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Are You at Risk For Type 2 Diabetes?

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Are You at Risk For Type 2 ?

Today marks the annual American Diabetes Association Alert Day®, a “wake-up call” asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. During its 75th anniversary, the Association continues its focus on ensuring that the public is aware of their risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The campaign will run through April 21.Beginning today, Americans will be urged to take the risk test at diabetes.org/alert and start living a healthy and active lifestyle. One way to do this is by joining or starting a team for one of the Association’s nationwide Step Out: ®Walk to Stop Diabetes® events, which happen primarily in October.     The Diabetes Risk Test requires users to answer simple questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risk factors for diabetes. Their results are reported as a numerical score indicating low or high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Those at higher risk are encouraged to speak with their health care provider to learn more about ways to help reduce their risk or delay onset of the disease.“Awareness is crucial in the effort to Stop Diabetes,” said David Marrero, PhD, President, Health Care & Education, American Diabetes Association. “We’re asking the public to Take It. Share It. Step Out. Take one minute to take the risk test today, share it with your loved ones and get started getting active by getting involved in your local Step Out event.  The Diabetes Risk Test can be the first step in knowing your risk and helping us get closer to our vision of a life free of diabetes and all of its burdens.”The latest diabetes statistics show that one in three American adults are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.  Another 86 million American adults have prediabetes, which means that their blood glucose (sugar) is higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. What’s more, out of the nearly 30 million Americans with diabetes, one quarter of them, or about eight million, do not realize they have the disease. Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes®.You can be part of the movement to Stop Diabetes and get your free Diabetes Risk Test (English or Spanish), as well as information about diabetes and joining or starting a team for a Step Out event by visiting at  diabetes.org/alert or by calling 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383). Walgreens is supporting the American Diabetes Association Alert Day efforts and you can ask your local Walgreens pharmacist for a copy of the Diabetes Risk Test.  Although the campaign starts on March 24 and continues through April 21, the Diabetes Risk Test is available year-round.Diabetes Awareness and PreventionThe primary risk factors for type 2 diabetes are being , sedentary, over the age of 45 and having a family history of diabetes. African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are at an increased risk, as are women who have had gestational diabetes or had babies weighing more than nine pounds at birth.Diabetes symptoms can include frequent urination, blurred vision and excessive thirst. However, these overt warning signs may not become manifest for many years. As a result, for many, diagnosis may come 7 to 10 years after the actual onset of the disease. Closing the diagnosis gap is critical to successful treatment and delaying or preventing some of its complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, stroke, amputation and death.Studies have shown that type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by losing just 7 percent of body weight (such as 15 pounds if you weigh 200) through regular physical activity (30 minutes a day, five days a week) and healthy eating.Alert Day in Your CommunitySeven leading health organizations are collaborating this Alert Day to prevent type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, the American Medical Association, the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance, the National Association of County and City Health Officials, National Council of La Raza, National Council on Aging and the YMCA of the USA are creating awareness about the risk of type 2 diabetes. Today, the organizations will direct people to diabetes.org/million so the public can learn their risk for type 2 diabetes.  The organizations also are working together to determine the impact of delivering the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program at no cost to adults 65 and older in 17 communities.The American Diabetes Association’s local offices are focused on enlisting the help of community organizations to promote Alert Day. To find out what activities are happening locally, visit www.diabetes.org.About the American Diabetes AssociationThe American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. For the past 75 years, our mission has been to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish. 

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11 Health Habits That Will Help You Live To 100

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Published inThe Huffington Post on 1/18/12

Authored By Deborah Kotz for U.S. News Health

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So, What are the 11 Habits Cited?

1. Dont Retire
2. Floss Every Day
3. Move Around
4. Eat a Fiber-Rich Cereal For Breakfast
5. Get at Least Six Hours Of Shut-Eye
6. Consume Whole Foods, Not Supplements
7. Be Less Neurotic
8. Live Like a Seventh Day Adventist *
9. Be A Creature of Habit

10.Stay Connected
11. Be Conscientious

One of the biggest factors that determines how well you age is not your genes but how well you live. Not convinced? A study published in 2009 in the British Medical Journal of 20,000 British folks shows that you can cut your risk of having a stroke in half by doing the following four things: being active for 30 minutes a day, eating five daily servings of fruit and vegetables, and avoiding cigarettes and excess alcohol.

