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Diabetes And Corona Virus

Here’s what you need to know:

People with diabetes are not more likely to get COVID-19 than the general population.

The problem people with diabetes face is primarily a problem of worse outcomes, not greater chance of contracting the virus. In China, where most cases have occurred so far, people with diabetes had much higher rates of serious complications and death than people without diabetes—and generally we believe that the more health conditions someone has (for example, diabetes and heart disease), the higher their chance of getting serious complications from COVID-19. We expect the death rate to decline over time as we get better at detecting and treating this specific virus.

People with diabetes do face a higher chance of experiencing serious complications from COVID-19.

In general, people with diabetes are more likely to experience severe symptoms and complications when infected with a virus.If diabetes is well-managed, the risk of getting severely sick from COVID-19 is about the same as the general population.

When people with diabetes do not manage their diabetes well and experience fluctuating blood sugars, they are generally at risk for a number of diabetes-related complications. Having heart disease or other complications in addition to diabetes could worsen the chance of getting seriously ill from COVID-19, like other viral infections, because your body’s ability to fight off an infection is compromised.

Viral infections can also increase inflammation, or internal swelling, in people with diabetes. This is also caused by above-target blood sugars, and both could contribute to more severe complications.

When sick with a viral infection, people with diabetes do face an increased risk of DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis), commonly experienced by people with type 1 diabetes. DKA can make it challenging to manage your fluid intake and electrolyte levels—which is important in managing sepsis. Sepsis and septic shock are some of the more serious complications that some people with COVID-19 have experienced.

COVID-19 is different from the seasonal flu.

COVID-19 is proving to be a more serious illness than seasonal flu in everyone, including people with diabetes. All of the standard precautions to avoid infection that have been widely reported are even more important when dealing with this virus.

Recommended safety precautions are the same as for flu, such as frequent hand washing and covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow. The CDC does not recommend the use of face masks by people who are not infected.

We encourage people with diabetes to follow the guidance of the CDC and to review how you manage sick days—preparing for a sick day can make it easier.

The risks are similar for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

In general, we don’t know of any reason to think COVID-19 will pose a difference in risk between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. More important is that people with either type of diabetes vary in their age, complications and how well they have been managing their diabetes.

People who already have diabetes-related health problems are likely to have worse outcomes if they contract COVID-19 than people with diabetes who are otherwise healthy, whichever type of diabetes they have.

Manufacturers are not reporting that COVID-19 is impacting access to insulin and other supplies.

Leading manufacturers are reporting that COVID-19 is not having an impact on their current manufacturing and distribution capabilities for insulin and other supplies at this time. We are continuing to monitor the situation and will provide updates should anything change. If you are struggling to pay for insulin or know someone who is, the ADA has resources to help—visit InsulinHelp.org.

If COVID-19 is spreading in your community, take extra measures to put distance between yourself and other people to further reduce your risk of being exposed to this new virus. Stay home as much as possible.

Before you get sick, make a plan:

Gather your supplies:

  • Phone numbers of your doctors and healthcare team, your pharmacy and your insurance provider
  • List of medications and doses (including vitamins and supplements)
  • Simple carbs like regular soda, honey, jam, Jell-O, hard candies or popsicles to help keep your blood sugar up if you are at risk for lows and too ill to eat
  • If a state of emergency is declared, get extra refills on your prescriptions so you do not have to leave the house
    • If you can’t get to the pharmacy, find out about having your medications delivered
  • Always have enough insulin for the week ahead, in case you get sick or cannot refill
    • If you are struggling to pay for insulin or know someone who is, the ADA has resources to help—visit InsulinHelp.org
  • Extra supplies like rubbing alcohol and soap to wash your hands
  • Glucagon and ketone strips, in case of lows and highs
  • Have enough household items and groceries on hand so that you will be prepared to stay at home for a period of time

Talk to your health care team about the following:

  • When to call your doctor’s office (for ketones, changes in food intake, medication adjustments, etc.)
  • How often to check your blood sugar
  • When to check for ketones
  • Medications you should use for colds, flu, virus, and infections
  • Any changes to your diabetes medications when you are sick

Take everyday precautions:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Take preventive actions:
    • Clean your hands often
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place.
    • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
    • To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places–elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.
    • Wash your hands after touching surfaces in public places.
    • Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.
    • Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones)
    • Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces. Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 may increase in crowded, closed-in settings with little air circulation if there are people in the crowd who are sick.
    • Avoid all non-essential travel including plane trips, and especially avoid embarking on cruise ships.

