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Tips for Taking Care of Yourself This Winter

Posted in Diabetes, Diabetes Advice, Insulin Pumps, Medication News, Tips for People with Diabetes, Type 2 diabetes

Patients with diabetes are at higher risk for getting the flu. Here are some basic prevention techniques and tips on what to do if they do get sick. 

 flu vaccine

With the winter months upon us, it’s critical that people with diabetes (both Type 1 and 2) take extra precaution to avoid getting the flu.  Diabetes weakens your immune system, making it difficult to fight infections and control blood sugar levels.  When we’re sick, we often don’t want to eat and avoiding food can cause blood sugar levels to fall.  These things combined can be hazardous to your health.  Below are some recommendations for managing your health this winter.

Flu Vaccine

The best path to prevention is vaccination.  The CDC recommends that those who are 6-months or older and have Type 1 or 2 diabetes get a flu vaccine.  Because people with diabetes are at high risk for contracting pneumonia from influenza, it is also recommended that you get a pneumonia vaccination.

Other Preventative Measures

It’s impossible to avoid people altogether so practicing good hygiene will be of utmost importance to preventing illnesses.  As you go about your daily routine try to avoid contact with people who are sick and follow some of these practices to limit your chance for contracting illness:

  1. Prevent the spread of germs by ensuring your family washes hands regularly or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.  In fact, carry a hand sanitizer with you for times when soap isn’t available.
  2. Carry disinfectant wipes to clean surfaces you may have to touch.
  3. Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth without first washing your hands.

Treating Illnesses

Visit your doctor immediately to discuss antiviral drugs designed to treat influenza.  Influenza is a virus, thus you will require antiviral drugs to attack it in your body.  However, they must be administered within the first 48 hours of illness.

When taking over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, avoid those that are high in sugar.  For instance, some liquid cold medicines and cough drops contain added sugar.  Read the ingredients and look for medications that are “sugar-free.” If you have high blood pressure, you should also avoid decongestants as these can further raise your blood pressure.

Take extra precautions to avoid illness this winter and throughout the year and see your doctor right away if you do get sick.  With more than 100 years of experience the experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy are ready to assist you with any other questions you may have.  We can also help with any diabetes supplies or insulin pumps you need.  Contacts us today at 1-866-403-6287 and beat the flu this season.



New Research Suggests Artificial Sweeteners May Be a Link to Type 2 Diabetes

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

New research says artificial sweeteners could be a precursor to diabetes.  


 Artificial sweeteners have become increasingly popular in recent years. From diet sodas to “sugar-free” pies and cakes, these ingredients are easily found by anyone looking for an option to sugar. However, this so called healthier option could actually not be healthy at all according to a new study.

A recent New York Times article reported that a new study on artificial sweeteners found they can disrupt the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar. This can cause metabolic changes potentially leading to Type 2 diabetes. In a series of experiments, performed mostly on mice, scientists found that sweeteners alter the microbiome, the population of bacteria that is in the digestive system. This different mix of microbes changes the metabolism of glucose, causing levels to rise higher after eating and to decline more slowly than they otherwise would. A change in the microbiomes has been linked to several conditions including obesity and diabetes. In the same study, researchers also tracked the effects of nutrition and intestinal bacteria on an individual’s long-term health. For the non-diabetic participants, researchers found a correlation between the use of artificial sweeteners and signs of glucose intolerance. In addition, the intestinal bacteria of those who used artificial sweeteners were different from those who did not.

Researchers of this study advise that the findings are not conclusive enough to make particular recommendations, but instead should start a healthy discussion around this topic. Previous studies on this topic have also been inconclusive.

The American Diabetes Association suggests recipes that use artificial sweeteners as a good option for a sweet tooth fix, providing a low calorie and low carbohydrate option. While these products are a workable alternative to sugary food and drinks, it is recommended to use these products in moderation until more is known regarding the effects of artificial sweeteners on the body.

If you are already living with Type 2 diabetes, there is support available to help you manage the disease and live a happy, healthy and normal life. In addition, the experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy are available to answer your questions regarding insulin pumps and diabetes supplies.

