WELCOME TO DIABETIC ENJOYING FOOD

I have chosen this name for this blog because it truly states my story. I am a type II diabetic who most certainly enjoys food. When I was diagnosed with diabetes several years ago, my blood sugar level was over 400. With some oral medications, a lot of research and some trial and error, I have found that unlike my ancestors I truly can continue to enjoy food. I hope this blog will help you to also enjoy food and be healthy. Some recipes are my originals and some I have collected.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

DIABETICS AND STROKE

Did you know that diabetics are more likely to have a stroke than the general population? Since immediate care after a stoke is urgent, it is important to know the signs of stroke. Remember the word FAST to help you remember the signs. They are:
Face: Numbness in the face, changes in vision, uneven smile
Arm & Leg: Weakness or numbness, trouble walking
Speech: Slurred Speech, Inappropriate words, Mute (words won't come)
Time: Time is of the essence; call 911 at the first signs!

Did you know stroke is the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States?
Approximately 800,000 suffer a stroke each year.

There is one drug that can reverse symptoms and reduce long-term disablility in those who suffer an ischemic stroke (abstuction of blood flow to the brain). However it must be administered within 3 hours of symptoms and test must be run to determine if the stroke was ischemic before the drugs can be administered. Thus the need for getting to a hospital immediately.