Protecting Your Family From Secondhand Smoke

The Surgeon General has said that not allowing any smoking in indoor spaces is the only way to fully protect nonsmokers from breathing secondhand smoke. Separating smokers from nonsmokers (like “no smoking” sections in restaurants), cleaning the air, and airing out buildings does not completely get rid of secondhand smoke exposure. How you can protect your family from secondhand smoke Take these steps to protect your kids’ health. Do not allow anyone to smoke near your child. Do not smoke or let others smoke in your home or car. Use childcare providers who do not smoke. Do not eat in … Continue reading

Meal planning for vegetarian diets

Many people are choosing to follow a vegetarian diet these days. People who follow a vegetarian diet do not eat any meat (meaning no red meat, poultry, seafood, or products made with these foods). This diet is a healthy option to consider, but it should be well-planned. If you choose to follow a vegetarian diet, be sure to eat a mix of vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, nuts, and low-fat dairy products (if you choose to include dairy). There are many different types of vegetarian diets. The most common types are: •    Vegan—This group does not eat meat, eggs, or … Continue reading

Learning how to change habits

A lot of your diabetes care is up to you. You may have already changed some habits to take better care of yourself. Perhaps you exercise more now than you did before you were diagnosed with diabetes. Maybe you’d like to change other habits but you’re stuck—you feel like you just can’t get started. Changing habits can be hard to do. But you can learn a step-by-step approach that will help you reach your goals. What happens when you change a habit? Every change involves several stages: • Precontemplation. Maybe you think that a change would help but you’re not … Continue reading

Getting started with physical activity

No matter how old you are or what kind of shape you’re in, physical activity can do a lot for you. If you’re interested in becoming more active, these steps will help you get ready for a routine that’s safe and enjoyable. – Have a checkup and find out which activities will be safe for you. – Choose what you’ll do for your routine and make detailed plans. – Find out how physical activity can affect your blood glucose (sugar) levels. – Learn how to avoid low blood glucose and what to do if it happens. – Plan how to … Continue reading

Interview with Dr. Deeb Salem

An interview with Deeb Salem, Chairman of the Department of Adult Medicine at Tufts Medical Center and a long time member of AACA’s Board of Directors. Sampan:  Dr. Salem, why is everyone so concerned about being over-weight and obese? Salem:  The statistics have been telling us that Americans have been gaining weight over the last few decades for a number of reasons.  Being over-weight and obese puts people at risk for other serious medical problems that could be avoided, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease and type 2 diabetes.  These conditions can lead to other serious health … Continue reading

Cook with heart-healthy Foods

You can protect your heart and blood vessels by eating less saturated fat and by choosing the types of fats that help your cholesterol levels. The ingredients you use and the way you cook can make a big difference. Try these tips: Cook with less fat Use a low-fat or fat-free way to cook. You can cut down on total fat by broiling, microwaving, baking, roasting, steaming, or grilling foods. Nonstick pans and cooking sprays also work well. Boost the flavor with seasonings and sauces instead of fats. Look for recipes that use herbs and spices for flavor instead of … Continue reading