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Boost Your Winter Immunity

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Getting sick during the winter months tends to happen more frequently - especially when you have a chronic illness like diabetes. Windows are closed, people stay indoors and germs seem to linger. Flu season is at its height and lasts through the end of February. Extreme changes in temperature, busy schedules and daily stress just make it worse. Let's look at simple ways to help keep you healthy all winter long.

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Roberta Kleinman

Diabetes Q & A for the New Year

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Teaching has always been my passion and I am happy when patients ask me questions relating to their diabetes during our weekly management sessions. There are no silly ones and when time permits, I try to expand on the information so they have a complete understanding. This helps them follow through with their goals and improved diabetes care. Let's review some of the questions I have recently answered.

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Make it an Easy New Year with Diabetes

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Change can be very stressful and difficult for patients, especially right after the holiday season. Taking on too many new goals with lots of limitations can result in instant failure. Most people think the average holiday season weight gain is between 8-10 pounds. Studies done at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the University of South Carolina state that "the typical weight gain is really between 1-1/2 pounds." The problem is when that weight is carried over from year to year; ten years later, you are still up the same 10-15 pounds.

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Easy Tips for the New Year

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Here we go again! It is the New Year and everybody starts off with a huge list of resolutions they would like to quickly accomplish, all in January. It has been said that "Resolutions often spring after failure of willpower. It is smarter to make changes in response to being healthier, than to change in response to a failure in behavior".

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I often teach patients during diabetes management skills sessions who complain about GI upset - including symptoms of gas, bloating, indigestion, as well as problems concerning regular bowel habits. Patients want to know if these symptoms are directly related to their condition of diabetes. The most common GI issues linked to diabetes are - taking Metformin (an oral medication) without food; this can cause GI gas, bloating and diarrhea. The second most common related GI problem to diabetes is gastroparesis.

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