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Local diabetes supply company set to train people living with diabetes on use and benefits of continuous glucose monitors, time in range therapy

People living with diabetes, caregivers, health professionals and students are invited to free workshop on CGM use and self-care techniques on August 6th from 6 – 8 PM in New Orleans

New Orleans, LA – July 25, 2019 – New Orleans-based Diabetes Management & Supplies (DMS) has partnered with Medtronic, a global medical technology, services and solutions company to host the Your Time in Range Forum, an educational workshop designed to help people living with diabetes learn about self-managing the disease and improving their quality of life with continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) and time in range therapy.

Diabetes is a chronic health condition that affects how the body turns food into energy. A person with diabetes, either doesn’t make enough insulin or cannot use the insulin it makes as well as they should. As a result, too much or too little blood sugar stays in the bloodstream. Over time, this could cause serious health problems, such as heart disease, vision loss and kidney disease. Time in range is the percentage of time glucose levels are in a normal range – between 70 – 180 mg/dL, per unit of time. More time in range means fewer severe highs and lows and could result in a healthier quality of life for people living with the disease.

“We are excited to bring this event to New Orleans and to educate people struggling with pre-diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes about techniques and technologies that will help them self-manage the disease,” said Cynthia Pazos, President of Diabetes Management & Supplies. “Our goal is to fill every seat and to inspire individuals living with diabetes to work towards maintaining a healthy lifestyle.”

Attendees will receive hands-on training on how to use CGMs and maintain time in range glucose levels. In addition, clinical healthcare professionals and DMS staff will be available to qualify patients for diabetes supplies and discuss self-managing techniques. Guests will enjoy healthy meal and dessert sampling from local chef, Ashley McMillan.

The forum will take place on Tuesday, August 6th from 6 – 8 PM at the Buddy Stall Diabetes Learning Center located at Diabetes Management & Supplies’ office at 10 Commerce Court, New Orleans (Elmwood Business Park), LA. The event is open to individuals living with diabetes and their families, caregivers, healthcare providers, healthcare technologists, nutrition experts and students. Seating is limited. Only the first 100 registrants can participate. To attend, email customerservice@diabetesms.com by August 2nd.

DMS has been in business for over 20 years in New Orleans. Ranked as one of the nation’s largest resources for patients who have diabetes, the company provides not only medical supplies to tens of thousands of individuals, but equips healthcare professionals, patients, and caregivers with a comprehensive education program for managing the disease.

About Diabetes Management & Supplies

Diabetes Management & Supplies was launched in 1997 by pharmaceutical and medical device industry veteran, Cynthia Pazos. As one of the largest distributors of diabetes products and supplies in the U.S., the company is dedicated to the prompt and proper fulfillment of customer’s needs for diabetic supplies. DMS offers the most complete selection of insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitors, blood glucose monitors, test strips, insulin syringes, orthopedic shoes, and medical home equipment. Today, DMS is the largest diabetes supply company in Louisiana and ranks as one of the largest nationally, serving tens of thousands of people in all fifty states and Puerto Rico.

Media Contact: Michelle Jackson

Diabetes Management & Supplies Media Liaison

t. (678) 548-2461

e. events@prsolutionsllc.org

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Jul
29

10 Steps to Preparing for an Emergency

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By Eloise D. Keene, MS, MPH, RD, LDN, CDE, DMS Certified Diabetes Educator

When an individual has diabetes, it is important to have a plan in place in case of an emergency situation. These situations may be as a result of a natural disaster such as a flood, tornado, earthquake or hurricane; however, they can also be man-made disasters like gas leaks, power outages, hazardous chemical spills, or even fires. Any of these incidents may cause a person with diabetes to leave or evacuate from their current location and find themselves in an entirely different environment. Having a preparedness plan can make this transition for the person with diabetes easier and more efficient for all those involved.

