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For Better Health, Make Small Changes One Step at a Time

(NAPSI)--When it comes to health, making positive lifestyle changes that include losing weight and being more active is a goal for many people. But often times, no matter how good the intentions, these changes only last a few weeks. Even if you know what to do to improve your health, figuring out how to do it and fitting it into your daily routine can present the biggest challenges.

Making small changes—step by step—can go a long way to help you manage or even prevent many serious health problems and diseases, such as diabetes. For example, if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, losing a small amount of weight (that's 10 to 15 pounds if you weigh 200 pounds) can help lower your chances of getting the disease. Try making small but gradual steps to be more active and follow a healthy meal plan. You can start by walking 10 minutes a day and gradually work up to 30 minutes a day, five days a week, and drink water instead of soda at each meal. If you have diabetes, making similar types of changes in your lifestyle can help you reach your blood sugar (glucose), blood pressure and cholesterol goals to prevent serious diabetes-related health problems such as heart attack and stroke.

Getting Started

So how do you get started making changes in how you care for your health? It's all a matter of trying and learning. It's about choosing a goal and working toward reaching your goal. Making a plan and taking the first step will help you reach your goal.

The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) provides a number of tools to help you better understand HOW to make changes in your day-to-day life to help you stay healthy. If you are ready to take the first step toward better health, the NDEP's Just One Step resource is a great place to start. This tool helps you identify one small step to take for a short period of time (such as one month) to begin to implement healthy changes. Once you have taken a few steps, you may need help making these changes stick as part of a daily routine. This becomes much easier if you 'Make A Plan.' NDEP's Make A Plan tool can help you think about what is important to your health and how to make a plan to help you reach your goal.

The NDEP's Diabetes HealthSense website, provides easy access to resources that can support people with diabetes and those at risk for the disease in making lifestyle changes and coping with the demands of diabetes.

To find links to resources from the NDEP such as Diabetes HealthSense, Just One Step, and Make A Plan, visit YourDiabetes Info.org/HealthSense.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Diabetes Education Program is jointly sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with the support of more than 200 partner organizations.

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Note to Editors: While this article is useful at any time, it may be particularly appropriate to run during November, which is National Diabetes Month or at year end for New Year's Resolutions.

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New Medicines To Fight Diabetes

(NAPSI)—There could be good news for the nearly 26 million people in the United States affected by diabetes: America 's biopharmaceutical research companies are currently developing 221 innovative new medicines to help treat diabetes.

Diabetes Facts And Figures

Today in America , one in 10 adults have diabetes and, if current trends continue, as many as one in three could develop the disease by 2050, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Diabetes rates are expected to rise sharply for a variety of reasons, including an aging population that is more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, as well as increases in minority groups at high risk for the disease and longer life spans among diabetes patients. If left untreated, diabetes can lead to severe health problems and complications, such as heart disease, stroke, vision loss and amputation.

The innovative medicines now being developed—all either in clinical trials or being reviewed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)—include 32 for type 1 diabetes, 130 for type 2 and 64 for diabetes-related conditions, according to a new report released by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).

In recent years, the FDA approved six new classes of type 2 diabetes medicines, giving patients and their doctors powerful new tools to treat the disease. Working with private-sector, university and government researchers, America 's biopharmaceutical research companies continue to explore many different approaches to battle diabetes.

What May Lie Ahead

•A once-daily medicine that selectively inhibits the protein associated with glucose metabolism.

•A medicine designed to inhibit an enzyme linked to diabetic neuropathy.

•A medicine to treat type 2 diabetes that may allow for once- weekly dosing.

"Diabetes is a serious chronic disease with far-reaching implications for American patients, families, our health care system and our economy," said PhRMA President and CEO John J. Castellani. "However, diabetes can be controlled through lifestyle interventions, and treatment with medications can also manage and slow the disease. The medicines in the pipeline represent an exciting new chapter in the ongoing quest to better treat this debilitating disease."

Learn More

You can see the report at http://phrma.org/sites/default/files /1869/diabetes2012.pdf and get further facts from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at www2.niddk.nih.gov/.

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Diabetes And Eye Health: A Closer Look

(NAPSI)—Those with diabetes should take a good look at their eye health.

