4 Hacks For Making Your Life With Diabetes Easier

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By Steven Walker

diabeteswordAccording to statistics provided by the American Diabetes Association, over 29 million Americans have diabetes. As debilitating as the disease can be, modern technology has made it easier than ever to manage diabetes while living a rather normal life.

In addition to the positive impact that modern medical technology has had on the lives of diabetics, there are some easy tips and tricks that you can follow to make your life with diabetes easier. Here is a look at what they are.

Exercise Before Injecting Insulin

One of the challenges for many individuals with diabetes is that insulin, when injected, can take quite some time to take full effect. Participating in light exercise can reduce blood glucose levels and helps your body become more sensitive to the effects caused by insulin, which results a shorter impact time.

The great thing about this hack is that you don’t have to go out and run a mile or weight lift for an hour for it to work. Even a few jumping jacks or a short walk can do the trick.

Create a System for Disposing of Syringes

As a diabetic, it doesn’t take long for you get used to having to buy and use syringes on a regular basis. But what about disposing of them? For many, creating a system for disposing syringes can be a huge time saver.

When disposing of your syringes, it is essential that you utilize a sharps container. Your local community will likely have information about steps you can take to dispose of a full sharps container.

If you’re looking for something more convenient, some private companies will allow you to schedule a pickup service or enter into a mail back program. No matter what option you decide to go with, it is imperative that the proper safety precautions are taken for disposal.

Put Supplies in a Clear Bag When Traveling

As if getting yourself through airport security wasn’t difficult enough, it can be even more of a hassle when you’re traveling with your diabetes supplies. In most cases, you can avoid excessive delays while going through checkpoints by putting all of your supplies in a clear bag.

A large Ziplock bag should do just fine here. You’ll also want to make sure you have your Medical Necessity Letter on hand. This hack also helps with organization, as you certainly don’t want to be scrambling around for your supplies when it’s needed.

Put a Key Finder On Your Glucose Monitor

For diabetics, your glucose monitor is your lifeline. When you can’t find it, the situation can cause quite a bit of panic. To help ensure that this doesn’t happen to you, use a key finder and attach it to your glucose monitor or, even better, put in your supplies bag.

There are plenty of key finders out there that even come with apps that will display exactly where your supplies are. This can be a life saver when you’re scrambling around searching for your supplies.

While managing a life with diabetes is certainly not easy, it can be much easier by utilizing the life hacks above. Give a few of them a try and experience the convenience that they can provide.

Making Sense Of Revised Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

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This article was submitted by the Baylor College of Medicine, please share your thoughts below…..

didyouknow?With the recent announcement of revised breast cancer screening guidelines that lean toward a later and less frequent approach for average risk women, some may be confused about what screening plan path to take. Experts from the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center at Baylor College of Medicine offered advice to help sort through the confusion.

“The American Cancer Society guideline changes relate only to those women of average risk,” said Dr. Emily Sedgwick, director of breast imaging in the Smith Breast Center. “Women with known risk factors do not fall into this group and should follow a different screening plan as recommended by their doctors.”

Understanding your risk

Bottom line, every woman should take a proactive role in knowing and understanding their risk for breast cancer. “Unfortunately, three out of four women I diagnose with breast cancer have no risk factors,” Sedgwick said.

It is important to note the revised guidelines said women between the ages of 40 – 44 have the choice to start annual mammograms if they wish to do so.

Those known risk factors include:

* Women with a strong family history – first degree relative such as a mother, daughter, sister

* Known genetic mutation such as the BRCA gene

* Previous breast biopsy or abnormal mammogram

* Early menstrual cycle (starting at 11 years or younger)

* Being overweight

* Having a dense breast tissue on mammogram

It has been shown that women who have dense tissue on their mammograms are at least four times more likely to develop breast cancer. If a woman does not receive her screening mammogram at age 40, she would not know if she was at increased risk of developing breast cancer.

