Posted in Articles on June 25, 2009

In these tough economic times it is more important than ever to pinch pennies where we can. One of the largest variable costs for American families is health care and specifically health emergencies. Because of the rising costs of health care, by far the best way to cut your healthcare expenses is by focusing on preventative health measures. It’s easy to remain healthy, even when you’re on a budget, by following the below tips:

  1. Exercise regularly: You don’t have to shell out an exorbitant amount towards expensive gym memberships that you hardly ever use. All you need are comfortable clothes and a good pair of shoes and you’re all set to go – jog or walk in the park everyday, go swimming at your community pool, play in the park with your kids, dance at home to music you like, or do lunges and squats at home – all activities that do not require you to spend a ton of money in order to get fit.
  2. Reduce the undesirables: Smoking and drinking are costly habits, what with the prices of cigarettes and booze. So if you want to stay healthy, do your bank balance a favor and cut out these habits from your lifestyle. Not only do you preserve your health, you also save yourself hundreds of dollars each month, money that can be put to good use elsewhere or saved for an emergency.
  3. Limit eating out: When you’re on a tight budget, it’s simpler and cheaper to cook at home. You get more bang for your buck, and what’s more important, you get to eat healthier fare too. When you cook your own meals, you control what you add to the dishes that you serve, and you’re able to use healthy and quality ingredients to make delicious food. You’re healthier and you save yourself money by not eating out.
  4. Shop wisely: You know that fruits and vegetables are healthy; in order to make them cost-effective as well, shop for those that are in season. You get them fresh and they’re cheap as well. Vary your recipes to include fruits and vegetables that are available at that time of the year so that you don’t get bored of eating similar food everyday. You could also buy non-perishable items in bulk and save on your food costs in a large way.

Yes, health is wealth, but if you’re sensible enough, you don’t have to shell out a large amount of money in order to earn this asset.

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Posted in Articles on June 25, 2009

Diabetes is a dangerous disease because it’s a silent killer. It sneaks up on you and makes you prone to other kinds of diseases as well. If you’re a diabetic, you have a higher probability of contracting heart disease, stroke, hypertension, obesity and various other illnesses. The good news is that diabetes is a manageable condition; with regular exercise, a controlled diet, and a disciplined lifestyle, you can beat this disease and lead a normal life. But since prevention is better than management and cure, those of us who are not diabetic need to take proactive steps to prevent the onset of this disease.

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Unfortunately, we live in a cushy world and lead lifestyles that are extremely conducive to contracting diabetes and other such disease. We lead sedentary lives and eat food that’s not good for us, all factors that hasten the onset of diabetes. But even if we adhere to good eating habits and exercise regularly, there’s another factor that could do us in – the lack of sleep. While all of us know how important sleep is for good health, not many of us are aware that sleep deprivation can lead to diabetes.

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If you’re one of those who cut down on sleep in order to make time for all the other things that are important in your life, you need to rethink your priorities. Sleep deprivation, especially the lack of deep and restful sleep that is so important in rejuvenating your body, can lead to elevated blood sugar levels, and this in turn leads to a pre-diabetic condition. And when you go overboard in your food habits or start to lead a more sedentary life, you’re in danger of becoming a full-blown diabetic

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You need to realize the importance of sleep, especially if your genes and lifestyle makes you more prone to becoming a diabetic. If you’re having trouble falling asleep, you could try turning to exercise as a solution. Exercise, when it’s of the moderate or intense kind, makes you feel tired in a healthy way and leads to a deep slumber in a natural way. You don’t have to rely on and become addicted to sleeping pills – they only make you feel more lethargic in the mornings. Exercise, on the other hand, energizes you and keeps you going throughout the day. It also helps in regulating your blood sugar and thus keeps diabetes at bay.

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Talk to your doctor before you begin an exercise routine, especially if you’re on medication and have health problems. It’s also safer to work out with a friend so that help is at hand if you do feel dizzy or faint during exercise.

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