No More Routine Finger Sticks(1) For Americans With Diabetes: Abbotts FreeStyle Libre Approved In The U.S.

No More Routine Finger Sticks(1) for Americans with Diabetes: Abbotts FreeStyle Libre Approved in the U.S.

No More Routine Finger Sticks(1) for Americans with Diabetes: Abbotts FreeStyle Libre Approved in the U.S.

No More Routine Finger Sticks(1) for Americans with Diabetes: Abbotts FreeStyle Libre Approved in the U.S.
ABBOTT PARK, Ill., Sept. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --Abbott (NYSE: ABT )today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System as a replacement1 for blood glucose monitoring (BGM) for adults with diabetes in the U.S. This revolutionary new glucose sensing technology eliminates the need for routine finger sticks1 and is the only personal continuous glucose monitor (CGM) that does not require finger stick calibration. Designed to be approachable, accessible and affordable for the 30 million people with diabetes in America6, the FreeStyle Libre system reads glucose levels through a sensor that is worn on the back of the upper arm for up to 10 days, making it the longest lasting personal glucose sensor available in the U.S.
No More Routine Finger Sticks(1) for Americans with Diabetes: Abbotts FreeStyle Libre Approved in the U.S.
No More Routine Finger Sticks(1) for Americans with Diabetes: Abbotts FreeStyle Libre Approved in the U.S.
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5 Fanatstic Benefits Of Curcumin In Diabetes

5 Fanatstic Benefits Of Curcumin In Diabetes

Diabetes is the condition where glucose/ sugar levels in the blood are too high due to malfunctioning of glucose metabolism in the body.
Glucose is metabolised by the enzyme insulin produced by the organ, pancreas. In diabetes, either insulin is not produced, or it is not used well by the body resulting in high blood sugar levels.
Diabetes is identified as mainly three types, type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the cells of the pancreas that produce insulin are damaged (by the immune system or some other factor) and cannot produce insulin.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common type. In this type, insulin is not produced well or not used effectively by the body. Gestational diabetes occurs in pregnant women and usually goes away after the baby is born.
Children and young adults are commonly found to have the type 1 diabetes. People with this type require insulin tablets every day otherwise it may be fatal. The type 2 diabetes may develop at any age but most frequently observed in the middle-aged and older people.
The risk of developing type 2 diabetes increases with age, obesity, physical inactivity, etc. People with a family history of diabetes, high blood pressure, prediabetes (a condition with high blood sugar but not high enough to be called diabetes), gestational diabetes and polycystic ovary syndrome are also at a high risk.
The common symptoms of diabetes include dehydration or thirst, frequent urination, fatigue, weight loss or gain, hunger, blurred vision, etc.
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Denying Health Care to Diabetics Makes Just About Zero Sense

Denying Health Care to Diabetics Makes Just About Zero Sense

Denying Health Care to Diabetics Makes Just About Zero Sense
Denying Health Care to Diabetics Makes Just About Zero Sense
Denying Health Care to Diabetics Makes Just About Zero Sense
Last week, the Trump administration made a new enemy: the American Diabetes Association. During a panel discussion at a forum for health care luminaries at Stanford University on Thursday, Trumps budget director Mick Mulvaney told an audience that the GOP bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act would take care of people with pre-existing conditions, but only to an extent. It doesnt mean we should be required to take care of the person who sits home, drinks sugary drinks, doesnt exercise, eats poorly, and gets diabetes, he said.
Diabetes affects nearly 30 million Americans, most of whom did not take kindly to the jab. Almost immediately, they took to Twitter to explain that both kinds of diabetestype 1 and type 2are the result of a both genetic and environmental factors. The ADA backed them up on Friday with a public statement decrying the notion that diabetes is a disease of choice: Mr. Mulvaneys comments perpetuate the stigma that one chooses to have diabetes based on his/her lifestyle. We are also deeply troubled by his assertion that access to health care should be rationed or denied to anyone.
Even if you subscribe to the notion that denying people health care is a morally acceptable way to get them to exercise or start eating better, there are still a few big problems with Mulvaneys assertion.
The first is an issue of bio Continue reading

Best Tips on How to Manage Your Life with Diabetes During the Holidays

Best Tips on How to Manage Your Life with Diabetes During the Holidays

One of the biggest challenges of diabetes is figuring out how to fit it into your hectic life. Managing your day-to-day is hard enough, the business of the holidays - parties, shopping, dinners, and events can leave you feeling stressed, lost, and overwhelmed. Excess stress can negatively affect your weight and blood sugar control. It’s important to learn how to organize your diabetes as well as your activities and time.
Luckily, I asked Susan Weiner, the 2015 AADE Diabetes Educator of the Year (American Association of Diabetes Educators) and co-author of The Complete Diabetes Organizer: Your Guide to a Less Stressful and More Manageable Diabetes Life to let us in on some of her secrets.
Q: What is the best way to organize your diabetes during the holiday season?
A. There seems to be endless “to-do” lists from Halloween to New Year’s Day. With a few simple organizing strategies, you can continue to successfully manage your diabetes throughout the hectic holiday season.
Make a master holiday to do list. Create a list of everything you want and need to do and get done for the holiday season. Write your tasks in a notebook, in the notes section of your smart phone or on an app. Doing a “brain dump” will take the “remembering out of remembering” and keep you in control of your activities and diabetes management.
Use a calendar. Break your to-do list into smaller tasks. Write each task in your calendar. Space out and check off each task as it’s completed.
Always plan ahead. Do your holiday shopping whenever is convenient. Cook and freeze your holiday meals week Continue reading

Tackling Weight Loss and Diabetes With Video Chats

Tackling Weight Loss and Diabetes With Video Chats

Well |Tackling Weight Loss and Diabetes With Video Chats
Robin and Wayne Collier have lost weight with recipes like a mock apple cobbler, made with zucchini and sugar-free ice cream. Credit Lyndon French for The New York Times
About a year and a half ago, Robin Collier and her husband, Wayne, were like millions of other Americans: overweight and living with Type 2 diabetes. Despite multiple diets, the couple could not seem to lose much weight. Then Ms. Colliers doctor told her she was going to need daily insulin shots to control her diabetes. That was the motivation she needed.
I made up my mind right then and there, said Ms. Collier, 62, an administrator at an accounting firm in Lafayette, Ind. I said to myself, Im not going on insulin. Im too young to have this disease.
Instead, Ms. Collier and her husband entered a study sponsored by a company called Virta Health, one of a new crop of high-tech companies that have designed programs aimed at helping people prevent or even reverse their diabetes.
On the program, patients video-chat with a remote Virta doctor, who consults with their primary care doctor, reviews their blood tests and medical history, and makes diet and drug recommendations. While studies show that a variety of different diets can benefit people with Type 2 diabetes, Virta, based in San Francisco, takes a low-carbohydrate approach, training patients to swap foods like pastries, pasta and sugary snacks for veggie omelets, almonds and salads with grilled chicken and beef.
The Colliers now eat balanced, home-cooked meals. Credit Lyndon French for The Ne Continue reading

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