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Do You Have Diabetes? Signs and Symptoms

Diabetes in Infants

Diabetes SignNo doubt you are familiar with the term diabetes. This disease is becoming common in the United States. According to the US centers for disease control and prevention, it is alarmingly on the rise. The CDC reports that one in 4 people have the disease and do not realize their health condition.

Many may not believe that diabetes is a serious illness and that can create serious health problems.  Nothing could be further from the truth. Some of the complications associated with diabetes include stroke, heart disease, kidney failure, blindness, amputations and an early death. In order to combat this disease is very important that we become familiar with the signs and symptoms of diabetes.

Treating type 2 diabetes includes making healthy food choices, losing weight if you’re overweight, getting regular exercise, and taking medications if necessary. You should also see your doctor regularly, test your blood sugar levels daily, keep your blood pressure and cholesterol under control, and quit smoking.  Read more…

Diabetes Infants

Diabetes in InfantsWe usually don’t think of diabetes as a problem for infants, however, infants can have the disease. High sugar in the blood or low sugar in the blood can be indications of an infant with diabetes. What do the parents need to be aware of regarding infant diabetes?

When adults have diabetes they do not feel well. Low blood sugar can make one cranky and irritable. Babies are no different. Look for signs of trembling being cranky, pale blue lips or pale fingers. Diabetes creates dehydration in the body so another sign might be a child who is thirsty all the time with increased urination.

Of course, you want to check with your medical professional to find out if you are suspicious of your infant having diabetes. Another telltale sign can be as sweet smell of the urine.

Other signs and symptoms that you want to be aware of include excessive sleepiness and hunger as well as any sores that are slow to heal. Another symptom that could be an indication of diabetes in your infant is a dark rash on the back of your baby’s neck. Again if you suspect your child has diabetes be sure and check with your healthcare professional.
Children with Diabetes.

Some children can also develop the disease and displays signs of this disease. Despite eating all the time they may not be able to gain weight and they seem to have an appetite that is never satisfied. Professionals say that weight loss is the number 1 sign of diabetes in children.

Other symptoms that you want to be aware of include moodiness, fatigue, vision problems, irritability, tingling in the hands and feet. Girls may tend to have chronic yeast infections. Be on the lookout for uncharacteristic behaviors in your children. Being tired and irritable may be the beginning signs of diabetes.

Adults Diabetes

Some adults may be susceptible to juvenile diabetes commonly called type I. Another form of diabetes is type II and usually occurs later on in life. The symptoms of both types of diabetes are similar. Here’s a list of some of the symptoms to look out for.

Track for DiabetesUnexplained weight loss can be a sign or symptom of diabetes. Usually we think of weight loss as a positive sign for health, however, it can be an indication of the diabetes disease. Some of the infants being thirsty and frequent urination is another sign that needs to be investigated. Being thirsty, frequent urination, tingling in the hands and feet are all signs and symptoms of diabetes.

If you suspect that you or someone you love has this disease be sure to check with your medical professional find out what steps you can take to combat the illness. While diabetes can have serious consequences and it is on the rise it does not have to win the battle for your health.

We know of many adults who have diabetes that experienced positive results by using Cardio Cocktail and improving their dietary habits. See our Cardio Cocktail testimonials page for more information.

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Does Sex Make You Live Longer?

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For some varieties of insects, sex significantly reduces their life.  Aren’t you glad you’re not a bug?  What about for humans, does sex reduce our lifespan or is it healthy?

When we think of sexual activity most people think of prolonging life rather than shortening life.  For humans, sexual activity seems to be beneficial, for example, studies show that sex can be protective against breast cancer.

What about for heart health?  What if someone has already had a cardiovascular event, should they be active or would it be better to refrain?  Is sexual activity healthy or can it lead to an early grave?

 

Type of Sex

Sex Madness WikipediaBeing what many people would call promiscuous in sex can contribute to many health problems. Despite the best efforts of scientists, HIV is still a major concern along with other illnesses like the human papillomavirus which has been associated with cervical, anal and vaginal cancers.

Despite this risk, many people still engage in this type of risky behavior. Modern medicine has come along way in extending the life of individuals who have contracted HIV and the use of contraception in many countries has reduced the risk somewhat.  However, using a contraceptive is no guarantee of not contracting a sexually transmitted disease.

