By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP Two weeks ago, we examined the early and late signs and symptoms of high blood sugar. This week will look at the medication treatment options, beginning with primarily oral medications first. The source is from the Mayo Clinic: Diabetes Treatment section. Metformin (Fortamet, Glumetza, others) is generally the first medication prescribed for type 2 diabetes. It works primarily … Continue reading Type 2 Diabetes 101: Medication
By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCPSalesian Cooperator I am not sure if Fr. Paul Chuong Nguyen is a fan of Arnold Schwarzenegger, the actor movie superstar, but he surely acts like one. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s memorable lines are: “Hasta la vista baby!” and “I‘ll be back!” Often these lines were proclaimed when he screamed at his enemy and promised to be revengeful. In Fr. … Continue reading “I’ll be Back!”- Revival Spirit at St. Joseph Salesian Youth Retreat Center
By: The Salesian Social Network of America Currently, around 33% of the population across the Americas live on less than 2 dollars a day and unemployment has increased to 10.7% of the economically active population, decreasing the labor participation mainly of women, informal workers, young people and migrants. Furthermore, poverty gaps persist in rural areas, indigenous peoples, Afro-descendants and children. This social inequality drastically affects … Continue reading We want a decent life!
By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP Now that we have understood why seniors are at risk for Type 2 diabetes, the common risk factors – obesity and metabolic syndromes and the role of insulin, this week, we will focus on the early and late signs and symptoms of high blood sugar. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/type-2-diabetes/DS00585/DSECTION=causes High blood sugar (hyperglycemia) affects people who have diabetes. Several factors … Continue reading Type 2 Diabetes 101: Final
By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP Last week we reviewed the role of insulin in the regulation of blood glucose. This week we enter into another important concept in the management of diabetes – what is insulin resistance? What is insulin resistance? Insulin resistance is a condition in which the body produces insulin but does not use it effectively. The body produces insulin, … Continue reading Type 2 Diabetes 101: Part B
By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP In order to understand diabetes, one must be very clear of the role of insulin and be familiar with the term insulin resistance. This week, we get to know how this very important hormone insulin works and when it does not work. The National Diabetes Information Clearing House offers the explanation below. What is insulin? Insulin is … Continue reading Type 2 Diabetes 101: Part A
By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP You must be curious by now as to why seniors are at risk for Type 2 Diabetes and who are most vulnerable. The website information from the Yale Research Team explains why seniors are at risk and the Mayo Clinic lists two common risk factors. Why senior folks have more incidence of Type 2 diabetes: An article … Continue reading Type 2 Diabetes 101
By: Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N. and Peggy Moreland, R.N.(recommended by Sheila Kun) These two nursing colleagues did a wonderful job in explaining the vascular changes from high blood sugar. I thought before memorizing the symptoms of Diabetes, one needs to know “how” it happens. Enjoy the following blog write up. You’ve been told that high blood sugar causes complications, but have you ever wondered why? … Continue reading Why High Blood Sugar is Bad
By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCPSalesian Cooperator Diabetes type 2 is a very common problem which deserves in depth understanding from scratch. Since this is a huge topic, for the coming months, our Care Ministry will begin a series of what I call ”Diabetes 101”. We will seek out pertinent educational information from programs with the best practice. Here is “A little summary … Continue reading Type 2 Diabetes: How Your Pancreas and Liver Work Together
By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCPSalesian Cooperator If you have not heard of AIC as a tourist destination, you are not alone. AIC is not a Greek island. My journey in this week’s Care Ministry article is about my personal experience with diabetes. That is right, for those who know me, you might be surprised that my blood sugar is not at its … Continue reading My AIC Journey
By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCPSalesian Cooperator History taking is an essential tool for physicians to make a diagnosis; they would go into your current physical conditions, the onset of symptoms, your working environment and genetic background if appropriate. All of you have this experience with your own doctor. Therefore, during a doctor’s visit, you will find out your health status. What I … Continue reading How Do You Know You Are Healthy?
By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCPSalesian Cooperator Walking was not my choice of exercise until the COVID 19 epidemics hit us 19 months old. My gym closed down completely. I used to participate in the many programs offered by LA Fitness; Zumba, swimming and Yoga classes. I get bored easily, hence I decided doing different activities each day would negate the idea of … Continue reading Walking – My Favorite Exercise
By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCPSalesian Cooperator While physical activity can be a great thing for your health, make sure to take the proper precautions to avoid injury or exhaustion. You should: Consult with your doctor before beginning an exercise program to obtain medical approval. Warm up and stretch your muscles for at least 5 minutes before beginning a workout, and do a … Continue reading Exercise – Establish Safety
By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCPSalesian Cooperator What are the first steps in establishing your exercise routine? I hope you have read the previous articles the last 2 weeks to convince yourself that there is no negotiation when it comes to exercise and your health. It is essential to maintain nourishments to your health. Let me summarize the key steps in establishing a … Continue reading First Steps in Your Exercise Routine
By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCPSalesian Cooperator Of the many readings I have on the subject of how exercise combat insulin resistance, I found Ms. Marie Feldman and Jodi Dalyai’s explanation very easy to understand. Let us present to you their beautiful write up on the topic: The positive influences on three major parts of your body: Muscles. With increased activity, muscle cells … Continue reading How Does Exercise Combat Insulin Resistance?
By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCPSalesian Cooperator If you have read our Care Ministry article last week, you would have an earful of the impact of physical inactivity. I will continue to share with you the key points illustrated in “The Everything Guide to the Insulin Resistance Diet” written by Marie Feldman and Jodi Dalyai. Everyone should exercise. There is nothing new about … Continue reading Exercise and Your Health
By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCPSalesian Cooperator The ill effect of the lockdown such as weight gain continues to bother me. I wanted to know more of the other health consequences of physical inactivity. Reviewing some articles, I found the following CDC write up on the impact of physical inactivity to be a good starting point to guide us in the direction of … Continue reading The Impact of Physical Inactivity
By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCPSalesian Cooperator I have noticed a new trend since the COVID 19 epidemic. Now that the safer at home order is no longer in place, we have gathered with friends and families to celebrate our new freedom in person. Lo and behold, many of us have gained weight within these last 15 months. Staying home to avoid the … Continue reading The Horrible Story of “COVID Fat”