HERBS FOR HEALTH MANAGEMENT

Herbs are a foundational root in medicine and health treatments, dating back thousands of years throughout every culture around the world. Modern Western herbalism comes from ancient Egypt. The Greeks developed a comprehensive philosophy of herbal medicine by 100 BCE and the Romans built upon it to create a variety of medical practices, some of which are still used today.

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE IMPACTS PSYCHOLOGICAL HARDINESS

Psychological hardiness is an individual’s resistance to stress, anxiety and depression. It includes the ability to withstand grief and accept the loss of loved ones. Alternative medicine is a more popular term for health and wellness therapies that have typically not been part of conventional Western medical approaches but are often used along with conventional medicinal protocols.  Coping and dealing with stress in a positive manner play a major role in maintaining the balance needed for health and well-being.

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ALTERNATIVE REMEDIES FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

Interest in complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM) is increasing as consumers and health care professionals search for additional ways to treat anxiety, depression and other mental health disorders. Some of these remedies include:

St. John’s Wort.  More than 30 studies show it to be effective for treatment of mild forms of depression,…

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Staying hydrated is important. The Diabetes Research Foundation suggests drinking at least one glass of fluid every hour. If sugar levels are high, drink water. If they are low, drink fruit juice or Gatorade. It is a good idea to stock up on diabetes supplies and over-the-counter medications so you can treat a fever or another symptom without having to go out. It is also smart to have at least enough insulin for the week ahead.


Lifestyle can make a difference. Harvard University has identified four dietary changes that can impact your risk for type 2 diabetes. People with and without diabetes should choose whole grains over refined ones and other highly processed carbohydrates. They should avoid sugary drinks and drink water instead. Eat healthy fats such as the polyunsaturated fats found in liquid vegetable oils, nuts and seeds. And limit red meat, choosing poultry or fish instead.


The American Diabetes Foundation says having extra weight means having extra risk. The best way to maintain a healthy weight is to cut back on calories and fat. Eat breakfast every day and stay physically active most days of the week. It can help to walk with a friend or neighbor so you will have someone to hold you accountable and support you on your journey to good health.

WHAT'S NEW IN DIABETES RESEARCH

JAMIE LOBER




Jamie Lober is a Staff Writer for Health & Wellness Magazine



Another most interesting finding is that someone’s grip strength tells a lot about their health. Studies have connected low muscular strength to increased risk for type 2 diabetes. Since type 2 diabetes is reversible if caught early, an easy way to assess your risk of diabetes is by using a handgrip dynamometer. The device is low cost and easy to use and carry around. If your grip strength is low, other diagnostic tests are recommended.


Researchers hope to create a fully automated artificial pancreas eventually. Many clinical trials are currently underway, and more data is being gathered by the day. Staying informed and aware of your options as well as knowing what you can do on the side of prevention makes it easier to understand and navigate living with diabetes.

Diabetes is an all-too-common health condition. While there are great strategies for management, those affected and their loved ones can be comforted by knowing new research is taking place each day and new developments are helping those with diabetes live better.


For people with type 2 diabetes, a new wearable, patch-like insulin delivery system was discovered in April 2020. The device, called V-Go by Valeritas, Inc., is a small 24-hour disposable mechanical device used with rapid-acting insulin in adults. Studies showed it improved patients’ A1C and offered good blood glucose control.


New research suggests saliva could be used as a cheaper, pain free alternative to checking blood as a way to monitor diabetes. Researchers say saliva reflects physiological functions of the body such as nutritional, hormonal, emotional and metabolic, which can provide insight to diabetes management. This way of checking is noninvasive and more cost effective and could help patients with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.


With COVID-19, people with both types of diabetes have to take extra precautions. They must remember that during times of stress or illness, blood sugars can change quickly, meaning they will be very high or very low. Monitor your blood sugar frequently, ideally using a continuous glucose monitor, and continue diabetes medications as usual.