That's the word from the American Diabetes Association. It reports that nearly 26 million people in the United States have diabetes and 12,000-24,000 people lose their sight because of the disease each year.

The American Optometric Association (AOA) encourages Americans with diabetes to schedule annual, dilated eye examinations to help detect and prevent eye and vision disorders that could lead to blindness.

Diabetic Eye Disorders

People with diabetes are at a significantly higher risk for developing eye diseases including glaucoma, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy, one of the most serious sight-threatening complications of diabetes. Consider the following:

• Those with diabetes are 40 percent more likely to suffer from glaucoma than people without diabetes.

• Those with diabetes are 60 percent more likely to develop cataracts. People with diabetes also tend to get them at a younger age and have them progress faster. With cataracts, the eye's clear lens clouds, blocking light and interfering with normal vision.

• Diabetic retinopathy is a condition that causes progressive damage to the retina, the light-sensitive lining at the back of the eye. Damage to the tiny blood vessels that nourish the retina causes swelling of retinal tissue and clouding of vision. If left untreated, diabetic retinopathy can cause blindness.

Since early warning signs of diabetic eye and vision disorders are often subtle or undetected, the AOA recommends that people—especially African Americans and Hispanics, who have a higher risk of developing diabetes—look for initial signs and contact a doctor of optometry if any of the following symptoms are present: sudden blurred or double vision, trouble reading or focusing on near-work, eye pain or pressure, a noticeable aura or dark ring around lights or illuminated objects, visible dark spots in vision or images of flashing lights.

Eye Health Tips

In addition to having yearly, comprehensive eye exams, the AOA offers the following tips to help prevent or slow the development of diabetic eye diseases:

• Take prescribed medication as directed.

• Keep glycohemoglobin test results ("A1c," or average blood sugar level) consistently under 7 percent.

• Stick to a healthy diet that includes omega-3s, fresh fruits and vegetables.

• Exercise regularly.

• Control high blood pressure.

• Avoid alcohol and smoking.

For more information on eye health, visit www.aoa.org.

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Cost-Effective Tips For Managing Diabetes

(NAPSI)—If you or anyone you care for is ever among the one in 10 Americans living with diabetes, it's important to recognize that managing this disease can seem both overwhelming and expensive—but it doesn't have to be.

The Problem

People with diabetes spend two and a half times on health care than the average consumer does and approximately $350 annually on over-the-counter health products.

Some Solutions

Whether you're newly diagnosed or have been managing diabetes for years, there are a number of cost-effective steps that can help you manage treatment while living a healthy life:

• Buy generic and in bulk. Generic medications are just as safe and effective as brand-name medications but generally lower in price. Pharmacists can recommend generic alternatives that will help maintain the effectiveness of an individual's regimen while saving them money, as well as more cost-effective prescription programs such as a 90-day supply prescription plan.

• Enroll in savings programs. Savings programs, such as the CVS/pharmacy ExtraCare Advantage for Diabetes program, offer great opportunities for people living with diabetes. Free to ExtraCare cardholders, it provides an additional layer of savings and benefits. Members who sign up for the program get a $5 offer on diabetes-related products and Double ExtraBucks Rewards on more than 100 products throughout the year. Shoppers can have more than $130 in savings on CVS.com/diabetes, as well as exclusive, members-only tips, recipes and savings every month in an e-newsletter.

• Be proactive. People living with diabetes should be active participants in their own health care, and shouldn't be afraid to ask questions. Health experts, such as pharmacists, can offer advice for effectively managing this chronic condition. Pharmacists can also be a great resource in recommending less-expensive alternatives for medications and medical equipment, in addition to offering assistance with finding healthy diet alternatives. Be proactive and ask your pharmacist any questions you have about managing diabetes and saving money. Also, take advantage of free diabetes screening programs, such as CVS/pharmacy's Project Health program.

• Learn more. You can find further facts and tips at www.cvs.com/diabetes.

