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March 17, 2012

Ask a Nurse: Got Sugar?

Ask a Nurse: Got Sugar?

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Pamela is an RN, MSN/Ed.

Pamela is a mother of 6 amazing children ages 11 to 24. She is a nurse educator and loves to travel overseas to work in medical clinics and teach health-related topics to schools and communities. She has been married to her best friend, Steve, for 29 years. She has many different interests including reading, writing (NOT arithmetic!), baking, teaching, and spending time with her family. She lives in central Pennsylvania with her husband and two youngest daughters.

Got Sugar?

What do you know about Diabetes, beside the recent news that Paula Deen has it? Here are some startling facts:

Diabetes affects 25.8 million people of all ages
8.3 percent of the U.S. population

DIAGNOSED
18.8 million people

UNDIAGNOSED
7.0 million people

  • Among U.S. residents ages 65 years and older, 10.9 million, or 26.9 percent, had diabetes in 2010.
  • About 215,000 people younger than 20 years had diabetes—type 1 or type 2—in the United States in 2010.
  • About 1.9 million people ages 20 years or older were newly diagnosed with diabetes in 2010 in the United States.
  • In 2005–2008, 35 percent of U.S. adults ages 20 years or older had prediabetes—50 percent of adults ages 65 years or older. Applying this percentage to the entire U.S. population in 2010 yields an estimated 79 million American adults ages 20 years or older with prediabetes.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, nontraumatic lower-limb amputations, and new cases of blindness among adults in the United States.
  • Diabetes is a major cause of heart disease and stroke.
  • Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States (american diabetes association, 2012)

What are the symptoms of Diabetes?
People who think they might have Diabetes must visit a physician for diagnosis. They might have SOME or NONE of the following symptoms:

  • Frequent urination
  • Excessive thirst
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Extreme hunger
  • Sudden vision changes
  • Tingling or numbness in hands or feet
  • Feeling very tired much of the time
  • Very dry skin
  • Sores that are slow to heal
  • More infections than usual.

Nausea, vomiting, or stomach pains may accompany some of these symptoms in the abrupt onset of insulin-dependent Diabetes, now called type 1 Diabetes.

What are the types of diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes accounts for about 5% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes accounts for about 90% to 95% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that only pregnant women get. If not treated, it can cause problems for mothers and babies. Gestational diabetes develops in 2% to 10% of all pregnancies but usually disappears when a pregnancy is over.

What are the risk factors for diabetes?

Risk factors for type 2 Diabetes include older age, obesity, family history of Diabetes, prior history of gestational Diabetes, impaired glucose tolerance, physical inactivity, and race/ethnicity. African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, American Indians, and some Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are at particularly high risk for type 2 Diabetes.

Risk factors are less well defined for type 1 diabetes than for type 2 Diabetes, but autoimmune, genetic, and environmental factors are involved in developing this type of Diabetes.

Gestational diabetes occurs more frequently in African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, American Indians, and people with a family history of Diabetes than in other groups. Obesity is also associated with higher risk. Women who have had gestational Diabetes have a 35% to 60% chance of developing Diabetes in the next 10–20 years.

Other specific types of Diabetes, which may account for 1% to 5% of all diagnosed cases, result from specific genetic syndromes, surgery, drugs, malnutrition, infections, and other illnesses.

I, myself, had gestational Diabetes. My children were over 9 and 10 lbs except for my last child who weighed in at a very normal 7.9 lbs. When a baby is born to a mother with gestational Diabetes they often have trouble maintaining a normal blood sugar. Glucose water or very frequent feeding helps the first hours after birth. What can a person do to try to prevent getting Diabetes? I have comprised a list of the top ways to do your part in preventing Diabetes. Remember, some risk factors you cannot change, such as family history and race. Do your part on what you can change!

