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Treat Your Feet — Promote Blood Flow, Don’t Wait to Circulate

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Jul 2, 2015 5:30:47 PM

In this installment of Treat Your Feet, periodic movement helps you and your blood ‘Circulate’ to the farthest reaches of your extremities.Welcome back to our Treat Your Feet series for diabetes foot health. Last week we explored proper footwear to Cover and protect your feet; the week before, we investigated procedures for keeping them Clean and dry. For this installment, we’re promoting movement to help you and your blood Circulate to the farthest reaches of your extremities.

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Topics: Diabetes, Fitness

Depression Insights and Personal Battles in One Encyclopedic Book

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Jul 1, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Book of the Month: July 2015

As many as one in three patients with a chronic disease are estimated to experience symptoms of depression. Our July book digs deep into the disorder.Being diagnosed with a chronic disease and learning to cope with the condition represent major changes that can profoundly affect a patient’s mood, outlook, and behavior. Some illnesses and/or associated treatments cause fatigue, pain, or other new discomforts; for some patients, new routines of care and maintenance can necessitate lifestyle adjustments. It’s common for these alterations to come hand in hand with emotions such as sadness, anger, or fear. Yet patients and caregivers may not be aware that if these feelings continue and begin to interfere with day-to-day life, depression may be the culprit.

As many as one in three patients with a chronic disease are estimated to experience symptoms of depression. However, for many of these individuals, depression disorders may not be recognized and can go untreated. For readers wanting to learn more about depression and its effects and treatments, July’s book selection is an exhaustive reference on many facets of the disease.

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Topics: Recommended Reading

Treat Your Feet — The Right Socks and Shoes Will Have You Covered

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Jun 26, 2015 12:52:51 PM

This week in the Treat Your Feet series, explore how to fully and properly Cover your feet for optimal safety and protection from injury.The Treat Your Feet series continues this week with another pillar of diabetes foot care. On the heels of our first in-depth post about Clean feet, this week’s topic is how to Cover your feet for optimal safety and protection.

Committing to diabetes self-management does take some change and preparation. When it comes to blood glucose levels, such changes might come in thinking twice about what or how much to eat. With foot care, a little extra effort may be called for, but understanding the needs of your feet and securing the proper tools can make it easier to give them valuable support and protection.

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Topics: Diabetes

Summer Cookout Indulgence for a Patriotic Sweet Tooth

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Jun 23, 2015 4:41:00 PM

Featured Recipe

Commitment to better diet doesn’t have to mean constant deprivation. This no-bake recipe is a shareable dessert perfect for the height of summer.A commitment to better diet doesn’t have to mean a lifetime of deprivation. Special occasions and events are times to congregate, celebrate, and often eat together. During summertime festivities, from cookouts to reunions, planning ahead can make it possible to enjoy some richer foods responsibly, without jeopardizing disease management. For diet-restricted patients with a sweet tooth, this recipe is a special treat that’s easy to make and wonderful to share.

As temperatures rise, we turn to foods that can be prepared without turning on the oven — which is where this delectable cheesecake comes in. Homemade whipped cream gives this no-bake take a lighter density that pairs perfectly with a sunny summer day. The addition of fresh fruit on top, like red and ‘blue’ berries, lends a dose of healthy nutrients and may even inspire you to show a creative splash of Independence Day pride.

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Topics: Diabetes, Recipe, Nutrition

Health News Round-Up: Even With a Cart, Golf Is Serious Exercise

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Jun 20, 2015 12:45:21 PM

Cart-Aided Golf Still Packs a Workout

HNRU-GolfIsExercise-BAN-600x460-062015Ample fresh air and a moderate walking pace make golf feel like leisure, but this recent NPR piece reinforces that even with modifications like motorized carts, golf is indeed a sport. The number of steps a player takes when golfing with a cart can still equate to about two miles over the course of 18 holes, not to mention energy burn over 1,000 calories. Golf also works out a player’s core muscles and balance.

Courses and clubs like golf carts because they earn revenue and speed up players’ games, allowing for more tee times. For players with advanced age or health challenges, using a cart can make it possible to continue playing for longer. And with such a rarefied combination of enjoyment and exercise, hitting the links by any means necessary is a good thing.

(Take A Swing At This: Golf Is Exercise, Cart Or No Cart; NPR)

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Topics: Home Health Care, Dementia, Fall Prevention, Caregiving, Diabetes, Aging In Place, Fitness