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Skip The Coverage Gap: Maintaining Diabetes Care While Changing Insurance

Skip the Coverage Gap: Maintaining Diabetes Care While Changing Insurance

Skip the Coverage Gap: Maintaining Diabetes Care While Changing Insurance


Skip the Coverage Gap: Maintaining Diabetes Care While Changing Insurance
How to navigate changes in insurance with diabetes without losing access to care, whether getting a new job, turning 26, or moving to a new state
Changing health insurance plans can be daunting with diabetes. Tracking down various prescriptions, organizing paperwork, making phone calls to providers and device suppliers, and updating information at pharmacies is a headache for anyone. Whether youre changing jobs, moving to a new state, switching to Medicare, or turning 26, there are ways to avoid losing your health insurance at any point during the transition.
The sections below aim to guide you through the process of preparing to switch insurance, no matter what type of transition youre going through.
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If you are changing jobs, start planning at least four weeks before you give your notice so that you are prepared to ask your current employer for the information you need.
If you are switching insurance because you are turning 26, start planning several months in advance.
2. You will need to devote some time to gather documentation, research and select new plans, and make phone calls. Depending on your specific situation, you may need to spend anywhere from five to twenty or more hours on this process.
3. Gather the following information and keep it in an accessible place:
Social Security Numbers for you and family members
Employer and income information (such as paystubs or W-2 forms)
Health insurance card for your current health ins Continue reading

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A Different Kind of Diabetes

A Different Kind of Diabetes


*Disclaimer: the following is a post featuring my opinions and research Ive done. Im not a medical professional or any kind of professional. Well, Im really good at blankly staring off in the distance. Does that count?
I recently came across an AP news report on IV bars, and how seemingly healthy people use them for a number of reasons. They interviewed one woman who goes in for an IV every time her Lyme disease symptoms flare up. She said it helps her to function while her symptoms are worse. Another person, a man I guessed to be in his late-twenties, said getting IV hydration cures his hangover within 30 minutes its like he never went out partying the night before.
This story immediately resonated with me because I go out partying pretty much every night and can never kick my hangover the next day. Just joking. But seriously, it resonated with me for a couple reasons: (1.) because MECFS often makes me feel hungover, or much worse, if I dont get IV hydration everyday, or at least twice a week, and the feeling is usually worse if I overexert myself. But also, the story resonated with me because (2.) Ive been getting IV saline (and sometimes vitamins) for a year now and, within that time, Ive gone from aphonic, eating through straws, and unable to elevate my body, to now consistently improving with every infusion.
I dont want to come off as sanctimonious pushing IV treatments on anyone. Everybody has a different body, and some people have different reactions to treatment, so whether you are healthy or have MECFS, Lyme disease, or another condition, IV hydration may no Continue reading

International Textbook of Diabetes Mellitus, 4th Ed., Excerpt #59: Mechanisms of insulin signal transduction Part 3 of 8

International Textbook of Diabetes Mellitus, 4th Ed., Excerpt #59: Mechanisms of insulin signal transduction Part 3 of 8


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International Textbook of Diabetes Mellitus, 4th Ed., Excerpt #59: Mechanisms of insulin signal transduction Part 3 of 8
Following insulin binding and receptor autophosphorylation, the next committed step in signal transduction is tyrosine phosphorylation of intracellular proteins. To accomplish this, autophosphorylation of the subunit mediates noncovalent but stable interactions between the receptor and intracellular substrate proteins, and this positions these molecules for tyrosine phosphorylation by the activated insulin receptor kinase [26 28]. Several proteins are rapidly phosphorylated on tyrosine residues by ligand-bound insulin receptors, including six insulin receptor substrate proteins (IRS-1, IRS-2, IRS-3, IRS-4, IRS-5, IRS-6) [29 33], Src-homology-collagen proteins (SHC) [34] and, growth factor receptor bound-2 (Grb2) associated binder-1 (Gab-1) [35], signal-regulatory protein (SIRP) family members [36,37], the CAP/c-Cbl complex [38,39], an adapter protein with a PH and SH2 domain (APS) [40], signal transducer and activator of transcription 5B (STAT5B) [41], and proteins referred to as downstream of kinase (DOK 1-6) [33,42].
There is no known enzymatic activity associated with insulin receptor substrate molecules; however, their primary structure is noteworthy for multiple sites capable of interaction with other proteins. The receptor substrates are characterized by a representative architecture, par Continue reading

Sexual Health - Women - Diabetes Can't Stop Me!

Sexual Health - Women - Diabetes Can't Stop Me!


Diabetes affects many aspects of your physical and mental health. Sexual health is something that can be difficult to talk about and often people suffer in silence. However itis very important that you do talk to someone about any sexual health problems or difficulties, as there are things that can help prevent and manage any issues. Most importantly these problems can affect relationships, and as your partner is vital to your overall wellbeing, any issues need to be discussed and sorted out so you can feel united in your relationship and your lives.
Diabetes can affect both men and womens sexual health. This page will give some information about womens sexual health. You can find out more about mens sexual health here.
Many women with diabetes experience sexual problems although this is not often talked about. Research about sexual problems in women with diabetes is limited one study found 27 percent of women with type 1 diabetes experienced sexual dysfunction. Another study found 18 percent of women with type 1 diabetes and 42 percent of women with type 2 diabetes experienced sexual health problems.
Sexual problems for women with diabetes may include:
decreased vaginal lubrication, resulting in vaginal dryness
uncomfortable or painful sexual intercourse
decreased or no desire for sexual activity
Causes of sexual problems in women with diabetes include nerve damage, reduced blood flow to genital and vaginal tissues, and hormonal changes. Other possible causes include some medications, alcohol abuse, smoking, psychological problems such as anxiety or depression, Continue reading

Making Diabetes Self-Management Education Patient-Centered: Results From a North Carolina Program

Making Diabetes Self-Management Education Patient-Centered: Results From a North Carolina Program


Evidence-Based Diabetes Management > March 2017 Published on: March 05, 2017
Making Diabetes Self-Management Education Patient-Centered: Results From a North Carolina Program
How tailoring a diabetes self-management program to patients' cultural and individual needs brought success.
At present in the United States, 29 million individuals have diabetes1 and 86 million have prediabetes, and the CDC estimates that 9 of every 10 persons with prediabetes are unaware of the condition.2 The annual financial toll of the disease is $245 billion in healthcare and lost productivity costs, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA).3
How can we change these statistics? Based on my experiences as a nurse and diabetes educator, we will not be effective in fighting the nations diabetes epidemic without more foot soldiers in the trenches alongside our patients. Its during this day-to-day work that we, as diabetes educators, spend time with our patientsevaluating them and encouraging them. Once we understand the daily barriers to success, we can make adjustments for when life happens.
In October 2014, Northwest Medical Partners of Mount Airy, North Carolina, created a Diabetic Center of Excellence. (The practice has since joined Northern Family Medicine of Surry County.4) From inception, this center was designed to produce measurable and reportable patient outcomes and, when possible, to reduce the amount of medication patients needed while improving glycated hemoglobin (A1C) levels.5 The overall goal of this program is to equip each patient with the resources, tools, and Continue reading

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