#Cost of #Diabetes Too High

The pharmaceutical industry is a faceless robber. Nobody is stopping them, either. Why isn’t the government doing something to protect us from prices that clearly threaten our safety? It’s like homegrown fiscal  terrorism.

One in 10 people with diabetes has Type 1 diabetes. Our only option to stay alive is taking insulin. When you are insulin-dependent and your sugar gets higher, you feel like a battery that loses its charge, by the minute.

As your sugar gets higher, you lose energy. Your cells cannot uptake glucose from your blood without the insulin. Exercise helps to ‘open the door’ but only when your glucose is  somewhat ‘in range’. Once it reaches above 250, you may be in diabetic ketoacidosis, which is like the point of no return. Ancient Egyptians referred to this condition as “pissing evil“.

Why are the pharmaceutical companies permitted to launch biological warfare on T1Ds?  Understandably the lobbyists in Washing D.C. have great power with their wallets but it seems a little unfair when peoples lives are at stake. Control of diabetes “healthcare” destiny sold to the highest bidder. Your money for your insulin or your life.

The US is big  on helping feed the hungry and arresting human atrocities . What about the atrocities of insulin cost taking the lives of young people living with Type 1 diabetes? Without it, they are starving, even if they have access to food. Their bodies cannot use those calories without insulin. It’s biological extortion.

Thank goodness Walmart and Novo Nordisk teamed-up to bring us ReiOn insulin. Regardless of designer insulin, patented formulations to make insulin work faster and longer – Walmart sees the need for people to stay alive, despite the unforeseen hand of T1D. Thank you, Walmart! #Blessed

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#Gifts for #Mom She Really Wants!

I’m sure every household is different but back in the day, mom did all the shopping, wrapping, and set-up on Christmas morning. Thankfully, the Scary Mommy blog has made it easy for all you non-participatory parents out there. Read below to learn what gifts she really wants.

After a long work week she has only a few short hours to recoup energy and restart it all over. Cradling her head with a wonderfully popular cool gel pillow may be exactly the gift she doesn’t expect. It stays cool all night and is said to mitigate any respiratory issues you may live with (uncomfortably).

If she’s looking for a blanket to calm anxiety and quell insomnia, according to its KitckStarter campaign, consider gifting her  a weighted blanket. It’s no wonder this project was funded. It’s genius!

Obviously, I can make random suggestions and trust and believe it’s good for your targeted audience. Checkout the post for a list of the things you know will work for her. Who knows?! Choosing a winner may guarantee you a very happy new year and a great start to 2019. Cheers!

Dip a Stick for Diabetes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission to encourage early diabetes detection to reduce diabetes complications. Until there’s a cure – early detection is our best bet. Do you have high blood sugar? Dip a stick and see! Hold a fundraiser, shop Amazon or donate to us on PayPal.


 

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This #Diet is Best for Your #Heart

As the holiday season is upon us, many of us are wondering how to make it through without doing too much damage to our  ticker. As luck would have it, and article was published indicating which would be the best diet for heart health -Mediterranean, ketogenic, or vegin.

It just so happens that this intel was forwarded from the recently held American Heart Association Scientific Sessions for heart disease. The doctors and experts in nutrition alike agree the best diet is high in vegetables, high in non-processed whole foods, and low in processed meat, added sugar and carbohydrates.

In other words, this diet doesn’t have a specific name. It doesn’t necessarily have to be vegan. Sometimes ‘vegan’ food have more sugar and hidden “processed” carbs.  The main difference between a ketogenic diet and the Mediterranean diet is that the carb load in the ketogenic diet is much lower than the Mediterranean diet.

Keep a watch on how you indulge this holiday season. Watch your carb intake. With all the Christmas cookies and yule logs teasing your taste buds, the carbs tally up quickly. Your heart will feel it because your body will try to produce the insulin to mobilize all that energy to your cells. Unless you’re hitting the gym in a religious resistance training routine– he might opt for some peppermint tea. Happy holidays!

