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You don’t have diabetes, but your last blood tests showed higher-than-normal blood sugar levels. You’ve been wondering when this was going to happen since your mother had diabetes. So, can you or should you do anything about it?
A short and emphatic answer is, yes, you can and you should do something about prediabetes. When fasting blood sugar levels are in the higher than normal range (100 to 125 mg/dL) on a regular basis, it can lead to the same sorts of problems people with diabetes worry about — damage to the cardiovascular system, eyes, nerves, kidneys and even the brain. If your fasting blood sugar was higher than normal, you should also get a test for something called “hemoglobin A1C.” This test shows you whether your blood sugar levels have been too high over the past several months (A1C levels of 5.7 to 6.4 percent indicate prediabetes).
Many people with prediabetes will develop diabetes within a few years unless they take action. A landmark study published in 2002 showed that the onset of diabetes can be avoided or delayed through weight loss, exercise and diet changes. Follow-ups on this first study have confirmed that individuals who lost weight and followed a healthier life style can still be free of diabetes as many as 11 years later.
So, I know you saw the words “weight loss” and cringed. But, the weight loss that seemed to prevent the onset of diabetes was really pretty modest, only a 7 to 10 percent loss can normalize blood sugar levels. For someone weighing 170 pounds, this means a 12- to 17-pound loss. For the exercise portion, 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise at least five days per week should be enough.
Again, you are thinking, “Easier said than done.” And I agree, but there are a few things that seem to help. Something that is really helpful is recording or keeping track — what you eat, the number of calories in your portions, your weight and your physical activity — and make changes based on what you find out from your records. There are lots of computer programs that can help but you can definitely accomplish the necessary record keeping the old fashioned, low-tech way in a little journal. Getting some help from a registered dietitian or a certified diabetes educator or a diabetes prevention program lifestyle coach can help get you going in the right direction. It will be challenging at first, but I’d rather take on this challenge than develop diabetes.
Did you get a gift card for Christmas? If so, you are in good company. Last year over $46 billion was spent on gift cards, according to MarketResearch.com
For businesses, gift cards are a good source of profits. The business gets the money when the card is sold, but the card may not be spent for months or in some cases never. Research by the National Retail Federation also shows that most of us spend more money than the face value on the card, resulting in higher sales.
Examining our mindset when it comes to using a gift card helps us understand how it affects our spending habits. An interesting phenomenon occurs when people think about spending a gift certificate or card. According to the retail association, people are 2.5 times more likely to purchase an item at full price when paying for it with a gift card. Like spending with credit cards, a gift card doesn’t feel quite like spending cash, and we are more likely to overspend. Think of the card as cash and you’ll be less likely to overspend.
Though these cards have become one of the “go to” presents for gift giving, market research shows that about 24 percent of the cards were kept by the buyers for their own use. Regardless of who purchased the gift card, if it is in your possession, it is time to plan for spending it. Use these hints to avoid any problems in redeeming your gift cards.
Redeem your card quickly. In 2015, more than $1 billion of gift cards were not redeemed, according to Consumer Reports. In fact, nearly one-third of cards are never redeemed, according to the nonprofit consumer organization. The worst thing you can do is drop it in the drawer and forget it. Carry the cards with you so you’ll have ready access when you get to the store. In addition, some cards have dormancy fees, an automatic reduction based on the time elapsed since the card’s purchase. The lesson is to spend it quickly, before you forget it exists or fees erode the value of the card.
Know the rules on your card. Besides the time limits on cards, there are other fees that may apply. Fees can be applied for the number of transactions or balance inquiry. Make sure you understand what rules you must follow in redeeming a card. Know the terms and conditions that apply to the card.
Some cards allow you to register your card in case it is lost. Again, check the rules and requirements on your card. If the issuer of your card has a policy of replacement, make sure you register it on the company website in case of loss or theft.
Spend all the money on the card. For most of us, this isn’t a challenge. According to Investopedia, when people redeem their cards, half of them will spend more than the card is worth. The financial website reports that consumers spend 20 percent more on average than the face value of their card.
If you end up with small amounts on your gift certificates, consider consolidating your cards. Cardpool.com or Cardcash.com offer cash money or a new card from Amazon that holds the consolidated value for your cards. The companies offer up to 92 percent of the face value for your cards. I worked the website with an imaginary $25 certificate from Fred Meyer and was offered $22.80, or about 92 percent. Other cards may come in at a lower rate, so again be sure to check for the specific card you have.
What if the card isn’t your favorite retailer or simply not going to be used? Get rid of it. Sell it to one of the above websites or regift it to someone who will use it. At least if you won’t use it, someone can get some good out of it.
Gift cards have become one of the most popular holiday gifts. If you received one this holiday season, be sure to use it before either you forget it or fees eat up the value of the card.
By Dr. Glenn Mollette
A growing career industry across the country is life coaching. People are actually going into private practice opening offices and spending hours every week giving direction to people and a listening ear. We have had psychiatrists and other mental health workers for years but now people are training to help others with just the most basic types of problems and questions.
We live in an age where people are more desperate than ever for somebody to talk to. People have problems from spiritual, financial, to making daily decisions. People wonder about what to do with their lives. They don’t know how to get a job or what opportunities might exist for them. Millions of American kids pass through twelve grades of school and graduate clueless about what to do next.
More than ever people need to know that their lives are not in vain. They do not exist to just create social media postings in hopes that a few people will “like” them. They need to know that if they do not make a television reality show that they are still okay because every day they exist in their own reality show. The reality is that each American has an opportunity to have a real life. Life is never free from hurdles, work, challenges and usually grit and grind. However, there are ways to navigate the maze of living life.
Bad things happen to people. People are brought up in broken homes, by single parents, in poverty, and surrounded by domestic violence. The scenarios are endless. This is why more than ever we need everyday life coaches who can help people with the simplest of life’s quests.
Young adults up to old age seniors need guidance. You can find a lot of answers on Google but often people don’t know the right questions to ask.
How do I write a resume’? What do I put on a resume’? How do I dress for a certain job interview? Where do I start to find a job? What are my career choices? How do I choose a career? How do I know what I am good at doing? How do I save money? How can I make my life better? How can I avoid trouble? How do I start a business? How do I obtain financial aid for college? What do I have to do to be a schoolteacher, a lawyer, a doctor an engineer or other professional? My life is bad how can I change my life? I am unhappy with my physical condition what can I do to be a healthier person?
I understand that not every counselor has an immediate answer to every person’s questions. However, answers are available and often a steady mind with a listening ear can help someone find an answer.
Some people need help from a medical professional. Some need help from licensed clinical counselors. Many today just need some basic common sense direction.
Churches today are utilizing Life Coaches. Sometimes it’s a trained minister but other occasions exist where there is a trained Life Coach connected to the church whose job is to help those in the community to find direction and guidance.
Chicago, Baltimore, Milwaukee, Memphis and every city in America struggling with violence would be well served to plant guidance coaches, mentors or life coaches throughout these troubled communities.
In reality, it’s the job every parent should do. Unfortunately parents have either dropped the ball, flown the coup or just cannot pull their own lives together. Sadly in America we have so many dysfunctional families that life coaches are needed to help mom and dad as much as the young teens struggling in these scenarios.
More law enforcement, more police dogs and more curfews are not going to solve the hurt being felt by so many lost young adults in America. More than ever these young men and women need community leaders, mentors and coaches with a listening ear and commonsense advice for living and achieving a better life.
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