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Valentines Day Gift Guide For Type 1 Diabetics

Valentines Day Gift Guide For Type 1 Diabetics

Valentines Day Gift Guide for Type 1 Diabetics Valentines Day is right around the corner, February 14th. Why not surprise your favorite Type 1 with a super sweet gift? And Type 1s, pass this blog post on to your loved ones, maybe theyll take a hint! *Here are my top gift-worthy products for Type 1 Diabetics: Myabetic is famous for their high quality, fashionable diabetic handbags and clutches. Ive had mine for over 6 months now and will NEVER go back to carrying my diabetes stuff in some ol pouch. Myabetic bags and clutches help keep supplies organized as well as staying fashionable. Check out my reviews here and here . And the Myabetic website has a tool to help determine what bag is best, just click here . If your lovely T1 wears an insulin pump, theres nothing better than an adhesive skin to make the pump personalized and unique. Even if they dont wear a pump, there are skins available for meters (you know, the thing we test our blood sugar with). I order my pump and meter skins from Diabetes Feel Goods ! If youre in the US, there is also Pump Peelz . What a better surprise than a motivational, heart-warming printable framed and hung by your T1s supplies? Check out Lilac Tree Studio s downloadable printables to find a super sweet design to help decorate and send constant reminders how how strong your T1 is! If your T1 loves to read, I would recommend two great books on living with diabetes. Diabetes Solution by Dr. Bernstein focuses on living a low carb lifestyle and how to mitigate high blood sugars. This book was a huge eye opener for me and I would encourage all T1s to at least read it. Actually, its the book I wished someone handed to me 11 years ago when I was diagnosed. Bright Spots and Landmines by Adam Brown is also a must-read with a positive spin on managi Continue reading >>

The Best Gifts To Give A Family With A Newly Diagnosed Child With Diabetes

The Best Gifts To Give A Family With A Newly Diagnosed Child With Diabetes

"The overwhelming response was the same: be a shoulder to lean on and a good listener." You know you have really great people in your life when you get a call that goes like this: "Therese, my 13-year-old son’s good friend was just diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Can you help me understand this disease and what I can offer the family to help them through this difficult time?" She said she thought about giving them a cookbook. This is the typical gift that someone buys for a family with a newly diagnosed child, because they often don't understand diabetes and, honestly, no one truly does unless they or their child has it. It's a chronic illness that is complicated, challenging, confusing, doesn't obey by the rules, has no rhyme-or-reason and is very difficult to grasp. A diabetes cookbook is a thoughtful gift, but maybe more so for someone with type 2 diabetes. Diet and exercise can help reverse the effects of type 2. This isn't the case for type 1 diabetes, as it's an autoimmune disease which destroys the beta cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. I started thinking about what a thoughtful gift would be for someone recently diagnosed with diabetes and went right to the source for some suggestions: one of my favorite type 1 diabetes parenting groups within the diabetes online community on Facebook. The overwhelming response was the same: be a shoulder to lean on and a good listener. Here are some of the other thoughtful ideas and ways you can be a good support system to a family with a newly-diagnosed child: A food scale that has different modes, like weight in grams for carbohydrate counting. These can be expensive, so maybe go in on it with another family. Depending on the age of the child, a teddy bear to hug while getting those first pokes. Different, fun mea Continue reading >>