Here’s how to prepare:
1. Wear a medical ID that informs everyone that you have diabetes.
2. When possible, have a to-go kit or bag already prepared for a possible evacuation (a must during
hurricane season). The bag should include:
  • A plastic baggie with a pen/pencil, notepad/notebook, your current prescription for oral or injected medications and supplies, your health insurance card, living will, and healthcare power of attorney information.
  • Contact information for your healthcare providers and two emergency contacts.
  • A letter from your diabetes healthcare team that provides your most current diabetes treatment regime.
  • If possible, a 30-day supply of all medications.
  • Blood glucose testing supplies with one or two meters and extra batteries.
  • CGM supplies for use with a continuous glucose monitoring system.
  • Insulin pump supplies to include, extra batteries, several infusion sets, several reservoirs or cartridges, and/or pods.
3. A cooler/ice chest with refreezable gel packs ready for insulin and unused injected medications.
4. Two to three day supply of non-perishable food (i.e. meal replacement bars and shakes, peanut butter, cheese crackers and dry cereal).
  • Three day or more supply of bottled water.
  • Rapid acting carbohydrate source to treat hypoglycemia (i.e. hard candy, 6 oz. juice boxes, regular soda, glucose tablets, sugar, honey, or glucose gel).
5. Containers or empty laundry detergent- type bottles for used testing or insulin delivery supplies.
6. First aid kit with cotton swabs, topical medications, bandages. etc.
7. Pack extra comfortable clothing, include extra underwear and socks.
8. Have a mobile phone with extra batteries or an extra charger.
9. Have cash stored in a waterproof and insulated to-go bag.
10. Select a designated location to meet if you and family members become separated and you are unable
to contact them.
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May
20

How healthy is your gut?

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Do you suffer from bloating, constipation, diarrhea or a lack of regularity?

Are you always hungry and cannot seem to control your appetite or maintain a healthy weight?

If so, you too are like many others who may be suffering from an unhealthy gut.

Now you may be wondering, what is all the talk about and why is there so much conversation about the gut?

The answer is simple; a healthy gut and GI tract may be the two secret keys to better health.

We see it on television, read it in magazines (especially at the supermarket), hear it on the radio, on podcasts and watch it on YouTube videos. Gut health is everywhere. Every health ambassador on every platform, preaching the importance of the health and wellbeing of the intestinal tract and the micro flora found within it.

The goal of the “healthy gut” is to get the entire gut flora back in “wack”, as scientific as that sounds. “Healthy gut” biome is great for nutrient absorption and toxic elimination. Science is starting to recognize that a unhealthy gut can cause symptoms that may cause stomach bloating, skin issues, obesity and even poor sleep.

A “healthy gut” can develop by eating more fermented foods and good bacteria. There are several foods that support the human microbiome, supply the right bacteria and then help to promote the “healthy gut”. These foods include both prebiotics and probiotics that initiate and maintain the healthiest environment inside one’s gut.

Prebiotics initiate and feed the gut’s micro flora. They are essential nutrients that nourish and grow the signals that initiate the healthiest responses from the immune and endocrine systems. Prebiotics are the source that nourishes and nurtures the growth of probiotics in the microbiome. Prebiotics can establish an environment for growth in the large intestinal tract with the most active, healthy microbiome that produces the signals for satiety, blood glucose regulation, immune system support, and gastric emptying regularity.

Foods that encourage a healthy gut are dairy free yogurt, yogurt and kefir. These foods contain strains of probiotics or good bacteria that are beneficial and that help repair the gut and possibly decrease some symptoms of “Irritable Bowel Syndrome.” Yogurt has three strains of good bacteria while kefir has ten strains of the active bacteria.

Garlic and onions are prebiotics that help feed the healthy bacteria that already exists in the gut. High fiber food choices like lentils and green beans improve the gut. Using coconut oil, a medium chain fatty acid can also produce a positive effect on the human micro biome.

Lastly, a source of both prebiotic and probiotic strength for wellness of the gut environment is found in chocolate. Of course, as with all food choices moderation is a key when adding this particular food to the individual’s meal plan.

