Monday, August 21, 2017

What Do You Run For?

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Do you run everyday? Do you consider running as your daily exercise routine? If yes, why do you run? For some health benefits to fit your body. Spotify can help motivate you across the finish line!

For as far back as three years, I've been glad to call myself a "runner." from the beginning, I utilized the word pretty freely, and I felt sort of like a fake. Presently, with two half-marathons added to my repertoire and a third ideal around the bend, I feel far more sure about saying I'm a piece of the club. 

What Do You Run For?

Be that as it may, while I do run and prepare, I don't generally anticipate it. Truth be told, now and then getting myself bound up to go for a run (particularly when the temperature is anything not the same as a perfect 70 degrees) is an immense battle. That 'runner's high' individuals discuss? I don't generally feel it until the point that a couple of miles in, here and there not until after I'm finished logging my miles and showering. 

Anyway, how would I really get out there? How would I really make a 3, 4, or 11-mile run happen? 

It might appear to be shallow, yet I run for carbs. Or, then again burgers. Or, on the other hand, burritos. Those realistic shirts that pronounce "Will Run for Pizza," fundamentally whole up all that I remain for. Furthermore, as of late I discovered that Rihanna has a similar eating regimen wellness logic as well. By the day's end, I want to eat. Be that as it may, I focus on the supplements I'm eating and how adjusted my eating routine is. 

When I'm preparing for a race and running 10 miles, it's not to get in shape—it's to build continuance and wind up noticeably more grounded. Which implies that after I consume those 1,000 calories, I can joyfully treat myself to whatever carby, annoying goodness I need. All things considered, your post-exercise supper ought to incorporate a healthy carb-protein-fat proportion, with carb tally being the most astounding. Furthermore, I just propelled myself, hell. I merit something scrumptious. What's more, to be completely forthright, a burger never tastes superior to anything when you're greedy. That is a logical actuality. 

Obviously, there are more certain components urging me to get my sweat on frequently: battling off sickness, broadening my life, keeping my body working like an all around oiled machine. In any case, amidst panting for air, I'm not precisely considering fighting off diabetes.  

And afterward there's the in-the-minute help: great music—it's quite difficult to log that mileage without some inspiring beats keeping your legs and cerebrum moving in a state of harmony. I've as of late begun utilizing Spotify Running, which gives you a chance to pick a classification, and afterward actually alters the beat to your pace, as you accelerate or back off. So not exclusively would you be able to get in a decent cadence and let the music move you (actually), yet you additionally don't need to stress over wriggling with your telephone and finding a speedier melody when you require each and every piece of vitality to concentrate on your breath. Anything that takes a portion of the work off me has a place in my running armory until the end of time. 

All in all, we need to know: What will you run for? Possibly you share my adoration for sustenance, or perhaps it's for the astounding perspectives along your course.

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How Much Do You Need to Run Daily to Extend Your Life? Not Much

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We make thousands of choices per day. If you chose to make a few of those decisions a little healthier, your well-being and your beauty, win big-time. So we are obsessed with studies like this one, which proves that finding just a few minutes to exercise can make a significant impact on your life span.

Five minutes! In the amount of time, it takes to like photos on Instagram or flip through new releases on NetFlix (and then HBO GO, and then Amazon), you could be running around the block, or jogging in place, and basically prolonging your life.

How Much Do You Need to Run Daily to Extend Your Life? Not Much

One of the main factors, why we don't workout, is because we need to squeeze it into our already packed routines. Raise your hand if you’ve skipped the gym because you only ran out of time for the 30 minutes to an hour you allotted for your workout (my hand is raised over here!). Now, we know that only running around the block for five to 10 minutes will help you maintain your health.

“Since time is one of the strongest barriers to participate in physical activity, the study may motivate more people to start running and continue to run as an attainable health goal for mortality benefits,” says lead researcher Duck-Chul Lee of Iowa State, who conducted the research. “Running may be a better exercise option than more moderate intensity exercises for healthy but sedentary people since it produces similar, if not greater, mortality benefits in five to 10 minutes compared to the 15 to 20 minutes per day of moderate-intensity activity that many find too time-consuming.”

