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Don’t Let Winter Prevent you from Working Out

Posted in Diabetes, Diabetes Advice, Exercise and Diabetes, Tips for People with Diabetes

Learn how you can help manage your diabetes by staying physically fit even during those long, cold winter months!

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In many parts of the country, wintertime means snowy sidewalks, icy streets, and freezing temps. Whether you experience it, or can imagine it, winter weather can make getting your workout in a little more difficult than usual. Nonetheless, exercise is important year round, even if you don’t have a diabetes diagnosis. So don’t be discouraged, and don’t let the sometimes-bleak winter season keep you from getting fit. Check out these four great ways to get your blood pumping this winter.

Walk Your Way to Health

What’s one exercise that can burn up to 200 calories in just thirty minutes? If you guessed walking, you’re right! Walk at a relaxed pace for thirty minutes and you’ll burn around 100 calories, while a thirty minute brisk walk can burn double that amount. This low-impact workout appeals to many because it essentially can be done anywhere and it’s an excellent way to control one’s weight. That means it can also help in managing your diabetes and preventing complications associated with the disease. When walking outside in the winter, just be sure to dress warmly and wear proper footwear when it’s icy!

Dance it out with Zumba

A very trendy workout option is Zumba, a popular exercise for anyone who loves dancing (and burning calories at the same time). Best described as social exercise, Zumba classes are ideal for those wanting to spend time with others while getting in shape. These classes are held indoors, so there’s no problem if it’s cold outside, and because they are popular, there’s a good chance you can find one or more classes near you. So lace up your ‘dancing’ shoes and give this somewhat new form of exercise a try. You’ll likely have so much fun practicing your moves, you will forget you’re also doing your body a favor!

Swim to Reduce Stress

Head to the nearest pool of water and you’ll instantly find yourself in the perfect place to get fit. Swimming happens to be the fourth most popular exercise in the U.S. and serves as an excellent aerobic workout for your whole body. It reduces your stress levels, gives your joints a break from the pounding of other exercise, and is actually fun too. If you’re not a fan of swimming laps, try a water aerobics class and still enjoy the benefits of water based exercise. Another bonus? Indoor pools at many gyms are heated so you’ll also take the chill off while working out!

Go Find Hidden Treasure

So you say you have a hankering for the outdoors? This last exercise option might just be your pick then. Geocaching is a treasure hunt of sorts that involves a little technology since you’ll need access to Wi-Fi and GPS. Your smart phone’s GPS should easily suffice. Just take your family (or take a solo trip!) and go find the treasures hidden in your area as shown on the official Geocaching website. You’ll all learn a little more about problem-solving and teamwork while enjoying the benefits of being active and being outdoors. You really can’t go wrong with this year-round activity, so bundle up and give it a try.

Just Stay Active!

Diabetes is something you manage year-round and staying fit should be as well. Thankfully, winter doesn’t need to threaten your workouts. Just choose one of the activities above to stay active and, in turn, help manage your diabetes. Make your pursuit of fitness a goal this year and before too long, you may discover you actually enjoy it.

At Focus Express Mail Pharmacy, we’re here to answer all your questions about diabetes as well as insulin pumps and other diabetes supplies. We have experienced pharmacists ready to help you manage your diabetes as we’ve helped others just like you over the years. Simply visit us at  www.FocusPharmacy.com or call, toll-free,  1-866-403-6287 today!

 

How to Recognize Type 1 Diabetes in Your Child

Posted in Children with Diabetes, Diabetes, Diabetes Conditions

If you are concerned that your child might have Type 1 diabetes, use these warning signs to help you recognize a potential diagnosis.

 

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 Diabetes in children is unfortunately all too common. The condition occurs when a child’s pancreas no longer produces the insulin and , in order to survive, insulin must come from an alternative source. It can sometimes be difficult to recognize diabetes in your child, given most kids who have diabetes do not have another family member with it. If you are concerned your child might have diabetes or if you’re a cautious parent, use these warning signs to help you recognize a potential Type 1 diabetes diagnosis in your child.

Weight loss. This might seem contradictory to your pre-conceived ideas around diabetes, but in children, rapid weight loss can be the first sign of Type 1 diabetes, despite eating more than usual to relieve hunger.

Constantly thirsty. This condition happens because a child with undiagnosed Type 1 diabetes is constantly having fluid pulled from their body tissues as their blood-glucose levels rise. The result is extreme thirst. Another indicator is that your child may especially crave sweet, cold drinks.

