Sugar: How much is too much?

by Julie Motchok on March 23, 2015

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American Diabetes Alert Day 3/24/15

Tomorrow is American Diabetes Alert Day which makes now a great time to reevaluate your sugar intake. Diabetes is a serious disease that can lead to major health complications and is the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S. It is important to be aware of the dangers surrounding this disease and what you can do to reduce your risk.

First, let’s talk about some of the basics on Diabetes:

Type 1 Diabetes:

  • Usually diagnosed in children and young adults.
  • Only 5% of people with diabetes have this form of the disease.
  • In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin.

What is Insulin?

  • Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life.

Type 2 Diabetes:

  • Diabetes is a problem with your body that causes blood glucose (sugar) levels to rise higher than normal.
  • If you have type 2 diabetes your body does not use insulin properly. This is called insulin resistance.
    • At first, your pancreas makes extra insulin to make up for it. But, over time it isn’t able to keep up and can’t make enough insulin to keep your blood glucose at normal levels.

How does someone get diabetes?

There are many factors that contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes. However, sugar, especially that which is common in soda and sports drinks, is likely to contribute to weight gain which increases your risk of being diagnosed with the disease. Therefore, the American Diabetes Association recommends that people limit their intake of sugar-sweetened beverages to help prevent diabetes.

Here’s what you can do:

If you are unsure whether or not an item contains a high sugar volume, read the nutrition label.

If you don’t have a lot of time when reading labels, simply look at the total carbohydrate in a food. The total carbohydrate includes starch, fiber, sugar and sugar alcohols. It is important to balance sugar and starch when monitoring blood glucose level.

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If you are in the dining hall and nutritional information is not readily available, try to stick with meals and snacks that are nutrient dense with foods like…

  • Vegetables
  • Beans
  • Whole grains
  • Fruit
  • Non-fat dairy
  • Fish
  • Lean meats

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If you’re nervous that you may be at risk, don’t worry!

Here are some simple things you can do:

  • Get active! This does not mean you have to start going to the gym for 2 hours every day, but try to take a walk with a friend a few times a week or use the stairs instead of the elevator. You’ll start to notice a difference before you know it.

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  • Studies show that untreated sleep problems, especially sleep apnea, can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes. Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which you have pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. If you think this may be you, check with your doctor to see what you can do.

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  • Try to reduce your fat and calorie intake by maintaining a healthy and well balanced diet. Simple things like choosing grilled chicken instead of fried or using milk instead of cream in your coffee can make a big difference in the long run.

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Project PACK is BACK!

by Molly Louzan on March 16, 2015

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We frequently hear about occurrences of sexual assault. However, how familiar are you with the process that follows these horrific incidences? After a traumatizing experience, the survivor may choose to seek medical attention. Frequently, a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner will collect evidence for possible future prosecution. The exam is a lengthy and exhausting process for the survivor.

The purpose of Project PACK is to collect donations to create “PACKs” (Post Assault Comfort Kit) for these survivors while they undergo the evidence collection process. Through collaboration with the Massachusetts SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) Program, PACKs are hosted on SANE carts in hospitals all over the state. The purpose of the “PACKs” is to bring a small amount of comfort to the survivor while they undergo the length evidence-collection process (which typically lasts 4-6 hours).

According to the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) 4,418 adolescents and adults are sexually assaulted each year in Massachusetts alone – that is 12 people each day and one every two hours.

This is a real issue. It is something that is happening EVERY DAY. A small act on your part could make a world of difference to a survivor. When you are out shopping, please up any of the following items for Project PACK.

Each PACK includes…

  • Individually wrapped toothbrush
  • Travel-size toothpaste
  • Travel-size mouthwash
  • Travel-size deodorant
  • A comb and hair elastic
  • Small pack of tissues
  • Travel-size body lotion
  • Individually wrapped panty-liners
  • Socks
  • Individually wrapped wet wipe
  • Underwear
  • Gum/mints
  • Lip balm

Donation baskets will be hosted in the following locations:

  • Outreach Education Office, Weygand 1048
  • Student Affairs, Boyden 106
  • Maxwell Library Circulation Desk
  • Athletics and Recreation, Tinsley 200
  • Center for Multicultural Affairs, RCC 101

The Bridgewater State University community has worked hard to assist Project PACK in the past, and plans to step up again!

Want to learn more about Project PACK? Come to our information table on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in ECC.

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To visit the Project PACK Inc. Facebook book page click here.

To visit the Project PACK Inc. website click here.

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