Heart Disease and Sexual Activity

Most researchers will readily tell you that being active is part of reducing your risk for cardiovascular disease. Sexual activity is part of being active. One study consisting of 536 participants analyzed their sexual activity and compared it to their cardiovascular health. Couples who had sex more than once a week had a 56% lower incident of cardiovascular events compared to couples who had sex once a week or less.

For example, one study found that men who had sex twice a week or more were less likely to develop cardiovascular disease than those who had sex once a month or less. Research like this typically focuses on men because more men have heart disease. But we generally apply the same reasoning to women, too.

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There has been some concern that sexual activity might trigger a cardiovascular event. However, researchers found that a small percentage of individuals reported an incident associated with sexual activity.

Another study looked at individuals who had experienced a heart attack. Those who engaged in sexual activity one month after a heart attack at a 2.1% mortality rate. The mortality rate for those who were inactive regarding sexual activity after a heart attack was 4.1%.

According to a new scientific statement issued by the American Heart Association, it is probably safe to have sex if your cardiovascular disease has stabilized. “Sexual activity is a major quality of life issue for men and women with cardiovascular disease and their partners,” said Glenn N. Levine, M.D., lead author of the statement and a professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.Cardiovascular events — such as heart attacks or chest pain caused by heart disease — rarely occur during sexual activity, b

Sex and Heart Disease

Sexual activity that does not involve risky behavior appears to be good for your cardiovascular system according to this research.

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Unfortunately Ralphie May Was No Surprise

Ralphie May

 

On October 6, 2017 Ralphie May was found dead in a private residence in Las Vegas.  May’s manager claimed that the Last Comic Standing celebrity had been fighting pneumonia which had caused him to cancel several his tour.

Two months after comedian Ralphie May was found dead in a Las Vegas private residence, the cause of his death has been revealed. May, 45, died from hypertensive cardiovascular disease, Clark County Coroner’s office confirmed today to People.

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Unfortunately for May he never recovered and actually died from cardiovascular disease according to the Clark County coroner’s office.

The disease, hypertension, that killed May is known as the silent killer. It kills many people each year who are unaware of the deadly effects of this disease. If you or someone you know has high blood pressure it is important to take this seriously.  If hypertension is left untreated it can result in death.

Hypertension actually is a form of heart disease. When arteries become blocked due to poor lifestyle choices blood pressure rises in the heart is forced to work harder. Over time the heart becomes stressed and the body cannot get the oxygen and nutrients it needs.

This can eventually lead to heart failure. It can also cause arteries to become clogged, blood clots to form in the heart itself can be starved of nutrients.

Why call hypertension the “silent killer”

Blood pressure can be simply defined as the amount of pressure on the arterial wall as blood is being pumped through the body. When that pressure becomes too much the arterial walls can rupture. This leads to repair and thickening of the arteries and blood pressure becomes elevated.

The problem is that this happens over time and no one is really aware of the blood being pumped through our arteries. Individuals may feel fine and not be aware of the looming problem.

Sadly Many People Have this Disease

Dr. Oz Checks Blood pressureSad to say that many people are in similar situations as Ralphie May. Recently new guidelines have been instituted by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. The new guidelines now indicate that the threshold for high blood pressure is 130/80. This now defines hypertension. The old measurement used to be 140/90.

Lowering the guidelines now mean that more people have high blood pressure. The hope is that people will take this seriously and take action to improve their cardiovascular health.

What to Do?

It’s very important that we pay attention to a healthy lifestyle. Diet, exercise, and keeping stress level at a minimum are excellent places to start. Our love of food and poor lifestyle choices have contributed much to the problem of cardiovascular disease.

Ralphie May describe themselves as a comedian who happened to be fat. While I do believe Ralphie May was a comedian, I do not believe he had to be fat. Health is a choice for many people and it is a lack of integrity to ourselves and our family not to be responsible for it.  If you want to learn more about what you can do to combat hypertension then you must listen to The Assassin Within!

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When Arteries Become Hard

Lucille Ball died with Hardening of the Arteries

You may have heard of hardening of the arteries but what exactly does that mean? Healthy arteries within the body should be elastic allowing for smooth blood flow. However, as we age our arteries become stiff and less flexible. This is how the actress Lucille Ball died despite the best efforts of her medical doctors. How can we keep arteries smooth and flexible as we age?

