It’s been the same old story my entire life. Every time I visit a doctor, whether it’s for a routine check up or about a specific health concern I inevitably get asked questions that I just cannot answer. You know those pertinent questions about your family’s healthy history? Is there a history of heart disease, cancer, diabetes? And my answer is always “I don’t know.” Because I don’t. It’s just one of those little things that us adoptees have to live with. Although its not ideal not knowing your family’s healthy history it never really bothered me all that much. Until I because pregnant with my daughter. Now we were going on two generations of not having that history. Well at least half of it. Luckily my husband does have that information for his side of the family but I admit it’s a tiny bit scary not knowing what sort of genes I am passing on.
November is World Diabetes Month. And like just about every health awareness month there is always a little quiz you can fill out to help you assess your risk factors. And, of course, it includes questions about diabetes in your family history. And when you read a statement like “If an immediate relative (parent, brother, sister, son or daughter) has type 1 diabetes, one’s risk of developing type 1 diabetes is 10 to 20 times the risk of the general population” and you have no idea if that applies to you or not it makes you stop and think.
Luckily for me I don’t have much for other risk factors. I am at a healthy weight and am pretty active. My blood pressure is and has always been good, as is my cholesterol levels. I did not develop gestational diabetes (although they did make me take the test again to be sure) and I didn’t have a large baby. In fact when I completed the risk test from the Canadian Diabetes Association, even without knowing any family history, the results indicated I was at low risk. Of course that number probably would change if there is indeed a history of diabetes in my family.
So what do you do when you don’t know your history? Well the only thing you can do – work on eliminating or at least reducing the other risk factors and take good care of yourself. And that’s what I try and do. For the most part that’s been pretty easy because these are things that just fit into my lifestyle. But I’m getting a little older and I’m at that age where things start to change. Hormones fluctuate, metabolism slows down, the body just get’s plain weird when you hit that peri-menopausal state. One of the things that I am finding is that my blood sugar levels feel unsteady. I haven’t changed my diet. I still eat very little sugar and am conscience about the amount of carbohydrates I take in but those crazy hormone levels are still messing with my blood sugar. It might be time for a little help.
Fortunately is you are doing everything else right and your doctor says everything is okey dokey there are supplements you can try keep those blood sugar levels more consistent.
Orange Naturals Chromium is a great place to start. Chromium supports a healthy glucose levels (sugar levels) by working with insulin to shuttle glucose into the cells. Chromium also helps your body to burn carbs and fats.
Another great choice for levelling out those blood sugar levels is Orange Naturals Cinnamon Bark Tincture. Cinnamon has been used for centuries to help with a whole host of digestive problems and it can also help you control your blood sugar with it’s insulin regulating properties. But it doesn’t stop there. Cinnamon has a whole range of great health boosting properties – supports healthy cholesterol levels, boosts memory, relieves inflammation and it’s a great source of antioxidants.
If you’re the kind of person who (like me) who often doesn’t have time for a decent breakfast then the ND Shake Women is perfect. Packed full of plant protein, fibre, antioxidants and other great stuff to not only help balance your blood sugar but it offers all kind of other great health benefits too – plus it keeps you going all morning.
So, even though my health history family tree is pretty bare I have some really good things on my side and am doing what I can so that when my daughter visits the doctor she can giving a resounding no to the “does your family have a history of…” questions.
Whether you have a specific area of your well being that needs a little boost or you are more of the preventive type, Orange Naturals has something to help. Be sure to stop by the #onatural blog to get lots of great tips and advice for feeling your best and keeping your entire family healthy. You can also find Orange Naturals on Facebook for more information and fun!
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