Gifts That Benefit Diabetes Research

Gifts That Benefit Diabetes Research

Diabetic Living / Well-Being / Feel Good Welcome to your one-stop shopping destination for inspirational gifts that benefit diabetes research. Our favorite, fun, and thoughtful gifts include a diabetes bracelet, t-shirt, or a simple tribute donation. Shop on! Few things bring as much joy as giving to others. These great gifts will please the recipient -- and some of the proceeds also benefit diabetes research and awareness charities, such as the American Diabetes Association, JDRF, and the Diabetes Research Institute. When you give gifts like these, you give twice! Contact the organizations listed for more information about these gift items and others like them. Supplies may be limited, and shipping and delivery fees may apply. Give a little sparkle that benefits a great cause! Rachel's Cure by Design offers a wide variety of handmade bracelets ranging from $22 to $70. Also available are necklaces, earrings, and leather jewelry -- plus a percetage of every sale goes to JDRF. The company is the brainchild of Rachel Tobin, who started selling her creations after she was diagnosed wtih type 1 diabetes at age 12. Shine a light on type 1 diabetes when you purchase a luminaria from T-1 Enlightenment, a company started by Harrison Zuckerberg when he was just six years old. The T-1 bags, available for a suggested donation to JDRF, are intended to raise awareness of the disease. Diabetes Community , Diabetes Support , Type 1 If you're looking for a fun, practical gift, this ID tag is it! Engraved with the phrase "I Decide to Fight Diabetes," the tag can be personalized with the name of someone you're fighting for. Keep this clever tag on a key ring, wear it on a charm bracelet, or show it off on your favorite purse. Tags are available in stainless steel ($9.95) or sterling silv Continue reading >>

7 Stocking Gift Ideas For People With Type 1

7 Stocking Gift Ideas For People With Type 1

7 Stocking Gift Ideas for People with Type 1 Share this article with family and friends to get what you want this Christmas. In the festive spirit of giving, its truly the thought that counts. That being said, Ive graciously received many diabetes-themed gifts that I either later donated to the others or to the trash bin. For example. sugar-free candy has been a popular Secret Santa present with my name on it. I was never a big fan of candy as a kid, and I didnt feel deprived without it, so it usually sat around for months until my cat made a toy out of the wrappers. While thoughtful gestures are always appreciated, here are some practical picks that people with diabetes may not be as inclined to re-gift: iTunes gift card. Theres an app for that? Aside from the valuable lineup of free diabetes management apps out there, several paid apps offer more perks when it comes to data entry and advanced graphics. According to Healthline, the top-ranking paid diabetes apps of 2014 include Glucool and Diabetes Pilot. Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) Sensors. Besides the hope and dream of a cure, my diabetic wish list includes universal coverage for insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring. Until then, a couple packs of CGM sensors in the stocking wont get discreetly brushed off like a holiday fruitcake. Thermal socks. A stocking isnt quite complete without a token pair of socks. While diabetic socks have been a source of mockery akin to the diabeetus meme, the fact is that our foot health is pretty vital. Consider a high-quality pair of comfy, padded, non-binding socks (they can still be jazzed up with festive snowmen and reindeer). If you have an athletic person with diabetes in your life, its all the more reason to throw in a pair of cushioned cross-training socks. Inten Continue reading >>

What's A Thoughtful Gift To Give A Friend Who's Recently Been Diagnosed With Diabetes?

What's A Thoughtful Gift To Give A Friend Who's Recently Been Diagnosed With Diabetes?

What's a thoughtful gift to give a friend who's recently been diagnosed with diabetes? My best friend was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes last week. She's taking it pretty hard. I'd like to buy her a gift to make her feel better. I'm not sure what to buy -- something diabetes related, something sexy, something inspirational? My head's spinning! What's the most thoughtful gift anyone's ever given you? I want to make her feel better and "forget" her troubles. Thanks! You know your best friend and we don't. What does she like? What are her interests? I guess I shouldn't suggest chocolate!! :) Of course you should! She loves chocolate and it is Easter tomorrow! That sugar-free stuff gives me the trots, though. Not sure about her, but lots of people have trouble digesting it, so that's out! Actually, I was thinking what I could get her and logged on just now to reply to my own discussion when I saw your comment, thanks for commenting! But, I think I know just what to get her. I think I'm going to start a diabetes blog for her, fill it with all kinds of information. That way, she'll have her own diabetes "library" right at her fingertips! Now, all I need is a catchy name! Why don't you buy her a copy of Using Insulin or Think Like a Pancreas for the information factor and/or a pretty journal to write her thoughts and feelings about her diagnosis? Also do give her the gift of support by recommending she come here! That journal one is a good idea. At first, I was going to suggest she start her own diabetes blog, but then the idea sounded so appealing, I started one for her! I suppose I can get her a journal though -- kind of like a baby book for her to record her "milestones" as a diabetic. Like, her first doctor visit, her first insulin injection, her first A1c; stuff like tha Continue reading >>