A link to the new guidelines, announced by the American Cancer Society yesterday, can be found online here. The group calls for screening to start at age 45 for average risk women and continue annually through age 55. Patients may choose to have an annual exam or every other year after age 55. Women should continue to have mammograms as long as they are in good health.

Women with a family history should start screening 10 years younger than the diagnosis age of the first relative. For example, if mother was diagnosed at 40, daughter should begin at age 30.

The younger women issue

Younger women are still diagnosed with breast cancer, which is a constant source of confusion surrounding screening guidelines. It’s important to know the facts, Sedgwick said.

“Most women who are diagnosed are postmenopausal,” she said. “But about 25 to 30 percent of women are diagnosed below the age of 50 which is a significant number of women.”

It is important to talk to you doctor and make a decision when to start, she said.

Bottom line, every woman should take a proactive role

“The issue with younger women and early screenings is that they tend to have more false positives,” said Sedgwick. “False positives may lead to more follow up tests including additional mammograms, biopsies, MRIs and ultrasounds. This testing, even if normal, can be psychologically stressful for some time to come. We overcome some of that anxiety by providing same day mammography work-up and biopsy at the Smith Breast Center.”

Sedgwick said the introduction of new technology, such as the three dimensional mammography screening, reduces false positives, which can be a particular problem in younger women with dense breast tissue.

“The issue of cancer screening guidelines and constant revisions is heavily reported in the news,” said Sedgwick. “I encourage women to understand their own risk of developing breast cancer and to work with a physician who can help them understand. A physician can help you make sense of what may be misleading information reported on a very important topic.”

The Smith Breast Center is a major component of the Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center at Baylor, an NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Making Good Choices About Anesthesia

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newsThere are many types of anesthetic available, and the type chosen can affect recovery. Learn your options.

From stitching up a cut to bypassing a coronary artery, most operations aren’t possible without anesthesia. It is designed to keep a patient comfortable during a procedure that otherwise might be hard to tolerate physically, emotionally, or both. There are many types of anesthetic available, and the type chosen can affect your recovery. While doctors make some of the decisions about which type of anesthetic to use, patients often have a say, too, according to the June 2015 Harvard Women’s Health Watch.

“Anesthesiologists have four goals: to see that you have no pain, that you’re drowsy or unconscious, that your body is still so that the surgeon can work on it, and that you aren’t left with bad memories of the procedure,” says Dr. Kristin Schreiber, an anesthesiologist at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

There are four main types of anesthesia:

* Local anesthesia. Anesthetic medication is injected near the area to be treated. Its effect is limited to a fairly small area.

* Regional anesthesia. Anesthetic medication is injected near clusters of nerves to numb a larger area, or region, of the body.

* Neuraxial anesthesia. Anesthetic medication is injected near the spinal roots, numbing an even larger part of the body than regional anesthesia. Epidural and spinal anesthesia are included in this category.

* General anesthesia. A combination of intravenous and inhaled drugs brings on unconsciousness and the inability to feel pain.

Regional and neuraxial anesthesia can also induce different levels of sedation. Minimal sedation means being relaxed but aware of what’s going on. Moderate sedation causes a “twilight sleep” — drifting in and out of consciousness, but able to easily be aroused. Deep sedation is similar to the effects of general anesthesia — being fast asleep and unlikely to remember anything.

Read the full-length article: “What you should know about anesthesia”

Also in the June 2015 Harvard Women’s Health Watch:

* 7 lessons from the proposed nutritional guidelines

* When is a fainting spell worrisome?

* What to do for shoulder pain

* Keeping one step ahead of toenail fungus

Harvard Women’s Health Watch is available from Harvard Health Publications, the consumer publishing division of Harvard Medical School, for $20 per year. Subscribe at w ww.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/womens or by calling 877-649-9457 (toll-free).

Making Sense Of Drug Side Effects – January 2015 Harvard Women’s Health Watch

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doctorThe best way to understand drug side effects is to talk with a doctor or pharmacist. Older drugs generally have better information.

All drugs have effects. Some we want, others we don’t. The unwanted ones are known as side effects. The January 2015 Harvard Women’s Health Watch describes ways to limit or manage side effects.

