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If you are overweight, your chances of getting Type 2 diabetes (adult onset diabetes) are higher than normal and the more obese you are the higher the risk.

Even gestational diabetes happens at a higher rate in people that are overweight than people that are closer to their ‘ideal’ weight.

I’ve read articles that state that approximately 90% of all Type 2 diabetics are overweight. This statistic is scary because the extra weight can cause serious health problems and these problems are often magnified when you add the complications from this disease.

If you are a diabetic, the best thing you can do for your health and disease is to find a way to get as close as possible to your ‘ideal’ weight while working with your medical professional.

Diabetic foods don’t have to taste nasty and you don’t have to feel like you are being cheated out of the good stuff. You might be surprised how good some of these dishes, appetizers and deserts can be.

You can start to take control of your weight by adding exercise and a diabetic diet you’ve worked out with your health care professional to your normal routine.

As you approach your ‘ideal’ weight, you might find that you’ll need less medication, be healthier longer, feel better, have more energy and just maybe have a little extra money in your pocket because you’re spending less on health care.

If you choose to ignore your excess weight, you risk the potential development of a condition called insulin resistance. This means your body has trouble responding to the insulin it needs to use sugar and glucose on a cellular level.

Diabetes is a disease that means you are in a fight for your life. It isn’t as dramatic as cancer or other life threatening diseases that are headline grabbers but it can be just as fatal if you fail to take control. You CAN live a long and healthy life that is high on QUALITY if you are willing to fight for that life.

Listen to your doctor’s orders and follow them. Educated yourself about your disease and learn how to naturally control it. Exercise and the right diabetic foods can play an important role in taking control. You have the strength to fight for a quality life but you might need to learn how to tap into that strength.

Let your diabetic condition be your motivation to take control of your diabetes so you can enjoy your life and your loved ones as much as possible for as long as possible. Diabetes and excess fat are not compatible so take action now.

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There are two primary causes of halitosis. Medical issues that need addressed or poor oral hygiene are the two primary causes of bad breath.

If you don’t drink enough water, don’t brush your teeth at least in the morning and just before bed and don’t floss regularly, you are setting yourself up for halitosis which could probably have either been prevented or at least minimized.

I realize it is not always possible to brush teeth after a meal away from home and bad breath is inevitable if you have enjoyed a meal full of aromatic spices. Finding time to floss can be almost as hard as finding time to brush but traces of food stuck inside the mouth will lose no time in raising a stink!

Regular trips to the dentist to have you teeth cleaned and checked is a big inconvenience for many BUT irregular visits to dentists will inevitably lead to bacterial colonies finding refuge in the gums and they can be extremely difficult to completely dislodge. The mouth is home to some beneficial bacteria but poor oral hygiene allows the bad bacteria to grow out of control. A combination of good personal hygiene and regular dental exams should be enough to rule out most of the typical causes of halitosis.

Medical Causes of Halitosis

Diabetes, cancer and intestinal conditions are just a few of the medical conditions that may make their presence known through bad breath before other symptoms show. Your dentist can often rule out oral causes of your newly acquired case of bad breath so you can go to your medical doctor for further investigation and testing.

Diabetics often have weakened immune systems so bacterial infections are always possible.

Sudden changes in your diet can cause bad breath. Fasting may cause ketosis as does a high protein diet which excludes carbohydrates. The bodies of people trying to lose weight rapidly or to rapidly build muscle mass tend to use fat for energy and smelly ketones build up in blood which often finds their way to the lungs in the process. This is why special diets should be custom prepared for each individual by qualified experts.

Ketones are highly odorous chemicals which are formed when the body burns fat instead of carbohydrate for energy. You body eliminates ketones from the blood through perspiration, in urine, and by way of your exhaled breath.

Now that you know some of the causes of halitosis, it is up to you to take care of yourself and to work with the appropriate healthcare professionals to reduce or eliminate the problem.

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Your self esteem, confidence in your abilities and even your identity is at risk when you have a chronic disease, illness or life altering event that reshapes your outlook on life.

