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 [...]

Decrease Inflammation with Diet

  Anti-Inflammatory Foods Our bodies have a natural ability to fight off invading predators! The immune system protects us from microbes and illness every single day. This process of protection causes inflammation. There are foods that can cause inflammation too. Unfortunately, this can lead to chronic inflammation within our bodies. According to Harvard Health Publishing, chronic inflammation is the cornerstone for preventable diseases like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. What foods cause inflammation? What foods calm inflammation?  What we eat can truly affect how we feel. Cause Inflammation Foods typically recommended to avoid such as high fat, processed, or calorically dense foods are the same foods that can cause chronic inflammation. According to Dr. Kielcolt-Glaser from the Department of Psychiatry at Ohio State University, these foods modulate pathways within us that increase physical, immune, and nervous system stress. Not only [...]