Heart disease is the number one killer in America today. You may have heart disease or at risk due to your family history, high blood pressure, or other risk factors. Over the last two decades, a lot of new tests have come along to detect heart disease. These tests help you and your healthcare provider find problems early, learn about the type and amount of heart disease you have, and how to help you treat it. It’s important to detect heart disease as early as possible. This can help you prevent heart attack, stroke, or even death. It can also help you and your healthcare provider take actions to prevent further damage to your heart. [...]
In October 2015, Costco Healthy Living with Diabetes (@cdiabetesinfo), in partnership with The Diabetes Influencers Network (@diabetesinfl), hosted a tweet chat on Healthy Living with Diabetes. Here are some of the questions and answers from that chat. [...]
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. [...]
In September 2015, The Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute, in partnership with The Diabetes Influencers Network (DiabetesInfluencers.com, @DiabetesINFL), hosted a Twitter chat for healthcare professionals about nutrition and diabetes. The chat was facilitated by Mary Ann Hodorowicz, RD, MBA, CDE, CEC, @mahodorowicz and Amy P. Campbell, RD, MS, CDE, @amypcampbell.
Read on to see some common questions asked by people with diabetes, followed by answers from our hosts and participants. [...]
Grocery shopping at Costco can be an enjoyable part of your weekly routine. You’ve got your menus for the week’s meals planned out and you are looking forward to feeding you and your family a variety of fresh and healthy options. Now, if this doesn’t sound like you, then you are more [...]
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. [...]
There are many different things that you can do to try and improve your health. For example, you could exercise more or quit smoking. And, one of the most important changes you can make is to start eating a healthy diet.
Not everyone agrees on what, exactly, a “healthy diet” is. In fact, even health experts can’t say for sure what the “best” diet is for good health – if there is one. Many people follow a vegetarian (meat-free) meal plan, which has been shown in some small studies to be good for your heart. However, the results of a recent study suggest that vegetarians might actually be less healthy than people who eat meat. How true is this claim? Read on to find out. [...]
Do you ever worry about work, even when you’re not working? Do you have trouble sleeping at night because your mind is racing? Do you ever get “road rage” while driving because you have so many other things on your mind?
If you answered “yes” to any of these, then you might have too much stress in your life. But, don’t worry: you’re not alone! Millions of Americans today report that they feel stressed about one or more areas of their lives. [...]
Nancy Johnson Horn is a working mother of three who had gestational diabetes and is now pre-diabetic. With a family history of diabetes, she is doing everything she can to make sure she keeps herself and her family healthy. Read her post at http://www.themamamaven.com/2015/05/18/costco/ [...]
Your job cares about your health. If you don’t take care of yourself, it can cost more than just money out of your pocket. It can cost your job more in terms of health insurance. You might get sick more often, and be unable to work as well as you usually do. That matters to your employers and the other people you work with. [...]
About 65 million American adults have high blood pressure. Two of every three people with diabetes also have high blood pressure. Recently, the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, and the American Society of Hypertension presented new blood pressure targets for adults who have heart disease. There are specific goals for adults with diabetes. [...]
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin and antioxidant, an anti-aging compound that helps prevent cells from being damaged by free radicals. By keeping your cells healthy, you can prevent chronic disease, improve the health of your immune system, and produce healthy red blood cells to take oxygen to [...]
Smoking is a known risk factor for high blood pressure and heart disease. Over time, smoking can narrow your blood vessels, making it hard for oxygen-rich blood to get to your heart and other organs. However, your smoking habit may also be raising the heart disease risk of those around you. A [...]