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.

Healthy Lifestyles: Type 2 Diabetes Prevention

Diabetes affects the way the body can process glucose in the blood. About 29 million Americans have diabetes, meaning that about one in 10 people suffer from the disease. Diabetes is also the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. Those who develop diabetes must deal with the disease for the rest of their lives, meaning that prevention is the only way to reduce the rates of type 2 diabetes. There are several different risk factors for diabetes, including genes, excess weight, excess glucose in the liver, and inefficient communication between certain cells in the body. Diabetes is also the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.

Causes of Type 2 Diabetes

Genetics can play a big role in the development of diabetes. However, behavioral and lifestyle factors make up the biggest influences on development of the disease. Data from several studies has found that five main factors are related to about 90 percent of type 2 diabetes cases. These five factors include being overweight, not getting enough exercise, an unhealthy diet, smoking, and alcohol consumption. Obesity especially can result in insulin resistance. Increases in childhood obesity have also raised concerns about increasing numbers of younger individuals affected by diabetes.

Type 2 Diabetes Prevention

Type 2 diabetes is highly preventable by avoiding the risk factors and working towards healthier lifestyles. For example, a study by the Diabetes Prevention Program looked at how weight loss and exercise affected the development of type 2 diabetes among people who were at risk for developing diabetes but hadn’t yet developed the disease. After three years, they found 58 percent fewer cases of development of diabetes in the group assigned to exercise and weight loss than in the control group. There are several things each individual can do for diabetes prevention.

  • Avoiding excess weight or losing weight greatly reduces diabetes rates. In fact, being obese gives a you a 20 to 40 times increased likelihood of developing diabetes.
  • Exercising regularly makes it easier for the body to absorb glucose and use insulin.
  • Having a healthy diet is an important part of diabetes prevention. Try to reduce things like refined grains and sugary foods and drinks, which have a high glycemic index. Instead, eat more whole grains like brown rice and whole grain bread.

Type 2 Diabetes Testing

ARCpoint Labs offers tests that determine if you are pre-diabetic or diabetic. We also provide lab tests to assist in managing the disease if you already have it. Locate your nearest ARCpoint Labs location today.

Diet & Exercise Prove Effective in Diabetes Prevention

Per the CDC, 29.1 million Americans — 9.3% of the population — had diabetes as of 2012. Many of these — up to 8.1 million — are undiagnosed.

Clearly, diabetes prevention needs to be a priority for all Americans. Some recent research is shedding light on what is the most effective preventative measure against the disease: diet and exercise.

Here’s what you should know about the study results.

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Learn the Basics on Congenital Heart Defects

Since Valentine’s Day is the holiday of love, it only makes sense that the week leading up to the day is Congenital Heart Defects Awareness Week.

We’ve written extensively about heart disease in general — from the basics to prevention to heart healthy foods — but never more specifically about congenital heart defects. Since they are the most common form of birth defects, affecting 40,000 babies in the US annually, it’s important that people know about congenital heart defects.

Today, we’re providing basic information on congenital heart defects, including prevention.

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The Basics on Diabetes

November is known as a food-focused month due to the Thanksgiving feast that occurs in most homes on the fourth Thursday. But it has other ties to food as well.

November is also Diabetes Awareness Month, the perfect time for people to learn more about the metabolic diseases known as Diabetes mellitus.

We’re sharing the basic information you need to know about diabetes, including how you can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

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Gauge Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes With Prediabetes Testing

In last week’s post, we outlined the links between prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes. This week, we are looking at the preventative steps you can take to lower your risk of contracting Type 2 diabetes, which includes prediabetes testing.

What exactly is prediabetes testing, how does it work, and why should you do it, anyway? Here are the details.

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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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