A child with asthma or diabetes has to deal with being unable to do some things or taking medication to be as close to ‘normal’ as possible. Because of their medical conditions, these children may be teased or feel left out which is a serious blow to their self esteem. Kids can be cruel to anyone that is even slightly different so building a positive self image can be a nightmare. Do you remember seeing children that were left out of activities because of their medical problems, their lack of a support group and the tough times they faced?

Every child that is seen as different whether from an illness, injury or just being new to the area should, in my opinion, have Real Self-Esteem Now! (9-13 yrs) and Supreme Confidence Now! to help them build a positive self image. Their peers may help that in the future but at the point of being new, ill or injured they will feel alone and isolated.

Teenagers that have serious illnesses or injuries seldom face the peer put downs younger children do but they still take a serious hit to their self esteem and confidence.

Like teenagers with serious health issues or injuries, adults suffer with the need to rebuild their self esteem and confidence.

Let’s use a few health examples to illustrate my point.

Cancer – Children with cancer aren’t usually taunted by their peers but they often have low self esteem because they feel like outsiders looking in. teenagers and adults suffering with cancer take an even bigger hit to their self image because they’ve had more time to establish their identity.

Spinal Cord Injury – Children may get teased at first because of the wheelchair but the cool factor of the wheelchair may blunt the teasing or eliminate it entirely. They’ll still feel like outsiders because their activities are somewhat limited. Because of these limitations, their self esteem and confidence in their abilities may suffer.

Teenagers with spinal cord injuries have had a longer time to establish their self esteem, confidence and identity so this type of injury will knock the wind out of them and their plans. Many will struggle for years to feel good about themselves and quite a few will never like themselves as much as they did prior to the injury. Their confidence in their future and how they are going to handle life has just been tossed out the window. The work required to help these teens cope and rebuild their confidence and self esteem is massive and many relatives are NOT much help because THEY are adapting to the changes in their loved ones.

Adults have usually had time to establish both their self image and careers before they experience a spinal cord injury so this life altering experience often destroys careers, relationships, how they feel about themselves and their confidence. Imagine your world being turned upside down in an instant.

You may have to fight for your life before you start rehabilitation. You are in a hospital so privacy isn’t something you’ll have. Depending on the severity of your injury, you may need lifelong assistance feeding yourself, urinating and having bowel movements. Don’t you think any one of these will batter your self image?

While you are in rehab, you are classified as a paraplegic or a quadriplegic. Your identity prior to your injury does not exist in this environment. After you complete rehab, you may or may not be able to resume your career. Even if you are able to return to your previous career, you may find that you will need adaptive devices or adjustments to your work station to accommodate your wheelchair. You may also find that your co-workers will treat you differently. Each of these may or may not affect your self image but you will feel the effects as they are all added together. Don’t you think your self esteem will suffer from a one to two year absence from work then having to play catch up from a totally different perspective about the world and your place in it? How shaken do you think your confidence in your ability to provide for yourself, your loved ones and your retirement will be?

You don’t have to have cancer, a spinal cord injury, stroke, diabetes or any other life altering illness or injury to have your self esteem, confidence or other core mental condition affected. Your brain is an organic computer that is constantly having its programming altered by life experiences, health and every sensory input you receive.

The input you receive doesn’t have to be within your conscious awareness to affect you. Positive and negative input is received daily from multiple sources and how much you receive and you interpret this data will determine your future actions.

I cannot recommend strongly enough that you visit Think Right Now and read the multiple testimonials for each of the areas that you or a loved one may need to improve. Anyone facing a chronic health condition, serious illness or life altering injury should have the self esteem, supreme confidence and I am healed now CDs in their arsenal of tools for dealing with life. I wish these tools had been available when I broke my neck diving in 1969 because I’m sure they would have sped up my adjustment to my new life. I’m equally sure you will experience big benefits like thousands of others should you choose to use these tools. The testimonials for I am healed now are particularly inspiring.

Asthma, diabetes, spinal cord injuries and cancer are just a few examples of medical problems that can turn your thinking away from the positives in life to focusing on your problem which is self destructive in many ways. I’m willing to bet that you know of at least one person with a medical problem that would benefit from one or more of these self help CDs or one of the others not mentioned here. Think Right Now has a 6 month warranty on each product so the risk factor doesn’t come into play. If you take the time to read the pages on the website AND the testimonials from actual users, you may find that a problem can be eliminated or made a LOT more bearable.

