10 Tips To Help You Take Your Diabetes Medications On Time

10 Tips to Help You Take Your Diabetes Medications on Time

10 Tips to Help You Take Your Diabetes Medications on Time

10 Tips to Help You Take Your Diabetes Medications on Time
To keep your blood sugar levels controlled, it's vital to take your diabetes medications as prescribed. Follow these strategies to ensure you take them on time, every time.
A pill box is just one of the many handy ways to make taking diabetes meds easier.
When Carol Gee, 67, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes nine years ago, she implemented a system to take her medications and never once veered off course. A retired inventory management specialist in the military and a teacher, Gee was familiar with the efficacy of regimens, so she knew sticking to a schedule would help ensure she would always take her diabetes medications as prescribed.
In the morning after she wakes up, showers, and brushes her teeth, Gee immediately takes Metformin (glucophage ), Victoza (liraglutide) , and a medication for high blood pressure. Depending on her fasting blood sugar, shell also take fast-acting insulin and eat within 15 minutes. At night, after she brushes her teeth, shell repeat the same process but replaces the fast-acting insulin with a long-lasting insulin.
Ive always been organized, and I believe that organization is also important when youre taking medication, she says, explaining that practice and repetition have enabled her to follow the plan.
Thanks to this routine, Gee is the exception: Between 38 and 93 percent of people with diabetes struggle to take their medications, according to a review published in June 2015 in Diabetes Medicine .
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The BFF Guide to Type 1 Diabetes

The BFF Guide to Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes is a disease that cannot be spread like a cold can. It is an autoimmune disease, which is a fancy way of saying my immune system attacked my pancreas (like a persons immune system will attack a cold), and I can no longer produce insulin on my own. No one knows the exact cause of diabetes yet. You do not get T1D from eating sugar (actually, it can be insulting to someone with T1D to hear that).
When I was first diagnosed, I had to spend a lot of time in the hospital. I had IVs, lots of needles, and it was really scary. It was there that I realized that my disease is life-threatening. It made me really sad and scared. Without a working pancreas, I am now considered diabetic. I have to make sure that what I eat is balanced with insulin. Insulin isnt a cure, its part of my maintenance to stay healthy and most importantly, to stay out of the hospital! Insulin is a hormone that is normally produced by the pancreas that helps the body break down glucose (from carbs) for energy. Too much glucose in my body that isnt ushered away by insulin can make me really sick. Same thing goes for carbs! When my body burns off too much glucose and my blood sugar goes down fast, I have to eat sugar/carbs to bring it back up. So, technically, I HAVE to eat that cupcake! Its a fine balance that Im still learning, but I have my family and friends watching out with me to make sure that I stay on track.
I wear a couple of devices, one is the Dexcom CGM (Continuous Glucose Monitor) that tracks my blood sugar and keeps me updated on what range my blood sugar is in. With my Dexcom, I Continue reading

Diabetes... or the first sign of killer pancreatic cancer? How screening people with the disease could save thousands of lives

Diabetes... or the first sign of killer pancreatic cancer? How screening people with the disease could save thousands of lives

Backing this drive is PCA founder Ali Stunt, who discovered she had pancreatic cancer a year after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, despite being a healthy size 10.
This year Ali, now 51, celebrated an astonishing ten years survival.
Fewer than one per cent of pancreatic cancer patients live for this long. The disease has the worst survival rate of any cancer, with 80 per cent of sufferers diagnosed too late for lifesaving treatment.
Ali said: Even though it was picked up relatively early, its proximity to major blood vessels would soon have rendered the cancer inoperable.
Experts are issuing the advice as they believe that the blood sugar condition suffered by four million Britons may be an early warning sign of the aggressive tumours, which are typically discovered too late to treat
Research has shown that pancreatic cancer patients will have visited their GP four times on average before being referred to a specialist for a scan. I saw mine more than that. But type 2 diabetes not associated with weight gain is often one of the earliest signs of pancreatic cancer, as it was in my case. If GPs began routinely screening these patients, it may lead to the disease being picked up earlier.
Ali, a mother-of-two who lives with financier husband Phil, 53, in Haslemere, Surrey, was diagnosed after being referred to a pancreatic specialist who immediately admitted her to hospital for a CT scan.
Within five days, she was having a five-hour operation to remove a large tumour. After six months of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, she quit her job studying meteorites to set u Continue reading

Macadamian’s My Diabetes Coach™ Receives Runner up and $15,000 in Novo Nordisk’s 2017 HITLAB World Cup of Voice-Activated Technology in Diabetes

Macadamian’s My Diabetes Coach™ Receives Runner up and $15,000 in Novo Nordisk’s 2017 HITLAB World Cup of Voice-Activated Technology in Diabetes

Macadamian’s patent pending youth-focused connected healthcare solution receives honor last evening chosen out of nearly 150 submissions from 15 countries in the eleventh annual international competition focused on solutions to pressing global healthcare challenges.
We knew that leveraging our Hive platform to create My Diabetes Coach would demonstrate how beneficial the use of voice assistants can be in healthcare. We are truly honored to receive this recognition, and it only empowers our resolve to bring this solution to the mainstream.
Healthcare software design and development firm, Macadamian, today announced that My Diabetes Coach™ was awarded Runner Up and $15,000 in the eleventh annual 2017 HITLAB World Cup of Voice-Activated Technology in Diabetes presented by Novo Nordisk, an international challenge where innovators present original solutions to pressing global healthcare challenges.
“Receiving this award is validation to the enormous potential this solution has to make an impact on youth suffering from type 2 diabetes,” said Timon LeDain, Macadamian’s Director of Internet of Things. “We knew that leveraging our Hive platform to create My Diabetes Coach would demonstrate how beneficial the use of voice assistants can be in healthcare. We are truly honored to receive this recognition, and it only empowers our resolve to bring this solution to the mainstream.”
Alongside 4 other finalists out of 146 applicants from 15 countries, Macadamian presented the patent-pending My Diabetes Coach yesterday to a panel of industry leaders from Google, Novo Nordisk, Continue reading

Diabetes Prevention Tips You Need To Adopt Today

Diabetes Prevention Tips You Need To Adopt Today

It’s safe to say that getting diabetes is one of the worst things that can happen if you want to have a good quality of life. Not only will your metabolism be deranged, but diabetes is associated with increased inflammation, nerve pain, obesity, trouble walking, poor cognition, and a host of other problems.
Prevent the nightmare from happening to you with these research-proven habits you can adopt today.
#1: Walk After Meals
Everyone tells you to get physical when you are at risk of diabetes. Few tell you how to do it. One easy way is to make it a habit to walk for ten minutes after each meal. This is what diabetics did in one recent study and results showed that they had a significantly greater improvement in blood sugar levels than a group that walked for 30 minutes all at once. Researchers believe walking after eating increases your sensitivity to insulin and the body’s ability to metabolize carbohydrates safely.
#2: Go High In Protein, Low In Carbs
High-protein, low-carb diets restore insulin sensitivity and improve blood sugar levels, lowering diabetes risk. You don’t have to cut down on carbs forever, but going low in carbs for a few weeks pays off in other ways too: Carb craving drop and people have steadier energy and are better able to maintain an even keel with their eating instead of bingeing on unhealthy foods due to blood sugar spikes and valleys.
#3: Strength Train With Weights
Most people will tell you to start with aerobic exercise, and while cardio can be great for lowering diabetes risk, it doesn’t convey a few key benefits available from lif Continue reading

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