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Apr
10

Fasting Safely

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spoonDuring the month of April, people of various faiths will celebrate holidays that will include religious or spiritual fasting. Lenten fasts of no meat on Fridays to the week-long and a day Passover ritual of abstaining from leaven breads, are religious practices and cultural beliefs that are followed by individuals of all ages and walks of life. Among the many who will fast are those with diabetes.

Generations of people who have Type 1, Type 2, or gestational diabetes, will celebrate their faith by limiting their intake of food, water or both items for one meal, a whole day, or even for several days.

The limitation of food or fluid intake for even just one meal can have an effect on a person with diabetes, therefore, it becomes important for those with the disease to recognize the symptoms of a potential hypoglycemic episode, to know how to adjust insulin to match carbohydrate intake, to alter physical activity and to understand how to use medical technologies to help them maintain good glucose management while they practice their religious observances.
Tips for fasting safely:
  • Always speak with your doctor or health care provider or diabetes educator before starting a fast.
  • Wear diabetes medical alert jewelry - bracelet, necklace, dog tags - at all times.
  • Keep emergency contact information on you where it can be quickly found.
  • Understand that fasting can affect medication regimes – a change in eating schedules can directly affect when medications are taken.
  • Check blood glucose more frequently.
  • Do remember for many religions, there are exemptions from participating in the fast if doing so would jeopardize the health and safety of the individual.
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Apr
10

A Boy and His Dog

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For the past ten months, eight-year-old Casey has had a new four-legged playmate and cuddle buddy named Beamer. Beamer isn’t a small dog by any means, but Casey’s mom, Courtney, doesn’t have any complaints. After all, Beamer is more than just her son’s best friend, he is a diabetes alert dog with the mission to help Casey stay healthy.

Casey has Type 1 diabetes, a chronic illness caused by the body’s inability to produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that the body needs to get glucose from the bloodstream into the cells of the body. People living with the disease must maintain stable blood sugar levels to avoid low (hypoglycemia) or high (hyperglycemia) blood sugar events before they become dangerous. People living with diabetes depend on insulin therapy and other treatments to manage their condition.

Raising a child with diabetes can be challenging, to say the least. However, Casey’s family sought new ways to help manage the condition. His mom reached out to a company that trains and supplies service dogs to patients in need. Despite the costly $25,000 price tag, the family set out on a mission to purchase a service dog for Casey. They began a recycling drive by collecting cans and bottles from their community. For an entire summer, Casey hand delivered the recyclables collected and cashed them in himself. As word got out about their story, supporters started making donations. In the end, as a result of the family’s hard work and the community’s backing, they were able to make the full payment.

Beamer, their Labrador Retriever, joined the family the following May, and that’s when the fun really started. The company that provided Casey with Beamer, organized a trip to Disney for patients and their service animals. This trip helped with the adjustment phase of transitioning Beamer in to the family, which can sometimes be tough, but nothing bonds a pair like sharing a seat on the tea-cup ride at one of the most beloved theme parks in the world. Beamer joined Casey and their new friends on “the best Disney trip ever.”

Companionship is only one benefit of having a diabetes alert dog. Courtney shares that Beamer’s presence can indeed be comforting during late nights when she checks Casey’s blood sugar. Beamer’s real skill lies in noticing Casey’s lows and highs, especially during times when they are not expecting his levels to be imbalanced. Such a fail-safe can be a huge blessing to the minds and hearts of parents raising children with diabetes.

As for her advice to parents considering alert dogs for their own children, Courtney says that service dogs are a wonderful addition to the family, but they can also mean a lot of extra work. It’s important to make sure the child is on board with the extra tasks that come along with their new companion and helper.

Is a diabetes alert dog the right fit for your family? Talk to your physician and your child and spend the necessary time processing the decision. Service animals aren’t for everyone, but those willing to put in the time and work required will find themselves with an amazing new member of the family.

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New Orleans-based medical supply company seeking qualified candidates with long-term career aspirations to fill management, sales, marketing, and administrative positions.

