Amy Campbell MS, RD, LDN, CDE is an experienced health, nutrition and diabetes educator and communicator with more than 25 years of experience within the healthcare sector. Amy has extensive expertise in editing and writing for patients, consumers and healthcare professionals; public speaking, teaching and group facilitation; project and account management; and content and curriculum development.
She is currently the Director for Clinical Education Content Development and Training at Good Measures LLC, a Health Professional Advisor at the Egg Nutrition Center, and a blogger/Writer for Madavor Media.
If you have diabetes, you’re likely continually aware of the condition. Diabetes is not something that one easily forgets. Living with a chronic condition, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, is enough to wear anyone down. In addition, diabetes is a disease of self-management – up to 99% of diabetes care is up to you. And that’s on top of everything else you have to do in your life, like going to work or taking care of your family. Over time, you might feel overwhelmed or discouraged. [...]
Olive oil has a wonderfully rich flavor, making it perfect for drizzling on salads, breads and pasta, as well as for cooking. Not only is olive oil delicious, it’s one of the healthiest oils around! Find out what makes olive oil so good for you. [...]
Water has no taste, scent or color. It contains no calories and is free of carbohydrate, protein, fat, vitamins and minerals. Yet, the human body is about 60 to 75 percent water, and without it we can’t survive. Read on to learn just how important water is for us and how it can help promote health. [...]
The fall season heralds cooler temperatures, Halloween and, of course, football! Tailgating (whether you’re at the game or watching it on TV) is a mainstay of many football games. But as social and fun as it is, overdoing the eating and drinking can wreak havoc on your diabetes control. Learn how to manage your blood sugars – and your weight – while still getting in on the fun. [...]
If you have diabetes, you’re probably aware of the risk of complications, including heart and kidney disease, eye problems and nerve damage. Add another complication to that list: Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia and, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases. People with type 2 diabetes are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s than people without this condition. [...]
Do you stand over the sink and wolf down your meal? Do you grab a sandwich to go and chomp it down quickly in your car? Are you a multi-tasker, eating, working and watching television all at the same time? If so, you’re probably eating much too fast and very likely are eating more than you realize. [...]
It’s a hard pill to swallow: having type 2 diabetes doubles your risk of getting heart disease. But knowing this, you can beat the odds. There is plenty that you can do to live a long and healthy life with diabetes.
The American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association recently published guidelines on how to prevent heart disease in type 2 diabetes. Here are some key steps to take to make sure your heart and blood vessels stay in tip top shape. [...]
Do you eat simply because food is there, or because you’re bored, or watching your favorite television show? You might not even be hungry, but you eat anyway. Eating because your appetite, not your stomach, is urging you can eventually lead to weight gain and high blood sugar levels. Learn the difference between appetite and hunger, and how you can use a simple tool to help control your eating. [...]
Whether you’re going on vacation or embarking on a business trip, traveling when you have diabetes requires careful planning. The tips below can help ensure that you stay safe and healthy while you’re away from home. [...]
If you inject insulin several times a day, you might be interested in using an insulin pump. Using an insulin pump might be a lot easier than having to inject yourself, and it can also mean more freedom and flexibility with your lifestyle. However, if you’re thinking about using a pump, you should know that wearing a pump entails work and responsibility. Here are the pros and cons of using an insulin pump for diabetes management. [...]
Have you ever had a glass of milk and then felt bloated or gassy? Does eating a slice of pizza upset your stomach? If so, you might have lactose intolerance, a condition that commonly affects a significant percentage of certain ethnic groups. [...]
The fountain of youth has yet to be discovered, but a longer life is within your grasp. Following a healthy lifestyle can add years to your life. Getting plenty of physical activity and making good food choices, including fatty fish and plenty of vegetables, is just what the doctor ordered to live a long, healthy life. [...]
Eating fish is a treat all year round, but summertime is when people seem to enjoy their seafood the most. There’s something special about enjoying a lobster roll, steamed clams or salmon on the grill after a day at the beach or being outside in the fresh air. However, choosing fish can be confusing for many people. You might also have concerns over possible health issues, such as the mercury content of fish or bacteria found in some seafood. The good news is that seafood can be part of a healthy eating plan – read on to learn how. [...]
If you love nuts, you’ll be glad to know that nuts are chock-full of health benefits. It’s hard to believe that so much good comes in such a tiny package!
Nuts, by definition, are a combination of a seed and a fruit inside a hard shell. Examples of nuts include almonds, walnuts, pecans and hazelnuts. Peanuts, while technically a legume, are also usually grouped with nuts.
Nuts are bursting with nutrition, providing healthy fats called omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, vitamin E, plant sterols (substances that can lower cholesterol) and l-arginine, an amino acid that improves the health of your artery walls. Besides all of these nutrients, nuts are full of important minerals, including magnesium, selenium, potassium and zinc. [...]
You probably know that diabetes can affect many parts of your body, including your heart, kidneys, nerves and eyes. But did you know that diabetes can also affect your skin? Having diabetes can raise the risk of certain skin problems, including dry skin, bacterial and yeast infections, itching, and acanthosis nigricans (darkened, thickened skin). You can help avoid these and other skin problems by following the steps below. [...]