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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Control Blood Pressure by Destroying Nerves Terminating in Kidney


High blood pressure can cause strokes, heart attacks and death. Often, even a combination of pills doesn't work, but a new procedure might. This is a method still under study to control blood pressure by destroying nerves from the kidneys to the brain. Nerve signals in this circuit can push blood pressure very high. Cutting the circuit can make pressure normal again.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Knowing the Signs of Chronic Kidney Disease

Knowing the Signs of Chronic kidney disease:

1. Feeling Fatigued
2. Trouble in concentrating
3. Having Poor appetite
4. Trouble in sleeping
5. Muscle cramps at night
6. Swollen feet and ankles
7. Puffiness around eyes, especially in the morning
8. Dry and itchy skin
9. Need to urinate more often especially at night

Foot Care for People with Diabetes


People with diabetes have to take special care of their feet. You should have a comprehensive foot exam every year. This page shows some more things you can do to keep your feet healthy.

1. Wash your feet in warm water every day.
2. Dry your feet well, especially between the toes.
3. Keep the skin soft with a moisturizing lotion, but do not apply it between the toes.
4. Inspect your feet every day for cuts, bruises, blisters, or swelling. Tell your doctor right away if you find something wrong.
5. Ask your diabetes care team how you should care for your toenails.
6. Wear clean, soft socks that fit you

7. Keep your feet warm and dry. Always wear shoes that fit well.
8. Never walk barefoot indoors or outdoors
9. Examine your shoes every day for cracks, pebbles, nails, or anything that could hurt your feet.



Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Diabetes Target Level




Target Levels from the American Diabetes Association

Blood Glucose
     Before Meals: 80-120 mg/dl
     Two Hours After a Meal: 140-150 mg/dl
     At Bedtime:  100-140 mg/dl
Blood Pressure: Below 130/80
Total Cholesterol: Below 200 mg/dl 
HDL: Above 45 mg/dl LDL: Below 100 mg/dl
Hemoglobin A1c: Below 7%

* These numbers may be modified by your doctor if you are elderly, have vascular disease or cannot tell when your blood sugar is low.



Diabetes Facts In Brief


Approximately 16 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, according to estimates, but only 8 million people are diagnosed. Diabetes can lead to a number of complications, such as heart and kidney disease and foot and eye problems. However, studies have shown that good control of sugar prevented the onset or delayed the progression of eye, kidney and nerve damage by at least
50%.

Type 2 diabetes is a growing problem throughout the country, but it is more common among African-Americans, Hispanics, AsianAmericans, Pacific-Island Americans and Native Americans than Caucasians. African-Americans are 1.7 times as likely to have type 2 diabetes as the general population. On average, Hispanic/Latino-Americans are almost twice as likely to have diabetes as non-Hispanic whites of similar age.


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Diabetes Know the Symptoms


It is well known that diabetes contributes to a number of serious health problems. What is less well understood, but very important, is that these problems can often be prevented or delayed when diabetes is carefully managed. Diabetes management is a team effort involving you, your doctor and your diabetes educators, including a dietitian, nurse and other specialists.


WHAT IS DIABETES?
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, there is too much glucose in your blood. Glucose is a kind of sugar that the cells in your body use for fuel. Glucose builds up in the blood when your body produces too little insulin or when your body does not use insulin efficiently. Insulin is the hormone made up of protein that helps glucose get into cells throughout the body.  When there is not enough insulin or it is not effective, glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into the cells of the muscles and organs, causing two problems. First, in the short term, your cells may be starved for energy. Second, over time, high glucose levels in the blood may damage your eyes, kidneys, nerves or heart, leading to the long-term complications of diabetes.



Monday, August 6, 2012

10 consejos para disfrutar de sus comidas



Puede disfrutar de sus comidas mientras hace pequeños ajustes a las cantidades de alimentos en su plato. Las comidas saludables empiezan con más vegetales, frutas, y porciones más pequeñas de proteínas y granos. No olvide los lácteos: incluya productos lácteos sin grasa o bajos en grasa en sus comidas, o beba leche con su comida.

