Health; Aug./Sept. Community Action Newsletter



Walk this Way

Go out for a stroll, but be sure to pick up the pace for a few minutes every now and then as recommended by a study in the Journal Diabetologia.
Alternating power walking and slow walking seems to make the body more responsive to insulin, resulting in better blood sugar control.
Diabetes Healthmonitor, Vol. 20, No. 2, Summer 2015.

Make every day with diabetes easier!

One, outsmart morning blood sugar lows. If you often wake up with low blood sugar, a bedtime snack would help. Ask your diabetes care team if a small piee of fruit, hummus or grozen graps (or any other snack containing no more than 20 grams of carbs) could help you.
Two, Clear carbs from your pantry! Toss sugary cereals, crackers, sodas, chips and other high calorie, low nutriient foods. Just be sure to do the task on a full stomach so you won’t be tempted to nosh!
Three, Allergy smarts. If the season has you sniffling and sneezing, check with your pharmacist or diabestes care team before taking an antihistamine. Many of a sedating effect that can make you drowsy and cause you to skip a meal resulting in an unexpected low. Newer formulations have less of a sedative effect.
Four, Get pretty feet for a song. Nail salons are not the safest place to get a pedi. Instead, visit your podiatrist. He can clip your nails and buff calluses without irritating skin. As a bonus, most insurance plans and Medicare will cover the expense!.
Five. Ton up on the sly! Just lift one foot about a half inch from the ground whenever you are waiting in line or standing around. Hold for a minute or so, switch feet and repeat a few times. This simple move firms leg muscles and helps improve balance.
Six. Dealing with lots of lows? Tell your diabetes care team. With today’s many treatment options, you should be able to find the formula that keeps your blood sugar steady so you can avoid needless snacking.
Diabetes Healthmonitor, Vol. 20, No. 2, Summer 2015.

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