60-Second News: Why Leafy Greens Are Your Friend

Abbott studies show two nutrients found in kale and spinach help keep your mind sharp.

Kale is the star of the leafy green vegetables. It’s said to help digestion, lower cholesterol, and boost iron levels.

But if you’re still unsure about trying the “superfood,” these two Abbott studies might just make you a believer.

Brain gain
One study showed the nutrient lutein (loo-teen) — found in leafy greens like kale and spinach, as well as egg yolks, broccoli, and avocado — is linked to brain health and intelligence in older adults. Click here to read more.

The other study showed that lutein and quercetin (kwur-si-tin) — found in kale, apples, and many other fruits, veggies, and grains — improved brain function in mice when combined with other nutrients. Read the study’s abstract here.

We use a blend of lutein, DHA, and Vitamin E in our infant formula Similac OptiGRO. The nutrients are common in breast milk, and help support the development of a baby’s brain, eyes, and immune system.

Baby steps
What does this mean for you?

Making small changes to what you eat, like adding more leafy greens to your meals and snacking on fruit, could help keep your memory, decision-making, and problem-solving skills sharp as you age.

Click here for a short video on how lutein gives your brain a boost.

 

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The Diabetic’s Guide To Dessert


 

 

 

 

Dessert isn’t out of the question if you have diabetes. Learn how to keep your sweet tooth happy with these tips.

Diabetes is not – as mistakenly perceived – caused by eating too much sugary food, but is a condition where the body can no longer ‘unlock’ the energy from carbohydrates (including sugar), causing dangerous spikes and dips in blood sugar.

This means that when it comes to choosing what to eat, diabetics need to control not only their intake of sugar but carbohydrates in general. Carbohydrates refer to sugars, complex carbohydrates and fibre – all of which can be found in foods such as rice, bread, noodles, fruit and sweet foods.  All these, not just sugar, count towards a diabetic’s carbohydrate quota for the day.

Carbohydrates have the greatest impact on blood sugar levels causing it to rise

In process and packaged foods, carbohydrates may be labelled as starch, sugar, honey, alcohol, polydextrose or maltodextrin. Even foods that are labelled “sugar free” or “diabetic friendly” may still contain a substantial amount of other types of carbohydrates and have a significant impact on  blood sugar. Thus , it is important to read the nutrition information panel and/or the ingredient list to make wiser choices.

 

Balancing Act

If you are diabetic, identifying and knowing just how much carbohydrates you are eating is important because it means you can better maintain a good carbohydrate balance – and even enjoy the occasional dessert. A “diabetic-friendly” dessert, should be one that is relatively low in carbohydrates and calories. Ideally, it should also be high in fibre. This includes frozen low-fat yogurt with nuts, fresh fruit or even homemade low-sugar cookies. This means you don’t have to give up dessert altogether, but carefully tweak your diet so you can still enjoy a sweet finale.

 

Opt for brown instead of white rice, boodles or pasta and eat a little less than your usual serving

– This means you can still “afford” to have a small slice of cake after your meal without going beyond your ‘carb quota’.

Celebrating a special occasion with care or ice cream ? Halve your portion or share it with a friend.

Cut back on sugar by using low-calorie sweeteners – though keep in mind that , depending on the sweetener, these also contain some carbohydrates.

You can also curb  sugar cravings by complying with your diabetes medication, eating regular balanced meats and getting regular exercise. Poor diabetes control caused saliva to turn sweet, dulling the ability to taste sweet foods and increasing sugar cravings. — Remember that sugar is not forbidden, but, rather focus on quantity, quality and frequency.

 

KNOW YOUR SUGAR SUBSTITUTES

Sugar Alcohol – sorbitol, xylitol, mannitol, glycerol, lactitol, erythritol, isomalt

Artificial Sweeteners – aspartame, sucralose, saccharin and acesulfame potassium

These can be used to sweeten drinks or in cooking. However, keep in mind that these do not help reduce sugar craving and should be consumed in limited amounts.”

 

 

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War on DIABETES and OBESITY

Diabetes causes more deaths a year than breast cancer and AIDS combined , and if left undetected,, untreated or poorly managed, it may lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure , blindness and amputations (Every day, on average, 20 diabetic patients underwent an amputation in the state.).

Diabetes and Obesity are main causes of end stage kidney failure. How do you protect your kidneys while being burdened by these 2 diseases ? Empowered yourself to protect you and your family Today !

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Traditional Chinese Medicine – Remedy For Diabetes

TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) offer food remedies to help treat syndromes that can be traced to the disease

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Diabetes is a growing problem here. As many as one in three Singaporeans will develop this metabolic disease by the time they reach 69.
Type 2 diabetes, which is far more common, occurs when the body fails to produce enough insulin or is unable to use it properly.