 

Eat Healthy for good healthThis may be the million-dollar question with many different answers and no one really knowing for sure. Most health professionals will tell you that a good diet is involved but now the question becomes what is a good diet? Many in the alternative health field will talk about nutritional supplements that one can take to improve cardiovascular health. While I do believe in taking nutritional supplements I think one should always keep in mind that they are supplements. For me, a supplement is something that supports the foundation of our health.

 

What Is the Foundation of Our Health?

 

The foundation of our health is the lifestyle choices that we make. This not only includes our diet but also includes our mental health and well-being and physical exercise. Having these as the foundation of health we can add supplements to enhance our well-being.

 

Arterial Stiffness

 

inflammation in the artheryBack to arterial stiffness and how we can keep our arteries flexible. Of course, staying away from saturated fats, hydrogenated oils and products that are high in sugar is a must. These are all things that most healthcare professionals would agree contribute to cardiovascular disease. As far as supplements are concerned, a healthy dose of arginine and citrulline have been shown to increase nitric oxide productivity keeping arteries flexible.

 

Other Supplements to Consider for Flexibility

 

I have been reading a lot about vitamin K 2. There is some evidence in scientific literature that suggests it may be able to reverse vascular calcification. Vascular calcification is calcium in the arteries which leads to stiffness. As blood travels through the arteries they become cut and need repair. Many believe that an excessive amount of tear put on the arteries is due to a poor diet. Calcium becomes stuck in the arteries and leads to calcification.

 

Were Vitamin K2 Comes into Play

 

Vitamin K 2 protects the body against this calcification. It does this by keeping calcium in the bones where it belongs and by blocking calcium from being absorbed into the arteries. It is believed that K2 activates the calcium-binding proteins that enhance calcium absorption in the bones.  Leafy green vegetables are high in Vitamin K 2.  You can also obtain Vitamin K 2 in supplemental form just make sure it is K 2 and not the other forms of Vitamin K.

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Lose Weight Not Your Mind

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Recently I remember reading an article on losing weight and one of the suggestions was not to eat when you are distracted. The reason being, according to the article, is that individuals tend to eat more when they are distracted. The article went on to suggest that when you are eating you should not be involved in any other activities. It seemed to make sense to me. Today it seems like everyone is distracted.  No one seems to be present to the task at hand and everyone seems to be somewhere else rather than present.  Just look at people in their cars and you will see many people distracted and only a few driving.  Now that is scary.

Omega 3 in FishWhat happens when we are distracted while eating? The article went on to point out that we tend to eat more than normal. We may not be present to that satiated feeling of being full and we are not mindful of what we are selecting to put into our bodies.

According to new research, mindfulness sharpens a person’s ability to recognize internal cues that signal hunger and fullness. In a 2016 study, researchers taught people a short body scan meditation that primes them to become more aware of their own body. (Try out our guided meditation below to see what it’s like.) The meditators then received either a small or large Snickers bar. Later, they were allowed to eat as many chocolate cookies as they liked.

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Meditation and Mindfulness

A new type of meditation is beginning to take hold in the West, it’s called mindful meditation. Most people are familiar with meditation where one tries to empty their mind of all thought. Mindful meditation is different. Rather than trying to empty your mind of all thought the individual becomes conscious of being present in the moment. When an individual practices mindful meditation while eating they focus on the food. Individuals focusing on the food they are eating tend to eat less and become more aware of being full.

 

Researchers in the fast-growing field of mindfulness research are learning that simply changing how we eat might be a key to weight loss. Mindful practices like meditation are being used as tools to improve health, lessen pain and dodge sickness in large part because they reduce stress. And since stress is often at the root of overeating, mindfulness seems to make us eat better meals, which means it’s likely possible to lose weight without dieting.

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Mindful Meditation and Other Benefits

 

girl sun bathingResearchers now believe that mindful meditation can improve cognitive function and reduce stress along with weight loss. Researchers also found that people who practice mindful meditation while eating less food cravings. Many believe that there are more benefits to this practice. Mindful meditation retreats and books are written on the subject are readily available to those who are interested. Does it work? You’ll have to do send mindful meditation when you eat to find the answer.