Frequent bathroom trips. If you’re noticing your child take more bathroom trips than normal, this can also be a telling sign of Type 1 diabetes. Urination is more frequent when there is too much glucose in the blood.

Fatigue. Becoming easily tired can occur quickly if your child’s cells are deprived of sugar. This is another warning sign.

Irritability or unusual behavior. Children with Type 1 diabetes can become moody or irritable quickly as a result of unbalanced and/or low glucose levels in their system.

If you recognize any or all of these signs in your child, you should consult your healthcare provider immediately.

If your child is diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, the experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy are available to help. We are available 24/7 to answer your questions. Specifically, our expertise is in diabetes and  the medications and supplies needed by a person with diabetes. Contact us today at 1-866-403-6287 or visit us at www.FocusPharmacy.com

 

 

 

 

Fix it and Forget it Diabetes-Friendly Recipes

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

There’s nothing better than coming home to the smell of a home-cooked meal! One great way to do that is to use a crock pot to slow cook all day while you go about work or play. Here are some diabetes-friendly crock pot recipes so you can enjoy the delicious taste of a home-cooked meal while helping you to manage your diabetes by eating healthy.

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Beef Brisket in Ale

This simple recipe is perfect for game day sandwiches. Combining delicious brisket with beer, this meal serves 10, making it great for a party. This recipe is tasty with or without a sandwich roll.

Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore

This recipe for a classic comfort food is simple and easy with only seven ingredients. With only 170 calories plus 16 grams of protein per serving, this light meal is sure to keep you full. Pair with a side of whole wheat pasta to complete a diabetes-healthy meal.

Winter Minestrone

Chock full of winter vegetables, this soup makes for a low-calorie, healthy meal and is perfect at the end of a cold, winter day. Enjoy the tastes of the season with butternut squash, potatoes, fennel bulbs, garlic and kale or spinach in this savory soup.

Spinach, Chicken, and Wild Rice Soup

This flavorful, creamy soup only has 216 calories per serving and serves six. Change it up by swapping out the chicken with leftover turkey.  Fresh spinach adds a great source of magnesium, which aids in a healthy immune system, to this meal.

Sesame-Ginger Turkey Wraps

This is a diabetes-friendly take on an Asian favorite. Packed with flavor, this recipe makes 12 servings, enough to feed a crowd or save for a future meal. Don’t have turkey on hand? Make an easy swap with chicken instead.

 

Do you have questions about diabetes? We can help! With more than 50 combined years of experience with insulin pumps and over 100 combined years of experience with diabetes supplies and prescription medications, Focus Express Mail Pharmacy experts are available to help you with your diabetes management. Give us a call or visit us today at 1-866-403-6287 or www.FocusPharmacy.com

 

Avoiding Type 2 Diabetes as an Older Adult

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

The chance of a type 2 diabetes diagnosis increases with age, but it’s never too late to make lifestyle changes to improve your overall health and beat the odds.

The older you get your chance of being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes increases. Approximately 25 percent of adults over the age of 60 have Type 2 diabetes; however, it’s never too late to make critical lifestyle changes to minimize the likelihood of a diabetes diagnosis. It’s a new year and the perfect time to adjust your everyday habits that could have a big impact on your total health.

 One of the most important things you can do to manage your health is maintain a healthy  weight. Being overweight substantially increases your chance of developing Type 2 diabetes along with several other health problems including cardiovascular disease and stroke.

To help you lose weight and continue to maintain a healthy weight, consider these tips:

  • Maintain a healthy balance between caloric intake and physical activity. Burn more calories than you eat!
  • Eat breakfast every day. Forcing yourself to eat breakfast helps you avoid over eating throughout the day and balances out your total daily caloric intake.
  • Keep a record of what you eat along with your physical activity. This helps you better understand how your food intake and exercise affect you, while helping you to work towards a healthier balance.
  • Choose healthy foods in your diet including whole grains, cereals, fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as lean cuts of meat.
  • Avoid breads, grains and heavy starches.
  • Get active! Physical activity enhances your overall health by reducing your stress, lowering your blood pressure and your blood glucose. This can significantly lower your chance of getting Type 2 diabetes. Working out doesn’t have to be boring! Try swimming, dancing or hiking.

Remember, it is never too late to make important lifestyle changes that can enhance your overall health and lower your chance of a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. You can do this! If you already have diabetes, the experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy are here to help. We are available to answer all of your questions about diabetes and diabetes supplies including insulin pumps.