Watch for emergency warning signs:

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. In adults, emergency warning signs include:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

If you feel like you are developing symptoms, call your doctor:

Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms including fever, dry cough and shortness of breath. If you feel like you are developing symptoms, call your doctor.

When you call:

  • Have your glucose reading available
  • Have your ketone reading available
  • Keep track of your fluid consumption (you can use a 1-liter water bottle) and report
  • Be clear on your symptoms (for example: are you nauseated? Just a stuffy nose?)
  • Ask your questions on how to manage your diabetes

If you do get sick, know what to do:

Here are some common tips, which may vary for each person:

  • Drink lots of fluids. If you’re having trouble keeping water down, have small sips every 15 minutes or so throughout the day to avoid dehydration.
  • If you are experiencing a low (blood sugar below 70 mg/dl or your target range), eat 15 grams of simple carbs that are easy to digest like honey, jam, Jell-O, hard candy, popsicles, juice or regular soda, and re-check your blood sugar in 15 minutes to make sure your levels are rising. Check your blood sugar extra times throughout the day and night (generally, every 2-3 hours; if using a CGM, monitor frequently).
  • If your blood sugar has registered high (BG greater than 240mg/dl) more than 2 times in a row, check for ketones to avoid DKA.
  • Call your doctor’s office immediately, if you have medium or large ketones (and if instructed to with trace or small ketones).
  • Be aware that some CGM sensors (Dexcom G5, Medtronic Enlite, and Guardian) are impacted by Acetaminophen (Tylenol). Check with finger sticks to ensure accuracy.
  • Wash your hands and clean your injection/infusion and finger-stick sites with soap and water or rubbing alcohol.

Know your rights:

A reminder: If you have diabetes, you have legal rights that do not go away during a health crisis like COVID-19.

  • Even in a pandemic, you have the right to reasonable accommodations at work, which could include medical leave or alternate work arrangements.
  • Your child’s Section 504 Plan should include accommodation for extra sick days without penalty. This would apply if your child is sick or if you choose to keep him or her home from school to avoid contagion with COVID-19.
  • People with diabetes who are incarcerated or in police custody are entitled to appropriate and adequate medical care, and their medical needs may change during infectious disease outbreaks.

If you are concerned you are being treated unfairly because of your diabetes, contact us to seek help from our Legal Advocacy team.

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Diabetic Care, Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! If you’re like most people, odds are your day will involve some (or a lot) of chocolate and sweets. However, if you’re diabetic or pre-diabetic, you have to be careful about your sugar intake today. In fact, Valentine’s Day is actually the day with the highest average blood glucose levels among people with diabetes.

The numbers were reported by the digital health tracking platform Glooko, a web and mobile application that tracks blood glucose levels among more than 1.5 million users across 23 different countries. After looking at the collective data of their users, researchers uncovered that Valentine’s Day was the worst day for users in terms of keeping their blood glucose levels in a healthy range. Here’s a look at the average blood glucose levels on some of the worst days in the calendar year:

  • Valentine’s Day – 168 mg/dL (9.3 mmol/L)
  • Halloween – 158 mg/dL (8.8 mmol/L)
  • Christmas Day – 140 mg/dL (7.8 mmol/L)
  • New Year’s Eve – 131 mg/dL (7.3 mmol/L)

Michelle de Haaff, Glooko’s vice president of Strategy, said Valentine’s Day is so problematic for diabetics because of the regular opportunities to snack on chocolate and because many people go out to eat for dinner.

