Putting A Stop To High Diabetes Rates Among Health Care Workers

Blocks that spell out the word diabetes with fruit and vegetables around it. Written by Lucy Peters

There is a significantly high risk of diabetes among health care workers, with numerous studies postulating three main reasons why: unhealthy lifestyles, obesity, and physical inactivity. Current times are indicative of the importance of maintaining optimal health in this sector, since diabetes can pose a risk for worse outcomes in viral and other infections. Doctors, nurses, and other professionals often face high levels of psychosocial strain, and can be called upon to complete long work shifts – all of which can also contribute to the adoption of unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as the consumption of an unhealthy diet and sedentarism. As stated in a study by M Belingheri and colleagues, the problem is exacerbated when health care workers have other conditions such as hypertension, kidney disease, and cardiovascular disease, all of which can worsen outcomes for various diseases and conditions.

Diabetes And Work Performance

Embracing a healthy lifestyle and receiving early diagnosis for conditions like hypertension is vital for health care workers. Not only does diabetes post a risk of worse outcomes, but it also carries symptoms that can make work in a healthcare setting difficult. For instance, people with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can have a type of nerve damage called diabetic neuropathy. The legs and feet are mostly affected, with symptoms including pain and numbness. Diabetic neuropathy actually affects up to 50% of people with diabetes, and when it is severe, it can interfere greatly with one’s ability to work and complete daily tasks.

Fighting Type 2 Diabetes Through A Healthy Diet

A study by O A Busari and colleagues shows that health care workers can have a significantly higher chance of developing Type 2 diabetes. In order to fight this tendency, a proactive approach that embraces a preventive lifestyle needs to be adopted. This should begin with the adoption of a Mediterranean-type diet, which comprises lean proteins, grains, healthy Omega-3 fats, and plenty of fiber from fruits and vegetables. Specific foods can help health workers achieve their goals. A study undertaken at the Chalmers Institute of Technology, for instance, has found that whole grains (be they rye, oats or wheat) have a vital role in preventing Type 2 diabetes. The researchers recommended switching white flour foods for wholegrain foods, and avoiding foods like red meat and coffee. Women should aim to consume around 70g of wholegrain foods, and men around 90g. These can be sourced from foods such as rye bread, oatmeal porridge, and crispbread.

Embracing An Active Lifestyle

A 2018 study undertaken at the University of Birmingham has shown that regular physical activity reduces the risk of diabetes. Walking, jogging and running are all linked to lower diabetes rates, but any cardiovascular workout can be equally beneficial. “About one fifth of the observed diabetes cases which developed could have been avoided if inactive individuals had engaged in World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended levels of exercise,” said researchers. Despite this fact, research by H Blake and colleagues (Predictors of physical activity and barriers to exercise in nursing and medical students, Journal of Advanced Nursing), shows that health care professionals on the whole have low levels of physical activity, with barriers including a lack of time and inconvenient schedules. Health organizations should take this matter seriously, making key changes to schedules and encouraging involvement in fitness programs by workers.

Health care workers often fail to meet exercise requirements and consume a healthy diet, which ups their risk for diabetes. Conditions such as cardiovascular disease and hypertension can worsen outcomes for workers with diabetes. A preventive stance should be taken to remove the main barriers to healthier lifestyles. These are simply a lack of time, and schedules that are unconducive to regular exercise.



Integrative and Holistic Healthcare Specialist Program on Holistic Health and Chronic Conditions

Integrative and holistic medicine can help many individuals who suffer from chronic diseases.  A qualified healthcare professional can help navigate the person’s health plan, incorporating western medicine as well as holistic and alternative therapies.  This will ensure the medical safety of the patient and lead the patient to the proper medications and therapies.

Holistic and alternative healthcare practices can help with chronic conditions. Please also review AIHCP’s Integrative and Holistic Healthcare Specialist Program


The article, “How Functional Medicine May Help With Chronic Illnesses” by Katharine S. reviews some of the benefits of holistic medications.  She states,

“Functional medicine is a holistic approach that strives to maximize health and wellness by working on the optimal functioning of all human organs. It recognizes that each person is unique, from genetics to biological makeup.   Functional medicine is said to help those who have chronic conditions by changing their lifestyles and taking nutritional supplements. Functional medicine can be used to improve the quality of life for patients suffering from various types of medical conditions. It can be used to treat pain and other conditions like arthritis, cancer, depression, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, stress, and sleep disorders.”

