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Undiagnosed Diabetes?

Did you know that 8.1 million diabetes cases out of the 29.1 million people that have diabetes don’t know it? That’s Diabetes9.3% of the U.S. population that have the disease. The 8.1 million could be harming their body while continuing to leave their blood sugar levels out of control.

Untreated diabetes takes a toll on your heart and blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, nerves, as well as your gums and teeth. Unfortunately the symptoms are so minimal at first that it is hard to detect. With type 2 people often don’t know until there are problems from long term damage already caused by the disease. With type 1 symptoms come on faster and are much more severe. Early symptoms can be slow healing sores or cuts, pain or numbness in feet or legs, unplanned weight loss, as well as nausea and vomiting. Common symptoms for both types are hunger and fatigue, peeing more often and being thirstier, dry mouth and itchy skin, and blurred vision.

There are ways to keep your blood sugar under control and to stay healthy though. Here’s a list from Today.com:

  • Monitor your blood glucose levels
  • Take medication as directed by your doctor
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Exercise! Aim for at least 30 minutes of activity most days of the week.
  • Keep a food record
  • Quit Smoking
  • Drink alcohol in moderation (if at all!)

These things along with eating a healthy diet are essential. Often times there are simple things that you can do in your diet that make what you are already eating healthier. Try exchanging croutons on a salad for toasted walnuts or instead of the ranch dressing try a vinaigrette. There are several small changes like these that can effect your blood sugar levels. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above you should consult a doctor and if you aren’t it’s never a bad time to start eating healthier and adding exercise to your daily routine.

Read the full Today article HERE

 

 

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Pro or No Vaccine?

vaccinateThe battle continues from parents on Pro or No Vaccine. As the school year starts there are many children walking through the doors without their recommended vaccines due to medical, religious or philosophical reasons. Parents who are pro-vaccine believe that those that don’t vaccinate their children are putting their children at risk. Please inform me of something though, if their children are vaccinated they are no longer at risk, so why are they worried? It is the parents that don’t vaccinate their children that are putting each others children at risk and they all sit on the same side of the fence, so why the big issue?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests vaccination schedules for children and adults but there are no federal requirements. All states have their own policies to require children to be vaccinated, but parents are able to obtain exemptions. After a large outbreak of measles that originated at Disneyland in California those that don’t vaccinate have come under more ridicule. California and Vermont have now taken away the choice of parents to exempt their children for religious or philosophical reasons.

The possible excuse of not having or not being able to afford healthcare is eliminated as well due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Preventative care is typically covered at no cost to the individual and includes routine vaccinations against diseases. The CDC puts out a recommended vaccination list for all ages and can be found HERE. If it is an issue of healthcare coverage I urge you to look into health plans for your family to ensure that your family is protected if you desire to be.

If you are one that is anti-vaccination let me know, why do you choose not to vaccinate your child? If you do vaccinate your child please tell me, what are your thoughts on those that don’t and why you choose to vaccinate?

 

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