Call us today at 1-866-403-6287 with your questions. We also invite you to visit our Facebook Page for additional information on products and studies on diabetes.



Enjoy the Holidays with These Diabetes Friendly Pie Recipes

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

Just because you have diabetes, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the holidays with a few sweet treats.   Enjoy these great holiday pie recipes guilt free!

apple pie

The holidays are just around the corner, which means it’s time for holiday foods! The majority of holiday foods, especially desserts, are loaded with sugar, and it can be difficult to enjoy these treats if you have diabetes. However, living with diabetes doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy a few indulgences around this time of year. Check out these great recipes for pies you can take to your next holiday party and that still allow you to stick to your overall health and wellness plan.

Classic Apple Pie Recipe

The holidays just aren’t complete without a classic apple pie. With diabetes, you can enjoy this classic holiday favorite given it’s made with sweetener instead of real sugar. This recipe is sure to hit a home run with your taste buds.

Pumpkin Pie

Love pumpkin pie? Then, you’ll really love this recipe! Using sugar free pudding mix and low fat milk, this recipe cuts the sugar and calories while still providing a simple and delicious diabetes-friendly treat.

Mom’s Southern Pecan Pie

If you love comfort food, you’ll love this Southern pecan pie recipe. Using applesauce or apple butter along with cornmeal in place of starchy flour and sugar, this recipe is a unique twist on a hometown family favorite still giving you the option to enjoy your favorite holiday treat.

Chocolate Cream Pie

Who doesn’t love chocolate? Flavored with Equal sweetener, unsweetened cocoa and lower fat milk, this rich and yummy pie has 43 percent less calories than the traditional recipe. At only 235 calories per serving, you can eat this chocolate without much guilt!

Looking for more delicious dessert recipes? Visit our blog as well as the Focus Express Mail Pharmacy Facebook Page for additional recipes and information.

If you are living with diabetes and have any questions about diabetes supplies or insulin pumps, the experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy are available to answer your questions. Contact them today at 1-866-403-6287 or visit their website, www.FocusPharmacy.com.

Tracking Your Health and Fitness Just got Easier

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

A new iPhone application lets you track your fitness & health from your phone, perfect for someone with diabetes to gain more control over their health

 diabetes health app

Did you know that the new IOS 8 software for iPhone includes a health application that allows you to track your health and fitness data? The Health App is a brand new way to approach health and fitness tracking and has many capabilities that add value to someone living with diabetes.

Overview and Capabilities

The new app allows you to track important milestone health and fitness activities including work-outs, meals eaten and more. It also has integrations with several other health and fitness apps allowing you to have easy access to multiple types of data including your heart rate, calories burned, blood sugar and cholesterol. It’s the beginning of a health revolution – all your health data in one place giving you a clear and concise overview of your current well-being. The app also allows you to create an emergency card with important health information. This can be extremely helpful for those with diabetes. If you suddenly have an emergency, those around you can determine, 1) you have diabetes, and 2) get a quick snapshot of your current health status with the app.

In addition, with HealthKit, developers can make new apps even more useful by allowing them to access your health data. When your health and fitness apps work together, they become more powerful giving you peace of mind and more control over your own health.

Privacy Policy

You have complete control over what information you want shared from the app. For example, you can allow the data from your cholesterol app to be automatically shared with your doctor or not shared at all. Apple promises that when your phone is locked with a passcode or Touch ID, all of your health and fitness data in the Health app is encrypted so you don’t have to worry about information you don’t want shared being leaked. You can also back up all of your health data to the iCloud.

While new technology can sometimes seem overwhelming, it can also be extremely helpful, in this case letting you track important information with convenience and easy accessibility. If you have diabetes, information such as last insulin intake, what to do in a diabetes emergency and more will be at your fingertips.

If you have questions regarding diabetes, diabetes supplies or insulin pumps, contact the experts today at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy at 1-866-403-6287. They are ready and able to answer your questions!






How Do Insulin Pumps Work?

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

You need to take a serious look at any tool to help manage your blood glucose levels. An insulin pump can be your best ally in managing your diabetes.

