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Aug
15

Healthy eating key piece of treatment plan

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food_bagEating a balanced diet means your diet contains all the necessary food groups including carbohydrates (carbs), proteins and fats.

Carbohydrates, when broken down, turn into sugar. Too many carbs at one time can cause your blood sugar to go too high. The amount of carbs that you should eat at one meal depends on the individual. Contact a diabetes educator or a dietician for a customized meal plan.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has a simple principle that explains all carbohydrates are created equal: A carb is a carb is a carb! It is important to understand that sucrose (table sugar) and other sugars do not create a more harmful effect on blood sugar and they are not absorbed more rapidly than starches. The totalamount of carbohydrates eaten will have more of an effect on blood sugar levels than the source of the carbohydrate.

A healthy eating regimen doesn’t just help control blood sugar. It also can have a positive effect on other conditions like obesity, hypertension and heart disease.

Diabetes Management & Supplies offers diabetes self-management and diabetes education services. For more information on specific nutrition needs or to enroll in group or individual sessions, call our Education Department at 1-888-738-7929 or email education@diabetesms.com.

Dec
19

Study: Diet, exercise achieves near diabetes cure

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The words “diabetes” and “remission” are usually only used together with some skepticism and debate, but a recently-released study hopes to prove that intensive diet and exercise may help type 2 diabetics achieve “near-normal” blood glucose levels. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report details the findings on more than 4500 participants who were termed obese or overweight. One in nine people in the diet and exercise group saw their blood sugar levels dip back to the normal or “pre-diabetic” range.

Complete remission of type 2 diabetes is still rare, researchers said. But they added the new study can give people with the disease hope that through lifestyle changes, they could end up getting off medication and likely lowering their risk of diabetes-related complications.

“Kind of a long-term assumption really is that once you have diabetes there’s no turning back on it, and there’s no remission or cure,” said Edward Gregg, the lead author on the report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Nov
26

Weight loss a tool in maintenance, prevention

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People carrying excess weight might get too accustomed to hearing how every health condition will improve “if you just drop some pounds.” Obesity and metabolism affect diabetes and, in some cases, maintaining a healthy weight can prevent diabetes or help you avoid serious complications.

The Obesity Society explains that more than 23 million Americans, or nearly 8 percent of the population, have diabetes. More than 90 percent of all diabetics have type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is usually diagnosed after age 40, but the disease is being found in all ages including children and adolescents.

Type 2 diabetes is linked to obesity and physical inactivity. In this form of diabetes, your body makes insulin but can’t use it properly. At first, your body will over-produce insulin to keep blood sugar normal, but over time this causes your body to lose its ability to produce enough insulin to keep blood sugar levels in the normal range and blood sugar levels become too high.

If you are overweight, you have a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes than a normal-weight person. Being overweight puts added pressure on the body’s ability to properly control blood sugar using insulin and therefore makes it much more likely for you to develop diabetes. Almost 90% of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight.

A good step in prevention or lowering your risk of complications is taking charge of your weight. Speak with your health care provider to determine your ideal weight and discuss ways set and reach weight loss goals if you are carrying excess weight.

Visit the American Diabetes Association’s Food and Fitness section for tips on weight loss.

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The term diabetes can be used to describe a host of conditions that include type 1 diabetes, gestational diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Not all forms of diabetes are preventable, but studies show individuals can greatly reduce their likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes with healthy lifestyle interventions.

The Learning Center of Diabetes Management and Supplies explains that type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, accounting for 90 – 95 percent of all cases. It used to be called adult-onset diabetes, but, unfortunately, both children and adults develop this kind of diabetes. Many people think of it as the kind of diabetes that does not require insulin. However, about half of people with type 2 diabetes will eventually need insulin. This is because the pancreas produces less and less insulin over time, so it must be injected to meet the body’s needs.

There is good news though: Studies have shown that many people who have pre-diabetes can prevent or slow down the onset of full-blown diabetes by losing weight and adding regular physical activity into their routines.

U.S. News and World Report offers some steps that might help you avoid diabetes. These include properly timed meals, getting more exercise and increasing fiber in your diet.

Visit U.S. News health section for seven keys to avoiding diabetes.

Sep
01

Exercise can be safe part of self-management

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If you have had diabetes for a long time and have developed complications, you may have questions about whether you should be engaging in physical activity—and if so, what kind of physical activity is best for your condition.

According to Jacqueline Shahar, MEd, RCEP, CDE, a clinical exercise physiologist and manager of Exercise Services in the Joslin Clinic at Joslin Diabetes Center, patients with diabetes complications should definitely continue to find appropriate opportunties for physical activity. In the Joslin’s Easy Start program many patients have significant diabetes complications and are able to exercise regularly and safely as part of their diabetes self-management plan.

Visit the Joslin Diabetes Center for complete article and tips.

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.