Exercise is critical for people with diabetes

Wound Care at Memorial Hospital recognizes National Physical Fitness Month

CONWAY — May is National Physical Fitness Month, but for many people starting an exercise routine can seem daunting especially if they have health conditions that lead to inactivity, such as diabetes.
There are an estimated 29.1 million people in the United States with diabetes. Physical activity can help manage and prevent diabetes. When a person is active, cells inside the body become more sensitive to insulin. Cells also remove glucose from the blood during exercise.
"Consistently exercising can help lower blood glucose levels and improve A1C. With a lower A1C, patients may be able to take fewer diabetes medications or less insulin," says D. Scott Covington, MD, chief medical officer for Healogics.
The Wound Care Center at Memorial Hospital, a member of the Healogics network, and the Miranda Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at Memorial Hospital offer these exercise tips to people living with diabetes.
• Before starting an exercise program, talk with your health care professional regarding any concerns or complications.
• Check blood glucose before and after exercise to learn how your body responds. Those at risk for low blood glucose should have a source of carbohydrates nearby while exercising.
• Since dehydration is often an issue with diabetes, it is important to drink water early and frequently when exercising.
• For diabetics with reduced sensation, prolonged walking, jogging, using a treadmill and step exercises are not recommended. Instead, try swimming, bicycling, rowing, chair and arm exercises and other non-weight-bearing activities.
• Proper footwear is essential. The use of silica gel or air midsoles, as well as polyester or cotton/polyester socks, will help prevent blisters and keep feet dry.
• There are many ways to increase physical activity besides formal exercise, such as gardening, housecleaning and even marching in place or walking around the house during TV commercial breaks.
For more information about living a healthy life and exercising with diabetes, contact the Wound Care at Memorial Hospital or the Miranda Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at (603) 356-4949 or visit online at www.memorialhospitalnh.org/diabetes.

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The soothing power of reiki

With Mother's Day approaching, it's a wonderful time to share the benefits of reiki for moms and babies, in particular, although everyone can benefit, even plants and animals. All of us need nurturing, kindness, love and compassion, plus the gentleness of human touch is soothing and relaxing.
Reiki originated in Japan and is based on the idea that energy exists in everything and affects our bodies' functioning. "Universal life energy is all around us; everything has it." By placing hands on positions that correlate to reiki's identified body energy centers or "chakras," reiki practictioners serve as conduits to channel universal energy to enhance and balance energy in the recipient's body.
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Girl Scouts create Mother's Day cards for Visiting Nurse clients

CONWAY – One hundred handmade Mother's Day cards are being delivered to the homebound clients of Visiting Nurse, Home Care & Hospice, thanks to the Girl Scouts of Troop 23923. Joined by their leaders, Angie Battles and Heather O'Dell, the girls recently visited the Visiting Nurse office with their cards and to learn more about home care.

The girls come from Bartlett, Center Conway, Conway and Madison. In addition to bringing their cards, the scouts enjoyed some healthy snacks, shared stories about the difficulties people face when they are injured or disabled, and tried out wheelchairs, canes and walkers. Visiting Nurse, Home Care & Hospice Director Sandy Ruka, Human Resources Director Bev Holmes and hospice volunteer coordinator Julie Lanoie talked about all the different ways people might be helped by home care services.
The cards are being distributed to agency clients before Mother's Day, and there was discussion of possible future collaborative projects between the Girl Scouts and the Visiting Nurse agency.
Visiting Nurse, Home Care & Hospice is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization licensed by the states of New Hampshire and Maine, a Medicare-certified home health agency and a Medicare-certified Hospice. For more information about the agency's home health and longterm care services or to make a donation, call (603) 356-7006 or (800) 499-4171, or visit www.VNHCH.org.

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Diet Detective: Interview with chef and farm-to-table advocate

By Charles Platkin
Dan Barber is the award-winning chef of Blue Hill, a restaurant in Manhattan's West Village, and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, located within the non-profit farm and education center Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture in upstate New York. Chef Barber, the author of "The Third Plate" (Penguin Press, 2014), is an innovative and recognized leader in food and agriculture policy. I had the opportunity to do an email interview with him and learn more about some of his thoughts and philosophy on food, farm-to-table restaurants, and being a chef.
Diet Detective: I would love to know how you became interested in food.
Chef Dan Barber: I grew up in New York City but spent my summers haying the fields at Blue Hill, my grandmother's farm in the Berkshires. She had a sense of responsibility about preserving the landscape, and I think that eventually translated into my feelings about food, which are to some extent that there is a responsibility attached to the way we eat or the place that we eat.
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Remedies from the Earth: Relax with grapefruit oil

By Deb Jasien
The surging popularity of essential oils and aromatherapy may seem like a New Age trend, but the practice has actually been around for centuries. These essential oils are natural remedies with incredible power, and there are many essential oil resources online giving worrisome blanket advice about their use. Because of the strength of essential oils, you should always be cautious of overusing them.
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