While those are some of the obvious steps you can take to age well, researchers have discovered that centenarians tend to share certain traits in how they eat, move about, and deal with stress — the sorts of things we can emulate to improve our own aging process. Of course, getting to age 100 is enormously more likely if your parents did. (Recent research suggests that centenarians are 20 times as likely as the average person to have at least one long-lived relative.) Still, Thomas Perls, who studies the century-plus set at Boston University School of Medicine, believes that assuming you’ve sidestepped genes for truly fatal diseases like Huntington’s, “there’s nothing stopping you from living independently well into your 90s.” Heck, if your parents and grandparents were heavy smokers, they might have died prematurely without ever reaching their true potential lifespan, so go ahead and shoot for those triple digits. Follow these 11 habits and check out Perls’ lifetime risk calculator to see how long you can expect to live.

* Note This:

Americans who define themselves as Seventh Day Adventists have an average life expectancy of 89, about a decade longer than the average American. One of the basic tenets of the religion is that it’s important to cherish the body that’s on loan from God, which means no smoking, alcohol abuse, or overindulging in sweets. Followers typically stick to a vegetarian diet based on fruits, vegetables, beans and nuts, and get plenty of exercise. They’re also very focused on family and community.

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Make A Healthy Body your Number One Priority

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If you are like every other yo-yo dieter out there, chances are you have started and stopped several plans with no success. The first week is easy. You’re full of excitement. You tell yourself “this time will be different.” The second week is ok, a little harder than the first but you’re still sticking to it. And then what happens? You bend the rules a bit and start falling back into your old habits. Why does this happen? Why do we go through this vicious cycle? I’ll tell you why. We are focusing on the wrong goal. For whatever reason, we must not perceive our weight loss as being “important enough” to achieve. So what would be “important enough” to stick to our new healthy eating habits? Your HEALTH! Nothing in this world is more important than the state of your health. Think about it, your health affects everything else in your life. Once our health is compromised we automatically change our lifestyle habits. Just look at President Clinton. Not until he had the ultimate health scare did he really change his eating and habits. Let’s not wait until our bodies completely have a break down before we decide to take care of ourselves. If you feel lousy, everything you do that day is lousy. Likewise, if you feel great, everything you do that day is great. So this year, let’s not focus on just losing a few pounds, let’s focus on Health, the thing in our lives.

Ask yourself, “How important is my health to me? How do I want to live the rest of my life? Sick and feeling horrible or healthy and feeling vibrant? Do I want to play golf and tennis in my retirement or do I want to spend it in the hospital?” The answer to these questions will ultimately dictate your weight and your health for the future. Any lifestyle habit that affects your health in a positive way will automatically cause you to lose weight or maintain a good healthy weight.

Follow this checklist towards health and you will see weight come off automatically.

1. Make the time to focus on health.

The number one reason people do not eat healthy or exercise is because they “don’t have the time”. But why is it that once we get sick, have a heart attack, are diagnosed with , diabetes or cancer, we all of a sudden have the time? This doesn’t make any sense. We wait until our bodies have become so ill to finally take measures towards taking care of it. This is the equivalent to never getting an oil change or servicing your car and letting it completely break down before doing anything about it. Prioritize your day. What could possibly be more important than your health? Your children, yes, I agree. But guess what? If something happens to you, who will be there for your children? I know that sounds terrible but it’s true. How many times have we heard stories of young children losing parents to heart attacks and strokes? Choose health not only for yourself but for your children as well. Prioritize your day so that making healthy meal choices and exercising are right at the top.

