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Diabetes Friendly Summer Ready Salads

Posted in Diabetes, Diabetes Advice, Diabetes Recipes, Diet and Diabetes, Holiday recipes, Obesity and Diabetes, Summertime and Diabetes, Tips for People with Diabetes

Not all salads are diabetes friendly. Learn a few safe recipes that are delicious and still fit into a diabetes food regimen.


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Summertime is here and July 4th barbecues and picnics are around the corner!  With fresh fruits and veggies more available, there are some yummy salads you can make that can be a healthier alternative to other foods. However, not all salads are healthy and diabetes friendly. You can pile on meats and dressings that are actually not healthy at all. Read on to discover some diabetes friendly recipes that still let you indulge.

  • Grilled Ginger Melon Kabobs. Made with fresh melon, cantaloupe, lime and honey, this yummy recipe is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Serve it up at a summer get-together or for an evening treat. With less than 100 calories and a full serving of fruit, it’s a go to option.
  • Fresh Fruit with Citrus Mint Dressing. Let’s face it. Sometimes the best part of a salad is the dressing. But, unfortunately, some dressings pack in enough calories that eating a hamburger might be healthier! If you love your dressing, try this low calorie and diabetes friendly option. Combine orange juice with mint and honey for a delicious, low calorie option. Pour over fresh fruit of your choice such as strawberries and pineapple for a yummy summer side dish.
  • Fresh Fruit Salad with Creamy Lime Topping. Looking for something a little more on the sweet side? Try this creamy dressing over fruit and you’ll be begging for seconds. Made with mayonnaise, sour cream and powdered sugar, it’s hard to believe this recipe is also diabetes friendly. With only 64 calories and one gram of fat, go ahead and indulge.
  • Italian Pasta Salad. Who loves pasta? Living with diabetes, it can be difficult to enjoy pasta salad because of the sugar and carbohydrates. However, this recipe, made with whole grain rotini pasta, fresh basil, olive oil and veggies, gives you the same taste with less calories, sugar and carbs! With 118 calories, serve it up for a lunch in the office or a dinner at home alone.
  • Macaroni Salad. Macaroni salad is a fan favorite. Using lighter options such as whole grain macaroni, low fat yogurt, fat free milk and light mayonnaise, you can still enjoy a beloved recipe while keeping your diabetes in check.

While all of these options are diabetes friendly, remember to always consult your healthcare provider before considering a new meal plan.

If you have questions about other diabetes friendly foods, the helpful and knowledgeable people at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy are here to help! And, they are always ready to answer your questions about diabetes, insulin pumps and supplies. Call them today at 1-866-403-6287 or visit them online at www.FocusPharmacy.com   ENJOY THE HOLIDAY!!!!




Guide to Popular Insulin Pumps

Posted in Children with Diabetes, Diabetes Advice, Insulin Pumps, New Devices for Diabetes, Tips for People with Diabetes

Thinking of using an insulin pump to manage your diabetes? Here’s a guide to the most popular models on the market today.

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If you or someone in your family suffers from diabetes, you may be thinking about using an insulin pump to manage the insulin levels in your bloodstream. While you should always talk to your doctor before making any changes to your diabetes regime, there are number of good reasons why an insulin pump is a great choice. The toughest decision you’ll probably have to make is which insulin pump is right for you. Focus Express Pharmacy sells them all, and we’ve put together a guide to help you decide, starting with the most popular models.

Popular Pumps

Pumps manufactured by Medtronic, Animas, and Insulet are the ones we sell the most of. The pump that works best for you may be made by another manufacturer but rest assured that no matter what pump you need, we can set you up.

  •  Medtronic’s MiniMed 530G with Enlite – Choose from two models, one with a 180-unit reservoir and the other with a larger 300-unit reservoir. These pumps are only compatible with Medtronic infusion sets and can deliver from .025 to 35 units per hour in .025-unit increments. The MiniMed features the first FDA approved system that can stop insulin delivery for up to 2 hours if the blood glucose level reaches a preset level.
  • Medtronic’s MiniMed Paradigm Real-Time Revel – This pump also comes in two models depending on the size of reservoir you want. It requires Medtronic infusion sets and has the same basal range as the other Medtronic models. What sets this pump apart is the built-in CGM technology that uses a sensor to wirelessly transmit continuous glucose readings.
  • Animas OneTouch Ping – The OneTouch Ping features both a pump and a remote to operate it. It has a 200-unit reservoir and is compatible with all standard Luer-lock infusion sets. This waterproof pump (to 12 feet) doesn’t require disconnection when you swim and both the remote and pump control all functions including delivering a bolus dose, monitoring of pump stats and information about alarms.
  • Animas Vibe – This new entry offers CGM technology to continuously report glucose levels. Like the OneTouch Ping, it has a 200-unit reservoir and is compatible with all Luer-Lock infusion sets. This is also a waterproof pump, but it doesn’t feature a remote.
  • Insulet Omnipod – The Omnipod offers a different approach to delivering insulin. Instead of tubing, the pump comes with a built-in cannula and automated inserter contained in body-worn pod. Its reservoir holds 200-units and its basal range is .05 to 30 units per hour in .05-unit increments. The Omnipod has a Personal Diabetes Manager (i.e., remote control) that controls the pod’s functions. It’s waterproof and comes with seven “skins” to personalize the remote.