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Myths About Diabetes: Injecting Is Complicated

(NAPSI)—According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes affects 25.8 million Americans. Type 1 diabetes can occur at any age but is most often diagnosed in children, teens or young adults. Type 2 most often occurs in adulthood. Treatment options can include diet, exercise and medication that may require multiple injections a day, such as insulin and GLP-1 incretins. For many people with diabetes, the idea of injecting insulin may seem complicated—but it doesn't have to be. New injection options and recommendations are helping to simplify the injection process.

Shorter pen needles are one innovation that is making injection therapy easier—and more comfortable. Available with thinner gauges and modified needle tips, 4mm needles make it easier for patients to inject insulin, as most patients don't need to "pinch up" the skin when injecting—a technique that is needed when using longer needles to avoid hitting the muscle with the needle. Needles as short as 4mm are effective for children as well as adult patients, including those with a high body mass index (BMI). Longer needles could go too deep into the patient's body and actually deliver insulin into the muscle, where absorption could be unpredictable and potentially create unanticipated hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) conditions.

Not having to "pinch up" also enables patients to use just one hand when administering their injection treatments, which allows for more discreet injections. A one-handed injection technique also makes it possible to rotate to additional injection sites such as the upper arms and buttocks. Proper site rotation helps prevent lumps—often called "lipos"—from developing under the skin, which can occur when frequently injecting into the same site.

Recommendations from the American Association of Diabetes Educators emphasize the importance of selecting the shortest needle possible for insulin injections. To find out more about your options, ask your doctor about shorter needles. Visit www.bd.com/nano to see new needle innovations that improve the ease and comfort of injections.

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Innovative Treatment Can Help Heal Serious Diabetes Complication

(NAPSI)—Whether you have diabetes, or know someone who does, you're most likely familiar with the importance of controlling the disease through diet and exercise, an insulin regimen or both. However, even for those who strive to effectively manage their condition, serious and debilitating complications such as diabetic foot ulcers can occur. Fortunately, an innovative treatment option is available in a wound care center near you.

"Diabetic foot ulcers are common, often painless, complications that are caused by nerve damage and/or poor circulation. Because patients may not experience pain or discomfort with the ulcers, the wounds can go untreated for long periods of time, which can lead to severe consequences," said Dr. Desmond Bell, Board Certified Wound Specialist and founder of the Save A Leg, Save A Life Foundation. "The key to preventing additional complications with ongoing diabetic foot ulcers is to seek treatment at a wound care center where professionals can appropriately address the medical needs of the situation."

Wound care centers provide advanced wound healing techniques and state-of-the-art wound assessment, testing and treatment for people suffering from acute and chronic (hard to heal) wounds. Although wound healing can take time, if you have a foot wound that has not healed in four weeks with conventional therapies, consult with a doctor at a local wound care center about trying Apligraf®. Apligraf is a unique living cell-based treatment that plays a more active role in wound healing by delivering living cells, proteins produced by the cells, and collagen, which each play an important role in healing. Apligraf is the only product with FDA approval for healing both venous leg ulcers and diabetic foot ulcers. To find a wound care center near you, visit www.apligraf.com.

In addition to medical treatment, Dr. Bell recommends that people with diabetes take preventative action and check for signs of diabetic foot ulcers by following these tips to stay foot healthy:

• Reduce your risk factors—Work with your endocrinologist to control blood glucose and high cholesterol, and avoid smoking and drinking alcohol.

• Appropriately protect your feet—Visit with your podiatrist to discuss appropriate prevention techniques, such as recommended footwear and toenail maintenance.

• Look at your feet daily—Check your feet daily for cuts, blisters, red spots, or swelling. Inform your doctor immediately if you see any changes or injuries.

Important Safety Information: Apligraf is FDA-approved for the treatment of venous leg ulcers and diabetic foot ulcers lasting longer than one month that have not adequately responded to conventional therapy. It contains living cells, proteins produced by the cells, and collagen. Complications may include suspected wound or non-wound infection, skin inflammation, wound drainage, swelling, a skin tear or cut, pain, a new ulcer, red, flaky skin, bone infection, rash, low or high blood sugar, bruising, swelling, worsening ulcer and dry skin. Apligraf should not be used if your wound is infected or if you are allergic to cow collagen or the agarose shipping medium. For more information, please read the complete prescribing information available at Apligraf.com.