New Orleans, LA – January 31, 2019Diabetes Management & Supplies (DMS), a recognized leader in the healthcare supply industry, is hosting a job fair and career expo on Saturday, February 9th from 8:30am – 12:00pm at the DMS office in Harahan, LA.

Candidates attending the event will be able to speak with human resources representatives and participate in on-the-spot interviews. Current job openings include: management (all departments), inside medical sales (all positions), medical document examiners, insurance verification representatives, billing and account receivables representatives, data entry/intake representatives, diabetic shoe fitter, sales and marketing representatives, and managed care representatives.

“We are excited about the growth we’ve experienced over the years and this opportunity to provide career-seekers in and around the New Orleans area with a chance to learn, grow, and excel in the healthcare industry,” said Joel Deutser, DMS Director of Human Resources. “Our goal during the event is to connect with and recruit qualified people who care about the health and well-being of individuals living with diabetes. We are offering long-term careers with management opportunities.”

DMS has been in business for over 20 years in New Orleans. Ranked as one of the nation’s largest resources for patients who have diabetes, the company provides not only medical supplies to tens of thousands of individuals, but equips healthcare professionals, patients, and caregivers with a comprehensive education program for managing the disease.

The event will be held at the company’s Harahan office located at 10 Commerce Court, New Orleans in the Elmwood Park Business Center. Candidates interested in immediate consideration should bring a resume and be prepared for in-person interviews.

To learn more, please contact Deutser at 504-875-3462 or jdeutser@diabetesms.com.

About Diabetes Management & Supplies

Diabetes Management & Supplies was launched in 1997 by pharmaceutical and medical device industry veteran, Cynthia Pazos. As one of the largest distributors of diabetes products and supplies in the U.S., the company is dedicated to the prompt and proper fulfillment of customer’s needs for diabetic supplies. DMS offers the most complete selection of insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitors, blood glucose monitors, test strips, insulin syringes, orthopedic shoes, and medical home equipment. Today, DMS is the largest diabetes supply company in Louisiana and ranks as one of the largest nationally, serving tens of thousands of people in all fifty states and Puerto Rico.

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Jan
31

Heart Smart Exercise & Eating Tips

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Regular exercise and eating habits are key to having a healthy heart and a great quality of life. For those of us who struggle to eat well and stay active, here are a few tips:
Exercise Tips
Tip #1: Commit to exercising or participating in a physical activity on a regular basis. The same exercise plan to abate diabetes can keep your heart healthy.
Tip #2: Try to get at least 150 minutes of aerobic exercise each week. Exercise or physical activity can be broken into three types: cardio or endurance, resistance or strength building, flexibility or functional.
Healthy Eating Tips
Tip #1: Use monounsaturated fats like olive oil or canola oil in the cooking process.
Tip #2: When preparing food, bake, broil, stew or grill rather than fry.
Tip #3: Choose lean meats rather than fatty meats. A choice that allows one to cut the fat away can still be an option. A piece of meat that has the fat marbled or streaked through it may not be as healthy.
Tip #4: Eat fish two to three times weekly.
Tip #5: Reduce the consumption of salty foods. Large intakes of sodium or salt can affect blood pressure.
Tip #6: Become an expert label reader. Both the ingredient list and the nutrition facts section can identify the amount of sodium that is in the food. Remember that sodium hides in processed food products.
Overall, let’s work hard to eat better and increase our mobility! We can do it!
All exercise or physical activity plans need to be discussed with one’s physician before the initiation of the program.
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Cynthia Pazos, President & CEO, Diabetes Management & Supplies - Recipient of a 2018 CityBusiness Woman of the Year Award

Cynthia Pazos, President & CEO, Diabetes Management & Supplies – Recipient of a 2018 CityBusiness Woman of the Year Award

New Orleans, LA – November 9, 2018 - As President & CEO of Diabetes Management and Supplies  (DMS), Cynthia Pazos has made her passion for helping diabetics and their families a personal and professional goal. After 20 years working in the healthcare industry providing medical supplies and educational resources to more than 60,000 patients, she and her team of 70 employees remain committed to ensuring that people struggling with the disease can have a good quality of life.

