Children|Family|Health|Lifestyle|Wellness

World Diabetes Day 2018 Focuses on Family Health

November is diabetes awareness month and today, 14 November 2018 sees International World Diabetes Day focus on family health.  An issue very close to my heart for two reasons.  Firstly, because 23 months ago doctors told me I was a borderline diabetic. Secondly, because my family’s health is my greatest priority.

I’m of Indian descent which makes me have a higher genetic predisposition to diabetes.  Many South African families sit in the same boat.  Is it partly genetic, partly culture that we have to blame?  Us South Africans have a tendency of showering each other with sweet treats, unhealthy snack foods and TV and computer games is seen as a sign of love.  However, this unhealthy eating and an increasingly sedentary lifestyle could be contributing to the steady increase in diabetes, which is threatening the health and lives of people around the world.

“This international Diabetes Day, South Africans should consider ways to love their families to a state of peak health”, says Novartis South Africa.

According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), around 15.5 million adults aged 20-79 are living with diabetes in Africa, with over two-thirds (69.2%) of them unaware of their condition. More than half (55.3%) of adults living with diabetes in the region live in urban areas.

As is the case in many countries around the world, the incidence of diabetes across Africa and in South Africa is on the rise. Around 1.8 million people currently have diabetes in South Africa, with this number expected to top around 2.7 million by 2045, according to the IDF. In addition, more than two million South Africans may have impaired glucose tolerance (IGT).  What is IGT, I hear you ask.  Well, IGT is a transition phase between normal glucose tolerance and diabetes, also referred to as pre-diabetes which is what I was diagnosed with.

According to the World Health Organization, diabetes rose from 4.7% to 8.5% of adults.  This worldwide increase in trend is cause for makor concern.  Diabetes is dangerous because of all the complications that can occur.  Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure.  It also increases ones risk for heart attack or stroke by 2 to 4 times.  Severe cases see people loose limbs and even their eyesight.

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This World Diabetes Day focuses on the family and diabetes, highlighting the important role families play in helping spot the symptoms of diabetes, as well as in encouraging healthy living to reduce the risk of diabetes.

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As a family we have made the decision to adopt a healthy lifestyle change.  Healthy eating, an increase in physical activities and exercise combined with a serious reduction in the consumption of sugar has seen our health improve drastically.  I had gestational diabetes during both my pregnancies which makes my children susceptible to becoming diabetic.  A lifestyle change was not negotiable as I don’t want my children to be affected by this dreaded disease.

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Simple lifestyle measures have been shown to be effective in preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes.  As a family, we have done this and so can you.  Diabetes concerns every family.  Could you spot the warning signs??

For more information on World Diabetes Day, visit http://www.worlddiabetesday.org/

Giveaway|Review

Onutricia Collagen Review & Giveaway

First and foremost, I seriously need to start off by keeping it real with you lovelies.  When I was initially approached to review the O Nutricia Collagen, I must admit I was rather sceptical. Truth be told, even though COLLAGEN is the latest buzzword and trend in the wellness world, I had little, to no knowledge of the product.

Collagen is readily available in your blood, bones, cartilage, ligaments, muscles and skin. Boasting an extensive range of benefits, it’s no wonder people are supplementing their daily diets with a dose of collagen.  Collagen definitely seems to be the key to all-round vitality and wellness.

O Nutricia Collagen claims an incredible amount of benefits as listed below:-

  • Improves Hair
  • Greater Mobility and Flexibility
  • Restores Bone Mass Density
  • Increases Bone Strength
  • Reduces Joint pain, Gout and Arthritis
  • Delays and Counteracts Sarcopenia
  • Boosts Metabolism
  • Osteopenia
  • Vibrant, Firmer, Glowing skin
  • Promotes Digestive Health
  • Increase Muscle Mass
  • Healthy gut repair and function
  • Helps to Detox liver
  • Strengthens Nails
  • Decrease Fat Mass
  • Supports Ligaments and Tendons
  • Collagen is even cited as helping to reduce the appearance of Cellulite

Tried & Tested

While I couldn’t put all of the above to the test, I have indeed tried O Nutricia Collagen over the past month and a half.  To better substantiate my review, I decided to photographically document the condition of my skin from 23 August 2018.  In a very short space of time, there is indeed a noticeable improvement in my skin.  Two weeks after starting with the collagen I have numerous compliments about how my skin in glowing.  I hadn’t noticed but people around me did.