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Whether you have Type I or Type II diabetes, you know the challenges of constantly working to keep your blood glucose levels within the acceptable range. An insulin pump is a serious tool you can use to help manage your blood glucose levels.

If you don’t yet know about insulin pumps and how they work, here’s a primer on the how and why an insulin pump can help you manage your diabetes.

The Components of an Insulin Pump

An insulin pump has three key components:

  1. A reservoir that holds insulin
  2. A battery-operated pump
  3. A computer chip that allows you to program your insulin doses

The insulin pump looks a little like a pager and is often worn near the waist. The pump connects to your body using the needle end of a thin catheter. Insulin flows from your pump through the catheter and is absorbed into your bloodstream.

How an Insulin Pump Works

Your insulin pump will deliver a small, continuous stream of insulin to your body (basal rate), 24 hours a day. You program your pump to deliver the correct amount of insulin for your body by checking insulin levels regularly (at least four times a day).

After you eat, buttons on the pump can deliver a bolus dose to cover the amount of carbohydrates consumed in a meal or snack. You can also trigger a bolus dose from the pump should your blood glucose levels become too high before eating.

Insulin Pump Benefits

Programming your pump to fit your personal habits and body make it easier to regulate your blood glucose levels. Also, your pump eliminates the need for individual insulin injections, which most users find to be a great convenience.

 These are the basics of insulin pumps. For questions, and more details be sure to ask the experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy at 1-866-403-6287. They have a complete selection of insulin pumps and diabetes supplies and are always available to answer any of your questions.


Diabetes Friendly Fall Recipes

Posted in Diabetes, Diabetes Recipes, Diet and Diabetes, Insulin Pumps, Tips for People with Diabetes

Fall is the perfect time to enjoy new recipes while the weather is cooling down.

Use these diabetes friendly recipes to help you enjoy your favorite foods.

lime honey glazed chicken diabetes friendly

Fall is here! ( Not quite winter although it does look and feel that way for many of us!)

As the weather cools down, it’s the perfect time of year to enjoy a few new recipes. If you have diabetes it might be difficult to find yummy recipes that are diabetes friendly. So, we found a few for you. Enjoy!

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Nothing says Fall like roasted pumpkin seeds! Pumpkin seeds make a tasty yet healthy snack any day of the week. Low in calories, carbs and fat, this snack is perfect for morning or night.

Lime-Honey Glazed Chicken

Cooking healthy for you and your family doesn’t mean you have to give up great flavor. Marinated in a sweet and tangy sauce, this yummy dish is sure to be a family favorite. At less than 300 calories, this chicken dish is also a great source of protein.

Cranberry and Herb Turkey Burgers

Love hamburgers but don’t love all the fat and calories? Then, this recipe is perfect for you! Unlike many other turkey burger recipes, this recipe blends cranberries to create a deliciously moist burger you’ll be salivating to eat.  Plus, these burgers are packed with protein and low on calories!

Garden Vegetable Soup

Soup is perfect on a fall day to help you warm up. This recipe serves 4 people and whether it’s for dinner or lunch, you’ll love how it is packed full of your daily necessary dose of vegetables.

 Easy Party Bruschetta

Believe it or not, you can enjoy carbohydrates guilt-free with this recipe. With fresh tomatoes, this is the perfect dish to enjoy as a snack or appetizer if you’re entertaining guests.

If you have diabetes, you can still enjoy your favorite fall recipes. But as always, remember to balance your diet according to recommendations from your healthcare provider. If you have any questions or concerns, the experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy are available to answer your questions regarding diabetes, insulin pump supplies and diabetes supplies. Contact us today toll-free at 1-866-403-6287.



Focus Express Mail Pharmacy New Patient and Referral Program

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


gift card

At Focus Express Mail Pharmacy, we are just like your neighborhood pharmacy, only more convenient. We carry a large inventory of prescription medications, blood glucose testing supplies, and  insulin pump supplies. And we’re just one toll-free phone call away. Focus Express Mail Pharmacy even offers a generous new patient and referral program.

