Knowing When to Switch Things Up!
By: Jessica Hrdlicka MS, RD, LD/N, CDCES
Are you stuck in a diabetes rut? Do you feel like what was working for your diabetes management isn’t working anymore? Do you feel stuck and unmotivated? Then maybe it’s time to switch things up!
Examining your blood sugar trends, habits and emotions are a great place to start, but having extra help is a great way to get you to your goals! Make sure you are communicating with your doctor if you are experiencing medication side effects, loss or increase in appetite, depression, fatigue or can longer afford your medications.
Our bodies, schedules & seasons are always changing. In the diabetes space, new foods are available, different workouts, better medications and unique ways of thinking around diabetes are always evolving. If you have noticed your blood sugars are unstable, you are feeling burnt out or if you are sick of the same diet… then we are here to help!
Here at Palm Beach Diabetes and Endocrine Specialists we offer healthy meal planning classes to help you learn new foods available for diabetes, weight loss tips and teach you blood sugar lowering tips after meals. We also have certified diabetes education care specialists and registered dietitians to help create custom plans for you to not only achieve your blood sugars goals, but can help give you more confidence in your diabetes management. Our education team can help you learn carb counting, how to balance meals for better blood sugar, how to lose weight with diabetes, provide fun recipes as well as how to prevent diabetes complications.
For more ways to help you get out of your rut this season call 561-659-6336 ext 8012 to schedule an appointment with a certified diabetes care education specialists or registered dietitian today. Please enjoy our February 2022 Living Well with Diabetes Newsletter!
Can Diabetes Affect the Way You Think?
By: Morolake Amole, M.D.
Diabetes, especially when control is suboptimal is known to have several effects on the body. It is the reason why your healthcare providers are interested in keeping things under control. When blood sugar is too high (or too low for that matter) there can be some short term
and long term consequences. We all know about the effects of high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) on the eyes, nerves and kidneys, but what about the brain?
Hyperglycemia and its effect on cognitive function are evident though not well understood. There are several theories about this relationship. One theory is that high blood sugars have deleterious effects on neurotransmitter function leading to issues in cognition. This phenomenon is exacerbated by erratic blood sugars readings (switching back and forth between highs and lows).
What exactly does cognitive dysfunction look like in diabetes? Studies on diabetes management and mental function have shown that high blood sugars can lead to alterations in executive function, memory, recall, and information processing speeds. This means that high blood sugars can lead to trouble with performing tasks associated with daily living, remembering things and mental speed. There is also a psychological effect as people with uncontrolled diabetes are more likely to suffer from depression.
Examples of executive function:
- Managing time
- Controlling emotions
- Paying attention
- Working memory
Overall, working hard to maintain good blood sugar control is vital to good health. Also, it will help to decrease the risk of developing cognitive issues which can impact daily life.
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West Palm Beach Location
Temple Israel 1901 N. Flagler Drive
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Tuesday March 22nd10am-12pm
550 Heritage Drive, suite 150 Jupiter FL, 22458
Wednesday March 16th 5:30pm-7:30pm
Boynton Beach Location:
6056 Boynton Beach, Suite 245
Boynton Beach FL 33437
Thursday March 26th 10am-12pm
If interested attending this program please contact our scheduling department at (561) 659-6336 Extension 8001 today!
At Healthy Living with Diabetes we want to ensure that you are satisfied with all services received. We also would like your input on educational workshops that you would like us to offer, information you would like to read about in Healthy Living with Diabetes Monthly or feedback on any workshop that you may have attended. You can contact the director of education personally by email jcook@PBDES.COM or leave a message at (561) 659-6336 ext. 8012. We would love to hear from you!
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