Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational Diabetes are normally found on pregnant woman. Normally, their blood sugar are too high causing gestational diabetes. When blood sugar is too high for a pregnant woman, it is also not good for the baby.

Causes of Gestational Diabetes:

Changing hormones and weight gain occur during pregnancy. both changes make it hard for your body to keep up with its need for a hormone called insulin.

Risk Factor for Gestational Diabetes:

  • Pregnant Woman.

  • have gestational diabetes before and gave birth to large babies.

  • family history of diabetes.

  • Stillbirth in previous pregnancy.

  • Birth defects in previous pregnancy.

  • Obesity

Gestational Diabetes does not really cause any symptoms. However, if the pregnant woman experience any increase in thirst, urination, hunger or blurred vision should be tested for diabetes. Anyway, most of the time, pregnant woman have to go for diabetes tests between 24th to 28th week.

Normally, gestational diabetes can be under control and the possible complication can be prevented. It does not cause any birth defects but the baby may be quite large when at birth and this may cause birth injury due to the baby's size and difficulty in giving birth.

After delivery, the baby may have Hypoglycemia(low blood sugar for the baby) because during pregnancy, the baby have consistent high insulin from the mother, once it is out of the mother's womb, the baby will no longer have the high blood sugar from the mother and hence resulting low blood sugar.

Too much insulin or glucose in the baby's system will also delay lung maturation and cause respiration difficulties in babies.

Hence, during pregnancy, the mother should take extra precaution in taking care of themselves. Avoid having too much sugary food.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Diabetes Type 2

In contrast to Type 1 Diabetes, Diabetes Type 2 still produce insulin but the body does not response to the insulin properly.

What are the risk factors of Diabetes Type 2?
- Family history with diabetes.
- Obese.
- Unhealthy eating habits (most of the people who are obese have very bad eating habits)
- High Cholesterol
- High triglyceride level
- Lack of exercises

- Race and enthnicity (more common in African-American, Native American, Latino, Pacific Islander and Asian-American populations )

Nearly more than 21 millions of americans got diabetes type 2. Just like Diabetes Type 1, it have to be taken with extra care to avoid complications. Diabetes Type 2 patient can be affected with problems such as kidney failure, nerves damage, vision problem, erectile dsyfunction and depression etc.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Beauty Recipes Of The Week

This week beauty recipes is juicing for weight loss and a healthier body.
Cucumber (cleanse your kidney, lower blood pressure and improve your skin)
Carrots (weight loss)
Apples (prevent cholesterol build up)
Orange (contain large amount of vitamin C)

1) Remove the seeds.
2) Put the ingredients into the fruit juicer.
3) Ready for drinking, if you like your juice to be cold, put some ice.

Should you start drinking fruit juices everyday? Enjoy!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Diabetes Type 1

Diabetes Type 1 is more common in Caucasians than in those of Latino, African-American, or other non-Caucasian backgrounds.

Risk Factor for Diabetes Type 1:

If their parents have diabetes, their child will have higher risk of getting diabetes.

- Autoimmune Diseases
Thyroid problem and Celiac Diseases raise the risk of getting diabetes type 1.

- Viruses
Some viral infection may trigger the disease.

People with Type 1 Diabetes requires insulin to lowers blood sugar by allowing it to leave the blood stream and enter cells. Insulin injections everyday is a MUST for them as their body cannot produce insulin. Of course, beside injecting insulins everyday, their diet is also very important. They should be eating very healthy diets that can allow the food and insulin to work together to regulate blood glucose levels. If their diet is not balance, their glucose will not be kept at healthy level.

Beside these, Diabetes patient should also have regular exercises as this will control their sugar level and also burn fat that can lead to overweight.

Diabetes is best treated seriously in order to avoid any further complication. Further complication can be like heart disease, kidney problem, eye problem and many......

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Diabetes Type

How many different types of diabetes are there? Basically, there are 3 types of diabetes. Type 1 Diabetes , Type 2 Diabetes and gestational diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetes (also known as junvenile diabetes)

  • most commonly on children and young adults.
  • body produce little or no insulin, which means they lack of the functionality of converting the sugar into energy.

