Being “living waters of hope”

By: Andres NeriaSocial Communication and Media Coordinator This year’s RE (Religious Education) Congress certainly felt different with the limited number of attendees and exhibitors. Despite that, for those who were in attendance (physically and virtually) there was a sense of hope that it’s still possible to gather, be formed, and share in community our living faith with others.  Participants and organizers support one another while keeping … Continue reading Being “living waters of hope”

Type 2 Diabetes 101: Part A

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

Why High Blood Sugar is Bad

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

Type 2 Diabetes: How Your Pancreas and Liver Work Together

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

How Do You Know You Are Healthy?

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?

Walking – My Favorite Exercise

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

Exercise – Establish Safety

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

First Steps in Your Exercise Routine

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

How Does Exercise Combat Insulin Resistance?

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?

Exercise and Your Health

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

The Impact of Physical Inactivity

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

The Horrible Story of “COVID Fat”

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”

Presentation of the theme for Streanna 2022: “Do all through love, nothing through constraint” (St. Francis de Sales)

By: Don Angel Fernandez Artime, SDBRector Major (ANS – Rome – July 23, 2021) – Dear Brothers, Sisters, and Friends, Just six months ago we gave the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians – as has been our tradition since Don Bosco’s time – and the whole Salesian Family, the strenna for the new year. Six months later, therefore, I have been asked to anticipate what … Continue reading Presentation of the theme for Streanna 2022: “Do all through love, nothing through constraint” (St. Francis de Sales)

Insulin Resistant Diet – A Good First Step to Manage Your Diabetes

By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCPSalesian Cooperator Quoting my dear friend Ms. Jodi Dalyai, MS, RD, CDCES from her book “The Everything guide to the Insulin Resistance Diet”, she reported that multiple studies have shown that the best way to prevent/treat insulin resistance, as well as halt the progression of pre-diabetes and diabetes in those at risk, is through making and maintaining changes … Continue reading Insulin Resistant Diet – A Good First Step to Manage Your Diabetes

Diabetes Type II (Part IX): Complications of Insulin Resistance

By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCPSalesian Cooperator Abstracted by Sheila Kun RN from Renewed Vitality Insulin Resistance can lead to Metabolic Syndrome, also called Syndrome X. This occurs when a person has the following four conditions: High blood pressure Elevated glucose levels (blood sugar) Abnormal cholesterol/triglyceride levels Excess abdominal fat (waist size greater than 35 inches in women or 40 inches in men) … Continue reading Diabetes Type II (Part IX): Complications of Insulin Resistance

Fatherly Love

By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCPSalesian Cooperator 2020 is a year not like any year that we have experienced. The pandemic has changed many people’s lives; some lost grandparents, parents, siblings, friends and co-workers. Working in a hospital, I witnessed in March 2020 some “crazy” decisions some fathers had to make. As no one knew how contagious this COVID 19 virus was, many … Continue reading Fatherly Love