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Thanks to the FDA, I now have a clutter-free, neatly organized medicine cabinet for the first time since stockpiling it for the arrival of twin babies. It's amazing how much stuff you can fit (aka "cram"!) into a tiny medicine closet. Now I'm left like many parents, smack in the middle of cold and flu season with the newfound knowledge that not only are over-the-counter cold and cough medicines not even effective for children under two, they're potentially dangerous.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1,500 babies and toddlers have wound up in emergency rooms over the past two years after having a bad reaction to cold medicines. In 2007, the FDA found 54 reported child deaths from decongestants and 69 child deaths from antihistamines from 1969 and fall 2006, most involving children under 2. In 2007, Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Baltimore's health commissioner, petitioned the FDA to end the use of nonprescription cold remedies by children under 6, a move...
It’s pretty easy to feel like the only person with diabetes during your day-to-day life. At my work, there are a couple people with Type 2 diabetes but no one close to my age with Type 1. And I talk about my diabetes with my friends from time to time, but usually they are asking me questions and trying to learn about it (which is really great!). I do have one friend I work with (he’s also my trainer) who knows a TON about diabetes and is usually teaching me instead of the other way around, which is cool because I’m the one learning, and I never have to explain to him why diabetes is challenging. He already gets it. Still, nothing is quite the same as talking with someone who has it and just really knows what it’s like. That’s why we all need to make sure we find our own community of people with diabetes. When I was in high school, I went to a group for teenagers with chronic illnesses of all kinds, some had diabetes, some had cancer, Crohn’s disease,...
A healthy well-balanced diet is an essential part of glucose
control for people who have diabetes. However, having diabetes does
not mean that you have to eat special foods or feel deprived. But
you do need to plan ahead and be more thoughtful when it comes to
what and when you eat.
Carbohydrates serve as the main energy source for the body.
During digestion they are broken down into blood sugar and so too
many or too few carbohydrates can cause your blood glucose levels
to spike or drop. It is important to include them in your diet, in
fact 50 to 60 percent of your daily calories should come from
carbohydrate sources. For optimal blood sugar control, most of your
carbohydrate should come from:
Low-fat dairy products
Eating the same amount of carbohydrates each day helps control
blood sugar. It is also important to spread your carbohydrate-rich
foods throughout the day to keep your blood sugar levels
consistent. If you have diabetes, ...
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