Compared with non-runners, the runners in the large study of 55,137 adults on average lived three years longer compared to non-runners.

What’s more, the benefits were the same no matter how long, far, frequently or fast participants reported running: Those who ran less than an hour per week have the same mortality benefits compared to runners who ran more than three hours per week.

So tomorrow morning,  when you sleep through your alarm again and mentally rule out exercising, pull those sneakers on anyway. Five minutes is all you need.

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The 7 Simplest Ways to Live Longer

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Want to live longer? And as if you were younger? That’s what we call “living beautifully.” Now, what if we told you it was really, really, amazingly easy to do? It sounds like a con, but it’s not.

At the very root of living longer is leading a healthy life that’s fun. (No sour dour advice from us, here!) That means doing things that are good for you—eating lots of vegetables and getting physical activity everyday—and avoiding things that, well, will kill you—things like smoking, eating too much sugar and saturated fat, and swimming in shark-infested waters.

The 7 Simplest Ways to Live Longer

In addition to these big-picture approaches to longevity, there are little things you can do on a daily basis that has been shown to add years to your life. How easy are these?

1. Run for five minutes a day. 

That’s it. Just five minutes. In a large study of 55,137 adults, runners lived, on average, three years longer than non-runners. The benefits were the same no matter how long, far, frequently or fast participants reported running: Those who ran less than an hour per week have the same mortality benefits compared to runners who ran more than three hours per week.

2. Drink coffee. 

An April 2014 review in the British Journal of Nutrition looked at 20 studies covering nearly 974,000 people. The overall findings came out in favor of java: Drinking coffee—especially three or more cups a day—was associated with lower risk of death by any cause. And now we know that if you do not have headaches, abnormal heartbeats, anxiety, or gastric upset from a cup of coffee, you are “genetically a fast metabolizer.” Fast metabolizers get all benefits from coffee, while slow metabolizers get all side effects. 

3. Take responsibility. 

Research from the 1970s shows that it’s never too late to take responsibility for your own health and well-being. A study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that nursing home residents who took on responsibility—for instance, caring for a plant or choosing the flick for movie night—lived longer than those who relied on staff to make their decisions for them.

4. Volunteer. 

It’s estimated that 27 percent of Americans volunteer—and they may get back as much as they give. A review of multiple studies found that people who volunteer have a 20 percent reduction in mortality, plus lower levels of depression, higher life satisfaction and generally enhanced well-being. The researchers determined that the quality of life enhancements hinged on volunteers feeling like they’re benefitting emotionally from the work.

5. Have great sex. 

Duke University research spanning 25 years found that one of the most significant predictors of longevity for women was how much they enjoyed sex over the course of their lives. That, along with high health satisfaction and good physical function, helped add 23 years to women’s lives, on average.

6. Look on the not-so-bright side sometimes. 

A positive attitude is a powerful tool in your wellness arsenal, but so is a little healthy pessimism. People who are more realistic—that is, less idealistic—about their lives are more cautious, more prepared for difficulty and they tend to live longer than their optimistic peers.

7. Stand up! 

In a May 2014 study, researchers analyzed data from the Canada Fitness Survey and found that, for people who don’t exercise regularly, more time spent standing was linked with lower mortality from cardiovascular disease and death from “other causes” in a linear fashion. In other words, more standing, less dying.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

I Took Viagra Every Day for Two Weeks and This Is What Happened

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What it's like to walk through the world at a full sexual charge. Is it safe to take Viagra every day? Men who take Viagra every night may experience a return to normal erections. How to take viagra for best results? 

According to Viagra’s official website, men should avail themselves of the little blue pill no more than once a day. So that’s exactly what I did: I took Viagra no more than once a day—only I did so for exactly two weeks straight.

Now, I realize it may sound a bit excessive to be ingesting the world’s top erectile-dysfunction pill as if it were everyday Ibuprofen, but I was determined to find out what it was like. Would I turn into a sex god? Would my mood soar? Would I hallucinate? Would the downward blood flow affect my brain? Well, there was only one way to find out.