Type 1 Diabetes — The Best Gift In My Life

Type 1 Diabetes — The Best Gift In My Life

WRITTEN BY: Aseel Soueid Type 1 diabetes was a blessing in my life, a gift that made me the man I am today. Type 1 diabetes? A blessing? A gift? You don’t hear that every day. You probably don’t ever hear that at all. My name is Aseel Soueid, I’m 20 years old and I’ve had Type 1 diabetes for 16 years now. I was diagnosed when I was only 4 years old. Growing up with Type 1 diabetes was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to face in my life, and it was something I had to face every single day, minute and second of my life. The fact that I knew that I could never change or make my Type 1 go away was something that really bothered me as a child. Confusion, feeling lost and discouraged – I know these feelings. I’ve lived that way for so long. Growing up as the “odd one” in the group. At the time of my diagnosis, the doctor told my family and I that I would never be normal again. I was never blessed with great genetics or any talent with sports and quite frankly, I was always scared to partake in any physical activity due to my Type 1 diabetes. When I began middle school I was tired of holding myself back all the time. I began swimming and doing martial arts. I was amazed at how fast I could progress in these sports and this really grew my confidence. I trained hard no matter what my circumstances were and I got better every day. I swam for one of best teams in the state and found myself wanting more. By the time I was 16 years old, I picked up my first weightlifting/bodybuilding magazine. I looked at the people in these magazines and thought about how strong and confident they must feel with such an amazing physique and dedication to the gym. I asked myself, what’s stopping me from looking like that? My Type 1? I sure as hell wasn’t going to let that stop m Continue reading >>

My Favorite Things- Gift Guide For Type 1 Diabetics

My Favorite Things- Gift Guide For Type 1 Diabetics

Other than raindrops on roses being some of my favorite things… I have composed a long list of things that can make it easier for someone shopping for their Type 1 Diabetic family member or friend. A lot of non-diabetics don’t know what to get for with Type 1 Diabetic friend, daughter, son, mom, dad, etc. And even a lot of Type 1 Diabetics don’t know of all the cool and helpful products out there that can make Type 1 Diabetes a little more fun or stylish or silly! I wanted to make a large list of my personal favorite things that have helped me in my diabetic life! This ultimate gift guide can be used as a great resource for people to get for their: other dia-besties, birthdays, holidays, dia-versarys (anniversary of your T1D diagnosis), or even to just get for yourself because they are so cool and everyone should be able to “treat yo’ self” every once in a while. To be honest, receiving and trying each of these things has made my Type 1 Diabetic life a little more fun and exciting! Using these things gets you kind of excited about being a Type 1 for once in your life! I created a list of names/products with their link to access it easily, a description of what they do, and some pictures to get a taste of what each product is! So lets get on with this super exciting list that will make you yell “Yay for having Type 1 Diabetes!”: Myabetic Bag Myabetic has created fashionable premium diabetes supply cases and accessories to control your diabetes with style! Fits everything that you would need like insulin pens, lancets, glucose meters, Dexcoms, pockets for extra needles, alcohol wipes, test strips, etc. Comes in many different colors, sizes, and designs. I have the Myabetic Banting Wallet in pink pictured below. The Genteel is a pain-free lancing device tha Continue reading >>