Type 2 Diabetes

  • most commonly on middle age people.
  • body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin.
  • Normally people with Type 2 diabetes have high cholesterol or high blood pressure.

Gestational Diabetes

  • happen on pregnant women.
  • Pregnant women who have never had diabetes but have high blood sugar levels during pregnancy.
  • They developed insulin resistance. When the body is not able to make and use all the insulin needed for pregnancy. It also cannot be converted into energy and this process is called hyperglycemia.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

What Causes Diabetes?

Is Diabetes really due to too much intake of sugary stuff? Well, consuming too much sugary food is definitely not good for our health. Although eating sweet stuff is not the direct cause of Diabetes, it may cause one person to become obese and normally that is to associated with Type 2 diabetes.

Causes of Diabetes:
- Heredity
Sometimes it is due to the genes that passes down from one generation to another. Hence, their risk of getting diabetes is higher.

- Improper Diet
Improper Diet is always the most common cause to Diabetes. Low protein and High Fibre intake or great consumption of refined products eg. refined sugar may cause greater risk of getting diabetes.

- Stress
Any disturbance in Cortiosteroid or ACTH therapy may lead to clinical signs of the diseases like physical injuries or emotions imbalanced.

- High Blood Pressure
People who are having high blood pressure is exposed to higher risk of diabetes.

- Obesity
people who are over weight tend to have very poor diet. They normally have higher insulin resistance.

- Age
People who are in the middle age like 40s-50s will get diabetes much more easily than young people. Although, there are people who got diabetes at the age of 20s but the risk is not as high as compared to middle age people.

- Lack of Exercise
It best advised to exercise regularly. People who exercise little or do not exercise are more prone to diabetes.

- Drug Induced
Clozapine (Clozaril), olanzapine (Zyprexa), risperidone (Risperdal), quetiapine (Seroquel) and ziprasidone (Geodon) are known to induce this lethal disease.

- High Alcohol Intake
People who are excessively drinking alcohol also can get diabetes.

- Pregnancy
Pregnant lady should watch out on their diet. Many pregnant lady got slightly higher glucose level during their pregnancy and that is normal. However, too high will cause diabetes too.

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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Treating Diabetes The Right Way

Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life.

Symptoms of Diabetes:

  • You urinate more often than usual.
  • Excessive Thirst.
  • Blurred Vision.
  • Feel tired easily.
  • Weight loss.
  • Cuts or sore that are difficult to heal. Especially, when there is a cut, blood difficult to get dry.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Itchy skin or yeast infection.

To confirm whether you are having diabetes, it is advisable to use a blood glucose test strip. For diabetes patient, it is very important to have your blood glucose level monitored. It was because of this consistent monitoring, doing this kind of test can be quite expensive in long run. I would suggest diabetes patient to buy cheaper and more affordable blood glucose strips at Hocks Pharmacy.

Being a leading diabetes supplies provider, they provide the need of insulin supplies shipped today or a diabetic log to track your progress. They have diabetes supplies like blood glucose meters, diabetic socks, insulin syringes, and glucose monitors.

Diabetes can lead to many kind of complications like kidney or heart problem if left untreated or not treated properly. So if you suspect having diabetes, please start treating now.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Beauty Recipes Of The Week

Hi, last week I suggested everyone to make yogurt. One of the ingredients for this week beauty recipes call for yogurt. The yogurt that you made could tranform into another healthy recipe. Great idea, right?

Avocado Juice
1 avocado
1 cup of fresh milk
1/2 cup of plain yogurt
Honey (optional)

Remove the seeds and put the avocado pulp into a blender
Add fresh milk and yogurt into a blender and blend it.
You may add a bit of honey to taste if you like.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Do you need to do Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is actually plastic surgeon on the nose area. It is often referred as "Nose job" . People who actually goes for Rhinoplasty wants to alter the shape of their nose for a better looking result.

For advises on Rhinoplasty, you may approached Dr Babak Azizadeh. Dr Babak Azizadeh is a
Beverly Hill Rhinoplasty expert in this area. He advise people who are too young should not go on Rhinoplasty Surgeon. It best suited for people who are aged 17 and above.

He have also mastered advance rhinoplasty experience and his
Revision Rhinoplasty have gained a remarkable result that will create a natural and aesthetically pleasing nose that fits your face which no one may know you have just done a nose job.

