Let’s Get Serious About the Nursing Home Tour

Before you tour your facility choices be sure you have done your homework. Go online and visit Medicare.gov. They have wonderful resources available to you for free. They are user friendly. Please see the end of this article for details.

To narrow down your choice between two or three nursing homes or just considering the only available nursing home to place your family member or friend, it takes two visits. Take someone with you and if at all possible take the person who will be moving into the nursing home.

Your first visit to the nursing home is what I call “THEIR PITCH”. Set it up for the morning anytime before 11:00 AM on a Saturday and plan to be there at least an hour. Get there 15 to 20 minutes early with a magazine or a newspaper and let the receptionist know you are there. Take a seat in the lobby and wait. This is not waisted time. Open up your newspaper or magazine and eaves drop without calling attention to yourself. Let your senses lead the way. Have you been offered refreshments? Does the facility smell? Does the interaction of others sound pleasant?

When you opened the front door into the nursing home did you smell urine, bowel movement, vomit or body odor? Did it to smell like flowers or antiseptic? Or like bad odors are being covered up by good odors. Broccoli, cabbage and brussels sprouts are the only offensive smells that come from the kitchen when they are being prepared.

After a short while close up your magazine or paper and reseptive to your visual surroundings. If there is someone else sitting there try to start a conversation about the nursing home and find out what they think. Listen to the tone of their voice, watch facial expression and body language. By now the admissions coordinator or someone is going to invite you into their office or take you for a tour and give you “THEIR PITCH”.

When they take you into the office they are going to ask you questions. Names, name of potential resident, age, diagnosis, who their doctor is, where are they now, do they have Medicare, insurance, are you the health care power of attorney, do they have a living will, have you applied for assistance, how soon do you plan to place them here, etc. They are going to try to emotional connect with you as well. They are looking for potential problems too. Pleasantly answer their questions. If you have a few questions ask and be sure to ask if you can have a copy of an information packet or pre-admission packet.

So on to the tour. The tour is about showing you the best of what they have to offer. They will introduce you to everyone and show you the facility. Let “THEIR PITCH” happen and go along with it. Don’t ask too many questions now because you will distract yourself from observations that you need in order to make a sound choice.

During the tour you will be introduced to the different department managers and shown their offices. You won’t be expected to remember names and it is more important how they respond and take an interest in you. Also, during this tour pay attention to the interaction between staff and residents in every area you are toured through. This is important.

Observe the residents. Are their clothes clean and in good repair? Are they wearing footwear? Do the men look clean and shaved? Does their hair look cared for or is it a mess? Do the women have appropriate hairstyles (I have seen them put pigtails on top of balding 90 year olds)? Do they still have bibs on from their last meal? Does any one look cold and not have a sweater? Do you see a number of residents that are wet or smell of urine or BM? Do the hands look clean especially under the nails? Do the wheel chairs look clean and cared for with no sharp edges or tatters? Do the residents in wheel chairs look comfortable? Are residents in wheel chairs being pushed too fast or backwards? Are residents that are being walked rushed or are they allowed to walk at their own pace? Is a resident yelling out the whole time you are there?

The flooring should be clean and free from any debris. The walls should be clean. The lighting should be good. Carpets free from spots. Decorative items should look well kept. Drapery should be open to allow the natural sunlight in.

You will be taken to the nurse’s station. The nurses should be pleasant and responsive to the residents and family members. Listen to their tone and responsiveness in their voice. Watch their body language as they acknowledge you or others at the nursing station. Is this representative of how you would like your loved one to be responded to?

One area you will be taken to, will be the Rehabilitation area where physical, occupational and speech therapies are provided. How are the therapists interacting with the residents? Are there residents in the area alone? Is privacy being respected? Is it busy with activity or is no one there? Listen to find out if they have at least a full-time physical therapist and occupational therapist, it is important to know, as your loved one may require these services from time to time. Do they mention at least a part time speech-language pathologist? It is always good to have one available to screen your loved one if they ever begin to have speech problems or eating problems like swallowing.