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#Genes May Influence Your Choice of #Coffee or #Tea

Do you prefer coffee or tea? Perhaps the real question should be do you like the bitter taste of chemicals or the organic mellow hint of nature? A study says it may be about your genetics.  This is linked to the presence of absence of genes that affect how bitter tastes to us.

Do you know anybody who loathes the taste of pine nuts? They taste rotten to them and it’s a genetic thing. Where do we get our genes? Duh. Obviously it’s our mom and dad who dole-out the cards. Nature versus nurture randomly choose which one can be turned-on and turned-off.

Back to the coffee or tea subject. Researchers found that the bitter molecule in coffee is similar to quinine, a molecule in tonic water. It just so happens that the tonic water molecule is lab-generated but it also is found in Brussel sprouts, which clearly are not. I like coffee and Brussel sporouts. Tonic water? Not so much.

I enjoy the spike of energy coffee gives me. I also enjoy the subtle ‘perk’ I get from green tea or yerba mate. But this study says that people who enjoy coffee so much that they are a hey coffee drinker, meaning they drink 4 or more cups a day. That’s not me.

Yes, I like coffee. I’m not a heavy coffee drinker. Yes, I like tea. Not a heavy drinker there, either. Our genes do draft a blueprint of what we can become but they are not the be-all, end-all of it. It’s like a weather forecast. Be prepared for anything.

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Blame Heavy #Drinking on #ColdWeather

On a cold night, do you cozy-up with a hot toddy? That’s the sneaky way to slip some booze into your otherwise G-rated hot water. I’m exaggerating. It’s not specifically about hot toddies but a study does find a correlation to cold weather and heavy drinking.

The study found that people in colder climates spent less time in the sunlight. Less sunlight is linked to more drinking and a greater likelihood of heavy drinking. Is it really the sunlight or is it the cold weather? Good question.

When we’re cold, our blood vessels tighten up – like a clenched fist. This makes us cold and stifles blood flow. Alcohol has the effect of vasodilation, which helps to increase blood flow and warm us up. This could be due to cold weather but it also can be due to lack of sunlight.

Lack of sunlight is also linked to depression. Alcohol has a slight effect of spiking serotonin and dopamine. Obviously if you overshoot the mark and drink till you’re messy, the neurotransmitter spike is all for not. Get a Happy Light. It’s much better for your liver.

Alcohol can be helpful and it can also be hurtful. Even the May Clinic recognizes this fact. Don’t abuse it till it becomes a device of demise. Your liver, your livelihood, and your life deserve the best. Dress warmly Get a Happy Light. Enjoy your alcohol in good company with good measure.

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You Did What With Your Child’s #Pacifier?

Remember that story from years ago when people were outraged that Alicia Silverstone from “Clueless” was chewing-up food and spitting it into her child’s mouth like a baby bird? Well a new study says this saliva technique may be best for your baby’s immune system, in the long game.

Clearly, Miss Alecia read the TIME article on how mom’s saliva boosts baby’s immune system. It’s back! Researchers say that doing something similar to the baby bird feeding technique is quite good for overall health of your child. Nothing beats a robust immune system.

A study found that mother’s who used their saliva to clean their baby’s pacifier, not soap and water, were less likely to have kids with asthma or allergies. Researchers caution this is not the be all, end all way to prevent the development of allergies and asthma. However they do feel it provides promising results.

Oral bacteria prove to be an effective organic way to help catalyze the healthy development of your baby’s immune system. Of course if “mom” has an unhealthy gut flora, you can take proactive measures to fix it up today. Check-out some of the best probiotics to plant a healthy gut flora.

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What #Diet is Best at Burning #Calories?

Dieting is like investing: when you invest your time and effort into something, you want it to continue paying you back in perpetuity. That being said, the experts are weighing-in (no pun, intended) on the best diet to burn calories, even when you’re sleeping. That’s the ticket for success.

The keyword here is carbohydrates, not calories. One group of participants ate a low-carb diet (20% protein, 60% fats, and 20% carbs. Another group of participants ate a high carb diet (20% protein, 20% fat, and 60% carbs). The low-carb ratio is a lot like a Keto Diet or the Paleo Diet.

