What Is Your Diabetes Resolution for 2014?

September 25, 2014

The New Year brings with it hope for a better future, a chance to undo the mistakes we’ve done and rebuild on things we have always wanted to. This is true for all aspects of our lives including our health. What better way to start the New Year! Let’s make a resolution. The big ‘Q’ is how different would this resolution been from all the past ones that we’ve broken.

We now know that diabetes as a disease has reached epidemic proportions. The disease is more a lifestyle disorder than a disease per se. Why not make a diabetes resolution for 2014?

What would an ideal diabetes resolution for the New Year be?

It’s simple – monitor your blood sugar levels regularly, planning your meals, increase in physical activity, taking medication on a timely basis and getting regular check-up.

This New Year:

1. Make it a point to visit your doctor at least 2 to 4 times a years, even if you are feeling physically fit

2. Have a comprehensive foot examination done twice a year

3. Inform your doctor of all the medication’s you’ve been taking, including herbal pills and over-the-counter (OTC) medications.

4. Take all your medications on time, as per the doctor’s prescription. Do not hesitate to ask the doctor if you are confused or unsure about consuming any medication.

5. Stick to your schedule of periodic blood sugar assessment.

6. Understand the factors that influence your overall health- A1c, triglycerides, cholesterol, blood pressure and microalbumin.

7. Increase your level of physical activity. Moderate exercise can increase the fat burning process of the body thus turning your body into a fat burning machine. Even a simple activity such as walking in the building compound for 15 minutes could be a positive step towards improving your health.

8. Monitor what you eat. Are you eating fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables and whole grains? Have you reduced your fat intake? Now is the time! IF you have any doubts regarding the meal size or the foods that you should eat or avoid, ask a dietician.

9. Have an annual thorough eye examination. See to it that your eye specialist sends to your diabetes primary care doctor.

10. Visit your dentist at least twice in a year to check for tooth complications that could be caused as a result of diabetes.

11. Improve your knowledge regarding diabetes. Read books, participate in online forums, etc.

Also, follow these simple tips on a daily basis this year:

1. Check your feet for sores or cuts. If the wound takes longer than normal time to heal, visit your doctor.

2. Bathe with lukewarm water and a mild soap.

3. Do not forget to floss your teeth daily.

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Levitra – a Boon for Erectile Dysfunction

September 18, 2014

Levitra is a FDA-approved prescription medicine used in the treatment of erectile dysfunction. The main ingredient in Levitra – vardenafil hydrochloride belongs to a class of drugs called PDE inhibitors. Vardenafil content in Levitra helps the user suffering from erectile dysfunction achieve an erection satisfactory for sexually activity. Generic drugs are also available under the generic names of Vardenafil and Generic Levitra.

Erectile disfunction or E.D commonly called impotence refers to the inability in a male to achieve or sustain an erection. The reasons leading to erectile dysfunction are varied, ranging from:

o Physical reasons – arteriosclerosis (hardening of arteries) which prevents the smooth flowing of blood to the penis mainly caused by high sugar and high cholesterol level in blood. Kidney, heart and liver diseases might also be the reasons. E.D is not an evitable part of aging.

o Side-effects of certain medicines – in the category of anti-depressants, diuretics, tranquillizers and blood pressure medications.

o Psychological – like depression guilt, sexual fears and stress.

o Hormonal disorders – such as low testosterone production, hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism

o Lifestyle choices like- prolonged alcoholism, smoking, drug addiction and obesity.

Erectile dysfunction can be treated at any age. And with the growing awareness more men have been seeking medical help and returning to normal sexual life by successful erectile dysfunction treatment. E.D treatments vary from surgeries, psychological counseling, refraining from tobacco and alcohol to drug therapy. The most popular erectile dysfunction brand drugs are Viagra, Cialis and Levitra. Also available are their Generic variants- Generic Viagra, Generic Cialis and Generic Levitra.

Levitra is said be functional within 25 minutes of intake and may work up to 24 hours. Levitra increases the flow of blood to the penis and helps in achieving erection for sexual activity. Recent clinical studies reveal,
Levitra to have treated erectile dysfunction in patients having related health factors like diabetes and prostrate surgery. So at a time when diabetes remains a threatening factor causing E.D., Levitra might be a boon to many.

