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Nutrition Corner: Myths and facts about diabetes and diet

MYTH: You must avoid sugar at all costs.

Fact:
The good news is that you can enjoy your favorite treats as long as you plan properly and limit those hidden sugars in many packaged foods. Dessert doesn’t have to be off limits, as long as it’s a part of a healthy meal plan or combined with exercise. Read more

How to break the top 5 bad diabetes habits

When dealing with a chronic illness, especially one like diabetes that requires constant attention, it’s easy to take shortcuts and fall into bad habits. One postponed doctor appointment here, an unchanged lancet there. Diabetes can be a time-consuming condition and it can be easy to take a few shortcuts in your care plan. Unfortunately, these seemingly helpful time-savers can develop into bad habits–ones that make managing your diabetes more difficult in the long run. To help you get back on track, we’ve rounded up some of the top bad diabetes habits and replaced them with good ones. Although these habits cannot be changed completely overnight, there’s no reason you can’t start making small strides in the right direction now!  Ask yourself the following questions to find out if you might be drifting into a few diabetes bad habits:
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Fitness Corner: Hula Hooping for Health

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Hula hoops have grown up! Today hula hoops are one of the latest trends in fitness equipment. But these aren’t the hula hoops you played with as a kid. Hula hoops now come in differing weights. Instead of the added weight making the hooping harder, the lighter the hula hoop the more difficult it is to use.

Interested in adding a hula hoop to your next workout? Here’s what you need to know: Read more

Featured Recipe: Grilled Tuna Steak

Try this tasty dish prepared on the grill! Read more

Preventative care for healthy skin

Keeping the skin around your stoma (peristomal skin) healthy is important. You can steer clear of many complications by following these simple suggestions.

Bath and shower tips
You can bathe and shower just as you did before surgery, with your pouch on or off—the choice is up to you. Because soap residue can cause your skin barrier to lift, avoid oil-based and moisturizing soaps.

Choose a well-fitting skin barrier
To help keep the skin around your stoma healthy, it is important that your skin barrier fits properly. Choose a well-fitting pouching system to help prevent irritating stoma contents from coming into contact with your skin. Your ostomy nurse can teach you how to use a measuring guide to determine the size of your stoma and select a cut-to-fit, pre-cut or moldable barrier. Changes to the abdomen caused by pregnancy, exercise, weight gain/loss or certain medical conditions may also require a new pouching system and/or size. You may need to measure your stoma periodically. Read more

Featured Recipe: Pizza Margherita

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Try this delicious Pizza! Read more

Fitness Corner: Golf and Diabetes – How Hitting the Links Can Lower Your Glucose Levels

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“It took me seventeen years to get three thousand hits in baseball. It took one afternoon on the golf course.” – Hank Aaron

Whether you find golf relaxing or maddening – or even both at the same time – it remains a popular summer pastime. And while it may not be considered among the most athletic of activities, it’s still a great way to get exercise as the warm weather rolls in. Read more

Nutrition Corner: We Meat Again – Re-Examining the Value of a Misunderstood Protein

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In the world of diet and nutrition, red meat has gotten a bad rap in recent years. When talking about proteins, much of the discussion tends to focus on fish and chicken, and while these are great options for the health-conscious cook, that doesn’t mean that things like steak and pork need to be left out in the cold. Read more

Warm Weather Watch: A Guide for Staying Safe in the Summer

Summer days are here! The warmer weather holds lots of promises – relaxation, new adventures, food on the grill, and fun in the sun to name just a few. But as the temperatures go up, so do certain risks for people with diabetes.

Fortunately, there are a few simple and easy measures you can take to keep yourself safe and healthy while still enjoying everything summer has to offer. Read more

Exercise and Low Profile Ostomy Products

If you recently had your ostomy surgery or do not exercise regularly and want to get into a workout routine, you may be wondering what supplies you will need to help make your workout worry free. There are many lower profile ostomy products available today. A drainable or closed-end pouch and stoma caps can all make your workout more comfortable. Read more