10 consejos para empezar se puede obtener un plan personalizado de actividades y nutrición



SuperTracker es una herramienta en internet donde se puede obtener un plan personalizado de actividades
y nutrición. Establezca el recor de lo que come y de sus actividades para ver cómo se integran, y obtenga consejos
y apoyo para ayudar a tomar decisiones saludables. El “SuperTracker está disponible sólo en inglés.

10 consejos para ayudarle a que los dólares para la comida le rindan


¡Haga rendir su presupuesto de comidas! Hay muchas maneras de ahorrar dinero en la comida. Los tres pasos principales son planificar antes de comprar, comprar los artículos al mejor precio y preparar comidas que hagan rendir su presupuesto.

10 consejos para ayudarle a comer más productos marinos


Prepare pescado y mariscos dos veces por semana como el principal alimento fuente de proteínas en su plato. Los productos marinos contienen variedad de nutrientes, incluyendo grasas saludables como omega-3, de acuerdo con la Guía Alimentaria para los estadounidenses del 2010 comer unas 8 onzas por semana (menos para los niños pequeños) puede ayudar a prevenir las enfermedades cardiacas.

10 consejos para ayudarlo a reducirlos



Está claro que a los estadounidenses les gusta la sal, pero la sal infl uye en la presión arterial alta. Todos, incluso los niños, debemos reducir el consumo de sodio a menos de 2,300 miligramos al día. Los adultos de 51 años de edad y mayores, las personas de ascendencia afroamericana de cualquier edad y con presión arterial alta, diabetes o enfermedad renal crónica deben reducir el consumo de sodio a 1,500 mg al día.

10 consejos para reducir el azúcar adicional



Limite la cantidad de alimentos y bebidas endulzadas que sus hijos comen y beben. Si no los compra, sus hijos no los beberán muy a menudo. Las golosinas y las bebidas endulzadas tienen muchas calorías pero pocos nutrientes. La mayoría de los azúcares adicionales provienen de gaseosas, bebidas deportivas, bebidas de energía, bebidas a base de jugo, pasteles, galletas dulces, helados, dulces y otros postres.

10 consejos para dar buenos ejemplos de salud a los niños



Usted es la infl uencia más importante para sus hijos. Puede hacer muchas cosas para ayudar a sus hijos a desarrollar hábitos de alimentación sana, para toda la vida. Ofrecer una variedad de comidas ayuda a los niños a obtener los nutrientes que necesitan de cada grupo de alimentos. También tendrán mayores probabilidades de querer probar alimentos nuevos y que estos les gusten. Cuando los niños desarrollan un gusto por muchos tipos distintos de alimentos, es más fácil planifi car las comidas de la familia. ¡Cocinen juntos, coman juntos, hablen y hagan que las comidas sean tiempos dedicados a la familia!

10 consejos para que los alimentos sanos sean más divertidos para los niños



Para animar a los niños a comer vegetales y frutas, hágalas divertidas. Provea ingredientes sanos y permita que los
niños ayuden en su preparación según sus edades y destrezas. Los niños tal vez deseen probar comidas que en el pasado
han rechazado si ayudaron a prepararlas.

10 consejos para mejorar sus comidas con vegetales y frutas



Descubra los muchos benefi cios de agregar vegetales y frutas a sus comidas. Son bajos en contenido de grasas y calorías, también son buenas fuentes de fi bra y otros nutrientes. A la mayoría de los estadounidenses les conviene comer más de 3 tazas y a algunos hasta 6 tazas de vegetales y frutas todos los días. Los vegetales y las frutas no sólo agregan valor nutritivo a las comidas; también les agregan color, sabor y textura. Explore las siguientes maneras de llevar alimentos sanos a la mesa.

10 consejos para economizar en vegetales y frutas



Es posible incluir vegetales y frutas en todo presupuesto. Tomar decisiones nutritivas no tiene que costar demasiado dinero. Comer estos alimentos en cantidades sufi cientes promueve la buena salud y puede ayudarle a reducir el riesgo de contraer ciertas enfermedades. Hay muchas maneras económicas de satisfacer sus necesidades de consumo de frutas y vegetales.

