Diabetes the next health crisis?

Diabetes is on the rise. The International Diabetes Federation says that the global burden of those living with this disease will surge from 382 million to 592 million by 2035 and that approximately one in ten people have or will have diabetes worldwide.  The age of onset is getting younger and younger with kids as young as 8 being diagnosed with what used to be called “adult onset diabetes” and is also known as Type 2 Diabetes. According to Health Canada nine out of ten people with diabetes have Type 2. The Canadian Diabetes Association estimates that 9 million Canadians have diabetes or pre-diabetes, many of them without the diabetes symptoms that would prompt them to get help.

Most of this disaster is preventable. Ignoring the problem will further burden individuals and their families as well as put additional strain our health care system. Today is the day to start making changes.  What causes Type 2 diabetes? Lifestyle choices have the biggest impact on preventing this disease that causes nerve and kidney damage as well as increased risk of liver and heart disease.  Diabetes prevention is that simple. Maintain a healthy weight to reduce your risk. Weight loss of just 10% of your current weight has a massive impact on your health.

Here are some ridiculously simple weight loss tips to help protect yourself:

  1. Get more sleep. A lack of sleep has a profound impact on weight gain, even or perhaps especially in children. Cut back on one superfluous activity each day (TV? Gaming? ) and go to bed.
  2. Simply dropping liquid calories from your day can make up the difference.  We drink 300-500 calories each day from beverages such as cream and sugar loaded coffee beverages, juice and pop.  Go for 50% reduction today. Ditch the soda, water down your juice and half the sugar in your java.  Go all the way ASAP!
  3. Implement NEAT in your life. Non-exercise activity thermogenesis. That simply means all the action you do in your day that isn’t actually working out.  Parking at the end of the lot and walking an extra 3 minutes actually saves you time trying to troll for that spot near the door. And, it pumps up your metabolism. Walking up or down a flight of stairs is more efficient that waiting for an elevator and goes a long way toward getting an extra 30 minutes of movement into your day. That is all you will need.
  4. Be sure you are getting enough fibre. Not only does it bulk up your stool, new evidence shows that a healthy gut converts fibre to a chemical called acetate which passes the blood brain barrier to activate the brain’s “full” sensors.
  5. Add chia to your day. This tiny, tasteless grain contains plenty of micronutrients plus is the best form of both fibres you can find.

 

Managing diabetes is a difficult, uphill battle but preventing it is almost completely within your control. Do you have any tips or a diabetic diet for weight loss to share?

 

About the Author

Theresa Albert

Theresa Albert is a Food Communications Specialist and Toronto Personal Nutritionist. She is @theresaalbert on twitter and found daily at www.myfriendinfood.com

The Many Faces of Abuse

November is Women Abuse Prevention Month in Ontario, and I have a story to tell.

How long will our society allow abuse to happen?

Growing up, I had a teacher and a mentor I was extremely close with. With only ten years between us, as an adult, our friendship strengthened and we have remained connected throughout my life. Although I spent much of my twenties traveling and living abroad, our friendship never waned. She was that friend who always got the call from the labour and delivery room when I had a new baby, whose daughter was my flower girl, and who is the Godmother of my youngest daughter.

Almost two years ago, she seemed to disappear. I never thought much of it – everyone gets busy and consumed in daily life. I never questioned it because our friendship has stood the test of time and circumstance. I got a little curious when she cancelled a trip we had planned. Next, she skipped my daughter’s (her God-daughter’s) birthday and finally, she didn’t turn up for our little girl’s First Communion. I certainly thought it was odd and she didn’t offer any real excuses, but I’m not a grudge-holder and never questioned her love for me or my family.

Shortly after the missed events, she turned up at my house one night after the kids were tucked into bed. She looked emaciated, having lost a ridiculous amount of weight since I last saw her. Her face was pale and her eyes looked lifeless.  At that moment I truly thought that she was coming to tell me she was sick and dying.

I was wrong. Even though she looked completely vacant and she had lost a part of herself, she was not dying. Over the next several months, we spent nearly every night together talking through the end of her 31 year marriage. I discovered why she had become the shell of the vibrant and spirited woman she once was as she admitted to enduring years of financial, psychological, and emotional spousal abuse. These soul destroying acts had taken a terrible toll on her.

Twenty months later, and after countless hours of abuse counseling and group therapy, my determined friend has faced her situation with bravery. Not only is she committed to her own successful recovery, she is passionate about advocating women empowerment for others who are living the same nightmare. This is her message of strength and hope that she will share with the world.

With the timing of the Jian Ghomeshi fiasco and November’s designation, it is a good reminder that women like my friend are everywhere. They are living among us. They are us. And they’ll only share their stories when we are prepared to listen.

 

About the Author:

Julie Cole Mabel's Labels

Julie Cole

Julie Cole is co-founder of Mabel’s Labels Inc., the leading provider of kids’ labels, and a proud mom of six.

Fun with GIFS!

Every morning, bright and early, I drive my daughter to the train, coffee in hand, sometimes in my pajamas, and almost always in my slippers.  After dropping her off at the train station today in a rush to get to the rest of my morning routine before work, I tripped up our porch steps, my coffee FLYING out of my cup, one slipper ending up a few feet away and scraping my knees a bit. After a quick look around (to check for witnesses), and ensuring that I didn’t have whiplash, I texted my daughter to let her know what happened and to let her know that I probably wouldn’t be wearing slippers tomorrow!  She sent me this, along with an “Oh no!”….

Whenever she’s asking for a favour, it’s not uncommon for her to send me a funny GIF like this one…

She’s a smart cookie because who can resist funny puns, “have a good day” images, or AN ADORABLE WINKING KOALA?

I love my daughter’s sense of humour and hope she never stops sending me these silly messages. Never underestimate the power of  funny gifs to turn your day around!

What are some of the little things that your kids do that make you laugh?

 

About the Author:

Karen Pearson is one of the friendly voices you’ll hear on the other end of the phone when calling Customer Service at Mabel’s Labels. She enjoys writing about her family, which includes a husband, 3 kids and a rescue dog from Greece.

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