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Gestational Diabetes

Better Eating Through Embarrassment

Aggressive Treatments For High Blood Pressure

Motivating Yourself To Hit The Gym After Work

Financial Assistance For Arthritis And Other Medications

Men’s Health: Lose Your Spare Tire! Chisel Chest And Arms!

Black Health and Glaucoma

5  Quick & Easy Stress Busters

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RESEARCH SHOWS THAT:

36% of women tested immediately after pregnancy are diagnosed with pre-diabetes

50% of women who have had gestational diabetes develop type 2 diabetes

7% of all pregnant women develop gestational diabetes

Having gestational diabetes in one pregnancy DOUBLES the odds of having it in future pregnancies

(Source: Diabetic Living-Fall 2015)

Recommendations to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

1. Have your M.D. monitor for diabetes during and 6-12 weeks after delivery with an Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT)
2. Decrease body weight by 5-7% and maintain loss over future years
3. Increase exercise
4. Preventive medication may be advised by your M.D. depending on your personal risk factors

(Source: Cassandra Henderson, MD, CDE, Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Lincoln Medical Center, New York)


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Let’s be real!  We’ve all been there at one time or another, somehow, someway.  At Healthy Days365 we certainly advocate healthy eating and living.  We also realize that life is a journey and we eat along the way.  It’s best enjoyed in moderation.  Keeping a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy lifestyle also includes keeping a healthy perspective.

Please excuse the editorial license for blogging, but Andrew Essex’s article in the Special 15th Anniversary Issue of Details (October 2015), is certainly worthy of Trending Now!

Essex writes, "Suddenly, the waiter is scribbling multiple requests for quinoa salad. Gazing longingly at a steaming vat of hollandaise sauce on the next table, you recant and redact, and voila -you've got char.  Congrats, you've officially been shamed skinny.
     Now, here's the problem with this unappetizing scenario:You didn't cave because you're concerned about your health. You don't need to eat defensively. You've already filled this week's gym-visit quota. You know the rules of the paleo, gluten-free, and farm-to-table lifestyle. You don't have anything remotely resembling an eating disorder. Food has always been your friend.
     But today, well, today you're picking fish bones from your teeth for one simple reason:Like so many [men] out there, you've succumbed to the tyranny of shametarianism, which means you can't stomach being embarrassed about something you ate. And so you reach for the low-cal option. Not because you need it, but because it's better to starve yourself than to face a gastronomic guilt trip. Forget lactose intolerance. It's the intolerance of others that's making you the thin man.
...So let's agree to stop swallowing shametarianism at the communal table and send this trend to where it can be chewed over properly --the psychiatrist's couch. Go ahead and have the bacon cheeseburger and save the shame for your shrink. Or just get the steamed carrots and skirt the shame altogether. After all, you can never be too thin. But you can always be less embarrassed.

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Aggressive treatment of high blood pressure (using 2 to 3 drug-therapy regimen) may reduce the risk of death by 25% according to a new study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Reported by USA Today (9/12/15), doctors found benefits when patients were given medications that aimed to reduce systolic blood pressure (your top number in  blood pressure reading) to 120 mmHg or less.

BOTTOMLINE: “More intensive management of high blood pressure in people 50 years or older can save lives and reduce cardiovascular complications, like strokes, heart attacks and kidney disease”. (Gary Gibbons, Director, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institutes, NIH.


 

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10 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Hit the Gym After Work
Never skip a post-work workout again.

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Everyone has that moment after a long eight-hour (read: 10-hour) workday when all you want to do is schlep home, get into bed, and Netflix it up—even though you totally planned to hit the gym after you left the office. We hear you. So we spoke with experts to round up ridiculously easy tips for getting your butt to the gym after a grueling workday. You can now officially cross your excuses off your list.

Turn Your Fitness Goals into Office Décor

Do you decorate your desk with positive affirmations like “Keep calm and carry on” to get you through the workday? It might be a good idea to post some inspirational shape-up messages around your workspace as well, says Leanne Shear, co-founder and head trainer of Uplift Studios in New York City. Consider these 10 fitspirational quotes, for example. You can also tape up images associated with your goals, says Shear. She suggests photos of your favorite fit Instagramer or one of that bikini you’re dying to buy.

MORE: Does Walking Home From Work Make Up For Missing a Workout?

Eat Breakfast

Setting yourself up for workout success starts within an hour of waking up, says dietitian Wendy Bazilian, co-author of The Super Foods Rx Diet: Lose Weight with the Power of SuperNutrients and an American College of Sports Medicine-certified health and fitness specialist. Even though it’s hours before your trip to the gym, having a smart breakfast will keep your body from depleting its stored glycogen, which you need to stay energized throughout the rest of the day. Nosh on a solid breakfast with protein, a fruit or veggie, and a complex carbohydrate (like whole grain toast).

