Monday, September 24, 2012

Type 2 Diabetes

Being overweight or obese are often problems for most people who are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. These diabetics are usually told weight loss intervention can help to control the disease as well as prevent damage to their heart and blood vessel disease.
Unfortunately, heart attacks are a prime cause of death in middle-aged people with Type 2 diabetes. Fatality rates are two to four times higher than those of middle-aged people without diabetes. Recent studies reveal between 35 and 50 percent of heart attack victims had abnormal blood sugar at the time of the attack. People with high blood pressure are also at a higher risk.
Researchers at the University of California in San Francisco, United States, however, who are concerned weight loss programs could have complications, undertook a study to ascertain what effects, if any, weight loss interventions could have on the bones of people with Type 2 diabetes.
Their study, published in the Journal of Bone Mineral Research in December 2011, included 1274 obese or overweight people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
One group was given:
  • an intensive lifestyle weight loss intervention, while
  • the other group was given basic diabetes support and education over a period of one year.
At the end of the study weight loss, basic fitness, and blood sugar levels showed improvement in the weight loss intervention group. The bad news is the weight loss intervention group also demonstrated loss of bone mineral density in their hip and thigh bones.
People with diabetes can be susceptible to falls due to diabetic neuropathy and poor vision. Hip fractures can have serious consequences, sometimes requiring surgery, frequently limiting mobility, and sometimes even leading to death.
Fortunately, there are ways of fighting the loss of bone density. Bones need calcium, so getting enough calcium is one way of keeping your bones healthy.
  • a cup of unfortified oatmeal has 4 percent of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of calcium for an adult, and a cup of fortified oatmeal has 10 per cent.
  • broccoli, spinach, kale, and turnip greens are good sources of calcium. One cup of spinach contains 20 per cent of the RDA of calcium for an adult. A cup of broccoli has 4 per cent and a cup of turnip greens provides 10 per cent. A cup of kale has 9 per cent, so have a big green salad for lunch.
  • calcium supplements are also available.
It's not enough though to just take calcium supplements or eat high-calcium foods; you need to cut down on foods that are diuretics: caffeine and alcohol.
To be used for bone growth and repair, calcium needs some help from vitamin D, which is often lacking in people with Type 2 diabetes:
  • getting a few minutes of sunlight every day without a sunscreen is helpful for making vitamin D,
  • foods such as soy milk can be fortified with vitamin D.
  • supplements of vitamin D are recommended for those who live in latitudes with little sunlight or cold climates or those who are unable to have much sun exposure due to lifestyle or dress.
Weight-bearing exercises are also important for growth and repair of bones, so take a walk every day in addition to taking in calcium and vitamin D.
If your bone density is lowered to the point of being dangerous, it is termed osteoporosis, and medications are available to treat it. Your bone mineral density can be measured and your doctor can prescribe much needed drugs if necessary.

Monday, September 17, 2012

What Is Facebook?

