Living with Type 1 Diabetes

Oct 09

Type 1 diabetes affects not just children, but also adults and will appears suddenly, requiring the person to inject insulin for the rest of his/her life. It is a type of autoimmune disease caused by the pancreas’s inability to produce insulin because the cells that produce the hormone are destroyed.

Insulin is responsible for the use and storage of glucose or sugar from the carbohydrates in your food. Diabetes cannot be cured and it is not caused by your diet or lifestyle, but it is life-changing, that is why there is a need for medication and lifestyle overhaul.

Insulin Injections
The body can no longer produce insulin in type 1 diabetes, that is why those who are affected must be dependent on insulin injections or insulin pump for the rest of their lives. It is also equally important to monitor the blood glucose levels everyday. Your doctors and the members of your family will have to work as a team to help you so you can still love a long, productive life.

Diet Plans
Even if type 1 diabetes is not caused by an unhealthy lifestyle (like eating food rich in carbohydrates), those affected by this condition will have to change their diet drastically to avoid complications (especially in the kidneys), blindness, and amputation. Ideally, your blood glucose level should be from 4 to 6 mmol/L, but other patients might be required to maintain a higher blood glucose level as per doctor’s instructions.

There is not one diet plan for all diabetes patients, so you will need to consult a dietician to come up with a diet that is right for you. As a rule, however, both children and adults have to limit intake of food with added salt, saturated fat, added sugars, and alcohol. You will be encouraged to eat vegetables in different colors, beans or legumes, fruits, grain or cereal food, lean meat and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, and seeds.

Proper Exercise
Along with a healthy diet, exercise can help balance the insulin in your body, depending on the duration and the intensity of the activity. However, you always must remember that strenuous activities can also greatly lower your blood glucose level, something you must avoid as much as having a high blood glucose level. If your blood glucose is too low (hypoglycemia), you also must treat it. The key is to monitor what each physical activity does to your glucose level.

Prevent Complications
Type 1 diabetes exposes you to risks such as heart attacks, strokes, blindness, kidney failure, depression and/or anxiety, and amputations. You will have to learn the methods for proper foot care, eye health, bladder and kidneys health, and blood pressure. Check your feet for swelling, ulcers, blisters, bruising, and ingrown nails and get treated within seven days if there are abnormalities. Your eyes should be checked regularly and seek treatment if there are changes in your vision. Monitor your blood pressure and your urine for any changes as well.

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What Causes Deep Vein Thrombosis?

Oct 09

The name might sound fancy to you, but deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is more common than you think. So, what are the DVT symptoms and who is at risk?

Blood Clot Formation
DVT is characterized by the formation of a blood clot in one of the deep veins, which are usually found near the artery and within the leg muscles that carry most of the venous return to your heart.

Most DVT cases occur in the legs in one of the following deep veins: femoral vein, common femoral vein, popliteal vein, profundal femoris vein, and the calf veins. However, DVT can also occur in other parts of the body. When a blood clot occurs, the blood will clump together and thicken in a specific area. Symptoms of DVT in the legs, if there are any, might include leg cramps, swelling and discoloration, gradual onset of pain, warmth, redness, and tenderness in the leg.

Pulmonary Embolus
When the clot in the veins break off, it can travel up the bloodstream and block blood flow. The clot that is loosened is called embolus, and this can travel to the lung artery and block the flow in a condition called pulmonary embolism. When this happens, the lungs and other organs are damaged and it can even lead to death. Unfortunately, most people who experience this do not show symptoms, but if there are any symptoms, it’s important to seek medical attention right away. Some symptoms may include chest, pain, shortness of breath, and coughing up of blood.

Even if there is no pulmonary embolism, DVT can still damage the vein valves and cause long-term swelling, pain, and sores in the affected leg.

Causes of DVT
DVT is a result of one of the following conditions:

1. Injuries in the lower body
2. Hip or leg surgery
3. Damages in the inner lining of the veins
4. Slow or sluggish blood flow
5. Medical conditions that cause blood to thicken or clot

Number 4 is a common cause of DVT, especially when the person spends hours without moving during travel or while sleeping in bed after a surgical procedure. If you have had surgery on your fractured knees or hips for example, your doctor must take precautions against DVT because you will not want to move much. You are also at risk if you have heart or respiratory problems (including hypertension), have medical conditions that affect the veins, or if you are obese.

Treatment of DVT
DVT is often treated as a medical emergency and the doctor must stop the clot from getting bigger, prevent it from breaking off, and reduce the chances of having another incident.

You will be prescribed the following medications: anticoagulants and thrombin inhibitors to decrease clotting and thrombolytics to dissolve large blood clots or vena cava filter if you can’t have blood thinners. You will also have to wear graduated compression stockings to reduce swelling in your leg.

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5 Ways to Find Your Next Job

Sep 14

Every year graduates flock from different school, each one seeking for jobs. If you are a fresh graduate or maybe just wanting some fresh perspective from another job, looking through ads has a slim chance of finding a good one.

Nowadays, it’s a normal trend to find competition among job seekers a bit higher than they did a few years back. But keep a positive outlook in life since there are still effective ways to land a good one. Start updating your curriculum vitae and don’t forget to indicate what makes you special. After that, you’re good to go for the job hunt.

1. Attend job fairs and events
If you have written your resume and profile with extra care, there are chances that you may be hired on the spot. Big companies attend these kinds of events as well as charities and professional organizations. Prepare a generous number of copies of your CV and during the event, hand it over to employers whom you think will consider hiring you depending on your qualifications.

2. Connect with alumni
Join meetings or gatherings in your area or region. Having a common vision, the same values, the same hobbies or having gone to the same school is a solid approach or even better if these are in your industry.

