2016 World Health Day: Spotlight on Diabetes

Preventative health tactics can stop severe and irreversible issues from occurring later in life.

Understanding diabetes and combatting the disease supports a long and healthy life. There are specific approaches that you can take, all which allow you to remain healthy and to reverse the issue. Diabetes testing can help you stay a step ahead when it comes to your health.

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Staying Healthy During the Holidays: Diabetes & Holiday Stress

The holidays are quickly approaching, which for many people means a season of eating to excess and celebrating with friends and family. However, the holidays can also be an extremely stressful time, especially for those dealing with diabetes. Stress wrecks havoc on blood sugar levels, which makes it extremely important for people with diabetes to be extra careful during this time of year.

Be Aware of How Stress Affects the Body

When the body undergoes high levels of stress, it releases certain hormones, like cortisol, that cause spikes in blood sugar levels. While this happens to everyone regardless of whether or not they have diabetes, it’s especially dangerous for those that do have diabetes. That’s because it’s much more difficult to get blood sugar levels back to normal when you suffer from diabetes. Understanding how stress affects your body will help you better control your blood sugar levels.

Plan Ahead

Before all the holidays hit full steam, make a plan. To-do lists can be very helpful. Make a list of any errands, responsibilities, and events that you have over the next month. Maybe even write out a full calendar so you can visualize ahead of time what each day and week will look like during the holiday season. Knowing ahead of time what you need to do, and when you need to do it, will help reduce holiday-related stress and even allow you to plan out a little time to yourself to relax and de-stress.

Making Health a Priority

The bottom line in keeping holiday stress from affecting your health with diabetes is to make your health a priority, even when it’s the busiest time of the year. Take the time to eat healthy–try to cook at home and buy healthy options like frozen vegetables and whole grain foods. And don’t forget to exercise; physical activity is a great natural stress reliever. Exercise also helps to lower blood pressure and control glucose levels, along with many other health benefits for your body and mind.

ARCpoint Labs offers diabetes testing to determine if you are pre-diabetic or diabetic. We can also assist you in managing the disease. Find your nearest ARCpoint Labs location today.

Signs You May Have Diabetes or Pre-Diabetes

With a diabetes diagnosis affecting nearly 10% of the U.S. population, it’s clear that the disease is an epidemic. When it’s diagnosed and treated, diabetes is manageable. The people who have these issues can lead full, active lives, but not being diagnosed can be deadly.

While an estimated 8% of the population have been diagnosed, there are millions more who are suffering the symptoms without being aware of their diagnosis. Millions more exhibit the signs of pre-diabetes, a condition that signals onset of the disease. When detected early, many people with pre-diabetes succeed at not developing this difficult illness.

To help people identify their pre-diabetes before it progresses, we are highlighting some symptoms of diabetes and pre-diabetes.

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The Link Between Prediabetes & Type-2 Diabetes

A recent study by researchers at Tel Aviv University reveals that over 79 million Americans have prediabetes, putting them at a higher risk of developing type-2 diabetes. If the prediabetes progresses into full-blown type-2 diabetes, these Americans could have trouble regulating their carbohydrates, fat metabolism, and blood sugar levels, plus they’ll have an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.

But there’s some good news out of the study, too — Dr. Nataly Lerner, Dr. Michal Shani and Shlomo Vinker found that the A1c blood screen, a common diabetes test, can catch at-risk people with prediabetes much earlier than previously thought. This means that individuals predisposed to Type-2 diabetes can make lifestyle changes to prevent the disease from progressing.

But what exactly is prediabetes and Type-2 diabetes — and why are they important to treat? This week, we’re answering those questions — and in part 2 of our prediabetes series, we’ll explain how diabetes testing can help prevent the onset of type-2 diabetes.

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