I thought for my nutrition topic this week I would try to shed some light on diabetes. I’ve recently had several clients say they didn’t understand why diabetes was so bad. One even decided to stop taking their medication because they didn't feel bad so didn’t feel the medication was doing anything.
So what is diabetes? Diabetes is having too much sugar in your blood over a months or years.
Sugar is found in fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes and it is very important to our bodies. In fact, it's the main source of energy for our brains and muscles.
So why would our bodies have difficulty absorbing sugar?
Whether you are new to running or you’ve been running since diapers your back should not hurt before during or after a run. Frequently, I talk to people that think it's normal to have back pain from running. Let me assure you it may be a common issue but it is not normal.
Now, I’m not saying that you need immediate medical attention. But you shouldn’t ignore or push through back pain. Pain is a signal that something is wrong and if you are having pain that lasts longer than 2-3 day it's best to have someone help you resolve it.
Don’t wait until the pain is unbearable or completely stopping you from running. If you wait until you absolutely can’t stand the pain you’re more likely to find out you have permanent damage. However, if you go when the pain starts it’s far more likely no permanent damage has started and everything is completely reversible.
Now to help you start addressing and not pushing through your back pain here are 7 tips.
Okay women have you ever wondered “What causes back pain in women?” That is how Cynthia started her conversation with me. She was calling my clinic to find out why she was having terrible discomfort every time she picked up and carried her kids. Why was her back “talking” to her while she was grocery shopping and standing in lines. She wanted to go for a run but was nervous about making the pain worse. She had been stretching day and night with only a little bit of relief. She was debating going to get a cream to rub on her back BUT she didn’t want to smell funny. And she was concerned that pain killers would simply be masking a larger problem.
I work with women all the time that have the same concerns as Cynthia.
And she was right being a woman does lend us to having back pain unfortunately.
I was talking to a mom, Jenny, that I met at one of my kids after school activities. Jenny was exhausted. I just assumed she was tired from something kid related but, no. She was having back pain that was keeping her up at night. Jenny was frustrated, overwhelmed on top of being afraid the pain would just get worse. I listened to all the things she tried in the hopes of relieving her lower back pain while she slept: sleeping in the recliner, rolling to each side, sleeping with a brace but nothing was helping.
I asked if her back hurt during the day or just at night. She said it ached but nothing that stopped her from doing things, until she laid down. She just couldn’t get comfortable and it was keeping her awake. Jenny has 3 kids, ages 2, 4, and 7 so she is always on the move.
WE HELP ACTIVE ADULTS OVERCOME THEIR ACHES AND PAINS TO GET THEM BACK TO THEIR FAVORITE ACTIVITIES WITHOUT MEDICATION, INJECTIONS OR SURGERIES.
Dr. Molly McDonald