 In our new patient and referral program, every new patient receives a $50 gift card for American Express, Home Depot, Sears, or Best Buy  with their first order. If you refer a new patient with qualified insurance, you will receive a $100 gift card. Refer 5 new patients and you will receive an extra $100 gift card!

 Getting Started

  • Have your referral call toll-free 1-866-403-6287 Monday through Friday 9-5 EST. You will always speak with a live person.
  • Have your referral mention your name. The friendly Focus Express Mail Pharmacy staff will then check to see if your referral’s insurance qualifies.
  • A pharmacist will contact the referral’s physician for medications and check for allergies and interactions. Then, the pharmacist will carefully and accurately fill the prescriptions.
  • Orders are then shipped for FREE! Need it soon? We also ship overnight!
  • Once insurance deductibles are met, we will accept the insurance company’s payment in full, where allowed. You pay No Co-Pay!
  • You and the referral are mailed your gift card(s)!

We encourage you to start referring your friends today and if you are not a current customer, we encourage you to give us a try. We can meet all of your pharmacy needs.

Have questions? Contact us today at 1-866-403-6287 or visit our website at www.focuspharmacy.comWith 100 years of combined pharmacy experience under our belt, we can provide the best service not only to you but to your friends and family! 




Picking the Perfect Insulin Pump

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

Especially when getting your first insulin pump, it might be difficult to know where to start. Learn to pick the pump that matches your needs and your lifestyle.

Choosing an insulin pump can be difficult. There’s a lot to consider and this piece of technology can have a huge impact on your health and quality of life so you want to make the right choice. Especially if you’re buying your first pump, it might be difficult to know where to start. We’re here to help! Here are some tips to help you pick the right pump to match your needs and your lifestyle.

What should you look for in an insulin pump?

There are many features to consider. Here are a few:

  • Ease of use: Is the pump easy to use? Can you easily see the screen?
  • Capacity: Does it hold enough insulin for your needs?
  • Appearance: Are you comfortable with the size and weight of the insulin pump?
  • Features: What are the temporary basal settings, for example?
  • Customer service: Does the company offer 24-hour support?

Consult the experts.

Once you have narrowed down your search, consult with your doctor and our experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy to get a professional opinion on the insulin pumps you are considering. It’s the best way to learn in detail, the differences between the different pumps that are available.

For instance, if you’re looking for safety features, performance, and convenience, the Animas IR 1250 may be the right insulin pump for you. If specially fine-tuned insulin delivery is what you’re looking for, consider the Medtronic MiniMed Paradigm Revel Insulin Pump. Need a detailed history of your insulin and blood sugar? The ACCU-CHEK® Spirit insulin pump system offers a history recall of the last 30 boluses, last 30 alerts and errors, last 30 daily insulin totals, and last 30 temporary basal rate increases and decreases and an infrared port for wireless data transfer. If you’re looking to be extra discreet, the OmniPod® Insulin Management System is a good choice because it is the first tube-free insulin pump system.

Don’t feel overwhelmed. With more than 50 combined years of experience with insulin pumps, the experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy are here to help. We can answer all your questions regarding diabetes, insulin pumps and diabetes supplies. Call toll-free 1-866-403-6287.

Diabetes-Friendly Tailgating Recipes

Posted in Diabetes Advice, Diabetes Recipes, Diet and Diabetes, Tips for People with Diabetes

Make one of these mouth-watering tailgate recipes that are both easy-to-make and diabetes-friendly.

 diabetes recipes for tailgating

Fall is finally showing it’s colors and that means we’re in the heart of the football season. And with football comes tailgating alongside your family, friends, and fans just like you.You’ll likely face your fair share of tempting tailgate treats this season but you don’t have to deprive yourself completely. Instead, simply nosh on delicious tailgating recipes like those below. They’re taste bud friendly and diabetes-friendly too!

 Apricot Chicken Wings

apricot chicken wings for diabetes recipes

Can’t decide if you’re craving something sweet or spicy? Satisfy both cravings with this chicken wings recipe that will literally have you licking your fingers; it’s that good. With just six ingredients and the most simple of instructions, it makes the perfect finger food for any tailgate or fall party. The chicken serves as a healthy protein and the garlic is low in calories, but rich in vitamins and antioxidants. Serve these prize-winning wings with celery for even more health benefits.

