem. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Lifestyle Habits
  • Personal and Family Medical History
  • Gender
  • Weight & Composition
  • Race

To fully understand how one or more of these factors may impact you, you may want to set up an appointment with one of our Staff Members and discuss the situation with us at that time.

While there are a number of approaches to dealing with long-term success in dealing with Type 2 Diabetes, perhaps the most successful and beneficial approach deals with pursuing proper Life-Styles. There are several that come readily to mind, and the reason they do is because when followed, they are effective in helping maintain Sugar Levels. Following are some you need to pursue, and some you are better off to avoid!

TO PURSUE

Eat a Healthy Diet: There are a host of suggested Diets on the Market today, but it is imperative that we concentrate on “Healthy” when we prepare one to help with our Diabetes. One of the major keys is to pursue a Diet that incorporates a minimum of Carbohydrates, as they are so readily converted to “Sugar” in our systems. As each of us have different metabolic rates, it is wisdom to consult with our doctor when designing a Diet for optimum benefit.

Exercise: The general consensus is what you do is far less important than the fact that you do something! Walking, in many of its various forms, seems to be an ideal answer to the question of Exercise. Again, before beginning an Exercise Regimen you will want to confer with your doctor and allow them input regarding your physical activity.

Medication Consumption: The goal of every Type 2 Diabetic should, undoubtedly, be to get themselves to the point that they no longer need Medication. However, it is imperative until that level of success has been reached that you take the Meds prescribed to you when they are prescribed.

Proper Sleep

Stress Management

TO AVOID

Excessive Alcohol Consumption: To fully appreciate this suggestion it is best that you understand why this is so important to Diabetics. The reasons include, but are not limited to:

1)            Alcohol may interfere with Diabetes Medication: Alcohol can cause Blood Glucose levels to rise or fall, depending how much you drink. Inasmuch as some medications cause the levels to drop, the issue becomes the fact that if the Meds and the Alcohol work together they may drop the levels so low that you may go into “Insulin Shock,” which is a medical emergency!

2)            Alcohol presents the Liver from doing its job: The Liver stores Glycogen, which provides you with Glucose when you haven’t eaten. Alcohol taxes the Liver, and is especially dangerous when your Glucose Level is low when you start drinking!

3)            Alcohol can cause Hypoglycemia: From within a few minutes of the time you start drinking to up to twelve hours afterward, your Blood Glucose Level can drop due to Alcohol use. As a result, you need to check your levels while drinking, and, if they are low, you need to eat a snack to bring it back up.

Smoking and Second-Hand Smoke: We already know that Smoking has a multitude of ill-effects on the body, but what some don’t realize is that it is especially detrimental to the Diabetic. Reasons this is true includes, but is not limited to:

  • It raises Blood Sugar.
  • It causes Respiratory Diseases.
  • It damages your eyes.
  • It causes Heart and Blood Vessel Damage.

We have found that the older people get the more they become “set in their ways.” As a result, when they contract Type 2 Diabetes it is more difficult for them to alter their lifestyles to be aligned with their Diabetic needs. While the old adage tells us “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” we can only counter with the fact that we better be able to if that dog wants to continue getting older!

 

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 part, with information gleaned from the following sources:

 

https://www.healthline.com/health/type-2-diabetes/age-risk-complications#1

https://www.healthline.com/health/type-2-diabetes/facts-diabetes-alcohol#1

https://www.healthline.com/health/type-2-diabetes/smoking-diabetes