If your expectation is to improve your features so that you can gain a better confidence, then this nose job might be suitable for you. However, if your intention is to perfect and yet you are not physically healthy and pyschological stable, it not advisable to go for it.

I would also encourage people to go on any plastic surgery to discuss with your family members and doctor for advise.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Prevention Of Wrinkles Should Start Early

Taking great care of your skin should start early. Wrinkles begin forming as early as the age of 20s. Wrinkles can formed due to many reasons like excessive exposure to sun, lack of sleep, smoking, stress and improper skincare routine etc. Especially excessive exposure to sun can cause your skin to lose its collagen and elasity.

Hence, taking good care of your skin is definitely important. Always remember the 3 basic steps. Cleanse, Tone and Moisturise.

Here are some of the methods to prevent your skin from aging to early
- Drink enough water and eat more fruits and vegetables
- Always apply sunscreen
- Wear sunglasses to prevent crowfeets appearing on your eye area
- Exercises daily
- Use anti wrinkle products

One of my recommendation is Murad Anti aging Products. Their Night Reform Treatment is one of the most popular pick in their anti aging series. It can help to increase your skin's firmness by 28%. It also have powerful antioxidant protection and protect the skin's barrier function with the moisture retained.

To prevent the wrinkles from forming, remember to start your anti-aging war early! :)

Monday, April 14, 2008

Shop Your Beauty Products at ShopWiki

The next time you run out of your beauty products such as face powder, shower gel and body lotion etc. You may like to stop by ShopWiki.

I was trying to look for a bath and body gift set the other day and happened to chance upon this site. I was quite surprise with the vast selections that they have. They carry many brands like Avon, Clarins, Clinique, The Body Shop, Philosophy and many others. Everything was well categorized properly by the brands. You can also check out for their selections on Bath and Beauty

Finding the right products was also made it easier with ShopWiki. Their company crawl more than 180,000 stores to find the best deals for you. If you have budget for any beauty products the next time, you may try to use their search engine to find a product for you that is within your budget.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Beauty Recipes Of The Week

Hello, It is Beauty Recipes Of The Week again. I learnt this method through a variety show that I watched yesterday. Yet to try out this recipe but it is definitely cost saving and good.

Do you love to eat yogurt? Have you been buying yogurt from supermarket? How about making your own yogurt? This recipe is easy and healthy.

Yogurt is created by the propagation of bacteria cultures. Hence placing yogurt into milk with the right temperature will allow the bacteria to spread and form yogurt.


  • 1 Litre of Low Fat or Full Cream Milk
  • 1 Cup of Plain Yogurt (those that you usually buy from supermarket)
  • 1 - 2 tablespoon of sugar Or honey (the quantity depend on your preference)


Pour the milk into the stove and cook for 8 - 10 minutes. Stir the milk occasionally.

Let the milk cool down to lukewarm temperature.

Add the Plain Yogurt. Stir to blend in.

Cover the the stove with the stove lid. Use a Thick towel to wrap the stove up. Ferment the Yogurt for about 8 to 10 hours or wait until the next morning.

Unwrap the yogurt. The Yogurt should have form the shape just like jelly beancurd.

Place the Yogurt into the refrigerator until next day or night time.

Mix the Yogurt with your favourite fruits or nuts and it is ready for serving.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Treatments for Acne

There are no actual cure for acne. Different skin suit different products and hence produce a different impact as well. Depending on the seriousness of your acne, dematologist may prescribe topical or oral medication. The most common ones are :

  • Topical retinoids - Retin A, Differin, Tazorac
  • Topical or oral antibiotics
  • Benzoyl peroxide
  • Sulfur
  • Birth Control Pills for hormonal treatment

When the right treatment are done, your skin will gradually heal.