“Valentine’s is known to be a sugary holiday where chocolates are given as gifts and people go out for meals. It is likely that is what drives higher glucose,” said de Haaff.

Diabetic Care on Valentine’s Day

So if you are diabetic or pre-diabetic, we want to share some tips for helping you navigate Valentine’s Day and other holidays. For starters, eat and drink in moderation. And by moderation, we don’t mean just one piece of chocolate every time you come into the break room. One or two pieces are fine with lunch or dinner, but don’t snack on these sugary sweets throughout the day. Other tips to help keep your blood glucose levels in check include:

  • Fill up on healthier options so you’re not tempted to overindulge with sweets.
  • Drinking plenty of water can help you feel full.
  • Try to carve out 30-45 minutes to exercise.
  • Limit your alcohol consumption during dinner.
  • Monitor your blood glucose levels throughout the day.

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Do Your Hands Tingle Or Go Numb? Learn More

Cardiovascular

The following cardiovascular conditions may cause numbness in the hands.

1. Heart attack

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A heart attack may cause tingling and numbness in one hand.

If a person is experiencing a suspected heart attack, they or someone near them should seek emergency medical help.

Severe blockages in the heart’s main blood supply can cause chest pain as well as tingling and numbness down one arm or the other.

Symptoms

Other symptoms may include:

  • nausea
  • sweating
  • shortness of breath
  • dizziness
  • tingling and numbness down either side of the body
  • shoulder pain
  • unexplained fatigue

Treatment

Treatment includes admission to a cardiac catheterization laboratory in a hospital, where a specialist can diagnose and possibly reopen the blocked cardiac artery.

Learn more about heart attack here.

2. Stroke

An interruption in the blood flow to the brain — potentially from a traveling blood clot or a ruptured artery causing a brain bleed — can lead to stroke.

Symptoms

Symptoms may include:

  • sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the body
  • confusion
  • lower facial drooping on one side of the face
  • difficulty maintaining balance
  • visual problems
  • speech problems

Treatment

If a person is experiencing a suspected stroke, they or someone near them should seek emergency medical attention, which may involve the administration of clot-busting medications.

Learn more about stroke here.

Vascular

The following vascular conditions may cause numbness in the hands.

3. Vasculitis

Vasculitis can occur when the immune system attacks itself and causes inflammation of the blood vessels.

Symptoms

Symptoms vary based on the area of the body the vasculitis affects.

Some symptoms may include:

  • fatigue
  • fever
  • weight loss
  • night sweats
  • rash
  • nerve problems, such as numbness or weakness

Treatment

Treatment depends on the underlying cause of the vasculitis and may include steroids or other immunosuppressant medications.

Learn more about vasculitis here.

4. Raynaud’s disease

Raynaud’s disease causes the arteries that direct blood to the fingers and toes to temporarily narrow.

Symptoms

Symptoms may include a numb, tingling, or burning feeling in fingers, as well as the fingers and toes turning blue or pale white.

Treatment

Learning to avoid the common triggers of the condition — such as cold temperatures, stress, and certain medications — can help ease the symptoms.

Learn more about Raynaud’s disease here.

Neurological

The following neurological conditions may cause numbness in the hands.

5. Brachial plexus injury

The brachial plexus is a complex network of nerves that extend from the spine to each shoulder. This network transmits signals between the spine and the shoulders, arms, and hands.

Shoulder injuries, tumors, and other causes of inflammation can all lead to damage in the brachial plexus, which can result in numbness in a person’s hand.

Infants may experience brachial plexus injuries during birth due to excessive shoulder stretching in the birth canal.

Symptoms

Symptoms may include:

  • severe shoulder or arm pain
  • numbness in the hands
  • weakness and difficulty moving the arms

Treatment

Treatment depends on the underlying cause.

Some people may heal without further intervention, while others may require surgery or physical therapy.

Infants injured during birth may recover by the time they reach 3–4 months of age.

Learn about brachial neuritis here.