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If you would like to learn more about holistic health care and how to help others deal with chronic conditions, then please review AIHCP’s Integrative and Holistic Healthcare Specialist Program and see if it meets your goals.  Qualified healthcare professionals such as nurses and physicians are accepted into this online program.

Holistic Nursing Training Article on Weight Loss and Acupuncture

When losing weight, diet and exercise are the most utilized tools but one can also utilize other holistic approaches.  Acupuncture can also play a key role in how one can lose weight.

Holistic and alternative therapies such as acupuncture can help one lose weight. Please also review AIHCP’s Holistic Nurse Training Program


The article, “5 Acupressure Points for Weight Loss” by Eleesha Lockett reviews the importance of Acupuncture as a way to help one lose weight.  She states,

“Traditional Chinese medicine is widely known for being one of the most practiced holistic health approaches in the world. In the United States, aspects of traditional medicine, such as massage therapy and yoga, are a part of mainstream health and wellness culture.  While many people still use traditional approaches to weight loss, others incorporate holistic practices like acupressure into their weight loss journey.”

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Please also review AIHCP’s Holistic Nursing Training and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.  The Holistic and Integrative Healthcare specialist program helps train nurses in the ways of alternative cares and practices.

Integrative Holistic Specialist Certification Article on Light Therapy

Integrative Holistic Specialists utilize multiple alternative and complimentary treatments for ailments.  Light Therapy is another type of treatment that is utilized for a variety of ailments.

Light therapy uses a lamp, often in a light box that emits light in high doses to help treat various types of depression, insomnia and sometimes even jet lag.  This type of light therapy should not be confused with UV Light therapy, a more concentrated UV ray used to help treat various skin conditions such as Psoriasis and acne.  UV Light, if used in high doses, and on the wrong type of condition, can cause serious skin inflammation and in some cases internal problems. You should always talk to your doctor before undergoing any type of light therapy.

Learn more about becoming a Holistic and Integrative Healthcare Specialist by reviewing AIHCP’s program and see if it meets your professional goals


Light Therapy can be used for many ailments listed below:

  • Unseasonal Depression
  • Insomnia
  • New night shift work Schedule
  • Dementia
  • Severe jet lag
  • Depression during Pregnancy or Breast Feeding
  • Any other condition – as recommended by your doctor


Light therapy boxes are almost never covered by insurance. However, your doctor can usually give you some recommendations of where to buy them online or in retail stores that won’t create too much of a burden on your wallet. Be sure you purchase a box that has the options and features you are looking for. There are many varieties. It is recommended that you do thorough research before purchasing your light therapy box, bulb or lamp.

Even though a complete cure for depression, SAD, or even insomnia is almost never reported with this treatment, there are many health benefits that can come from consistent use of light therapy. Number one being the reduction of prescription medications.  When using a light therapy box, it is important to not just rest the light on your skin, but to have it indirectly facing into your eyes. Those who aim it on their skin alone may receive some benefits, but, the benefits are greatly heightened when aimed indirectly into the eyes. Be careful not to look directly into the light – doing so may cause retinal damage.

Despite potential risks and precautions – talked about in greater detail in the next section – the light therapy box is a great way to reduce your mental stress, improve your mood, and elevate your energy levels naturally – especially during fall and winter months – when the sun shines the least. Those who practice safe and healthy light therapy techniques – which include safe duration of time (15 min – 2 hrs. a day), timing of light therapy practices (early morning) and proper intensity (see doctor for guidelines), usually see a reduction in medication usage.

Unfortunately, as with nearly every health care therapy there are some risks and precautions you should be aware of before starting or participating in ongoing light therapy treatment. Patients with SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) or other conditions where the skin may be sensitive to light or anyone who takes antibiotics or natural supplements that increase sensitivity to light, are counselled not to take part in this type of therapy.  Additionally, anyone with a history of skin cancer or eye sensitivity should not use light therapy.  If you have any questions about whether or not you should use this type of therapy for your condition, please visit your doctor before starting on treatment, as stated above.


