lunedì 26 novembre 2012

Exercise for a Healthy Life!


How many times have we heard the notion that we need to work out three times a week to stay in shape?  Then again we’re told by health experts that we should exercise 30 minutes a day to stay in shape.  As a result we feel overwhelmed by good advice.  From one day to the next we’re bombarded by one advice after another.  Why can’t health experts agree with any conclusive evidence?


Although experts often disagree with nutrition and fitness facts, there seems to be a universal agreement among them that we all need moderate exercise.   If you want to feel better and look good – you must exercise regularly!

The problem is that we’ve seen in the current years a decline or lack of physical activity, often due to a lack of rest and added responsibilities: the human family has had to adjust to the current times we now live in.  As a result of this downward trend the modern worker may sit in front of a computer most of the day, drive his car virtually everywhere he needs to go, and spend his evening in front of the TV.
 To add to this, due to modern technological advancement studies have shown that this generation spends more time in front of the game consoles than having a healthy physical exercise routine. 

The drastic reduction in exercise has led to many physical, mental, and emotional health problems.  Know a days it’s easier to pick up the remote control than a dumbbell. 

Why is exercise important?
Despite the influence of our modern society, don’t give up in your endeavors to look and feel great.  The benefits of a regular routine of physical exercise are endless.  To mention a few, exercise leads to a healthier heart, better weight control and stress management. Also those with diabetes are encouraged to exercise regularly as this adds for better blood sugar control and reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases.  When our muscles are in use so is our metabolism to fight against unhealthy agents such as:

·      Stroke
·      Heart disease
·      Cancer and many major illnesses
·      Type 2 diabetes
·      Improved mental health
·      Reduces risk of stress and depression
·      Adds to your self esteem and confidence

Additionally exercise is free of charge.  You can exercise any where you like, anytime you want, without the added burden of having another monthly payment.  That’s if your content within the borders of your own home whilst going to your nearest all-inclusive sports gymnasium.

What to keep in mind when exercising as a Diabetic…
Notice what the Medtronic User Guide states: 

"Your body needs insulin and carbohydrate to provide cells with energy during exercise. How much insulin and carbohydrates you need varies with the types of exercise and with how often you exercise. Using an insulin pump during exercise allows you to reduce your basal rate instead of eating extra carbohydrate. Before, you needed to eat extra carbohydrate to make up for the glucose lowering effect exercise often has on blood glucose. It takes trial and error to get the balance right.The body needs insulin during exercise. Therefore, it is not suggested that you stop the pump unless the exercise is for a short amount of time (1 hour or less). If you need to remove the pump for more than 1 hour, refer to the If you remove your pump section in the The basics chapter.
If you do an exercise that on average lowers your blood glucose, you can use the temporary basal rate feature. You can use this feature to lower the amount of insulin delivered and reduce the risk of hypoglycemia. You may also choose to change your basal rate pattern for the days you exercise.It takes a period of time to determine how much to adjust your basal rate during exercise. Record your blood glucose before, during and after exercise to figure the proper reduction in your basal rate. Record any carbohydrates that you have eaten during the exercise period. There is no magic formula that will tell you just what to do. You have to test often to figure out the basal rate that you need during exercise." 
What you can do…

Whether you work for a company that provides a fitness program or not, you may be motivated to begin exercising.  Although there is a word of caution that if you haven’t exercised for awhile, take it slowly!  Too much exercise at once can do you more harm than good.   Also if you have the notion that vigorous exercise on the weekend without exercising during the week can be very harmful physically and mentally.
It has been suggested that to be a real heath benefit, exercise must be practiced regularly, preferably three or more times a week for a period of 20 to 30 minutes or more each time.  Making a regular habit of walking is a fine way to begin.  One doctor explained: “Vigorous walking, if practiced from youth on, would in itself drastically reduce the disability and early deaths due to coronary heart disease.”

Since good health is very important for all of us, as a partner living with a diabetic, therefore, why not encourage some form of regular exercise, especially if you, and your partner, spend a lot of time watching television or in other nonphysical activity?

  Regular exercise will be good for the whole family. 

venerdì 28 settembre 2012

Eating Healthy with Diabetes!


Everyone enjoys a mouth watering, splendid and sumptuous meal once in a while.  
This has been a human endeavor for years, to seek out new ways and skills to attribute new tastes and smells.  With the wide array of food that can attract our taste buds, it stands to reason that we will never tire out with what we discover in this world. 
It’s been a bit of a hobby and a passion for me to seek out these new tastes and I’ve learned this far that I’m only touching the tip of the iceberg when it comes to cooking. 

With the millions of printed material that fly off the printing press annually, recipe books still hold bar of capturing the eyes of enthusiasts all around the world.  Without leaving the comfort of your kitchen, you can create and discover a universe of aromas from one side of the equator to the other.  
Why travel to Bangladesh, in the eastern South Asia, to taste the popular Bangladeshi food Fuchka, or Chorchori, a vegetable dish with one or more varieties of vegetables cut into longish strips, when you can identify these and many more lands of tastes in your very own home? 
“The only thing that limits you is the initiative to discover”.  When you do unwrap the world of tastes you will find a treasure that will open your eyes and will lead your nose to new lands that were always lurking in your very own kitchen.

