Diabetics Beware: Valuable Tips to Prepare for a Cough, Cold or Flu

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Each year, an average of 200,000 Americans are hospitalized because of flu complications, but people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes are three times more likely to face complications that may be fatal, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The best step is prevention, and anyone with diabetes should seriously consider getting a flu shot in the fall.
But for those who do get sick, it’s important that people with diabetes be prepared. The following sick-day plan is designed to help diabetic patients suffering from a cough, a cold or the flu.
* Get plenty of sleep, and even when awake, do resting activities (reading, watching TV, online shopping) as long as you don’t find it stressful.
* “Feed a cold, starve a fever” is not advice you should follow. Eat plenty of healthy items that are also easy to digest, like soups, sugar-free Jell-O and fruit juice mixed with water and yogurt. Dehydration will cause your blood sugar to drop, so drink one cup of sugar-free, caffeine-free liquid per hour.
* Medicine cabinets must go beyond a glucose meter and thermometer. You should also have
ketone-testing supplies and appropriate medications for cold and flu symptoms.
“When suffering from a cough, cold or flu, it’s important for people with diabetes to treat their symptoms with medicine that doesn’t have a negative effect on their diabetes,” says Debra Spector, registered dietitian and certified nutritionist.
“Most people don’t realize that cough syrups can contain up to 50 percent sugar, and cold and flu medicines may contain alcohol, both of which can raise one’s glucose, possibly to dangerous levels. Diabetic Tussin has been trusted by the medical community for years because it is sugar and alcohol-free, so it’s 100 percent safe for diabetics. It’s even recommended for those on a sodium or gluten-free diet,” says Spector.
* Take your insulin and diabetes medicine on schedule, even if you experience nausea or haven’t eaten. Check your blood glucose at least four times a day.
* If your symptoms worsen, contact your doctor. Learn more about medicine for people with diabetes along with additional sick-day advice and nutritional recipes at www.diabeticproducts.com.

Four Tips to Help You Look Ready for the Red Carpet

Not everyone gets to walk the red carpet, but life as a non-A-lister still provides plenty of moments in which one wants to shine. Of course, celebrities have personal stylists, trainers, dietitians and image consultants, so it’s impossible for the untrained person to look that good. Right?

Valerie Waters, trainer to the stars, would disagree. “Getting in shape is no different for super stars or super moms; it is all about making your mind up to eat right, snack smart and get active—regardless of whether you are preparing for a movie premiere, your 20-year class reunion or a milestone birthday,” says Waters. “Feeling your best for life’s special occasions is a matter of consistently making wise choices.”

Get Red Carpet Ready in 2011

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Not everyone gets to walk the red carpet, but life as a non-A-lister still provides plenty of moments in which one wants to shine. Of course, celebrities have personal stylists, trainers, dietitians and image consultants, so it’s impossible for the untrained person to look that good. Right?
Valerie Waters, trainer to the stars, would disagree. “Getting in shape is no different for super stars or super moms; it is all about making your mind up to eat right, snack smart and get active — regardless of whether you are preparing for a movie premiere, your 20-year class reunion or a milestone birthday,” says Waters. “Feeling your best for life’s special occasions is a matter of consistently making wise choices.”
Waters has teamed up with California Raisins to offer fitness and health advice. She offers the following tips for making wise choices in 2011:
1. Make a commitment. Every health and fitness journey starts with making daily changes — not just when you can fit them in your schedule. The first step toward achieving your health and fitness goals is simply making the decision to set them.
2. Eat breakfast every day. Beginning your day with a nutritious meal jump starts your metabolism and sets you up for eating right the whole day. For healthy breakfasts that don’t take much time, try plain instant oatmeal with one scoop of chocolate protein powder and a tablespoon of raisins or a piece of whole-grain toast with a tablespoon of all-natural peanut butter and banana slices.
3. Snack smart. No workout in the world can compensate for consistent unhealthy eating choices. Plan ahead and make nutritious lunch and snacks that include plenty of veggies, whole grains and fruits. Raisins are a great on-the-go snack; just a quarter cup of California Raisins equals a full serving of fruit, plus they are fat- and cholesterol-free.
4. Consistency is key. A short workout is better than no workout, so even if you only have 10 minutes to spare, move your coffee table to the side and make some space to do an at-home workout. And when our time is limited, avoid working out only your problem areas, like your stomach. Instead of doing crunches, which burn very few calories, work out as many muscle groups as you can in the time you have available.
For more tips, information and fitness videos, visit the website www.loveyourraisins.com.