Type 1 diabetes arises when the pancreas does not make insulin.
While type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented, one can guard against or control type 2 diabetes by modifying his /her lifestyle.

Dr Clement Ng, a volunteer TCM physician with the diabetes clinic in Singapore Chung Hwa Medical Institution, said uncontrolled diabetes is commonly known as xiaoke (translated as emaciation-thirst).

TCM practitioners typically classify diabetes into three types: upper, middle and lower xiaoke.
The upper type is characterised by excessive thirst, the middle by excessive hunger, and the lower by excessive urination.
At some point in their illness, most people with diabetes manifest symptoms of all three types.
Dr Ng said that diabetes is linked to various factors: a diet of excess fat and sugar, which causes “heatiness” in the body; emotional disturbances, such as depression; a weak body constitution; and other environmental factors.

Five common syndromes can be traced to diabetes :

DAMP AND HEAT SYNDROMES

 Causes : Exposure to a hot and humid environment and excessive consumption of fried and spicy food, which causes heat to build up in the body. Taking too much cold food and drinks also weakens the spleen and results in dampness.
• Symptoms: Thirst with no desire to drink, hunger with no desire to eat, a bitter taste in the mouth, a general feeling of heaviness of the body, and a tongue with a thick, yellow and greasy coating. Patients may also have dark-coloured urine and a rapid pulse.
Food remedy: Cook 100g of celery with 250g of tofu in vegetable oil. Add some green onions, ginger and corn flour, as well as salt and sesame oil to taste.

 

YIN DEFICIENCY DUE TO EXCESSIVE HEAT SYNDROME

Causes: A body constitution weak from childbirth or ageing, inadequate rest and a preference for “heaty” food.
Symptoms: A dry throat and mouth, thirst with a desire for cold beverages, constipation and frequent hunger pangs that lead to overeating. The person may perspire abnormally at night, have warm palms and feet or have little or no coating on the tongue.
Food remedy: Cook porridge with 50g of cooked rice and 100g to 150g of spinach.

 

DEFICIENCIES IN QI AND YIN

Causes: This double whammy occurs in the later stages of diabetes, when unchecked “heatiness” in the body depletes both qi (vital energy) and yin (the element that cools organs).
Symptoms: Excessive thirst, fatigue, shortness of breath, a reluctance to speak, heart palpitations, insomnia, and warm sensation in palms and soles.
Food remedy: Cook soup with 20g of black fungus, 50g of lean meat and 10 wolfberries. Add ginger and onion to taste.

 

DEFICIENCIES IN YIN AND YANG

• Causes: A prolonged yin deficiency will lead to a yang deficiency. For instance,
a person who speaks often would deplete his yin through the loss of salivary fluids and eventually stop the physical activity of talking, which is represented by yang (the element linked to heat).
• Symptoms: Dry mouth, fear of the cold, aching back and knees, frequent night-time urination, dizziness and a tongue with a thick coating that is etched with teeth marks. The person’s heart palpitations or insomnia will be worse than those with deficiencies in qi and yin.
• Food remedy: Stir-fry 300g of enokitake mushrooms with 100g of pork. Add spring onions, salt and sesame oil as desired.  enokitake mushrooms and pork

 

BLOOD STASIS

• Causes: Untreated chronic diseases will damage the collaterals, which are branches of meridians (channels through which qi flows) in the body.
A prolonged lack of qi, yin and yang will lead to numbness and, eventually, sharp painful sensations within the body.
• Symptoms: Pain in the chest, waist or back, and diabetic complications that involve the small blood vessels, such as numbness of the feet.
The person’s tongue may appear dull and the lips may have a bluish tinge.
Heart palpitations and insomnia may occur.
• Food Remedy : Stir-fry 350g of cabbage with 30g of black fungus. The fungus has to be soaked till it is soft and cut into pieces before it is cooked.

Cabbage and black fungus

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Essential Tips To Lose Weight Healthily

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Losing too much weight too quickly is not a good thing. Healthy weight loss should not exceed 0.5kg to 1 kg per week.

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The promise of quick weight loss is always attractive but the effect does not last.
Besides, losing too much weight too quickly is bad for our health.
Dr Liu Han Ping, an aesthetic doctor at Thomson Well Women Clinic, said: “For most people, the initial weight-loss target should be a 10 per cent reduction from the baseline body weight over a period of about four to six months.”
Healthy weight loss should not exceed 0.5kg to 1kg a week, he said.