Once at the Activities Department, observe what is going on each time you pass by. Make it a point to stop for a few minutes and observe residents and don’t be surprised if not every resident in the activities room, is not doing something. Are at least 25% of the residents doing something like reading, watching TV, or doing the activity that is going on at the time? Ask to see or have a copy of the activities calendar. Observe interactions.

The dining areas are a very important area to make observations. Check to see if they have more that one dining room or area? If the nursing home that you are at has 120 beds and is not specific to only Alzheimer’s/dementia residents, then there is a mix of residents functioning at different levels. There are usually three functional levels of dining: residents that can dine independently, residents that require cueing, and residents that need to be fed. Observe for the different types of dinning rooms or areas. If residents are dining observe for a few moments. Are they socializing, smiling, having a difficult time with the food? This is important because as your loved one’s functional ability may decline and they may need cueing or to be fed from time to time. What is the facilities policy about reidents dining in their room?

The tour guide (admissions coordinator) will show you a few resident rooms. Most of the time they will show you the rooms of clean, fairly independent, and continent residents with good family support, a well decorated room, not the room they would be admitting your loved one into. Facilities are limited to the number of private rooms they have. Most of the rooms are semi private with a private bathroom for the two sharing the room or a bathroom that is shared with the adjoining room. Look in the bathroom if you can. There is much to consider.

During the tour they will hopefully show you outdoor areas for the residents. Is it shaded from the sun? Is it partially protected from the weather like rain, snow, and wind? Do they have an area outdoors for residents who smoke? Are there seating areas? Is it visually appealing?

This is usually what happens during”THEIR.PITCH”. They ask you for information and you ask questions and make observations. Just like when you are with a salesman they want you to get emotionally connected with their facility.

At the closing be sure to thank them for their time and let them know that you will be in touch with them soon.

Before your second visit, try and read the information related specifically to the nursing home and what their expectations are of you and the resident from the information packet or a pre-admission packet you received. Then make a list of questions for the next visit. If you can’t think of any questions, Medicare’s publication Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home has questions on several pages that you can tear out and take along with you to what I call the “YOUR Q&A VISIT”.

Try to make “YOUR Q&A VISIT” unexpected on a weekday. Ask to speak to the admissions coordinator or some one who can answer some questions that came up. I will just tell you now, that if they respond timely to you at this visit that’s how you will be responded to if your family member was in the nursing home. This is your opportunity to get your questions answered and to get any additional information that will help you make the best choice.

If you live in a small town this nursing home may be your only choice and you will learn to be a good advocate. However, if you live in a large town or metropolitan area you will have a choice of several nursing homes, pick the one that suits your loved ones needs and not your convenience. I wish you the best of luck on your search. Thank you.

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Hillary Says Health Care Can Be Fixed with IT

The great leader and Senator from New York and wife of a former President cares about America and says that Health Care can be fixed with IT? Yes, perhaps that will help with accountability of the taxpayers wasted dollars in Health Care indeed. But how will that help the quality of Health Care?

What I find interesting is that President Bush a couple of years ago said that he believed that the HIPPA Legislation would be able to be handled by entrepreneurial problem solvers through IT. Indeed, this is coming to be and as the prices get cheaper we are seeing even smaller community hospitals and clinics. So whatever Hillary is saying was certainly nothing new, in fact it is two-years after that fact. Further more much money is being spent on IT work for Department of Homeland Security and these budgets will be trimmed as Net Centric Warfare and the Justice Department finds their rear ends. Meaning these government contractors, which have huge lobbyists and a potential presidential candidate once again is courting big bank roles from government contractors.

For someone to say that somehow this approach helps the village raise the mature Americans is silly indeed. It just means more government spending on IT to fix a system, which is so broken it is, cannot be glued back together no matter whose computer system you use, thus lots more money will be spent on IT work in Health Care. Today we see Military and DHS and even the FBI computer program software and IT a complete debacle. Remember the Carnivore, Virtual Case File or even the Navy-Marine Intranet system with EDS? Talk about taxpayer’s money down the virtual BS Gitmo Toilets?

