Expert Advice

Americans getting enough fluid, but not much water

May 13, 2016

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 [...]

Vitamin D: Are You Getting Enough?

May 7, 2016

Vitamin D has become very popular. Reports in the media claim that vitamin D can help with many conditions, such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis and asthma. Yet studies have yet to prove these claims. The reality, however, is that many people don’t get enough vitamin D and might be deficient. [...]

Powerful Potassium

April 29, 2016

Potassium is an important nutrient that most Americans don’t get enough of on a daily basis. In fact, because most people don’t get enough potassium, it is considered a “nutrient of public health concern.” So learn more about this important nutrient and how you can make sure you get enough [...]

Getting a Handle on your Hunger

April 19, 2016

If you’re always feeling hungry, you’re not alone. And there are a lot of reasons why. To understand these reasons, it’s important to learn what hunger is and how it’s different from appetite. What is hunger? Hunger is the actual physical need for food. It’s usually accompanied by [...]

Controlling Your Carb Intake

April 12, 2016

People with diabetes learn that carbohydrate, the nutrient that provides energy for the body, has a big impact on blood sugar levels. Eating too much carb can lead to high blood sugars, while not eating enough carb can lead to low blood sugars (if you take insulin or certain types of diabetes [...]

Healthier Pasta to Eat Now

April 7, 2016

Pasta has a gotten a bad rap, especially when it comes to managing diabetes. The pasta that most people eat is made with refined flour and contains a high amount of carbohydrate. One serving of pasta, one-third of cup, contains 15 grams of carb. But most people eat more than one-third of a cup! Luckily, thanks to healthier options, you can still enjoy pasta as part of your diabetes eating plan. Just remember to keep an eye on portion size! [...]

Red Foods that Help Your Heart

February 29, 2016

Did you know that people who have diabetes are twice as likely to get heart disease as people without diabetes? If you have diabetes, there are a lot of steps that you can take to lower your risk. One is to include a variety of healthy foods in your eating plan. And in honor of February’s observances of National Heart Month and Valentine’s Day, why not try some of these red foods? [...]

Managing those Midnight Munchies

February 28, 2016

Late-night eating might be the norm if you’re a night owl, but it’s important to know that nighttime noshing could be affecting your health. At one time or another, most of us have eaten late or, at least, later than usual. However, falling into the habit of sitting down to a heavy meal or even drinking too much coffee or alcohol late at night can lead to a host of problems. Read on to learn about these health consequences and some tips for managing those midnight munchies. [...]

Fitting Fish into Your Eating Plan

February 27, 2016

Including fish and seafood in your meal scan lead to a host of health benefits. Fish, especially fatty fish like salmon, tuna and mackerel, contains healthy omega-3 fats, which can lower blood pressure and heart rate, keep the heart beating in a steady rhythm, lower triglycerides (blood fats), and decrease inflammation. Besides containing healthy fat, fish is rich in protein, contains vitamin D, and is low in harmful saturated fat. The American Heart Association recommends eating fish at least twice a week. [...]

Sneaky Sources of Sodium

February 26, 2016

Most of the sodium consumed in the United States is from processed and restaurant foods. While we all need some sodium in our diets, too much can increase blood pressure and raise the chances of having a heart attack or a stroke. [...]

Diabetes and Joint Discomfort

February 7, 2016

This blog has been compensated by OmniChannel Health Media and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. When you think about diabetes, do you think about joint discomfort?  Probably not, but they are related and it’s important to know what you can do to decrease joint discomfort while you [...]

5 Things Women With Diabetes Need To Know

February 4, 2016

Great introductory information on diabetes from For Hispanic women (in Spanish): Click to view article For Hispanic women (in English): Click to view article For African American women: Click to view [...]

Check Your Risk for Diabetes

January 30, 2016

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) is encouraging everyone to find out if they are at risk for prediabetes or diabetes. [...]

Eleven Tips for Food Shopping With Diabetes

January 20, 2016

Ah, the grocery store. Some love it, most dread it. The sight of flower bouquets and smell of freshly baked bread can wake up your senses. But more often than not, there are no parking spots, long lines, grouchy people, and screaming children throwing juice pouches. Couple all of that with trying to pay attention to a shopping list while battling low blood sugar, and it can be a small nightmare for someone with diabetes. [...]

Healthy Aging and Staying Active

January 19, 2016

Health and well-being are the focus of healthy aging. “Good health” might be defined differently by different people, but I think everyone would agree the goal is to “feel good, sleep well, eat well, and engage in meaningful activity.” Getting older doesn’t have to mean a decline in quality in life. With the right lifestyle habits, everyone should be able to enjoy good health and healthy aging. [...]
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