Keep Lunch Light

Don’t let a food coma get in the way of your workouts. No matter what you’re eating, if you have too much of it, your blood sugar is going to go through the roof and then plummet back down leaving you drowsy and maybe even unproductive, says Bazilian. To fight midday fatigue, eat a light meal like a wrap or salad that features a complex carbohydrate, fruit or vegetable, and protein. Also, try to avoid foods with refined carbs or lots of sugar, which can cause you to crash later in the day. Keeping your blood sugar steady will stabilize your energy, help you get more done, and feel awake enough to make it to the gym. And get this: When you eat lunch can be as important as what you eat, says Bazilian. Try to eat about four hours before you plan to work out because your stomach takes about three hours to clear out its contents. And if your digestive system is still working to digest your food, it’s using energy that you could be putting towards your workout.

Pack a Snack

If making it to the gym four hours after eating lunch is tough for you, make sure you bring a pre-exercise snack to eat about 45 minutes before you hit the road. Since snacks are smaller than meals, this is just the right amount of time for your body to digest most of this snack and use it as energy during your workout, says Bazilian. When you chow down on a small, easily digestible snack consisting of mostly carbs and a little protein, you’re going to have more energy to work harder at the gym, says Bazilian. “It seems a little weird to consume calories before your burn calories, but it’s about the bigger picture,” she says. “You want to feel good while you’re working out and have energy to push yourself.” She recommends an apple with peanut butter or even a latté. Another thing: After your snack, try to get up and move around a bit, says Shear. Getting your heart rate up (even a tiny bit) helps get your blood flowing and keeps you from feeling lethargic, she says. She suggests walking up and down some stairs in your office building or, if you have an office, closing your door and doing a few jumping jacks.

Take Advantage of Your Tech

Another way to make sure hitting the gym is on your to-do list for the day is to create a calendar reminder on your computer or set an alarm on your phone, says Shear. That little signal serves as a very obvious reminder of your workout goals and can keep you from backing out because you were so busy that you forgot (or “forgot”).

Change into Your Exercise Gear Before You Leave the Office

When you switch clothes before you leave work, number one, you’re giving yourself a visual reminder that you’re committed to working out. Number two: You’re making yourself more accountable to yourself and to your coworkers. You’re not going to want to admit that you didn’t work out like you said you were going to, says Shear.

And Leave Things at the Office

If your gym has a location near your office, after you change, leave your work stuff and go exercise with just your gym bag. Shear says this eliminates the temptation to pass up the gym on your journey home because you won’t have your things with you that you need for the night—you couldn’t go straight home even if you wanted to. If your gym isn’t close to work, since it’s summertime, go for a jog or do some interval training near your office building.

Use the Buddy System

Instead of making plans to meet up with an old friend over cocktails, schedule a sweat session to catch up. Although you’re probably not going to be chatting it up during a tough bootcamp class or treadmill interval workout, the fact that you’re meeting a friend there will make you less likely to back out, says Shear. Then you can grab dinner after the workout.

Treat Treats as Motivation

Go ahead and bargain with yourself. If you look forward to a glass of wine at the end of your day, turn that little treat into a reward for your workout, says Bazilian. No workout? No wine.

Set the Bar REALLY Low

If you tell yourself that you have to go to the gym for at least 15 minutes, you’re more likely to go than if you have an all-or-nothing mentality, says Bazilian. “If you make your goal ridiculously easy, it gets you to go. And once you’re at the gym, you might think ‘well, I could probably stay just a little longer,'” she says. Not to mention, it’s totally possible to fit in an effective workout in just 15 minutes—or even five!)


old_woman_holding_medication_bottles_jpg.originalFinancial Aid Organizations That Help Pay for Your Medications

Here’s the Arthritis Foundation guide to private groups that give financial assistance for arthritis and other medications.
| By Arthritis Today Staff

More Arthritis Foundation resources:

Get Help Paying for Medicare and Prescriptions

Pharmaceutical Company Programs That Help Lower the Cost of Medication

If you are like many people with arthritis, you depend on your medications to prevent joint damage and maintain daily function. What if you can’t afford those medications? Take heart. You may be able to find financial help, but you’ll have to do some homework. The Arthritis Foundation can help you get started.

Below are some resources for financial assistance. To learn more and get the most up-to-date information about any of these resources, visit the websites or call the numbers listed.

This is not a complete list of financial assistance sources. Ask your doctor, nurse or a social worker for guidance if you need help paying for your medications. Health care professionals have access to some resources that patients don’t. Professionals apply on behalf of their patients.

General Prescription Assistance

The Assistance Fund
855-845-3663
This program offers multiple levels of financial assistance for prescription expenses.

Benefits CheckUp
This service of the National Council on Aging helps people find government and private programs to help pay for prescriptions and other health and daily living needs.

Good Days from CDF
877-968-7233
Formerly known as the Chronic Disease Fund, this organization funds medication co-pay assistance for those who cannot afford their medication. Requires proof of income; offers one-day approval.

The HealthWell Foundation
800-675-8416
Out-of-pocket prescription cost assistance provided to those diagnosed with gout or systemic lupus erythematosus who need one of a select list of disease-specific medications.

NeedyMeds
800-503-6897
A comprehensive source of information on assistance programs available for people having difficulties paying for their medications or health care.

