Health Is Vital

Health is taken for granted, until you can't any more. In this blog I hope to put down on paper some of the articles I come across and want to remember, about health. I will be personalizing these articles to apply to me. I am diabetic, over weight, have high blood pressure and tinnitus, so these are the things you will find here. I will include nutrition, exercise, and holistic health, and many other ideas. I work in the health profession, particularly mental health, and have an interest in suicide prevention; so these topics will also be covered in this blog. Please, if you are suffering reach out. Our county health and crisis line is 1-855-278-4204.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Diabetes Focus

These are some ideas I gleaned form the Diabetes Focus magazine, Spring 2016:
Sleep Balance:  By sleep balance they mean having the same sleep schedule every day, not waking later on weekends for example.  Those who have the same schedule tend to be healthier.  Those with a greater discrepancy in their sleep schedule have higher cholesterol levels, and greater insulin intolerance.
Stress: Diabetes distress is a real thing.  Managing diabetes can be stressful as you worry about diet, exercise, medical care etc.  Also there is at times a lack of support from those around you.  This can lead to diabetes distress.  It is good to talk to your doctor about stress and diabetes.
Testosterone: There is a correlation between testosterone level and insulin intolerance.  In may be a good idea to ask for blood test.
Singing:  Singing has been shown to improve mood and decrease tension.  Singing also can help with memory and social skills.  People who participate in choirs feel more confident and supported in social settings.
Feet (Socks and Shoes)  Who knew there are socks better for diabetics than other socks.  Fitted socks are best, synthetic materials will keep your feet dryer, padded styles can keep feet protected.  For more recommendations check out American Podiatric Medical Association.  Shoes should be replaced more often than you think, 300 to 500 miles, and more often if you are overweight.  Best to buy shoes later in the day as feet are larger later in the day (who knew?), and best to try them out.  If they don't feel comfortable in the store, they won't at home.  They should feel good without being "worn in."  They should have plenty of room for the toes, but not be so big they slip.  Finally, with your feet protected, we all should walk just a bit more.  For diabetics a pre and post walk check of feet is important to check for any blisters or damage.

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