2017-11-17 / Health & Medical

November is...

National Diabetes 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.

Individual Care of Maine

Q. What makes Individual Care of Maine different from other In Home Care companies.

A. A few things separate us from other in home care companies.

First; We prioritize getting outside daily as it pertains to each client. depending on the physical abilities of each client we try to walk an move each day.

Second; We believe in cooking exceptional meals. There is just something about a home cooked meal that is good for the soul. When we train we also incorporate some cooking lessons to get our caregivers thinking about exceptional nutrition.

Third; We pay our caregivers way above the industry norm. We work as a team and help one another. When the caregivers are happy everybody is happy. In most situations the saying “the client comes first” is the norm. We believe this but we also feel that the caregiver also comes first. If the caregiver is well compensated and well supported by their employer, inevitibly ensures that the caregiver takes pride in the job that he or she is doing. When you take good care of your employees they, in turn take good care of the client.

Q. What was the inspiration for Individual Care of Maine

A. A dear friend was having a terrible time finding quality help with her mom who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s a few years ago. She was going through many caregivers and was continuously stressed about what was going on at hom while she was at work. Caregivers were calling in sick, not showing up, and sometimes just not a good fit for the family. Having been in a role as a caregiver as early as age 22 when my dad was diagnosed with a brain tumor and then with a son needing ongoing surgeries from a bone disorder, and then being a cancer survivor myself I understood both sides of caregiving. I understood the stress and worry of caring for a family member and also recognized the difference my caregivers made in my and my familys life while I was undergoing my own treatment for cancer. I was inspired and I knew how I wanted our company to look. More human and less corporate.

Peck's Family Acupuncture

Gentle care for your whole family is what patients have come to expect at Peck's Family Acupuncture. Board Certified Acupuncturist, Jessica Peck-Lindsey, incorporates Japanese and Chinese style Acupuncture as well as non-manipulative body work allowing the body to do its

own healing. Located at the Massebesic Lions Medical Center in Waterboro, Peck's now offers Herbal Medicine consultations, Trauma Sensitive Yoga and Massage Therapy. Why wait for wellness? Call today! 207-247-7388

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.

Cape Nails Hair & Spa

At Cape Nails Hair and Spa, we offer both the latest beauty techniques and products in hopes of providing a comfortable, peaceful and sanitary space. Our services include hair, make-up, facial, waxing, massage, nails enhancement, manicure & pedicure. Our staff is proud to present the cleanliness and effectiveness of our products and utensils. We use pedicure liners and disposable tools to ensure the

utmost sanitation as well as offer more natural products including organic nail polish and SNS Natural Dipping Powder. Our goal is to simply give our clients a friendly environment to relax and be treated. We strive to do our best and welcome your comments and feedback. Cape Nails Hair & Spa thanks you for welcoming us into the neighborhood!

Hothersall Consultants LLC

I am excited to announce my new practice in diabetes health care located at 57 Portland Road, Kennebunk. As a Nurse Practitioner, who has been in diabetes care for 21 years, I have come to know so many special individuals who are truly unsung heroes. In the past we had shared many laughs and tears supporting each other closely. I wish to continue this support and deliver the same high quality care that you have come to know in the past. I will continue treating people with pre-existing diabetes (Type1 and Type 2 ),women with diabetes in pregnancy, patients on insulin pumps as well as continued support with behavioral changes and life style modifications. I will also continue to work closely with the American Diabetes Association as Advocacy Chair at both State and Federal levels. Currently, I am accepting patients, old friends as well as new ones. The plan is to continue a team approach working with you the patient, your family provider, obstetrician/mid-wife and myself. So if you are a person with diabetes I welcome you to my practice.

Providing home care for you & 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.

SANCTUARY HOME ORGANIZING— Organizing for the Holidays!

As the holidays arrive, so do organizing opportunities. Before purchasing new holiday decorations, let’s sort through & weed out your current collection. I can help you clear out the guest room and closet, deal with those piles of clutter, and clear off the dining room table. It’s also time to review and pare down the contents of your wardrobe and coat closets as we move into winter weather. Winter snow and ice will soon arrive, so it’s time to make room for the car in your garage. Planning to

sell your home? I can help with downsizing and staging using your own furnishings. You will be amazed at what we can accomplish in 3 to 4 hours! Call me, Leslie Girmscheid, of Sanctuary Home Organizing for a free evaluation.

For more information and organizing tips, check out my website at www.SanctuaryHomeOrganizing.com Contact me at 207-272-6027 or leslieg@maine.rr.com

Basics Fitness Center Fit Exercise Into Your Day!

By Peter Allen, Fitness Director, Personal Trainer Basics Fitness Center Peter@basicsfitnessme.com phone: 207.774.3536

Everyone has the same 24 hours each day. You need to make time to take care of yourself. Adding a safe exercise program to meet your needs is a great start. Improving your strength, flexibility, balance, and overall conditioning will enhance your overall lifestyle and reduce your risk of falls.

The following tips will help you start an exercise program today:

1. Choose an activity that is fun!

2. Set small realistic goals and reward
yourself when you meet them!
3. Schedule 3 exercise sessions
per week- mornings are best!
4. Vary your exercise routine!
5. Hire a personal trainer! It’s the most
effective way to reach your goals.
6. Exercise with a friend! It’s fun and
motivating!
7. Join a supervised program with
certified instructors like Basics
Fitness Center!
8. Finally, always check with your
physician before starting an
exercise program!

MassageCraft, Headquarters for Injury Specific Work

Do you suffer from pain or injury that keeps you from doing what you enjoy? Let the the experienced staff at MassageCraft put you on the road to recovery. Our practitioners have over 75 years of combined experience in eastern and western massage techniques and acupuncture. Not sure whether you need acupuncture or massage? Choose acupuncture for pain complicated by digestive distress, menstrual issues, respiratory problems, anxiety or depression. Too sore for a back massage? Acupuncture can alleviate back pain with a few needles placed in the hands.

Are you feeling the effects of too many hours at the computer? A deep tissue massage will work out the stiffness, soreness, and knots. Your muscles will be longer, suppler and less prone to injury. Having a hard time adjusting to the clock change? A good massage will improve your sleep. Acupuncture and massage have remarkably positive effects on your sleep and stress levels.

MassageCraft & Acupuncture Clinic was established in 1991, with 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, SMMC, and CSI. OPEN SUNDAYS Call 286-8416 or 934- 0849 for an appointment. And please visit us at our web site: www.massagecraft.com.

Are you Perplexed, Bewildered, Dazed or Confused about your health insurance?

Tis the season to talk about your healthcare! Medicare Annual Enrollment: October 15 – December 7th! Obamacare Open Enrollment: November 1 – December 15th

Karen Vachon, Licensed Health Insurance agent helps senior citizens, families, and individuals navigate their health protection options. From Medicare to Obamacare, she tackles the individual needs of her clients and their situations – from rising health insurance premiums, prescription costs, doctor networks and federal penalties, Karen taps into available resources and options to meet the life style needs for life’s twists, turns, and surprises.

Whether you are a senior planning for retirement and transitioning from individual or employer coverage or an under 65 individual, family, or self-employed concerned about rising premiums, Karen not only helps people weigh their carrier options, she educates people on how to optimize the value of their plan from preventive care to Medicare 101. “Knowing how your coverage works is more important than simply having it!”

With overlapping enrollment periods, it is true what they say: “When it rains; it pours!” It is a busy season. For personal attention, book your appointment today! Karen books up quickly. 730-2664

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