Be aware that many of the side-effects that can be experienced are short lived and mild in severity, but, they should never be ignored.  The following is a short list of some of the side-effects that may be experienced during light therapy:


  • Headaches
  • Vomiting (Nausea)
  • Irritability
  • Agitation
  • Mania, euphoria, hyperactivity or agitation associated with bipolar disorder


It is important to understand the benefits and possible risks with any treatment.  This is why it is important work with doctors and other healthcare professionals whenever utilizing a certain therapy.  Integrative Holistic Specialists are trained in both conventional and complimentary medicines and can best guide one through the best options regarding Light Therapy

If you are interested in learning more about becoming certified in Holistic Nursing or becoming a Integrative Holistic Specialist, then please review the program and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.


Healing The Healers: Different Ways Healthcare Professionals Can Manage Their Chronic Pain 

Tablet with the text Pain Management on the displayWritten By Lucy Peters

Around 30% of physicians experience chronic physical illness and pain, with 82% experiencing concomitant chronic mental concerns, according to a study of 248 physicians conducted by the University of Ottawa. As such, there needs to be some changes occurring in the field of medicine — especially when it comes to the concept of chronic pain management. So, to this end, what are a few different ways that healthcare professionals can manage chronic pain?

Chronic Pain-Specific Medication

A study conducted by the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine found that healthcare practitioners limit or avoid controlled pain medications due to their practice guidelines and regulations. Despite this, the discomfort that comes with chronic pain can become so debilitating that they achieve relief through chronic pain-specific medication that’s over the counter or prescribed, such as Oxycodone, Ibuprofen and Morphine. But for doctors who are not comfortable relying on medication, thankfully, there are other options to pursue.

Alternative Care

Chronic pain affects a substantial number of nurses. A study by Gaziantep University found that 84.2% of nurses experience chronic lower back pain of moderate severity. Instead of using any medication, they have found that turning to alternative care like chiropractic adjustment and acupuncture provide relief. Those that undergo chiropractic adjustments reported in a JAMA Open Network’s published study that after six sessions, they have less pain intensity, higher satisfaction in their care, less disability, and more mobility.

Physical Therapy And Exercise

Medical professionals are constantly in motion, and chronic pain hinders this. The pain may also cause a lack of physical activity that opens the gates to other health issues. As such, physical activity is necessary. Aerobic exercises are an effective way to treat chronic pain, according to a study conducted by the Thurston Arthritis Research Center. They found that walking or stationary cycling are moderate impact activities that relieve pain.

Psychiatric Support

Chronic pain is an emotional and mental battle, according to Linda Girgis, MD. She shared her story of being a practicing doctor that got into an accident that left her with a displaced, comminuted proximal humerus fracture. This event effectively made her a chronic pain patient for the rest of her natural life. She soon realized that chronic pain takes a rather strong emotional and mental toll, as the pain made her normal activities no longer possible, and her patients did not care about her pain — only the inconvenience her condition had caused them.

This is precisely why the study conducted by the Department of Psychiatry of George Washington University found that psychological interventions for chronic pain are necessary. Psychiatric support for medical professionals that suffer from chronic pain can help them recalibrate their perspectives and process their pain in a safe and healthy environment.

Living with chronic pain can feel like a continuous battle—especially for the very professionals that are tasked with looking after the health of others. This is why there need to be further studies on managing pain and improving the way the topic of chronic pain in healthcare professionals is addressed. As soon as there is an established way to fully heal the healers from their chronic pain, the better the field of healthcare will be as a whole.


Holistic Integrative Specialist Program Article on Cancer and Alternative Treatments

Cancer is a difficult disease to treat. It is the plague of the modern era.  In treating it, many utilize conventional methods, but complimentary and alternative methods can also be useful in overall treatment plans.  Complimentary treatments can help prevent future cancer and also help with current treatments.  These type of extra treatments need to be used in concert with conventional treatments and arranged only through professional guidance.

