Lifestyle Tips To Improve Circulation

Poor circulation is associated with a number of different medical conditions such as diabetes, obesity and Raynaud’s disease.

But plenty of us suffer from poor circulation so we thought we would share this useful infographic with a few useful lifestyle hits on how to improve your circulation.

 Lifestyle Tips To Improve Circulation (Infographic)
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World Diabetes Day 2016 – The Highs and Lows of Type 2 Diabetes Video

World Diabetes Day 2016
World Diabetes Day 2016

Sanofi today announced that new research reveals that negative emotions are jeopardising people living with Type 2 diabetes’ ability to effectively manage their condition. A quarter of people with T2 diabetes feel anxious or fearful about getting ‘hypos’ (low blood glucose levels), with 42% preferring to have high blood glucose levels instead of risking another ‘hypo’, despite this risking life threatening conditions in the future.

UK adults with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes showed even modest and sustained improvement in blood glucose control could help prevent almost a million serious medical complications such as eye disease, kidney disease, foot ulcer and amputations, and potentially blindness, which could avoid billions in future NHS costs.

Blood sugar: Lowest % of T2s with low blood sugar (5 worst areas of UK for blood sugar management)
• Bristol (45.1%)
• North East Essex (41.6%)
• Central Manchester (40.1%)
• South Reading (40%)
• Kernow (40.9%)

Prevalence: Highest % of people with diabetes (5 areas with highest rates of diabetes in UK)
• Bradford (9.7%)
• Sandwell and West Birmingham (9%)
• Walsall (8.7)
• Harrow (8.7)
• Leicester City (8.9)

The UK has the worst T2 diabetes blood glucose levels in Europe, Sanofi is launching a new campaign dedicated to helping patients – ‘Highs & Lows: Better Balance for a Better Future’, thatincludes a patient support website, to help the 52% of patients with T2 diabetes who find it challenging to balance their blood glucose levels or who worry about doing so

Why People Living With Diabetes Need Strength Training

Why People Living With Diabetes Need Strength Training
Why People Living With Diabetes Need Strength Training

Diabetes is one of the most widespread diseases in the world, with an estimated 415 million people suffering from one type of this condition. It is a condition on the rise, with more and more people dying from it (or complications caused by it) each year and with a global economic cost that is rising well above half a trillion dollars every year.

Before we cover why strength training can be a great ally in the battle against diabetes, we should probably say a thing or two about the disease itself as it will help explain why strength training is so beneficial.

Diabetes 101

There are three main types of diabetes mellitus that people suffer from.

Type 1 DM, often called juvenile diabetes; type 2 DM, the most common type; and gestational diabetes is the third major type, and it develops in pregnant women who previously never had problems with blood sugar levels.

No matter what type of diabetes is in question, the patient has high blood sugar levels over a long period of time, leading to increased thirst and hunger, as well as more frequent urination. Over time, diabetes can cause vision impairment and skin rashes. More serious complications can include heart disease, chronic kidney failure, stroke, and foot ulcers.

Prevention and Management

While there is no known prevention for type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes can be effectively prevented or at least delayed by making smart lifestyle choices. This includes regular exercise, a healthy diet and maintaining a normal weight. If you are a smoker, giving up on the habit will also reduce your chances of developing type 2 diabetes.

When it comes to managing diabetes, it all comes down to keeping blood sugar levels as close to the normal levels as possible. Of course, it is also important to avoid low blood sugar levels. Besides regularly taking medications and/or insulin, management will also involve lifestyle habits. One of the most important of these habits is regular exercise.

The Importance of Exercise

For the most part, people who suffer from diabetes are recommended to engage in regular aerobic (cardio) training, i.e. training which involves running, cycling, swimming and walking and various iterations of this kind of training. Among other things, aerobic training helps the body burn excess glucose found in the body, as well as decrease its innate resistance to insulin. Its additional benefits also help diabetes patients manage their condition more effectively.

Underrated Strength Training

And while aerobic training is commonly recommended to diabetes patients, many of them are not familiar with all the great stuff strength training can do for them. Strength training involves mostly gym-specific workouts that involve weights and specialized gym equipment (including comfortable gym wear).

The most important thing strength training does is improve your muscle tone and build new muscle mass. Muscle is known to burn more calories than other types of tissue, meaning that you will reap the benefits of your strength training 24/7. In addition to this, building muscle mass will also help lower your insulin needs due to improving insulin sensitivity. Furthermore, during the actual strength training, your body will use glucose from your blood to power your muscles. Finally, this ability of toned muscles to store glucose more effectively than other tissues will help regulate blood sugar even when you are not working out.

A Word of Warning

It should be pointed out that you should never engage in any strength training before you consult your doctor. This is especially important for people suffering from type 1 diabetes, although people with type 2 should also always consult their doctor.

Closing Word

Most doctors and experts agree that combining the two types of exercise – aerobic and strength, will have the most positive effects on your blood sugar levels and diabetes in general.

The important thing is that you do not neglect strength training.

Diabetes Week 2016 – Setting the record straight.

This year Diabetes Week runs between Sunday 12 June to Saturday 18 June 2016. This years theme is “Setting the record straight” Yesterday we share a fascinating infographic which looked at the effects of diabetes.

Today we would like to share the excellent series of posters prepared by Diabetes UK to mark the week.

Please do feel free to share on social media with your family and friends.

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Diabetes Week
Diabetes Week

Diabetes Week
Diabetes Week
Diabetes Week
Diabetes Week

Defeating the Effects of Diabetes

Did you know that one out of every 20 people in the world has diabetes? That equates to 347 million people on this planet who live with this horrendous condition, and it is projected that the total number of deaths caused by diabetes will more than double within the next 10 years. Indeed, a new case of diabetes is diagnosed every three minutes, meaning that 32,000 people a week are diagnosed with diabetes.

A minority of those with the condition have Type 1 diabetes, which is usually discovered in a person’s childhood and for which there is no known cure. Type 2, which affects 90-95% of people with diabetes, can be delayed or prevented with lifestyle changes such as a healthier diet and increased exercise. It is usually discovered in a person’s adult years, although childhood diagnoses are becoming more common.

This infographic, which was created by Union Quay Medical Centre ( in Ireland, gives an informed overview of diabetes and tackles a few frequently cited misconceptions about the condition. It also suggests ways in which Type 2 sufferers can reduce the harmful effects of diabetes, which in extreme cases include heart disease, blindness and kidney failure.

There is no escaping the fact that diabetes has become a widespread epidemic and, as mentioned previously, it is expected to get a lot worse before it gets better. If you are unfortunate enough to have the condition, or if you know someone who has, we strongly urge you to read the infographic below and see if there are lifestyle changes that can be made.

Defeating the Effects of Diabetes - Infographic
Defeating the Effects of Diabetes – Infographic