Thoughtful Gifts For People With Diabetes

Thoughtful Gifts For People With Diabetes

Thoughtful Gifts for People with Diabetes Posted by ADW Diabetes | Feb 27, 2017 | General Information , Health & Wellness , Type 1 | 0 | Every season seems to be the perfect time for gift giving for that special someone you love. Christmas season came and went with lots of decorated Christmas sweaters and red reindeer pajamas. Valentines Day suggests the need to order long stem red roses, chocolates and anything that has a heart shape. Gift giving and its timing can be predictable or not. Sometimes it is just fun to think outside the box and purchase a feel good present that may be for no reason and revolve around diabetes. Below is a list of some suggestions which could be useful to the person in your life with diabetes including you! Try to focus on products and services which will be useful with thought in mind as well as promoting that someones health. Patients should be concerned about insulin when it is stored above 78 degrees; heated insulin will lose its potency. When at home, insulin can be kept at room temperature once it is opened. For those traveling, especially during the hot summer months or for those living in a warmer climate, a gift of a Frio insulin wallet can maintain the insulin at the proper temperature. These wallets come in large or small size, in a variety of colors and can store both pens and vials. Frio products are activated by only cold water so there is no need to worry about transporting ice or extra refrigeration. Frio wallets are light weight and very portable. If you or someone you love with diabetes is not testing then this could be one of the most important gifts you can give. Knowing your blood sugar numbers on a daily basis can help with meal planning and exercise regimens. Reading numbers in the 70s or lower can get you to treat hy Continue reading >>

Gift Ideas For A Type 1 Diabetic Friend | Dottli Diabetes Blog

Gift Ideas For A Type 1 Diabetic Friend | Dottli Diabetes Blog

5 + 1 Great gift ideas for a type 1 diabetic Are you thinking about gift ideasfor a type 1 diabetic friend? Coming up with gift ideas for our loved ones is always hard! But for us type 1 diabetics, there is hope! We made a list of five + one gift ideas that can delight or be of use to a fellow type 1 diabetic. The first item is actually a bunch of items that all work with our free Dottli app . Just about every Withings and Fitbit product will sync with Dottli and help us to automate our daily value logging. Their selection includes a blood pressure meter, a weight scale, activity trackers/smart watches, thermometers and so on. A blood pressure meter in particular is an important item for every diabetic to have, because long term high BP is damaging for our veins, kidneys and eyes. Steady monitoring can alert us in time if the pressure levels have climbed too high. These benefits make them very good gift ideas for a type 1 diabetic friend. Next up are some affordable accessories and other goods that make for great gift ideas. Of course there is no longer a need for diabetic diet. But having a cookbook full of delicious and healthy recipes withcalculated at-a-glance nutritional information is very helpful. It means that you dont have to estimate the carbs in your meals. You know it exactly and just like that your diabetes management gets easier! Get it from Diabetes UK ! This elastic belt goes with me on every jog. It feels good against my skin, doesnt cause chafing and I can fit my insulin pump and carb gels in it. When you dont have suitable pockets, spibelt works great. When you need to keep your insulins chilled, Frio helps . The manufacturer promises Frio will keep your insulin cool for a minimum of 45 hours. So for those hot days, this product will help. A lot of u Continue reading >>

13 Christmas Gift Ideas For Type 1 Diabetics

13 Christmas Gift Ideas For Type 1 Diabetics

13 Christmas Gift Ideas for Type 1 Diabetics Christmas is coming, and with it, the same question Im asked every year without fail: Where can I get a nice box of Diabetic chocolates from for my Nan whos Diabetic? Please please please DO NOT under ANY circumstances, buy Diabetic food products! Its honestly such a lovely caring thought, but they cause more harm than good. Food products labelled For Diabetics, including chocolates, sweets and ice cream, tend to contain as much, if not more fat than normal chocolate, which is bad news in the long run. They contain artificial sweeteners which can still affect blood sugar levels, and can also cause a laxative effect, so Nan will unfortunately be spending her Christmas on the loo. Diabetic products are also expensive, so save yourself some money. This year however, has got me thinking. What would be a nice gift to buy a Diabetic? Something thoughtful, something helpful, and not something thats just as an after thought from not knowing what else to buy? Ive spent the last month hunting and Ive discovered some nice products. Read on to find the perfect gift for your Diabetic loved ones 1. Gourmet Chocolate Pizza Co 7 inch Crunchy Munchy Chocolate Pizza As I mentioned above, Diabetic chocolates are an absolute no-no, so if you are set on giving chocolates as a gift, normal chocolates are fine! Type 1 Diabetics can eat normal chocolate, we just work it into our diet, ensuring we correctly carb count so that we can calculate exactly how much insulin is needed to cover it. In fact, its actually pizza (and pasta!) that many Type 1 Diabetics struggle with rather than chocolate, I know I do! So perhaps this 7 chocolate pizza would be a better option for me? A great alternative to the traditional box of chocolates too! 2. Pimp Your Pump Continue reading >>