Electronic media trends are changing rapidly. A social networking website is an online platform where users can create a profile and share their thoughts that connects to other users. These social networking websites contain lots of features, providing avenues for both content evaluation and creation. Users share thoughts, photos, opinions and news. Traditionally, these websites allowed people to stay connected with family and friends, and individuals with similar interest to share. The top four social media networks worldwide are Facebook, Linked-In, MySpace or Twitter.
What is Facebook? Facebook is really a best platform. It's turning into an extremely significant platform for online communicating. It's speedily, turning into another type of marketing and interaction and advertising for a lot of businesses over the world. It's a continually expanding, online communicating and interaction source. Facebook is definitely a WWW is a social network website that allows people to share communications.
This platform is used by billions of people over the world, but only a few people know how to properly use this website. Facebook is often a widely used online networking program that allows peoples to share information with other people. It's an effective advertising and marketing resource that allows brands and services to get in touch and promote them. It's a wonderful website and advertising strategy to complement your online marketing technique. It's totally free of charge strategy, suitable as an online resource to offer your services and products. Facebook has consequently turned into an advertising and marketing strategy to attain a particular target customers quickly. It's now a popular focus on for social online marketing. It's an excellent learning platform for educators.
Facebook enables peoples to place their thoughts freely. It's much better for organizations and it allows you to gain knowledge from peoples you wouldn't ordinarily have contiguous exposure to, otherwise. It's used by all, not only the Athletic Individuals, Writers, celebrities, and Organization members. It's the open social networking platform; here peoples can compliment you honestly regarding your products and services. It's an uninterrupted pulse item that means it may really run your attention span. It's best for making a buzz about a cool service kick off or advertising and marketing of an active product or service. It's perfect for offering your services or products. It's the perfect location to market your services or products or site at this time as it's very hot.
Facebook is social media site that actually works similar to MySpace or Twitter. It's closer to blogs while MySpace or Facebook fits in the whole online community group. Facebook is really a social media site for keeping hooked up with family members, friends, organizations, co-workers, or communities with the same interests and hobbies. It has been a big part of my connectedness, my client base, with my past associates. It has been very accessible and I have had no issues with the services that Facebook provides.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Positive Benefits of Video Games

We all have read news reports about the negative influences of video games. It is true that these games can have some bad consequences on the child's behavior but there are also a lot of positive benefits. Video games engage children in many learning activities which help children learn certain skills. Computers are an important social tool in today's modern world and children should be given enough opportunities to play with them. Some studies have also shown that video games can teach children with attention deficit disorders to modulate their brain waves associated with focusing. With proper training these children have shown to improve their social and organizational skills.
Positive Benefits for Children
  • As Educational Tool-These games are fun and exciting for children so they stimulate learning.
  • Spatial skills-Spatial skills abilities help children visualize objects in two and three dimensions.
  • Goal Setting-Goals are set in every game and they need to rehearse these goals.
  • Maths skills-They see their scores while playing and hence learn some basic maths skills.
  • Language skills-They learn how to follow directions and read certain words like 'Go','Stop','Start'.
  • Social Skills-Children can talk about their passion with their friends in school and can make new friends who share a common interest.
  • Decision-making skills
  • It teaches Strategy
  • Teaches children Computer Skills
  • It teaches Memory and Mapping
  • Multitasking
  • Quick Reasoning and Critical thinking
Caution for Parents
  • Always remember that your supervision is a must if your child is very young.
  • Children must not be allowed to play these games for a long time as it can interfere with their home-work and other daily responsibilities.
  • You must monitor the effects of these games on your child's behavior. If you don't want him to play violent games then it's okay to be a little strict.
  • Engage your child in other activities by interacting with him, reading books,sports and even watching television. This will not make him addicted to these games.
Tips for Choosing Video Games
  • Check the ratings of the game and pick the ones that is acceptable to your family.
  • Look for games that involve strategy making and activities that stimulate your child's brain.
  • Choose a game that is appropriate for your child's age.
  • Encourage group play by picking games which involve multiple players.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Active Retirees Speak, Sell Books, Reports On Retirement Made Easy