Living with a someone with Diabetes gave me impetus to create and seek out new recipes from around the world.  Again I was not left without a clue, millions of books proliferated my local book store to give any diabetic a happy stomach.  
With Diabetes on the rise, new ideas and recipes have become popular, so to satisfy not only a diabetic but of all people around the world.
One study noted that a diabetes diet is constituted by a healthy way of eating, high in nutrients, low in fat, and moderate in calories. Something we should all observe! 
As the Medtronic User Guide states: Good nutrition and making healthy choices are important for everyone. Additionally, for those with diabetes, it is more important to know the nutrient content in food, and how the nutrients affect blood glucose.  Carbohydrates have the most effect on blood glucose, notably within a few hours of being eaten. Counting carbohydrates allows you to match your insulin dose to the food you are eating. This is your insulin to carbohydrate ratio. Although fat and protein can affect your blood glucose when eaten in large amounts, carbohydrates affect blood glucose the most.  Consult with your healthcare professional for your personal nutritional guidelines”.

I’d like to mention first that taking steps to control diabetes doesn’t mean that you live a life of self denial and deprivation.  While it’s highly important to eat right and regularly, you don’t have to give up good and tasty food all together and regime yourself to a lifetime of healthy, tasteless meals.  
The key is moderation.  
Although certain recipes cater to the needs of diabetics, all of us are concerned about healthy eating. With the many recipes to choose from, you will be able to take pleasure when you sit down to have a meal without feeling you are doing something wrong: as a result you’ll be satisfied in knowing that you’re creating something amazing and your stomach will thank you later.
Thus, started my journey in the world of unknown to seek out and discover that one dish that would capture the interest of my partner.  Of course this is not an easy task: everyone has its own preference of food. Nevertheless, with a little forethought and spice, I was able to find many tasty mouth water drippy recipes.  As humans we are sight oriented and we identify and welcome what is pleasant to the eyes.  When we prepare a dish with a little presentation, even if it’s very simple, it will capture the eye and open the imagination of what it tastes like.   Thus you’ll be able to combine healthy foods with something that ‘looks’ amazing!  Try it out, it works!!

Many people do not understand the relationship between their state of health and their eating habits. Perhaps this is because the effect of a poor diet on one’s health is not manifest immediately. This is why it’s important first to understand the nutrition facts:  food is divided into three main groups. 
The first group includes cereals, such as corn, wheat, rice, oats, rye, barley, and millet, as well as tubers, such as potatoes and yams. These carbohydrates supply quick energy. 
The second group includes legumes, such as beans, soybeans, lentils, chick-peas, and broad beans, and some foods of animal origin, such as meat, fish, eggs, and milk and its derivatives. These are a source of protein, iron, zinc, and several vitamins. 
The third group includes fruits and vegetables. These provide essential vitamins and minerals. They also supply fiber and provide energy, and they represent the only natural source of vitamin C”.  
The bottom line is that a healthful diet must be complete, sufficient, and balanced.   No one knows better than a diabetic that what we eat can affect how we look, feel and how we perform, today and tomorrow.
It’s been my aim to demonstrate the importance of keeping good eating habits.   With many initiatives in the field of creating the perfect dish we’ve broken through many barriers that have perfected themselves over time.  Only with a little direction and incentive you too can create something great and I want to guide you in that direction. 

mercoledì 19 settembre 2012

Avoid Extreme Temperatures



The other day my wife and I were looking at the garden and we were reflecting on how fast the hot summer sunny days are fleeting away.  
As the fall approaches, we’re all preparing for the new season: nature and colors are changing, our wardrobe gets ready for the colder weather and our body gets ready for the transition of temperature.  These are natural and spontaneous changes repeated year after year and almost instinctively we follow this routine as part of our life.

As we get busy in welcoming the fall, we shouldn’t undervalue that even our pump needs to “climatize”.  
There are many factors to keep in mind before you go outside.  If you consider the average body temperature is around 98.2 degrees Fahrenheit (36.8° C).  
When the insulin pump is kept in close proximity to the body, the temperature of the pump and insulin usually are in a safe range.  Keep in mind though that if you wear your pump under your cloths where it is in contact with your skin, be careful in high temperatures, as this will expose it to moisture and sweat. 

The temperature of the air outside is an everyday concern.  Knowing the temperature helps us decide how to dress and how to plan our day.  Consider what the Medtronic Manual states:
 “You should avoid exposure to your pump and remote control to temperatures above 108°F (42°C) or below 34°F (1°C).   The insulin solution freezes near 32°F (0°C) and degrade at high temperatures”.

       
There are many nifty protective cases and clips for the pump to keep it in a warm and secure place. 
For example, the Medtronic Manual states this:
“There are different ways to wear your pump. Medtronic Diabetes has optional accessories that can hide, protect, and add to the convenience of wearing a pump. Refer to the accessories catalog or the website(www.medtronicdiabetes.com) for more information.
Holster — To wear the pump on your belt.
Pump clip — To wear the pump underneath your clothing.
Activity guard — If you are active in sports, or you are a child, use the guard to protect the pump from disconnecting.
Leather case — Fine leather lined with nylon. Styling complements business and formal wear. Velcro flap provides easy access for programming. Wear it vertically with the built-in belt clip”. 

Whatever you fancy, it has helped me to have things under control and only added to my partner's sense of security that everything was well looked after. 
As the saying goes: “Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine”





Visit the Official Medtronic Website and Download the User Guide at: http://www.medtronicdiabetes.com/support/download-library/user-guides


Please keep in mind that this information is strictly related to the pump device.  We’re soon going to talk about the insulin solution.