COVID-19. 3/24/2020. Dr. Bernstein discusses COVID-19 and related diabetes management issues.




Type 2 Diabetes – Do You Think Diabetes Is a Tame Disease?

A diagnosis of diabetes is a call to action! We hope you have not been misled into thinking Type 2 diabetes is a tame disease. While it can be tolerated, it is best this option never crosses your mind. Even though it is possible to live well despite the presence of diabetes, it still weighs on you physiologically. Of course, treatment is the number one option. If you can turn your health around by returning your blood sugar to a healthy range, then you are in an excellent position to more or less secure your well-being as you age.

Health and Fitness – Exercise Does Not Need to Be Intense For You to Receive Health Benefits

There are a couple of things you should know if you are thinking about an exercise program to help you become physically active on a regular basis. But you must be careful not to overwhelm yourself. Do a simple search for anything related to physical activity online, and you are going to be blasted with information and varied opinions. Much of what you will find will be redundant, or even contradictory. So take everything you read with a grain of salt. If you wish to enjoy the known benefits of physical activity, which includes better blood sugar control and weight loss, what you are looking for is a healthy level of exercise.

Type 2 Diabetes – Saving the Eyesight of Diabetics

Macular degeneration or diabetic macular edema (DME) is one of the most severe complications of Type 2 diabetes.The back of the eye or retina becomes damaged due to high blood sugar levels affecting the blood vessels. The damaged blood vessels grow new, poorly-formed vessels. The fragile new vessels bleed into the eye, causing loss of vision. The macula, where the blood vessels start, can become swollen or edematous. Fortunately, a new class of drugs, the anti-VEGF medications, have proven to be helpful. VEGF stands for the “vascular endothelial growth factor.” It is a protein linked to building new, dysfunctional blood vessels.

Type 2 Diabetes – How Is Your Appetite Control?

It is a bad sign when you are overeating on a regular basis. How can you tell if this has become a way of life? Sometimes it is hard to know. You can eat too much during a meal or throughout the course of a day. The former is easy to spot – do you feel full 30 minutes after you finished eating? If so, you probably ate past your limit. Otherwise, unless you are counting every calorie you take in, you simply have to guess.

Type 2 Diabetes – Taking Part in Physical Activity Will Improve the Quality of Your Life

According to the Canadian Journal of Diabetes, September 2016, people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes can improve their quality of life with physical activity. Investigators at the University of Alberta in Canada compared some health-related items in both active and inactive Type 2 diabetics. Several surveys were given out to learn the degree of activity and quality of life of all the participants. It was found a total of 1948 participants reported taking part in organized physical activity for an average of about 84 hours per week.

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