Are you a retiree who is looking for something intriguing and fun to do, while making extra money? If your answer is yes, you are not alone. In fact, most older employees (65 percent) told researchers they would like to have some form of work in their retirement, according to a 2011 Harris Interactive survey of 1,001 people age 55 and older commissioned by Sun America.
Interestingly, of those surveyed few said they want full time work; only 4 percent told Harris researchers they want to work full time in retirement. Some 25 percent said they want to work part time in retirement, and 36 percent would rather to go back and forth between work and leisure, reports Dave Bernard for U.S. News.
If you find yourself looking for either full or part time activity to keep your brain active, while making some extra money, consider speaking before groups of pre and post-retirees about successful retirement ideas. A popular way to get started is speaking before a local organization or club, with a well researched book or report to sell at the back of the room.
With retirement a good topic to address (it should be, since baby boomers are starting to retire in large numbers), here are three important retirement questions that you could write a speech around:
-- Why are some people more ready for retirement than others?
-- Are there any specific issues that most people overlook when considering retirement?
-- Why is the idea of retirement difficult for some, and easy for others?
Any speakers who are fast on their feet with answers to questions like these should impress their audience. To prepare to speak before a group, here is some quick help in preparing your cheat sheet (or talking points) for your speech on making retirement easy, focusing on several or all of these questions.
Who really IS ready for retirement?
People who help or coach others to prepare for retirement often introduce some of the following issues to see if the people they are working with are retirement-ready:
--Do you believe your financial support plan covers you appropriately for the years ahead?
--Do you have other plans for your retirement (how you will spend your time)?
--Do you exercise for 20 minutes without a break at least three times a week?
All are appropriate questions, and even more like them come from The Retirement Readiness Assessment sponsored by My Next Phase. I took the online quiz and actually learned a few things about retirement readiness, so I challenge you to take it, too.
So, what appears to be some over-looked retirement issues?
While people who are retiring are typically advised to take stock of their financial resources, they don't always consider their psychological resources, says Nancy Schlossberg, Professor Emerita of Education at the University of Maryland.
Dr. Schlossberg has written extensively about retirement planning, noting that many baby boomers "didn't realize what was at stake when they left their jobs. They didn't think about things like how to structure their lives, their time, and how they might matter to others."
This researcher tells About Senior Living editor Shannon O'Brien that identity is key. "...when someone can say, for example, "I'm a professor," that's one thing, but when that identity is no longer there, it can be quite upsetting. It can take time to figure out a new identity."
Now, moving on to...
Why is retirement hard for some, and easier for others?
As a retirement blogger and author, I do not see this question asked often enough, and it is a good one. "Jacob" who blogs for Early Retirement Extremes, notes that how people approach personal finance makes a true difference, distinguishing why some people retire easier than others.
According to this "extreme" blogger: "To get ahead, you must either press the accelerator harder or ease on the brake. Apparently lots of people are not fully aware of just how hard they're flooring the brake. Therefore try this exercise. Every time you touch something [that you are considering for purchase], ask yourself whether this item has accelerated your income or whether it has decreased your savings."
Any other important, last-minute tips?
A wealth of retirement information is found online just by searching with the major browsers. I suggest taking a look at Investopedia, a particularly helpful site filled with many sophisticated ideas for soon-to-be retirees. Here is one of its many last-minute retirement tips:
Establish a Cash Emergency Fund to get you through the hard times. "It acts as a safety net in case something expensive or unplanned happens, such as medical expenses, market downturns or expensive home maintenance issues, just to name a few."
In fact, retirees are often advised to have three to six months of emergency cash reserves available separate from their investment portfolio. In normal economic times, this may be okay, but if the economic downturns, and the retiree is living off savings then it would help to add 12 to 18 months of cash to the investment portfolio to allow bonds and stocks to recover during bad times, according to Investopedia.
Are you ready for your retirement speech? With this information in hand, and your additional research, you should keep the attention of your audience. (Be sure to have your well-researched book or report ready to sell, and business cards to hand out.)
Susan Klopfer, author and speaker, writes on civil rights and diversity. Her newest books, Who Killed Emmett Till?" "Where Rebels Roost: Mississippi Civil Rights Revisited" and "The Emmett Till Book" are now in print and are carried in most online bookstores including Amazon, Barnes & Noble and in eBook versions on iBooks and Smashwords. "Where Rebels Roost" focuses on the Mississippi Delta, with stories about Emmett Till, Fannie Lou Hamer, Aaron Henry, Amzie Moore and many other civil rights foot soldiers. These books emphasize unsolved murders of Delta blacks from mid 1950s on. She is also the author of eBook, Cash In On Diversity. Klopfer is an award-winning journalist and former acquisitions and development editor for Prentice-Hall. Her computer book, "Abort, Retry, Fail!" was an alternate selection by the Book of-the-Month Club.