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National High Blood Pressure Education Month

National High Blood Pressure Education Month

It’s National High Blood Pressure Education Month. High blood pressure increases your stroke risk, and every 40 seconds, an American has a stroke. Learn more.

High Blood Pressure's Risk
The Dangers of Strokes for Women


Do you understand your blood pressure? Learn more now.

High Blood Pressure's Risk


Break down your risk of high blood pressure to understand it better.

Your Age and Strokes


Learn to eat right and exercise to fight high blood pressure.

 High Blood Pressure's Risk


Tobacco takes a toll on your blood pressure. Learn more and get help quitting.

Learn About High Blood Pressure


This handy guide helps break down the info around your blood pressure meds.

High Blood Pressure's Risk


We’ve got quick tips to help you cut back on salt for your blood pressure without losing flavor.

Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week

Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week

This week was Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week, so we brought you info each day.

Heart Defects are the most common birth defect.
Nearly 1 in 100 babies are born with CHD.
Estimates suggest there are more than 3 million people living with congenital heart disease (CHD).
Heart defects are costly - Hospital costs for children with CHD exceeded $5.6 billion in 2009.
Approximately 25% of children born with CHD will need life-saving intervention as infants.
There is no cure for CHD. Congenital Heart Disease requires life-long specialized care.
This Valentine's Day, give from your heart to help a child's heart. Visit conqueringchd.org to learn more and donate.


Learn more about congenital heart defects.


Getting Sleep with Diabetes

Getting Enough Sleep with Diabetes

The Effects of Not Getting Enough Sleep

Over the last decade, the number of hours Americans sleep has fallen fast. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 72% of people sleep 7 hours or less, up 10% from 2001, which can have serious health effects. And getting enough sleep with diabetes is even more important.

“The public is less aware of the impact of insufficient amounts of sleep,” said Dr. Megan Ruiter, lead author of the National Sleep Foundation’s report. “Sleep is important—the body is stressed when it doesn’t get the right amount.”

Not only does sleep affect your body’s stress level, it also affects your blood glucose levels. A 2006 study in the Archives of Internal Medicine found people who say they sleep poorly have higher A1cs.

Studies confirm sleep-deprived bodies make an average of 32% less insulin after a meal, leading to higher blood glucose.

Tips for Getting Sleep with Diabetes

Here are some helpful tips for a good night’s rest from Diabetes Forecast.

Set a Schedule

Go to bed and wake up around the same time every day. This can help your body establish a healthy sleep/wake cycle.

Avoid Nicotine, Caffeine, and Alcohol

These substances can disrupt sleep. It’s best to avoid them before bed.

Get in the Mood

A bedtime routine can help you shift from being awake to feeling sleepy. Take a bath or listen to peaceful music just before you turn the lights out.

Exercise Earlier

Active people sleep better. Do your exercise in the morning or right after work for the best results.

Prep your Bedroom

Make sure it’s dark, quiet, relaxing, and at a cool (yet comfortable) temperature. Turn off (or silence) cell phones, TVs, and computers.

Don’t Go to Bed on a Full or Empty Tank

Eating a big meal just before bed or lying down with a growling stomach can make falling asleep tricky and can even wake you. If you’re going to eat a big evening meal, eat two hours before bed to give yourself enough time to digest.