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Help Your Heart And More

(NAPSI)—Although heart disease is the cause of one in four deaths in America today, you don't have to be a part of those statistics.

A Fruitful Solution

A simple citrus fruit, bergamot, can help. It contains antioxidants to protect cells from oxidative stress and neutralize free radicals. Research on bergamot extract published in peer-reviewed journals showed:

• Reductions in total cholesterol of approximately 30 percent;

• Reductions in LDL (bad) cholesterol of 38 percent;

• Reductions in triglycerides of up to 40 percent;

• Increases in HDL (good) cholesterol of up to 42 percent;

• Reductions in blood sugar of between 20 and 30 percent.

Although bitter in taste, the patented extract of the fruit makes it easier to take and helps target cholesterol, blood pressure, blood glucose and abdominal obesity, the major components of metabolic syndrome, also known as prediabetes. This affects about 35 percent of the U.S. population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Called BergaMet MEGA, this all-natural dietary supplement also helps support weight management when paired with a healthy diet and exercise.

Explained cardiologist Ross Walker, M.D., "We're talking about 'diabesity,' which represents all of the problems of metabolic syndrome rolled into one. The multiple properties of the bergamot fruit allow it to work at many levels in cardiovascular prevention."

According to one cardiologist, who purchased 450 bottles of BergaMet Pro, he is seeing benefits in lipid levels and significant weight loss in just seven weeks.

Learn More

You can find further facts and order a supply at www.bergamet.com and (855) 556-2131.

 

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Gain Help With Losing Weight

(NAPSI)—The United States leads the world in obesity with more than a third of the population considered obese.

If you've long feared that you have a slim chance of getting and staying fit, you're not alone and there is great news!

There Is An Answer

Getting to your ideal weight can be easier when you have support. That's where an ingenious idea from France comes in.

A diet and exercise program popular with many celebrities is now available to all Americans. You don't have to buy special foods or attend any meetings. Instead, you get a program designed just for you and your lifestyle and personal online coaching to help you stick with it.

The high-protein, low-fat, low- carbohydrate weight loss plan was created by acclaimed French medical doctor and nutritionist Dr. Pierre Dukan.

Devised for healthy eating and lifelong weight management, the Dukan Diet lets you eat all you want from a list of 100 delicious, fresh foods anytime you're hungry. You eat until you're full with no counting of any kind.

To help, there's Dukan Diet Coaching, a unique, fully personalized, interactive platform. It tracks your daily progress while giving you access to an extensive support base—making dieting easier.

How It Works

First, calculate your True Weight by simply answering 11 questions that determine the weight you can reach and maintain for the rest of your life. Next, you'll get a personalized program that tells you how many days each phase of the program will last and how much weight you will lose.

The Four Phases

• The Attack phase is short and consists of pure protein that creates a kick start to the diet.

• The Cruise phase adds vegetables every other day as you steadily reach your True Weight.

• The Consolidation phase is designed to prevent rebound weight by gradually returning previously restricted foods and allowing for two "celebration" meals per week.

• The Stabilization phase keeps weight off for the rest of your life.

Since monitoring is crucial, Dr. Dukan developed a unique interactive loop to keep in touch with you.

Every morning, you get a food menu and exercises for the day as well as personal advice and support from Dr. Dukan to keep you motivated.

Every evening, you report back about your day, your physical activity, weight and measurements, motivations, frustrations, food lapses and any foods you miss.

The next day, the information and instructions you get reflect your report from the night before.

Dr. Dukan's Team hosts daily live chat sessions.

In addition, you can share success stories, helpful tips and suggestions with other dieters in the member Forum.

Coaching Is Key

While diet and exercise are key elements of any weight management program, what separates the Dukan approach from others is coaching.

The Diet Coaching aspect of the program is a unique, fully personalized, interactive platform. It allows you to track your daily progress while giving you access to an extensive support base designed to make your dieting easier.

The Customer Support Team is also a key element of the coaching process, providing program participants with daily feedback. With Dukan Diet Coaching you get personal attention from Dr. Dukan's Team, and you weigh yourself in the privacy of your home.

Learn More

You can learn more, get your True Weight calculated and sign up for the coaching program online at www.dukandiet.com or by calling (855) 385-2648.

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