December 22-31, 2008 - Original Health Articles

Glucose Meters: What You Should Know Before Making a Purchase

According to the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), there are roughly 25 over-the-counter glucose meters commercially available to consumers. Although the technology behind them may be similar, there are several differentiating factors to consider before making a purchase.

Sugar Shockers: Seemingly Safe Foods that Aren't

Whether you've been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, type 1 diabetes, or type 2 diabetes, monitoring your blood glucose levels is extremely important. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), what you eat is a key factor in keeping glucose levels in check and managing diabetes.

Diabetes and Alcohol: Is it OK?

If you've been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, type 1 diabetes, or type 2 diabetes, you're faced with several questions about your lifestyle. For example, is it OK to enjoy a glass of wine, a can of beer, or a cocktail with friends? The official position of the American Diabetes Association with regard to alcohol is this: If a patient with diabetes is not already drinking alcohol regularly, he or she shouldn't start.

Guide to Eating Out With Diabetes

What should you eat when you go out to a restaurant? Or when you're a guest at someone's house? How about when you stop for fast food with the kids? If you have diabetes, these are questions that might plague you. Diet is a key component to successfully managing diabetes, and eating out can make it difficult to control ingredients and portion sizes.

5 Money-Saving Food Swaps

In 2008 it may have seemed like most of your monthly budget was spent on astronomical fuel costs. However, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the average American spends approximately 10 percent of his or her yearly income on food.

Stress and Heart Health: What's the Link?

In the movies, traumatic news is enough to trigger a heart attack. On TV shows, a dramatic mother tells her rebellious teen son that he's going to give her a heart attack. As it turns out, these situations may not be too far from the truth. Research shows a direct link between stress and an unhealthy heart.

10 Dead-of-Winter Fitness Motivators

When the temperature drops and the snow begins to fall outside, it's hard to justify a good reason for getting off the couch. But even though lounging in front of the television feels a lot more tempting than taking a jog or even driving to the gym, there's no reason you have to completely surrender your fitness goals until spring.

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