Alternative and Conventional medicine can work together under professional guidance. Please also review our Holistic Integrative Specialist Program


The article, “Let’s Talk About Complementary & Alternative Care for Cancer” by Erin Boyle looks at complimentary medicine and treatments that can be used in concert with conventional treatments of cancer.  She states,

“Complementary medicine is used in addition to conventional cancer care. It can include products, practices, and healthcare systems outside of mainstream medicine. These methods don’t “cure” cancer, but work in conjunction with conventional cancer treatments to help in a variety of ways, including pain management and emotional support. ”

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Please also review our Holistic Integrative Specialist Program and see if it meets your academic and professional arguments.  The program is online and independent study.



Holistic Integrative Specialist Program Article on Complimentary Therapy

Holistic and Alternative care is becoming more mainstream.  It is very useful for those who mix complementary practices.  The worth of these other practices like all medicines are not guaranteed but they do have a history of success.  It is important though to understand their nature and which ones play a certain role in health.  Somethings should not be mixed and others can be very complimentary to conventional medicine.  Some practices are more preventative, while others deal more with chronic issues than acute.

Alternative medication and therapy can play a big role in your health. Please also review our Holistic Integrative Specialist Program


The article, “The Complete Guide to Complementary and Alternative Therapy” by Kat Nicholls discusses the importance of Holistic care and complimentary medicines.  She states,

“Anything that doesn’t fit under conventional or ‘standard’ medical care can be called a complementary or alternative therapy (or complementary and alternative medicine, CAM). These practices, products and therapies include approaches that have been used throughout history such as aromatherapy, yoga and ayurveda.”

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Please also review our Holistic Integrative Specialist Program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals

In the meantime, if investigating alternative therapies, be sure to consult your primary physician and also work with a Holistic Integrative Specialist who can guide you in the proper direction.



Holistic Integrative Specialist Article on Aging and Holistic Medicine

Aging is part of living.  Living a healthy life ensures aging is a process that does not excel at a fast right.  With good exercise, safe diet and preventative measures, holistic living can help retain youth longer and help one be optimal for the age they are.  There is never a guarantee in life, but the odds are always higher when one takes his or her own health into their own hands.  If blessed with longevity or disease resistance or not, one who cares for his or her body and utilizes a holistic life style to his or her own advantage will age better than if they did not


How can a healthier and holistic life benefit you and aging? Please also review our Holistic Integrative Specialist Certification program


The article, “Holistic Medicine Ensures a Better Life While Aging” from Industry Global News looks at how aging can be a smoother process through Holistic care

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One can learn more about the advantages of a healthy life style and aging by reviewing our Holistic Integrative Specialist and Healthcare Life Coaching blogs.  One can also if a nurse enroll into the Holistic Integrative Specialist Certification.  The program is online and independent study.  The certification lasts for four years and can be renewed.  Please review the program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals.


Holistic Integrative Specialist Article on Primary and Holistic Care

More and more holistic and preventative medicines are being incorporated into primary care. Primary physicians and healthcare professionals are seeing the benefits of many of these practices when used in a safe and complimentary way with conventional medicine.  With their approval, so comes providers who cover and pay for these services.


Primary care is beginning to take a closer more holistic approach to care. Please also review our Holistic integrative specialist program


Professionals who are well equipped with the knowledge of both types of practices are becoming more and more important as patients seek more preventative and holistic methods of care.  These Holistic Integrative Specialists can play key roles in primary practices.

The article, “Providing Holistic Preventive Health with Advanced Primary Care” by Emily Sokol looks deeper into this joining of forces.  She states,

“Providers cannot furnish holistic care without addressing social determinants of health. Factors such as the environment, socioeconomic status, and access to healthy food options account for 60 percent of an individual’s health.”

Through this, primary care is looking more and more at the entirety of the person as well when dealing with a person’s health.  To read the entire article, please click here

Please also review our Holistic Integrative Specialist Program and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.


Holistic Integrative Specialist Article and Pain Management

Pain is a constant in life.  Whether mental, emotional or physical, it is present in some form, most of one’s days.  While this is unfortunate, it is also true.  Pain is part of humanity’s reality in the fallen and temporal reality.  How one deals with pain determines one’s ability to survive and be successful.  Coping strategies are critically important, but for numerous years, physical pain in particular has been blanketed with prescription based drugs.

