How Stress Can Affect Blood Sugar Levels

2020-07-29T17:01:31+00:00

(Image from Unsplash.com courtesy of engin akyurt) Stress can have a bad effect on blood sugars. This is true whether or not you are currently living with borderline or type 2 diabetes. We all know on an intuitive level that stress affects our overall health and wellbeing. Stress also has a huge impact on metabolic health. For many of us, during this covid19 pandemic, this is has been a very stressful time, filled with a lot of uncertainty. At the very beginning of the pandemic, I hosted a webinar called "Thriving Through Change".  During the webinar, I spoke about the different [...]

How Stress Can Affect Blood Sugar Levels2020-07-29T17:01:31+00:00

Blood Sugar Levels in Type 2 Diabetes

2020-07-29T17:02:49+00:00

Blood sugar levels are an important measure of type 2 diabetes control.  Your healthcare provider may recommend you check your blood glucose levels at home. Fasting blood glucose is the most common blood test.  It is usually done first thing in the morning or after at least an 8 hour fast. The normal fasting blood glucose level should be less than 100 mg/dL (5.6 mmol/L). In type 2 diabetes, the target fasting blood glucose level is between 80-120 mg/dL (4.4-6.6 mmol/L) The hemoglobin A1c is a test used to monitor blood sugar control. The hemoglobin A1c is measured as a percentage [...]

Blood Sugar Levels in Type 2 Diabetes2020-07-29T17:02:49+00:00

How to Make A Therapeutic Smoothie

2020-07-29T17:04:21+00:00

Smoothies can be a great complement to a wholesome food plan, providing lots of essential nutrition. A smoothie is one of the easiest things to make that contains a wide range of therapeutic healing ingredients. A therapeutic smoothie contains nutrients that will help improve your overall metabolic health. So whether you're living with type 2 diabetes and looking to control your blood sugars, or you're looking to use smoothies to say control inflammation, control your cholesterol or optimize your brain function you can make a smoothie that not only tastes great and is not loaded with sugar. A lot of people [...]

How to Make A Therapeutic Smoothie2020-07-29T17:04:21+00:00

How Type 2 diabetes can Affect your Oral Health

2020-07-29T16:48:39+00:00

 There is a strong link between poor oral health and heart disease. The risk for heart disease increases even more when you have 2 diabetes and poor oral health. This is because diabetes already puts you at twice the risk of heart disease than the general population. So when you add poor oral health to the mix you more than double your risk.  The mouth contains thousands of different bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Normally with proper oral hygiene and well functioning salivary glands, these do not cause any problems. However when the mouth becomes unhealthy due to poor oral health then [...]

How Type 2 diabetes can Affect your Oral Health2020-07-29T16:48:39+00:00

The Holiday Blood Sugar Control Blog Series

2020-07-29T16:48:39+00:00

The holidays are here once again and 'tis the season to be merry. We get to spend time with friends and family. During this time we celebrate different traditions that harken the end of the year and herald in the new year. But with the holidays comes the abundance of sweet treats and desserts. Translation- lots of sugar! Recent statistics show that the average American consumes over 120 lbs of sugar per year and America ranks the highest in sugar consumption in the western hemisphere. Even though this statistic factors in the year-round consumption of sugar, I have a suspicion that [...]

The Holiday Blood Sugar Control Blog Series2020-07-29T16:48:39+00:00

How managing your A1c can help you reach healthy blood sugars

2020-07-29T16:50:50+00:00

When it comes to healthy blood sugar control, the A1C is a vital measuring tool. A1c is the short name for glycosylated hemoglobin. Now, this may sound like a mouthful. It is abbreviated to the A1C to make it easier to understand. The A1c calculated as a percentage point. Blood glucose attaches to the proteins in the red blood cells. The A1C measures the amount of sugars attached to the red blood cells. This is a normal process that occurs in both people with diabetes as well as non-diabetics. The average red blood cell last about 120 days, the A1c can [...]

How managing your A1c can help you reach healthy blood sugars2020-07-29T16:50:50+00:00

How to tell the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes in adults

2020-07-29T16:51:02+00:00

A lot of times, I come across patients who have to use insulin and aren’t quite sure whether they have Type 1 or type 2 diabetes. I hope to be able to clarify the difference between the two, especially in an adult. Type 1 diabetes Type 1 diabetes is commonly called ‘juvenile onset diabetes.’ Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in young children, often under the age of 5 years. Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune disease. An auto-immune disease is when the body forms antibodies against itself. In the case of type 1 diabetes, the body develops antibodies against the [...]

How to tell the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes in adults2020-07-29T16:51:02+00:00

Health Awareness Topic- Is your metabolic health up to par?

2020-07-29T16:51:04+00:00

According to a recent published study by the National Health and Nutrition Examination survey between 2009-2016, only 12% of Americans have good metabolic health. This means that 7 out of every 8 Americans do not have good metabolic health. These are pretty dismal numbers by all accounts. What was concerning with this study was that even people with so called normal body weight may not have good metabolic health!  The paper goes on to warn that these implications pose a high concern for public health. In today’s article we’ll go over what metabolic health is. Why we need to be concerned [...]

Health Awareness Topic- Is your metabolic health up to par?2020-07-29T16:51:04+00:00

How This Simple Strategy is Helping Me Tiptoe Past Overwhelm

2020-07-29T16:51:37+00:00

Recently I’ve had a lot on my plate. Between going to several work locations as a travel physician, building my online wellness platform; working on marketing and publicity; preparing for the release of my upcoming book, plus training for a fall marathon, it’s little wonder I’m beginning to experience some overwhelm. In an earlier article I wrote about a strategy to get past overwhelm and get back into action. But when we try to get back into action, we tend to set big goals and we get overwhelmed again. Let’s say your goal at the beginning of  the year was to [...]

How This Simple Strategy is Helping Me Tiptoe Past Overwhelm2020-07-29T16:51:37+00:00

May 2017 Awareness Topic: The Difference Between Overweight and Obesity

2020-07-29T16:51:37+00:00

In the May 2017 Health Awareness Topic, I’ll discuss the difference between what it is to be obese and how this differs from being overweight. In my years of clinical practice, I have found that people do not like to describe themselves as obese. Somehow the word obese has become ‘politically incorrect’ and offensive. So people, even healthcare professionals, choose to use the word ‘overweight’ even when they really mean that a person is obese. I recall once when I was educating a patient about the fact that her CT scan showed that she had fat in her liver and this put [...]

May 2017 Awareness Topic: The Difference Between Overweight and Obesity2020-07-29T16:51:37+00:00
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