6. Fibromyalgia

This condition affects nerve function and causes chronic pain, which may result in tingling and numbness that may closely resemble that of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).

Symptoms

Other symptoms may include:

  • pain in several areas of the body, which may include the hands
  • fatigue
  • headaches
  • difficulty sleeping
  • depression
  • stomach problems

Treatment

The treatment options for fibromyalgia include exercise, as this can help ease pain and improve sleep. A doctor may also prescribe antidepressant or anticonvulsant therapy.

Cognitive behavioral therapy may be beneficial for those whose condition does not respond sufficiently to medication.

Learn more about fibromyalgia here.

7. Spinal cord injury

Trauma due to a spinal cord injury can lead to tingling and numbness in the hands and feet. Falls, motor vehicle accidents, blows to the head, gunshot wounds, and several other events can all cause spinal cord injuries.

Symptoms

Symptoms may vary based on the exact area of the body the injury affects. They might include:

  • adversely affected movement
  • loss of sensation
  • loss of large bowel and urinary bladder control
  • pain

Treatment

Treatments include supportive therapy and surgical repair when possible.

Some experimental treatments may give those with a spinal cord injury a better chance of regaining their functioning.

Learn more about spinal cord injuries here.

8. Cubital tunnel syndrome

This condition results from excessive stretching or pressure on the ulnar nerve.

Symptoms

Symptoms, specifically in the ring and pinky fingers, may include:

  • numbness
  • weakness
  • tingling

Treatment

Treatment may include wearing a splint while sleeping, to keep the elbow straight from bending. Physical therapy, NSAIDs, and surgery to remove or repair any areas of excessive pressure on the elbow may also be potential treatment options.

Learn more about cubital tunnel syndrome here.

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Musculoskeletal

The following musculoskeletal conditions may cause numbness in the hands.

9. Cervical spondylosis

Cervical spondylosis is also known as osteoarthritis of the neck. This condition occurs when degeneration affects the disks or joints in the neck.

This degeneration can also give rise to cervical spondylotic myelopathy, which occurs when a person has cervical spondylosis symptoms due to compression of the spinal cord or surrounding blood vessels.

Symptoms

Symptoms may include:

  • muscle weakness in the extremities
  • pain in the hands
  • increased urinary urgency, frequency, or hesitancy
  • gait disturbance

Treatment

Doctors may prescribe nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), muscle relaxants, antidepressants, or corticosteroids. Surgery may help those with severe cases.

Learn more about cervical spondylosis here.

10. Carpal tunnel syndrome

CTS affects around 1% of people who are of working age. CTS occurs when one of the nerves that runs through the carpal tunnel in the wrist becomes compressed.

Symptoms

Symptoms in the hand may include:

  • pain
  • tingling
  • weakness
  • affected grip strength

Treatment

Wearing a splint and resting the wrist and hand may help. Sometimes, a doctor may also recommend surgery to reduce pressure over the carpal tunnel.

Learn more about CTS here.

11. Ganglion cyst

Ganglion cysts are soft lumps that develop in joints around the body. They may cause pain or numbness in the hand.

According to an article in The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, up to 60–70% of ganglion cysts occur in the wrist.

Symptoms

Symptoms may include a round or oval shaped lump on the wrist or other parts of the body, as well as pain in and around the area.

Treatment

Resting the affected area can help. However, wearing a splint or brace for too long may weaken the muscles in the hand.

Although surgery and aspiration therapy may be an option for some, these methods may not be completely effective.

According to a review in the Journal of Hand Surgery, researchers predict the chance of a cyst returning after surgery as 21%. This rises to 59% for recurrence after aspiration.

Learn more about ganglion cysts here.

12. Lateral epicondylitis

Lateral epicondylitis, or tennis elbow, occurs when the tendons that join the lateral forearm muscles and bone near the elbow become inflamed.

Symptoms

Symptoms may include:

  • pain or burning sensations, often on the outside of the elbow
  • weak grip strength
  • tingling and numbness in the hand

Treatment

Most episodes of lateral epicondylitis will resolve with rest, physical therapy, and NSAIDs. However, in severe instances, a doctor may recommend surgical intervention.

