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3 Ways to Better Control Your Diabetes
If you have diabetes, you know how hard it can sometimes be to manage the condition. That’s why experts keep looking for better ways to control the disease. Every year, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) reviews the latest research on diabetes. It then updates its care guidelines for you and your doctor. Below are 3 key changes.
The Top Tactics for Relieving IBS
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can be hard to diagnose—no simple test can detect it. The disorder can be even harder to treat. Stomach cramping, diarrhea, constipation—these symptoms may come and go. And what may work to relieve them for one person may not work for someone else.
COPD Can Affect Sleep and Mental Health
A recent study found sleep and mental health problems are common in people with COPD.
Timing Matters for Some Heartburn Medication
A bowl of spicy chili, a cup of coffee, some deep-fried onion rings—these foods may be tasty. But they can also cause heartburn. When this discomfort hits you a few times a week or more, you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD.
Diabetes Rates Have Nearly Doubled
Diabetes affects many Americans. You or a loved one may even have it. It’s a disease that can have an impact on your entire body—in particular, your heart, eyes, and kidneys. It’s the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S. And it’s on the rise.
Shoulder Surgery Can Relieve RA Symptoms
The human shoulder is an anatomical wonder. It’s more flexible than any other joint in your body. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can limit this range of movement. So much so, that you may want to consider surgery to relieve pain and stiffness.
Having a Baby? Get Screened for Diabetes
If you are a mother-to-be, your health is central to your baby’s well-being. Gestational diabetes can threaten this vital connection. It can cause trouble with delivery, premature birth, and other serious problems. That’s why health experts recommend that all pregnant women be screened for the disease.
Good Blood Sugar Control Vital for Wound Healing
When you have diabetes, a small scrape or cut can turn into a big problem. A wound may take a long time to heal. Even worse, it may become infected. The results of a recent study reinforce just how important good blood sugar control is for proper wound healing.
Eye Care Critical If You Have Diabetes
Much of the damage diabetes does to your body you can’t see. That includes diabetic retinopathy. This eye problem usually causes no early symptoms. But it can lead to poor vision and even blindness. Taking care of your eyes can prevent it and other eye diseases.
Getting Personal About Diabetes and Nutrition
What you eat plays an important part in how well you manage your diabetes. For the best blood sugar control, is it better to follow a Mediterranean diet? What about becoming a vegetarian? The latest nutrition guidelines from the American Diabetes Association decipher this diet dilemma. They also dish out other nutrition basics.
Diabetes Can Be Challenging for Older Adults
Diabetes is never easy to manage. That may especially ring true if you are older than 65. Older adults tend to face more health challenges than younger people with the disease.
People with Diabetes Often Have Arthritis, Too
You may have no trouble walking, taking a shower, or even changing clothes. But for people with diabetes or arthritis, these simple daily activities can become hard to do — even more so if they suffer from both conditions. A recent study found it’s not uncommon for people to have this disabling duo.