Monday, December 28, 2015

DIABETES: Another Illness Linked To Bipolar

Over 29 million Americans have diabetes.  Another 86 million have prediabetes.  The resulting circulatory, heart and eye problems make life more difficult.  Another illness linked to bipolar is diabetes.  Several medications, Seroquel in particular, have been known to raise blood glucose levels.  You can be alerted to possible side effects by free apps, such as Mango Health and Pocket Pharmacist, from other prescriptions and nonprescriptions medicines.  STRESS LESS Chronic stress and worry make it harder for your pancreas to move glucose out of your bloodstream.  Also, they contribute to insulin resistance.  There are techniques to relax and reduce stress.  Two are meditation and deep breathing.  FIX IT WITH FOOD  These foods eaten daily can help you manage your blood sugar.  Beans, peas and lentils  1 cup of these will lower blood sugar levels significantly.  Dark chocolate  It contains flavonoids, which can drop insulin levels and limit cravings for sweet and salty foods.  Oatmeal  Magnesium in it helps the body to secrete insulin properly.  LIMIT RED MEAT Eating an extra half serving a day of red meat increases type 2 diabetes by 50%.  CITRUS  Oranges, grapefruit, lemons and other citrus can slow glucose uptake, helping keep blood sugar levels under control.  CINNAMON  Eating just a light sprinkle or pinch of this spice every day may drop blood sugar.  Put cinnamon on cereal, in coffee or on yogurt.  COFFEE Drinking more than 2 cups of coffee (16 oz.) a day is associated with a 25% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.  The FDA states that 4 cups of coffee is safe for healthy adults.  SEEK GREEK  The stables of a Mediterranean diet are a good idea anytime.  The diet includes, vegetable, fruits, legumes, whole grains, fish and red wine.  Coking with extra-virgin olive oil with this diet can reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes by 30%.  EXERCISE  While watching television exercise or walk around the block between the shows.

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