How to Support Someone With Diabetes

If someone in your life has diabetes, you know how hard it can be to manage, especially after first getting the diagnosis. You want to support your loved one as they work toward learning about diabetes and controlling their disease.

But it’s important to make sure the help you’re offering is help they want and need. Well-intentioned advice and reminders about diet and exercise may have a negative impact on their behavior and self-image, as well as on your relationship.

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Empowering Women to Make Preventive Health a Priority

Most women* are caregivers, yet they often don’t make caring for their own physical and mental health a priority. Lives get busy, whether it’s with work, school or taking care of others. We want to encourage women to adopt positive health habits aimed at improving their well-being. In honor of National Women’s Health Week, which kicks off each year on Mother’s Day, we hope you’ll take at least one of these steps for a healthier you.

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Treatment for Aortic Stenosis

Aortic stenosis (AS) is the most common and most serious heart valve disease. AS is a narrowing of the aortic valve opening. The valve flaps may become stiff and can’t move easily or open fully. This makes it more difficult for the heart to push blood through the aortic valve to your body. Find out the causes and treatments available.

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Which Method of Colorectal Cancer Screening is Right For You?

You have choices when it comes to your colorectal cancer screening. Doctors now recommend colon screening for those of us over the age of 45. If you're younger than 45 and experiencing any of these common symptoms of colon cancer (e.g., change in bowel habits, unexplained weight loss, abdominal pain, seeing blood in your stool), talk with your doctor about scheduling a screening.

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Child Life Specialists: Heroes Among Us

Heading to the hospital with your child? Maybe they need an IV placed or need to stay as an inpatient for a few days? Both you and your child are probably pretty stressed about the whole thing. But help is on the way! Our Children's Medical Center has certified child life specialists to help your family cope with a potentially stressful health care experience.

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Carrot Oat Bran Muffins

These gluten-free carrot oat bran muffins could be a great way to start the day or satisfy an afternoon hunger pang. Substituting apple sauce for oil cuts calories and fat and adds flavor. Your family will love them.

(12 muffins)

Carrot Oat Bran Muffin Ingredients

  • 1 c. gluten-free oat bran
  • 1 c. powdered non-fat milk
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 2 T artificial sweetener brown sugar blend
  • 3 large eggs, beaten (alternative: egg whites or egg substitute)
  • 1/2 c.

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14 Foods You Think Are Healthy

You want to make the best choices you can for your family, so you choose foods you think are healthy. These products are usually labeled “all-natural,” “naturally-sweetened,” or “gluten-free.” These choices are a good thing — right?

Unfortunately, those big, bold claims on the front of packaging don’t tell the whole story.

Sugar from a natural source (e.g., honey, agave, maple syrup) has the same effect on our bodies as white cane sugar or high-fructose corn syrup.

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Get the Most Out of Your Telehealth Visit

Telehealth, also called virtual visits, has been available for years. But it took the COVID-19 pandemic for health care providers and patients to start using it regularly. Now it’s here to stay. Whether you’ve had experience with telehealth or this is your first time, these tips can help you plan for — and get more out of — a virtual medical appointment.

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Do You Know the Facts About Diabetes Eye Health?

Did you know that if you have diabetes you’re 20 percent more likely to develop glaucoma and 60 percent more likely to develop cataracts? While people with diabetes have a higher risk of blindness, there are things you can do each day to lower your chances of developing eye problems.

Everyday Eye Care

Monitor blood sugar – It’s always important to keep your blood sugar under control when you have diabetes, but it’s especially important when you’re keeping your eye health in mind.

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A Dad on a Mental Health Mission: Reinforcing the Three Rs

The other day, my oldest son said words every parent will hear at some point or another. “I don’t want to go to school.” But, as a dad, I could tell by the look in his eyes this wasn’t one of those days where he just wanted to stay home and watch TV or play with Legos instead of going to school. There was something more going on behind those eyes that he wasn’t telling me. I was concerned for this mental health.

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28 Days to Heart Health

Use Heart Month as the reason to learn how to take care of your heart health. Heart disease is a killer, but you can do plenty to reduce your risk and prolong your life. Research shows that making lifestyle changes can lower your risk for heart disease.

Download our 28 Days to Heart Health calendar. Each day in February, make the effort to change your life for the better. You have one heart ... take care of it.

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