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ABOUT JEAN JEFFERS

Jean is an RN with an MSN from University of Cincinnati. She is a staff writer for Living Well 60+ and Health & Wellness magazines. Her blog may be seen on her website at www.normajan.naiwe.com

14 HINTS FOR A FESTIVE HOLIDAY

Although you may be battling diabetes, you still want to have a tasty but healthy holiday. How can you plan a good diet that will not compromise your diabetes? Here are some holiday hints that are meant for the person with diabetes but are appropriate for everyone:

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DRY MOUTH A COMMON ORAL HEALTH PROBLEM

Everyone has a dry mouth occasionally, but when dry mouth persists over time, it can become a problem. Dry mouth, also called xerostomia, is fairly common and can range from being annoying to being a serious source of tooth decay. It can cause infection in the mouth and poor nutrition because of problems with chewing.

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THE MANY FACES OF ANXIETY

Emily burst into her parents’ bedroom one night, crying and moaning. “I think I’m dying,” she gasped, clutching her chest. Her heart was pounding wildly and sweat soaked her nightshirt. Her mother called 911 when Emily fell to the floor in a daze. This was not some exotic West African disease; this was a panic attack.

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EXERCISE CAN BE A FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH

Did you ever dream of finding the Fountain of Youth? Well, you can discover it, in a way. Look for the next best thing: Exercise.  Anxiety disorders are rampant. They are the most common psychiatric illness in the United States, surpassing depression. Exercise figures prominently in the treatment and relief of anxiety and related disorders.

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GENERAL FACTS ABOUT LEUKEMIA

Leukemia is a form of cancer that occurs in the blood cells. The National Institute of Health (NIH) National Cancer Institute says with leukemia, cancerous blood cells form and crowd out healthy cells in the bone marrow.

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EXERCISE: THE KEY TO A LONG LIFE

Did you ever dream of finding the Fountain of Youth? Well, you can discover it, in a way. Look for the next best thing: Exercise.  Anxiety disorders are rampant. They are the most common psychiatric illness in the United States, surpassing depression. Exercise figures prominently in the treatment and relief of anxiety and related disorders.

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SUGAR IN THE DIET – DELICIOUS OR DELETERIOUS?

“If one simple thing could energize you within hours, soothe crankiness and fatigue within days, allow you to finally shed extra pounds and dramatically reduce risk of heart attack and stroke, you’d say it is magic, would you not?” This simple something is real, says Ann Fittante, MS, RD, in her book, ......

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HEART DISEASE AND THE NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT

Like many Americans, do you believe heart disease affects mostly men? In fact, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States. Heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined.  Heart disease, according to The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women, written by members of the National Heart, Lung, and....

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COMMERCIAL DIETS: WHICH ONE SHOULD YOU CHOOSE?

Commercial diets have become all the rage, although they are systemized and often expensive.  Weight Watchers is listed among the best of these diets. Pros of this plan include the freedom to eat what you want. No food is off limits, so this gives you the flexibility to shape your own diet.

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MIDWIVES AND DOULAS: CHOICES FOR EXPECTANT MOTHERS

Are you pregnant and planning for the birth of your child? Your pregnancy may be a special experi- ence for you and your husband or partner as you welcome your new baby into the world. You could consider having a midwife assist you with your pregnancy, particularly through labor and delivery.

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ALCOHOL HAS A PROFOUND EFFECT ON MEN’S HEALTH

Here are a couple of important questions for men concerned about their health and wellness: Do you drink too much? Are you able to say “no” after having a few drinks?  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says excessive alcohol use is responsible for approximately 89,000 deaths in the United States yearly.

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WE ARE LOSING OUR MEN TO SUICIDE

 Men, are you feeling sad and withdrawn? Do you notice you are not being social these days or you’re working all the time? Are you drinking too much? These may be clues that you have depression. And you may be at risk for suicide.  Depression affects men and women differently. For men, depression may be marked by unhealthy coping....

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A DIET FOR HEALTH & WEIGHT LOSS

Have you noticed? Look around and you’ll see a majority of Americans who are either overweight or obese. Look in supermarkets and you’ll see a plethora of food products, many of them processed or high-fat and/or sweet laden.

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JOURNALING CAN BE AN IMPORTANT OUTLET WHEN EXPERIENCING CANCER

Are you a person with cancer who wants to create a safe, comforting place to express your feelings about dealing with the disease – a place where you can be yourself and find solace? Perhaps you want to write stories about your experience with cancer and how it is affecting you. Do you want to gain deeper insight into who you are....

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WHAT ARE CATARACTS?

“It’s all in the eye of the beholder,” or so the saying goes. Cataracts obstruct the vision of the beholder. But the condition may be markedly improved by a simple surgical procedure.  As Americans age, some conditions develop that must be treated to live well. One of those is cataracts. A cataract may be present in one or both eyes.

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SENSIBLE HOLIDAY FEASTING

The holiday season is upon us, and with the festivities comes time for renewed effort on the part of the person with diabetes – to eat within the guidelines but still celebrate. The same advice could be given to every American. Twenty-two million Americans eat turkey at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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