People deal with pain everyday in their lives. Learning how to cope with that pain is essential. Holistic Integrative Specialists can help one find alternative and less addictive ways to deal with pain


Prescription based drugs, especially opioid based, have shown case histories of long term negative effects on individuals.  Many individuals face addiction as a result of long term exposure to these drugs.  Physicians over prescribed opioid based drugs for surgery and chronic pains.  As a result, we now face the addiction epidemic over pain killers.

In response, severe restrictions have been employed against the use of these drugs.  Unfortunately this severe response has left those in the middle once again at the mercy of pain.  Limited pain killers are now not available for post operation.   The excess and abuse prior has now laid a foundation for a severe lack of good pain killers for those who need them.  Until common sense and moderation returns, many individuals suffer with over the counter pain killers to deal with post operation or sometimes chronic situations.  It is a true shame for those who suffer pain as a result of substance abuse and excessive prescribing by physicians.

This, however, is the true reality that exists today.  Pain medications are used rarer and in little doses.  They are also reserved only for the most severe cases.  While this is in some ways good, it is not necessarily good for the average person who does not misuse pain medications but needs them short term or even some who are not classified as severe enough with their chronic situation.

In response, many individuals trying to cope with pain have looked for alternative ways to face it.  With minimal pain medication available, they look to supplement with a variety of holistic and alternative practices. Fortunately, many of these practices have proved productive and many individuals have found relief from pain.

Chiropractic service has become one of the more mainstream holistic practices to reduce pain and heal the problem at its core.  This practice helps realign the spine and other skeletal structures.  It is also employs massage therapy and other aroma therapies utilized with massage.  The usage of these practices on a consistent basis have proven to help many people not only cope with pain but also find a solution to the source of the pain.

In addition, others have looked towards acupuncture and other pain reliefs.  In the search, they have discovered some pains are a source of energy displaced.  Acupuncture, EFT, and some massage therapies are able to properly re-channel emotional, mental and physical pain.  In addition to these uses, others have employed hynotherapy as a way for the mind to overcome the pain of the body.

Meditation and other physical forms of therapy are also very productive.  Many have employed meditation, or physical exercises such as yoga to help heal the body.  Instead of dealing with daily inflammation.  Individuals utilize yoga and other stretching therapies to find healing and reduction of pain.

Holistic Integrative Specialists can also offer a wide variety of suggestions regarding herbal remedies that reduce inflammation and also promote healthy healing.  With so many options for pain management and the lack of strong and potentially addictive medication, it is no wonder that so many have looked into and put so much energy into these alternative practices.

A Holistic Integrative Specialist can look at a variety of practices to help. From EFT to Hypnotherapy and merely herbal remedies, a Holistic Integrative Specialist can be an important guide


The American Institute of Health Care Professionals offers a variety of alternative methods to help alleviate pain.  Qualified professionals can become certified in a variety of programs that can train them in alternative practices to help others overcome physical, emotional and mental pain.  All of the programs are online and independent study and offer four year certifications in the practice to those who qualify.

The American Institute of Health Care Professionals offers certifications in Hypnotherapy, Meditation Instructor, and EFT specialist.  It also offers a wider program to healthcare professionals who are interested in Holistic Integrative practices.  This particular program is primarily offered to nurses or other higher licensed healthcare professionals who look to guide individuals to a more healthy and holistic life style.

It is very important with so many individuals looking into holistic and alternative methods to have a trained and guiding voice.  Healthcare professionals trained in Western Medicine can better understand the needs of a patient and also guide them to the proper alternative practices.  It can be very dangerous to employ various new methods without first consulting a healthcare professional.  Many things need to be understood.

One needs to see how these herbal supplements, or practices will affect the individual.  Some medications may not mix or some may have health issues which prevent them from practicing alternative therapies.  One’s healthcare professional can guide one through these processes but a Holistic Integrative Specialist can not only see if the alternative practice is safe for the particular situation but also guide one to a better option.

This type of guidance is important as so many individuals continue to search for alternative answers to their pain but may not understand things.  This type of self doctoring can be very dangerous to one’s health.  A Holistic Integrative Specialist can help individuals make wise and informed decisions regarding their health.

Please review our Holistic Integrative Health Specialist Program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals.  Within time, one will be able to confidentially interweave one’s medical knowledge with alternative practices and help guide individuals through the process of finding pain relief.