Got Diabetes? Take Your Multivitamin

(NewsUSA) – For people with diabetes, taking a multivitamin every day can mean much more than a little protection against the common cold.Research is finding that multivitamins can be the first line of defense against many different types of infections, including respiratory infections and influenza."Once a person with diabetes gets an infection, it’s much harder for them to get rid of it, and it can lead to dire consequences, even death," says Registered and Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist Debra Spector. "And since some diabetic patients don’t normally respond well to treatment, prevention is key."Taking a special diabetes multivitamin — usually found in the diabetes section of a drugstore, not the vitamin section — allows a diabetic person to be proactive with their health, and avoid nutrient deficiencies that can lead to problems.The year-long study among 130 patients, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that the incidence of infection was much lower among diabetics who took a multivitamin versus those who did not.Infection occurred in only 17 percent of diabetic patients who took a multivitamin versus the 93 percent who took a placebo. The study also found that regular multivitamin usage reduced the rate of minor urinary tract and gastrointestinal infections in people with diabetes.Because of the nature of the disease, it’s not uncommon for diabetics to experience nutrient deficiencies. Diabetes medications and frequent urination can lead to the loss of vital nutrients that protect the body."Since there are many health risks that can result from vitamin and mineral deficiencies, I encourage my diabetic patients to find a multivitamin supplement with more potent levels of important nutrients to meet their needs," says Spector. "It should contain Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA), an important nutrient that most ‘regular’ multivitamins do not have. I like Multi-betic Diabetes Multi-Vitamin since it has 23 important nutrients, including ALA, designed to help maintain healthy blood sugar levels, support vision and promote nerve function."Learn more about Multi-betic and other diabetic products at www.diabeticproducts.com

Portion Control: The Key to Weight Loss

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – The rigors of appearing on the reality TV show The Biggest Loser led Lisa Mosley to the emotional breakthrough that empowered her to lose almost 100 pounds. But it was portion control that kept her losing weight when she returned home from the set.
“I live on the motto “Moderation not deprivation,” she says. “As soon as I got home from the ranch, I started using a small plate instead of big dinner plates. It has been extremely successful for me.”
Mosley didn’t start gaining weight until she was about 20, when she began taking medication for a chronic anxiety disorder. The medication made her feel like a new person, but within six months she began to gain weight. Over the next 10 years she gained about 120 pounds.
By 2010, Lisa had suffered several personal setbacks. She had been laid off from her job, had lost her home and had no prospects to find work. The defining moment in her struggle to lose weight came when she discovered that her daughter had stopped eating and drinking because she didn’t want to be heavy like her mom.
That spurred Lisa to take action, including her willingness to bare her soul on The Biggest Loser.
When Lisa left the show, she had dropped 60 pounds. But she continued to lose weight, dropping another 37 pounds at home after she learned to control the size of her portions.
She recently became the national spokeswoman for Yum Yum Dishes, sets of hand-painted 4-ounce ceramic bowls. Tracy Adler, mother of two and former restaurant owner, created the bowls to help parents and kids control the size of their snacks.
“The idea for these dishes is what got me through this,” Mosley says. “A lot of times when I have entered into diets in the past, I went into it thinking I am never going to get a cookie, ice cream, or a piece of cake again. I was never successful with that,” she adds. “These dishes remind you that your life isn’t over and you are not going to be missing out.”
Today Mosley works as a fitness boot camp instructor and personal trainer. She weighs about 190 pounds, wears a size 12 and is happy with herself.
“I am literally a different person,” she says, “not just in how I feel physically but also how I feel mentally and emotionally.”
For more information, visit www.yumyumdishes.com.

Resources to Help Family Caregivers

Every day, many Americans find themselves in an unexpected new role. They become a family caregiver for a loved one suffering from chronic pain.

Experts estimate that chronic pain affects millions of Americans. Pain can interfere with daily activities, causing patients to lean heavily on family and friends.

Providing care for a loved one experiencing chronic pain presents challenges, such as making sure your loved one reports pain to his or her healthcare provider. Even with chronic diseases and conditions, pain should be taken seriously by doctors and physicians.

Family Caregivers Face Pain Challenges

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Every day, many Americans find themselves in an unexpected new role. They become a family caregiver for a loved one suffering from chronic pain.
Experts estimate that chronic pain affects millions of Americans. Pain can interfere with daily activities, causing patients to lean heavily on family and friends.
Providing care for a loved one experiencing chronic pain presents challenges, such as making sure your loved one reports pain to his or her healthcare provider. Even with chronic diseases and conditions, pain should be taken seriously by doctors and physicians.
“Each person feels pain differently. Although it is a physical sensation, perceptions of pain are influenced by social, cultural and psychological factors,” said Suzanne Mintz, president and CEO of the National Family Caregivers Association. “It can be difficult to make sure your loved one’s pain is evaluated appropriately.”
Unfortunately, there’s little information and few resources available to help family caregivers cope with these problems. The National Family Caregivers Association has teamed up with the pain management education program Partners Against Pain to create Caregiver Cornerstones, a program providing information, encouragement and tools to family members. The four Caregiver Cornerstones are:
1. Learning about pain management. Taking an active role in helping to manage a loved one’s pain may help you feel more useful and worry less.
2. Caring for a person with pain. This includes making sure that patients receive proper assessment and follow their treatment plans.
3. Caring for yourself. Being a family caregiver can be a demanding job. Allow others to help provide a support system.
4. Advocating for all people in pain. The Cornerstones program strives to raise awareness about the importance of access to appropriate and effective pain care.
Find more information at www.partnersagainstpain.com.