More to Come

In a future blog post, we’ll cover some of the other models of insulin pumps on the market, and available through Focus Express Pharmacy. A complete buyer’s guide is also available from the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

If you have questions, the experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy are here for you!  Focus Express Mail Pharmacy has been helping people manage their diabetes for years. We can answer your questions about diabetes, insulin pumps, supplies, and more. Call us today at 1-866-403-6287.



Mobile Friendly Focus Express Mail Pharmacy Website Now Available!!

Posted in Diabetes, diabetes mobile website, Diabetes testing supplies, diabetes website, Tips for People with Diabetes

Check out our Bright, New and Friendlier Mobile Friendly Website for Focus Express Mail Pharmacy on your Smart Phone at www.FocusPharmacy.com


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A new “Mobile Friendly” website for Focus is now available for your smart phone! With our new LARGE print and EASY to see categories, you can now navigate our website and send your refills to Focus from your mobile phone more quickly and more confidently! You can also enroll as a new customer on the new mobile website! As always, if you refer someone to Focus and their insurance qualifies, YOU get a $100 gift card to American Express, Best Buy, Sears, or Home Depot. And, the new enrollee gets a $50 gift card just for being a new customer!  Be sure to check out our new mobile website at www.FocusPharmacy.com



A Very Happy and Healthy Father’s Day!!

Posted in Diabetes, Diabetes Advice, Insulin Pumps, Tips for People with Diabetes

To all of you soon-to-be-fathers, fathers,  grandfathers, great grandfathers and great great grandfathers, I wish you a very Happy and Healthy Father’s Day!! This is a good time to realize how lucky you are to be alive and able to enjoy your family. So, take care of yourself!! Eat well, exercise, and watch your weight. There are people out there who love you and depend on you!  For those of you who have lost a loved one, this is the time to remember them and celebrate their lives and realize how lucky you were to have them in your life!

Have a wonderful Father’s Day!

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Hot Fun and Cool Summer Diabetes Friendly Drinks

Posted in Diabetes, Diabetes Advice, Diabetes Recipes, Diabetes testing supplies, Diet and Diabetes, Insulin Pumps, Summertime and Diabetes, Tips for People with Diabetes

Now you can have hot fun and cool refreshing summer diabetes friendly beverages that have zero calories, no artificial sweeteners and that fit your diabetes plan.

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While having fun in the hot summer sun you’ll be looking for refreshment that meshes well with your diabetes meal plan. These summer drinks will have your taste buds saying “ahhh” without throwing your diabetes dietary needs into the pool.  There’s something for every occasion and pleasure.

Dive into Refreshing Water

You’re likely to have the most access to water and of course, it best fits your diet.  If your zesty lifestyle requires more flavor, there are an abundance of sparkling or flavored waters to suit your taste.  Just be sure to check the labels for those that are diabetes-friendly and stick to low sugar, low-calorie, or zero-calories. Or, make your own flavored water!

Splash Around in the Flavor with No Artificial Sweeteners

Dasani and SoBe LifeWater have made finding diabetes friendly H2O even easier with multiple flavors of zero-calorie waters, and no artificial sweeteners.  In fact, Dasani offers four flavors of sparkling waters and four completely different flavors of plain water.  SoBe LifeWater offers eight zero-calorie flavors, including Blood Orange Mango, Fuji Apple Pear, Black Cherry Dragon Fruit and more.

If none of those varieties appeals to you, whip up your own!  Add fresh fruit, such as lemon or lime to an ice cold glass of water.  Go even wilder with strawberries, raspberries, or cucumber for a refreshing beverage by the pool, and remember to skip the sweetener.

