2015-11-20 / Health & Medical

November IS...

National Diebetes Awareness Month

How to lower blood-sugar levels without medication

Diabetes is a disorder in which the body cannot properly store and use the energy found in food. To be more specific, diabetes compromises the body’s ability to use glucose. According to MediLexicon International, type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the body wrongly identifies and then attacks pancreatic cells, which causes little to no insulin production. Those with type 1 diabetes usually must rely on insulin shots to remain healthy.

Type 2 diabetes involves insulin resistance or insufficient insulin production and is the more common form of diabetes. The pancreas may still produce insulin, but not enough to meet the demands of the body. Insulin resistance occurs in some cases because a consistent high bloodglucose level causes cells to be overexposed to insulin and then makes cells less responsive or immune to its effects.

Diabetes treatment can include a combination of strategies, including the following nondrug remedies. • Diet: Diabetics can work with their doctors and nutritionists to come up with a diet that will be most effective. Some advocate for eating foods that are low in carbohydrates or ones with a low glycemic index. Others say that it is more important to restrict caloric intake rather than sugar intake.

Work with a professional to create a healthy diet and follow it as closely as possible. Eat meals at the same time each day so you can better regulate blood-sugar spikes and lulls. Skipping meals may cause you to overeat later in the day, which can throw glucose levels off-kilter.

• Exercise: Many people with type 2 diabetes are carrying around extra weight. Exercise can help them shed pounds and maintain healthier weights.

But exercise does more than just help you lose weight. The Joslin Diabetes Center says strength training exercises are an important component of workouts. By maintaining lean muscle mass, you can get rid of a larger amount of glucose in the bloodstream, thus helping manage diabetes in the process. Get at least 20 to 30 minutes of moderate activity several days per week.

• Supplementation: Some people find that certain natural ingredients can help regulate blood-sugar levels. For example, pure, organic apple cider vinegar taken over time can help people with diabetes manage their blood-sugar levels more effectively.

A small amount of cinnamon per day may be able to reduce fasting glucose levels by anywhere from 18 to 29 percent, according to a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

Always speak with a doctor before trying any home remedies to treat diabetes or exploring any alternatives to traditional diabetes treatments.


1) How much does it cost to insulate my
Depends on how much you want done,
and how much we can save you with Efficiency
Maine rebates. The average is about $4,500.

2) How long does it take?
Usually no more than a day or two, and it’s
usually applied from outside.

3) How much will I save on my heat bill?
That varies between different homes. We
find 30% - 40% is common.

4) What is the benefit of RetroFoam

The real benefit to your comfort is the air sealing, which reduces drafts and cold penetration from outside. Plus, it will keep rooms cooler in the summer too.

5) Are there other benefits, too?
Yes, the RetroFoam is odor free, class 1 fire
retardant, and keeps mice and other pests from
invading your home, and sound dampening.

6) How can I be assured it’s well sealed?
First, our technicians are highly trained;
we check everything with a thermal imaging
camera, and the post testing by the Efficiency
Maine Certified Energy Auditor gives you and us
another level of quality control.

Providing home care for you and your loved ones

At New England Family Healthcare, we strive to provide the best in-home services for you or your loved ones at affordable rates. Since 2001, we’ve been helping people with personal care (bathing/dressing), light housekeeping, grocery shopping, meal preparation, companionship and the like. If you or a family member have had surgery, are going through a course of treatment, or can no longer do some of the everyday household chores you’ve always done, call us at 699-4663 for a free consultation.

MassageCraft - CHRONIC PAIN? We have the answer.

Looking for relief from chronic pain that can actually improve your health? Reduce pain, sleep better, and increase your body awareness through massage,acupuncture and yoga. Strengthen your body’s own healing mechanism naturally. Put yourself in the hands of the skilled staff at MassageCraft. Our practitioners have over 75 years of combined experience in eastern and western massage techniques,acupuncture and yoga.

Not sure whether you need acupuncture or massage? Choose acupuncture for pain complicated by digestive distress, menstrual issues, allergies, insomnia,anxiety or depression. Too sore for a back massage? Acupuncture can alleviate back pain with a few needles placed in the hands.

Trying to cram 48 hours in to a 24 hour day in spite of your pain? A deep tissue massage will work out the stiffness, soreness and knots. All of our therapists are trained in gua sha and cupping, vigorous soft tissue techniques borrowed from Chinese medicine. Both are extremely effective working out stubborn old injuries and revitalizing damaged tissues.

Share the health in multiples over the holidays. Purchase four, 1 hour sessions at a discount and receive your choice of one MassageCraft healing salve for FREE!

MassageCraft & Acupuncture Clinic, established in 1991, offers convenient locations in Biddeford and Old Orchard Beach. We accept workers compensation and some private insurance upon benefit verification. We offer corporate discounts to UNE, SMHC, and MBH. Call 286-8416 or 934-0849 for an appointment.

