Diabetes Alert Day

Today is Diabetes Alert Day! It is observed annually on the 4th Tuesday in March as a 1-day wake up call to inform the American public about the seriousness of diabetes, particularly when diabetes is left undiagnosed or untreated. Below is a quick test we would like to share with you to see if you may be at risk for diabetes or prediabetes. The higher you score on the test, the higher your risk is. While this test is not a substitute for a physician diagnosis, it may be a good tool to bring with you to your physician appointment. Are you at risk for Type 2 Diabetes? Find out by clicking here. Source: www.niddk.nih.gov

Blood Pressure “The Silent Killer”

Many of us have heard blood pressure being referred to as “the silent killer.” High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a dangerous condition that affects approximately 30% of Americans, causing up to 60,000 deaths per year according to The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. It is often called “the silent killer” because it typically has no symptoms until after it has done damage to the heart and arteries. Many of us may have high blood pressure and not even know it and therefore, do not understand the risks for heart attack, stroke, circulation problems, heart failure, kidney diseases, and eye disease to name a few are greatly increased. Blood pressure is the force of

Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep

Last week was all about sleep awareness. We now understand how important sleep is to our bodies due to the need to repair and reset. While it’s easy to understand that we need sleep, it sometimes is more difficult to actually make ourselves shut down for the day and go to bed. Here are a few tips to help you get a good night’s sleep. Set a sleep schedule. Go to bed at a set time each night and get up at the same time each morning. This regulates your body and eliminates sleep deprivation. Exercise. Try to exercise 20-30 minutes a day. Exercise helps people sleep especially when it is done 5-6 hours before going to bed. Avoid caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol. Caffeine acts as a stimulant and c

National Sleep Awareness Week

National Sleep Awareness week is this week! Sleep is so often underrated. It really is true what they say..."Sleep better. Feel better." So you might wonder why sleep actually makes us feel so much better. Why do we really need so much of it? What exactly is happening when we sleep? Let's start with the basics. At first glance, it may seem obvious what sleep is. We know that we lie down at night and close our eyes when we go to sleep. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, sleep is a "condition of body and mind which typically recurs for several hours every night, in which the nervous system is inactive, the eyes closed, the postural muscles relaxed, and consciousness practically suspen

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