Patient Advocate Foundation
866-512-3861
This foundation’s Co-pay Relief program provides assistance with out-of-pocket medication expenses to those who are eligible. Its Patient Services Program provides arbitration, mediation and negotiation to settle issues about access to care, medical debt, and job retention related to their illness.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance
888-4PPA-NOW (888-477-2669)
A clearinghouse funded by biopharmaceutical research companies that provides access to 475 industry and private organizations that help pay for more than 2,500 generic and brand-name medications. It includes more than 40 programs that focus on children.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance for Kids
888-4PPA-NOW (888-477-2669)
A clearinghouse that can direct you to more than 40 financial assistance programs targeted specifically to children (see above).

Rx Outreach
800-769-3880
A fully-licensed mail order pharmacy that provides more than 500 brand-name and generic prescription medicines at reduced cost to low-income, uninsured and underinsured individuals and families, as well as those who have limited insurance coverage for prescription drugs.

Private Medicare Prescription Assistance

Patient Access Network Foundation
866-316-PANF (866-316-7263)
This foundation provides annual allocations to help cover out-of-pocket costs related to prescriptions (co-payment, deductible or co-insurance) for low-income patients with specific diagnoses. Maximum annual allocations vary by diagnosis (ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis: $3,800/year; uveitis: $1,500/year). Patient must be on Medicare, and Medicare must cover the medication for which assistance is needed.

Medicare Rights Center
This private organization helps people in need who are on Medicare find financial assistance through such programs as Medicare Part D Extra Help, a federal program that helps pay Medicare prescription drug costs.


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Black Health and Glaucoma

Black Health Community News (blackhealthmagazine.com)

Black Health awareness issue #1

After cataracts, glaucoma is the leading reason for blindness in African Americans. Half of those with glaucoma have no idea they have it.

Glaucoma strikes earlier and progresses faster in African Americans. Black Health goes largely unrecognized by the mainstream media.
The threat for glaucoma is 20 % greater if glaucoma is in your household.
African Americans belonging to any of these danger groups have an also higher danger of establishing glaucoma:.

Over age 40.
Extreme nearsightedness.
Diabetes.
High blood pressure.
Long term steroid usage.
Glaucoma occurs regarding five times a lot more typically in African Americans. Loss of sight from glaucoma has to do with 6 times more common. Greater regularity, glaucoma usually occurs earlier in life in African Americans– on standard, concerning 10 years previously compared to in other ethnic populaces.

African Americans should get an extensive check for glaucoma every one to two years after age 35.

Why exists a distinction?
The factors for the greater fee of eye issues

and subsequent blindness amongst African Americans are still unknown. Nonetheless, research programs that African Americans are genetically more in danger for glaucoma, making early diagnosis and therapy even more important.

In studies such as the Baltimore Eye Survey and the Barbados Eye Study, analysts have actually explored how glaucoma influences various black health populations. Info from these and other studies will certainly aid us much better understand the danger factors for African Americans, and ultimately, in developing more effective procedures.

Does the eye treatment vary?
Procedure varies for all people, the general objective is to prevent additional damages and sight loss from glaucoma. One way that optometrist find to fulfill this goal is to pursue a target eye tension. The issue arises as a small percentage of the Black Health Community.

In African Americans, glaucoma generally occurs earlier, commonly with a better fee of eyesight reduction. Because of this, an eye doctor could deal with a patient to target an eye tension that might be lower than for other glaucoma patients.

It is necessary to note, nonetheless, that therapies could not be generalized. Each patient, no matter race, need to continuously be assessed on the personal state of his/her illness, with a target tension and treatment plan one-of-a-kind per patient.

Much still needs to be learned regarding why African Americans are more at risk for glaucoma, one point is particular. Early diagnosis and procedure is type in avoiding eyesight reduction from glaucoma.

Glaucoma Runs in Family members.
Study has actually revealed that brother or sisters of individuals figured out in no single fault of their own with glaucoma have almost a 10-fold raised threat of having glaucoma when compared with brother or sisters of individuals without glaucoma.

This means that the black health 65 years of age brother or sister of a European-derived person has regarding a 10 % chance of having glaucoma, while a 65 year old brother or sister of an African American has nearly a 20 % chance of having glaucoma.

Clearly siblings and relatives of patients with glaucoma require normal eye examinations with special attention to cautious screening for glaucoma.


5 Stress Busters

1.  Pray

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It’s a long-held belief inner community that prayer changes things.  Talk to your higher power and ask for strength.

2. STAY PRESENT                                        peak-performance-300x200

During stress-filled periods our minds can focus on the negative. Compare those to the times when you are having a peak performance.

3. MEDITATE

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You can relieve everyday stress by using relaxation techniques such as meditation.

4. BREATHE                                       woman-deep-breathing-410px

This exercise can ease stress in seconds.  Take a long full breath to consciously relax your jaw.  On a second breath, relax your neck and shoulders.  On your third breath, relax the area between your eyes.

5. REFRAME

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If you’ve raced to the shortest line in the store that then became the slowest one, don’t fret.  Use this downtime to list things you’re grateful for or talk to other people in line.

 

Jay Winner, MD (stress-remedy.com)