 Sweet Tea on Deck

There are many other beverage options, from tea to Gatorade but the important thing is to keep the sweetener and calories low.  Consider these:

  • Snapple makes a “Lightly Sweetened” line with low sugar and no artificial sweetener drinks.
  • True Citrus Mix is a tea/water mix, also with no artificial sweeteners.

If juice is more for you, these labels may look different but the contents are just the same:

  • Tropicana 50: The “Light ‘n’ Healthy” version boasts 50 calories per 8 ounces and you choose the amount of pulp.
  • Gatorade Natural: with 50 calories per 8 ounces and approximately one carb per serving, it’s perfect after a long day in the sun.

Enjoy your summer fun and keep your beverages in check with your meal plan.  If you have questions about your diabetes or diabetes supplies the experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy are standing by to help.  Call us today at 1-866-403-6287.







Summer Tips for People with Diabetes

Posted in Children with Diabetes, Diabetes, Diabetes Advice, Insulin Pumps, Summertime and Diabetes, Tips for People with Diabetes

Summer can be a fun time, but if you have diabetes, there are some potential dangers with the warmer weather. Use these tips to help you stay safe.


If you have diabetes, it’s important to ensure you’re  staying safe during the warmer part of the year.  Use these tips to help you enjoy the summer months while keeping your diabetes under control.

  • Prevent dehydration. Warmer weather coupled with high blood sugar can cause dehydration faster. To avoid this, it’s important to drink plenty of water throughout the day during summer months and avoid sugary drinks such as carbonated beverages.
  • Avoid alcohol.  Alcohol makes it harder for your body to regulate its temperature, which can make you more susceptible to heat exhaustion or dehydration.
  • Plan exercise and outdoor activities carefully. It is recommended to plan these activities in the cooler parts of the day such as the early morning or late evening. With the longer days, you have more sunlight later in the day to enjoy the outdoors more safely anyway!
  • Test your blood sugar. If you are going to be outdoors for extended periods of time, make sure you are checking your blood sugar levels since low and high blood sugar can be caused by the hotter weather.
  • Recognize and treat heat exhaustion. If you have diabetes, you are at a greater risk for heat exhaustion if you’re exposed to higher temperatures for a longer period of time and don’t replace the fluids you lose. Typical symptoms of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, dizziness, fatigue, muscle cramps and nausea.
  • Avoid heat stroke. If you start to experience any heat exhaustion symptoms, it’s important to drink plenty of fluids, find a shady place to rest and take a cool shower or bath. If your symptoms do not subside, seek medical attention as soon as possible.

 The experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy are here to help answer your diabetes questions concerning summer weather and more. Focus Express Mail Pharmacy has years of experience helping people manage their diabetes and they readily are available to answer questions about diabetes, insulin pumps and supplies.

Call us today at 1-866-403-6287 or visit us at www.FocusPharmacy.com


What Triggers Your Blood Sugar to Change

Posted in Diabetes, Diabetes Advice, Diabetes Research, Diet and Diabetes, Insulin Pumps, Tips for People with Diabetes, Uncategorized

Having diabetes means watching for blood sugar swings. Find more information on what causes these swings and how to control them.


If you’re living with diabetes, you are more than likely worried about swings in your blood sugar levels. Here is a list of common reasons for these swings. Keep in mind that some contributors can cause your blood sugar to go up, others down and a few affect it in both ways.

