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Travel Tips While Living With Diabetes

Travel Tips while Living with Diabetes

Travel Tips while Living with Diabetes


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Posted by Amanda Griswold On March 30, 2017 In Lifestyle
You might remember MiniMed Ambassador, Chris from his previous blog about Dating with Diabetes. These past few months Chris has been studying abroad and today shares with us his thoughts about traveling with diabetes and wearing an insulin pump and CGM.
Diabetes should never get in the way of your ability to explore the world. Yes, it adds some logistical hurdles that other people dont have to deal with, but there are ways to prepare so that you are ready for any problem that may arise. I love to travel and have been to nearly 20 countries and more than half of the states in the US. In fact, I am actually writing this blog post from Berlin, Germany, where I am studying abroad and traveling Europe. I have quite a bit of experience with traveling (especially now that Im in college) since I was diagnosed , so Ill break it down into a few categories that I think are often the most challenging.
Pump Sites and Reservoirs I pack one set for every three days that Ill be traveling, plus a few extras just in case I have any issues with my sites.
Insulin You need to keep it cold or at least below room temperature. I either use a FRIO pouch (soak in cool water and the gel forms a cold barrier) or standard ice packs. Also, I always pack more insulin than Im going to need, just to be safe.
Other Supplies Remember to bring extra lancets, plenty of test strips, pump and CGM batteries, a backup glucometer, and backup needles in case anything happens to your pump.
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Vitamin Quiz

Vitamin Quiz

The body needs vitamins and minerals to grow, develop, and stay healthy. Also called “micronutrients,” vitamins and minerals are needed only in small amounts, unlike “macronutrients” (carbohydrate, protein, and fat), which supply the body with energy. Ideally, following a healthy diet would provide you with all of the micronutrients you need, but sometimes even a healthy diet leaves gaps, and if you don’t consume the recommended amounts of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, for example, you may be shortchanging yourself on certain important vitamins and minerals. But vitamin supplements aren’t necessarily a quick fix — and in some situations, they can do more harm than good. What can vitamin supplements do for you? Read on to find out. (You’ll find answers later in this article.)
Q
1. Which of the following groups of people may benefit most from taking a multivitamin or mineral supplement? (More than one answer may be correct.)
A. Older adults.
B. Pregnant women.
C. People following a vegan diet.
D. People dieting to lose weight.
2. Taking a multivitamin or mineral supplement can help you prevent heart disease, stroke, and cancer.
TRUE
FALSE
3. Which of the following nutrients are commonly underconsumed?
A. Copper.
B. Vitamin D.
C. Riboflavin.
D. Vitamin K.
4. If you take metformin to help manage your diabetes, you may be at risk for a deficiency of which of the following nutrients?
A. Potassium.
B. Vitamin C.
C. Calcium.
D. Vitamin B12.
5. Men and postmenopausal women should choose a multivitamin or mineral supplement that contains no more than 10 millig Continue reading

Abbott wins FDA approval for diabetes device that doesn't require routine finger pricks

Abbott wins FDA approval for diabetes device that doesn't require routine finger pricks


Abbott wins FDA approval for diabetes device that doesn't require routine finger pricks
October 4, 2017 by Lisa Schencker, Chicago Tribune
Abbott Laboratories has gained clearance to start selling in the U.S. the first continuous glucose monitor that does not require people with diabetes to routinely prick their fingers.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved Abbott's FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System for adults, which already is sold in 41 other countries.
The device consists of a small sensor, about the size of a quarter, that's worn on the back of the upper arm to continuously track glucose levels. The sensor, unlike other wearable sensors, does not require patients to prick their fingers for calibration. Patients can place a hand-held reader near the device to see their current glucose levels, trends, patterns and where those levels might be headed. They can then use those readings to figure out how much insulin to take to manage their diabetes.
The device has not yet been approved for use by children in the U.S. but Abbott hopes to gain approval from the FDA.
The company is not disclosing pricing information until it gets closer to launching the product in the U.S., which will likely be before the end of the year, said Abbott spokeswoman Vicky Assardo. But she said in an email the price will be "very similar" to the price in Europe, where the reader costs about $69, and each sensor, which lasts about 14 days, also costs about $69, before insurance. In the U.S., the sensor will last about 10 days.
"We intentionally designed the pr Continue reading

Preventing & Healing Gestational Diabetes

Preventing & Healing Gestational Diabetes


Preventing & Healing Gestational Diabetes
Hearing the word diabetes is frightening today, especially if linked with pregnancy. We know the dangers and concerns related to this disorder. Understanding the cause of this disorder will give you the confidence that you can reverse it while keeping mom and baby healthy in the process.
Health issues that seem to pop up during pregnancy are a result of a weakness already present in the mother, and pregnancy merely exposes it. This applies to pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure), cholestasis (liver problems) and gestational diabetes (blood sugar, insulin, and pancreas weakness). This is an excellent opportunity to heal your body and bring forth a healthier child. Choosing the medical drug therapy route does not deal with the underlying health issue or weakness which continues to get worse, on top of the dangerous side effects that come with all man-made chemical drugs. We are thankful to God that He would create our bodies in such a way that shows us imbalances in need of correction. Understanding this concept, and wisely choosing appropriate nutrition, supplement and lifestyle choices, can be the difference between becoming healthy, or deepening the health problem.
In general, diabetes is not a blood sugar problem. It is an insulin problem. In other words, taking Metformin and insulin shots that make your blood sugar numbers look normal will never get you healthy. In fact, it makes you sicker. What we need to understand is how to heal the pancreas and how to lessen the load or need of insulin to be produced in the body to maint Continue reading

45 CDEs & Experts Talk About the Importance of Diet & Lifestyle in People with Diabetes

45 CDEs & Experts Talk About the Importance of Diet & Lifestyle in People with Diabetes


A3: People who are newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes have the preconceived notion that they cannot get off their medication. With type 2 diabetes, it is possible to get off medication if there is weight loss, consumption of healthy foods that are nutrient dense and high in fiber; daily activity; weight loss; social support and a positive attitude. These factors contribute to controlled blood sugars without medication. However this conversation needs to occur between the patient and their doctor.
Getting into the habit of only checking blood sugars once or twice per week is an error. If one is not on a sensor then checking blood sugars is key to good blood sugar control and to understand why blood sugars either elevate or drop.
A1: According to the CDC website reported for 2016, the rate of newly diagnosed Diabetes in the United States has begun to fall but the numbers are still high with 29 million Americans living with diabetes and 86 million living with prediabetes. There are many undiagnosed as well as many who dont access medical care on a regular basis for a many number of reasons including but not limited to: cost (uninsured and underinsured) , some are scared to know if they have Diabetes (its easier to ignore it), and many live in rural areas or inner cities where access to healthcare is difficult in a number of ways.
A2: Diet, compliance to medications as well as patients being on optimal therapies and physical activity are all key to managing Diabetes. Maintaining the proper diet seems to be one of the hardest things to do as there are so many implications Continue reading

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