The package insert that is supposed to give information about the potential side effects of a medication is likely to be more frustrating than helpful. Written in medicalese and printed in microscopic type, these inserts contain way too much information.
“Reading through scores and scores of side effects doesn’t help you sort out what is most likely to happen to you,” says Dr. Gordon Schiff, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. He suggests forgetting the inserts and trying the following instead:

1. Ask for a drug that’s been on the market a while. The information on the side effects of a newly approved medication is often based on clinical trials involving, at most, a few thousand people. An older drug is likely to have been used by hundreds of thousands, even millions, of people. That experience can reveal additional side effects and give doctors an idea of which side effects are most common, which are most serious, and which might occur only after months or years of use.

2. Learn what to expect. For example, if nausea is a potential side effect, it’s important to know whether to keep taking the drug because the nausea will eventually go away or to stop taking it. For some drugs, like benzodiazepines or opiates, it’s important to understand the side effects of withdrawal and develop a plan for tapering off.

3. Ask for help. Not sure if a symptom is a drug side effect or something else? Talk with a doctor. Doctors generally know what side effects their patients have experienced, how severe they were, and how they can be managed.

Read other tips in the complete article: “Making sense of side effects”

Also in the January 2015 issue of the Harvard Women’s Health Watch:

* Seven health resolutions for 2015
* Be alert to pneumonia this winter
* Help for the winter blues
* Heel pain explained: What to do for plantar fasciitis

Harvard Women’s Health Watch is available from Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, for $20 per year. Subscribe at http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/womens or by calling 877-649-9457 (toll-free).

Picky Eaters: Two Requirements For Making The One-Bite Rule Work

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By Kristen Yarker, MSc, RD

kidseatinghealthyPicky eating is common amongst kids, particularly toddlers and preschoolers.

One strategy that many parents try with their picky eaters is the one-bite rule. The one-bite rule is when kids need to try one bite of every food on their plate (yes, even the vegetables).

While this rule works in many households, other parents try this technique and find that it not only doesn’t work, but it can backfire and cause their child to be more resistant to trying new foods.

In five years of working with families of picky eaters, I’ve discovered two requirements for making the one-bite rule work.

Requirement #1: Your Child’s Temperament

Temperament is the term used to describe the inherent way that a child responds emotionally and behaviorally to challenges or new situations. Some children are more outgoing and adventurous and some are more reserved and cautious. A child’s temperament will influence how he/she approaches eating.

The one-bite rule works well for kids who are more adventurous because they’re more comfortable jumping into new situations. For reserved kids, forcing them to take action before they’re ready just causes them to dig their heels. For more reserved kids, instead of the one-bite rule, let them choose whether or not to try foods on their plate. This way the cautious child can trust that he/she truly is in control and then he/she will try new foods on his/her own schedule.

Requirement #2: That it’s Okay to Not Like a Food

twokidsunBecause parents put so much effort and love into dishes, they want their family to enjoy it. So, it’s easy to respond to kids’ trying of the one bite with “It’s good right?” or perhaps “See, it’s not so bad. Try another bite”. These responses come from good intentions, but unfortunately they take away children’s ability to express their true feelings. The unfortunate side effect is that this pressure will make little ones less likely to try something because now they not only have to try it – they have to like it too!

If you choose to have the one-bite rule, it truly needs to be okay for your child to try a food and not like it.

Instead of attaching your feelings to how much kids like a food, enjoy connecting with them and sharing time as a family. This kind of unconditional love creates a pleasant environment at meals. Creating a pleasant environment at meals will have a great side effect of creating an environment that encourages (even cautious) kids to try new foods and get the nutrition that they need.

