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Tidbit Tuesday – When the Weather is Cold, is your Diabetes Controlled?

I’ve been working on a few ideas for a diabetes fair and I thought I would share this information with you. This is for diabetics and anyone who knows someone who is diabetic.

A Minor Illness Can Result in a Major Rise in Blood Glucose Levels

Be prepared. As a person with diabetes, you know how important it is to take good care of yourself. Although we all hope to stay healthy year-round, there are always times when you do not feel well. During the winter and early spring many people catch a variety of illnesses such as colds, sore throats, and the flu.

sickIllness puts your body under extra stress. To help you fight an illness, your body releases hormones that cause your liver to release glucose (sugar), and interfere with the action of insulin. This can make your blood sugar rise, sometimes to dangerously high levels. High blood glucose makes your body’s immune system less effective at fighting germs and makes you feel sicker than you would with normal blood glucose.

Avoid a risky situation. Some simple planning can help you keep your blood sugar in control during times of illness so your body can recover quickly. Make a sick day plan and discuss it with your doctor before you become ill. Your plan should include a box of all the supplies and materials you will need to manage your diabetes during illness.  Continue reading


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Tuesday Tidbit – Smokin’ Hot

I confess, I don’t turn my head when faced with an attractive man. I totally believe in the saying, “Look but don’t touch.” But I have to admit, I’ve never said, “Look at that hottie, the one smoking the cigarette!!!”

There is nothing HOT about someone puffing away, in your face. Quite  frankly, I find it to be a disgusting habit. And I do recognize it to be an addiction but I believe quitting should be top priority if you desire to live a healthy lifestyle.

smoking is addictive

Most people associate smoking tobacco with breathing problems and lung cancer. While this is a major issue, I would like to point out the negative affect smoking has on your heart. Smoking damages the function of your heart and the structure and function of your blood vessels. It causes reduced circulation by narrowing the arteries and puts smokers at risk of developing peripheral vascular disease (PVD). This is the cause of nearly one in every five deaths in the US every year. In fact, smoking is the number 1 cause of preventable disease and death. Let that sink in for a moment… Continue reading