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Comparison of Two Most Popular Drugs Used For Erectile Dysfunction Treatment

September 11, 2014

What is Sildenafil Citrate? What is Vardenafil?

Sildenafil Citrate is the active ingredient of generic Viagra and Vardenafil is the active ingredient of generic Levitra. Both belong to the group of the so-called PDE-5 inhibitors and are, at the time of this writing, the most effective impotence treatments.

How do Sildenafil Citrate and Vardenafil work?

Sildenafil Citrate and Vardenafil work in a very similar way – they “block” the PDE-5 enzyme, which in turn leads to the increased production of a chemical called cGMP; the higher levels of the cGMP chemical help the soft muscles of the penile arteries to relax, which results in better blood flow to the penis. This, in turn, leads to an easier to achieve, stronger, and longer-lasting erection.

What is the difference between Sildenafil Citrate and Vardenafil?

Background: Viagra (Sildenafil Citrate) was approved by the US Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) in 1998 and is by far the most popular impotence synthetic treatment today, with millions of pills sold all over the World each month. Levitra (Vardenafil) was approved by the FDA in 2003, and although it is a newer drug, it is gaining popularity pretty quickly.

Effect: Viagra works about an hour after taking the pill while Levitra will start working from 15 minutes to an hour; the Viagra’s effect lasts for up to four hours and Levitra’s for up to five hours.

Side effects: as all pharmaceutical drugs, both Viagra and Levitra can cause adverse side effects; in 97% of the cases these side effects are mild and do not require any special treatment.

Success rate: there is no noticeable difference in the success rate of both drugs – they work in approximately 70% to 80% of the cases. Unfortunately a single, universal impotence treatment that works 100% for all men does not exist.

Cost: there is no noticeable difference in the price per pill for Viagra and Levitra.

Food and alcohol: unlike Viagra which works better and faster on an empty stomach and does not work well after the intake of high-fat food, Levitra works regardless of the food consumption. The heavy consumption of alcohol while taking any PDE-5 inhibitor should be avoided since it might intensify the side effects.

Prescription: in most countries both Viagra and Levitra require prescriptions.

Dosage: Viagra is sold in 25 mg, 50 mg, and 100 mg tablets, and most doctors will initially prescribe the 50g tablets, and then adjust the dose if needed. Levitra is sold in the form of 5 mg, 10 mg, and 20 mg tablets and the 10 mg ones are the usual initial dose.

What is the difference between Viagra and generic Viagra? What is the difference between Levitra and generic Levitra?

Sildenafil Citrate is the active ingredient of Viagra and generic Viagra, and Vardenafil is the active ingredient of Levitra and generic Levitra. What is the difference between the brand-name drugs and the generic drugs then?

The generic drugs work in exactly the same way as the brand-name drugs, they are controlled by the regulating authorities, they have to meet the same high-standards, they are as safe and they are much cheaper.

The brand names Viagra and Levitra can be used only by Pfizer and Bayer AG, GSK, and SP respectively and all other Sildenafil Citrate and Vardenafil drugs are known as generic Viagra and generic Levitra.

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In 2014 Are You Going To Overcome That Problem And Gain That Victory For Which You Long?

September 6, 2014

In 2014 are you going to overcome that problem that has been bothering you and dogging you for months and years?

We are still in these very early days of 2014, and you have that longing and desire to triumph, and finally be victorious over that thorn in your flesh which has been so troublesome. Very often the thorn in the flesh can be a person, but it can take various forms.

There can be that shadow which keeps returning. You think it has gone away and then it reappears. It can be alcohol or drugs or some habit that may leave you for a period and suddenly it rears its very ugly head and it gets you down and perhaps even makes you feel a sense of defeat.

Is it possible to be set free? Is it possible to experience release? Is it possible to have it dealt with once and for all? Yes, there is that possibility and it may not be as difficult as you first thought. Many have faced similar circumstances and have overcome, but not always in their own strength!

Almighty God wants people to come to know Him, and love Him, and serve Him.

One main way whereby one may serve Him is by serving people.

