Tips To Avoid Obesity

Obesity refers to a medical condition where the body has an excess body fat. In this state there is an abnormal accumulation of fat in the adipose tissues which store fat. Under normal circumstances, an increase of 20% or more above the desired body weight indicates obesity and is considered a health risk.

What causes Obesity?

A number of factors are known to accelerate obesity and these may include:

  • Overeating- The majority of the people who are obese eat too much. They eat more food than the body can utilize. As a result, the excess calories are converted into fats and are stored in the adipose tissues.
  • Inactivity- A life of inactivity is a danger to the health of any person. Most people who do very little or no exercise at all are likely to suffer from obesity. As one eats, it is expected that the body utilizes all the ingested calories. When we are involved in physical activities, these calories are burnt up to provide the necessary energy required. When one is inactive, the calories are not burned and therefore stored in the adipose tissues. This kind of lifestyle will lead to an accumulation of body fat over a long period of time and eventually, the body becomes overweight and worse more, obese.
  • Heredity- A family history of obesity is another predisposing factor for one to become obese. Although we have limited control of our genes, a good understanding of our physiological processes and the nutritional requirements of our bodies may help fight its occurrence.

What are the dangers of Obesity?

Obesity if not checked my lead to an enormous physiological burden to the body. In most cases, there is a direct relationship between cardiovascular (heart) diseases and obesity.

The secret of keeping fit

  • Use Whole grains as you main carbohydrate source; they are of a higher nutritive values compared to refined products. They have a high fiber content which helps in accelerating metabolic rate.
  • Have a regular Exercise time. The more you exercise the more muscles you build. As a result, you will end up burning more fat leading to weight loss. A daily exercise program of one hour is great value to anyone who is keen to lose weight.
  • Make fruits part of your diet. Fruits such as berries, apples, pears and grape fruits are very good at increasing metabolic rates. The free use of these fruits supplies the body with essential minerals and vitamins which promote metabolic activities.
  • Eat lots of Raw Vegetable; they are an excellent source of antioxidants, enzymes and vitamins. In addition to this, they have a high fiber content which promotes metabolic activity.
  • Avoid refined/processed foods. These do not have fiber which is of great importance to the body. The glycemic index for refined foods is relatively higher than whole meals.
  • Avoid heavy evening meals/supper. After eating take at least two hours before you sleep. This will ensure that most food is digested and at the time of sleep, the stomach is empty. Heavy meals immediately before sleeping lead to over-absorption of nutrients and since the body is inactive, more calories are converted to fat.
  • Have a regular eating time with an interval of between 5 to 6 hours. These intervals help the body to rejuvenate and be ready for another work of digestion. Avoid eating between meals or snacking.
  • Measure your BMI (Body Mass Index) regularly. This is helpful since one can easily monitor his/her progress. It is an important thing to have your weight within the recommended ranges. A BMI that is above 25 but below 30 indicates that one is overweight. A BMI scale of 30 and above is an indicator of obesity and should be taken as a serious health concern.

Conclusion

It is a fact that Obesity is now a global health concern and new ideas are coming up each new day. For one to have the best approach, it is important to scrutinize them and study deeply so that the best practices are adopted.

 

Tips for Controlling Diabetes

Diabetes is a progressive condition that can create some dangerous complications. To avoid complications of diabetes, we must control diabetes. Controlling diabetes often requires moving from diet to tablets and eventually to insulin (in type 2 diabetes) and moving from fewer daily insulin injections to more frequent daily injections (in type 1 diabetes).

But, it doesn’t have to be this way.

Complications of diabetes include eye problems, nerve problems, kidney problems, foot problems and heart and blood vessel disease.

The key to preventing complications of diabetes is to keep blood glucose under tight control. Blood pressure and blood fats (including cholesterol) should be regularly monitored.

The evidence

If you’ve ever thought, “Surely it’s enough to keep my blood sugar within a reasonably low range, and not worry too much if it creeps up slightly over time”, then take a look at the hard evidence.

