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Inactivity and Diabetes

We mentioned earlier this week how important being active is for those who are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.  Moving around and working your muscles improve their ability to use insulin and absorb glucose! This puts less strain on your insulin making cells in your pancreas and decreases the likelihood of your body forming insulin resistance. So, trade some of that sit time for fit ti...

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Coffee and Tea for Diabetes

We know here in the South sweet tea and sweetened coffee drinks are staples. Neither of these drinks, though, are good for people with diabetes. It may be hard for you to stomach, but unsweetened coffee and tea can help reduce blood sugar levels, increase insulin sensitivity, and reduce the risk of diabetes.   One of the best teas for you is green tea. It can help reduce your blood pressure a...

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Kick Processed Foods

Skipping out on processed foods is easier said than done. Grocery markets are flooded with them! While some processing is necessary for some foods, like the bacteria-killing pasteurization process for milk, others add in chemicals and other hard to read ingredients to prolong shelf-life. While processed foods are bad for everyone, they can be especially dangerous for those with an increased ris...

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Fiber for Diabetes

Did you know that fiber is an important factor in helping manage or prevent diabetes?  Having a healthy source of fiber at each meal can help prevent spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels. Some fruits that are tasty and rich in fiber are bananas, oranges, apples, mangoes, strawberries, and raspberries! Unfortunately, people with severe diabetes may not be able to eat some of those fruits du...

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Beat that Sedentary Lifestyle

Physical activity is important for everyone, but it’s especially important for those who are at risk for developing diabetes. Several studies have shown a sedentary lifestyle frighteningly increases the risk of developing diabetes. Those who have desk jobs and come home to just sit on the couch afterward have at least a 90% higher chance of becoming diabetic than someone who leads an active lif...

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Portion Control for Diabetics

Those with diabetes know just how important managing what they eat and portion control is. Eating too much or too little can throw your blood glucose levels out of whack. It’s a careful balance that is individual to each person, depending on the severity of the disease. If you’re diabetic and have been eating healthily but have still been dealing with fluxes in your blood sugar, maybe your port...

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Drug and Alcohol Clearing House - HCE Occupational Medicine

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse goes into effect on January 6, 2020. The Clearinghouse is a secure online database that gives employers and other authorized users information about commercial driver’s licenses and allows permit holders access to information needed to make informed safety decisions.   Beginning January 6, 2020 employers will be ab...

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Fun Family Haunts this Fall - Blanchard, LA

Hey moms and dads! Want something fun and safe to do with your kids this Halloween? Well, check out these fun Halloween and fall-themed activities this month!  October 17 Drop by the Shreve Memorial Library’s Blanchard Branch for fall-themed storytime! They will be reading books like Nursery Rhymes, Pumpkin Pumpkin, Fall Leaves, It's Pumpkin Time, and Moonlight the Halloween Cat. They will al...

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Fun Family Haunts this Fall - Marshall, TX

Hey moms and dads! Want something fun and safe to do with your kids this fall? Try out these fun community events going on!   October 17 Bring the family to Bear Creek Smokehouse at 10857 State Highway 154, Marshall, TX for a fun-filled Business After Hours event from 4:30-7:30 p.m.! Watch the pumpkin carving contest and try some of Bear Creek Smokehouse’s samples.  October 19 The Jefferson...

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Try the Pill Trick!

We all remember growing up and making that leap from taking liquid medicine to taking a pill! Many of us might remember struggling with swallowing a pill for the first time— maybe the first several times. Now, you have your own child struggling with the same issue. How do you help them get used to it?  First, before you move your child from liquid medicine to pills, make sure they are old enou...

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