10 consejos para vegetarianos



Una dieta vegetariana puede ser una opción sana. La clave está en consumir alimentos variados y la cantidad correcta
de alimentos para satisfacer sus necesidades de calorías y nutrientes.

10 consejos para platos sanos



Un plato sano comienza con más vegetales y frutas, y porciones más pequeñas de proteínas y granos. Piense en cómo ajustar las porciones en su plato para obtener más de lo que necesita sin demasiadas calorías. Tampoco olvide los productos lácteos; haga de ellos su bebida de acompañamiento o agregue a su plato productos lácteos descremados o con bajo contenido de grasa.

10 consejos para elegir proteínas



La proteína de los alimentos provienen de fuentes tanto animales (carne, aves, mariscos y huevos) como de plantas
(frijoles, guisantes, productos de soja, nueces y semillas). Todos necesitamos proteína; pero la mayoría de los estadounidenses comen cantidades sufi cientes, y algunos de ellos más de lo que necesitan. ¿Cuánto es sufi ciente? La mayoría de las personas de 9 años de edad y mayores deben comer de 5 a 7 onzas* de comidas con proteína cada día.

10 consejos para ayudarle a comer y beber más productos lácteos descremados o bajos en grasa



El grupo de lácteos incluye leche, yogur, queso y leche de soja enriquecida. Estos suministran calcio, vitamina D, potasio, proteína y otros nutrientes necesarios para la buena salud durante toda la vida. Elija productos con bajo contenido de grasa o descremados para reducir las calorías y las grasas saturadas. ¿Cuánto se necesita? Los niños más grandes, adolescentes y adultos necesitan 3 tazas* al día, mientras que los niños de 4 a 8 años de edad necesitan 2½ tazas y los de 2 a 3 años de edad necesitan 2 tazas.

10 consejos para ayudarlo a consumir granos integrales


Los alimentos hechos con trigo, arroz, avena, maíz, cebada o cualquier otro grano de cereal son productos de granos.
El pan, los fi deos y tallarines, la avena, los cereales para el desayuno, las tortillas de harina y la sémola son ejemplos de estos productos. Los granos se dividen en 2 subgrupos: granos integrales y granos refi nados. Los granos integrales contienen el grano completo; es decir, la cáscara, el germen y el saco embrional. Las personas que consumen granos integrales como parte de una dieta saludable tienen menos riesgo de presentar algunas enfermedades crónicas

10 consejos para ayudarlo a comer más frutas



El consumo de frutas brinda benefi cios de salud. Las personas que comen más frutas y vegetales como parte de una
dieta saludable integral tienen menos riesgos de presentar algunas enfermedades crónicas. Las frutas proveen nutrientes
importantes para la salud, como el potasio, la fi bra, la vitamina C y el ácido fólico. La mayoría de las frutas son naturalmente
bajas en grasa, sodio y calorías. Ninguna de ellas contiene colesterol. Todas las frutas o los jugos de fruta 100% naturales
forman parte del grupo de frutas. Las frutas pueden ser frescas, enlatadas, congeladas o secas, y pueden consumirse
enteras, cortadas o en puré.

10 consejos para ayudarlo a comer más vegetales


¡Comer más vegetales es fácil! Comer vegetales es importante porque contienen vitaminas y minerales y no contienen muchas calorías. Para incluir más vegetales en sus comidas, siga estos sencillos consejos. Es más fácil de lo que piensa.

10 consejos para crear un buen plato


Elegir alimentos para llevar un estilo de vida sano es muy sencillo si sigue estos 10 consejos. Use las ideas de esta lista para balancear las calorías, elegir los alimentos que le conviene comer con mayor frecuencia y reducir la cantidad de alimentos que le conviene comer con menos frecuencia.

10 Tips to Creating Healthy, Active Events


Eating healthy and being physically active can be a fun part of parties and events. Great gatherings are easy to do when tasty, healthy foods from all the food groups are offered in a fun, active environment. Above all, focus on enjoying friends and family.

