Sweet Dreams: Lower Your Type 2 Diabetes Risk

SleepingMan_SweetDreams-LoweringYourRiskforType2DiabetesLife gets busy! That often means not getting enough restful, restorative sleep — a key to good health, repairing cells, and bringing back lost energy. Factors like aging (notably seniors 65-plus) and pregnancy can impact the sleep that you need. But most doctors provide a guideline on how much sleep is ideal: For adults, that’s seven to nine hours of sleep each night. For teens, it’s nine to 10 hours of sleep nightly. (Younger school-age kids should get 10 hours of sleep or more). Continue reading

A Less Frightful Halloween with Allergies or Diabetes

trick-or-treating. Teal pumpkin. the concept of health for children in the Halloween seasonA child having a dangerous physical reaction to something they’ve eaten, drank, or touched can be a parent’s worst nightmare. It’s even scarier when they know that their kid has allergies to foods, or an issue with sugar, as a result of diabetes. That’s a fear at any time of the year, but it can creep in like a monster when Halloween rolls around.    Continue reading

Eye Exams: Finding Diabetes Warning Signs

Young woman is being examined of her eyesight by optometrist

Did you know that eye exams often provide the earliest chance of detecting diabetes at its onset? (Blurry vision can be a warning sign for type 1 or type 2 diabetes, although some with type 2 may not have this symptom. This is temporary, and vision will return to normal once blood sugars are under control.)

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Take Charge of Type 2 Diabetes

Mature man looking in cooking pot while wife stirsAbout 90 to 95 percent of the 30 million Americans who live with diabetes have type 2 diabetes. About 15 to 30 percent of people with increased risk for diabetes (commonly referred to as prediabetes) will develop type 2 diabetes within just five years. Here’s what’s scary: Many of the 84 million who have prediabetes don’t know it. With prediabetes, an A1C test will show blood sugar levels are high, just not as high as type 2.

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