Is Being a Plus-size a Feminist Issue?

By Nadia Al-Samarrie I recently went on a 7.8-mile trek to a beautiful place in Hood Mountain, nestled in the hills of Santa Rosa California. Overlooking a breath-taking view of Kenwood, Napa and Sonoma County, I felt as if I was floating in the sky on a suspended rock, 2,100 feet above sea level. Gunsight Rock, a coveted observation lookout, only fits two sitting people

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Diabetes Health Type 2: Eating Freshly-Cooked Vegetables Works for This Type 2 Diabetic

When diagnosed as Type 2 five years ago, Susan Carroll wasn’t surprised since both of her parents also were Type 2. She listened to what the doctor told her and immediately started taking Metformin. Januvia was added.   The oral medications helped stabilize her blood sugar levels and Susan also spoke with a nutritionist who gave her guidelines about what to eat. Additionally, the nutritionist

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Diabetes Health in The News: Just 6 months of walking may reverse cognitive decline, study says

Aging is a normal part of life, but that doesn’t mean you can’t give the process a piece of your mind! Or, as the case may be, take that piece right back. Walking has been show to help improve your cognitive function and actually slow down the aging of your mind. In fact, walking can help keep your body and heart healthy, too! A recent

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Type 1&2 Diabetes: A 15 Minute Walk Can Curb Chocolate Cravings

By Michele Stanten, Walking Coach and ACE-Certified Group Fitness Instructor There are countless physical activities out there, but walking is one the easiest ways to make a positive change and effectively improve your health. Studies have found that even two-minute walking breaks can improve the function of disease-fighting and metabolism-boosting genes. And as little as one minute of walking at a heart-pumping pace can help keep

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Living With Type 2 Diabetes: 5 Ways to Make the Most of 5-lb. Hand Weights

Have you ever been on a trip away from home and only had access to one set of weights or minimal equipment? My clients have asked me to help them make the most out of what little they have to work with.  So I thought you might like the help too. Let’s get something straight: The lower body contains the largest muscles and typically requires

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Diabetes Health Type 2: Is Weight Training Beneficial For Diabetics?

Q: Is weight training beneficial for people with diabetes? A: In general, weight training is a safe and effective physical activity when properly done. The American College of Sports Medicine recently advocated weight training for the average adult because of its important health benefits. Benefits include fitness, reduced number of falls in senior citizens, hardening of bone thus combating osteoporosis, and even improved level of

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Diabetes Health Type 2 Diabetes: How (Non-Diabetic) Others See Us

It’s always fun to get a different take on things. You sit for years a few rows up from first base and then one day you decide to go sit out by left field. Who knew the game could look so different? Or maybe a friend pokes you and points at a person in the crowd, “Hey, he looks like you!” Intrigued, you look at

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Diabetes Health Type 2: Bike Maintenance as Body Maintenance

When first diagnosed with type 2 diabetes two years ago, I was scared into a very rigid regime of diet and exercise. The first thing I did was register for the Tour de Cure – a bike ride sponsored by the American Diabetes Association. Establishing a goal served as an incentive to train and exercise daily. Six months later, I had lost 25 pounds and

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AskNadia: Does Taking One Baby Aspirin for Cardiovascular Benefit Men Only?

Hello Nadia, I read somewhere that the cardiovascular benefits of one baby aspirin a night only applies to men….is this true? My GP has me taking one baby aspirin at bed time due to my family history of cardiovascular disease (father, deceased of CHF at 65; first heart attack at age 50) although I show no signs/symptoms thus far (normal to low BP, clear cardiac

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