Eating Out With Diabetes

It’s a matter of awareness and information

It may sound like an impossible mission, but is not. If you were recently diagnosed with diabetes, your doctor probably told you what you have to watch while choosing your food: portion sizes and salt, are two key parts of your new menus.

It means that your daily consumption of sodium shouldn’t exceed the 1,500 milligrams (less than a teaspoon). About the portions, we all know that most of the restaurants offer servings big enough to share with another person or even to eat the next day from it. So, ask for half portions or just cut it yourself in half as soon as it arrives to your table. Always ask for a low sodium menu. A lot of restaurants are very conscious about their diabetic clients.

In order to keep track of your food prep, you should avoid places like buffets, fast food restaurants or chain places where everything is already cooked. You will need to ask for a specific preparation of your food.

Remember that now your body will resent everything you eat in a very different way, and even your smallest decisions are going to have an impact on your health.

Then, avoid bread, soups and broths. Forget about butter and remember that from now on, fruits and vegetables are going to be your best friends.

Salads are good, but not all of them. Dressings tend to be salty and creamy, two dangerous characteristics that imply sodium and calories. Ask always what kind of ingredients are they using on your food. Canned or marinated vegetables are always a NO, just like cheeses, croutons, and cured meats.

If you really need a dressing on your salad, ask for a vinaigrette on the side and use a little portion of it.  Lemon or even a little bit of olive oil could help to give a nice flavor to your salad.

Grilled and broiled are probably your best options when consuming fish, meat or poultry. The best option for a drink, could be water with a twist of lime or lemon, a natural juice without sugar or even milk.

Desserts are not prohibited. Well, at least not all of them. Enjoy fresh fruit, a colorful gelatin, or a plain cake.

A whole nice and healthy meal at a restaurant is not impossible if you are a diabetic. The key is to be aware of your choices, to ask for everything you need, and to enjoy your food knowing that you are not doing any harm to your health.



Migraines: Another Reason to Keep a Healthy Weight

A balanced life could help us to avoid those terrible migraine headaches

We all know that overweight increases the risk of developing different diseases and health conditions. We have heard that heart problems, diabetes and cholesterol are part of those diseases or conditions. We also know that an extreme weight loss is also harmful for your health.

But how many of you knew that migraines are included on that list of the conditions that can be affected, or could be developed due to an unhealthy weight?

Well, thanks to health researchers we know now that our weight might influence the risk of migraine headaches. Overweight or extreme weight loss are just bad for people who suffer from migraines.

Having in mind that at least 12 percent of adult Americans are affected by migraines and it’s terrible effects, this is a very important information.

As in any other weight problem, experts suggest that a healthy lifestyle, an exercise routine and changes in the way we eat, might be the answer to avoid more of those episodes of migraine headaches that usually come accompanied by nausea and extreme sensibility to light and sound.

Now, it’s important to understand that is not a cause-effect relationship, but more like an association. It means that weight problems don’t necessarily cause migraine headaches, but they could be associated with those weight issues in some cases.

In any case, what doctors and researchers recommend is simple: Keep a healthy weight, avoid extreme changes on it, exercise regularly, and always consult your physician when experimenting migraines or any other symptoms, in order to know the causes and treatment.

So, here we have another good reason to take care of ourselves!


Adult Physicals Are Not a Myth, But a Good Habit

This is the post excerpt.

There is no reason to see a doctor, right? You feel strong and healthy. Nothing is bothering you and there are no pains or aches that could make you think you are sick.Well, reality is, our body works in mysterious ways and sometimes we may be experimenting something that doesn’t show to your eyes.

That’s why adults should have a physical exam as part of their periodical health routines. During the physical exam, your primary doctor will discuss with you your medical history and will proceed to measure vital signs like Temperature, Blood Pressure, Pulse, Respiratory Rate, Weight and Height. During the same visit it will be an Organ System Review that includes cardiovascular, lungs, breast, abdomen, genitalia, nervous system, musculoskeletal, head, neck and skin. Other measurements or examinations may be included depending on your specific situation, family history and age.

Once you have your appointment to see your primary doctor, have in mind the following tips so you and your doctor can have the best results from it.

  • Bring a list of questions you may have for your doctor. Remember every pain, situation or abnormality that could be important to discuss.
  • Be clear about your family history. It is important for your doctor to know any medical conditions or diseases in your family.
  • While talking about your habits and lifestyle, be honest. Your doctor could determine certain kind of risks of disease or conditions based on all the information you provide.

Now, why is it  important for you to get a physical if you actually feel very good? The answer is simple and we could synthesize it in a “better safe than sorry”, but it goes beyond that. If we know what’s happening with our body we could make better and healthier decisions. We have the possibility to change or improve our lifestyle habits. We could know about health or disease risks that could affect not only us, but our descendants and, sure, if the doctor finds something that needs treatment and attention, is always good to know in time to take action.

So, don’t wait until you feel something is wrong. You can prevent illnesses by having the regular exams that have proven to reduce morbidity and mortality.

We are Hallandale Medical Center and we are here to serve you. Call us to schedule your next Adult Physical at:

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