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Diabetes and Depression

Posted on: March 17th, 2015 by vgmforbin
Diabetes and depression often go together and work in a vicious cycle.

Diabetes and depression often go together and work in a frightening cycle.

Living with diabetes can be challenging at any age. Doctors have coined the term “diabetes distress” to describe the emotional worry and stress that those with diabetes are often plagued with. But if these anxious feelings don’t relent and you feel hopeless for weeks on end, there could be a more serious issue to deal with. Depression affects thousands of people and often goes untreated.  Individuals affected by diabetes are found to be about twice as likely to have depression compared to those who don’t have diabetes.

Being diagnosed with diabetes can cause a number of difficult emotions. Doctors haven’t pinpointed exactly why diabetes and depression often go together. But it has been made clear that diabetes can make diabetes worse. Depression often causes tiredness, problems concentrating and feelings of helplessness. It is hard to take good proper care of yourself when you feel like this and you may eat a poor diet, forget medications or neglect self-care. This can lead to more serious diabetes problems.

The best way to take care of yourself is to recognize the signs of depression. Watch out for the following warning signs:

  • Contact tiredness
  • Feelings of helplessness
  • Irritability
  • Lack of appetite or overeating
  • Loss of interest in things that you used to enjoy
  • Sleep too much or restlessness
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Problems with concentration and memory

If you experience any of these symptoms for two or more weeks, talk with your doctor. Depression can be treated in a number of ways.

It is important to take care of yourself through a balanced diet and blood glucose control when you are affected by diabetes. Ignoring signs of depression could cause both conditions to worsen. Diabetes affects many facets of life. Some products from LA Medical can keep you safer and more mobile. Check out our online catalog to view our selection.

From Turkey to Pie: How to Manage Your Diabetes During the Holidays

Posted on: November 23rd, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
The holiday season is a challenging time for those that require a special diet. But there are different tricks to enjoy the meal without harming yourself.

The holiday season is a challenging time for those that require a special diet. It is important to continue to monitor what you eat during heavy holiday meals to stay healthy and balanced.                                          

The holiday season is drawing near and we are getting excited! This time of year is full of fun activities and time with loved ones but it can also be a hard time to manage your health. Traditional dishes often times fall outside of healthy dietary guidelines, especially if you have diabetes. But you don’t have to give up all of your holiday favorites completely. It is however important to make healthy choices and limit portion sizes. Follow these tips at your next holiday gathering.

  • Look out for heavy holiday favorites like hams with glaze or side dishes swimming in butter, cheese and sour cream. Choose skinless turkey without the gravy or other lean meats instead.
  • Look out for salt. Many holiday favorites are prepared with foods rich in sodium. Choose vegetables instead to keep your sodium intake down.
  • If you’re at a buffet, fill your plate and move to another room away from the food so you won’t be tempted.
  • Keep an eye out for side dishes and vegetables that are light on butter and dressings. If you are preparing a dish to bring to a party, make sure you fix something that is healthy and fits into your diet.
  • Skip the desserts like pie and cake that are high in fat, cholesterol and sugar. Choose some fruit instead!
  • Focus on friends and family instead of food. Take a walk together after your meal or join in on some dancing.

Preparation is the most important way to manage your diabetes during the holiday festivities. Stick to a healthy meal plan but allow yourself to enjoy a few traditional favorites. Get ready to celebrate the holidays by stocking up on supplies from LA Medical.  We have a selection of mobility and daily living products to keep you comfortable!

Keeping An Eye Out: How Diabetes Can Increase Your Risk for Eye Disease

Posted on: November 6th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Individuals with diabetes are more at risk for certain eye diseases. It is important to be mindful of this and take care of your vision.

Individuals with diabetes are more at risk for certain eye diseases. It is important to be mindful of this and take care of your vision.

Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults age 20 to 74. If you have diabetes and are experiencing blurriness of your vision, a new pair of glasses may not be the solution. If your blood sugar gets too high, it may cause the eye to swell and cause temporary problems. However, blurred vision can also be the symptom of a more serious eye problem associated with your diabetes.

Cataracts

A cataract is when a normally clear lens of your eye becomes clouded or foggy. Anyone can get a cataract, but people with diabetes often experience eye problems at an early age than someone who does not have diabetes. Symptoms of cataracts include blurred or glared vision. To see clearly again, doctors perform cataract surgery to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a clear one.