  • Caffeine. Caffeine can cause an upswing, hindering blood sugar control in people with diabetes. For many, the consumption of coffee can cause your blood sugar to go up even if you drink it black. Other drinks containing caffeine such as black tea and energy drinks can cause a similar reaction.
  • Sugar-Free Foods. Despite being sugar-free, many of these foods can cause your blood sugar level to actually rise. The reason is the carbohydrates from starches that sweeten these foods. You are best to check the total carbohydrates on the package label and pay attention to the sugar alcohols shown before consuming.
  • Stress. Stress is more than a mental state. Your body reacts to it by releasing hormones that can cause your blood sugar to rise. This is more common for people with type two diabetes. Ease stress by learning to relax through deep breathing and exercise.
  • Bagels. Bagels are packed with carbohydrates and calories. But, if you love a bagel, an alternative to a normal sized bagel can be a mini bagel. As always, check with your healthcare provider about dietary items that might spike your blood sugar more than you would expect.
  • Cold Medicines. Surprisingly, cold medicine sometimes contains sugar or alcohol. Even though the content is small, it’s best to use products that are sugar free and alcohol free. You should also consult with your doctor about the possible effects of over-the-counter products before you buy them.
  • Alcohol. Alcoholic drinks contain plenty of carbohydrates, which can raise your blood sugar, but then also drop it suddenly for a period as long as 12 hours after drinking. If you do choose to partake of adult beverages, it’s best to do it with food and monitor your blood sugar closely.
  • Yogurt. Yogurt contains healthy bacteria that can improve digestion and help you control your blood sugar. However, some yogurts contain added sugar and fruit, so be careful to count and moderate your carbohydrate intake.
  • Sleep. Blood sugar can decline during sleep and potentially can get dangerously low, especially for those with type 1 diabetes. It is recommended to check your blood sugar before bed and right when waking up. In addition, a snack before bed can also help maintain proper levels. Conversely, lack of sleep can raise blood sugar so it’s important to get your proper rest.
  • Exercise. Physical activity is a terrific health booster, but if you have diabetes, be sure to tailor a regime to your individual needs. When you work out enough to raise your heartbeat, your blood sugar may raise temporarily and then drop after. If you engage in an intense workout, your blood sugar may drop for up to 24 hours after you finish. It is important to check your blood sugar before, during and after exercise.

If you have questions about blood sugar swings or anything related to diabetes, the experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy are here to help! Focus Express Mail Pharmacy has been helping people manage their diabetes with information, insulin pumps and diabetes supplies for years.

Call us today at 1-866-403-6287 or visit us online at www.FocusPharmacy.com.



Careful Considerations to Keep You on Your Toes with Diabetes

Posted in Diabetes, Diabetes Advice, Diabetes Conditions, Diabetes testing supplies, Insulin Pumps, Tips for People with Diabetes

Diabetes can be dangerous for your feet. To avoid serious complications, use these tips to help both you and your feet stay healthy.  


An unfortunate side effect of diabetes can be possible complications with your feet, which might be very dangerous if you are not careful. Even a small cut can produce serious consequences. Diabetes may cause reduced blood flow to the feet making it harder to heal an injury or resist infection. To avoid serious foot problems, follow these guidelines:

Stay aware

It is recommended to inspect your feet everyday to ensure there are no issues. You should also have your health care provider check your feet at least once a year. He or she should also be able to provide a list of do’s and don’ts for foot care to help you.

 Take good care of your feet

Wash your feet every day and dry them carefully especially between your toes. Keep your skin soft and smooth and use lotion, but not between your toes. It is also recommended to wear socks and shoes at all times and to not walk barefoot. Moving frequently and keeping the blood flowing to your feet will also help keep them healthy.

Seek attention

If you recognize anything out of the ordinary, it is important to seek medical attention right away. This could include cuts or ingrown toe nails. It is also important to note if your feet change color or shape or if there’s a difference in sensitivity. You should rely on your health care provider to take care of trimming your corns, calluses or ingrown toenails if you are not able to safely do so. Check with your health care provider to determine if there is a foot care specialist on the team you can seek assistance from.

Keep your diabetes in check

It is most important to simply take care of your diabetes to maintain your health from toe to head. Work with your health care team to keep your glucose within target range. It is also critical to get and remain active to keep your diabetes under control. Again, your healthcare team can make exercise recommendations.

 If you have any additional questions, the experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy are here to help! Focus Express Mail Pharmacy has been helping people manage their diabetes for years and they are available to answer questions about diabetes, insulin pumps and supplies.

 Call us today at 1-866-403-6287 or visit us online at www.FocusPharmacy.com.



Six Diabetes Friendly, Easy to Make Meals that Won’t Break the Bank.

Posted in Diabetes, Diabetes Advice, Diabetes Recipes, Diabetes testing supplies, Diet and Diabetes, Holiday recipes, Insulin Pumps, Obesity and Diabetes, Tips for People with Diabetes


A diabetes diagnosis and the need to eat right go hand in hand. But that doesn’t mean eating has to be dull or expensive. Here are some easy to make, diabetes friendly recipes that taste great and won’t break the bank. Each one will feed a family of four for ten dollars or less a meal.