Last August, Pazos was honored by New Orleans CityBusiness Magazine as an inductee into the 20th class of Women of the Year recipients. This recognition was designed to celebrate business women who have demonstrated exceptional professional achievements and community impact. On November 2nd, CityBusiness hosted the Women of the Year Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Orleans. Pazos, supported by her friends, family and colleagues, received an on-stage recognition and award for her accomplishments.

Pazos launched Diabetes Management & Supplies in 1997. Her vision for the company was shaped by watching a family member’s struggle with Type 2 diabetes and learning about the disease during her career as a medical sales representative. Today, DMS provides pump supplies, continuous glucose monitors, orthopedic shoes, test strips and other home health equipment to patients across the U.S.

“I can still remember one of the calls I received about the discontinued insulin my family member was prescribed. Unfortunately, that was one of the several times where I felt they were not receiving the proper care they deserved,” Pazos said. “I quickly learned that diabetes patients need a strong support system, on-going medical supplies, knowledge about dietary management, and access to new tools that will help them control their illness and have a good quality of life.”

In 2005, Pazos founded The Buddy Stall Diabetes Learning Center. She has served as a local American Diabetes Association board member and walk chair and initiated the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Sneaker Sale program with the local Walgreens management team whose fundraising success grew into a national program.

A Cabrini High School alum, she is the chairperson for the school’s “Continuing Her Legacy” capital campaign, and formerly served as the chair of the “Alumnae Giving” drive. Each year she hosts a “Generosity In Giving” luncheon to continue to develop the philanthropy spirit for Cabrini’s alumnae. In addition, Pazos supports local entrepreneurs and the culinary arts as a board member for Sucré, a sweet boutique in New Orleans that specialize in gourmet candies. “If a cause is near and dear to me, I am passionate about it,” said Pazos. “I am honored to work with other community leaders in making a difference in every way I can.”

Her commitment to improving the health of diabetics is demonstrated in her continued interest in bringing the latest self-management technological and educational tools to the forefront. She believes that new technologies have changed how people manage diabetes and work diligently to supply patients with new healthcare devices like the continuous glucose monitor that allows diabetics to know their blood glucose without having to do finger sticks.

After years of service in the community, the CityBusiness’ recognition was a humbling experience for the healthcare leader.

“It is an honor to be recognized as a woman business owner by CityBusiness,” said Pazos. “The publication has been an integral part of our business community. It gives us a platform in which to grow and share our accomplishments.  Without their weekly publication, those of us in business would not have the knowledge of what our city and state businesses are accomplishing to support our local and national communities.  We are truly grateful to have their support as we strive to create jobs, services, and support in our industries.”

To learn more about DMS, visit www.diabetesms.com.

 

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Jul
01

Heat and Diabetes

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During the summer months and especially when it is both hot and humid it becomes extremely important to stay hydrated and limit exposure to high temperatures and the sun. Having diabetes, kidney disease and other chronic diseases that compromise fluid and electrolyte balances place individuals at greater risk for heat sensitivity and heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

These conditions may be heat exhaustion or even heat stroke or sun stroke. Heat related injuries/ conditions occur when internal body temperature rises above the normal body temperature of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Heat stroke is a condition where the body’s core temperature is as high as 104 degrees Fahrenheit.

Who is at risk?

  • Individuals most prone to dehydration and heat conditions are the young, (babies and young children) and the elderly; these are those under 5 years of age and those older than 65 years of age.
  • Those who work outside during the day, especially in the hottest hours, from early morning until midday have an increased risk of heat exhaustion or heat/sun stroke.
  •  Athletes who perform intensive exercise on hot, humid summer days have the potential for heat related illnesses.
  • Even individuals taking medications for blood pressure or fluid restriction can be at risk for developing heat related conditions.

The body perspires from four places the head, hands, feet and armpits.  Sweating helps lower the body’s internal temperature. Exercising in clothing that covers these areas with helmets or shoulder pads limits the potential for sweating/ perspiring causing body temperature to rise.