10 Tips to Make Better Beverage Choices


What you drink is as important as what you eat. Many beverages contain added sugars and offer little or no nutrients, while others may provide nutrients but too much fat and too many calories. Here are some tips to help you make better beverage choices.

10 Tips to Enjoying Your Meal


You can enjoy your meals while making small adjustments to the amounts of food on your plate. Healthy meals start with more vegetables and fruits and smaller portions of protein and grains. And don’t forget dairy—include fat-free or low-fat dairy products on your plate, or drink milk with your meal.

Track What You Eat and Your Activities to Make Healthy Choices


SuperTracker is an online tool where you can get a personalized nutrition and activity plan. Track what you  eat and your activities to see how they stack up, and get tips and support to help you make healthy choices.

10 Tips to Help You Stretch Your Food Dollars


Get the most for your food budget! There are many ways to save money on the foods that you eat. The
three main steps are planning before you shop, purchasing the items at the best price, and preparing meals that
stretch your food dollars.

10 Tips to Help You Eat More Seafood


Twice a week, make seafood—fish and shellfish—the main protein food on your plate. Seafood contains a range of nutrients, including healthy omega-3 fats. According to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, eating about 8 ounces per week (less for young children) of a variety of seafood can help prevent heart disease.

10 Tips to Help You Cut Back on Salt and Sodium


It’s clear that Americans have a taste for salt, but salt plays a role in high blood pressure. Everyone, including kids, should reduce their sodium intake to less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day (about 1 teaspoon of salt). Adults age 51 and older, African Americans of any age, and individuals with high blood pressure, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease should further reduce their sodium intake to 1,500 mg a day.

10 Tips to Decrease Added Sugars


Limit the amount of foods and beverages with added sugars your kids eat and drink. If you don’t buy them, your kids won’t get them very often. Sweet treats and sugary drinks have a lot of calories but few nutrients. Most added sugars come from sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, juice drinks, cakes, cookies, ice cream, candy, and other desserts.

10 tips for setting good examples


You are the most important influence on your child. You can do many things to help your children develop healthy eating habits for life. Offering a variety of foods helps children get the nutrients they need from every food group. They will also be more likely to try new foods and to like more foods. When children develop a taste for many types of foods, it’s easier to plan family meals. Cook together, eat together, talk together, and make mealtime a family time!

10 Tips for Making Healthy Foods More Fun for Children


Encourage children to eat vegetables and fruits by making it fun. Provide healthy ingredients and let kids help with preparation, based on their age and skills. Kids may try foods they avoided in the past if they helped make them.

10 Tips to Improve Your Meals with Vegetables and Fruits


Discover the many benefits of adding vegetables and fruits to your meals. They are low in fat and calories, while providing fiber and other key nutrients. Most Americans should eat more than 3 cups—and for some, up to 6 cups—of vegetables and fruits each day. Vegetables and fruits don’t just add nutrition to meals. They can also add color, flavor, and texture. Explore these creative ways to bring healthy foods to your table.

10 tips for affordable vegetables and fruits


It is possible to fit vegetables and fruits into any budget. Making nutritious choices does not have to hurt your wallet. Getting enough of these foods promotes health and can reduce your risk of certain diseases. There are many low-cost ways to meet your fruit and vegetable needs.

10 tips for vegetarians


A vegetarian eating pattern can be a healthy option. The key is to consume a variety of foods and the right amount of foods to meet your calorie and nutrient needs.

10 tips for healthy meals

A healthy meal starts with more vegetables and fruits and smaller portions of protein and grains. Think about how you can adjust the portions on your plate to get more of what you need without too many calories. And don’t forget dairy—make it the beverage with your meal or add fat-free or low-fat dairy products to your plate.

10 Tips for Choosing Protein


Protein foods include both animal (meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs) and plant (beans, peas, soy products, nuts, and seeds) sources. We all need protein—but most Americans eat enough, and some eat more than they need. How much is enough? Most people, ages 9 and older, should eat 5 to 7 ounces of protein foods each day.

