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DIABETES - SEPARATING FACTS FROM FICTION
Is a low-carb diet the best diet for people with type 2 diabetes?
There is no best diet for diabetes. They all have strengths and weaknesses. The plate model with ¼ lean protein, ¼ healthy starches (like sweet potatoes or brown rice) and ½ vegetables is best. Ask your doctor or dietitian to help you make a food plan that's right for you.
If I have type 2 diabetes, will I always have to take medicine?
Many people can keep good blood sugar levels without medicine. The key is to lose any extra weight, exercise regularly, watch your meal portions, and spread the carbohydrates you eat throughout the day. If you're already taking diabetes medication, you may be able to work with your doctor to cut back or even stop taking it if you lose weight or become more active.
If I am overweight, how much weight do I need to lose to help my diabetes?
Losing even a few pounds can improve your blood glucose control. For example, if you weigh 180 pounds, losing 9 to 18 pounds can lower your blood sugar. Talk to your doctor or dietician about a weight loss plan that will work for you based on your weight.
Is taking a 30 minute walk 3 times a week enough exercise if you’re diabetic?
You should get 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise a week. That's 30 minutes of aerobics at least 5 days a week. Walking counts, as long as you're working hard enough that you can't sing.
What should my target A1C should be?
For most people with diabetes, 7% or less is a good goal, especially during the first few years after diagnosis. A higher A1c means complications are more likely.
If my diabetes is progressing, am I’m doing something wrong?
The fact is, diabetes can change over time. So, don’t be discouraged if your healthcare provider suggests a change to your routine or your medication. It may not be something you did wrong. It’s just another step in how you need to control your diabetes.
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WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT GETTING IMMUNIZATIONS AND VACCINES
People managing ongoing health issues need to pay close attention to their immunizations and vaccine schedule. According to the CDC, every year thousands of adults with chronic conditions get sick and or die from diseases that could be prevented by vaccines.
Vaccines adults need if they have the following conditions:
|INFLUENZA||PNEUMOCOCCAL||TDAP||HEP B||SHINGLES||HPV SERIES||TD|
|LUNG DISEASE & ASTHMA||✅||✅||✅||✅|
|NO CHRONIC CONDITIONS||✅||✅||✅*|
To protect against seasonal flu every year
To protect against serious pneumococcal diseases
To protect against tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough
HEP B vaccine
To protect against hepatitis B
To protect against shingles
HPV vaccine series
To protect against human papillomavirus if you are a man or woman up to age 26 years
To protect against tetanus
Check with your Dr. since additional vaccination needs vary and are determined by your individual factors such as age, job, travel, and past vaccinations.
For more information on vaccinations and chronic condition please visit https://www.cdc.gov/features/vaccineschronicconditions/index.html
* If you receive Tdap vaccine – you don’t need Td vaccine.
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DON'T BURNED BY THE SUN
- Wear a wide brimmed hat
- Sunglasses with UV protection, the best pairs block 100% of UV rays
- Wear protective clothing
- Find a shady spot to sit or only work or play outside in the shade
- Avoid the outdoors during peak sun hours, 10am-4pm
- Use broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15 on exposed skin
- Be sure to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours or after swimming or sweating
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CONNECT WITH NATURE FOR GREAT OUTDOORS MONTH®
Summer is here and it’s time to enjoy long sunny days outside. June is Great Outdoors Month, making it a great time to explore and connect with nature. Whether you like to hike, bike, canoe or walk; spend time in the sun, apply sunscreen and delight in being outdoors.
Taking time to escape the indoors has its health benefits. Along with getting more exercise while doing outdoor activities, studies show your concentration will increase and you’ll be happier. Being with nature makes us calmer and more balanced. Time spent in the great outdoors reduces blood pressure, increases creativity and improves mood and self-esteem. Being in nature has a stress reducing effect and can lower anxiety. Maybe you should be reading this blog outdoors?
Our children also benefit. According to Great Outdoors Month®, a generation ago, kids spent more than four hours a day outside -- now, it’s less than 40 minutes per week. Children who engage in fun outdoor activities are more likely to be physically fit, have better eyesight, and improved cognitive development. Let’s encourage our kids to turn off the TV, video games, put away their phones and play outside with friends and family.
Looking for an adventure this summer? Try one of the 400 national parks and more than 84 million acres of protected national parkland in the United States and US Territories. You may be surprised to find some in your community. Click here to find a national park: https://findyourpark.com/your-parks.
No time to travel to a national park? Plan a family picnic, go fishing, fly a kite or take the dog for a walk. Any and all outdoor activities have benefits!