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Anxiety, Antidepressants, Pre-Diabetes and the Running Itch

Share Anxiety was the real catalyst for my interest in running after the birth of my daughter in 2010 – when I was told I was pre-diabetic – and decided to run the Marathon! I set myself that goal partly to get rid of the baby weight, but mainly for the mental benefits. I was taking mild antidepressants pretty much continuously …

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Acid Reflux and Heartburn, a Duty of Care


Share Lifestyle changes can usually neutralise this unpleasant condition. Heartburn has become almost an international epidemic – a third of us now suffer regularly. This burning pain behind the breastbone is usually caused by stomach acid flowing up into the gullet (oesophagus) and burning its delicate lining (oesophagitis). As well as aiming to relieve the discomfort, heartburn should be taken …

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How to Lose Weight AND Keep it Off Forever

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Share Reaching your ideal weight can be tricky, but the hardest part can be staying there. Here’s what science and research tells us really works best for diabetics and longer life expectancy. Lose Weight Slow and Steady Don’t lose weight too quickly. If your body spots a sudden drop in calories, it thinks a famine is approaching and will do …

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Antibiotics: The Latest Advice for Diabetics

Share Used carefully, these drugs will still be there and effective when we need them. Antibiotics save millions of lives, but excessive and inappropriate use has allowed some bacteria to mutate (change their genes) and become resistant to our most powerful antibiotics. We’re using 5% more than just five years ago, although use in animals has reached its lowest ever …

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Hack Your Diabetes with these Super Herbs – Adaptogens


Share Adaptogens are herbs that support and rebalance the body, helping us adapt to life’s stresses. Here’s general guidance to help diabetics. Turmeric is an adaptogen for your immune system, PLUS inflammation and digestion. When cooking with turmeric, add a good pinch of black pepper, too. Piperine, an active ingredient in black pepper, has been found to be a ‘bio-enhancer’, …

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Happy Tummy Tricks and Tweaks for Diabetic Digestion

ShareThe festive season particularly can play havoc with your digestion. If you’re having troubles, try these lifestyle tweaks. What’s going on in your stomach reflects the state of your general health. If your gut isn’t working properly, it can affect the level of nutrients in your body. Stress, poor diet and unhealthy lifestyles are all contributing to a rise in …

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Animal Inspirations for a Better Back and Ache Free Muscles

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Share  A better back and ache-free muscles are just two things we can gain from moves inspired by creatures. Here are the best ones to try… Stretch Like a Cat WHY? For muscles to be healthy and perform well, they need to be able to lengthen and shorten that’s why stretching is essential if you want to move as nature …

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Statins, Do Diabetics Need Them?


Share These cholesterol-lowering drugs reduce heart attacks and strokes, but are they for everyone? Forty years after statins were launched, they‘re still controversial. Researchers in Britain say fewer high-risk patients have started taking them since the latest guidance from NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence), while people in lower-risk categories may be over-treated with statins. Why does …

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Diabetes and Back Pain Go Beyond Red Flags

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Share Four out of five diabetics will suffer at least one episode of back pain, but many have repeated/chronic pain that can affect work, home and relationships, even though there’s rarely a serious cause. Our backs consist of bony blocks (vertebrae) cushioned by intervertebral discs and linked by side/back joints, creating bony tunnels that protect our spinal cords. Strong ligaments …

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Raw Vegan Diet of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables in Abundance

ShareRaw Vegan Diet was unheard of. Born into a vegetarian family, I grew up on a diet that included fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts and dairy products. Healthy enough until, four years ago, I was continuously running a fever and losing weight. Determined to overcome this, I looked for solutions and enrolled in a small allopathic course which left me …

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The Diabetic Kidney Disease – Diabetic Nephropathy

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Share Diabetic nephropathy or diabetic kidney disease is a complication of type 1 or type 2 diabetes caused by damage to the kidneys’ delicate filtering system. The kidneys have many minuscule blood vessels whose job is to filter waste from the blood. These blood vessels are destroyed as a result of high blood sugar from diabetes. Eventually, the kidney is unable …

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Walnuts and Diabetes, Pinpointing it


Share Walnuts! Wake up to this Wonder.  A complete food that provides a rich combination of healthful substances. These substances like omega-3 fatty acids, gamma tocopherol (a form of vitamin E), polyphenols and antioxidants work in synergy to overcome various diseases. Walnuts contain very high levels of healthy fatty acids. These fatty acids have proven to be very helpful in reducing …

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Prevention of Diabetes – Type1 and Type2 – Hope vs Despair

Share THE PREVENTION OF TYPE 1 DIABETES The autoimmune process in Type 1 diabetes begins years before β-cells are destroyed. Measuring HLA susceptibility markers and autoantibody tests allows those at high risk of developing the disease to be identified. At present there is no reliable method of preventing its development. Studies in small groups of children have shown that aggressive …

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The Impact of Diabetes – Type1 and Type2

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Share The condition and impact of diabetes mellitus may have been in existence for more than three thousand years. The two forms of diabetes were first described in the fifth century AD, one occurring in slim individuals who perished quickly (Type 1 diabetes) and the other in older overweight people who survived for longer (Type 2 diabetes). By the end …

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Low Blood Sugar Precautions

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Share If you have type 1 diabetes or if you have type 2 diabetes and take insulin and/or diabetes pills, be sure to: Check your blood sugar before and after physical activity. If you use insulin to manage your diabetes, work with your diabetes care team to learn how you might need to adjust the amount of insulin you use …

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