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Diabetes scams are not a rare occurrence. They are everywhere. Unfortunately many of us turn to the internet hoping to find help for diabetes and not everyone is internet savvy, leaving them vulnerable to scams.
A 2009 study revealed that about 45% of the time people give their login information to phishing sites. These are sites set up to trick you into revealing login credentials. This study covered a 3-month period and was based on 3 million users. That is pretty shocking.
People have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars to con artists determined to trick them in any way they can.
Recently the federal government has issued warnings about phone calls from people claiming to be from Medicare or respected diabetes organizations and offering free or low-cost supplies. It seems their goal is to trick you into giving them your Medicare number and social security number. They can use this information to steal your identity or get medical care in your name.
We need to be on alert and be knowledgeable to protect ourselves from scams. Take a moment to read this information. If you know someone who has diabetes and could be vulnerable, please share this information with them.
Are you tired of diabetes? Are you so tired that you don't even want to think about it?
You may be experiencing diabetes burnout. This is when the efforts to carry out diabetes management become too overwhelming and stressful. The stress of it all becomes too much to handle.
I admit I've experienced this problem more than one time in my lifetime. It's too easy to just forget about having diabetes. Here is some information about how to avoid diabetes burnout and what to do if you are already caught up in it.
My 11-year-old son likes treats. There is a container of red licorice on the table I have to resist whenever I enter the kitchen to grab an apple. When his friends come over they ask me to make them ice cream cones or muffins or for some change for the ice cream man. In the meantime I grab a couple squares of dark chocolate. They are just a little on the bitter side, good, but certainly not fun.
However, when I have the ingredients, I make these little ice cream treats. They are very simple, and quick and cute. It makes me feel like I have a little fun treat myself. and they take about a minute to put together.
It's a great time to soak up vitamin D from the sun's rays and breathe in fresh air. It's also a great time to try some light refreshing soup such as cold gazpacho soup. It is chock full of vegetables, fiber, and flavor. It is also low in carbs and sugar. I am sharing one of my most favorite recipes with you that coincidentally happens to be very diabetes-friendly.
In a previous post I shared that I have been on a weight loss journey and have been asked for advice. I decided to write down some of the things that made a difference for me. Hopefully you might find something helpful too.
I have a good older friend who is very knowledgeable of Mexican folk remedies. She knows I try hard to eat right. She is also a very good cook and her dishes are hard to pass up, although they may contain more carbohydrates than I'm used to. In these cases, she serves me small portions, hands me lemons, and says, "Squeeze the hell out of the lemons to help keep your blood sugar down."
Most people might think that sounds crazy. However, lemons have two important diabetes-friendly properties. These little bits of sunshine might help you improve your health.
Learn more about the Benefits of Lemons and Diabetes.
After you have read that, try my favorite go-t0, Lemony Diabetes-Friendly Salad Dressing Recipe.
Not too long ago we were told to severely limit or eliminate fat to lose weight and improve our health. So like good girls and boys, many of us did that. However, we did not see the results we expected. Then in the mid-90's came the winds of change with news of the Mediterranean diet. It had been noted that people in some areas of the Mediterranean had diets with significant amounts of fat, but they were healthy. The good people who popularized the Mediterranean diet brought about change in how we look at diet and helped define what a healthy type 2 diabetes diet should look like.
Nowadays there are many popular diets that are just variations of this diet or this diet with just another name. Take a second to put all these diets in perspective and learn the most important basics that make them successful.
Read about Mediterranean Diet and Diabetes
People with smaller waists seem more attractive. Perhaps we are biologically wired to think this because it appears that a smaller waist circumference is indicative of better health. Alternatively, a larger waist circumference means higher risk for disease and death.
Do you know what your waist circumference should be? Get the facts on Waist Circumference and Diabetes.
Up to 50% of people with type 2 diabetes can suffer from gastroparesis. Wait. There is a better way to say that. They may have gastroparesis and not necessarily suffer because oftentimes the symptoms are not noticeable.
Are your blood sugar levels erratic? Does it take longer than usual for your blood sugar levels to peak after a meal? Gastroparesis could be the cause.
Learn more about Diabetes and Gastroparesis.