Mini Nacho Cups

mini nacho cups diabetes recipes

Imagine getting the perfect bite of nachos every time. These little nacho cups make the food-lover’s dream a reality. Filled with just the right amount of guacamole, tomatoes, cheese, and green onions, each tortilla chip is a tiny bit of happiness all on its own. Eight of these miniature nacho cups equal just one fat exchange and one starch exchange. That means you can enjoy this traditional tailgate food with just a few tweaks while keeping your glucose levels under control.

Creamy Spinach Dip

creamy spinach dip for diabetes recipes

What could be better than a creamy spinach dip that rivals the one offered at your favorite restaurant? A healthier version, of course! With an ingredient list that includes shallots, spinach, chives, and yogurt, this creamy dip is chock-full of nutrition. It takes just 15 minutes to prepare and is a very versatile side; meaning it’s delicious with either pita chips or your favorite sliced veggies. This dip also tastes great for up to three days if refrigerated, making it a tasty AND convenient option for your next tailgate party.

Fresh Salsa

fresh salsa for diabetes recipes

A party isn’t a party unless there’s salsa involved, whether it’s served at a tailgate or not! This fresh salsa is just that – FRESH. Made of whole, healthy ingredients including tomatoes, green onions, and jalapenos, it helps make sure you get your vegetable servings for the day. At the same time, the cilantro and lime juice combine to pack a little punch. At just 20 calories a serving, it helps weight-watchers as well. Talk about a delightfully healthy side that just happens to be diabetes-friendly too.

Whether you have diabetes or know someone who does, remember that a diagnosis doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy life’s simple pleasures. A tailgate party with your favorite people is one of those. So get ready to cheer on your team and try a few of the tasty tailgate recipes above. For questions about diabetes, insulin pumps or diabetes supplies, contact Focus Express Mail Pharmacy at www.FocusPharmacy.com or 1-866-403-6287. We’d love to share our expertise in helping you manage your disease and achieve optimal health.


Is It Time To Transition To An Insulin Pump?

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

Have you been thinking of switching to an insulin pump? This article will help you figure out if it could be right for you.

joel thinking about an insulin pump

 You may be wondering if it is time to transition to an insulin pump. To help you with this decision, how many of these diabetes related questions do you answer, “yes” to?

  • Has your A1C been hovering on the high side for a while?
  • Is your blood sugar difficult to control?
  • Are you physically active and have an unpredictable schedule?
  • Have you tried everything and still have consistently high blood glucose levels in the morning?

If you answered yes to even one of these questions, it means you should probably give some serious thought to using an insulin pump.  If you haven’t already, take a look at two of our past posts to learn even more about transitioning to an insulin pump:

In this post we’ll cover some basic information to show you why an insulin pump might be right for you.

How an Insulin Pump Works

There are different types of insulin pumps. Some insulin pumps have tubing connected to a cannula that is then inserted into the skin, but there are also pumps that do not have tubes. The pump can be programmed to release small doses of insulin continuously (basal), or a bolus dose close to mealtime to control the rise in blood glucose.

Benefits of Using an Insulin Pump

The benefits of using an insulin pump are many and according to the American Diabetes Association, they include:

  • Eliminates need for individual insulin injections,
  • More accurate injections,
  • Improved A1C,
  • Fewer large swings in blood glucose levels, and
  • Easier control of blood glucose levels when exercising.

With all these benefits, you owe it to yourself to at least check out your insulin pump options.

You Are Not Alone

When you begin looking at insulin pumps, you might find it overwhelming as there are many different models to choose from. Changing how you manage your diabetes can also be scary and intimidating, but know that you are not alone. Focus Express Mail Pharmacy is here to help you as you look for and begin using an insulin pump and we will answer your questions about diabetes, insulin pumps, and diabetes supplies.

Put our more than 50 combined years of experience with insulin pumps and over 100 combined years of experience with diabetes supplies and prescription medications to work for you to make sure you choose the insulin pump that is right for you. Call 1-866-403-6287 to talk to us and get your questions answered.