Heat exhaustion is a condition that can occur from water depletion in the body.  The symptoms here can include; excessive thirst, weakness, headache or even a loss of consciousness.  The body may also be depleted of salt.  Here symptoms can include; nausea and vomiting, muscle cramps and dizziness.

Treating Heat Exhaustion:

  • Go indoors or at the very least move to a shady location.
  • Drink water to rehydrate.
  • Place cold wet cloths or ice on the back, arm pit and groin area.

A change in the individual’s responsiveness should occur. If it doesn’t, contact a health care provider, the condition could escalate to heat stroke.

Heat Stoke / sun stroke can become a fatal condition. The person may show symptoms of massive headache, rapid pulse, difficulty breathing, inability to perspire with red or flushed dry skin, hallucinations, vomiting, nausea, dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting or losing consciousness.

Treating Heat Stroke:

  • Call 911! The individual needs to get to the hospital.
  • While awaiting medical assistance, move the individual to a cooler area, preferably air conditioned.  Remove any excessive clothing and administer first aid if needed.
  • Fan air over the individual or wet the person’s body with water. A cool shower would be ideal, but a garden hose will work.
  • Place cold packs or cloths on back, arm pits, groin area to reduce internal body temperature.

Tips to avoid heat stroke or heat exhaustion:

  • Avoid drinks that contain caffeine.
  • Skip alcoholic beverages
  • Remember thirst is not a good mechanism to tell how much water one should drink.
  • Always carry with you a water bottle filled with clean fresh water.
  • Skip the workout in the hottest hours of the day.
  • Wear clothing that breathes when being out in the heat or sun.
  • If you work outside, stay well hydrated, wear a hat, and take breaks from being in the sun for extended periods of time.

Do you have more questions about this topic?

Call Diabetes Management & Supplies to speak to an educator.

888-738-7929 ext 2102

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Jun
14

Diabetes Disaster Preparedness

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A natural or man made disaster can have an unnerving affect on any individual.

Hurricanes, tornadoes, snowstorm and earthquakes call upon people to have a plan on hand.

Fires, gas leaks, and terrorists attacks can place a city and all its individuals in a state of rushed emergency.

When an individual has diabetes it is most important to have a plan.  Not just one single plan but also a plan for contingency action.

An individual should always have a stash of supplies ready. Test strips, batteries, pump and CGM supplies, and skin preps or alcohol pads packed in a to–go bag or plastic case by the door.

Insulin will need a way to remain cold so a container that maintains temperature should be readily available. Prescriptions for current diabetes medications should be current and placed in a plastic baggie with a pen if you currently use a local pharmacy. If your medications are at a nationwide pharmacy, one should be able to obtain medications through the computerized system of records.

It is important that the individual wear some form of identification of the disease state.  Medical ID’s are available as bracelets, necklaces, dog tags even key chains that allow others to know ones health status.

Having plenty of portable water is a must whether you are stuck in your home for several days or on an evacuation route to a safer location.   Having at least three days worth of water for the individual with diabetes is a must to reduce the potential of dehydration.

Food is always an issue if evacuation is a solution in the plan.  Snacks that match carbohydrate needs should be available for the person with diabetes. Packing a bag filled with protein snacks, carb snacks and snacks with mono-unsaturated fats like nuts can be consumed if  restaurants or food store or chains are not  nearby.  An individual with diabetes can always carry a six pack of glucose control liquid meal supplement if that restaurant which is only two miles away takes six hours to reach.

Planning ahead can be the best solution to disaster situations as it can reduce the stress of the event and help maintain blood glucose in target ranges.

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Ordering Supplies and Equipment

A diabetes treatment plan is very important. Make sure you know how things should work. Carefully following any medication orders and instructions is vital to your plan's success. Make sure you don't run out of supplies just as you refill prescriptions so you don't run out of medication.

Here are some ways you can let us help you reorder supplies:

At Diabetes Management & Supplies, we value the part we play on your treatment plan team and realize that winning is promoting good health.