Diabetes: 7 Symptoms You Don’t See

African Americans have the highest rate of diabetes, but get this: it’s a preventable disease. We can actually win the fight against it.

Genetic traits, the prevalence of obesity, and insulin resistance all contribute to the risk of diabetes in the African American community. African Americans also have a high rate of diabetic complications, because of poor glycemic control and racial disparities in health care in the USA.

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As Sweet As Sugar

No getting around it, we Americans have a sweet tooth. Most of us eat the equivalent of 22 teaspoons, approximately 350 calories, of sugar a day.  For those who are trying to lose weight or must watch their blood sugar as with diabetes, too much sugar can be a problem.  Artificial sweeteners are consumed daily worldwide. They have been used for over 100 years.  Sweeteners are so much sweeter than sugar (hundreds to thousands of times sweeter), a very small amount is needed to achieve the same amount of sweetness one gets from sugar.

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Health Tests Every Black Man Needs

Men aren’t often proactive in taking care of their health needs and the women in their lives may be the ones who push them to get the medical care they require. But, if you’re a Black man and want to stay healthy, it’s imperative that you take charge of your health and make sure you get a physical annually and these specific screenings as recommended. In doing so, it can make a huge difference in your longevity and good health. Here are five health tests every Black man needs:

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Digital Monitoring: My Fitness Pal

Looking for an app to help you track your activities and help you monitor the types of food you eat? My Fitness Pal may be the app you’ve been looking for. A jack of all trades, My Fitness Pal allows you to track nutrition and exercise either from the web or from their iOS, Android, or Windows operating system. My Fitness Pal makes the entire process of improving health, easy and is probably one of the easiest, most intuitive apps to use for this purpose. By allowing you to monitor what you eat each moment of your day, this app can be the key to helping you lose weight, maintain your weight, or achieve your nutrition and fitness goals.  

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Heart Failure Signs Every Woman Should Know

Heart failure occurs when something damages the heart muscle or lessens its ability to pump effectively, the Harvard Heart Letter, published in September 2016 says. It’s important to note, that while “faulty heart valves,” or pre-existing conditions like high blood pressure and genetic disease may also be to blame – for women, unlike men, heart attack symptoms are often unrelated to chest pain.

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Heart Health Month

February is American Heart Month.  A federally designated event to remind Americans to focus on their heart health and encourage families, friends, and communities to learn more about how to protect their health and be healthy. One in 2,300 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day, an average of one death every 38 seconds. In fact, cardiovascular diseases, including stroke, claim the lives of about one woman every 80 seconds. This month, take the steps necessary to protect your heart and learn all you can about the ways you can promote your heart’s health. Here are a few ideas on what you can do to protect your heart. 

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Healthy Super Bowl Party Alternatives

This weekend is Super Bowl Sunday and no matter if you’re rooting for your favorite team or just watching for the commercials, you’re going to want snacks during the game. Many Super Bowl snacks are loaded with carbs, fats, salt, and sugar. Loading up on this type of food is not good in the long run for your health.

We’ve put together a list of delicious, healthy snack alternatives for your family and friends to try!

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Snoozing Is Not Losing

We live in a busy world. Between work, family obligations, and friends, it can be hard to find time to eat, much less get enough sleep. And in our attempt to get everything accomplished, we often cut corners with sleep– a vital component to healing and wellbeing.  Sleep is the time when our body recuperates to heals itself. Additionally, sleep plays a large part in helping the brain retain information. Ideally, we should devote one-third of our day to sleep but we are constantly connected to devices, filling our schedules with activities, and working long hours; sleep hours are the first thing we sacrifice to make room for the many other elements of our life.  Though there are still many elements of sleep that scientists are still researching, but one thing is very clear, cutting back on sleep can hurt your health.  

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