Exercise for Disease Management

  Regular exercise has a multitude of benefits, from weight management to stress relief. But did you know that exercise can be one of the best ways to manage chronic disease and conditions? According to the extensive 2018 report by Exercise is Medicine, any bout of activity, including light activity, has health benefits. However, over 80% of adults do not meet the guidelines for weekly aerobic and strength training exercise, and only 1 in 3 children are physically active each day (RxResource). A Little Prevention Goes a Long Way Consistent exercise can help prevent the occurrence of disease and health conditions, especially when a habit begins at a young age. Regular physical activity has been proven to lower the risk of developing cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, strokes, and heart disease. It has also been found to help with mental health by [...]

Diabetes Awareness Month

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Diabetes is a condition where people have higher than normal blood sugar. Nearly 35 million Americans have diabetes. Diabetes has serious complications when it is not managed well. However, diabetes may often be prevented or managed with diet changes and regular exercise. Regular screening exams are helpful in catching high blood sugar levels as early as possible, and for watching trends in your sugar control. Most adults who get diabetes develop “prediabetes” first, a condition where sugar numbers are high, but not high enough to qualify as diabetic. Prediabetes usually lasts for a few years, before the actual condition develops. Early intervention is crucial when aiming to prevent diabetes or reduce its’ complications. Some people have physical symptoms when they develop diabetes but many do not, so it is important to have your sugar levels [...]

Screening Exams for Adults

  “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” - Benjamin Franklin Catching Problems Early At Be Well Solutions, we encourage you to take charge of your health. In addition to a healthy diet, exercise and avoiding tobacco, being up-to-date on your screening exams is an important tool in the fight against chronic disease. According to the CDC, if everyone in the United States received the recommended clinical preventive care, it would save over 100,000 lives every year. Getting the recommended preventive exams, along with making healthy lifestyle choices, are key steps to health and well-being. Overcoming Common Obstacles & Misconceptions There are many reasons people give to avoid completing their preventive exams. Common reasons include: “I don’t have time”  Preventive exams are a priority. Don’t be the person who wishes they could go back in time and [...]

Understanding Diabetes

Understanding Diabetes Read Time: 2 min 2 sec November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Diabetes is a condition where people have higher than normal blood sugar (glucose). There are a few different types of diabetes, but type 2 diabetes is by far the most common. Nearly 35 million Americans have diabetes; that’s more than one in every 10 people. Another 20% have prediabetes, a condition where sugar values are higher than normal, but not high enough to qualify for a diagnosis of diabetes. Prediabetes usually lasts for years before type 2 diabetes develops. Diabetes has serious complications, including blindness, kidney failure, lower-limb amputations, and heart disease. Diabetes is a leading cause of preventable death in the United States. The good news is that about 90% of diabetes cases can be prevented through improvement in nutrition and exercise. In addition, most cases [...]

Stroke Awareness Month

Stroke Awareness Month May is recognized as Stroke Awareness Month. Up to 80% of stroke cases can be prevented through lifestyle changes, and yet it remains the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. Non-fatal strokes can also be tragic and life-altering.  High blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, and obesity are controllable stroke risk factors. You can manage these risks by eating a well-balanced diet, being physically active, maintaining a healthy weight, limiting alcohol intake and not smoking. Exercise plays an important role in reducing your risk of stroke by lowering high blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels. According to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, adults need 75-150 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity or 150-300 minutes of moderate-intensity activity each week. To reap the most benefit, this exercise should be broken up and spread out throughout the week.  There [...]