Some relevant backstory: I’m 40 years-old and thankfully still very sexually active, and I’ve been experimenting with Viagra for many years (though only sparingly). But for this article, I was definitely entering unchartered waters. Nervous? A little. Excited? Definitely. More than anything I was curious about what it would be like to walk through the world at a full sexual charge. Here’s what I learned. And for more advice, check out the ways to spice up your sex life.

I Took Viagra Every Day for Two Weeks and This Is What Happened

1. A little bit can go a long way.

Viagra comes in three different sizes: 25mg, 50mg, or 100mg. In the past, I’ve found that 25mg always did the job just fine. However, my journey begins with a bottle of the 100mg tabs which I’ve chosen to cut into thirds. (A full 100mg tablet is a pretty hardcore. According to one writeup on littlebluepill.com, “it will give you a full Ginsu carving knife that, if put to ultimate use, will render her suitable for burial in a Y-shaped coffin.”)

During my 14-day experiment, there were a few nights when sex was on the cards and I happened to have had one too many drinks. As I expected, the dose certainly did the trick—and then some. In fact, I found myself to be very prone to sudden, rock hard erections for most of the following day. The reason? Viagra doesn’t stop working after four hours. Rather, its effectiveness drops by 50 percent. Another four hours and it falls by 50 percent again.

Even at my usual 25mg dose, I still woke up each morning with enough Viagra in my system to result in a penis so hard a cat couldn’t scratch it. 

2. Viagra might be a (very effective) placebo.

During the two weeks, I spent taking Viagra, I couldn’t help but notice that my erections felt harder, fuller, and more abiding over the course of an evening of sex. However, according to urologist Dr. Arthur Burnett with Johns Hopkins, I might be tricking myself. Burnett says guys like me who have no physical problems achieving and maintaining an erection are basically throwing their money away by using Viagra recreationally.

“If erections are really intact, Viagra does not make a better erection,” he says. Could that mean that a mental rather than a physical problem was making my natural erections seem less impressive than chemically aided ones?

3. There are many side effects—and they can be severe.

When I took the Viagra, I experienced flushing: a warm feeling in my cheeks and ears that were also accompanied by a notable redness. Another unfortunate side effect of dilated blood vessels was the sudden and severe nasal congestion that made it impossible to both breath through my nose or smell my partner—things that I really like to do when I’m having sex. (To mitigate this, I learned to employ a nasal spray with oxymetazoline hydrochloride when popping my pill.)

In 2015, a meta-analysis of 150 trials determined that while Viagra is the most efficient of the various ED drugs on the market. It also has the highest incidence of side effects—headache, upset stomach, vision loss, blue-tinged sight, back pain, muscle pain, nausea, and dizziness, just to name a few common ones. Another, the rarer side effect can be having a rock hard erection that doesn’t abate. The medical name for a perma-stiffy is called priapism. While priapism might sound appealing to a guy interested in having his best sex, it’s important to know that an erection that refuses to away can cause permanent damage—including amputation. 

4. Yes. A lot of the time ED is in your head.

Stress, depression, relationship trouble, low-self esteem, and sexual performance anxiety often get the better of erections. They’ve certainly been known to get in the way of some of the mine. Psychotherapist, sex counselor, and author Ian Kerner Ph.D. suggest that Viagra can help in these instances.

“I do find a higher percentage of men are dealing with sexual anxiety and sexual problems related to erectile quality, and so more people are dealing with situational ED and taking Viagra,” he says. “The effect often for these men is a firmer, more consistent and dependable erection.”

5. When you eat is of utmost importance.

I realized that what and how much I ate had an effect on how quickly the Viagra went to work. On an empty stomach, I was feeling flushed and—if turned on—sporting an erection within twenty minutes. If, however, I’d eaten a burger and fries, it was more like forty. This is confirmed by the company’s website, which says that a fatty meal can lengthen the amount of time Viagra takes to work. 

6. Watch out: You may last forever.

Not having control over my orgasm has rarely been a personal issue. I chalk it up to my discovery of masturbatory edging as a young teen. That said, I noticed that, during this experiment, I really had to make an effort to bring myself to orgasm—despite having a throbbing, long-lasting erection that felt both great to my and my partner.

