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How To Support A Loved One With Diabetes

How to Support a Loved One With Diabetes

How to Support a Loved One With Diabetes


Todays article is not for those of us who have diabetes, but for those of you who care about someone with diabetes. I wanted to write something for the families, friends, and caregivers, who often might find themselves unsure of how to support their friend or family member whos struggling with this disease. I wanted to give some advice on how to be truly helpful, and how to avoid some of the common (honest and well-intentioned) missteps that can drive those of us with diabetes a little nutty sometimes.
Its not always easy to know what to do or what to say. Its often the case that the stress of having a loved one in trouble is worse than being in trouble yourself. The same is true sometimes with a chronic condition like diabetes. A partner, friend, or loved one can feel paralyzed, unsure what to say, wanting to help but not knowing enough to really know what to do; stuck watching everything unfold with no power to change it or help it. So, lets try to change that. Well start with a simple crash course on what exactly diabetes IS and IS NOT.
a chronic disease that comes about because of a combination of genetics and circumstances
a condition in which the body needs help metabolizing sugar that enters the blood due to a deficiency in the systems meant to get that sugar FROM the blood TO the cells that need it for energy.
a manageable condition that requires discipline and focus from the person living with it
a condition that requires the person with it to, as my mother used to say, manually take over functions within the body that are automatic and unnoticed by peop Continue reading

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Are Omega 3 Fats Good for Diabetes? - Diabetes Self-Management

Are Omega 3 Fats Good for Diabetes? - Diabetes Self-Management


You may have heard that omega-3 fatty acids are good for you. Is this true for people with diabetes? If so, whats the best way to get them?
A new study from England found that women who consume more omega 3s have a healthier mix of gut bacteria. These bacteria have been found to reduce the risk of obesity and Type 2 diabetes.
A study from Harvard University found that omega 3s raise levels of a hormone called adiponectin, which increases insulin sensitivity. Researchers felt this might help prevent or control Type 2 diabetes.
Omega 3s are a group of PUFAs (polyunsaturated fatty acids). There are three kinds of omega 3s. Those known as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are mostly found in fish.
A third type, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), is found in plants. The body can use ALA to produce small amounts of the other types.
All three types help reduce inflammation, prevent heart disease and stroke, and decrease insulin resistance. They seem to prevent depression and help with brain function. EPA seems to be especially important to help brains grown in childhood and to keep them strong in old age.
The other major category of PUFA is omega-6 fatty acids. We need them, too, and in close to equal amounts with omega 3s. Both types help the body make hormones that tend to balance each other out. For example, omega-6-derived hormones may start inflammation the body uses to fight infection. Omega-3-derived hormones stop inflammation when the fight is over.
The problem is the modern food environment. According to an article in Nutrition Journal, A health Continue reading

Researchers emphasize community in diabetes care

Researchers emphasize community in diabetes care

Two UNM researchers are taking a community-based approach to studying diabetes self-management for low income Hispanic patients, and they have a $2.3 million grant to fund their research.
Janet Page-Reeves, lead researcher on the study, said the pair previously worked on a smaller project where they concluded that there are many people in Albuquerque’s Latino community with diabetes, and there is a high rate of people who go undiagnosed.
Page-Reeves said the survey found that, out of 100 participants, 59 tested positive for diabetes or prediabetes but only 26 knew about their condition.
The study’s community lead, Lidia Regino, took that information and turned it into a program, which is in its fifth year. One Hope Centro de Vida Health Center offers a five-part class where patients learn about diabetes management from pharmacy or medical students and then meet with medical providers to discuss their individual management plan, she said.
“Over time, Lidia had identified that she felt their work at the clinic was having really...amazing results. They were seeing people change their behavior, they felt like it was really working,” Page-Reeves said.
So the pair decided to study the program’s success with a scientific approach, she said.
Their hypothesis is that a culturally and contextually situated health promotion program will be more successful for individual patients, Page-Reeves said.
“If you have diabetes and I tell you, ‘You should join a gym,’ but you are low income, that’s not going to happen,” she said. “If I tell you to walk in your neighborhoo Continue reading

To Donald Trump, From an American With Diabetes

To Donald Trump, From an American With Diabetes

Dear President Trump,
Today you were sworn into become President of the United States.
As you were being sworn in, thousands of insulin dependent diabetics had to make a choice. Should they take a full dose of insulin and ensure their blood sugars don’t go high, or should they save some in an effort to try and make it through the month? I am one of the lucky ones, I have the resources to have private insurance. However, even with private insurance my Novolog insulin runs me over $400 out of pocket. Now imagine if I didn’t have insurance, that number would be in the thousands.
Sir, there are millions of Americans who depend on the Affordable Care Act to survive. For these Americans, the ACA isn’t merely some bill or something to argue over in the Senate, it’s a matter of life and death.
Please Donald, before you repeal the ACA, be sure to have a replacement. Why don’t you incorporate the millions of Americans who live with a chronic illness into the discussion of a replacement? The ACA isn’t perfect, but it has saved lives.
Drug prices are still too high, and far too many Americans go without vital medication because they cannot afford it, but the ACA has granted millions access to affordable health insurance, something that seemed like a dream 10 years ago.
Donald, I would invite you to listen to those with chronic illnesses and other health problems. Listen to the American people.
After all, didn’t the American people put you in office in the first place?
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Popular Diabetes Medication Linked to Kidney Failure  Americas Lawyer

Popular Diabetes Medication Linked to Kidney Failure Americas Lawyer


Popular Diabetes Medication Linked to Kidney Failure Americas Lawyer
According to latest data from the Centers for Disease Control, more than 29-million Americans suffer from diabetes, and nearly one of four people with the disease arent even aware that they have it. Even worse, as many as 86-million Americans currently suffer from pre-diabetes, and if preemptive measures arent taken they too will be diagnosed with full blown diabetes in a matter of years. With so many people suffering from both type one and type two diabetes, Big Pharma saw an opportunity to make a huge profit. In the rush to cash in on the diabetic epidemic they cut corners. They created a product thats causing as much harm, if not more, than the actual disease itself. That product is called Invokana.
Papantonio: According to latest data from the Centers for Disease Control, more than 29-million Americans suffer from diabetes, and nearly one of four people with the disease arent even aware that they have it. Even worse, as many as 86-million Americans currently suffer from pre-diabetes, and if preemptive measures arent taken they too will be diagnosed with full blown diabetes in a matter of years. With so many people suffering from both type one and type two diabetes, Big Pharma saw an opportunity to make a huge profit. In the rush to cash in on the diabetic epidemic they cut corners. They created a product thats causing as much harm, if not more, than the actual disease itself. That product is called Invokana.
Invokana was developed by Janssen, an offshoot of Johnson & Johnson. Unlike other diabete Continue reading

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