Stress- How it Affects Diabetes and How to Manage It

The most common advice that diabetics get is to change their diet and increase their activity level. Reducing stress is an advice that is given less often. However, it is really a great help if you try to decrease your stress level.

If you’re stressed, your body works double time to help you cope so it releases adrenaline and epinephrine to give you more energy and focus. Aside from hormones though, your liver and stored fats also releases glucose. And glucose is sugar.

You should also that there are two types of stress, acute and chronic. Acute stress happens when for example, your caught fire. Your adrenaline is instantly released, together with glucose.

The thing is, these types of stress happens rarely and they are normal. What’s more bothering is chronic stress. This type of stress is caused by events that are reverse diabetes in 30 dayshappening in your everyday life like finances, career and health worries.

You may think that these issues cannot be avoided, but in fact, you can control some of them. Here are some tips on how you can better manage your stress.

  • Stop worrying about things you cannot change. If your boss is too difficult to deal with, it does not mean that you have to think of him until you end your day. There’s nothing you can do about his character but you can do something with yours.

You can choose to be happy despite of his gloomy attitude. You can choose to leave work problems in your office and enjoy your time at home with your family.

Do not dwell on events or people you cannot change. Choose happiness and choose how you will feel.

  • Look for activities to do. Stop watching television just so you can forget about your problems. Do something that will interest and enrich you. You can walk with your spouse, trek with your friends or read a book.

These activities will not only take your mind away from issues, these can also help your mind focus on what’s more important.

  • Avoid stress before it happens. You can do this by doing relaxing activities such as aerobics and yoga. Even if you are not stressed, doing these will help your body prepare for future events that might cause stress.

The reasons for stress are not unavoidable. Your plumbing can leak some time, and heavy traffic is not something you can control. But again, it all comes back to controlling what you can – yourself.

Have a happy disposition and remain positive despite of your diabetes and everyday problems and surely, the reasons for stress will do you no harm.

Stress reduction is one of the most overlooked aspects of treating diabetes. In fact, it can help you reverse the effects from type 2 diabetes.




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How To Prevent Scarring?

If your skin has new wounds or injuries – an accident, surgery, or trauma, your body is effective naturally repairing the wound. As the skin repairs, scarring is likely to occur, it’s a natural part of our healing process.

The appearance of your scar depends on the type of injury you sustained, how well you treated the wound, and how well it healed. Scars coming from surgical procedures or scars over the knees and elbows harder to avoid, scars from cuts/scrapes may become less obvious simply by appropriately treating the wound immediately after the occurrence.

Allow me to share some dermatologist’s tricks for decreasing the visibility of scars caused by accidental injuries like skinned knees, cuts, and deep scratches:

  • Always keep the wound clean and sanitized. Gently scrub the area with mild soap and water to keep germs and other particles out of the wound. You can also use anti-septic creams and lotions to help with keeping the wound clean.
  • Make use of petroleum jelly. It keeps the wound moist and prevents it from drying out and scabbing. Scabs over the wound take longer to heal. This will also aid in the prevention of the scar from becoming too big, deep or itchy.
  • After cleansing and using petroleum jelly or similar cream, cover it with an adhesive bandage. Big wounds, sores, or burns, may require the use of hydrogel or silicone gel to help with healing.
  • If your wound requires stitches or staples, follow the doctor’s advice on how to care for it. Find out how long the stitches/staples will be in and some additional things you can to prevent scarring.

If you have a serious wound on your face or area you are worried about appearance, opt to see a plastic surgeon instead of a dermatologist or family doctor. The plastic surgeon will stitch you up focusing on the appearance of the wound where the other doctors focus on getting the wound closed up.

  • Apply sunscreen to any scars when you’re outside. This will help reduce discoloration and aid in the scar’s healing process. A broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher. Make sure to reapply every ½ hour.

Even though no scar can totally disappear, the majority of them can fade with some time and proper care. Go to a board-certified dermatologist to help you with any pre-existing scars you have.

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What Should Know About Sinus Infections?

As a kid and to this day I suffer from constant sinus issues.  It’s likely due to an old injury that caused a deviated septum that I never got repair.  So I live with constant breathing problems and clogged nasal cavities.

This of course leads to a sinus infection (aka sinusitis) at least once a year if I’m lucky.

What exactly is a sinus infection?

It’s inflammation of the air passage cavities in the nose.  It can be caused by sinusitisallergies, a bacterial infection of some sorts, and constant irritation (like that from a deviated septum).

Most of the time, they’re not contagious. Of course there are various classes of sinus infections from acute to severe.