This phenomenon was looked into back in 2005 when researchers sought to find out if Viagra also helped with premature ejaculation. The study concluded that Viagra “increased confidence, the perception of ejaculatory control, and overall sexual satisfaction, and decreased the refractory time to achieve a second erection after ejaculation in men with PE.” Another study from 2007 demonstrated that greater ejaculatory control was more than just a perception and proved that Viagra can be both efficient and safe in the treatment of PE. Talk about getting plenty of bang for your buck. 

7. You’ll bounce back in no time.

I also noticed a couple of other benefits from taking so much Viagra, including shorter refractory time (meaning: the length of time between ejaculating and being able to have sex again). “Some have used [Viagra] to enable faster recovery of erectile ability after ejaculation,” says Dr. Burnett, thereby backing up my observation. In fact, Dr, Burnett’s views on the recreational use of Viagra by men without ED are perfectly encapsulated by a 2003 study entitled: “Sildenafil does not improve sexual function in men without erectile dysfunction but does reduce the postorgasmic refractory time.”

8. Not everyone appreciates marathon sex sessions all the time.

With great power comes great responsibility. And if you’ve got a penis like a crowbar, increased ejaculatory control, a mind less distracted by performance anxiety—and the refractory time of a horny fifteen years old—you may run the risk of your partner wanting or needing to tap out at a certain point.

“I want you to come now,” is basically a nice way of saying, “That’s enough of that, I’m bored/chafed/exhausted/too busy to do this all-day long.”

9. You can overdo it and it will be bad.

Given what Viagra, taken recreationally, can do—and did for me during a very fun two-week experiment—you’d be forgiven for jumping to the conclusion that upping the dose means upping the right times. But take heed: unless you really suffer from ED, you probably don’t need it. And if you’re taking it because you’re drinking too much, well, I’d drink less than try to fight it with the pill.

And, for what it’s worth: the Internet is rife with accounts of men who overdid it with Viagra and ended up suffering heart attacks, death, and, in the case of a 66-year old farmer in Colombia, requiring emergency surgery on a penis went gangrenous in the wake of a Viagra overdose. (Truth.)

The biggest, hardest, proudest erection in the world isn’t worth taking the risk of that happening.

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Tips Making Blood Glucose Tests Easier To Control Blood Sugar levels

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Blood glucose tests are well-known as blood sugar level test for people with diabetes. If your blood glucose test result says, "equal or higher of 200 mg/dL (11 mmol/L)" means you have diabetes. Regardless of whether you measure your blood sugar once a week, once a day or 6 times a day, you will likely be encouraged to do tests more often if you learn to do them easily and painlessly. 

Tips Making Blood Glucose Tests Easier To Control Blood Sugar levels
The information you collect while testing yourself is the key to controlling your health as a person with diabetes. Self-monitoring helps you make informed decisions about your medications, diet, and physical activity. It also supports you with the demands of everyday life with diabetes; You feel better every day, and you reduce your risk of developing complications. Here are some tips for getting the best results possible.

Guidelines for your test schedule

Standard times to do your blood glucose measurements include: 


  • Before lunch (on an empty stomach)
  • Before dinner and before supper
  • Two hours after a meal
  • Before bedtime
  • Before and after vigorous exercises
  • When you do not feel well.

Other circumstances warrant more frequent blood glucose measurements:

  • When changes occur to your routine because you are traveling
  • When you change medication, or the dose is adjusted
  • When you experience symptoms of hyper or hypoglycemia
  • When you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant
  • Before and after surgery
  • After a dental procedure
  • During an illness
  • In times of stress
  • In the premenstrual period.
  • The best test site

Wash and dry your hands before making a measurement on the side of the tip of your finger. Use all your fingers and both sides of each in alternation to not develop calluses, which would make it more difficult to get a blood sample. You can also take a test on another part of your bodies such as the forearm or palm if you and your healthcare professional understand that tests on alternative sites may be suitable for you.