Two large studies that changed our outlook on diabetes control were the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT), which looked at people with type 1 diabetes, and the UK Prospective Diabetes Study (UKPDS), which looked at people with type 2 diabetes.

Both studies provided diabetes experts with compelling evidence that strict blood glucose control, together with carefully monitored blood pressure, are the key to reducing the risk of long-term complications.

Take control

Keeping blood sugar levels down is not always easy, but it’s important to keep aiming for very good control. Even if you don’t reach ideal blood sugar levels, any improvement will help you reduce your risk of diabetic complications.

Ultimately, good blood glucose control depends on you. Your diabetes care team can help and advise you, but you are the one who needs to take responsibility for your health – both short and long term.

Tips for tighter control

1. Pay attention to your diet and weight – think low fat, low sugar, high fiber and high complex carbohydrate

2. If you smoke, you really need to give it up now! Find sources of help and support if you need them

3. Take regular exercise, do something you enjoy that won’t be a chore

4. Keep all your clinic appointments so your blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels can all be regularly monitored

5. Check your blood sugar daily, several times if you think you need to

6. If your blood sugar remains higher than it should be, discuss with your diabetes care team what options you can look at to help bring it down.

Tips Managing Diabetes

Diabetes is a very serious, life-threatening condition that must be managed almost constantly all your life. In fact, you should consider it as a new way to spend the rest of your life. One way to do that is to find tips to help you manage your diabetes, with your doctor’s approval, of course. In this article, we provide many tips to help you manage your diabetes

Regardless of how long you have had diabetes, there are always going to be questions that need answers and diabetic supplies and medications that you will need. You will want to keep up with the latest diabetes education, research and tips as there might be something new that you can use.

My mother was diagnosed with diabetes a few years age. She had to give herself insulin shots. Be sure you practice good personal hygiene, paying particular attention to your feet. If you use diabetes foot cream on the bottom of your feet and on your heals, it should help keep them from cracking and becoming sore. Put foot powder between your toes.

Being overweight only added to Mother’s health problem. So control your weight and if over weight, get it down.

Do you know anyone that is addicted to sugar? My mother was. Before she was diagnosed with diabetes, I had seen her dip out a spoonful of sugar and eat it like candy. Control your sugar intake. Work with your doctor to keep your blood sugar level where it should be, between 6.5% – 7%.

Go to your pharmacy and use their blood pressure monitor, if you do not have one. No charge to use it. Your blood pressure should be 130/80. If it isn’t, discuss it with your doctor.

Mother had worn glasses for many years. She had her eye exam with retina dilation every year. You should do the same and tell your eye doctor you have diabetes.

She enjoyed going barefooted in the house. One day she stumped her right big toe on the leg of her dining room chair. Her entire foot became swollen and it was hard for her to walk. It took a long while for her to get over that. Do not go barefoot in or out of the house. You need to have a pair of well-fitting shoes and wear support, cotton-nylon blend socks with them.

Six years after being diagnosed with diabetes, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. A mastectomy of the left breast did not get all of it. The cancer had gone into the bone. Now, she had a whole new set of heath problems and medications.

To make a long sad story short, she was instructed by her health care provider to take the diabetes medicine in the morning and her cancer medication in the evening and not to take them at the same time. One evening she was extremely tired. She took both medicines at the same time and it cost her – her life. If you take any medication(s) in addition to your diabetes medicine, be sure to follow the directions your doctor gives you explicitly, regardless of how tired you are. It is my opinion that a large poster showing the name of the medicine and the time to take it should have been taped to the cabinet door where the medicine was kept. Or better yet, keep the morning medication in one room (like a bathroom) and the evening medication in another (like the kitchen), far away from each other.

Here are some more tips that may be beneficial in helping you manage your diabetes. Add your own tips to this list.