Learn more about lateral epicondylitis here.

Autoimmune

The following autoimmune conditions may cause numbness in the hands.

13. Guillain-Barré syndrome

This condition can cause the body’s immune system to attack nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord. This can result in muscle weakness.

Symptoms

Other symptoms may include:

  • pins and needles in the hands and feet
  • unsteadiness
  • visual problems
  • difficulty swallowing
  • severe pain that worsens at night
  • muscle paralysis

Treatment

Although there is currently no cure for Guillain-Barré syndrome, a doctor might treat the condition using immunoglobulin therapy or a plasma exchange, otherwise known as plasmapheresis.

These treatments may reduce the body’s immune system response.

Learn more about Guillain-Barré syndrome here.

14. Multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition that attacks the central nervous system (CNS). The immune system attacks the protective coating of the nerve sheaths, which can eventually destroy the nerves of the CNS.

Symptoms

Symptoms may include:

  • numbness and weakness in the limbs
  • electric shock-like sensations
  • tremors
  • unsteady gait
  • adversely affected vision
  • cognitive difficulties

Treatment

Treatment includes taking immunosuppressant medications such as corticosteroids and other disease-modifying therapies.

Later, doctors may also recommend plasmapheresis to reduce the immune system response.

Learn more about MS here.

15. Sjogren’s syndrome

Sjogren’s syndrome is an autoimmune condition that primarily attacks the glands that produce tears and saliva.

Some people may also experience tissue or organ damage in other areas of the body.

Symptoms

Other symptoms may include:

  • dry eyes
  • dry mouth
  • itchy skin
  • a chronic cough
  • numbness and tingling in the hands and feet
  • severe fatigue

Treatment

Treatment depends on the symptoms and which area of the body the condition affects.

For example, a doctor may choose to prescribe eye drops, medications to increase saliva, NSAIDs, or medications to suppress the immune system.

Learn more about Sjogren’s syndrome here.

Other conditions

The following conditions may also cause numbness in the hands.

16. Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition of abnormal blood sugar levels due to dysfunction of the body’s ability to produce enough insulin or respond correctly to it.

The most well-known types of diabetes include:

  • Type 1: This type of diabetes develops when the body does not produce insulin.
  • Type 2: This type of diabetes occurs when the body does not respond properly to insulin and eventually does not produce enough of it.
  • Gestational diabetes: This form of diabetes occurs during pregnancy. It will typically go away after delivery.

Symptoms

Symptoms may include:

  • a slow, gradual onset of tingling and numbness in the feet and hands
  • extreme sensitivity to touch or temperature changes
  • burning or stabbing pains in the hands and feet

Treatment

Making certain lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthful diet and exercising regularly, can help a person maintain steady blood sugar levels.

People with type 1 diabetes may have to inject themselves with insulin. Type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes may be controllable through the diet or by starting noninsulin medication therapy.

Learn more about diabetes here.

17. Vitamin B-12 deficiency

A study in the journal RMJ found that 90.4% of 110 people with a vitamin B-12 deficiency reported numbness and loss of sensation as symptoms.

Symptoms

Other symptoms may include:

  • numbness and tingling in the hands, feet, and legs
  • difficulty walking
  • an inflamed and swollen tongue
  • difficulty thinking clearly
  • muscle weakness
  • fatigue

Treatment

A doctor may prescribe supplementation with vitamin B-12 either in pill form or as a shot.

Learn more about vitamin-12 deficiency here.

18. Amyloidosis

Amyloidosis is a medical condition that causes abnormal protein to build up in healthy tissue, which can affect the function of the affected area.

It can affect a person’s nervous system, kidneys, liver, heart, and digestive tract.

Symptoms

Symptoms may include:

  • fatigue and weakness
  • ankle and leg swelling
  • shortness of breath
  • diarrhea
  • unintentional weight loss
  • tingling and pain in the hands and feet

Treatment

There is currently no cure for amyloidosis, but treatment might help ease some of the symptoms.