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is the result of fluid inside the eye not draining properly. This leads to pressure inside the eye that can damage nervous and blood vessels. Individuals with diabetes are more likely to get an uncommon form of glaucoma called neovascular glaucoma. In this form, new blood vessels grow on the iris that block the normal flow of fluid from the eye.

Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is due to the damage of small vessels and is the leading cause of irreversible blindness. These fragile vessels can bleed and eventually cause a clot to form that scars and causes detachment of the retina. Intensely controlling your blood sugar can greatly reduce your risk of developing this serious eye problem.

Annual eye exams are extremely important if you have diabetes. If you have diabetes, contact your doctor if you see black spots, flashes of light, and “holes” in your vision or blurred vision. Diabetic eye disease is only one of the side effects of diabetes. If you are currently suffering, LA Medical has walking aids and personal care products to help relieve both physical and mental stress on your body.

A Scary Shift in Type 2 Diabetes

Posted on: October 15th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
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Type 2 diabetes is becoming more common in children

 

Are you ready for Halloween? Kids everywhere are getting excited for America’s scariest and sweetest night of the year. However, it is important to give children proper training about what makes a healthy diet and making sugary habits can affect their health.

Just a few years ago, it was almost unheard of to have a child diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. In fact, it used to be called adult-onset diabetes because it was much more common among adults. However, the diagnosis of type 2 diabetes is becoming more common in the youth of America, especially those who are overweight. It is a chronic condition that affects the way your body metabolizes glucose. If you have type 2 diabetes, your body does not use insulin properly. While medical suppliers like LA Medical offer diabetic supplies to help maintain diabetes, it is still a daily struggle for many adults and children. Doctors don’t fully understand why some children get type 2 diabetes while others with the same risk factors don’t, but there are some definite trends. Some different risk factors of type 2 diabetes in children are:

  • Being overweight
  • Family history of diabetes
  • Female gender
  • Specific ethnic groups
  • Problems with insulin resistance
  • Inactivity

While there is typically a genetic background to type 2 diabetes, the alarming increase in juvenile type 2 diabetes diagnoses underscores the role of environmental factors. The greatest risk factor for type 2 diabetes is excess weight. According to the CDC, nearly one third of all American children are considered overweight or obese. When a child is overweight, chances of them developing diabetes more than doubles. Obese children produce too much insulin so when the need for insulin arises, they are likely unable to produce enough more.

Type 2 diabetes is an increasing issue in the United States and, in many cases, can be prevented. Encourage your kids to eat healthy foods, be physically active and maintain a healthy weight. Halloween can be a great time to teach your kids the importance of maintaining a healthy weight through activity and a well-balanced diet. If you or your child suffers from type 2 diabetes, LA Medical offers quality diabetic supplies in our online store. Check it out today!

Holiday Landmines

Posted on: November 15th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

From November through the New Year, there are many occasions that bring family and friends together to celebrate and be with each other. And what is usually at the center of these gatherings? A large meal. These meals tend to be an abundance of high fat, high carbohydrate foods that are rather tasty, but not so great for our bodies.

The many holidays in this part of the year can be challenging to manage for diabetics.

This is especially true for diabetics, who constantly have to be aware of what and how much they are eating to keep their blood sugar in balance. So, how can diabetics make it through the holiday season safely without needing to skip out entirely on the festivities?

Ask for diabetic-friendly dishes- these are your friends and family, so simply ask whoever is coordinating the food and drink for a diabetic-friendly menu. They will more than likely be willing to oblige.

Do not go to dinner hungry- not eating earlier in the day only to eat monstrously later can be disastrous for diabetics. Your body cannot handle all the carbohydrates at once, so think of it as a regular day with a special meal later. Eat normally, go for a walk and keep tabs on your blood sugar just like you usually do.

Portion control and tradeoffs- there’s no need for three helpings of the main dish when there is so much other good food in front of you. Limit your portion sizes, and make tradeoffs when necessary. Go for mashed or sweet potatoes, a roll or a serving of stuffing, and so on.

Following these tips will help you to keep your blood glucose levels in balance and your energy level high enough to enjoy the good times with your family and friends. Whatever holidays you celebrate, we at LA Medical hope that you enjoy every minute of the time you spend with your family and friends over the coming weeks.