Also read: 
Is it Possible to Prevent Diabetes? 
How To Live Healthy With Diabetes 

Fear of needles?

Do you feel anxious, nauseous or faint when you see a needle? You are not alone. Unfortunately, the stress that causes this phobia can harm your health and your fears can give you what appears to be a good reason to avoid routinely doing your blood glucose measurements or administering your treatments. Because you do not have the latitude to omit your medications, here are a few ways to become more comfortable with the needles.

  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist to teach you the quickest and least painful way to prick your finger.
  • Use a lancing device. Their needles are particularly thin and have a coating to facilitate penetration.
  • Use a new lancet for each test. The tip of a lancet may become dull or crooked if repeatedly used.
  • Insulin pump users should only change their infusion site every 2 to 3 days and may numb the site of stinging with ice.

If you have a phlebotomist take a blood test, tell him if in the past other technicians have had trouble finding a vein.

Take great care of your strips

Although most of the strips are easy to handle, you should still take some precautions to ensure that the results are as accurate as possible. Store them at room temperature (not too hot or too cold) and in their original container. The lid of the container must be replaced entirely, to prevent moisture from affecting it. They may also become obsolete. The bottle indicates their expiration date and the period during which they can be used once the container has been opened.

Determine what works and what does not. 

Compare the readings to those you made in the previous days and weeks. Make a note if you were sick, had been drinking, had to stress, had just completed your workout or any other situation that may affect your blood sugar. 

There are many simple diabetes management tools to help you understand your measurement results. Try the Before-After Tests tools by consulting with your physician. It can help you, and your healthcare professional recognizes trends in how stress, food or exercise affect your test results.
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These 10 Potassium-Rich Foods Should Be Added to Your Diet

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Potassium is an essential mineral, though it is always less discussed than iron and calcium. However, potassium is crucial for life and the functioning of some of the body's primary organs, such as the brain, heart,  and kidneys.

Potassium helps regulate blood pressure and aids heart and nervous system function. Furthermore, it also negates the adverse effects of sodium, improves sleep quality, boosts mental function and helps to remove waste from the body. It also contributes to regulating your body's fluid levels.

These 10 Potassium-Rich Foods Should Be Added to Your Diet

If you're eating less than the recommended dose (see chart below), you could end up suffering from potassium deficiency - known as hypokalemia. A deficiency in potassium can lead to fatigue, insomnia, muscular weakness, constipation, tingling sensations, digestive problems, and heart palpitations, to name but a few side effects.

10 Potassium-Rich Foods Should Be Added to Your Diet

To keep a balance of electrolytes and fluids in your body, it is important to consume potassium-rich foods.

Below are 10 foods which are an excellent source of potassium. 

1. Sun-Dried Tomatoes

A single cup of sun-dried tomatoes provides 1,800 mg of potassium - 40% of your daily requirement.

Sun-dried tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamins C, A and K as well as riboflavin, thiamine, protein, iron, and fiber.

Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Eating sun-dried tomatoes can help your digestive and immune system. They also help to maintain good heart health, reduce the risk of cancer, prevent anemia, and regulate bone mineralization.

These tomatoes are an excellent addition to salads and sandwiches, a great topping for pizzas and go well with homemade sauces.

2. Bananas

Bananas are well-known for being full of potassium. A medium-sized banana contains 422mg of potassium - or 12% of the recommended dietary intake.

Along with potassium, bananas contain fiber, phosphorus, calcium, zinc, magnesium, iron, and vitamins B6 and C. Due to the presence of natural sugars such as fructose, glucose, and sucrose in bananas, they are a great energy booster.

Regular consumption of the fruit helps regulate bowel movements, improves your heart health, lowers blood pressure, cures ulcers, soothes heartburn, treats anemia and enhances the condition of your skin.

This fruit can be eaten as a snack or added to oatmeal, yogurt, and smoothies.

3. Spinach 

The majority of green vegetables are rich in potassium, but spinach is definitely worth mentioning. One cup of boiled spinach provides 839 mg of potassium - 24% of the recommended dietary intake.