OPEN SUNDAYS. Please visit us at our web site: www.massagecraft.com.

Dr. Jin Hwang Welcomes You To Gentle Family Dentistry!

I’d like to introduce myself, Dr. Jin Hwang and my associate Dr. Jason Kim to my new practice in Cape Elizabeth.

My practice is general dentistry and we welcome patients of all ages! We will provide you and your family with excellent dental care in a professional and friendly manner. Our goal is to provide personalized service, the latest technology, and a wide range of dental services conveniently under one roof at an affordable fee. We incorporate the most modern dental techniques while ensuring that our patients are as comfortable as they possibly can be. I have a passion for cosmetic dentistry where there are many new and exciting advances in dental materials. We believe that good oral health is one of the keys to good overall health and I strive to provide each patient with the best dental care possible.

We will take the time to answer all of your questions and do everything in our power to make sure that you have a great experience.

Oceanpoint Acupuncture And Integrative Health

“A fantastic medical experience. I’ve met a vital part of my wellness and self-care team! -Sarah

have owned and operated Oceanpoint Acupuncture since 2012 and my treatment focus has been on understanding the whole person and not just their symptoms. Through my extensive training in the 3,500 year old art of Acupuncture, along with the incorporation of Chinese herbs, cupping, guasha, massage and E-stim, I treat all aspects of the human body, physical and emotional. Among the many ailments people see me for are: Back pain, Digestion, Allergies, Insomnia, Anxiety/Depression and Chronic Fatigue.

Set back among the trees and next to a small hidden pond off of Broadway in South Portland, it is the perfect place to relax, unwind and start the healing process. With this new facility, we have recently expanded to include an even broader, Integrative health perspective to the center by offering other alternative modalities from various practitioners. (If you are a practitioner and think you’d be a good addition to the center, give us a call. Office space is available now!)

Synaptic Chiropractic

Got stress? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up to 90 percent of the doctor visits in the USA may be triggered by a stress-related illness.

We all deal with stress every day and often it becomes our “normal.” Make the shift to health with better stress management for the whole family. Families dealing with anxiety, ADD/ADHD, headaches, autoimmune issues and more see positive results in our office. Come visit Synaptic Chiropractic for a Stress Response Evaluation today and we will show you how well your brain handles stress, how well it recovers, and what you can do to improve both.

Don’t let your family be a statistic. Call our office today to make an appointment! You are worth it!

(207)591-0384 www.SynapticDC.com 690 Stroudwater St. Westbrook, ME 04092

Piper Shores: Age brings higher risks for developing Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects how the body metabolizes sugar. People can develop Type 2 Diabetes at any age, but older individuals are at higher risk. In fact, according to the American Diabetes Association, 12 million Americans over the age of 65 have Type 2 Diabetes; and it’s the seventh leading cause of death among this age group.

So why are seniors at risk? Mary DeSalle, G.N.P., Piper Shores’ Director of Community Health Services explains there are two primary reasons. “First, as you age, the cells in your pancreas also age and become inefficient, which alters insulin production. Second, people gain a lot of weight.” Whether or not you have Type 2 Diabetes, if you eat well and exercise regularly, then the cells in your body can use the sugar in your bloodstream more efficiently; this will allow you to lose weight and feel better.

For your health: Eat well-balanced meals that include lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein; and walk 30 minutes a day.

Perplexed, bewildered, dazed, or confused about health insurance?

Karen Vachon, licensed health insurance agent, helps individuals, families, small business owners, and senior citizens navigate their health insurance options. From Obamacare to Medicare, she gets up close and personal to the individual needs of her clients needs and situation, she helps people tap into available resources to best protect life’s twists, turns, and surprises.

“The health insurance purchase has changed a lot in the last few years and people are really confused”, explains Karen, who helps people determine their eligibility for tax credits, choose and enroll in a plan that best meets their needs and budget.

Open enrollment for 2016 ends January 31st – for those who would like to change their plans or enroll for the first time. Special enrollment outside of the annual enrollment period are available for those who have lost employer or state provided coverage, moved in our out of an area, or had a life change.

Tired of 1-800 eternal hold? Feeling perplexed, bewildered, dazed, or confused? Call Karen! 207-730-2664. There is no fee for her service.

Think you need a hearing aid?

If you need or think you might need a hearing aid, you should call Mark Vail today — he’ll test and evaluate you for the hearing aid you need in the comfort of your home and you’ll be happy with it.

By visiting people in their homes, Mark can make the best assessment of what the person’s needs are. Sometimes, he visits people at their places of work because of concerns there. This attention to detail shows up in the low return rate he has.

You can reach Mark Vail at 284-9600 or toll free at 877-284-3400. Call today and you’ll be hearing better soon.