Treatment may depend on the type of amyloidosis a person has. For example, a doctor may recommend chemotherapy medications, immunosuppressant medications, or stem cell transplants.

Learn more about amyloidosis here.

19. Lyme disease

A bite from a tick carrying the Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium can give rise to Lyme disease. This is an infectious condition that affects the nervous system.

Symptoms

The symptoms of Lyme disease can closely resemble those of the flu, such as fever, chills, fatigue, and aching joints.

If a person does not receive treatment, they may experience:

  • joint swelling
  • an irregular heartbeat
  • nerve pain
  • shortness of breath
  • pain or numbness in the hands and feet

Treatment

Treatment depends on the stage the Lyme disease has reached.

Doctors can treat early stage Lyme disease with antibiotic therapy. Later stage Lyme disease may require antibiotics and supportive treatments.

Learn more about Lyme disease here.

20. Medication side effects

Taking certain medications, such as chemotherapy medications, can cause tingling and numbness in the hands.

Treatment

Some people may experience an improvement in symptoms when they stop taking the medications. However, others may experience permanent tingling and numbness.

Learn more about side effects here.

When to see a doctor

Tingling and numbness can result from a number of medical conditions.

If a person suspects that they or someone near them is having a heart attack or a stroke, they should seek immediate medical attention.

Other symptoms for which a person should seek medical attention include:

  • lasting, sudden, or worsening loss of sensation in the hand
  • obvious physical deformity of the hand or arm
  • pain that gets worse instead of better
  • progressive weakness

If a person is concerned about any symptoms related to unusual sensations in their arms or hands, they should see a doctor.

Summary

Numbness in the hands can be the result of a chronic medical condition or acute injury.

A person should talk to their doctor if the numbness appears to be worsening or their symptoms are interfering with their everyday activities.

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* Common Injuries And How To Prevent Them

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Stay in the game and learn how to listen to your body and avoid injury with these tips.

Overuse injuries can be the bane of physically active people, from elite athletes to weekend warriors. Excessive, repeated stress on tendons, bones and joints over weeks or months can lead to painful knees, shin splints, tennis elbow and other overuse injuries. Most of these problems stem from the “terrible toos”: trying to do too much, too hard, too soon. Not getting enough rest and using poor technique or equipment can also make you vulnerable.

You can prevent overuse injuries by following some common-sense guidelines and listening to your body.

Common overuse injuries
Unlike the sudden pain of a torn ligament or sprained ankle, overuse injuries develop slowly and show up more subtly. At first you might feel minor pain or tenderness in the affected area just after you exercise. Eventually the pain becomes chronic and may keep you from participating in your sport or everyday activities.

Common overuse injuries include:

  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) — Pain and weakness at the outside of the elbow
  • Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis) — Pain and weakness at the inside of the elbow
  • Swimmer’s shoulder (rotator-cuff tendinitis) — Pain with overhead activity, problems sleeping on the shoulder, weakness of the shoulder
  • Runner’s knee (patellofemoral pain syndrome) — Pain around or underneath the kneecap, made worse with running, jumping or cycling, going up or down stairs, and sitting with knees bent
  • Shin splints (medial tibial stress syndrome) — Leg pain associated with running
  • Achilles tendinitis — Ankle pain associated with running, dancing or jumping
  • Plantar fasciitis — Heel or foot pain that’s often worse with your first steps of the day
  • Stress fractures — Pain in the foot, lower leg, hip or other area that’s made worse with weight-bearing activity

Limits and common sense
To avoid overuse injuries without sacrificing your commitment to fitness, follow these guidelines:

  • Increase your workouts gradually. Observe the 10 percent rule — don’t increase your workout time or distance by more than 10 percent each week. If you’re currently running 10 miles a week, add one mile or less a week to your total.
  • Warm up, cool down and stretch. Warm up for five minutes before your activity by exercising at a low intensity, then do some slow stretches that you hold for about 30 seconds. After exercise, cool down for five minutes, then stretch again.
  • Rest when needed. Fatigue may increase your chance of injury, so allow time for your body to recover and heal. Include rest days and easy days in your schedule.
  • Cross-train with other activities. Pursue a variety of exercises to give your joints and muscles a break. If your main focus is an aerobic exercise such as running, incorporate strength training into your routine — and vice versa.
  • Learn proper technique. Take lessons or work with a coach or trainer to learn the correct techniques — especially if you’re learning a new sport or using a new piece of equipment.
  • Get the right equipment. Choose the appropriate shoes for your activity, and replace them when they’re worn out. Consider using orthotics or a heel cushion if you experience foot pain. Running shoes should be well cushioned.
  • Pay attention to evenly working your muscles Strengthen muscles on both sides of your body to avoid imbalances.

Above all, listen to your body. Don’t ignore pain — it signals that you may be heading for injury. Remember, it’s better to take a day or two off than to find yourself laid up for several weeks waiting for an injury to heal.

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Keto Help List

Here are some good tips to help you if you’re just getting started. Hope it helps:)!

Keep it simple. Download Carb manager app and don’t forget to take your electrolytes! and don’t waste your money to buy keto pills!

No fruit, unless it’s berries in moderation

No wheat

No sugar

No grains

No pasta

No potatoes

No rice

No beans

No starches

No milk as it’s loaded with sugar. ( unsweetened almond milk is recommended.)

Meat, cheese, eggs, vegetable, nuts, and healthy fats. It’s simple. Stick to that, and you should be ok!

Vegetables that should be avoided are :

Sweet potatoes

Corn

Peas

Potatoes

Carrots – can be used in moderation, just don’t go over board.

They are full of starches and not recommended.

Make sure to drink half your body weight In oz of water as well if you aren’t getting the adequate amount of water it can be bad for your kidneys! This applies for all forms of keto.

Do not forget your electrolytes, they are needed daily.

A good form of electrolytes is:

Pickle juice

Pink Himalayan salt added to your food

Strict keto – counts all macros, does not eat processed foods.

Dirty keto – doesn’t track all macros, still eats processed foods, as long as they are on plan

Macros are a break down of the calories you intake for the day. Which should be :

5% carbs

20% protein

75% fat

Carbs are a limit – try not to go over your carb limit.

Fat is a lever – you don’t have to meet your fat macro, it’s simply there to help you get full.

Protein is a goal- try your best to reach your protein goal, but try not to go over. Excessive amounts of protein can cause you to stall in weight loss.

Anything other than this food group selection would be considered low carb. Also, if you are in ketosis, and eat outside of this food group not only could it take you out of ketosis, but it could spike your blood sugar! Which can make you sick.

Hope this helps. 😊

A Keto Helper: The FREE 28 Day Meal Plan With Recipes,Macros & Shopping List

https://www.guideforketodiet.com/2018/11/a-keto-helper-free-28-day-meal-plan.html

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How Much Exercise~ Information

HOW MUCH EXERCISE DO YOU NEED TO DO?

To stay healthy, adults aged 19 to 64 should try to be active daily and should do:

  • at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity such as cycling or brisk walking every week and
  • strength exercises on 2 or more days a week that work all the major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms)

Or:

  • 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity such as running or a game of singles tennis every week and
  • strength exercises on 2 or more days a week that work all the major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms)

Or:

  • a mix of moderate and vigorous aerobic activity every week – for example, 2 x 30-minute runs plus 30 minutes of brisk walking equates to 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity and
  • strength exercises on 2 or more days a week that work all the major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms)

A good rule is that 1 minute of vigorous activity provides the same health benefits as 2 minutes of moderate activity.

One way to do your recommended 150 minutes of weekly physical activity is to do 30 minutes on 5 days every week.

All adults should also break up long periods of sitting with light activity.