Harnessing the Power of Language

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Whether mingling socially with others in a crowded room or talking intimately one-on-one, being someone who communicates effectively is a major factor in creating and enhancing both personal and professional relationships.

“Miscommunication is at the heart of many of our problems as individuals and as a society, and at the heart of much of that miscommunication is the fact that most people don’t have very good listening skills,” said David Cunningham, senior program leader with Landmark Education, a global enterprise that offers communication training and development programs, like its flagship course the Landmark Forum, in more than 120 cities. Landmark Education helps people discover their own barriers to effective communication and develop mastery in both listening and expressing themselves.

Cunningham advised that, with practice, anyone can master the three key principles of good communication: listening, distinguishing and creating. Used together, these principles can dramatically impact the quality of your life.

People typically are not as good at listening as they think they are, Cunningham asserted: “We’re often so busy thinking about what we’re about to say or remembering the last time we interacted with the person that we are likely paying more attention to our own thoughts than to what the other person is really saying.”

The second principle of good communication, distinguishing, involves learning how to tell the difference between what was said and what you think was said.

“Once you’re really committed to hearing what the other person is saying and are actively listening,” Cunningham said, “then you practice looking for where you are adding your own interpretation of what that person said. We do this every day, but the trick is, we’re not usually aware we’re doing it.”

An example, Cunningham said, is when the boss requests a meeting at the end of the day. “You might hear, ‘You’re in trouble,’ or ‘We’ve got a problem,’ or even, ‘I’m sorry, but we’re going to have to let you go.’ And all she really said was, ‘Could you step into my office around 4 o’clock?’ You start reacting to what you think she said, not what she actually did say.”

Using language to create is the third communication principle. Typical conversations use language to report, Cunningham explained. “We talk about what happened, the weather, what we’re going to do, how we feel and so on. Which is all fine, but it doesn’t actively create anything.”

Masterful communicators use language to actively create. “Do you say, ‘I’m the person to do this project,’ only when you have iron-clad evidence from the past that that’s the case?” Cunningham concluded. “If so, you’re missing out on some of the greatest power communication has. You can say, ‘I’m the person to do this project,’ and in saying it, it can not only make that real for the other person, it can also have you be in action to make it happen.”

For more information, visit www.LandmarkEducation.com.

Grudges Don’t Help Anyone: Find the Strength to Forgive

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – It’s her again. She puts your teeth on edge. You want to say something, but the words won’t come, so you picture an anvil falling on her head, instead.

Sound familiar? You can hardly navigate the world without ever running into conflict with another person. But carrying grudges can be destructive. In 2009, researchers at the Department of Psychology at Medical College of Georgia published a survey, which revealed that those who don’t forgive can experience more pain disorders, heart disease and stomach ulcers.

“Holding onto negativity causes harm to the one who won’t forgive,” says Dr. Matthew B. James, the president of Honolulu’s American Pacific University and the Empowerment Partnership, and a teacher of an ancient Hawaiian spiritual science, called huna.

Worse, refusing to forgive can create chains of resentment through entire communities. “When you point a finger at someone to blame them, there are always three fingers pointing back at you,” says Dr. James.

But letting go of old hurts isn’t always easy. Dr. James suggests that grudge-bearers take the following steps to find true forgiveness:

– Tell the other person that you forgive them. Don’t say that you will “forgive, but not forget” — the goal is to release negative feelings.

– Ask the other person to forgive you. Ask for forgiveness even if you believe that you did nothing wrong. “Saying, ‘I forgive you; please forgive me, too’ brings the other person into the picture and gets them actively involved,” says Dr. James.

– Have a conversation. Create enough space for you and the other person to say everything that needs to be said. Stay calm and speak in normal tones, even if you don’t like what you hear. At the end of your talk, you should feel relieved to have gotten your thoughts and feelings into the open. Give and ask for forgiveness once more.

– Move on. Ask yourself what you have learned from the situation, and use it to make better decisions in the future.

“To forgive and to never forget is to never forgive in the first place,” says Dr. James. “We owe it to ourselves to experience true forgiveness.”

For more advice or to learn about Dr. James’ teachings, visit www.huna.com.

