November is American Diabetes Month. The CDC’s National Diabetes Statistics Report estimates that 9.3% of the U.S. population 20 years or older, or 29.1 million people, have diabetes. Those under 20 years old with diabetes number about 208,000. For all of these individuals, monitoring blood glucose is an important daily concern — and should be a priority for all of us. Continue reading “Science & Health Today: Blood Sugar Management”
Remember high school anatomy class, where you learned that DNA and cells make up our bodies? You may not have learned about the epigenome back then, but scientists have been studying it for decades.
Most people diagnosed with high blood sugar, insulin resistance or diabetes have it for years before knowing. The damage occurring throughout the body as blood sugar slowly rises is not always obvious. Continue reading “Healthy Blood Sugar: A Balancing Act”
Despite the abundance of food in most developed countries, our diets today are still sadly lacking. One key power nutrient missing? Omega-3, an essential fatty acid. And more studies are showing that increasing omega-3 in our diets can pay off in significant health benefits, from weight loss to decreased risk of heart disease. Continue reading “Oh, The Many Wonders of Omega-3”
What a great deal when you’re actually being encouraged to eat – breakfast that is! If you think skipping breakfast helps you shave calories from the day, think again.
Study after study shows breakfast eaters are leaner than breakfast skippers. And the National Weight Control Registry finds people who have lost at least 30 pounds tend to keep it off by eating breakfast. That’s because breakfast eaters tend to eat fewer calories over the course of the day and have better overall nutritional status than breakfast skippers.
When you skip breakfast, your metabolism slows down and your blood sugar drops. That sets you up for a food grab later. The calories you save on the front end of the day will generally be compensated for at the back end — and your rear-end! By skipping breakfast, you’re likely to eat more at lunch and dinner and may feel justified in eating junk (high-calorie snacks) in between.
A Lifetime of Benefits
In addition, an American Heart Association study shows eating breakfast every day may reduce the risk for obesity and insulin resistance syndrome, an early sign of developing diabetes, by as much as 35-50 percent. People who eat a healthy breakfast also tend to have lower cholesterol.
If weight control and better general health aren’t reason enough to eat breakfast, this first meal also improves performance on the job or in the classroom with better concentration, problem-solving skills, and more strength and endurance.
What’s for Breakfast?
For a healthy breakfast, try to choose foods from at least two food groups. Sorry, donuts and coffee don’t qualify. But here are some quick ideas that do:
- Go for protein. Eggs are a great source of high-quality protein that fills you up so you’re not hungry in an hour. Canadian bacon is another good source of lean protein. Try a slice of Canadian bacon, a slice of tomato and an egg on a whole-wheat English muffin for breakfast on the go.
- Get your grains. Whole-grain cereal with skim milk is a great choice for a quick, easy breakfast that offers filling fiber, vitamins, minerals, and a calcium boost.
- Fill up on fruit or veggies. Top whole-wheat toast with peanut butter and apple slices. Or whip together a veggie omelet, Reliv shake blended with yogurt and fruit, or grab a hardboiled egg and banana on the way out the door.
- Core nutrition to go. With a Reliv shake, you can sneak in all your essential vitamins and minerals for the day with a scoop of Reliv Now® and be out the door in minutes!
Looking for a healthy Reliv shake recipe? Check out this list for some ideas!
Weight Melts With Slimplicity
A Type 1 diabetic, Angela Hosman of Phoenix, AZ, was told by her doctor in December 2008 that if she didn’t get her blood sugars and weight under control she would lose her legs by age 35. “It was a wake-up call for me,” Angela recalls. “My mother-in-law introduced me to Reliv and I started on GlucAffect® and the basic nutrition.” Continue reading “My Story: Angela Hosman”
Now I can take my grandkids to the amusement park!
GlucAffect®’s launch two years ago couldn’t have been better timing for Key Director Nedra Smith of Fairfield, CA. Just three days prior, Nedra had been diagnosed with diabetes, a condition that runs in her family. Continue reading “My Story: Nedra Smith”
For more than 20 years, Judy Niemuth, 64, of Hawthorn Woods, Illinois, watched her mother battle diabetes and struggle with her health. Last October, at age 85, Judy’s mother passed away from a massive heart attack. Continue reading “My Story: Judy Niemuth”
Greg and Gail Johnson, of Olympia, Washington, found GlucAffect makes the difference in their now-healthy — and normal — lifestyle. Greg is a Type II diabetic who came to Reliv six years ago. Using Reliv’s essential nutrition, he was able to bring his blood sugar levels down considerably to a pre-diabetic level that averaged 110-120, and saw his blood pressure and cholesterol return to normal levels. Continue reading “My Story: Greg and Gail Johnson”