Gift Ideas For Someone With Diabetes

Gift Ideas For Someone With Diabetes

In terms of gift ideas, it's probably best to avoid anything diabetes related! When it comes to presents for people with diabetes, many of us would rather have presents that are not connected with our diabetes, but this can vary from person to person so they key is to know the person youre buying for. Were here to point you in the right direction of what to consider when choosing a present for someone with diabetes. This is one of those where it can go one of two ways. Some of us prefer diabetic food if it means that it has slightly less impact on blood sugar levels. However, just because a product says diabetic on it is no guarantee that it is any more suitable for sugar levels than other food without the diabetic label. There is no guideline in the UK about who can use the word diabetic on the food and this means that any food could legally bear the term diabetic. Also, some people with diabetes actively avoid anything bearing the food. One reason is that some of us feel strongly about not being seen to be defined by the condition we have and another good reason is that diabetic food can often have laxative effects, if they contain sugar alcohols, which can cause stomach pains in some people. As with the above, this comes down to the preference of the individual. Some people with diabetes dont like to be left out of having sweets or chocolate whereas other people with diabetes are very conscious of avoiding sweet foods that may adversely affect their blood glucose control . If youre buying a present for someone who you dont so well know, which can sometimes happen with Secret Santa presents, it may be better to pick a non-food gift. Could I buy a blood glucose meter or diabetes equipment? If you know your intended recipient needs a particular piece of diabetes equipm Continue reading >>

Gift For Diabetics: Awesome Diabetes Gifts Ideas

Gift For Diabetics: Awesome Diabetes Gifts Ideas

Digital gifts are always a great choice of gift for men. And digital cameras are a great way to encourage an active outdoor lifestyle . These days, you can get a relatively good digital camera at a decent price. You will be surprise the quality of pixel you can get for a camera around the $100 range these days. The Canon PowerShot SX610 is a great economic choice for individuals who have no or little experience with cameras. With many features such as wifi sync, fish eye effect, and auto-focus function, this little camera will make walks and outdoor trips much more enjoyable and memorable. As a matter of fact, these cameras are so easy to handle that they are also great gifts for children. It will make your kids explore the outdoors and take their eyes off the smartphones and tablets for a change. If you wish to have a hybrid camera/video camera, the Panasonic Lumix SZ10 camera may be your choice.Although it is slightly more expensive, it is a powerful camera that are great for selfie lovers and video capture lovers. For the outdoor lovers, you cannot go wrong with the GoPro HERO video camera gadget. With limitless mounting options and impressive waterproof ability, your husband can share his adventure with his friends with the 1st person shot footage that is always perfectly in-focus. He will absolutely enjoy exercising on another new level. I suggest reading the following articles: If I Have Diabetes, Will I Have to Stop Eating Sugar? Research studies have shown that sitting for long hours is harmful to health. If your love one need to work long hours at his desk, why not make it a better situation for him? A quick solution is substituting a chair with a balance ball chair that allows him to exercise his muscles as he works. It is also a great chair to avoid stress o Continue reading >>

Holiday Gifts For Kids With Type 1 Diabetes

Holiday Gifts For Kids With Type 1 Diabetes

Holiday Gifts For Kids With Type 1 Diabetes Summary: Looking for a special holiday gift for a kid with type 1 diabetes? Weve gathered our list of favorites from funny to practical and everything in between. This year we include ideas from I Heart Guts, The Sugars, American Girl, Pump Peelz, Laurens Hope Medical ID Bracelets, Vera Bradley, Sugar Medical Supply, and Jerry the Bear. While I think the holidays should be all about the holidays and not about diabetes, there are a few diabetes-related items that might be fun gifts. My thought is that any diabetes-related gift shouldnt replace a gift that they would otherwise get. For instance, if your non-d-kid gets 5 toys and your d-kid gets 4 toys and a diabetes gift, well thats kind of a punishment for having a busted pancreas. But since some of these are high ticket items, the holidays might be a good time to give them. (Note: a few of the links are affiliate links. Most are not.) (Another note: when I shop online, I make sure to take advantage of eBates. They have a web browser tool that will pop up whenever you are shopping at a store that gives cash back. If you havent signed up for eBates, I highly recommend it. If you use my friend link to sign up , well both get an extra reward.) Our kids might not have fully functioning pancreii (pancreases?), but they might love this huggable organ. I Heart Guts makes several pancreas themed items including magnets and lapel pens and this little guy. If they dont want to hug it, maybe they would like to throw it across the room when diabetes isnt cooperating. Just a thought. Visit the I Heart Guts website and use code GIFTS4T1DKIDS for 20% off anything pancreas-related through Christmas Day. We have always found that diabetes is easier to manage with a little humor and we think th Continue reading >>