  • Turkey and Veggie Chili makes a great one pot meal and is perfect for those lingering cool spring nights. The turkey is a great lean protein with 5.0g of fat, and the combination of onions, carrots, zucchini and tomatoes provide a nice variety of vegetables. And great northern beans add some healthy carbs to the mix.
  • Here’s a dish that combines all the ingredients that make up a perfect plate of diabetes friendly food. Mole Pork Tenderloin with Zucchini and Refried Black Beans has a lean protein from the pork, a starch in the beans and low-carb zucchini to round out the meal. It’s only 225 calories per serving with 29g of protein, 4.5g of fat and only 4g of sugar.
  • Looking for another healthy, and flavor-filled choice? Try Balsamic Chicken with Mushrooms. This dish can be served up in 20 minutes and provides 27g of protein, 9.0g of fat and only 12g of carbs.
  • Next is an easy to fix summer taco recipe that will feed the family or guests. Grilled Shrimp Tacos cook up in 15 minutes and are both delicious and healthy. At 200 calories a serving and 21g of protein your family or guests will be digging in for seconds.
  • How about a light and easy salad meal for those warm summer days ahead? Give Spinach Salad with Chicken and Avocado a try! It combines different food textures with vegetables, protein and lots of flavor. This easy to prepare meal comes in at 230 calories with 15g of fat.

These are just some of the delicious meals that you can count on to be diabetes friendly, while leaving both your stomach and wallet filled.

When it comes to answering questions about diabetes, insulin pumps and supplies, you can also count on the experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy. We have a combined 150 years of pharmacy experience! Visit us now at www.FocusPharmacy.com or call us, toll-free, at 1-866-403-6287 and our friendly associates will happily field all of your questions.




Can Type 2 Diabetes be Reversed?

Posted in Diabetes, Diabetes Advice, Diabetes testing supplies, Diet and Diabetes, Exercise and Diabetes, Insulin Pumps, Obesity and Diabetes, Tips for People with Diabetes, Type 2 diabetes

Read about reversing Type 2 diabetes and find out if it’s possible for you.


If you or your loved one has just received a Type 2 Diabetes diagnosis, you might wonder if the disease is curable. Or you might ask, is it  at least reversible? The short answer is yes, but such a reversal of symptoms doesn’t happen overnight. It also requires a bit of commitment. Read on to learn more.

 Defining Type 2 Diabetes

Let’s take a look at just what it is you’re trying to reverse. Type 2 Diabetes affects how you metabolize sugar. When glucose levels in your body rise, your pancreas makes and releases a hormone called insulin. That insulin makes the sugar leave your blood and move to your cells so it can be used as energy. Once your blood sugar levels are back down in a healthy range, your pancreas no longer releases the insulin. In those with Type 2 Diabetes, however, the pancreas either doesn’t make enough insulin or the body is, for some reason, resistant to it. The glucose then builds up in the blood and causes diabetes symptoms including fatigue, infections, blurry vision, and excessive thirst.

Is Reversal Possible?

When discussing the diabetes reversal, it’s important to remember that, while possible, a lot depends on how long you’ve had it, how severe your case is, and even your genetic makeup. Reversal typically refers to managing the disease to the point where you can stop taking medication. It allows for the fact that you still need to manage your lifestyle in such a way that you can continue drug-free. The good news is it is often possible to accomplish this goal. Results of one study were most positive in those who were newly-diagnosed, without a severe case, and who lost the most weight. In fact, up to 20% of the people fitting this criteria were able to go off their medications altogether.

What it Takes to Reverse Diabetes

So, how did they go off diabetes medication? Or more importantly, how can you? Two factors have the greatest affect – physical activity and diet. In the study, successful participants exercised for 175 minutes each week, or 25 minutes each day. One fairly simple way to start incorporating more physical activity is by walking. It is free, requires no special equipment, and is effective. If you’re new to walking, just start slowly. Take a short walk and over time increase the distance and intensity of your walks.

When it comes to nutrition, the study participants who found success also limited their caloric intake to between 1,200 and 1,800 calories each day. Don’t just focus on the quantity of food you consume though; be sure to consider the types of foods you eat as well. If you hope to manage and even reverse the disease, you’ll need to incorporate healthy fats, fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean protein into your diet. Limit your alcohol and sweets, and eat the same amount of carbs at each meal. You might find meal planning helps you maintain your commitment to healthy eating.

Those participants in the study who were able to stop taking diabetes meds also received counseling and education on their lifestyle changes. So don’t underestimate the value of learning more about your healthy lifestyle and talking with someone about the changes you’re making and how they’re affecting your daily life.

How We Can Help

As you embark on your journey to managing, or even reversing, your diabetes, you’ll likely have questions about your diabetes, your insulin pump, or other supplies. Let the trained experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy help. We have over 50 years of combined experience helping people just like you manage their diabetes. Check us out at www.FocusPharmacy.com or call, toll-free,  1-866-403-6287.