There is a lot of research on how to prevent Diabetes; these 5 tips seem to come up on every list:

  1. Exercise! Exercise can reduce your chance of developing type 2 Diabetes. Find something active that you like to do and it will be easier to keep up with it.  Make it a family activity and encourage each other.
  1. Keep at or get to a healthy weight. This alone will greatly reduce your chance of developing Diabetes. Start by focusing on eating smaller portions and increasing your activity levels.
  1. Eat a diet rich in mono and polyunsaturated fats.  These types of fats are found in canola oil, olive oil and fats from nuts, avocados and seeds.
  1. Eat more plant based foods.  Eating a diet focused on whole grains and vegetables will fill you up and help reduce your risk of Diabetes.
  1. Stay away from sugary drinks and refined carbohydrates. White bread, white rice, cookies, sodas and white potatoes all cause your blood sugar to spike. Eating a diet based on these can greatly increase your risk of developing type 2 Diabetes.

That’s it! These 5 simple tips can drastically reduce your chance of developing type 2 Diabetes. If you have trouble getting started you can ask your family doctor for help. It also may help to share your goals with your friends and/or family. Using the buddy system or working as a family can help you stay on track.

Simple? Well, if it were that simple none of us would have trouble staying on our diet and exercise plans. Unfortunately, it takes a LOT of will power and practice until these changes become a part of your lifestyle. Start out with small goals and add a new healthy habit each week.

Since March is National nutrition month, I will have a few more articles focusing on nutrition, send me your questions to asknursepam@gmail.com

Until next week-

Be well,

Pam

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 Here’s an opportunity to join a diabetes research study.  I haven’t tried this but If you decide to look into it can you let me know what you think by leaving a comment. Click on this link to try it out   Diabetes Study

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March 11, 2012

Diabetes Research opportunities

    I have not tried this. I do know that a lot of you have diabetes. It actually runs in my family. When I came across this opportunity I decided to share it with you. If you decide to look into it can you let me know what you think by leaving a comment. Thank you!

You can click on this link to try it out   Diabetes Study

Domestic Diva: Homemade Body Wash

How to make homemade body wash!

Homemade Body Wash

Because of my successful Homemade Laundry Soap, I decided to gather more homemade skin care and body care recipes. Good thing because I have great readers who shares with me some of their best finds and today here’s Angela’s recipe for Homemade Body Wash which I plan on making soon.

Homemade Body Wash By Angie Klinzing

You will need

– 8 oz bar of soap (any bar will do, but read the label to make sure you are using 8 oz. For some soaps that’s one bar and others it’s 2 or 3 bars)

I used 3 which equaled 9.6 oz so I added a little more Glycerin when I made mine

– 2 Tbsp of Glycerin (found by the band aides and not soap aisle)

– 1 gallon (16 Cups of Water)

– Stock Pot (large one)

– Container for soap (example milk jug)

1. Grate your soap like its cheese (use cheese grater or cut up very small chunks)
Put in stock pot with the water and glycerin
Heat on Medium until all of the soap is dissolved (if you grate it goes faster)

2. When all is dissolved, you will have what looks like soapy water (that’s normal)

3. Take off the heat and let cool for 10-12 hrs

4. After the cool down it should be thick

5. Beat with hand mixer, adding as much water as you want in order to get what consistency you desire

6. At this point you can add in perfume and fragrances

7. Funnel in to a container

When I was done my homemade body wash was still pretty thick so I added more water when they were in the milk jugs. That’s how I came out with 2 milk jugs worth.

Thanks for this tip Angela!

Check out our other version of Homemade Body Wash!

If you want to share with us some of your frugal finds or frugal skin care recipes such as this homemade body wash please email me at madamedeals@gmail.com

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March 9, 2012

Fashion Friday: Spring 2012

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I love Fashion but I hate paying tons of money to look great. I believe you need two things the knowledge of what looks good on you and the skill to find it for less. I encourage you to get rid of all the items in your closet that you do not wear. They cloud up your options to make really great outfits because you can’t see your clothes! If they are in good condition sell the at a consignment store or a place like Plato’s closet, or host a clothing swap. Clothing swaps are a blast!

Amee

     It all starts with a great dress. I am the frugal fashion shopping diva. I love to find a good deal. I guess that is why I am Madame Deals. I do have a budget just $20 a week to spend on my wardrobe. I try to replicate what I see in all those wonderful magazines for less a lot less. I in fact get very upset when their steals are so much more than the top of my budget. In what world is $250 a steal for a sweater?

