Diabetes is a condition that millions of patients navigate daily, with many even being unaware of their situation. In the last fifty years, science has made some great discoveries in medication therapies that are improving the lives of patients suffering from this disease, most specifically with the invention of the continuous glucose monitor. Lifestyle changes and monitoring blood sugar continuously are two of the best thing’s patients can do to control blood sugar levels. The introduction of continuous glucose monitoring is one of the most significant achievements in the fight against diabetes thus far. GGMs (Continuous Glucose Monitors) are currently the latest technological tools available for people with diabetes to control their blood glucose levels.
ALBANY, N.Y., Mar. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Price Chopper/Market 32 and Advanced Diabetes Supply (ADS) announced today that the progressive New York-based supermarket chain with 82 pharmacies is the first in the Northeast to partner with the Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) supplier to offer a solution for CGM fulfillment for qualified Medicare Part B patients with a valid prescription.
Eat Right, Bite By Bite
Choosing nutritious foods and getting enough physical activity can make a significant difference in your health. For National Nutrition Month®, March 2020, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages people to make informed food choices and develop sound eating and physical activity habits. This year’s theme, Eat Right, Bite by Bite, promotes eating a variety of nutritious foods every day, planning and creating healthful meals each week, and the value of consulting a registered dietitian nutritionist. Below is the National Nutrition Month quiz to test your nutrition knowledge.
CDE Tips: Healthy Holiday Reminders
Halle Elbling, MS, RDN, CDE
Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator
The holiday season is here! Here are some tips to manage your diabetes during the holidays and how to stay in good control of your blood sugar levels.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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