Newly Diagnosed with Diabetes, Now What?

Are you one of the 1.5 million people that have been diagnosed with diabetes this year? Or maybe a loved one recently was diagnosed. Are you feeling a sense of overwhelm and concern on what to do next? If so, I've got you covered! Metformin More than likely your physician will prescribe a medication, this … Continue reading Newly Diagnosed with Diabetes, Now What?

What Causes Hypertension?

High blood pressure can either be a gradual progression which is called essential hypertension or can be caused by other medical conditions or medications which is called secondary hypertension. Secondary Hypertension Secondary hypertension is not nearly as common as essential hypertension, as it only counts for about 10% of high blood pressure cases. Like we … Continue reading What Causes Hypertension?

Diabetic Foot Care

If you're someone who has diabetes, there's a high likelihood that you'll be visiting a Podiatrist (foot doctor) in the future. Diabetes wrecks havoc on a large percent of people's bodies leaving them with neuropathy (tingling in the arms and legs) and numbness in the toes and feet. Some loose all feeling in their feet … Continue reading Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes: Label Reading & Sugar Content

If you've been reading my posts, you know I'm going on this Whole30 journey. Doing so, I've had to read MANY food labels and decipher through all of the jargon. So i'm here to break it down for you for the sake of your blood sugar and to keep it in check. Condiments We'll start … Continue reading Diabetes: Label Reading & Sugar Content

Congestive Heart Failure

Congestive heart failure (CHF) refers to the heart being unable to perform as effectively as it should. During this time there is fluid that builds up around the heart which effects how the heart muscles pump blood throughout your body. When blood cannot be fully circulated to other organs, CHF causes fluid to be retained … Continue reading Congestive Heart Failure

Diabetes & Weight Loss

Some of you may see that title and think, UGH.. yeah impossible! There are several facets of weight loss related to Diabetes that we'll talk more about today. Some people have unexplained weight loss with diabetes and others have experienced stubborn pounds clinging on for dear life not wanting to budge as hard as you … Continue reading Diabetes & Weight Loss

Can You Cure Your Diabetes?

That is a question that a lot of people have when they are first getting diagnosed with Diabetes Mellitus Type 2. Now if you're someone with Type 1 Diabetes your pancreas isn't working hardly at all, so your body is dependent on insulin to counteract your rising blood sugars in your blood stream. For those … Continue reading Can You Cure Your Diabetes?

All Things Coumadin: INR Monitoring, Side Effects, & Dietary Recommendations

Coumadin is probably the oldest blood thinner medication that is prescribed to date. Blood thinners or anticoagulants are given to patients that have had blood clots like a pulmonary embolism (PE, blood clot in the lung) or deep vein thrombosis (DVT, blood clot in the lung). Others take Coumadin for a history of stroke, heart … Continue reading All Things Coumadin: INR Monitoring, Side Effects, & Dietary Recommendations

Testing to Confirm Diabetes

There are a few different tests that would indicate someone has Diabetes Mellitus. Each of these tests are simple blood tests that are performed at home, at the doctor’s office, or at a lab facility. At Home Testing The test that is performed at home is when someone checks their blood sugar with a glucometer/glucose … Continue reading Testing to Confirm Diabetes

10 Steps to Checking your Blood Sugar

There is a device that you can get for home use to allow you to check your blood sugars at home, it’s called a glucometer. There are prescriptions that diabetics can get from their doctors to see if insurance will cover this device, or you can buy it over the counter which we will discuss … Continue reading 10 Steps to Checking your Blood Sugar