Insulin Pumps

The Insulin Pumpers mailing list that took shape this year is certainly highly specialized. But for those people with diabetes who are looking for the tightest possible control, if offers knowledgeable advice from pumpers and their parents. That candy meant more to him than anyone could imagine.

For Rose Lulla, the mailing list encouraged her to find an endocrinologist who would put her 10-year-old son Ravi on a pump. “Doctors here in Omaha, Nebraska, don’t have much interest in putting kids younger than 12 or 13 on the pump,” she tells me.

Ravi had got his diagnosis on his seventh birthday. In October his mother and he joined the Insulin Pumpers mailing list, and about two weeks later he began to use a pump.

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Diabetes Testing Supplies

When it comes to blood glucose testing, with only a little simplification there are three types of people in the world – those who use insulin, those who control their diabetes without insulin, and those who don’t yet have diabetes.

People with type 1 diabetes and pregnant women who take insulin need to test at least three times a day, according to The American Diabetes Association’s Position Statement on Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes. But the recommendations are murky for people with type 2 diabetes who use insulin and anyone changing therapy and are especially murky for people who control their diabetes on diet alone. The statement doesn’t even consider people who control their diabetes with pills or with exercise.

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Omega Fats

We have all heard of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. But do you know the difference between each one or how they work? Here is information to guide you in eating a healthy diet with the right balance of omega fatty acids in your meals.

Omega 3 Fatty acids: What are they?

Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids that are essential nutrients for health. We need to obtain them from our diets because they are not manufactured by the body. Omega-3 fatty acids are needed for numerous normal body functions, such as controlling blood clotting and building cell membranes in the brain. Omega-3 fatty acids also have been associated with many health benefits, including protection against heart disease and possibly stroke. Other studies are showing potential benefits for a wide range of conditions including cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and other autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

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Carbohydrate Truths

Carbohydrates are a nutrient found in many foods that is converted into sugars during the digestive process. You might have heard that carbohydrates, or carbs, are bad for you, but this is not necessarily true. In fact, your body needs carbohydrates to function well and to provide energy. Carbohydrates are a type of macronutrient found in many foods and beverages. Most carbohydrates are naturally occurring in plant-based foods, such as grains. Food manufacturers also add carbohydrates to processed foods in the form of starch or added sugar. The most basic carbohydrate is a sugar molecule, which joins together one or two units of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen.

Carbs are divided into main three groups: simple carbohydrates, complex carbohydrates and fiber. The three different types of carbohydrates vary in nutritional value and are broken down in different ways during digestion. Learning about the three kinds of carbohydrates can help you make smart food choices in order to stay healthy every day. Common sources of naturally occurring carbohydrates include: fruits, vegetables, milk, grains, legumes and other starchy vegetables.

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Potassium & Your Blood Pressure

Potassium is a very important mineral for the proper function of all cells, tissues, and organs in the human body. It is also an electrolyte, a substance that conducts electricity in the body, along with sodium, chloride, calcium, and magnesium. Potassium is crucial to heart function and plays a key role in skeletal and smooth muscle contraction, making it important for normal digestive and muscular function.

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4 Types of Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes

Results from the body’s failure to produce insulin, the hormone that unlocks the cells of the body, allowing glucose to enter and fuel them. It is estimated that 5-10% of Americans who are diagnosed with diabetes have type 1 diabetes. Most treatment is administered with insulin pumps.

Having type 1 diabetes increases your risk for many serious complications. Some complications of type 1 diabetes include: heart disease (cardiovascular disease), blindness (retinopathy), nerve damage (neuropathy), and kidney damage (nephropathy).

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Diabetes Testing Supplies

In early April 2014, an article appeared in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics that caught our eye. It shined a spotlight on a recent ketoacidosis study and diabetes testing supplies. We found it interesting for several reasons, the subject matter being one of them.
The ketoacidosis study focused on youth that were diagnosed with diabetes and how important early detection can be in regards to overall health outcomes. What the study’s team found was that many people are not familiar with the condition or the diabetes testing supplies that may be used to help detect it before the person’s health deteriorates.

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Delicious Fruits

June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, so why don’t you challenge yourself to eat more fresh produce this month!

Fruits and vegetables are nutrient-dense, which means they provide lots of vitamins and minerals with fewer calories. They also contain fiber to keep you feeling full, and antioxidants that may protect you against certain chronic diseases such as cancer or heart disease. The USDA MyPlate guidelines recommend filling half of your plate with fruits and vegetables. That means most of us should eat 1.5-2 cups of fruit per day AND 2-3 cups of vegetables per day. If you choose, you can consume fruits and vegetables that are canned, frozen, dried, and in 100% juices.

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Diabetes Testing Supplies & Nutrition

For years, many Americans have lived with the misguided notion that it is better to eat a series of small meals each day as opposed to three large ones. In May 2014, more information was released that further disproves the age-old myth. Only this time, the researchers involved looked directly at the relationship between meal frequency and diabetes.

The study, which was published by the magazine Diabetologia, indicated that opting to consume just two, appropriately sized meals a day may be best for some diabetics. The two meals that the researchers are now recommending be considered by diabetics are breakfast and lunch. They feel that adopting such a routine may make diabetes management, at least for those diagnosed with type 2, much easier and more effective.

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Diabetic Advice

Sorry to hear that you have joined us! Diabetes is a lot to live with, but really, it is manageable! And if you are depressed, I can understand. Being depressed is pretty common with us, especially right after a diagnosis.

In fact, if you take care of yourself, you will be healthier and happier than you ever were. That paradox is something many of us experience. Learning about diabetes… will give you…power over the disease.

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