2. Take a long hard look at what you are putting into your body.

For one week, read every ingredient of every food you eat. This could potentially be a scary experience. Some ingredient labels on packaged foods sound more like a college chemistry class than anything we should be eating. As a golden rule, if you can’t pronounce it, chances are you shouldn’t be eating it. The majority of the foods you should be eating shouldn’t even have an ingredients label. They should be vegetables, fruits, raw nuts, chicken, fish, eggs, meat. If you make 90% of your diet, fresh food, I guarantee you will significantly change your weight and your health. No time to make fresh food? (please refer back to 1). Cook more than one portion at a time when you do cook so that there are always healthy leftovers in the fridge. You can always have for lunch leftovers from the night before. Cook several portions of one meal and freeze some. A good example of this is healthy soup or turkey chili. Put a portion of chili in a small Tupperware and freeze. You can grab this when in a hurry for lunch or dinner.

3. How much are you eating?

In the United States, our perception of one portion is extremely distorted. Restaurant portions are about 3 times more than what we should be eating in one sitting. If we become accustomed to seeing this much food on our plate at a restaurant we tend to do the same when we are at home and serve ourselves. According to a study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, women are eating 300 more calories a day and men 168 more calories than 20 years ago. All it takes is 100 extra calories a day to gain 10 pounds a year.

For one week, reduce your portions at lunch and dinner by half. There is no need to “clean your plate”. Most times what’s on your plate is double what you should be eating anyway. If you feel some hunger in the afternoon, add one small apple with a handful of raw nuts as a snack. Your body will quickly become accustomed to the smaller portions and you will eventually not be able to eat as much in one sitting as you did before. Remember, you have access to an abundance of food every day. You don’t need to eat it all at once.

4. Drink WATER!

Dehydration has directly been linked to several forms of diseases including colon cancer, high blood pressure, and elevated cholesterol levels. Many people also mistake thirst for hunger. So it may not be that you’re hungry all day, you may just be thirsty and dehydrated. In due time, dehydration will cause a gradual gain in weight from overeating as a direct result of confusion of thirst and hunger sensations.

Take a look at what you are drinking each day.

Coffee or Soda (Diet Coke included)? The caffeine in both will dehydrate you even more and will cause you to feel hungrier during the day.

Diet drinks and sodas? The artificial sweetener actually enhances your appetite and increases food intake.

Orange Juice and other Fruit Juices? The sugar and calories can add up to 10 teaspoons of sugar per drink, which can be anywhere from 150-200 calories. Not to mention the fact that sugar eventually makes you crave more sugar.

Every person should be drinking half of their in ounces of water each day. So if you weigh 150 lbs, you should be drinking 75 ounces of water each day. If you drink coffee or any other caffeinated beverage during the day, the ounces of water needed increases.

5. How much do you move each day?

Your body was designed to move! Your heart is a muscle and must be worked just like every other muscle in your body. You don’t have to join a gym to move, you just have to challenge your body and your muscles each and every day. The two best time saving exercise options I always suggest to clients are:

1.Go for a walk. You can go for a walk anywhere and anytime. No time you say? Please refer back to rule 1.

2. Set up your home with some free weights and an exercise ball. You will be amazed at the number of exercises you can do with just your body, some free weights and a stability ball. If you don’t know how, hire a trainer to show you or get a good book. Get into the routine of scheduling your exercise time each and every day. No ifs, ands or buts. Make your exercise time more important than phone calls, laundry, errands or lunch dates.

Make a promise to yourself that this time will be about health, not about short term weight loss. Really evaluate how you are treating your body on an everyday basis. Is that the same way you would treat a highly valuable, expensive piece of equipment? Because that’s what your body is. There is no amount of money in the world that will buy you another one, so you might as well take really good care of the one you got!

Get started on your own fat loss and health goals right away with these Simple and Easy Healthy Meal Plans.

 

In health and happiness,

Isabel & Jeff

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‘ARE KIDS WATCHING TOO MUCH T.V. ?