Curves of Saco is pleased to offer a fun, safe and effective fitness center for the women in our community. Curves is one of the largest chains of fitness centers for women in the world and is famous for its 30-minute Circuit with a Coach that works every major muscle group with strength training, cardio and stretching. The Curves Workouts with Jillian Michaels offer cutting-edge total body workouts that feature the Curves strength training machines in conjunction with functional bodyweight-based exercises that help ramp up metabolism and transform physique. The new Curves Specialty Classes offer workout moves for key focus areas like balance, flexibility and strength. With Curves Complete, women have a fully integrated, personalized weight loss and weight management solution that includes the Curves fitness program, customizable meal plans and one-onone coaching and support. Curves is committed to providing women with the tools necessary to empower them to live more fulfilling lives. FMI call 207- 282-0301 or stop in to the club located on route 1 (3 Eastview Parkway, Saco).

Health Affiliates Maine Holiday Stress

For many, the hustle and bustle of the holidays can bring heightened feelings of stress, angst, fatigue and negative emotions. Health Affiliates Maine wants you to know that you are not alone. If you find yourself being overwhelmed in preparation for the holidays, keep in mind a few simple tips.

1. Set limits for yourself. It is okay to say “no” if you are feeling overwhelmed.

2. Take time to think about what is most meaningful in your life and incorporate it in your daily routine.

3. Seek support. Go to a place where you can find encouragement.

Finally, make clear decisions ahead of time about how you want to handle this busy time of year. A little advance planning can go a long way.

Based in Auburn, Health Affiliates Maine is a statewide substance abuse and mental health agency providing therapy, case management and psychiatric assessment and treatment services. To learn more visit: www.HealthAffiliatesMaine.com

Nasson Health Care

For the last decade, Nasson Health Care, located at 15 Oak Street in Springvale, has taken a team-based approach to provide comprehensive health care for children and adults throughout York County.

“Nasson Health Care is a community health center. There is a national model of how community health centers operate that we abide by,” explained Martin Sabol, who has served as Nasson Health Care’s Director of Health Services since 2010. “We offer medical, dental, and behavioral health care in a fully integrated way. Our finely skilled staff works collaboratively to address each patient’s particular set of health needs and circumstances.”

At Nasson Health Care, each medical discipline uses the same information system so doctors, nurses and dental professionals have a complete list of a patient’s medication, mental health screenings, allergies and immunizations. “We know all the information about a patient that we need to know—the information is completely centralized,” said Mary Jeralds, Nasson Health Care’s Clinical Nurse Manager. “This enables staff to see the patient’s full health picture, and take an active approach to quality improvement and preventive care.”

In addition to streamlining care, the collaborative relationship between medical professionals also makes for a much more convenient experience for patients who may need to have medical, dental or behavioral health services. It is not required that patients receive the full array of services directly from Nasson, however. For those who receive one or more services at another practice, health center staff will contact and work with other providers so that the patient may receive all the benefits of coordinated care while still being able to keep their other providers.

There are a number of benefits to Nasson’s Patient- Centered Medical Home model. As Dr. Robert Grace, Nasson’s Dental Director explicated, “Once they are comfortable coming to one place, it becomes a home to them.” Nasson Health Care, which serves patients from all over York County, is one of the few medical providers accepting new patients.

The center has been located at its current facility for the last two and half years and operates satellite locations at Maine Behavioral Healthcare facilities in Springvale and Biddeford, York County Shelter Programs, Inc. in Alfred, and at the student health center at Noble High School in North Berwick.

Nasson Health Care recently opened a state-of-the-art dental office on the second floor after running out of space on the first floor, where the other medical offices are. “We were growing too fast and we recognized the need for more space. To have more clinicians to serve more patients, we needed more space and more treatment rooms,” Grace said. “I see roughly twenty new patients each week.”

In an effort to meet the continued needs of the Sanford/ Alfred/Lebanon area where two-thirds of patients live, Sabol said Nasson Health Care regularly conducts needs assessments to “see what needs are going unmet.” Of particular concern, he explained further, are those individuals with low incomes or who have difficulty keeping up with medical bills. “We see people regardless of their ability to pay. We take insurances, but we also have a sliding scale of paying.”

Nasson’s staff is also committed to helping patients stay healthy between medical visits. “People’s well-being, longevity and quality of life is drawn from a number of determinants. Only a small part of that is medical services,” Sabol said. Such factors include life-style choices, quality of food and diet, as well as exercise level.

To that end, Nasson Health Care works with patients on “self-care planning” to figure out a healthy life-style for them. Grace explained that poor life-style choices can impact not only medical health, but also dental health. “Dental care is more than just showing up to the dentist when your tooth is in pain. If you want to change your life positively, you have to change your behaviors in dentistry, as well as overall health.” For the last decade, Nasson Health Care has helped patients do just that.

For more information, visit nassonhealthcare.org or call 490-6900.

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