A Holiday Gift Guide For People With Type 1 Diabetes

A Holiday Gift Guide For People With Type 1 Diabetes

A Holiday Gift Guide for People With Type 1 Diabetes The holidays are here, and tis the season for gift shopping and gift guides. No doubt youre seeing holiday gift guides appearing right and left for babies, kids, pets, techies, foodies, and more theres a gift guide for everyone under the sun! There are even gift guides for people with diabetes. We at Carb DM believe that a person is so much more than their diabetes so most people with diabetes would probably rather receive presents that are not connected with diabetes. The best way to shop for someone with diabetes is to take into consideration the persons likes and interests, just like you would for anyone else. However, there are certain instances, especially within the diabetes community, when a diabetes-related present would be welcomed and appreciated. You might want to give a present to a medical care provider who has been especially supportive in helping you manage your diabetes. You might want to thank a friend who has joined you on every single one of your diabetes awareness fundraising walks or a counselor at your daughters diabetes summer camp. You might have a dia-buddy who has stood by you through thick and thin, or a fellow parent of a diabetic child who is always available to lend a sympathetic ear (or an extra dose of insulin). Here are some ideas to get you started: For the foodie: Keep It Real Co.Holiday Box Its almost impossible to avoid treats during the holidays, so if you cant beatem, joinem! Fortunately, all the treats at the Keep It Real Food Company are made with only naturally healthy ingredients. Founder Katie Coleman has type 1 diabetes (read our interview with Katie here!), but her products appeal to anyone with a sweet tooth.Their No-Grain Granola, Flourless Cocoa Nib Cookies and Flourle Continue reading >>

The Beyond Type 1 2015 Gift Guide!

The Beyond Type 1 2015 Gift Guide!

Even Type 1 Diabetes deserves a little love! Whether you want to show some love to the Type 1 in your life or you are a Type 1 who wants to show a little extra love to your supplies, devices and accessories, weve got you covered!Now you may be under the impression thatdiabetes gifts are boring. Well, think again! Gone are the days of ugly glucose monitor cases and dullmedical IDs. There are so many companies out there making diabetes a little more fun with fabulous products. Here are some favorites! Do you sometimes wish you could punch your pancreas for not working? Do you wish you couldjust take it and throw it across the room in a fit of high-blood-sugar-induced annoyance? Well now you can (kind of) with the famous Powerful Pancreas Plushy (1) ! It also doubles as a perfect snuggle buddy to use while trying to fall back asleep after those 3 a.m. lows. For the younger Type 1s out there, you can make your little T1D feel like a superhero with this Super Medical Alert Necklace (2) from Laurens Hope! Speaking of Superheroes, your Pumperwill feel invinciblewith this Superhero Pump Pouch (3) . In case your child wants a different pattern, fear not! Dazzling Pump Pouches has all sorts of fun fabric options that are perfect for kids and teens, and you can even customize your own. We love getting our daily laugh on with Type 1 Diabetes Memes, and we love all thecute gear they havelike this Type One Bag (4)! The bags, T-shirts, phone cases and more have adorabledesigns andempowering slogans that are perfect for all ages and genders. Help your little T1D love their guts with an adorable printed onesie or t-shirt from Mama Case Prints (5) . Mama Case is designed by the mama of Eddy , one of the cutest 3-year-old Type 1 diabetics you will ever see, and Eddy even has a few design Continue reading >>

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