Ask a Nurse: 10 Ways to Stay Healthy During Flu Season

Pamela is an RN, MSN/Ed.

Pamela is a mother of 6 amazing children ages 11 to 24. She is a nurse educator and loves to travel overseas to work in medical clinics and teach health-related topics to schools and communities. She has been married to her best friend, Steve, for 29 years. She has many different interests including reading, writing (NOT arithmetic!), baking, teaching, and spending time with her family. She lives in central Pennsylvania with her husband and two youngest daughters.

10 Ways to Stay Healthy During Flu Season

It seems that the flu season is just now arriving in many parts of the country. Let’s go over some simple ways to avoid the flu in your household. You can’t always prevent illness, but you can sure try your best!

1. WASH YOUR HANDS! Proper hand washing is the number one way to avoid illness! 

Wash your hands:
*Before, during, and after preparing food
*Before eating food
*Before and after caring for someone who is sick
*Before and after treating a cut or wound
*After using the toilet
*After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
*After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
*After touching an animal or animal waste
*After touching garbage

How?

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold) and apply soap.
  • Rub your hands together, lather and scrub them well; be sure to scrub the backs of
  • your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Continue rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy
  • Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  • Rinse your hands well under running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

2. Keep areas that are touched frequently clean by wiping them with a disinfecting solution (such as lysol, bleach, etc.). Include doorknobs, phones, counters, tables, keyboards, handles and knobs on faucets, and toys.

3. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

4. Avoid touching your nose, eyes, and mouth. Many illnesses are spread by a person touching a person or object that has been touched by an infected person, and then touching these areas.

5. Get vaccinated each year. You can still get the flu vaccine this year if you haven’t already.

6. Get plenty of sleep. Your body is more resistant to illness when you are well rested.

7. Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water each day! Dehydration can also weaken our resistance against infection.

8. Eat a healthy diet. Eating a well-balanced diet consisting of nutritious foods helps keep our immune system healthy.

9. Manage your stress. Stress can cause our bodies to be susceptible to illness.

10. Don’t share anything that goes in your mouth. This includes silverware, cups, straws, cigarettes, etc.
Carry around a small container of instant hand sanitizer, antiseptic wipes, and a travel-sized container of disinfectant spray, use when you are out of the house and want to minimize your chances of picking up germs and flu viruses. I hope you find these tips helpful.

Drop me a line at asknursepam@gmail.com, I would love to hear from you! Let me know what questions you would like to see addressed in a future column!

Until next week-
Be Well,

Pam

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March 2, 2012

Fashion Friday: What to buy right now

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I love Fashion but I hate paying tons of money to look great. I believe you need two things the knowledge of what looks good on you and the skill to find it for less. I encourage you to get rid of all the items in your closet that you do not wear. They cloud up your options to make really great outfits because you can’t see your clothes! If they are in good condition sell the at a consignment store or a place like Plato’s closet, or host a clothing swap. Clothing swaps are a blast!

Amee

The key to saving money and looking great is buying things when they are on sale. This is a great time to buy sweaters and coats for next year. It is also an amazing time to buy boots. You can pick up boots for under $40.I would pick a pair of boots that are classic in nature. I picked up these great boots for a super price! $39.99… The best part is these are for date night and not the grocery store!

MIA - Jetsetter (Black Velvet) - Footwear MIA – Jetsetter (Black Velvet) – Footwear

6pm.com is proud to offer the MIA – Jetsetter (Black Velvet) – Footwear: Set your sights on destinations unknown! Fly the skies of high fashion with these killer boots! ; Easy pull-on construction with zipper closure. ; Fabric upper in a seductive over-the-knee design. ; Man-made lining. ; Lightly cushioned man-made footbed. ; Wrapped heel. ; Man-made sole. ; Heel Height: 3 1 2 in ; Platform Height: 1 2 in ; Shaft: 23 in ; Circumference: 15 in ; Weight: 1 lb 4 oz ; Product measurements were taken using size 8.5. Please note that measurements may vary by size.