Friday, March 9, 2012

How to prevent diabetes?

With the kind of lifestyle we have right now, we neglect what we eat and sometimes forget to take good care of ourselves. For sure, we do not want to get sick especially with chronic diseases such as diabetes. When a person is diagnosed with it, medications and certain diet must be maintained. Thus, one is deprived of the meals and activities that he or she wants to do. It is best to prevent this illness.

Since it is a chronic disease, prevention of it must be at high priority most especially for those who those are at risk to be inflicted. They are the people who have history of diabetes in the family. Overweight and obese  people are also on the verge of acquiring the illness.

The most common way for it to be prevented is to expose oneself in exercise such as brisk walking, jogging and any form of physical activity. According to a research, resistance training as well as aerobics can put off against the illness.

Another way is to increase fiber intake. It can also help in controlling diabetes as foods rich in fiber prop up weight loss because it increases metabolism. Seeds, beans, vegetable, fruits and whole grains are examples of foods with high fiber content.

Lastly, see your doctor regularly for diabetes testing. As we age and grow old, we become more prone to this kind of sickness because our immune system is not as solid as before. Health consultation with the experts is highly recommended in order to monitor the right food and vitamins to take.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

T1s and T2s will now be getting health insurance

Do you have a medication condition which hinders you from getting a health insurance? Let’s say, you have diabetes? Good News! Now, there’s a temporary federal program which allows those who are hit by an illness to buy an individual insurance for at least, the next few years.

For many years, type 1 diabetes has been referred to as an automatic denial condition by the health insurance industry.  It was impossible for T1s to but individual health insurance in many states even for any amount of money. In some states where you could, the insurance company providing you this would legally include a rider denying coverage on anything which relates to your diabetes. Yes! You can get health insurance except for diabetes. And worse, they can legally charge you for more. 

For those who have type 2s which require insulin, they also had difficulty in finding an individual insurance which was either too expensive or simply unavailable. This also goes to those who have cancer, AIDS, and asthma. It’s ironic how these companies wouldn’t sell insurance just when you need it the most.

Hopefully, by 2014, this institutionalized prejudice will be outlawed as the 974-page Affordable Care Act will fully roll out. Assuming that the health insurance reform law surpasses legal challenges and repeal threats, everyone will be required to buy health insurance for their own. Insurance companies will also not be allowed to deny coverage.

But since 2014 will still come after two years, the on-process Affordable Care Act has created a program called the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP). The program will allow people who were locked out from the market to get coverage NOW rather than on 2014. 

Monday, February 27, 2012

Having Diabetes can be cool!

Having something to worry about is so not cool- especially when that something is as serious as diabetes. Every time you eat, you’ll be concerned if food contains more sugar than what you need. When you go out, you make sure your activities (or inactivity) wouldn’t trigger a need for an insulin. And at times, you may have to worry about where to put your medications. All these are not cool. But what you should know is that you can put your mind at ease with diabetes cases which conveniently bring all your supplies and protect them from possible damage during travel. Now, that’s cool!

Many insulin shops like Diabetic Care Services and Pharmacy offer wide variety of choices on where to put your diabetes needs. They have easy compact cases which carry the most important stuff. They also have large bags which hold all your equipment if you’re out from home for a long time. And you know what’s cooler? These cases are disguised in nice designs so it wouldn’t look like your bringing some medical equipment on your travel.

One shop whose goal is to give kids the feeling of being kids and let adults have fun while carrying those diabetes needs is Pump Wear Inc. All of their products are created for comfort, freedom, flexibility, and fun for all age with diabetes. The company has expanded their line of insulin pump clothing from pump shirts, pump bands, t-shirts, pj’s, and other clothing that will make you feel good. In fact, you can even have it personalized with your own picture.  

Monday, February 20, 2012

Manage Diabetes through healthy diet

Diabetes has been a long problem for a number of people around the world. Remember: it has no cure but it can be treated. Avoiding food with too much sugar is a common no-no for people with this lifetime disease. Once a person is diagnosed with diabetes pastries and sweets are deprived.

The good news is you can still enjoy your meals while at the same time manage your diabetes through proper diet.

Foods with high-fiber content are highly recommended as it can help manage the levels of sugar in our body. Plus, risks of heart related disease can also be prevented. Foods with carbohydrates that have high content of fiber are also encouraged such as fruits, whole grains, cereals and legumes. However, patients must monitor their carbohydrate intake because too much is not good. It is advised that carbohydrate must be included in each meal every day.

Examples of high-fiber foods are mashed cauliflower, winter squash, sweet potatoes, brown rice, whole-wheat pasta and bread and bran raisin.

Too much protein is not good for diabetics as it may trigger insulin resistance. Combination of carbohydrates, fats and protein is vital to achieving a balanced diet.

As for dairy products, nonfat or low fat must be taken by a diabetic instead of whole-milk products.

Little amount of foods with sugar content are not prohibited to diabetic people. They can still savor pastries and desserts as long as there is strict control with a combination of daily physical exercise.

Most of all, the golden rule is thou shall not skip meals. Whether you’re diabetic or not, regular meals are very essential to all people as every food intake gives you energy for daily living.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Children are diagnosed with diabetes too!

The number of incidences on diabetes has increased. Most of our parents or grandparents have suffered the complications of diabetes. But throughout the world, diabetes is a feared disease which also grows amongst children. Most little kids suffer from type 1 diabetes. In fact, 90% of those young people who have diabetes have type 1.

The type 1 diabetes is caused by the pancreas’ inability to produce insulin. It is a condition in the immune system where it attacks one of the body’s organs or tissues. The causes of diabetes in children are still not determined even in adults. Other specialists presume it as a combination of genes and is triggered in the environment.

In America, children and adults who are affected by type 2 diabetes is beginning to rise. The cause for this type of diabetes is mostly from a bad diet from a very young age along with a stressful lifestyle without doing any exercise.

Diabetes in both children and adults has the same symptoms. For over a few weeks, people who manifest this sickness experience thirst, frequent urination, weariness, and loss of weight. Typically, in children, they may experience behavioural problems, headaches, and pains in the tummy.

At the early signs of diabetes, children should be brought to diabetes specialist. One certain method for treating type 1 diabetic is insulin treatment. The treatment varies from different children. An insulin regimen is made to suit to the requirements of the individual and their habits. Insulin is administered in the day and lower levels during night time.