1. Carry glucose tablets with you at all times
2. Get a yearly flu shot
3. Don’t smoke
4. Have your kidney health checked regularly
5. Stay active- go for walks, even if it is just around the inside of the local mall with a friend
6, Food labels are important – read them – know the sugar content and other pertinent information

NOTE: Consult your doctor/health care provider FIRST to make sure these tips are for you.

In summary, remember the tips that will help you manage your diabetes. It is recommended to keep in close communication with your health care provider. Make sure their office phone number and 911 are listed in your cell phone and right by your home phone, with easy access to it. Next, make as many copies as you need of this article. Place one in the kitchen, your bedroom, your office or any place where you can refer to it so you won’t forget these important tips to help you manage your diabetes.

 

Tips Allergies Summer

allergy-culpritsYou know what’s the perfect way to ruin a perfectly glorious summer day? Developing a wretched summer allergy! Most common allergens tend to be vigorously active in the spring. However, there are some annoying ones that sneak into summer to make our lives miserable! Different kinds of allergies like insect allergies, skin allergies, plant allergies, dust and pollen allergies, etc., threaten to keep us occupied with tending to them and bring our day to a standstill of sorts. But don’t you worry. This Buzzle article will give you some tips on dealing with summer allergies so you can breathe a sigh of relief!

Ways to Deal with Summer Allergies

Antihistamines
Here’s how our body tackles allergies. When something like pollen or dust enters our body, they are perceived as a foreign particle which needs to be eliminated at the earliest. So, our body begins to produce histamines, which can manifest themselves in the form of the various allergy symptoms that you experience. Hence, consult your doctor and keep a pack of anti-histamines at the ready all through summer. You never know when you’ll need them to tone down the symptomatic behavior.

Stay Indoors
Most allergens are present outdoors. Pollen, dust, plants, insects, pollution, etc., are all major allergens that affect people. If you’re affected by the same triggers, then try to limit your exposure to them. The best way to do this is stay indoors at all times. But since that may not always be possible, you should try as much as you can. to limit going outdoors unless absolutely unavoidable.

Eliminate the Triggers
If you’re not aware of what is triggering your allergic reactions, the first thing you need to do is find out what they are. Once you do, you need to meticulously eliminate each and every possible trigger. If it’s pollen, then you can’t completely eliminate it, but you can cover yourself when you go out. If it’s insects, hunt them down and either release them outdoors or use a good pest control measure to kill them indoors itself.

Vapor Inhalation
A runny nose, constant sneezing, cough, wheezing, itchy throat, congested chest, etc., are all very common allergy symptoms. You can relieve these symptoms by inhaling vapor. You can use a vaporizer or you can simply add a spoon of a decongestant rub in a container of hot water (not boiling) and inhale the vapors rising from it while covering your head.

Regular Cleaning
You know summer is here, and you know that you’re very prone to summer allergies. The best way to deal with this problem is to ensure that you follow a regular and stringent cleaning regime. Make sure your house is dusted regularly to avoid dust and pollen from festering. Also, keep fruits and wet foods covered so as to prevent insects from getting attracted to them.

Keep the House Dry
Another very important step that you need to take to deal with summer allergies is make sure that your home is dry. Humidity and moisture in the air are perfect breeding conditions for not only allergens, but also for your allergic symptoms to get worse. So use a dehumidifier in your home to keep the humidity levels in check. Also, keep your doors and windows closed to avoid moist air from entering the house.

Emergency Numbers
You can do everything mentioned above to deal with summer allergies, if you know what you’re allergic to. But what if you suddenly develop an allergy to something that you did not know you’re allergic to? That would be scary, wouldn’t it? So, to be on the safe side, always keep an emergency allergy specialist’s number close at hand. And if you experience symptoms like hives all over your body, your tongue swelling up, and other unfamiliar reactions to an unknown trigger, call the specialist at once and consult him.

Well, all these pointers should help you feel some relief from the dreaded summer allergies. If the symptoms don’t subside even after you’ve distanced yourself from the triggers, then be sure to consult your doctor for medical advice at once!