Some can last a week or so up to 3 months or more.

What are some signs of sinusitis?

  • Headache in the located in the sinus cavity slightly the space between your eyebrows
  • Tenderness in the forehead and cheeks, can sometimes be accompanied by swelling in the face
  • Pressure in your head and ears (feels like your head is going to pop)
  • Fever (sometimes)
  • Runny nose
  • Cough and sore throat
  • Eye and tooth pain
  • Fatigue
  • Bad breath

Course of treatment

treatment for sinus infectionDepending on what caused the sinus infection will determine the treatment that will be needed, if any.

For virus related sinus infections, no antibiotics are prescribed, you have to “tough it out” per say.

Now, if it’s a bacterial infection, you can get antibiotics to help treat it.  You’re usually given something like Amoxil, Augmentin, or Zithromax.

Some over-the-counter medications that can help lessen the suffering are decongestants and mucolytics (mucinex) or a saline irrigation that you’ll have to squirt up your nasal cavities.  Tylenol will also help with the pain and fever aspect of the infection.

If left untreated sinus infections can lead to more life-threatening complications like meningitis or a brain abscess in some incidences.

If you believe you have a sinus infection, go visit an ENT Fountain Hills (ear, nose, & throat doctor) to see what treatment is right for you.






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7 Tips To Prevent Premature Ejaculation During Sex

Premature ejaculation is ejaculating before you and your partner or spouse wanted to, usually within 60-90 seconds of intercourse. It is a common sexual problem facing many men under the age of 40.

Several factors can cause or lead to premature ejaculation, however, it can be controlled with proper understanding, forethought and in some extreme but rare cases, a medical help.

The following are Ways to Stop Premature Ejaculation.

1. Wear a condom.

condom to last longerCondoms can reduce the stimulation for most men of which in turn should prolong intercourse before ejaculation. However, to achieve this you shouldavoid condoms that are extra thin. Keep in mind you can always up-grade to a thinner brand for more stimulation later on.

You can also use condoms with benzocaine.This condoms enable climax control condoms and can extend the sexual activity and while delaying the male’s orgasm for as long as five minutes. They have benzocaine at the tip, benzocaine is a mild form of anesthetic which has a slight mild numbing effect thus can help reduce or decrease the sexual sensation.

2.Practicing the stop and start method.

Control your orgasmThis can begins as a solo exercise where you can start by masturbating alone and bringing yourself close to an orgasm and then stopping. Then after relaxing for a while, you continue bringing yourself closer and more closer to an orgasm til you cannot hold it in any longer.You can do this many times alone without any distraction to help you learn your point of no return.

3.Slow down the intercourse.

If you are feeling really pressured to perform, you will probably end up ejaculation before you are ready.What you need to do is not to view sexual intercourse only as means of getting or achieving an orgasm, but to re-frame it as a relaxing and pleasurable time spent with your partner.

4.Think non-sexual thoughts.

If you feel or notice that you are getting too excited and aroused, stop for a moment and turn your focus and attention to something else which is unsexy, unromantic like, the rush hour traffic or a dirty sock.

5.Deep breathing.breathing during sex

This is a form or kind of meditation that sometimes can help you control the arousal, excitement and sexual tension that usually leads to an early ejaculation.

6.Practice the squeeze method.

This is done by having sexual intercourse normally till the point where you feel like the orgasm is just seconds away then you abruptly stop all other stimulations and then gently squeeze using your thumb and your fore-finger around the penis part where glans meet the shaft.

Squeeze for some seconds then pause all the stimulation for say, another 30 seconds, then resuming intercourse. You can repeat this method until you are ready to have an orgasm.

7.Changing positions.

Changing your sex positions for longer sexThere are some sexual positions that put less pressure on the glans. For example, you can try passive positions like the side-by-side style or the spooning position.

Avoid active positions like the missionary and the rear entry positions also called the ‘doggystyle’, these positions place a lot of friction and stimulation on the glans leading to premature ejaculation.

Sexual health is often an overlooked aspect of overall health, use these tips to improve your sex life and prevent early ejaculation.

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Food Never To Eat If You Want To Lose Fat

These foods can devastate your diet, especially if you’re trying to lose fat.  These are what I call “hidden junk foods.”

They are sold in your grocery store and promoted as “healthy” but they are far from it!

They can actually cause you to GAIN fat instead of lose it, no exactly what you would expect when you here these list of foods.

In this short video, they’ll reveal these 5 food items you should avoid if you want to lose fat and then provide you with healthy alternatives for them.


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