I predict that spending on such stuff will continue not to solve mankind’s problems, as even with the best database systems, the information contained within is junk data. I predict the Beltway and suburbs near Washington DC to end up like the problems in Silicon Valley. Same crap different day; read the writing on the walls. Surely Hillary can see where this is heading if she believes her own political positioning and rhetoric. I am not against the current administration nor for the next up and coming; I am simply examining the facts and observations, which no one seems to wish to talk about. Why; why are we not asking questions of these things? That government is ours, we own it, it is our money; we damn well have the right to know. And since everything the government does, does not work all that well; how about we cut our losses, save some money and aggravation and have them do a lot less of all this stuff they promise. Shame on us, not once have they lived up to the promise and yet every election season more of the same podium pushing promises, to appease the masses while they jockey for position in the media to control our minds. If the government could do one thing right, just one, then maybe the X’ers will put their faith back in it. For instance getting rid of SPAM, Identity theft or something of value? How can we trust them to fix the health care system using computers when they cannot even stop the hackers?

Some say they can trust them as far as they can throw them? Which is a lot as our trade deficit mounts and we are caught under a load of debt, while we forgive every other nation for theirs as we pay the interest? We are financing our own demise? Are you sure you wish to put faith in politicians whose answer is to spend more money on the things, which are already not working? You know rather than me stand here and talk about it, why don’t you think about it.

Letter of Hope from Hospital Patient

Hospital patient undergoing surgery recounts how Hero Soul provided strength, inspiration, and hope during recovery

“I used to look in the mirror and only have time to take a quick glance to ensure that I looked acceptable for a full day ahead of me. At 32, I am a mother of two and a wife of 8 years. I work full time and after putting in a days worth of work, I come home to my next full time job. Dinner, clean up, soccer practice, dance class, homework, baths, laundry… I have a fully hands-on devoted husband that equally shares in the daily responsibilities but even then it is still so busy at times.

I recently ruptured my Achilles tendon. I needed to have surgery and knew that my recovery period would take several months. Anxious the morning before surgery I began reading, “Psychology of the Hero Soul.” It was given to me to read by a friend at work. I began reading the book and it had a calming affect on me. I knew I had to face my fears and deal with my reality. The night after surgery I had trouble sleeping so I continued to read “Psychology of the Hero Soul.” When I finished, it rejuvenated my outlook on life.

After reading this book I can now look in the mirror and see so much more of myself. I can surpass my physical “self” and look beyond to my mind, soul, and spirit. I have forgotten about my passions, ambitions, and the true person that I am. I have neglected what it is that I want to be remembered for in life and what I want to pass down to my children. I have learned that I need to enjoy the moment because life is passing by quickly. I also need to take the time to accomplish my goals in life and not say that I just don’t have time. I have to take actions to achieve my dreams.

I have learned that I need to maintain my soul and spirit by cleansing it from stresses, jealousies, and overall negative energy. Once the mind is cleansed it can be replenished with love, tranquility, passions, and dreams. With a positive outlook anything is possible.

I believe that “Psychology of the Hero Soul” is a well-written book that provided me with many examples of people whose extreme focus, determination and good virtues resulted in greatness. I was pleasantly surprised by the analysis of Perseus in the book. The Clash of the Titans has been one of my all time favorite movies as a child and Greek mythology has always fascinated me.

I have been so inspired to make myself a better person in every aspect of my life, as a mother, wife, co-worker, friend, daughter, and sister. During my recovery period this book has provided me with “food for thought,” tools to make my dreams a reality and enable me to keep a positive attitude during my healing process.” – Krupali Prevete

How to cope with opiate withdrawal

Statistically speaking there are more than 30 million people around the world that abuse opiate drugs such as heroin and prescription pills and pain relievers. Opiates change the way your brain responds and produces a feeling of superiority because it stimulates neurotransmitters that give feeling of pleasure in the brain.

The brain particle called central nervous system that is connected to respiratory and cardiovascular systems has receptors that bring various types of emotional and physical effects such. Respiration, heart rate, body temperature and blood pressure are lowered while beautiful feelings are increased.

When this effect is constant and consumers start to abuse opiates frequently than the individual brain chemistry leads to psychological and physical dependence. The body feels different without drugs and it could lead to a variety of health issues called withdrawal symptoms. They start when the consumer stops using the opiate or between doses.

What is withdrawal?