Triumph Over Shyness: Tips to Beat Social Anxiety Disorder

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Suffering from much more than shyness, people with social anxiety disorder experience severe anxiety in social encounters, often accompanied by a racing heart, shaking, sweating, blushing, nausea, shortness of breath, or other physical symptoms. Most people with the disorder avoid the types of social situations — meeting with coworkers, attending family events, even talking on the phone — that cause them extreme mental and physical distress.

This anxiety disorder can prevent people from participating fully in life. They often become dependent on alcohol if they try to self-medicate. And social anxiety disorder frequently occurs with other anxiety disorders, as well as depression. Studies show that people with depression and social anxiety disorder have an increased rate of suicide attempts.

The Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) offers hope in the form of a new self-help book. “Triumph Over Shyness: Conquering Social Anxiety Disorder” (second edition), by Murray B. Stein, MD, MPH, and John R. Walker, PhD, offers tips for handling a socially anxious situation:

* When you are feeling anxious, remind yourself to focus on others.

* Make it your goal to listen carefully to what the other person has to say.

* Think about how that person feels about what he is saying: Is this a situation involving strong emotion?

* Often your attention will move back to yourself. Just accept anxious thoughts and physical sensations and direct your attention back to the other person.

* Don’t spend much time planning or rehearsing what you will say next. This will distract you from listening to the other person.

* Don’t try to figure out what others are thinking about you.

The book is now available through the ADAA bookstore at www.adaa.org. To learn more about social anxiety disorder, visit www.adaa.org/socialanxietydisorder.

What Is Your Personal Disability Quotient?

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – The faltering economy has left many people worried about keeping their jobs. But too few Americans consider another possibility — that a disability could leave them unable to work.

Accidents or illness can happen to anyone at any time. According to the Council for Disability Awareness (CDA), one in seven workers can expect to be disabled for five years or more before retirement. According to the Social Security Administration, three in 10 workers entering the workforce today will become disabled.

A disability that forces a person to miss work can make them financially vulnerable. With many Americans struggling simply to stay afloat, the inability to work can be devastating. Even temporary disability can jeopardize savings, retirement funds and homes.

“We are currently facing many economic challenges, and it’s important that people don’t lose sight of, or fail to recognize, the threat that disability can pose to their financial security,” said Bob Taylor, president of CDA. “Never has it been more important for people to be mindful of the chances they face of suffering an illness or accident and thus losing the ability to earn an income. Never has the ability to earn an income been more important.”

To help people realize their risk of disability, the CDA created its new disability estimator, designed to determine an individual’s Personality Disability Quotient (PDQ), the percentage chance a person has of an illness or injury forcing them to miss work. The PDQ estimator, found at the Web site www.WhatsMyPDQ.org, calculates a person’s chances of becoming disabled for an extended period of time. The PDQ also helps users see how much income they could lose, so they can financially plan for disability.

All Americans should make sure that they can cover their bills, make house and car payments and continue paying money into their retirement accounts in case of a disability. Individuals can also take steps to lower their chances of disability, like receiving regular check-ups, quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and taking everyday precautions — some as simple as using their seat belt. It’s important for all Americans to be engaged in disability planning.

For more information about preparing for disability, visit www.disabilitycanhappen.org.

To Recognize a Stroke, Think ‘F.A.S.T.’

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Fewer than one in five Americans can identify even one stroke symptom. Stroke, or brain attack, is the leading cause of adult disability and the third leading cause of death in America.

Recognizing when stroke is occurring and reacting fast to get treatment can save lives.

“If you understand the warning signs [of stroke] and get to the hospital quickly, it is possible to even possibly reverse the stroke itself,” says Dr. Dawn Kleindorfer, assistant professor of neurology at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine.

In a recent poll conducted by National Stroke Association, one-third of men could not recognize even one stroke symptom. That is not good news for men, or the women in their lives, who are uniquely impacted by stroke. National Stroke Association’s “Women in Your Life” campaign is working to change these statistics by educating Americans about stroke prevention and recognizing stroke symptoms.

Research also shows that women take longer than men to get to the hospital after experiencing stroke symptoms, and they wait longer to be treated in the emergency room. Women are also more likely to be the caregiver for a stroke survivor.

Many stroke patients have no idea they are having a stroke because it affects judgment. Learning to recognize a stroke is important and easy – just think “F.A.S.T.”

Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

Arms: Ask the person to hold both arms up evenly. Does one arm drift downward?

Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred or mixed up?

Time: If the person shows any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately.

You can help prevent more than half a million strokes this year. To reduce stroke risk, stop smoking; keep blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes under control; and manage atrial fibrillation (a condition in which the heart beats irregularly).

To order a free “Women in Your Life” book, visit the National Stroke Association Web site at www.stroke.org or call (800) STROKES (787-6537).

Common stroke symptoms:

* Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body

* Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding

* Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes

* Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination

* Sudden severe headache with no known cause