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Mar
08

Take a Swing @Diabetes May 13

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The Diabetes Management & Supplies Foundation will host an inaugural charity golf tournament, “Take a Swing @Diabetes,” May 13 at the English Golf and Country Club in New Orleans. Registration will start at 11:30 with a 1 p.m. Shotgun Start. An awards presentation will immediately follow the conclusion of play.

Participants can register as individual players for $100 each or teams of four can register for $400. Click HERE for informational flier and printable registration form. Organizations interested in sponsorship opportunities should contact Shawn Musgrave at SMusgrave@DiabetesMS.com. Sponsorship levels and costs are listed below.

About the Foundation

The Diabetes Management & Supplies Foundation aspires to bolster the physical and emotional well-being of individuals from a broad range of effective nonprofits operating in the areas of health, medical research, community and social services.
The Foundation, established in 2011 as a 5013(c), is administrated by a board of trustees selected by the DMS executive group. Diabetes-focused organizations benefitting from the Foundation include the American Diabetes Association and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Recognizing its obligation as a civic partner and good neighbor, the Foundation supports Metro New Orleans battered women’s and homeless shelters as well as nonprofits lending support to needy and under-privileged children. Diabetes Management & Supplies was founded in 1997 by pharmaceutical and medical device industry veteran, Cynthia Pazos. While helping her mother-in-law struggle with complications of diabetes, Cindy learned firsthand of the need for effective diabetes treatment and self-management.

The DMS model is simple: provide appropriate treatment, education and support that will make people with diabetes more effective in the self-management of their disease.

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Mar
06

Exercise your way to better blood sugar control

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If you are living with diabetes or caring for someone with diabetes, it’s important to understand that regular exercise is a part of the prescription for healthier living. Some form of physical activity helps one feel and look better, but it also has a positive impact on blood sugar levels much like the effect of insulin on the body.

Not all exercise is the same, but there’s something there for all body types and fitness levels whether you are running a marathon or a reformed couch potato. The four recognized types of exercise are cardio, resistance, flexibility and functional.

Cardiovascular exercise, also called cardio or aerobic exercise is physical activity which raises the heart rate to around 60 to 85 percent of the heart’s maximum heart rate for an extended period of time, usually twenty minutes or longer. Examples are walking, biking, dancing, fitness class, water exercises and elliptical trainer.

ExerciseClassResistance exercises are part of resistance training, a type of strength training. Resistance training works to increase muscle strength and endurance by doing repetitive exercises. Examples are: thera-bands, free weights and machine weights.

Flexibility exercises increase a person’s ability of your joints to move through a full range of motion. Having flexibility in your muscles allows for more movement around the joints and that means better posture, less muscle tension and soreness, reduced risk of injury and more relaxation for the mind and body. Examples are: yoga, Pilates and general stretching.

Functional exercises involve motor skills such as balance, gait and agility. “Functional fitness” has become a recent buzzword in gyms. It’s about training your body to handle real-life situations. Examples are yoga, Tai Chi, ladder training or a BOSU Balance Trainer.

These exercises can be done at home, outdoors or in facilities like gyms or health club. It is recommended that you speak to your physician to discuss the best possible plan for you and how it will affect your diabetes.

Diabetes Management & Supplies offers diabetes self-management and diabetes education services that include the expertise of an exercise physiologist. For more information on specific exercise needs or to enroll in group or individual sessions, call our Education Department at 1-888-738-7929.

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Mar
04

Re-evaluating your exercise resolutions

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exercise_classEach year starts with the good intentions of exercising yourself to a healthier you, but it only takes a few months for reality to set in and the challenges begin to outweigh the motivation to get moving. People living with diabetes may have a few added obstacles to establishing a work-out routine, but they also have a multitude of health benefits to gain starting with increased blood sugar control.

The first step is to talk to your physician about your exercise goals and needs. Always get a medical clearance and proper assessment before beginning a physical activity (exercise program).

Benefits of Regular Exercise (Physical Activity)

  • Lowers blood sugar levels ( exercise has an “insulin-like” result)
  • Lowers risk of falls by improving balance
  • Lowers body weight and body fat and boosts metabolism
  • Lowers risk of osteoporosis by increasing bone density (weight bearing exercises)
  • Helps you feel better  and lowers risk of depression
  • Reduces risk for heart disease

Diabetes Management & Supplies has developed programming that can help you develop self-management skills and achieve greater blood sugar control. If you are interested in learning more about our programs or speak to a diabetes educator, call our Education Department at 1-888-738-7929.

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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.