Opiate withdrawal depends on how many consumers used the drug. It can range from mild to severe and it could affect the length of withdrawal. Factors that could affect withdrawal range are dosage amount, how the drug was taken, which drug was taken, mental health of consumer, family history of abuse or different kinds of traumas and stress. However, withdrawal can vary from consumer to consumer.

Withdrawal symptoms

Everything depends on a drug that consumer used, however, in most cases for worst drugs such as heroin early withdrawal symptoms start after six hours. The first signs are:

  • Muscle aches
  • Excessive yawning
  • Nose running
  • Sweats
  • Tearing up
  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Fever
  • Hypertension
  • Racing heart

After 72 hours, the consumer gets into the worst state of withdrawal along with great physical issues and psychological crisis; they last between one and two weeks:

  • Diarrhea
  • Goosebumps
  • Depression
  • Stomach cramp
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Drug cravings

Psychological withdrawal symptoms could continue more than a month, so in most cases, mental professionals could assist the consumer to bear with additional cravings and depression or anxiety. There are different treatment options in order to remove all opioids. Detox, for example, is great for both psychological and physical withdrawal because of increases mental and medical health in comforting setting, the problem is because withdrawal symptoms are uncomfortable and detox is the best way to endure it without any health issue.

The first week is the worst; however, the consumer has to be prepared for a longer fight with symptoms. It is very painful to pass withdrawal, and you have to know that every withdrawal involves some health risks, too. This could include

  • Aspiration – That means that you could vomit and breathe at the same time which could cause choking and lung infections
  • Seizures
  • Diarrhea and vomiting could cause dehydration

Preparation:

There is a possibility to secure success through withdrawal you just have to follow this advice:

  • Drink plenty of fluids because vomiting could cause dehydration.
  • Over-the-counter medication could help with side effects; you can take medicines for nausea and diarrhea, and also some antibiotic to protect you from fever.
  • Occupation is important because of activities such as movies, books and music could help the consumer to relax in order to cope with symptoms.

Every withdrawal has symptoms that could make consumer search for opiate again. If you cannot do it by yourself find medicine treatment and detox that could help you clean your organism in order to start a new life without additional problems.

10 Tips On Being Independent With Home Health Care

Health care is increasingly expensive and rising costs are a concern for most people.

Funding long-term care needs planning the US Health Department Statistics indicates that almost 10 million people in the US will require Home Health Care. And costs of care are rising each year. To cover health related contingencies people need to protect themselves with insurance that pays for home health care.

1. Well before retirement plan for any contingencies that may arise in old age. Plan on being independent in every way and put in place a rock solid financial plan.

2. Consult a retirement planning expert or insurance expert and find out the advantages and disadvantages of insurance that pays for long-term home care.

3. Surf the internet and read articles and tips on home health care and how to protect yourself financially.

4. Study your existing health policy and try and get a insurance policy that covers all aspects not covered by health care. Long term or home care becomes essential with injuries, serious illnesses, and old age.

5. Before investing in an insurance policy that covers home health care find out what in actuality the policy will cover and be sure to read the fine print. Any clauses you don’t understand ask the insurance agent or company for clarifications.

6. Buy a comprehensive policy that will meet your needs. Choose a policy that covers nursing home care, home care, and has a rider that covers expenses incurred by family during the illness like costs of food or transport to and from hospitals. Choose the coverage intelligently.

7. Find out whether the policy you are purchasing is tax qualified or non-tax qualified. When an insurance policy is tax qualified you can deduct premiums as medical expense up to the set limit.

8. When purchasing a policy think about aspects like inflation find out all about inflation protection and higher daily benefit rate. Choose wisely depending on your age, gender, family health tendencies and so on.

9. Buy home health care insurance from financially sound companies. Check aspects like independent financial ratings from sources like A M Best Company or Fitch Investors Services.

10. Practice preventive health care and take good care of your health by eating balanced meals, exercising daily and getting regular health checks.

Home health care covers a whole gamut of services: nursing care, doctors visits, companionship, light housekeeping, as well as meal preparation. While government services too provide for home care the regulations are extensive and the system cannot cover many cases. Home health care can also cover occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, and skilled nursing. Home health care is concerned with the medical needs of patients. Home health care funding is covered by leading insurance companies as well as Medicare, Medicaid, the Older Americans Act, the Veteran’s Administration, and more.