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  • There’s an inverse link between the amount of time kids spend watching TV and the amount of time they exercise,” says William H. Dietz, M.D., Ph.D., director of the division of nutrition and physical activity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Lack of exercise and poor diet can lead to diabetes and other chronic ailments.
  • Kids need aerobic activity that involves steady movement, says Howard Taras, M.D., professor of school health and community pediatrics at the University of California in San Diego. “Just because a child is busy doesn’t mean he or she is getting enough aerobic exercise,” says Dr. Taras. He suggests that you:
  • Keep kids away from TV or computer games until they’ve exercised.
  • Set times for homework and reading, hanging out and physical activity.
  • Find well-run community fitness programs for your children.\n


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    TIP No.3 “MAKE A GAME OF IT, WITH ADDED INCREMENTS

    (, “Staying At IT” ..continued. Be sure you read previous posts on this subject)

    In an effort to set yourself up for success, not failure, establish long term (two months or more), medium term (one month), and short term (weekly) goals.

    Let’s say you went to the gym and fell in love with the elliptical trainer. This machine is low impact, it’s aerobic, and it will even add some muscle strength to your body – overall, not a bad machine. You’ve worked on it two, three or four times and you want to continue but even now you realize it’s starting to get boring, especially in the long term. You clearly see the benefits but can’t envision doing this exercise day in and day out for weeks, yet alone months. So here’s what you need to do – make a game of it. If you’re currently on the machine for 25 minutes a day set your short term goal to 30 minutes, or 29 minutes, or 28 minutes (- it really doesn’t matter) but set a  “realistic” a short term goal with progressive added increments in time and intensity. Read the rest of this entry


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    EXERCISE – “STAYING AT IT” – CHAPTER 2

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    TIP No.2 SET GOALS

    (, “Stay At IT” ..continued. Be sure you read previous posts on this subject)

    The key to a long term exercise program is setting realistic goals. Do not say, “I want to lose 16 pounds in a month”, but instead, “I want to lose 4 pounds by month’s end.”

    The former may be doable, but you will be so miserable in the process of losing those 16 pounds that you will quit before the end of the month or shortly thereafter – thereby, putting yourself in jeopardy of not only gaining it all back but putting on additional pounds to boot.

    Keep in mind, exercising to stay healthy is not short term, and it is not a goal in life – it is a life style that once having achieved your primary objective, will require you to maintain those hard fought gains for the rest of your life.

    Even the most fit person will lose his peak in as little as four or five days, and may even return to pre-exercise condition in as little as 10 to 12 weeks. So you will always need to keep at it. It’s never ending.

     
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    EXERCISE – “STAYING AT IT” – CHAPTER 1

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    The majority of us need some kind of incentive to every day. True, there are the few who get out of bed in the morning and do their thing. Day -After-Day. It’s part of their nature – they feel good about what they’re doing and that’s reason enough for them to stretch, do aerobics, yoga, pilates – it doesn’t matter – they do it to feel good.

    But for most of us, exercising is a chore, an abysmal task, a drudgery that we all know “in theory” should be done every day, or at least most days. But it usually soon gets set aside with such inglorious excuses as; “I woke up too late”, “The kids were sick”, “I didn’t get enough sleep.” Or maybe the most honest answer of all, “I just didn’t feel like exercising today.” So what do the rest of us do to make sure we “Stay at It”?

    The majority of us need some kind of incentive to exercise every day. True, there are the few who get out of bed in the morning and do their thing. Day -After-Day. It’s part of their nature – they feel good about what they’re doing and that’s reason enough for them to stretch, do aerobics, yoga, pilates – it doesn’t matter – they do it to feel good.

    But for most of us, exercising is a chore, an abysmal task, a drudgery that we all know “in theory” should be done every day, or at least most days. But it usually soon gets set aside with such inglorious excuses as; “I woke up too late”, “The kids were sick”, “I didn’t get enough sleep.” Or maybe the most honest answer of all, “I just didn’t feel like exercising today.” So whatdo the rest of us do to make sure we

    “Stay at It”?TIP NO 1. CONSISTENCY

    First of all, realize that if you want to exercise everyday it must become a habit, second nature, something you don’t even need to think about. But habits take time to develop. On average a good habit, as opposed to a bad habit which often develops very quickly, takes somewhere between 21 – 30 days to develop.