– Kristen Yarker, MSc, RD is known as The Dietitian Who Transforms Picky Eaters into Food Confident Kids. From introducing solids through the picky eating years, she helps Moms and Dads be confident that they’re giving their kids good nutrition today… and instilling a life-long LOVE of healthy eating. Get scientific evidence-based answers to real questions from real parents (recipes too!) by signing up for her 101 Healthy Snack Ideas at: vitaminkconsulting.com

Eight Steps To A Happy Life – Making The Commitment To Choose Happiness

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By Diane Lang

familyfunWe make happiness harder than it has to be. If we keep trying to find it or searching for it too long, all we will find is frustration. We can choose happiness by making the commitment to ourselves to choose happiness. We need to realize all changes take time and hard work. Are you willing to do the work? If you are you can live a happier life. Psychotherapist, author and positive living expert, Diane Lang, offers eight steps to start the process to a happier life:

1. Accepting and embracing where you are in life – this is your starting point, a foundation.

2. Realize the bottom line is you are WORTHY! Our biggest fear is not being worthy.

3. To make these changes you need to repeat positive thoughts over and over again- remember the negative cycle started the same way. You either heard negative statements about yourself from others repeatedly or you constantly put yourself down; either way we need to break the cycle.

4. Self-compassion- how do you talk to yourself? Are you constantly putting yourself down? What kind of monologue goes on in your head on a daily basis? Start the cycle of self-compassion by being kind to yourself. Remove all the negative words such as I can’t, I won’t, should, could, would, maybe, etc.

5. Each day take a small risk and write it down, keep a journal of all your risks. In your journal ask yourself:

– Why did I choose this risk?
– How did it make me feel?
– Was the risk a success?

Asking yourself these questions will help you knock down the wall of vulnerability and fear. This allows us to see we can make a mistake; recover, grow and learn from it.

6. Be your true self- we need to be our true selves in order to find true connections with others. We have friends that we need to keep a mask on or feel like we walking on egg shells because deep down inside we are afraid that we will not fit in or be accepted. Change this cycle by being the “real” you so you attract the right type of relationships.

7. Remember all negative situations are temporary. Ask yourself, will this situation matter in two weeks or six weeks? Look at the big picture will this situation impact my life is a huge way? Most of the time what we stress out about is not worth the time we put in, we forget about it within a few weeks. Don’t waste your energy or time.

8. All situations can be viewed as good or bad, it’s all about perspective. When things happen that most people would consider “bad”, I choose to look at it as a learning experience. Instead of saying, why me? I say what can I learn from this experience? How will it help me grow to be a better person? What can I change so it won’t happen again? This changes the view. If we change our perspective, we change how we feel.

Diane Lang is a Positive Living Expert and psychotherapist – is a nationally recognized speaker, author, educator, therapist and media expert. Lang is extremely mediagenic and offers expertise on a variety of health and wellness topics about creating balance and finding happiness through positive living as well as multiple mental health, lifestyle and parenting needs. In addition to holding multiple counseling positions, Diane is also an adjunct professor at Montclair State University.

The Stress Management Mistake You Don’t Know You’re Making

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By Danea Horn, CPC

You get a diagnosis. Work becomes overwhelming. Finances are tight. Your family is pulling you in too many directions. Something hits the fan.

That night it is hard to fall asleep, and by the next morning, your neck is stiff and even though you grabbed a coffee on your way to work a headache lingers. Thoughts marathon through your mind:

stress• Why is this happening?
• What can I do to fix what’s going on?
• When will I ever just be finished?
• Why did she say that?
• This is so frustrating.
• What am I going to do?

You are stressed. Full-blown. All-out. You know it. Your body is shouting it loud and clear. Things have moved out of your control, and you desperately want to get control back.

You furiously work on trying to wrangle control back into your favor. You put in more effort and more thought, all with an underlying current of worry. Nothing changes.

What was out of your control is still out of your control and now you’re even more tired and wide awake at 3:00 a.m.

The Mistake
Here’s the secret. The thing that went awry in the first place was never in your control. The economy, a diagnosis, your car breaking down, the big project at work. Certain things in life just happen, for one reason or another.

It is a mistake to focus stress management efforts on something you have no control over. It’s like trying to move a thousand-pound boulder that’s not going anywhere. It is never going to happen.