Health Care – If You Love Health Care

There is a common saying health is wealth” and the finest way towards healthy future is to maintain regular healthy routine, practice good habits and to always remain happy. Health care is prevention, illness management and treatment along with preservation of physical as well as mental well being by means of services offered through nursing, mental along with associated health vocation.

Health care cuddles all services and goods that are mainly designed in order to promote the health comprising curative, palliative and preventive inventions whether intended for individuals. Pre-arranged provisions for such services that may constitute system of health care include specific government organization like National Health Services or some other social services.

Health care is usually provided in many developing and developed countries to almost everybody regardless of an individual’s ability to compensate. Health care paybacks are of big worry especially for the families along with the costs having skyrocketed for the employers.

You can easily obtain information concerning health care by surfing websites, which provides comprehensive source of orientation in order to look after well-being of your family and yourself. There are few tips concerning health care that are necessary to take care of which may include:

Checking of medicines regularly
You must try to avoid supplements as well as drugs, particularly painkillers as it can create heat burn within the body and hinders the internal system of your body. Always refer to those medicines that are prescribed by the doctor.

Examine your own diet
Always try to avoid caffeine, dark chocolates as well as high acid foods such as citrus juices. Do not over eat as it can lead to obesity. Rich food is much and more powerful than any other prescription in order to take proper health care.

Quit smoking
Smoking is injurious to health as it can destroy your lungs because tobacco irritates the digestive tract and this contributes to severe health problems.

Loose weight
Weight loss is the most common health care step that is necessary to take care of. You must avoid eating junk food or oily food as it can creates mess in the process of digestive system workings. Do not starve or skip your meals as by doing so the metabolism process would get obstruct that can lead to indigestion.

Reduce stress
To take proper health care, reducing your stress is an important element that one should always consider. Stress can also lead to overeating which in turn leads to obesity and creates malfunctioning inside your body. Obesity is the common problem from which every individual suffer from, thus keeping yourself happy is the finest way to take proper health care.

Exercises
Doing exercise is the best way to remain fit and healthy. By doing regular aerobic program, brisk walk daily and by practicing yoga everyday, it becomes possible for an individual to maintain health care. One can also opt for meditation that helps a person in eliminating stress and keeping oneself calm and stress free.

Home Health Care Insurance

If a person should want to get a home health care insurance policy, there are many options he or she can choose from. The most important thing is to be very cautious when shopping, comparing and buying home health care insurance policies, because the coverage may often limited. Considering the limitations and lacks that home health care insurance has, they may be more expensive than other insurance policies.

Home health care insurance policies must above all pay benefits for nursing homes, assisted living communities and adult day care.

Depending on each policy’s extent of coverage when paying for home health care services, there are numerous types of home health care insurance a person might choose from. Managed care insurance plans may offer some help with home health care costs if the home health care provider is Medicare-certified, these plans also require large premiums. Private insurance usually only pays for part of the home health care costs which include personal and hospice care.

Nowadays, there are some home care policies to pay for the excess amounts that your original insurance policy does not cover. Fortunately, these supplemental insurance policies cover additional payments on home medical equipment as well.

In the beginning, long term care insurance policies were intended to pay for a lengthy stay in a nursing home. It was because of the public demand and preference for home health care, that a lot of long term care insurance policies now cover in-home services. These may vary greatly according to plans. Every record regarding pre-existing health conditions and prior hospitalizations usually limit the coverage of these insurance policies.

Long-term care insurance covers most medical and nursing services including licensed home health care costs. Some of them may even provide personal care as well as services incurred for the upkeep and maintenance of the policyholder’s home. Based on the age and health conditions of a certain individual, the long term care insurance is paid for in monthly installments. But many times, the benefits may only be reaped when the insurance company decides the financial assistance is actually necessary or after a pre-defined waiting period.

So, getting a health care insurance policy is always the thing to do for any person. The reason for my saying so is that you can never tell when your good luck comes to an end and an illness strikes you! It’s best to be prepared!

The UK’s First and Best Side Sleeper Pillow With An Ear Hole.