I Am Healed Now! may not heal everything but it creates in you a mindset that gives your body and mind a fighting chance.

Real Self-Esteem Now! helps you like yourself so you want to get better.

Real Self-Esteem Now! (9-13 yrs) helps your 9-13 year old children like themselves so they want to get better.

Supreme Confidence Now! helps give you the core belief that you can overcome any illness, injury or obstacle life throws at you.

Your self esteem, identity and confidence don’t have to suffer as much because of a serious illness, injury or life altering event.

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Lowering cholesterol with food is often possible but you need the right knowledge, diet and will to change your lifestyle to lower your cholesterol without drugs. You also need to understand what cholesterol is and that not all cholesterol is bad.

LDL Cholesterol is what is often referred to as the ‘bad’ cholesterol.

HDL is what has been termed the ‘good’ cholesterol.

Your total cholesterol score is determined from a fasting cholesterol test and this is a measurement of the combined LDL, HDL and triglycerides in your blood. A non-fasting cholesterol test is done to determine just the LDL and HDL cholesterol levels.

Your body needs a small amount of cholesterol to function properly and your liver usually makes all the cholesterol your body needs. Some families have naturally high levels of cholesterol and need to carefully manage their lifestyles to help prevent heart disease.

Other factors that can affect your blood cholesterol levels are:

  • diet
  • weight
  • exercise
  • age
  • gender
  • diabetes
  • heredity as mentioned earlier
  • certain medical conditions and medications

With the proper diet, you can work on lowering your LDL levels and raising your HDL levels which will help prevent heart disease. Most foods you eat that are made from animal products contain cholesterol as does the meat, fish and poultry that you eat.

Red meat and poultry are high in cholesterol and fresh fruits and vegetables are high in soluble fiber which helps lower cholesterol. Know just that will show you that lowering cholesterol with food is possible by adjusting your diet.

To really understand cholesterol and everything you can do to take control of it, you really need the guide Heart Friendly Foods & Recipes which has a partial table of contents listed below:

What You May Learn About Cholesterol

What Is Cholesterol?
Causes of High Cholesterol
Types of Cholesterol
Symptoms of High Cholesterol
Test Your Knowledge on Cholesterol
Cholesterol Screening
Preparation for Cholesterol Test
Cholesterol Levels
Summary of Risk Levels
How to Control Cholesterol
Diet to Lower Cholesterol or
Diet to Control Cholesterol
Heart Friendly Foods
Cholesterol Lower Supplements
Vitamin to Lower Cholesterol
Healthy Tips
Foods High in Fats
Cooking Oil
Cook Healthfully
Smart Shopping
Junk Foods are Empty Calories
Understand the Food Labels
Tips for Remaining Active
Tips for Eating Out
Heart Friendly Recipes (175)
(Cholesterol Lower Recipes)

Your actions plus your family heritage and more determines whether lowering cholesterol with food is going to be enough. You informing yourself then acting on that information is the first step in taking control of your cholesterol and health.

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Manganese is another trace element found in almost all living organisms. The name manganese is derived from the Greek word for magic. The name’s origin fits because scientists are still trying to understand the diverse effects on living organisms of manganese deficiency and toxicity.

This mineral plays an important role in the healthy development of cartilage and bone and the production of collagen used in wound healing. The metabolism of cholesterol, amino acids and carbohydrates is done by enzymes activated by manganese. Sex hormone production, enzyme activation and glucose metabolism are all affected by manganese. The brain, muscles, thyroid, nerves, and mammary glands are all influenced by enzymes associated with manganese if if not directly by manganese itself.

Manganese deficiencies may be indicated by dizziness, hearing loss, ear noises and muscle coordination problems.

Some foods that are rich in manganese are kelp, spinach, leafy vegetables, beets, nuts and whole grains. Note: As much as 75 percent of the manganese in wheat is lost when it it processed into flour.

While manganese may not be the cause of diabetes, osteoporosis, asthma, allergies, fatigue and epilepsy; it may help in the management of them.

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