    And that’s if you do it consistently every day. Not once a week, not every other day, and certainly not sometimes – every day for three to four weeks. But even when you get in the habit of exercising, you will still need an incentive to want to continue.  Habits, especially good ones, can become old and tired over time. Or what if you are sick for a day or two, what happens to the habit then? What will make you want to get back up on the horse (figuratively speaking of course), and  ride again?

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    CAN LIFESTYLE CHANGE PREVENT OR CURE TYPE 2 DIABETES?

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    • Dealing with the onslaught of diabetes in the American population is one the nation’s most pressing health challenges. The growing prevalence of T2DM will stress the medical care system, increase spending and utilization intensity, and may well lead to an increase in heart disease rates.
    • Lifestyle change must play a central role in T2DM prevention and treatment strategies\r\nSuccessfully managing the diabetes crisis requires acknowledging that it is primarily (in the case of Type 2 DM), a disorder of lifestyle. Insulin resistance in aging adults stems in large part from physical inactivity and injudicious eating habits that lead to weight gain and disordered glucose metabolism.\r\n It is possible to normalize HBA1C levels in adults using evidence-based physical activity strategies and eating habits. Stabilizing this critical measure of long-term glucose control is an essential step in eventually helping people reduce the intensity of their medical care utilization, and, thus, lower the amount of money spent on their medical care needs.
    • An essential, but often overlooked, element in ameliorating the impact of T2DM on the US’s medical care system is engaging at-risk adults in the process of lifestyle change.
    • Without meaningful, evidence-based lifestyle change, there is virtually no hope of stemming the tidal wave of spending and adverse quality of life impacts that will come over the next two decades as a result of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.


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    (Exercise, “Staying At IT” ..continued. Be sure you read previous posts on this subject)

    The key to a long term exercise program is setting realistic goals.

    Do not say, “I want to lose 16 pounds in a month”,

    but instead, “I want to lose 4 pounds by month’s end.”

    The former may be doable, but you will be so miserable in the process of losing those 16 pounds that you will quit before the end of the month or shortly thereafter – thereby, putting yourself in jeopardy of not only gaining it all back but putting on additional pounds to boot.

    Keep in mind, exercising to stay healthy is not short term, and it is not a goal in life – it is a LIFE STYLE that once having achieved your primary objective, will require you to maintain those hard fought gains for the rest of your life.

    Even the most fit person will lose his peak in as little as four or five days, and may even return to pre-exercise condition in as little as 10 to 12 weeks. So you will always need to keep at it. It’s never ending.

    Put this advice into practice and come back to this site for more tips later. GOOD LUCK!

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    The majority of us need some kind of incentive to exercise every day.

    True, there are the few who get out of bed in the morning and do their thing. Day -After-Day.

    It’s part of their nature – they feel good about what they’re doing and that’s reason enough for them to stretch, do aerobics, yoga, pilates – it doesn’t matter – they do it to feel good.

    But for most of us, exercising is a chore, an abysmal task, a drudgery that we all know “in theory” should be done every day, or at least most days. But it usually soon gets set aside with such inglorious excuses as; “I woke up too late”, “The kids were sick”, “I didn’t get enough sleep.” Or maybe the most honest answer of all, “I just didn’t feel like exercising today.” So what do the rest of us do to make sure we “Stay at It”?

    TIP NO 1. CONSISTENCY

    First of all, realize that if you want to exercise everyday it must become a habit, second nature, something you don’t even need to think about. But habits take time to develop. On average a good habit, as opposed to a bad habit which often develops very quickly, takes somewhere between 21 – 30 days to develop.

    And that’s if you do it consistently every day. Not once a week, not every other day, and certainly not sometimes – every day for three to four weeks. But even when you get in the habit of exercising, you will still need an incentive to want to continue.  Habits, especially good ones, can become old and tired over time. Or what if you are sick for a day or two, what happens to the habit then? What will make you want to get back up on the horse (figuratively speaking of course), and  ride again? Read the rest of this entry


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