 

The Original Pillow With a Hole is a simple but extremely effective side sleeper pillow that is made with care and attention in Macclesfield, England.

Our pillows are designed to treat chronic ear conditions such as CNH (Chondrodermatitisnodularischronicahelicis), ear pain and pressure sores. They are also very useful for facilitating proper recovery after surgery. The reason The Original Pillow With a Hole is so effective at treating such conditions is its patented design. As its name suggests; the pillow has a hole in the middle which is orientated such that your ear is cradled and supported above the mattress and free from touching the pillow itself.

Many ear conditions are caused by and are certainly exacerbated by a person’s own pillow. The friction of the pillow acting against the ear night after night can have quite devastating consequences. Especially for the elderly or disabled whom can only sleep on one particular side. That is why a special side sleeper pillow with an ear hole is required.

Therefore, when considering the Original P.W.A.H™ the situation changes. Because the ear is not constantly rubbing against the fabric of the pillow, it is able to heal itself naturally. This is especially true for CNH and pressure sores. Creams and ointments are often prescribed and applied during the day, the ears begin to heal, but then all that hard work is undone in the evening when the person goes to bed and puts their head on their pillow. Putting a hole in the pillow frees the ear from such aggravation.

Our pillows are also excellent for allowing proper recovery after ear or head surgery for the same reasons outlined above. The wound can heal on its own without being torn or otherwise opened by the friction of ear against pillow.

Yet, don’t let the simplicity of the concept fool you. It isn’t easy to make a pillow with a hole. We can personally vouch for that fact as it took us years to perfect the design. We certainly welcome prospective customers to try making their own for there is nothing to lose, and succeed or fail we will always be here if we are needed.

All of our pillows are made by hand by a team of lovely local seamstresses and then stuffed by our professional pillower, Robert.

Thanks for reading and for any further information please take a look at our website http://thepillowwithahole.co.uk/ or Facebook page.

 

VOCs in your carpet and the health implications for you and your family. Is your new carpet a health hazard?

VOCs, otherwise known as Volatile Organic Compounds, are  chemical compounds made up of carbon and hydrogen.  They are the “toxic” fumes sometimes experienced when you install new carpet and other soft furnishings,  paint you house, polish your nails or buy new clothes.  At room temperature, these VOCs are released into the air causing a gas which usually has a strong odour.  Is this gas harmful to our health and what, if anything can we do to ensure our safety when we install new carpet?

While there are no  health studies on the health implications of long term exposure to VOCs, the short term effects experienced by many people indicate there is need for further research.  Some of the short term effects of being exposed to VOCs include dizziness, headaches, nausea, shortness of breath and skin and throat irritations. The effects vary from person to person depending on their gender, age, general health condition and the length of exposure. Some studies involving mice, have indicated that long term, high level exposure to VOCs can cause liver and kidney damage as well as increase the risk of cancer.  It is not known if the same results apply to humans, however given the short term effects, it is wise to be cautious when dealing with VOCs.   The EPA does recommend minimising exposure to VOCs.

In terms of carpet VOCs, most of the dangerous compounds are destroyed during the manufacturing process, however there will be some low level emissions when you install new carpet in your home.  It is not only the carpet which emits VOCs, but also the underlay and the adhesive used to lay the carpet.  Carpet, however has one of the lowest emission rates of VOCs when compared to other floor coverings.

Currently there are no regulations set by the Australian Government in regards to safe levels of VOC emissions and there is no single authority which oversees all air quality issues, Australia wide.  State organisations do however offer guidelines, to minimise the impact of VOCs on our health. One such organisation is the Australian Carpet institute, which sets standards for carpet manufacturing, emission levels and carpet labelling.  Another organisation which also plays a part in regulating VOC levels, is the Green Building Council of Australia.

These organsiations recommend that you ensure good ventilation when using or installing products and materials which emit VOCs.  Ventilation means bringing in air from outside to mix with the indoor air and can be as simple as opening lots of windows or running your air conditioning/ventilation system for a few days and staying out of the rooms for as long as possible.  It is recommended that when choosing your new carpet, looking for a “green” label carpet, means less VOCs.  Natural fibres such as wool also produce fewer VOCs than synthetic carpets and make sure the installer uses low emission underlay and adhesive.

