Monthly Archives: July 2015

What is PreDiabetes?

Have you or someone you love been told by your doctor you are pre-diabetic or at risk for developing diabetes?

Prediabetes is a condition in which individuals have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes.  It is a potentially reversible condition that often leads to type 2 diabetes unless steps are taken to prevent it.

PreDiabetes

Over 20,000 people in Fond du Lac County have prediabetes. The Fond du Lac Family YMCA can now help! The Y is currently seeking participants for the next class session of the Diabetes Prevention Program. Classes will run on Tuesdays from 6-7pm starting on September 29th.

Take action now! To be considered for this program, contact Kristen Quast, Fond du Lac Family YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator at kquast@fdlymca.org or 920.921.3330 x309. More information can be found at http://www.fdlymca.org/ymca-diabetes-prevention-program.html.

Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse

Alcohol and other drug abuse and addiction constitute major health and safety concerns in the United States, with costs running into the billions of dollars annually for health care, related injuries and loss of life, property destruction, loss of productivity and more. Treatment is proven to be effective, but few who need it have access to and receive care. Families can be devastated and children are at increased risk for their own addiction and mental health problems.  Addiction knows no societal boundary.  It affects every ethnic group, both genders, and individuals in every tax bracket. 

What is an alcohol problem?

Researchers use the term “alcohol problems” to refer to any type of condition caused by drinking which harms the drinker directly, jeopardizes the drinker’s well-being, or places others at risk. Depending on the circumstances, alcohol problems can result from even moderate drinking, for example when driving, during pregnancy, or when taking certain medicines. Alcohol problems exist on a continuum of severity ranging from occasional binge drinking to alcohol abuse or dependence (alcoholism). The most common alcohol problems include:  Binge drinking, alcohol abuse, and alcohol dependence.

 Alcohol addiction symptoms or behaviors include:

  • Feeling that you have to use alcohol regularly — this can be daily or even several times a day.
  • Failing in your attempts to stop using alcohol.
  • Making certain that you maintain a supply of alcohol.
  • Spending money on alcohol and/or drinking, even though you can’t afford it.
  • Feeling that you need alcohol to deal with your problems.
  • Driving or doing other risky activities when you’re under the influence of alcohol.

What is drug addiction?

Drug addiction is a dependence on an illegal drug or a medication. When you’re addicted, you may not be able to control your drug use and you may continue using the drug despite the harm it causes. Drug addiction can cause an intense craving for the drug. You may want to quit, but most people find they can’t do it on their own.

For many people, what starts as casual use leads to drug addiction. Drug addiction can cause serious, long-term consequences, including problems with physical and mental health, relationships, employment and the law.

Drug addiction symptoms or behaviors include:

  • Feeling that you have to use the drug regularly — this can be daily or even several times a day
  • Failing in your attempts to stop using the drug
  • Making certain that you maintain a supply of the drug
  • Spending money on the drug, even though you can’t afford it
  • Doing things to obtain the drug that you normally wouldn’t do, such as stealing
  • Feeling that you need the drug to deal with your problems
  • Driving or doing other risky activities when you’re under the influence of the drug
  • Focusing more and more time and energy on getting and using the drug

 

 For further information and resources, go to csifdl.org

 

The Scoop on Ice Cream

The Scoop on National Ice Cream Month and Day

President Ronald Reagan is known for his love of Jelly Bellies, but his sweet tooth extended into the creamy goodness of ice cream. In 1984, President Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream month and the third Sunday in July would be National Ice Cream Day. This year the third Sunday is July 19th.  This designated month and day is a great reason to indulge in the summertime favorite … you can’t go wrong with ice cream!

However, you can go wrong if you don’t brush your teeth after enjoying this American classic. Whether you are scooping out vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry into a dish or a cone you need to know the scoop on the impact ice cream and other sweet treats have on your teeth.

The Scoop on Tooth Decay

It is commonly said that sugar harms your teeth.  The sugar itself will not hurt your teeth but plays a large role in tooth decay. Tooth decay is caused by harmful bacteria in the mouth. Bacteria feed on sugar, so eating too much sugar can feed bad bacteria, which will guzzle down the sugar and give off an acid byproduct that can strip teeth of enamel. These harmful bacteria can adhere to teeth forming plaque (a sticky substance) and tartar (hardened plaque). The bacteria continue to feed on the sugar and eventually may result in cavities.

 With a Scoop of Moderation

In an ideal world we could do away with sweets altogether, but why would we want to get rid of something that tastes so good? The good news is that there are simple solutions to avoiding the damage done by bacteria when enjoying your favorite sweet treat.

  1. Brush your teeth at least twice a day for 2 minutes
  2. Floss daily
  3. Enjoy in moderation  
  4. Alternatives  (Banana “Ice Cream”)

A Scoop of Banana “Ice Cream”

Bananas

This recipe provides the cool, creamy sweetness of ice cream – without any added sugar.

Ingredients:

2-3 ripe bananas (yep, that’s it!)

Directions:

Peel bananas and cut them into small slices. Freeze them for 1-2 hours, then place them in a blender and blend until creamy. Scoop and serve! Once you’ve tried the “original” flavor, experiment with healthy add-ins like peanut butter, strawberries or dark chocolate. (Consider if your add-ins contains sugar, and remember to brush after eating.)