God places disciples in Fellowships, so that we may grow up spiritually, and mature, becoming more like Jesus Christ. It can be highly helpful to share your problem in a trusted fellowship of believing obedient mature and understanding disciples of Jesus Christ who are filled with the Holy Spirit.

We seldom hear of someone being described as ‘godly’, but that is what God is after.

On being asked about pain, it has to be said that God can use our pain, and we can use our pain. There can be that pain of not doing what you want to do. How many promising medical careers have been utterly ruined because Jesus Christ came and chose a man, and called a man, and off he went to some overseas nation, for a pittance of a salary?

People may wonder at the time, whatever is happening, but on looking back down through the years, an obedient disciple sees the gracious hand of a caring God, and the pain of so-called sacrifice virtually vanishes.

Pain can draw a person closer to God. Is your pain drawing towards Almighty God and towards Jesus Christ?

We have a choice. We can run to God, or we can walk away from God.

Even Jesus faced that battle momentarily, and He made the right choice for which many are most grateful.

There were circumstances where Paul speaks about the hardships of being crushed and overwhelmed, but when this happened the team did not rely on themselves but on God. These people were bonded together in deeper fellowship, because of what life threw at them. Often the battle came from people.

At one point Paul asked those who were wavering, ‘Have you gone through all this for nothing?’

The challenges of life can make you bitter or better.

Serious problems can be stepping stones to progress or stumbling blocks to failure.

Sandy Shaw is Pastor of Nairn Christian Fellowship, Chaplain at Inverness Prison, and Nairn Academy, and serves on The Children’s Panel in Scotland. He has travelled extensively over these past years teaching, in America, Canada, South Africa, Australia, 12 visits to Israel, and most recently in Uganda and Kenya.

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10 Tips How To Live A Successful Year For 2014

August 31, 2014

Want to learn how to live a successful year for 2014 and have a head strong start early in the year? If you are serious about achieving your dreams and your goals, this will be the right article for you. Below are the 10 tips that can help you produce outstanding results throughout the year…

1. Never look back. Yes, regardless of whatever happened in the last year, you cannot change it now. What you need to do is to let them go and look forward into this new year to accomplish more and create better results than the year before.

2. Decide to strive for your best. We have just stepped into 2014 a few days and you still got the time to decide and do much better. You don’t have to wait until it is in the middle of the year only to feel it is too late. You can start now and take massive action.

3. Have a plan. If you don’t have a plan, you’re planning to fail. All the extraordinary people and successful organizations have a plan and they know exactly what they want to accomplish. They have both long-term and short-term targets, so should you.

4. Review your day the night before. Every night before you sleep, spend at least 10 to 15 minutes to review what you need to get done on the next day. Never underestimate how powerful this can be. Just try it for a few weeks and you will see how productive you can be.

5. Find a mentor. You need a mentor to guide you to succeed in whatever things you desire. If you want to be a top sale, consult your manager or your boss or your colleagues who have done so. If you want to lose weight, learn from those who have done it and apply their techniques.

6. Take massive action. Remember, you’re going to make this year your best year, thus, you must fully commit into taking action to make your dreams and your goals a reality. Dream about the success you desire is good, but merely thinking about it cannot make you a successful person.

7. Live a healthy life. Exercise and healthy living are important. What’s the point if you can have the money but don’t have the energy to enjoy it? The journey to success is a marathon and not a sprint. Therefore, you need to maintain a good health in order to go for the long run.

8. Feel and act like a success. Always walk with confident, feel and act like you’re already successful. You have to fake it until you make it. The more real you fake it, the faster you can achieve the success you want. You don’t have to have a great start, you just need to start to be great and act like one.

9. Never give up. The grass will always seem greener on the other side. Don’t compare with others, instead, compare with your past. Never think about giving up. When you’re down, think about the reason you start. Perseverance is the key to creating something extraordinary. Great people are able to create outstanding results in life because they persist and refuse to quit.

10. Give back. Learn to tithe and give back to the universe. Adopt the habit to donate a portion of what you have earned and always give a helpful hand to those who are in need. You’ve come to this world to help others and make it a better place to live.

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