Once you have installed your new carpet, it is recommended that you have it professionally cleaned using the hot water extraction method (steam cleaning) and low VOC cleaning products.  Once the VOCs have dissipated, it is important to remember that carpet acts like an air filter and traps dirt, dust and VOCs from other sources.  Therefore it is very important to vacuum your carpet regularly and have it professionally cleaned at least once every 6-12 months.

Dietary Myths Surrounding Diabetes

 

Diabetes has been heard of and discussed about, for a long time now. Medical practitioners have brought to our notice the symptoms and treatment for the same. But oftentimes someone in our family is detected with the disease and we are at a loss as we are neither informed nor prepared for what is to come.

Diabetes is practically a medical condition where the human body is unable to utilise the glucose (or simply, sugar) stored in the body in the correct way. It is harmful to our being as this glucose happens to be one of the primary sources of energy in the cells of our body.

American Diabetes Association declared in 2012 that 9.3% of the American population was suffering from Diabetes, which is approximately 29.1 million. It was also found that 20.1 million of these cases were undiagnosed. Out of the 29.1 million suffering, 11.8 million were senior citizens (classified as above 65 years of age).

It has been found that eating disorders are very much prevalent in people suffering from diabetes. Especially conditions like bulimia and the habit of binge eating have been noticed in women suffering from this disease. Patients with Type 1 Diabetes are found to have bulimia, a disease similar to anorexia in certain regards. Binge eating is developed as a condition in

Type 2 patients. It has also been proved that such dietary disorders originate from emotional and cultural factors. Since eating disorders are treated as taboo in most societies and hardly discussed, it ends up hidden and untreated. However, a background in anorexia and bulimia is essential in this regard.

Anorexia nervosa is a disease where the patient is extremely scared of putting on weight and this leads them to try unhealthy practices such as starvation or fasting to achieve that desired body type. It is extremely common among models today. Bulimia is a disorder where the patient indulges in food in regular intervals. It is also called binge eating and gives rise to self-induced vomiting tendency. It also decreases the level of insulin in our body.

Some ways to control this condition are:

  • Eat a well-balanced and nutritious meal – Follow a strict diet regimen advised by your doctor. Have a meal planned just to tackle your diabetes. Also make sure you have sufficient knowledge about the type of diabetes you have. Measure your calorie intake and keep a tab on fat and salt consumption. You should also indulge in fibrous food, leafy vegetables and fresh fruits.
  • Reduce stress build-up and take care of your mental health – It is important to keep your blood sugar in check. For this, it is fundamental that you do not let anger, stress or anxiety into your life. Practice calming down through yoga and meditation. If you feel like depression or any other mental issue is bothering you, you must take professional help for the same.
  • Exercise and lead an active life – Take a regular walk, jog or just go for a refreshing run just to keep your body active and flexible. Try to strengthen your core or build muscle power by stretching or yoga.
  • Go for regular check-up – It is of tremendous importance that you undergo thorough check-up very frequently. This helps keep your doctor updated about your progress or fall back.

A few myths about diabetes that you should avoid believing in are:

  1. It is good to eat frequent meals – Actually frequent supply of food gives excess glucose to the body for building energy. But it is also true that in the long run your body loses its capacity to build energy from already existing glucose in your body.
  2. Sugar Substitutes are a good alternative – Opting for artificial sweeteners has become second nature to many of us. Advertisements have convinced us that they cause no harm and is a great alternative to sucrose. But they cause extreme urge for sugar and gets us hooked to the taste.
  3. Rice isn’t good – It has been debated that brown rice lessens the risk of Type 2 Diabetes but white rice was seen to produce higher chances of Diabetes. So avoiding rice as a whole is not a great decision. Ancient wheat products lower inflammation in the body.

Parting Words

Finally, diabetes is a dietary disorder and it follows that a healthy diet is necessary to reverse this condition. Conventional anti-diabetic medication robs the body of essential nutrients and causes a variety of side effects and other complications in diabetes.

Dietary supplements can help bring back the nutrient balance to the body and help the body in its fight to regain control in this seemingly difficult disease.