Archive for December, 2013
Elaine Blackwood, a certified diabetes educator with Diabetes Management & Supplies, draws attention to many cold-weather tips starting with caution when using electric blankets and bathing or soaking in warm water.
Experts at the Mayo Clinic explain that one diabetes complication, nerve damage, can spread and cause loss of feeling in the limbs. A person with nerve damage may not be able to sense if an electric blanket or heating pad is too hot. This can lead to burns. The same is true of water temperature when bathing.
If you have diabetes and would like to use an electric blanket, it is advised that you warm up your bed with the blanket before bedtime. Later, turn the blanket off or remove it from the bed before you get in.
Other winter topics related to diabetes include:
- Avoiding colds and the flu
- Ways to stay warm
- Eating well when it’s cold
- Exercising and staying active in winter
For a detailed list, see Managing diabetes in the winter: Safety tips
Holidays can be hard when you are trying to handle your diabetes. When family and friends gather, food is often involved. Routines are often disregarded for parties, shopping, cooking and decorating. Learning how to choose the best foods for you can be stressful.
Keep in mind that Thanksgiving and Christmas are days to relax and celebrate. Treat yourself to your favorite stuffing or homemade pie on these days. Keep these treats to Thanksgiving and Christmas. You will then avoid turning this time into a whole season of blood sugar trouble.
These tips can help you stay on track during the holidays:
- Drink water and eat a snack before you go to parties. You won’t make choices when hungry.
- Be sure to eat some food when drinking alcohol. This will help prevent low blood sugar.
- Help out the host. If you are going to a party, call first and ask if you can bring a dish. Now, you will know there will be food that fits into your needs.
- Look for hidden carbohydrates. Gravies, soups, dips and salads can have flour, sugar, potatoes, corn and bread. Remember to count these foods with your allowed carbohydrates per meal.
- Don’t forget about free foods. Chicken, turkey, cheese and non-starchy vegetables are great. These foods fill you up, but will not affect your blood sugar.
- Work in exercise. Just a 15-minute walk before or after a holiday party can help to keep your blood sugar in control when you are celebrating.
Enjoy your holidays. Make good choices to keep your blood sugar in control. This will allow you to have many more healthy and happy holidays.
If you are an insulin pump user, you can easily transition your supply services to Diabetes Management & Supplies.
Start now, using one of the following methods:
- Email us at CustomerService@DiabetesMS.com
- Click HERE to fill out an online form
- Or call 1-888-738-7929, select option 1, to speak to a New Account Representative
Diabetes Management & Supplies has been selected as a provider of insulin pumps and insulin pump supplies in seven of the nine specified Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) currently affected by the Competitive Bidding Program (CB), effective January 1, 2014. (See specific listing below)
The Competitive Bidding Program began a few years ago and continues to expand as contracts expire in the appointed MSAs. Only contract winners for each MSA may supply patients with the designated items in a particular category.
DMS is one ofthe largest national diabetes supply companies and has been servicing patient for more than 15 years. Therefore, our experienced staff islooking forward to serving you if you are affected by this change.
Metropolitan Statistical Areas Included
- Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
- Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
- Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, Ohio
- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California
- Kansas City, Missouri- Kansas
- Charlotte – Gastonia- Rock Hill, North Carolina- South Carolina
- Cincinnati-Middletown, Ohio- Kentucky-Indiana