Nevertheless, the low-carb group burned almost 100-calories a day more than the high carb group. These were calories burned during resting hours. It sounds very similar to the recent finding that eating cottage cheese before bed helps to burn calories in your sleep, right?

Weight loss isn’t easy. If it was a cakewalk, obesity wouldn’t be a thing. However the key may be to eat smarter, not diet harder. If following a Keto Diet or the Paleo Diet proves to be your Sherpa to physical and mental wellness – why are you waiting? Give yourself a gift of everlasting health.

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#Jobs With the Highest #Suicide Rates

Sad but true, the CDC reports that these jobs have the highest suicide rate. Are any of them the jobs you desired as a kid? What are these jobs, anyway? The Center for Disease Control found that jobs related to construction and mining were among the highest rates of committing suicide for men. For women, it was creative fields

An “extraction worker” refers to any professional involved in extracting resources from the ground or the sea. For example, a miner who works in a cold, dark cave might be high on the list. Deprived of sunlight, realizing that it’s unsafe on many levels, it’s understandable how someone could become down-in-the-dumps.   Day-in and day-out, these workers dwell in a dark tunnel of despair.

The reality about construction workers and suicide is that it’s easy to miss. These are young men who don’t require further education beyond high school. Young men are the number one candidate for construction worker jobs. Suicide is the second leading cause of deaths for men between the ages of 25-54. Day-in and day-out, these workers are hitting their heads on a glass ceiling.

Women who hold jobs in a creative field are more prone to depression, thus increasing their likelihood of suicide. This article does a fine job of explaining why a creative brain is more susceptible to depression. Sounds like your creative imagination can get the best of you, ladies.

Nothing about mental health is easy, if you don’t have it. Even once you’ve got a qualified counselor to Sherpa you through the rough terrain of depression and despair, there’s work to be done. If you know somebody struggling with negative thoughts, refer them to a free text line. Just text the word CONNECT to 741741.

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The Reason for #ClammyHands

When we get nervous, our bodies respond accordingly. Because our bodies are highly evolved works of art, our nervous system sometimes makes us sweat in trying circumstances. Why on Earth does it do this to us?

Blame the sympathetic nervous system. Wen we are faced with a “fight or flight” situation, our sweat glands begin to cool us off in an attempt to help calm us down. Otherwise we’re gearing-up to run away. Our fight or flight response cannot tell if we’re running away from a bear or speaking before a crowd. It’s all the same end-result: nervousness.

Although the movie “Airplane” exaggerates the sweat response, many people can relate to the phenomenon of clammy hands. One expert reported that the sweaty palms prove to be helpful by enhancing the grip. Nowadays that makes for a sticking handshake but back in the hunter-gatherer days, it ensured you wouldn’t lose your next meal.

What are some remedies to help mitigate the sweaty palm response? Luckily there are breathing techniques to help allay the sympathetic nervous system. You can always  consider using a little antiperspirant hand lotion or keep a satchel of cornstarch handy (no pun, intended).

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#IncredibleBurger Coming Soon!

If you haven’t heard of the plant-based revolution in foods, you’re missing-out on the biggest secret to health. A company named Incredible Foods is turning people onto the Incredible Burger, one establishment at a time. Now they’re being served in over 5,000 joints!

As our world becomes inundated with less-than-sustainable meat options, this company has set-up to create a fiscally responsible and dietary delightful plant-based meat option. The founders of Incredible Foods are not shunning meat-eaters. They are finding ways to make the foods we love grow with us.

The Incredible Burger has been around for a little while but nowadays, it’s getting easier to access. Reading more on the Incredible Burger, it makes my mouth water. I want to hop out to a White Castle and pick-up a slider. Rumor has it,  Hurricane Grill & Wings, White Castle, and Wahlburgers restaurants carry them, as well. The video on the Impossible Foods website portrays a mouth-watering experience.

If you are still not within arms reach of an establishment that serves the Incredible Burger, never fear! The company plants to roll-out sales to grocery stores in 2019 so you can enjoy the home-cooked flavor of the Incredible Burger.

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