10 Tips to Help You Eat and Drink More Fat-free or low-fat Dairy Foods

The Dairy Group includes milk, yogurt, cheese, and fortified soymilk. They provide calcium, vitamin D, potassium, protein, and other nutrients needed for good health throughout life. Choices should be lowfat or fat-free—to cut calories and saturated fat. How much is needed? Older children, teens, and adults need 3 cups a day, while children 4 to 8 years old need 2½ cups, and children 2 to 3 years old need 2 cups.
Here is 10 tips to help you eat and drink more fat-free dairy foods:

1. Drink Fat-free or low-fat milk.
2. Choose mild or yogurt more often than cheese.
3. Use fat-free or low-fat mild on cereal and oatmeal. Top fruit salads and baked potatoes with low-fat yogurt instead of sour cream.
4. Try different brands of reduced-fat or low-fat cheese
5. Regular cream cheese, cream, and butter are not part of the dairy food group. They are high in saturated fat and have little or no calcium.
6. When recipes such as dips call for sour cream, substitute plain yogurt.
7. Choose sweet dairy foods with care. They can contain a lot of added sugars which are empty calories.
8. Get you calcium along with your morning caffeine boost. Make coffee with fat-free or low-fat milk.
9. If you can not drink milk, try lactose-free milk, drink smaller amount of milk at a time and try soymilk
10. Try to set an example for your kids

How often do you try to get a low-fat or fat-free dairy products?

10 Tips to Help You Eat Whole Grains


Any food made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley, or another cereal grain is a grain product. Bread, pasta, oatmeal, breakfast cereals, tortillas, and grits are examples. Grains are divided into two
subgroups, whole grains and refined grains. Whole grains contain the entire grain kernel, the bran, germ, and endosperm. People who eat whole grains as part of a healthy diet have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases.

Here is 10 tips to help you eat whole grains
1. Substitute a whole-grain product for a refined-grain product. For example, eat 100% whole-wheat bread or bagels instead of white bread or bagels, or brown rice instead of white rice.
2. Popcorn, a whole grain, can be a healthy snack. Make it with little or no added salt or butter.
3. Cook extra bulgur or barley when you have time. Freeze half to heat and serve later as a quick side dish.
4. Use whole grains in mixed dishes, such as barley in vegetables soups or stews and bulgur wheat in casseroles or stir-fries. Try a quinoa salad or pilaf.
5. Try brown rice or whole-wheat pasta.
6. Bake up some whole-grain goodness
7. Be a good role model and set a good example for children by serving and eating whole grains.
8. Use the Nutrition Facts label to check the fiber content of whole-grain foods.
9. Read the ingredients list and choose products that name a whole-grain ingredients first on the list.
10. Be a smart shopper

How much do you pay attention to Nutrition Facts?

10 Tips to Help You Eat More Fruits

Eating fruit provides health benefits. People who eat more vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic disease. Fruits provide nutrients vital for health, such as potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, and folate (folic acid). Most fruits are naturally low in fat, sodium, and calories. None have cholesterol. Any fruit or 100% fruit juice counts as a part of the fruit group. Fruits may be fresh, canned, frozen, or dried, and may be whole, cut-up, or pureed.

Here is 10 tips to help you eat more fruits:
1.  Keep a bowl on the table to keep you reminded
2. Buy fresh fruits in season when they may be less expensive and at their peak flavor.
3. Buy variety of fruits
4. Make most of your choices whole or cut-up fruit, rather than juice
5. Set a good example for children by eating fruits
6. Top your cereal and low fat yogurt with variety of fruits
7. At lunch, choose fruits from salad bar.
8. At dinner, add crushed pineapple to coleslaw, or include orange section, dried cranberries, or grapes in a tossed salad.
9. Dried fruits make great snacks.
10. Rinse fruits before preparing them

Sunday, August 5, 2012

How many calories does physical activity use?


A 154-pound man (5' 10") will use up about the number of calories listed doing each activity below. Those who weigh more will use more calories, and those who weigh less will use fewer. The calorie values listed include both calories used by the activity and the calories used for normal body functioning.