3. Enlarge your network
Meet people. Have an activity. Everybody knows somebody. Touch base with these people. Connect with old buddies and friends. You may want to buy them a cup of coffee sometime and just brainstorm. They may know somebody that you might want to meet later. Identify a number of most influential people in your network and meet with them. Ask for referrals. In a week, meet with three new referred friends of your circle.

4. Check job bulletins
In most government offices for example, they do display their vacancies either outside their offices in a board or at their websites. Define the top job openings for your skills, talents and qualifications. Update your resume. Indicate your skill and specialty.

5. Get references
If you happen to know somebody in a high ranking position in a good company or even your head of school if you are a fresh graduate, it is wise to ask them to refer you to a company of your choice where you intend to apply. Whether we accept it or not, sometimes whom we know makes a difference nowadays plus of course the skills we have.
These are but a few ways to help you get ahead of your job-hunting game. It’s always best to prepare yourself for the tedious job-hunting process but don’t fret; there’s always a good company just waiting for your application.

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Ways to Achieve a Flatter Stomach in Just a Week

Sep 14

Being healthy is naturally a top priority. Developing visceral fats must be avoided if it can be. Visceral fats are basically the fats covering the inner organs in our body especially around the stomach or belly area. Sad to say, they are easy to develop and so hard to eliminate. We need to exercise a lot and be conscious of our diet. But if we have discipline in our food intake and diet, plus an hour or two of everyday exercise, a fit body can actually be achieved.

1. Watch your diet
Eat fruits and vegetables for fiber. This will help you move your bowels easily every day. There is a truth in the saying that people who don’t move their bowels everyday have unpleasant odor as they sweat. This could be because you have not moved your body waste and it returns to your system. So when you sweat, some of the odor surely comes out in your sweat glands.

You may want to add natural diuretics in your diet like Chamomile Tea, Peppermint Herbal Tea, ginger, pineapple, papaya and yogurts that contains probiotics.

You may also want to reduce your rice and carbohydrates consumption into smaller amounts. Also, try eating small frequent meals. Keep with you crackers if you feel you are hungry in between meals.

2. Drink plenty of water
This is to flush out excess water and food you have taken. This is also part of cleansing your body system. If you’re not fond of drinking water regularly, there’s a tendency for the high-sodium food to be crystalized and will lodge like stones in your body organs. Water is also an effective beauty tip as this helps our body be naturally hydrated. Thus making our skin lustrous, glowing and healthy.

3. Avoid Soda
Sodas are carbonated drinks. There is more damage than benefit done in our system when we drink sodas. The carbon dioxide from those drinks makes you expand thus making feel bloated. Sodas are also a red flag as it contains sugar which is unhealthy and just making you fat.

4. Exercise
Make your exercise regular by establishing a routine that works for you. Thirty minutes to one hour every morning upon waking up will do you good. When going to the office or an appointment, be early and take the stairs if you can for more exercises for the day. It also helps your heart and blood circulation to be healthy.

5. Avoid too much salt intake
The more salt or sodium that you have taken in your food will hold water in your body. You will feel bloated and may also cause other damages like kidney diseases later. It’s also beneficial to avoid eating too much junk foods. Junk foods are what they are: junk.

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7 Signs that You Need a Pro Electrician

Aug 30

With so many appliances and gadgets essential for most homes to function nowadays, it is easy to forget that proper wiring and enough electrical supply are needed to keep them working safely. Unfortunately, even most apartment owners in Singapore are not aware that older circuits are not designed to work efficiently with the electronic equipment today. If this is the case, it is vital to have a reputable electrician services inspect and update the home’s power supply.

1. Burnt Out Lighting. Flickering lights can be a hassle, but if replacing the light bulbs do not solve the problem, it’s time to call a professional electrical service crew to inspect your wiring. This is common in old buildings with circuits that have not been updated. Old wiring can be a fire hazard, but do not attempt to connect electric wires by yourself even if you have had some training. Only a certified electrical worker should do that.

2. Few Outlets. Using a lot of extension cords at home is a fire hazard; that is why it is better to have new outlets installed. Contact an electricity handyman in Singapore to help you set up more power sources around the house. Your licensed electrician may have to check first how many appliances you have and do an estimate of how much power your home needs before new outlets will be mounted.

3. Frequently Tripping Breaker. If the circuit breaker trips, it means that it is working, but you should be worried if this happens too often. Contact a trusted 24 hour electrician if you experience power loss more than once whenever you plug in a gadget or appliance.

4. Power Dips and Surges. When there is a power failure every time you turn on the light switch or plug in a gadget to an electrical socket, this could mean that there is a problem with the power grip or the materials used for the switches and sockets are of poor quality. When moving into a new apartment in Singapore, let professional residential linemen perform safety inspections all over the space.

5. Poor Wiring. If your apartment unit has a poor electrical wiring, chances are, the other units in the residential complex also has the same problem. If this is the case, you should call a commercial electrical contractor to perform inspections and updates for a large electrical works project. A home electric handyman can also help with the wiring in the entire residential building if it has not been inspected for years.

6. Overloading. You do not need a licensed electrician to change a lightbulb, but most people make the mistake of forgetting to check the recommended watts for a fixture when doing so. This could lead to electrical fires because the heat from the bulb might be too much for the insulation in the socket and wires. If you are not sure about the fixtures in your new apartment, contact a cabling technician who can help you.

7. Faulty Switches. Sometimes replacing an old switch plate will not do the trick if the problem is with the circuit itself. Do not take chances with sub-standard materials and old wiring that is not appropriate for most modern lights and appliances. A licensed electrician can inspect and install power point switches for you safely.

Make sure to keep the contact information of your trusted electrician services company for emergencies and repairs.

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