March 2019 Caregiver Newsletter (English)

When we eat, our body breaks down food into glucose (sugars) that our cells need. Diabetes occurs when the body can no longer process glucose as it normally would. Insulin is the chemical produced in our pancreas which allows cells to take in the processed glucose. When the body doesn’t produce insulin or when the body attacks the insulin-producing pancreas, sugars build up in the body. This is diabetes and it is a life-long disease and can be very serious.

There are two types (Type 1 and Type 2) of diabetes

  • Type 1: Is an auto-immune disease and generally acquired at birth
    • OCCURS when the body’s immune system attacks its own insulin-producing cells in our pancreas
    • CAUSED by genetics and possibly environmental factors
    • SYMPTOMS include:
      • Increased thirst (followed by frequent urination)
      • Fatigue
      • Extreme hunger combined with weight LOSS
      • Blurry vision
      • Mood change
    • TREATMENT for diabetes doesn’t include any cures. Those with diabetes can only monitor their condition and keep their insulin levels at acceptable levels through diet, exercise, insulin injections, and
  • Type 2: The body doesn’t create ENOUGH of its own insulin, requiring injections, and is the most common type. Generally, people contract this later in life.
    • OCCURS when body is unable to recognize the insulin and how to use it properly
    • CAUSED generally by unhealthy eating/exercise habits and obesity
    • SYMPTOMS include:
      • Increased thirst (followed by frequent urination)
      • Fatigue
      • Extreme hunger combined with weight LOSS
      • Blurry vision
      • Mood change
    • TREATMENT for diabetes doesn’t include any cures. Those with diabetes can only monitor their condition and keep their insulin levels at acceptable levels through diet, exercise, insulin injections, and

Here’s a good article that discusses diabetes in greater detail if you’re interested. For those of you who perform meal prep tasks for your clients, please refer to the graphic below to see what foods to eat and what foods to avoid.

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Remember, while monitoring your clients, you also need to be vigilant of yourself and how you manage your stress. Stress comes from a variety of sources but it all impacts us the same way.

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Stress can cause headaches, upset stomachs, insomnia, chest pain, and rapid heartbeats. Fortunately, there are quick and easy ways to reduce stress that anyone can do in 15-60 minutes. Best of all, they are free!

  • 15 minutes – find a quiet place where you can sit or lie down, clear your mind and focus on your breathing. Breathe in slowly through your nose for 7 seconds, hold your breath for 4 seconds, and then let the breath out slowly out of your mouth for 8-10 seconds). Repeat this over and over for 15 minutes and you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel.
  • 30 minutes – if you can exercise for 30 minutes every day, I can assure you that you will see a reduced amount of stress. Aside from keeping weight in control and keeping your heart healthy, exercise releases adrenaline and cortisol throughout the body which is helpful for restoring mind and body functions.

I found some tips for good stress management and also think that it is important to mention the significance of a healthy diet as well. Remember, you don’t have to start doing these things in large amounts, start small! Add a little more time to your exercise and meditation each day and before you know it, you’ll be feeling less stressed, more focused, and overall, healthier.

Here’s how some of us deal with stress in our life:

  • Davina – rehabilitates and decorates vintage furniture
  • Kelli D. – gardens
  • Kelly G. – hangs out with her grandchildren
  • Martin – works on his car
  • Matt – bakes bread
  • Michelle – goes to the beach
  • Susi – lifts weights

 

 As your lead associate, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you’re feeling stressed, reach out to me and we will get through it together.

Susi