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Fall Tips to Be & Stay Healthy

Fall Tips to Be & Stay Healthy - Part 1

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Fall season is often a good time to look at your present health practices or lack of them. Most people who have health insurance have already met their yearly deductibles, and are more willing to schedule physician recommended tests and examinations. Let's review some easy tips to consider while improving your health. The upcoming holiday season may seem less stressful and more enjoyable when you feel well.

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Vitamins and Supplements

Basics on Vitamins & Supplements

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According to the CDC, over 50% of American adults continue to take vitamins and supplements - even though multiple studies suggest they are often "unnecessary or harmful". A study in The Atlantic, published in 2013, showed that supplements "may shorten your life span". Women tend to purchase and take supplements more than men. The studies keep changing, and some of the results are skewed due to size and study methods. At this point in time, it is still prudent to get most of your vitamins from food sources.

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Here are two questions I addressed during our diabetes self management skills program this week. Although they are about different issues, the questions were asked by patients who have diabetes. You may have personally experienced these problems. Please feel free to write to ADW Diabetes if you have other questions you would like answered.

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Emotions play a critical part in caring for your diabetes since anxiety, depression, anger, frustration, guilt, fear and shame may increase your immediate blood sugars and affect your overall glucose control. Patients may frequently experience these feelings since diabetes never takes a break and requires their constant attention. They often do not know how to incorporate these emotions into their relationships with their significant other, partner, spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend. This can lead to deeper tension in the relationship which only escalates these negative emotions.

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How to handle blood pressure

Diabetes Tips: How to Handle Blood Pressure

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The leading cause of death in the United States for men and women is still heart disease. This includes heart attack, stroke and heart failure. 67 million Americans have hypertension, which is a major risk factor in heart disease, along with diabetes. According to the CDC, "1 in 3 adults in the United States suffer from high blood pressure, with many of them still uncontrolled."

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