Best Weight Loss Diet

In general, weight loss can be achieved using a balanced diet that neither avoids nor focuses heavily on one food group.

For a healthy diet, your daily meal should include:
1. Eat 6 oz. of grains every day
2. Eat 2.5 cup of vegetables every day
3. Eat 2 cups of fruits everyday
4. Drink 3 cups of milk everyday
5. Eat 5 oz of meat and beans every day

Did I said everyday too much? That is because this is a process!

What kind of diets have you tried in the past?


Quick, Fast, Easy Weight Loss Tips


The estimated number of deaths attributable to obesity in the United States ranges from 112,000 to 400,000/year, making obesity an important cause of preventable deathsObesity, especially when acquired at a young age, is also associated with substantial years of life lost; young men and women at very high BMI levels (>45 kg/m2) could expect to die between 5 and 20 years earlier than their non-obese counterparts.


Obesity is also associated with an increased risk of many other diseases, including hypertension, stroke, hypercholesterolemia, osteoarthritis of weight bearing joints, sleep apnea, restrictive lung disease, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, gallstones, and infertility.

Here is 3 quick and easy ways to start at: 
1. Eat at least 3 ounces of whole-grain cereals, rice, or pasta every day
2. Go low-fat or fat-free when you choose milk yogurt, and other milk products
3. Choose food and beverages low in added sugars.

Make Healthy Food Choices and Be Active Every Day


U.S. Department of Agricultures new personalized approach to healthy eating and physical activity.
1. Importance of daily physical activity
2. Moderation in the our diet
3. Personalization to our lives
4. Proportionality of Grains, Vegetables, Fruits, Oils, Milk, Meat& Bean
5. Variery
6 Gradual improvement

Saturday, August 4, 2012

10 Tips to help you eat more vegetables inorder to have a healthy life and loose weight?


10 Tips to a Great Plate and Healthy Diet



Weight loss News

A reasonable goal for weight reduction in a patient who has a BMI ranging from 27-35 kg/m2 is to lose ½-1 pound a week by reducing their daily caloric intake by 300-500 kcal/day. Overweight individuals can achieve significant weight loss by reducing their caloric intake by 300-500 kcal per day.   Patients with Class 2 or 3 obesity (BMI>35kg/m2) should reduce their daily caloric intake by 500-1000 kcal/day with the expectation of losing 1-2 pounds/week (10% of current weight in 6 months).

Current guidelines for a healthy adult diet, irrespective of attempts at weight loss, recommend keeping total fat intake under 35% of calories. Commercial weight loss programs such as Weight Watchers have been studied in clinical trials and may be helpful for some patients compared to individual weight loss attempts because of the associated group support. Low-carbohydrate diets may achieve more weight loss at 6 months than low-fat diets, but there is no significant difference in weight loss between the two diets at 1 or 2 years. Average weight loss at 2 years among the different diets was comparable, mainly attributable to the caloric restriction in the diets, not the varying proportions of fat, protein, and carbohydrates.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Can Dialysis Patients Participate in Swimming?


Dialysis patients can participate in a wide range of sports and activities. Regular exercise and physical activity increase patients' sense of well-being, decrease fatigue, improve depression, lower blood pressure, and improve blood sugar control in diabetic patients. 


Hemodialysis patients with catheters cannot get their catheter wet because of the risks of infection. These patients should not participate in swimming and water sports. 


Hemodiaylis patients with fistulas and grafts can swim and get their access wet. 


Peritoneal dialysis patients can swim in in the ocean or a private pool. Public pools may have a higher bacteria count in the water and are not advised. After swimming, patients on peritoneal dialysis should perform their exit site care. The peritoneal dialysis catheter should be securely taped to the abdomen during swimming or exercise to prevent irritation of the access site. 


If you must go swimming, remember these points:
1. Your exit site must be completely healed before swimming
2. As soon as you are finished swimming, change into dry clothes and redo your exit site care.
3. Never swim in a lake, pond, river or non-chlorinated pool. DO NOT use hot tubs. These bodies of warm water contain germs that can cause infections.




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