American Diabetes Month

November is American Diabetes Month and we are proud to announce that your purchase during this month could help to Stop Diabetes. We will donate $10 from every order over $99 to the American Diabetes Association during November of 2012. We are proud to partner with the American Diabetes Association because of their work and what they stand for in the fight against diabetes. They work hard to improve the quality of life for those diagnosed with diabetes by funding research, informational programs, and advocacy efforts. To learn more about our efforts, read our news release for American Diabetes Month. So don’t delay, shop today and do your part to help in the fight against diabetes.

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Diabetes Resources on Twitter

So the new craze these days has been the micro-blogging site Twitter. Twitter allows users to send updates to their friends about pretty much whatever they want. They only catch is that the updates need to be made in 140 characters or less. So if you’re new to Twitter, what exactly is the benefit of joining? Well there are a few actually: you can keep up with friends, but also celebrities, companies and trending topics. Also, Twitter allows you to follow the accounts that you’re interested in so you can constantly be receiving their updates. Even if you don’t want to sign up for an account, you should keep track of the following diabetes accounts in Twitter. They offer great info and things to keep in mind:

@AmDiabetesAssn
@diabeticnews
@diabetesblogs

There are definitely others, but the accounts above are a great start to get your feet wet with the Twitter concept. You may even get hooked.

The Link Between Diabetes and Tai Chi

This almost seems like a no-brainer, but I’m going to spell it out anyway because the more I think it, the more inspired I am to go and practice my Tai Chi forms. Basically, Tai Chi in the United States became very popular for it’s meditative and health benefits. Although it was founded and designed as a martial art (Tai Chi Chuan means “The Grand Ultimate Fist”) Tai Chi has been able to assist many people living in assisted living homes prevent slips and falls. Many of hip has been spared with the introduction of Tai Chi stepping. Ok, so what does Tai Chi has to do with diabetes. Well directly, Tai Chi is a great health benefit because it’s exercise and as you work through the movements at Tai Chi speed, you are developing your muscles while expanding your lungs. Indirectly, Tai Chi releases blockages of “Chi” or “energy” throughout your body allowing your blood to flow and movement to increase. It is no wonder why many with arthritis problems turn to Tai Chi for their problems and find remedies. If you haven’t yet tried Tai Chi, I strongly recommend visiting the nearest school that offers it and see if it is for you.

Signs and Symptoms of Pre-Diabetes

There is a great article on About.com highlighting pre-diabetes. The article explains what pre-diabetes is and states that “the cells in your body are becoming resistant to insulin and your blood glucose levels are higher than they should be. Since the levels aren’t as high as they would be if you had Type 2 diabetes, the term “pre-diabetes” is used.”

The risk factor for pre-diabetes are the same as they are for type 2 diabetes. It is very important to get regular check-ups from your doctor as there are seldom signs or symptoms for this type of diabetes.

Mix up your workout

Close to 80% of the diabetic population in America is obese. There is no question as to whether or not a workout routine will help most diabetics. The only question is what kind of routine should diabetics do? Will diabetics benefit more from weight lifting, running, circuit training, or aerobics. Personally, I think everyone can benefit from a proper Kung Fu workout, but the thing about martial arts is that they are not for everyone. Whether you’re a runner or a weight lifter, the best type of workout is one that mixes all types of exercise. Weights can add a bit of muscle and running can increase your lung capacity as well as endurance. The bottom line with working out is to try to fit in any kind of exercise every day. Although it is best to mix it up, working out period is a plus.

Diabetes Resources

There are many great resources for diabetic information that can be found on the web. You can even read up on some blogs of some people living with diabetes. I find the blogs particularly useful because you can read all about the experiences of those diagnosed with diabetes. One of the best resources I have seen is the American Diabetes Association website. There is one page in particular that is especially useful is the page all about diabetes. The page talks about the different types of diabetes and all of the resources available on the site such as diabetic symptoms, diabetic myths, and much more. If you or someone you know has diabetes, this page is a must.

I’ll be gone for a bit

I’m heading out of town for my sister’s wedding so I won’t be contributing to this blog for a bit.  I just wanted to give all of my great readers a head’s up because I respect you guys.  I don’t want you to keep coming back day-in and day-out with nothing new to read.

Until then, be sure to eat right and exercise on a regular basis.  Make a commitment to yourself to live longer and enjoy those around you while those you love, can enjoy you around as well.