Other kind of acne treatment include procedural acne treatments

  • Comedo extractions: it is often done at a beauty salon during facial by a certified esthetician. For severe acne like cysts or lesions is best done by a dematologist through surgical methods as extreme forcing may hurt the skin and leave scars behind.
  • Chemical Peels: Peels help to improve or smoothen your skin texture. Normally this kind treatment exfoliate your skin using AHAs or TCAs. This kind of treatment is most commonly done for lightening acne scars and wrinkles
  • Microdebrasion: it is commonly done at beauty salon. This treatment use a machine that rapidly discharge super-fine crystals over the skin's surface. It is suitable for blackheads and whiteheads but not inflammed, red pimples with pus.
  • Phototherapy: This treatment involve using light or laser. It can treat all stages of acne. The light can be adjusted to the severity of your skin. Any laser or peels done after that is best to use sunblock after that. This is to prevent pigmentation from forming.
  • Corticosteroid injections: Dematologist will inject a cyst with Corticosteroid. It speed up the healing process, reduce inflammation and the chances of scarring after it heal.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

The most common myths on acne

Myth 1
Acne is not caused by poor hygiene. Many people always think that acne is caused by poor hygiene, hence they do vigorous scrubbing on their skin. Vigorous scrubbing not only strip off the protective layer on your skin but also worsen your acne condition. Cleansing your face with mild cleanser twice a day is more than enough. I would only advise scrubbing your face GENTLY once or twice a week.

Myth 2
Chocolate is the main cause on acne. Till now, there are no scientific fact to prove this. However, I would still advise those people who are suffering from acne eat lesser chocolates but that does not mean you cannot eat. It was because eating too much will cause your body to be heaty. When your body is too heaty, more pimples may appear due to this problem.

Myth 3
Squeezing your pimple will let your acne disappear faster. Squeezing your pimples will only give you scars on your face. In certain cases, it may worsen the condition.

Myth 4
Stress is not the direct cause on face acne. However, stress can cause the body to produce a hormone called Cortisol. Cortisol may cause more pimples to breakout or aggreviate your current skin condition.

Myth 5
Only Teenagers who are going through purberty face acne problem. Although it is true that many teenagers undergoing purberty age may experience acne problem. However, there are people who have their first breakout or acne problem when they reaches the age of 30 and above. This is often referred as "Adult Acne".

Sunday, April 6, 2008

What Causes Acne?

Many reasons can cause acne but to be exact, it is still not known yet. It maybe internal or external factors. Acne can happened when hormonal changes, bacterial or inflammatory disturbance take place.

When there is a rise or changes in the hormones level, it can cause the sebaceous glands to enlarge and make more sebum. Example: purberty age,menstrual cycle, pregnancy and start or stop birth control pills.

Another factor is Heredity. The tendency to have acne problem can be inherited from the parents. If your friend have absolute, clear porcelain skin, it could be their genes too.

Stress could also be one of the contributing reason to breakout. Hence, having enough sleep and drink more water to lessen the chance of getting acne.

Some people who are on medication can also get acne. Certain drugs, including androgens, lithium, and barbiturates, are known to cause acne.

Unsuitable Topical product can worsen the condition of acne.

Non-Oil based cosmetics may also caused acne. People who are oily skin type should use grease free cosmetic products. Using the wrong cosmetic products or not removing your face make-up will cause your face pores to clog. This will also worsen the acne condition.

Environment Factors. People who are staying in high humid country or country who is facing serious air pollution should take extra care on their face. Especially in hot weather country, you sweat and face become much more oilier. Proper daily cleansing is definitely a MUST to get rid of the dirt and oil on your face.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Beauty Recipe Of The Week

Hello, every thursday or friday of the week, i will be releasing Beauty Recipe Of The Week. It can be either new formula or real beauty recipes that is juicy for your skin or health. I hope all of you can try to cook this simple recipe over the weekend. This dish can be the soup of the day. A good and nutrition dish for people who are trying to slim down or build that fabulous abs.

Onion and Watercress Soup
Serves 4
Calories per portion: 50
1 bunch watercress
2 onions, sliced
4 cups light stock
grated nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup skimmed milk powder
watercress leaves to garnish

Wash the watercress, remove the coarse stalks and chop roughly. Place in a pan with the onions, stocks and grated nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste.

Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 20 minutes and leave it to cool slightly.

Place the soup in an electric blender with the skimmed milk powder. Blend until smooth then return to the pan.

Bring to the boil and continue to stir for 1 to 2 minutes.

Pour into bowls and garnish with watercress leaves. It is ready to serve.