In addition to its high potassium content, spinach is rich in calcium, vitamins A, and K, dietary fiber, magnesium, iron, manganese, zinc, phosphorus, protein, copper, and nitrates.

Adding spinach to your diet helps improve blood glucose levels, reduces the risk of cancer, lowers blood pressure, improves bone health, reduces the risk of developing asthma, fights anemia, reduces inflammation, and lots more.

You can add this tasty green vegetable to salads, vegetable juice or green smoothies.

4.  Avocados 

One ripe avocado provides 975 mg - 30% of the recommended potassium dietary intake.

This superfood is also full of heart-healthy fats, fiber, B vitamins, vitamin K, copper, iron, protein, folate, and phosphorus.

Including avocado in your diet can ease arthritis pain, reduce the risk of certain cancers, lower cholesterol levels, boost eye health, improve heart health, promote weight loss, regulate your blood sugar and aid digestion.

You can eat half an ugly avocado sprinkled with some lemon juice, or you can use it to make guacamole, add it to salads, smoothies or sandwiches.

5. Baked Potatoes 

One medium-sized baked potato (with the skin) contains around 950mg of potassium - 27% of the recommended dietary intake. The flesh contains about 610 mg of potassium, while the skin packs around 330 mg.

Potato skin is an excellent source of nutrients, including iron, protein, dietary fiber, and vitamins B6 and C.

6. Sweet Potatoes

Just a single medium-sized sweet potato contains 952 mg of potassium - 27% of the recommended dietary intake.

Sweet potatoes contain vitamins A and C and vitamins B1, B2, and B6. They also contain calcium, iron, phosphorus, fiber, copper, manganese, and complex carbohydrates.

Consuming this food on a regular basis reduces inflammation, improves vision, protects skin from sun damage, fights premature aging, regulates blood sugar levels, wards of cancer, boosts your immune system, and keeps stress under control.

Sweet potatoes can be enjoyed baked, fried, or steamed - they can be added to soups and salads.

7. Dried Apricots

All dried fruit such as peaches, prunes, raisins, and figs are great sources of potassium. However, dried apricots are one of the best potassium-rich foods as just half a cup provides 775 mg of this mineral - around 22% of the recommended dietary intake.

Along with this mineral, dried apricots contain some power antioxidants, such as vitamin A and vitamin C. They also include copper, fiber, calcium, magnesium, iron, and phosphorus.

Including a handful of dried apricots to your diet can improve eyesight, fight inflammation, lower blood pressure, improve the immune system, lower cholesterol and improve the health of skin, teeth, and soft tissue.

Dried apricots are a great on-the-go snack and can also be added to salads and all kinds of cooking and baking.

8. Acorn Squash 

Just 1 cup of acorn squash provides around 644mg of potassium - 18% of the daily recommended amount.

Furthermore, acorn squash contains folic acid, vitamins A and C, thiamin, magnesium, iron, copper, calcium, several B vitamins, and phosphorus.

Acorn squash helps to regulate digestion, boosts brain power, prevents certain cancers, improves vision, protects the skin, strengthens bones, reduces blood pressure, regulates blood sugar, and maintains proper circulation.

Acorn squash can be baked, sautéed, steamed stuffed, or mixed in with meat and vegetable dishes.

9. White Mushrooms 

Just one cup of these cheap mushrooms provides around 450 mg of potassium - 11% of the recommended dietary dose.

These mushrooms contain calcium, vitamin D, several B vitamins, magnesium, protein, and iron.

Adding these mushrooms to your diet reduces the risk of obesity, regulates blood sugar levels, fights anemia, boosts energy levels, and improves digestive health.

White mushrooms can be added to soups, salads, stir-fries, sandwiches, and side dishes.

10. White Beans 

White Beans are rich in potassium, and just half a cup will provide you with 502 mg of it - 15% of the recommended daily amount.

Along with potassium, these beans contain fiber, iron, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, and vitamin B1. They also contain little fat and are cholesterol-free.

By adding this food to your diet, you can prevent your blood sugar levels from rising too quickly after a meal, lower your heart attack risk, lower your cholesterol, boost your energy, maintain your memory, and prevent constipation.

