Diabetes Awareness Month

November is Diabetes Awareness month

Did you know on in 10 Americans have diabetes.  That is more then 30 million Americans. 86 million have Pre-diabetes.

Diabetes is up there with the leading cause of disability and death in the United states.

So many problems can happen when a person has diabetes.  It can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease and many other health problems if it’s is not under control.

On a good note people who have a high risk for type 2 diabetes can lower their risk if they start making healthy changes in there life.  Here are a few examples of healthy changes they can make:

  • Eating healthy food.  Really paying attention to what you are eating is key.
  • Getting more physical exercise.

This month I try to share my own journey of thriving with diabetes and what that picture looks like.  We all can make a difference this month and raise awareness  about the diabetes risk factors. I have a few ideas about other ways we all can help make this month a success.  Here are few:

  • Encourage people to spread the word about diabetes and even if they have the smallest feeling they may have it tell them to get tested and also get their blood pressure and cholesterol checked.
  • Encourage friends family and people in your community to make small changes.  Park far away from the store to get a few extra steps.  Take stairs and not the elevator.

Doing these small things can make big differences!!

Be your own advocate

Do you know what’s going on with your body??  Are you tired, can’t lose weight having brain fog.  Well those were only of the few symptoms I was having at the beginning of the new year.  I have low thyroid but came to find out it was more then just my thyroid acting up.    I have been on thyroid medication for awhile but my blood test in Feb showed such low numbers that it was like I was not even taking medication.  So now I am doing medication and supplements.  Since I started the new regimen and I am feeling better.   I have gone back to NO SUGAR very low carbs but am eating healthy fat’s.  I am also doing some intermittent fasting which is amazing.  So many great benefits.  Just being committed to this lifestyle I know my body will react in a positive way as it continues to show me.

We are our best advocate for our own health. Most of the time we can figure out what works and what doesn’t for our selves.  Sure Dr’s are great but I have found through the years that there are some better then others.  I take as minimal as medication as possible and that was not happening with my old Dr.  I went Dr shopping and have found one that is not pro medication for every little symptom.  Quit the opposite.  She is all about finding out what is causing the symptom and getting the entire picture before even thinking of medication.

Our health is so important and taking care of ourselves is so very important.  Don’t let symptoms go unchecked.  More problems can develop from putting off figuring out what your body is doing or not doing.

Let’s talk Childhood about childhood obesity

obesity month

In the past four decades, obesity rates in the United States have soared among all age groups.  This rise in obesity rates has affected our youth in alarming fashion. Childhood obesity has increased more than fourfold among those ages 6 to 11. One in 3 children in the United States is overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

Whether your child is at risk of becoming overweight or currently at a healthy weight, you can take proactive measures to get or keep things on the right track.

Set a good example.  Make sure you are getting the exercise you need and that you are eating healthy.  Invite your child to go on a walk or bike ride and support exercise as a family

Have healthy food in your home.  Kids eat what is offered and what is provided in the home.  Make sure to have healthy food on hand for snacks and cook healthy meals for your family.

Click  HERE ON KIDS EAT RIGHT and you will find ton’s of good tips to set up a healthy environment in your home. You don’t have to be a Diabetic to eat healthy recipes. That’s are they really are crated with less carbohydrates. Everyone would benefit from eating these types of meals.

Click here Diabetic Recipes Pinterest..  I love my collection of recipes and still add to it to this day!!

With Walktober right around the corner start thinking about the challenge you want to give your family.  Walk at least once a day  with purpose as a family.  Make a 30 day goal to get your exercise in and walk instead of doing what your normally day.  Waltober is so known about that I think you will see people around town taking on the challenge.  It cools off in Oct but before it get’s too cold it’s nice to be able to get some exercise in Oct.

Understanding the Impact of High Cholesterol

This post was sponsored by Kowa Pharmaceuticals America, Inc. Personal opinions and thoughts are my own.

 

I have many loved ones and friends with heart and cholesterol problems, some of whom take a statin medication to help manage their high cholesterol. That’s why I’m proud to be involved with Take Cholesterol to Heart, which encourages people with high cholesterol to talk more openly with their doctor and find the statin that works best for them. While being diagnosed with high cholesterol was hard to hear for my friends, finding a treatment plan that worked well for their individual needs gave them hope for living a healthy life!

High cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the United States. High cholesterol can be deceiving because you can’t see or feel it like some other conditions, but if left untreated, can have serious consequences. Surprisingly, at least 50 percent of people taking a statin medication for high cholesterol stop taking it within a year of starting it, and often aren’t told by their doctor that there are multiple statin options available.

You all know that diabetes is another health issue I really care about. So I was surprised to learn that among patients with high cholesterol who have taken a statin, over 1 in 4 (27 percent) also have Type 2 diabetes, according to ACTION: The Statin Survey*, a recent survey of 5,000 Americans aged 45+ with high cholesterol. In fact, a quarter of the patients surveyed who have Type 2 diabetes acknowledged that they did not take a very active role by asking their healthcare provider any questions about the various statin options, and about 1 in 10 reported that they did not question their healthcare provider’s recommendation.

That’s why it’s important we meet with our doctor to discuss all of our options when looking to treat high cholesterol.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you talk openly with your doctor? You should! Don’t ever be afraid to speak up and discuss challenges you are having with your prescription medication. The ACTION survey found only 45 percent of current statin users say they communicate openly with their healthcare provider about challenges with their statin. Open communication helps doctors provide appropriate care for their patients.

To emphasize the importance of having the heart-health conversation with your doctor, join Take Cholesterol to Heart spokesperson Howie Mandel to help inspire others to speak up before they stop their statin. Take to heart the importance of not stopping your medication.

Where can you go to learn more? Visit TakeCholesteroltoHeart.com for more information on the risk factors of high cholesterol and tools and resources to help you talk to your doctor about finding the statin that’s right for you.

I am so proud to support this campaign and get more people talking to their doctors about high cholesterol and finding the treatment regimen that works best for them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Kowa Pharmaceuticals America, Inc. and should not be construed to constitute medical advice. My personal story and opinions are my own. I am not a medical professional and am not qualified to give medical advice. Please talk with your doctor about your individual medical situation.

*Harris Poll conducted ACTION: The Statin Survey (Understanding Patient Adherence and Concerns with Statins, and Medication Discussions with Physicians) online on behalf of Kowa Pharmaceuticals America, Inc. from July 7 to August 4, 2017, among 5,014 U.S. adults age 45 or older who had been diagnosed with high cholesterol and had used a statin to treat high cholesterol. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

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Advocating

I saw a lady today in line at Walmart and she was staring at me.  She did not look familiar to me so I was trying to remember if I know her through her kids that may know my kids.  Nothing came.  I was next in line and she came up and started the conversation with I remember you from when you were on the Dr OZ show.  Then she asked lot’s of questions ending with I hope I run into you again.  It was nice to run into this sweet lady and it brought back all kinds of great memories of when I was in New York and was on the Dr OZ show.  🙂

I was over at my sisters new home yesterday and she said a lady from church was over.  She said she asked the lady if she knew me and as my sister described me and said something about being a diabetes advocate the lady said oh of coarse I know your sister I met her at a health fair and I remember when she was on the Dr. OZ show.  LOL  I meet so many wonderful people as I travel and do health fairs and speak at so many different kinds of venues.  I love it!  Today these to things caused me to reflect on the past 9 years.  Boy have I come along way.  I love advocating for diabetes with even more passion for the cause the more people living with diabetes that I meet along the way both type 1 and type 2 I gain more passion for the cause.  The diabetes community is very near and dear to my heart and I really feel blessed to keep getting opportunities to share my journey. I posted a video and pic because many I met in Washington have not seen the clip from the Dr OZ show.

Most recently I was in Washington speaking at a Diabetes Educator conference.  I loved being around all of these great people that wanted to know more about my journey.  They daily help so many people living with diabetes.  I always include these amazing educators in our community.  They love their patients and want their patients to succeed.  I heard many say I love what I do and that they could tell that I love what I do.  Hearing that inspired me even more to keep giving to this wonderful community.

My son Mason since he was just a little boy use to ask if he could go to my speaking engagements, events. He said tell them I am your trainer, I help you remember to take your medication, anything so I can go with you.  Sneak me in the suite case.  Mom I really want to go!!  I would always say I am sorry Mason it’s just me going.  Maybe someday.  Well that someday came and we had a blast.  What a wonderful Mother-Son trip we had.  Mason has never seen me speak at a big big event so I was so touched when he said wow Mom you did great.  I was just so happy he got to come and fill my days with fun adventure, shopping, movies and temple visit and go karts.

 

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