Articles by Staci Gulbin, MS, MEd, RD, LDN

New Exercise Guidelines to Help Manage Diabetes

Your health care provider has probably recommended that you stay active to keep your blood glucose levels stable.  This is because daily exercise helps your insulin work more effectively.  According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA),staying active most days of the week means better [...]

Think You Can’t Travel With Diabetes?

Sure, you can travel if you have diabetes! But you’ll need to plan, prepare and pack a bit differently than usual. As with managing diabetes in general, being ready is your key to success. [...]

Make Your Feet Last a Lifetime

Unfortunately, many people know firsthand that high blood glucose levels can cause serious foot problems. But, understanding how to prevent problems from starting in the first place is key to keeping your feet free from infection, gangrene and other complications. [...]

Healthy Has a New Meaning

It seems everywhere you turn, the word “healthy” is used on food labels from granola bars to lunch meats and yogurt to pudding. “Healthy” is used so much the meaning has been lost. Nearly twenty years ago, low-fat was the craze, and foods low in fat were considered healthy. But now we know that some types of fat are actually good for us. So the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is changing the way healthy is defined in the food industry. [...]

Americans getting enough fluid, but not much water

In addition to healthy eating and exercise, getting enough fluids is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, most Americans get their recommended amount of daily fluids, but about two-thirds of that does not come from plain water. How much fluid should [...]

Patient-Centered Diabetes Care Becomes a Focus in 2016

When you think of caring for your diabetes, you might think about counting carbohydrates, self-testing your blood glucose levels or managing your medicines (with the help of your doctor). These are all important things to do, but the American Diabetes Association (ADA), in its 2016 Standards of Medical Care, says that there should be more focus on you and your specific, customized needs. [...]

Cosamin and Healthy Aging

Joint discomfort can come from a variety of conditions that can involve the joint, the fibrous tissue capsule that surrounds the joint, bursa (the fluid-filled sacs between muscles, tendons or joints), and even the muscles that support the joint. People with diabetes are additionally at greater risk for joint discomfort related to nerve damage, cardiovascular conditions and obesity. Recommendations for managing joint discomfort include exercise, physical therapy, pain relieving medicine and heating pads, depending on the cause of the discomfort. Supplements such as Cosamin®DS have shown to be very effective in helping to maintain cartilage health and reduce joint discomfort. [...]

Help Keep Your Heart Healthy by Keeping Your Blood Pressure on Track

Is your blood pressure at a healthy level? Keeping your blood pressure at a healthy level is important to help prevent heart attacks, strokes, and other heart problems. New guidelines released by a group of experts talk about new ways for patients to manage high blood pressure as well as ways for doctors to treat patients with high blood pressure. [...]

Meal Replacements Can Help You Manage Diabetes On The Go

Keeping your blood glucose levels under control can be hard to do when you’re busy, especially if you count carbs as part of your balanced meal plan. You may not always have time to count carbs when you have to grab something fast at work, or while running errands. At these times, meal [...]

Diabetes Friendly Shopping At Costco

This past weekend, I visited my local Costco warehouse in the Annapolis, Maryland area for the first time. After walking through Costco, I realized that it is not just a store for those with large families and bulk shopping needs. With the vast array of healthy food options and wholesale prices of such items, Costco is a great place for anyone who wants to live a healthy lifestyle on a budget, especially for those trying to prevent or control diabetes. [...]

Eat Right – Exercise – Lower Your Risk Of Diabetes

Are you confused by the glycemic index, carb counting or carb exchanges? Studies have shown that losing as little as 5 to 10 percent of your body weight can help you lower your risk of chronic disease such as diabetes. But too many people try to lose this weight too quickly, using fad weight loss programs and other unhealthy approaches. A recent study in Diabetes Care shows that regardless of actual weight loss, just learning to make healthy eating and exercise a part of your daily life is enough to lower your risk. [...]

Can Alcohol Improve Your Heart Health?

Recently, a few different studies have shown that one glass of red wine each day can benefit your heart. This may be true to some extent, due to the antioxidants (anti-aging substances) found in red wine. However, it is important to keep in mind that there are harmful effects as well as benefits to drinking alcohol every day. [...]

Chia seeds may help lower heart health risks

Eating plenty of fiber can help you reach and stay at a healthy weight, absorb more nutrients from the foods you eat, and to help keep your blood glucose levels stable. But it can be hard for you to get the suggested 30 grams of fiber a day from fruits and vegetables alone. Adding a whole grain, [...]

High blood pressure rates have continued to rise

Heart disease is one of the biggest causes of preventable death in the United States. High blood pressure is one major heart disease risk factor. High blood pressure, also called hypertension, happens when the arteries in your body narrow or harden, making it harder for blood to travel to your [...]

Eating more whole grains may lengthen your life

A recent study published in the journal BMC Medicine showed that those who ate more fiber-rich whole grain foods may live longer than those who don’t eat them very often. Researchers looked at adults aged 50 to 71 over about 10 to 15 years. They tracked the subjects’ health status and fiber [...]
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