The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that over 37 million American adults have diabetes, and 1 in 5 don’t know they have it.
Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects how your body turns food into energy. Your food is broken down into sugar (glucose)and released into your bloodstream. As your blood sugar goes up, your pancreas releases insulin. This allows the blood sugar to enter your body’s cells for use as energy. A person with diabetes doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t properly use insulin. There are two main types of diabetes:
It’s also important to note that gestational diabetes can develop in pregnant women who have never had diabetes before. Gestational diabetes usually goes away after the baby is born; however, babies born to a mother with gestational diabetes should be at a higher risk for health problems.
While Type 1 diabetes can’t be prevented, you can take the following steps to reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes:
Take control of your health now during American Diabetes Month, and have your blood sugar levels tested by your doctor.
The Council for Responsible Nutrition reports that 75% of Americans take dietary supplements. They come in various forms, including gummies, tablets, powders, drinks, and energy bars. Supplements can contain vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids, enzymes, and other ingredients. Some products can be taken to supplement essential nutrients that could be missing if you lack a variety of nutritious foods in your diet. Others may be consumed to enhance athletic performance, strengthen the immune system, manage pain, or improve mental health. While there’s evidence that supplements may be beneficial in some circumstances, there are also concerns, such as:
It’s important to consult a doctor or pharmacist before taking any supplements. They can determine if supplements are right for you.
Most of the United States shifts between standard and daylight saving time (DST) each year in an effort to “save” natural light. Clocks will get set one hour back on Sunday, Nov. 5, when the DST period ends. Although you may be excited about gaining an hour in your day, the disruption of DST can wreak havoc on your physical and cognitive health for several days, weeks even months.
Your internal clock regulates critical processes, including liver function and the immune system. Interruptions to the circadian rhythm, your body’s 24-hour biological cycle that regulates wake and sleep, can also impair your focus and judgment. If your state follows DST, consider these tips for helping your body adjust to the time change:
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