With the blink of an eye, the first month of the year has passed. How close are you to achieving your goals to improve your health? If you haven’t started yet, don’t worry. February is a nationally dedicated month to focus on your heart health, and what better way to start your journey to improve your health than with of one the most vital organs in your body?
Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, a type of sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. A hormone released by the pancreas called insulin helps glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have diabetes, your pancreas either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use its own insulin well.
When high amounts of sugar stay in your blood for too long, problems can happen throughout your body. These problems are called complications of Diabetes.
Type 2 Diabetes is when you have too much sugar (also called glucose) in your blood. Normally,
our bodies manage glucose with a hormone called Insulin.
Focus on total carbohydrates. Sugars are part of carbohydrates. In this example, there are 31 grams of total carbohydrates and 5 grams of those are sugar. Remember, as soon as you eat carbohydrates, your body turns them into sugar.
There is no single diet or eating pattern that is ideal for everyone with diabetes. Use this food portion guide to estimate your recommended serving sizes.
Medications help control how much sugar is in your blood and can help prevent serious health problems caused by diabetes such as heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney disease, and nerve damage.
Preparing your own meals will make healthy eating decisions easier, but having diabetes shouldn’t stop you from dining out and enjoying a meal with family and friends.
The Equality Health Walk-in Clinic and Bashas’ Food City celebrated American Heart Month with a healthy cooking event featuring Chef Chacón. The free event took place on Saturday, February 8 at 1 p.m. inside Food City located at 9020 W. Thomas Rd. in Phoenix. Watch the Healthy Heart Cooking Demo here.
This month is the traditional time in countries around the world to celebrate sharing love. But the connection with hearts and love doesn’t stop on February 14. February is American Heart Month, and the whole month is dedicated to heart health awareness.