Source: NHS 

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Bugs of the Summer~Information

https://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/lightning-bugs-june-bugs-and-sweet-tea
firefly lit up on a leaf

Lightning bug facts

These fascinating creatures are among several species of bio-luminescent insects that produce visible light. They store the chemicals and enzymes needed to produce the flashes in their bodies and mix it with oxygen to create the light. These flashes are unique to each species and the observer (and potential mates) can recognize which one they are seeing just by watching the flight pattern or counting the flashes. Females wait in the grass in one spot while flashing their ‘come hither’ lights directing the males to a rendezvous. Once mated, the females lay their eggs and die shortly after. Lightning bugs do not bite or sting and the light they emit has no heat. That’s why they are irresistible to kids. They fly slowly and are easy to catch in cupped hands. Some species of fireflies also have bio-luminescent eggs that flash when disturbed and the larvae (known as glow-worms) also emit light. Fireflies are pollen eaters and do not do any harm to flowers, grasses or trees.

Lightning bug lore

These unique little insects are special to many cultures around the world. They are believed to hold the souls of the departed in Japan. Another Asian legend was that fireflies were the souls of warriors that had fallen in battle. Native Americans believed that the fox tried to steal fire from the fireflies and set his tail on fire with some bark. He gives the hawk the flaming bark as he left the village, who scattered the embers as he flew away. That’s how the Apache people first received fire. The Victorians, who were experts at celebrating death and mourning believed that if a firefly came into a home that someone would die.

striped junebug

June bugs mean summer is here

June bugs did not have the same allure as the lightning bugs, however we still liked them because they meant that summer was officially here, and they also made good fishing bait. We saw two different beetles that we called June bugs here in western Kentucky. We saw striped ones and brown ones at night and the bigger, metallic green ones during the day. The night-time June bugs often arrived in May and while their numbers were the highest in early summer, they stayed around most of the season. The big, bumbling, clumsy beetles were attracted to the light over the garage door every evening and there were a couple of fat toads that lived under the porch steps that were well fed on June bugs. When they inevitably hit the garage door and fell to the ground, the toads were always waiting to slurp them up with their long, sticky tongues. There are over 100 species of scarab beetles that people call June bugs.

June bug lore

Many cultures with June bug lore believe that the presence of June bugs represent someone with a tough personality and not easily crushed by life’s troubles. On the opposite side of this, the term ‘crazy as a June bug in May’ describes someone who acts irrationally, probably because the June bugs seem irrational when they bumble around the lights at night.

June bug facts and how to deal with the larvae

It is unknown why certain insects are attracted to night-time lights. Most often it is the males, although in a few species both genders flock to the light. Often, they fly around the lights all night until they drop to the ground, exhausted. A popular theory is that they rely on a light source, such as the moon or the sun to navigate, however scientists really do not know why they have this behavior. June bugs flock to lights in such numbers that they often interfere with outdoor activities, bumbling and bumping into guests and family members on patios and in pools. June bugs to not bite or sting, however they do have prickly, stiff hairs on their legs that might pinch a bit if they land on you. The real problem with June bugs is the larval form. These grubs (which are also great fish bait) live in lawns and turf grass and cause damage by eating the roots. Damage appears as brown patches of dead grass and turf that is easily pulled with no roots attached. The grub population also attracts moles and armadillos and they can wreck a lawn with their tunnels and digging. A natural way to rid your lawn of these grubs is by broadcasting Hb nematodes across the lawn. The nematodes are tiny, microscopic worms that burrow into the grubs and kill them from the inside. If you go this route, then do not use the poisons that are available on the market, as they will kill the nematodes you’ve just bought too.

Summer in the South means bugs and humidity and you can either choose to embrace it or move. I grew up in a time where summer evenings were for sitting on the porch with a glass of sweet tea and your neighbors, or kids playing hide-and-seek or catching lightning bugs. Even now, the sight of fireflies blinking as I drive down the highway brings back fond memories and I head home to sit in my porch swing with a tall glass of sweet tea and enjoy the show in my front yard.

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