These beans can be added to salads, soups, and stews.

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12 Common Diabetes Myths Debunked

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There are many misleading myths surrounding diabetes. Unfortunately for me, I took some of these myths at face value and believed them to be true. Coming across this article really helped me to separate fact from fiction about the disease which affects millions around the world. Here are 12 diabetes-related myths debunked: 

Myth 1: Diabetes Isn't a Serious Disease

Fact: Diabetes IS a serious, chronic disease. However, its effects can be controlled if managed properly. Nevertheless, it still kills more people annually than breast cancer and AIDS combined. Two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke.

12 Common Diabetes Myths Debunked

Myth 2: Diabetes Is a Death Sentence

Fact: This isn't true. The better diabetics take care of themselves, the longer they will live. Doctor’s recommendations about diet and exercise should be followed closely, ensuring that medication is taken correctly.

Myth 3: You Can't Do Too Much Exercise if You Have Diabetes

Fact: While it’s true that diabetics who take insulin or other medications that increase insulin production in the body have to balance exercise, insulin levels, and diet, those who are taking oral medications such as metformin and sitagliptin can exercise as much as they like.

Myth 4: You'll Get Diabetes if You're Overweight or Obese

Fact: While weight is a risk factor for diabetes, there are other factors at play too, such as family history. Many overweight people never develop Type 2 diabetes. There are also many Type 2 diabetics with a normal weight.

Myth 5: Insulin Will Do You Harm

Fact: Insulin is actually a lifesaver, but what makes it challenging is that many people find it difficult to manage. Taking insulin safely requires testing blood sugar levels many times a day to avoid harmful low blood sugar reactions.

Myth 6: Diabetes Means You Don't Produce Enough Insulin

Fact: This is true for people with type 1 diabetes – their pancreas stops producing insulin completely. Those who have the more common type of diabetes, type 2, tend to have sufficient insulin when they’re first diagnosed. The main problem type 2 diabetics have is that their insulin doesn’t cause the cells in their bodies to absorb glucose from the food they eat. Their pancreases may also stop producing enough insulin with the passage of time, which means they’ll need injections.

Myth 7: Diabetes Means You Have to Inject Yourself

Fact: Injections are only applicable to diabetics who inject their medications. These days, insulin pens that don’t require injections are available. Furthermore, drawing blood to measure blood sugar is painless thanks to the latest blood sugar meters. Many new diabetes medications can also be taken orally.

Myth 8. Overeating Sugar Causes Diabetes

Fact: The only shred of truth in this myth is that recent research has indicated those who were already at risk of developing diabetes increased their risk of developing it further by drinking lots of sugared drinks. Sugar in itself doesn’t cause diabetes. However, it does contribute to obesity, which is a primary cause of the disease.

Myth 9: "I Know Exactly When My Blood Sugar Level Is High or Low"

Fact: This one is particularly dangerous because some diabetics tend to rely on how they’re feeling as a gauge for whether their blood sugar levels are low. While certain symptoms are indicative of low blood sugar levels, they tend to become less accurate over time. The only sure-fire way of knowing whether they’re low or not is to actually check.

Myth 10: Diabetics Can't Eat Sweets

Fact: Diabetics can eat whatever they want, as long as they pay attention to portion sizes and how often they’re eating their favorite treat. What they cannot do is overeat of what they like. An example of this is having a smaller piece of cake than usual for dessert, and not having dessert as often.

Myth 11: Diabetes Makes You More prone to Colds or Flu 

Fact: While diabetics are no more vulnerable to contagious illnesses than anyone else, getting flu shots is important, because diabetics are a lot more likely to suffer serious complications from the flu than those who do not have the disease.

Myth 12: Diabetics on Insulin Haven't Taken Care of Themselves

Fact: During the early stages of the disease, or just after diagnosis, insulin levels can be controlled adequately through eating a healthy diet, exercising and oral medications. As the disease progresses, your pancreas may begin to produce less insulin or stop producing insulin completely, which means that you’ll require insulin injections.

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