What will happen is that pushing against the boulder and complaining about the boulder to everyone you know will make the cramp in your neck much worse.

womanEffective Stress Management
There is an effective way to tackle stress. It is simple, effortless and can be done in the span of fifteen minutes.

Get a pen, a piece of paper and ask yourself this one question: what is in my control?

Write down everything that comes to mind. Aim for at least ten things.

Here are a few suggestions to get you started. You can control:

• Diet
• Exercise
• How you communicate with others
• What you do in your spare time
• Your attitude
• Asking for help
• Networking
• The people you surround yourself with
• And the list goes on…

The physical action of writing, coupled with focus on smaller boulders that you can actually pick up and throw off the cliff, will return your sense of control.

From the list you create, you can put an action plan together to address the root cause of your stress. Even if the plan is to simply take a thirty-minute walk in the fresh air outside. Small actions can have a big impact on stress.

Stress management is about finding and acting on the power you have. No, you cannot control everything in life, but you can control how you react when a thousand- pound boulder blocks your path.

– Danea Horn is the author of Chronic Resilience: 10 Sanity-Saving Strategies for Women Coping with the Stress of Illness (Release Date: Summer 2013). To learn more stress management strategies visit www.ChronicResilience.com.

© Danea Horn 2013

Making Health Easier – Video

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The video highlights the efforts of one educational organization, Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP), to keep kids healthy at an early age. Childhood obesity now affects approximately one in six kids and disproportionately affects low-income and minority populations. LAUP teaches kids healthy habits and is incorporating small, healthy changes that can be made in any classroom—like teaching fun dances and providing nutritious snacks.

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Personality Traits Can Impact Decision Making And Overall Health

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From Your Health Journal…..”I love the Red Orbit site, which is why I am always promoting it and telling my visitors to read their great articles. Today, they posted something regarding personality traits and overall health. We know when people are outgoing, they most likely favor ‘immediate’ over ‘delayed’ gratification, even if they have to wait longer for the ‘ultimate’ gratification. But, a new study is stating how a personality trait can impact the way someone makes a decision. In similar research, experts have started to link a person’s personality with their long term health. Please visit the Red Orbit site (link provided below) to read the complete article. I felt it was well written and very informative. I have provided a short snip below.”

From the article…..

In addition to making individuals more outgoing or sociable, extraversion also makes people more likely to favor immediate rewards over delayed gratification – even if waiting means that the ultimate reward will be larger, according to the results of a new study presented late last week.

University of Minnesota researcher Colin DeYoung and colleagues recruited subjects to better understand how being an extravert or an introvert can impact the way in which a person’s brain makes decisions. The results of that study were presented Thursday, January 17 at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) in New Orleans.

In their study, DeYoung’s team scanned study participants using an fMRI and asked each to choose between a smaller reward that they could have immediately, or a larger one which they would have to wait on – for example, being paid $15 that same day or waiting three weeks for a $25 stipend.

“They then correlated their choices and associated brain activity to various personality traits,” the SPSP explained in a statement. “They found that extraversion predicts neural activity in a region of the brain called the medial orbitofrontal cortex, which is involved in evaluating rewards. In the task, this region responded more strongly to the possibility of immediate rewards than to the possibility of delayed rewards.”

“This is a brain region where we have previously shown that extraversion predicts the size of the region, so our new study provides some converging evidence for the importance of sensitivity to reward as the basis of extraversion,” DeYoung said. The study is part of the research’s ultimate goal of trying to explain “the most important personality traits, what psychological processes those traits represent, and how those processes are generated by the brain.”

“The brain is an incredibly complicated system, and I think it’s impressive that neuroscience is making such great progress in understanding it. Linking brain function to personality is another step in understanding how the brain makes us who we are,” he added. “Understanding how people differ from each other and how that affects various outcomes is something that we all do on an intuitive basis, but personality psychology attempts to bring scientific rigor to this process… Personality affects academic and job performance, social and political attitudes, the quality and stability of social relationships, physical health and mortality, and risk for mental disorder.”

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