• World Diabetes Day

    World Diabetes Day, observed on November 14th, stands as a testament to the collective will to combat a pervasive and escalating global health crisis. As we recognize this day, it is imperative to absorb and address the sobering statistic that 1 in 10 adults worldwide are now living with diabetes. This figure isn’t just a number—it’s a mosaic of individual stories, families, and communities grappling with the implications of a chronic condition that knows no borders. Type 2 diabetes, representing over 90% of these cases, is often termed a lifestyle disease, precipitated by factors such as obesity, insufficient physical activity, and poor diet. Unlike type 1 diabetes, which is primarily…

  • Tips to Help You Manage Diabetes

    If you’ve just been diagnosed with diabetes, it can be tough to navigate – at least initially. For many, managing diabetes means having to make lifestyle changes; and while it’s certainly not a death sentence, it can still be a matter of life or death if you don’t take the appropriate measures to keep yourself healthy. The most common form of diabetes is Type II diabetes. Type II diabetes occurs when the body doesn’t use insulin properly – also known as insulin resistance. This can lead to a number of health problems including heart disease, stroke, neuropathy, and of course high blood sugar. Below are some important steps that you…

  • Complications Associated with Diabetes

    If you have diabetes, the you know the importance of proper management and making sure your diabetes is under control. If it is left untreated or not properly managed, your risk of developing diabetes-related complications can increase exponentially – and there are many complications that can occur. Among some of the most common complications that are associated with diabetes include heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, eye damage, and nerve damage (also known as neuropathy), just to name a few. Below we take a look at the link between diabetes and these complications that can occur, and the steps you need to take to reduce your risk. Heart Disease and…

  • Type 2 Diabetes on the Rise

    Type 2 diabetes is on the rise globally, and health experts are now worried that there may not be enough insulin to go around to those who need it – this according to a new study that concluded on Wednesday. Diabetes now affects as many as 9% of patients worldwide, which is a 5% increase compared to the 1980s, and researchers say they expect the amount of insulin that is needed to effectively treat type 2 diabetes will rise by more than 20% over the next 12 years. The vast majority of those diagnosed with diabetes are diagnosed with Type 2, which is linked to both lifestyle (such as lack…

  • Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

    There are approximately 11 million Canadians currently living with diabetes, and someone new is diagnosed every 3 minutes. As many as 6 million Canadians have yet to be diagnosed with this chronic disease or are living with what’s known as “prediabetes.” During the prediabetes phase, your blood sugar reaches higher than normal levels but not quite high enough to be considered diabetic. However, research has also shown that certain complications linked to diabetes, such as heart disease, can happen as early as the prediabetic phase, therefore it’s important to have regular checkups with your physician and take any precautions that they recommend, such as changing your diet, checking your blood…

  • Dealing with Diabetes During the Holidays

    Preparing for the upcoming holidays can be difficult, especially if you’re trying to watch your waistline. The holiday season can also be difficult for individuals who suffer from certain health conditions – for example, diabetes. If you happen to have your diabetes under control, then indulging in some holiday food shouldn’t be a problem. However, if you do not have your diabetes well managed and your blood sugar levels tend to be all over the map with large spikes or low drops, you will want to take extra precautions. While the holidays are usually a time for people to stay home and relax as much as possible, it’s important for…

  • Maximizing Weekends for Healthier Grocery Shopping

    Weekends, often seen as a respite from the bustling workweek, present a unique opportunity to prioritize our health and wellness through the seemingly mundane task of grocery shopping, a ritual that, when executed with mindfulness and intention, can significantly enhance our dietary habits and overall well-being; this is because weekends afford us the luxury of time, allowing us to thoughtfully plan our meals, peruse the grocery aisles without haste, and make informed decisions about the foods we choose to nourish our bodies with, which is crucial in an era where fast food and processed meals frequently eclipse the healthier alternatives that are essential for maintaining a robust and vigorous lifestyle.…

  • Brain Health and Stroke Prevention

    When we think of personal health and wellness, the emphasis often tends to gravitate towards physical fitness and dietary habits, overshadowing the equally crucial aspect of brain health. This can lead to a lack of awareness and understanding regarding the prevention of neurological conditions, notably strokes, which are amongst the leading causes of disability and mortality worldwide. In this article, we delve into the intricate relationship between lifestyle choices and brain health, with a particular focus on stroke prevention, offering insights grounded in the latest research and recommendations from health professionals. Through a nuanced exploration of this topic, we aim to equip readers with the knowledge necessary to nurture their…

  • Understanding Eating Disorders

    Eating disorders, complex conditions that intertwine both psychological and physical aspects of health, emerge from a confluence of genetic, environmental, and social factors, manifesting in harmful eating behaviours that can severely impact an individual’s well-being. These disorders are not merely about food but often reflect deeper issues related to self-esteem, control, and coping mechanisms for dealing with stress and emotional pain. Among the most common types are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder, each presenting unique challenges and risks to health, necessitating a nuanced understanding and approach to treatment and support. Anorexia nervosa is characterized by an intense fear of gaining weight and a distorted body image, leading individuals…

  • Walking: Key to Health & Well-being

    Walking, often underestimated in its capacity to foster health, is a cornerstone of preventive medicine. This gentle, yet incredibly effective, form of exercise is universally accessible, requiring no special equipment or environment, making it an ideal starting point for those who want to incorporate more physical activity into their routines. It engages the cardiovascular system, enhancing heart health by improving blood circulation, reducing blood pressure, and lowers the risk of heart disease. Regular walking adjusts the body’s lipid profile by increasing high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels and decreasing low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels, thus playing a pivotal role in managing and preventing type 2 diabetes by regulating blood sugar levels.…