“The best diet is one that is low-fat, high in complex carbohydrates and high in fibre.”
Dr Liu added: “This also includes avoiding food with a large amount of calories, such as oily food, sweetened drinks and alcohol.”
Furthermore, it is important to have an appropriate exercise plan to preserve lean body mass and increase daily energy expenditure.
This involves gradually increasing a simple aerobic regimen from 20 minutes, three times weekly, to 30 minutes, five times weekly and, finally, to 45 minutes, five times weekly, said Dr Liu.
Here are a few tips from him.

 

PLAN ALL MEALS AND SNACKS

Ideal planning of meals means that you should not feel hungry most of the time.
Some ways to achieve this include snacking on low-calorie drinks, consuming fruit and raw vegetables, such as carrot sticks.
A good way to reduce our staple food intake of rice and noodles is to switch to brown rice or eat more servings of vegetables and fruit during meals.
This helps to slow down digestion and absorption, which allows you to remain full for a longer period of time.

 

DON’T FORGET TO DRINK ENOUGH WATER

Hydration is important in optimising the body’s metabolic rate and, hence, its energy expenditure.
The average recommended daily water intake is eight to 10 glasses of 250ml each.
But listen to your body too. If you feel thirsty because of hot weather or after an exercise session, for instance, drink more water.

 

AVOID ALCOHOL

Alcoholic drinks are high in calories. Biochemically, the drinks also suppress fatty acid oxidation, the process by which fatty acids are broken down by various tissues to produce energy.

 

DO NOT SKIP BREAKFAST

In today’s fast-paced world, the most common method that people use to lose weight is to skip breakfast. However, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
When we do not eat breakfast, our body goes into starvation mode and tries to protect itself by conserving energy.
As a result, the body’s metabolism is not at an optimal rate. We will tend to snack before lunch or overeat during the next meal. Our moods will get affected.
All three meals of the day should not be missed.
We must listen to our body and eat a healthy meal when hunger strikes.
A successful weight-loss programme should minimise hunger and fatigue.

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Primary School Maths Quiz (just for laughs)

Have you got the right answers ?

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ACCU-CHEK Aviva Plus Test Strips Review

accu-chek aviva plus test stripsThe Accu-Chek Aviva Plus Test Strips is an easy to use and quick-filling diabetic test strip, which makes glucose level checks easier then ever. These strips have been proven to help 97% of diabetics to fill the strips correctly on the very first try and thus, avoid the need for painful retesting. A small amount of blood for the sample is all that is required, and the Aviva Plus strips will provide you with an accurate and reliable result. The strips’ wide-mouth feature allows you to easily apply the required blood sample to the strip.

It has eight (8) electrodes at the top of each strip that work with the Accu-Chek Aviva meter to detect and prevent unreliable results. The Aviva Plus strip also features alternate testing sites and automatic expiration checks.

Accu-Chek Aviva Plus Test Strips Features:

  • Confident Electrode Testing -Aviva Plus strips have eight electrodes atop each strip. The electrodes work with the Aviva Plus meter to detect and prevent unreliable results.
  • Small Blood Sample – It only require a very small blood sample, only 0.6 µL (micro liters). With just a little amount of blood sample it makes checking your blood glucose level easier and less painful.
  • Alternative Test Sites – The test strip can be used on alternative testing site like palm, forearm, upper arm, thigh, calf, and fingertips. You can avoid pain associated with having to use the same site each time. Recent studies have shown that taking a blood sample on the palm is less painful than the fingers; therefore, it may be a more convenient alternative site for checking your glucose level.
  • Automatic Expiration Check – The meter will not allow you to check samples using an expired or damaged glucose strip.
  • Wide-Mouth Test Strips – With these strips’ wide-mouth feature, it allows you to fill the test stripe on the very first try, preventing you from having to perform painful retesting.

The Benefits of Accu-Chek Aviva Plus Glucose Strips Includes :

  • Easy-To-Use – Simply place a glucose strip into the Aviva meter, place a small amount of blood sample in the yellow window and wait for results!Quick – Results take an average of only 5 seconds to display.
  • Less-painful – With the AST feature of these strips, you can avoid pain due to using of same site when doing glucose testing.

 

For User Reviews on Accu-chek Aviva Plus Test Strips, Click Here

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Accu-Chek Aviva Meter Benefits

People who are diagnosed with diabetes must stay on a healthy diet and not consume excessive carbohydrates, which turn into glucose. Checking glucose level in the body is very important for these people. Regular checking will allow them to monitor their blood sugar level and make sure it is not too high or too low. To check the glucose level, a blood sugar tester is used. There are various blood sugar testers on the market, but some stand out more than others do. Accu Chek Aviva is one of the leading sugar testers on the market that is worth the value.

