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Subject:  FDJ Issue 120517 - Food, Glorious Food Date:  5/17/2012  10:34 PM
Author:  Fuskie Number:  2481 of 2726

Everyone's had mornings when they'd rather stay in their bunny slippers and gloat at the traffic reports while sipping coffee and working from their "home office." But in the past (let's call it the dark ages), some bosses considered "working from home" a euphemism for "doing errands" and only allowed it in the event of major plumbing or medical emergencies. Fortunately, progress in technology has made it possible to stay in your PJs and also be productive. Here's a surefire way to get even the most stubborn boss to let you give "teleworking" a try.

Has your gym lock been repurposed for use as a paperweight? While it might be quite effective at holding down all those "must read" memos, it looked better dangling from your gym locker. Remember? The gym? You first wandered in months ago. Hopeful. Resolved. You made promises. Signed papers. And bought a lock.

Sure, it’s tough to fit in fitness. Especially in the dead of winter with crowded gyms full of people clinging to their New Year's resolutions and temperatures that make working out outside more than a little icy. Not to mention the fact that your job may require extra dedication in tough economic times. But why not aim for success in both? You have enough challenges in your life. Fitting into your pants shouldn’t be one of them. To fit fitness into your life, it must fit in at work. Here’s how:

Diabetes and hearing loss are two of America’s most widespread health concerns. Nearly 26 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, and an estimated 34.5 million have some type of hearing loss.

The numbers are similar — is there a link?

Yes, says the National Institute of Health (NIH). In fact, the NIH has found that hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes as it is in those who don’t have the disease. Also, of the 79 million adults thought to have pre-diabetes, the rate of hearing loss is 30% higher than in those with normal blood sugar.

New in Town: A smart approach to searching for a new doctor

I recently married and moved to a new area. I found a physician for type 1 diabetes (T1D) care and checked his credentials, and he seems good “on paper.” But is there a checklist of questions I can ask to gauge whether this is the right physician for me?


First, congratulations on this new, exciting chapter in your life! Moving to a new city and searching for a new doctor can seem daunting, but what better reason to do all that than getting married? Both my daughter and I live with T1D, so I know how essential it is to find the right doctor. It’s important to find one who not only has solid knowledge of and experience with T1D in general, but also understands that everyone with T1D is a little different. You want a doctor who can attend to your personal circumstances and needs.

Living with Type 1 Diabetes: Kids and parents
It’s tough to live with type 1 diabetes (T1D). But it’s much easier, I’m certain, to have the disease yourself than to be the parent of one who has it.

As they were growing up, my kids knew that when it was time to sit down for a meal, it was also time for their dad to squeeze blood out of his finger. The constant blood-glucose testing never bothered them. By the time my daughter, who’s now 17, was five or six, she’d occasionally grimace while watching me lance a fingertip. “Will I have to do that when I grow up?” she’d ask. My answer was always, emphatically, “No, of course not.”

I was being hopeful, but not completely honest. There’s always been a chance that my children will develop T1D. There’s a chance that anyone will develop it. But I assured my kids that I knew—not just hoped—their bodies would not be stricken with T1D. I did that to keep them from worry.

Spring Training: Gear Up, Get Out, Go For The Gold
When springtime rolls around, athletes and other active people with type 1 diabetes (T1D) have to do more than buy new running shoes, repair a bike, or search for a baseball glove in the basement. Many athletes with T1D agree that there are important considerations about managing the disease during strenuous activity. Exercise burns glucose, so it’s no surprise that hypoglycemia is a major concern. In fact, it has been reported as the number-one reason that more people with T1D do not exercise on a regular basis. And what roles do diet, stress, hormones, and other factors play?

Natural Peanut Butter - Is it really good for us?
Just wondering I have had an allergy to peanuts for so long that I have avoided it instead of taking allergy pills. I have done well - so my Doc said to eat it little here and there to see what happens - so far no problems.

My friend went to the store the other day to buy me some Skippy Natural because we heard that is better than just peanut butter. Anyway, I looked at all the Total Fat content and I almost dropped the jar.

Though it doesn't have Trans fat nor the partially hydrogenated vegetable oils as the regular brand is peanut butter really good for us?

Keeping A Food Record
Have you ever kept a food record? Why would someone do that? I ask all my patients to keep food records. For years I tried to help patients meet their health goals without requiring a food record, because food records require time and effort. However, I was never able to achieve the kind of results I wanted as a lifestyle coach until I started insisting on food records. My patients started losing excess weight much more reliably and had much better chance of reversing their type 2 diabetes or prediabetes once I embraced this fundamental principle.

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Planning A Pregnancy With Diabetes
If you have diabetes and are considering having a baby, there are a number of steps you should take before you get pregnant to ensure a safe and healthy pregnancy and baby. Here are some tips:

- Meet with your health care provider 3-6 months before becoming pregnant. Your doctor can help determine if your diabetes is controlled well enough for you to - stop using your birth control method.
- Have your urine checked for diabetic kidney complications.
- Check for other organ complications of diabetes, including nerve and heart damage.
- Check your blood pressure and thyroid function.
- Check your cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
- Have an eye exam to screen for glaucoma, cataracts, and retinopathy.
- Undergo pre-conception counseling.

Who had an A1C scare at the Doctor's office in February, then bought a home A1C test kit and tested better in April and May, so he's looking forward to returning to the doctor's in June even if he has no insurance anymore...
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