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Mutual Involvement In Families With Type 2 Diabetes Through Web-Based Health Care Solutions: Quantitative Survey Study Of Family Preferences, Challenges, And Potentials

Mutual Involvement in Families With Type 2 Diabetes Through Web-Based Health Care Solutions: Quantitative Survey Study of Family Preferences, Challenges, and Potentials

Mutual Involvement in Families With Type 2 Diabetes Through Web-Based Health Care Solutions: Quantitative Survey Study of Family Preferences, Challenges, and Potentials

Background: Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is a prevalent chronic disease that affects not just patients but entire families. Both the patient and the rest of the family may benefit from gaining knowledge about the disease and from supportive interfamilial interaction. The Internet is becoming a widely-used resource for health information, so a Web-based solution could potentially promote awareness and knowledge on how to manage T2D as a family, while also providing support for the family.
Objective: We aim to assess the usage of online diabetes information by patients with T2D and their relatives, and explore the families’ needs and preferences regarding online information on diabetes.
Methods: A quantitative self-reported questionnaire survey was performed with Danish families that had at least one family member diagnosed with T2D. The survey consisted of 36 closed questions on demographics, usage of the Internet, preferences in the source of information, interest in online information on six problem domains within family life related to T2D, preferences towards the delivery format of online information, and peer-to-peer communication. Two open-ended questions were also included to elicit any additional comments or suggestions about improving online information on T2D regarding family life.
Results: Fifty participants from 22 families with T2D answered the questionnaire individually. Relatives (25/28, 89%) and patients (22/22, 100%) indicated that information on T2D is relevant for them, while indicating that the Internet is the first or second preferred source when in need of i Continue reading

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JDRF Launches Health Insurance Guide to Help People with Type 1 Diabetes Navigate Common Insurance Challenges

JDRF Launches Health Insurance Guide to Help People with Type 1 Diabetes Navigate Common Insurance Challenges


JDRF Launches Health Insurance Guide to Help People with Type 1 Diabetes Navigate Common Insurance Challenges
--New guide provides detailed resources to help people understand insurance options and obstacles--
NEW YORK, Dec. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, today announced the launch of a new Type 1 Diabetes Health Insurance Guide to help people living with T1D choose an insurance plan and navigate the issues that arise in getting care and treatments covered by their plan.
For people with chronic conditions like T1D, health insurance is critical in helping manage the disease. JDRF's online guide offers relevant materials to help families with T1D understand their coverage options and what to consider when selecting and using a health insurance plan.
The guide is designed to address knowledge gaps and help people with T1D address challenges in obtaining needed care and coverage. JDRF gathered insights from the T1D community including people with T1D, caregivers and providers to understand existing barriers and obtained advice from health insurance experts on ways to address them. The resulting guide covers nine key topic areas:
"While JDRF's research efforts to cure, prevent and treat type 1 diabetes and its complications are vital, it's also our job to help people access and afford breakthrough treatments," said Cynthia Rice, JDRF Senior Vice President of Advocacy & Policy. "This Health Insurance Guide provides resources to deal with common reimbursement challenges that can prevent acces Continue reading

Type 1 diabetes and the magic cure

Type 1 diabetes and the magic cure


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It can be easy to be misled by unscientific remedies. Learn how to manage this disease with research-based information.
Posted on December 28, 2017 by Kris Swartzendruber , Michigan State University Extension
As a diabetes educator, I have heard many people who have type 1 diabetes in my classes share what I refer to as magic cures for their disease. These remedies often come from television and/or radio advertisements, but there also books written by so-called experts promoting an herb, plant-based food or pill that will miraculously reverse the symptoms associated with diabetes, curing those afflicted with this disease forever.
Unfortunately, there is no current, research-based, cure for diabetes. However, there are ways to manage the disease that can help prevent or delay complications and allow those with type 1 to live long and healthy lives.
In order to better understand the challenges associated with type 1 diabetes, its important to know more about this disease. Type 1 diabetes is most prevalent in children, teenagers and young adults, but anyone can be affected by this disease. The exact cause of type 1 diabetes is not known, but genetics, environmental influences and other factors can play a role in the development of the disease. Little or no insulin is produced by the pancreas so a person with type 1 must treat their disease with insulin, diet and exercise.
According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA) , when a person is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, the core to proper management is composed of th Continue reading

Best Desserts for Diabetes to Make Life a Little Sweeter

Best Desserts for Diabetes to Make Life a Little Sweeter


Best Desserts for Diabetes to Make Life a Little Sweeter
Who saysthat desserts for diabetes dont exist? Yes, you can have your cake and eat it too! Just make them healthier and in the right portions to keep your blood sugars well controlled while satisfying your sweet tooth.Try these desserts for diabetes they are chockful of flavour and absolutely delicious. You can find our dessert recipes here . Our recipes are dietitian approved for diabetes (yes, despite tasting sweet, it can still be healthy!), full of nutritious goodness and bursting with flavour!
But of course, one of the best desserts for diabetes is:
A piece of fruit is only 60 calories (compared to most desserts which contain at least 200 calories). Fruits have plenty of fibre, antioxidants, and vitamins. These are really beneficial for preventing cancer, heart disease and other diabetes complications like retinopathy, as well as boosting your immune system. Fruits do contain sugar and can raise your blood sugar levels, but the fibre in fruits can help to stabilise the spike and helps prevent digestive issues such as constipation. Even though fruits are natural, it is best to practice portion control. Its recommended to eat 2 fruit servings every day, but try to separate them into different times to let your body process the natural fruit sugars or monitor your blood sugars to make sure its within range. Make a delicious fresh fruit salad in summer and serve with plain yoghurt as an added protein bonus.
Tip: Berries, limes, lemons, grapefruits, kiwi fruits and guavas are some of the lowest in sugar out of Continue reading

Free Diabetes Supplies Available Tomorrow in Houston and Corpus Christi, Plus Extended Hours at 1-800-DIABETES Call Center Through Next Week

Free Diabetes Supplies Available Tomorrow in Houston and Corpus Christi, Plus Extended Hours at 1-800-DIABETES Call Center Through Next Week

ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The first shipment of more than 3,750 pounds of diabetes supplies, provided by the critical partnership of American Diabetes Association (ADA), JDRF, Insulin for Life (IFL USA), will arrive in the Houston area later today, Friday, September 1. As of this release, the supplies are expected to be available for public distribution tomorrow, Saturday, September 2, at the following locations:
In Corpus Christi, beginning Saturday afternoon, September 2, at the office of endocrinologist Jennifer Amaral, MD, PA, in the Christus Spohn South Health Plaza, 5920 Saratoga Blvd., Suite 300, Corpus Christi, Texas 78414, 361-442-2442.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to road closures and other unforeseen delivery challenges, the above locations and times may be updated on Saturday, September 2. Please check diabetes.org/hurricaneharvey for updates.
Each pallet includes 200,000 syringes, 50,000 pen needles and 20,000 alcohol pads. Accompanying each pallet are separate packages containing dozens of blood glucose meters along with thousands of glucose test strips and lancets, which will allow an individual to test his or her blood glucose three times per day for nearly two months. More than 25,000 units of analogue and human insulins, in both vial and pen forms, will also be delivered for each pallet, pending safe delivery and temperature control conditions at the locations.
The ADA's Center for Information, 1-800-DIABETES, has extended phone hours through the end of next week to assist anyone in need:
9:00 a.m. CT to 3:00 p.m. CT during the Holiday w Continue reading

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