Try A ACCU-CHEK Aviva Today

Accu Chek Aviva is designed to allow people with diabetes to test their sugar level conveniently and easily, without the hassle that some other testers involve. The accuracy of this tester is also very high, with a maximum of only about three percent error in the reading. The tester offers a less painful way to do the test, as it comes with an advanced lance device. Normally, people lance their thumb, but with this tester, you can lance other areas of the body that you find to be less sensitive, such as the upper arm, forearm, palm, calf or thigh. Do not forget to wash your hands with soap and water first and apply alcohol to the area to be lanced. The size of the drop of blood does not have to be large, as with some other testers, only 0.6 micro liters is needed. The result will be displayed within five seconds and you can save the result of up to 500 tests in the built-in memory. With other testers, you may have to wait a little bit longer for the result to appear. You can later copy the data to a computer so you can view it anytime. Accu Chek Aviva also offers a very comfortable and easy to hold rubber grip so you will not drop it when doing the checking.

Always be sure to check the expiration date of the test strip before buying it. Strips with expired dates may not give accurate results. After you finish testing, put the lancet and the strip in a sealed container and dispose of them in the trash. However, some states require people to send sugar test kit sample strips and lances to a local hospital for safe disposal. Check with your local or state regulations for the approved disposal method.

Accu Chek Aviva is the leading blood sugar tester on the market offering advanced technology for your convenience. Do not waste your time and money buying testers that give you much pain.

 

Get the ACCU-CHEK Aviva Blood Glucose Meter that offers virtually painless Blood Glucose Testing from Amazon.com today !

 

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Accu Chek Test Strips And Lancets For Diabetes Monitoring at Home

Accu-chek Fastclix for virtually painless blood glucose monitoringDiabetes is very common disease in the United States and many other parts of the world. In the United States alone, almost 16 million people have it, and the numbers are growing. Most people with diabetes have type 2.

Although there no cure for it, it can be controlled and managed with a little care. The best way to manage diabetes is to monitor it dilligently. This monitoring can be done at home with medical kits which allow the patient to regularly check their blood glucose levels. There are many such kits around but one of the best is the Accu Chek Glucose Meter. It uses the Accu Chek Test Strips and various types of pricking devices such as the Accu Chek Fastclix Lancing Device, the Accu Chek Multiclix Lancets and the Accu Chek Softclix Lancets.

Lancets and Lancing

Although some diabetics prick themselves with a lancet, most prefer to use a special lancing device.
Lancing devices are designed to firmly grip the lancet, and are operated by simply clicking a button. Depending on how thick-skinned the patient is, different settings may be required.

How To Use Your Accu-Chek® FastClix Lancing Device

Lancing devices are used to prick the skin to draw blood.
Lancing is an essential part of successful diabetes management for many diabetics. Lancets, such as the Accu Chek Fastclix Lancets, are the small, sharp objects that are used to prick the skin.
This piercing of the skin allows you to draw a small drop of blood in order to test blood glucose levels using the Accu Chek Glucose Meter and the Accu Chek Test Strips.

Most Lancets are designed to be used only once and be disposed away in a safe manner (If they are used more than once they become blunt and painful to use). There are a variety of ways of getting rid of used lancets safely as they can carry infection. Some companies sell sharps boxes, and GPs can even prescribe sharps bins to dispose of lancets safely.

Are all lancets the same size?

Lancets vary considerably in size; some are smaller and therefore more appropriate for children. However,The same lancets may not draw an appropriate amount of blood for adults. Some manufacturers claim that their lancets do not hurt as much as those by other companies but this is not always true, you are bound to experience a small amount of pain.

Lancets are also used to prick the skin in skin testing for allergies.
A blood-sampling device, also known as a lancing device, is a reusable instrument equipped with a lancet. The depth of skin penetration can be adjusted for various skin thicknesses. Long lancing devices are used for fetal scalp blood testing to get a measure of the acid base status of the foetus.

Volume of blood sample:

The size of the drop of blood needed by different models varies from 0.3 to 1 l. (Older models required larger blood samples, usually defined as a “hanging drop” from the fingertip.) Smaller volume

requirements reduce the frequency of unproductive pricks. Controlling diabetes requires diligence regarding managing stress levels, diet and exercise as well as the regular checking of the blood glucose levels using the Accu Chek Multiclix Lancets or other similar devices.

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Accu-chek multiclix lancets – To be used with the Accu-chek Multiclix Lancing device.

Accu-chek Softclix For use with Accu-Chek® Advantage and Accu-Chek® Complete Meters.

Accu-chek Softclix For use with Accu-Chek® Advantage and Accu-Chek® Complete Meters.

Proven least painful and overall easiest to use

For Use with FastClix Lancet only this item is not intended to use with Any other Accu Chek brand

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