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There’s a noticeable improvement in the condition of my skin

In addition to the above,  I have to admit that my nails are actually growing and stronger.  I can feel an increase of new baby hair on my scalp.  I have extremely thin hair and this won’t be rectified overnight as my thinning hair is a genetic condition.  My injured foot is also definitely on the mend and while I can’t fully credit my recovery to O Nutricia collagen, I’m convinced that the combination of the use of collagen, physio and rest has seen my foot heal quicker than expected.

Collagen comes in three forms. Types I and III are commonly used to support healthy hair, skin, nails, tendons, bones, and ligaments. Type I is the most abundant protein in the human body and the main protein found in all connective tissue. Type II is commonly used to support joint and cartilage health.

O Nutricia collagen is Type l

  • Raw material certified Halaal
  • Bovine only
  • No porcine
  • No additives
  • No flavourants
  • No colourants
  • No fake sugars
  • No wheat or gluten
  • No soya
  • Just 100% pure hydrolysed collagen peptides.

The collagen can be consumed by adding it to water, tea, coffee, yogurt, gravies, soups and even smoothies.  I don’t particularly like it in my coffee though, but your options are endless with the O Nutricia website listing a few recipes for you to try out.

I can confirm without a doubt, that I am no longer a sceptic and can definitely see and feel the benefits of using O Nutricia collagen.

Giveaway

I’ve teamed up with O Nutricia Collagen to share the benefits.  We are giving one lucky winner a month’s supply of O Nutricia collagen.  All you have to do is follow O Nutricia and Fit Like Mummy on Instagram.  Leave a comment listing one benefit of O Nutricia collagen and share with your friends who may be super keen to get in on the action.  Good luck lovelies xxx

Wellness

Grabbing PMS by the Balls

At the very tender age of 40 I can thankfully say that I have no freakin clue as to the kind of havoc PMS can cause in a woman’s life. Well I do, but I don’t if you know what I mean. That time of the month is really a non-event in my life but so many of you have a completely different story to mine. In the interest of understanding what throws you over the edge and turns you into a crazed lunatic, this post if for you, the woman who has to face the dreaded monster called PMS.

PMS

How long should it last?

PMS should start consistently a week to two weeks before your period and stop a day or two after menstruation starts. Which basically means that on average you have a week of calm and peace in your life. Like WTF?? But that’s life and we got to find ways to roll with the punches.

The most common emotional PMS symptoms

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Crying
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Food Cravings
  • Irritability
  • Nervousness
  • Over-sensitivity
  • Sadness
  • Rage

Ways to cope with PMS

Exercise. As much as you didn’t want to hear this, physical activity can lift moods and improve depression. Exercise may help counteract some of the hormone changes that may trigger severe PMS. No one is expecting you to run a marathon. Try taking a walk, running, cycling, swimming or even yoga.

Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and sweets. Another thing you didn’t really want to hear. I mean what the hell are you going to be left with. I’m not entirely sure that this is the answer to your problem, but avoiding caffeine, alcohol and sweets (sugar) can make a considerable difference.

Small, frequent meals. Eating small meals throughout the day rather than two or three big meals may also help ease PMS symptoms. Try to eat six small meals a day to keep your blood sugar levels steady.

Calcium supplements. It’s been said that getting plenty of calcium can help ease mood changes related to severe PMS. Chat to your GP to get a supplement that can help your body cope better during your menstrual cycle.

Stress management. Stress can make severe PMS symptoms worse, so finding ways to give stress the slip can help treat PMS. Try relaxation techniques such as meditation, deep breathing and yoga.

Chart your symptoms. Chart your symptoms for several months to be sure that you are experiencing PMS and not another conditions. Debilitating PMS is a reality which includes both physical and emotional symptoms. It is therefore best to consult your doctor on ways to cope.

Holistic approach. Massage and acupuncture have been known to help some women cope better.

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