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

 

 

Important Insulin Pump Information for First Time Users

Posted in Diabetes, Exercise and Diabetes, Humor in Diabetes, Obesity and Diabetes, Tips for People with Diabetes, Uncategorized

Your insulin pump is a powerful tool to help you more easily manage your diabetes. It delivers a small, continuous stream of insulin to your body day and night and is programmed to match your body’s needs.

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Now that you’ve decided to start using an insulin pump, you should take a look at this list of things that you need to be doing.

1.Find the right insulin pump for you- There are different insulin pumps for different lifestyles. You need to make sure you do your research so you find the right insulin pump for you.

Things to consider when looking for an insulin pumps:

  1.  Ease of use: Is the screen easily visible? Are the buttons easy to find and press?
  2. Capacity: How much insulin does the pump hold? Is it enough for you?
  3. Appearance: Is the pump the right size and weight for you?
  4. Features: Are there special features – like temporary basal settings – that you are looking for?
  5. Customer service: What kind of support does the company offer? Is it available 24 hours a day?

There’s a lot to consider, so be sure to find answers to all of these questions.

 2.Determine the placement of your pump

You’ll want to figure out where you want to wear your pump. Although it is often worn around the hip area, you have options and should change your site every two to three days. Some good locations on your body to put your pump include your lower abdomen, lower back, back of your legs, and your hip area.

3.Take precaution when exercising

You will have to work harder to stay within your target range for blood glucose while exercising. Make sure you understand how the type of exercise you take part in can affect your blood glucose. Exercise that requires bursts of energy may actually increase your blood glucose levels while endurance exercise may lower it. Make sure you understand how your workout will change your blood glucose level.

Also, do your research so you can understand how your pump can help you manage your blood glucose while exercising. Some pumps, for instance, can deliver an extra bolus of insulin. Know your pump and how it can work best for you and your lifestyle.

4.Check your pump regularly

Make sure you check your insulin pump to confirm it is working correctly.  Start by checking your infusion site for irritation. Changing your injection site every two to three days will help prevent irritation

You should also monitor your insulin pump to ensure that the basal program is running, that there is no error message, and that you are receiving the correct doses.

 5.Stay calm if your pump malfunctions

Prepare for potential pump malfunctions by keeping a troubleshooting guide on hand at all times to reference. Print out a copy of it to keep in your car or luggage and think about saving it electronically on your phone and laptop. If you suspect a mechanism malfunction, contact your pump company immediately.

Still have questions? We are here to help. The experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy  have been helping people manage their diabetes for many years and are available to answer questions about diabetes, insulin pumps, and supplies. Simply call our friendly customer service reps toll-free at 1-866-403-6287 Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm eastern time. You will always get to talk to a real person.

 

 

Comfort Food to Make Your Mouth Water and Your Glucose Monitor Happy

Posted in Diabetes, Diabetes Advice, Diabetes Recipes, Diet and Diabetes, Obesity and Diabetes, Tips for People with Diabetes, Type 2 diabetes

These comfort food recipes give people with diabetes options for eating gastronomically pleasing options so they do not have to sacrifice good flavor for health

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Your diet may have changed since your diabetes diagnosis but your taste buds certainly did not.  Eating healthily doesn’t mean food has to be flavorless.  There are many options for delighting your culinary senses and keeping the whole family happy.

Let’s start with a dish that is as lovely as it is delicious.  Skillet Skirt Steak with Balsamic Cherry Tomatoes takes little time to prepare and looks beautiful when adorned with cherry tomatoes.  Serve it for a quick weeknight dinner or even thrill guests at a weekend gathering.  Either way, this dish is gastronomically pleasing for all and healthy to boot.

In the mood for a little comfort food?  Try this Grilled Cheese Sandwich with a Mexican flair.  Enjoy the creamy cheese with the kick of green chilies and cool cilantro.  It all sounds yummy yet it’s a diabetes power-food; Fiber and calcium help you burn fat and keep your bones healthy.

On the subject of cheesy goodness, this Down Home Macaroni and Cheese recipe is one your children will enjoy, too.  Have them don aprons and chef hats and get cooking together because this recipe is easy enough for them to bake with you.  With two lean proteins, 2-1/2 carbohydrates, Velveeta, and a little family fun, this recipe can’t be beaten.

Let your crockpot do the work for you and enjoy some tender Slow-Cooker Pot Roast.  Throw it all together in just 15-minutes.  Your crock pot will usher forth a savory blend of carrots, turnips, baby peas, and of course, pot roast.  With hints of horseradish and bay leaves, your stomach will experience culinary glee.  Best of all, this healthy and easy-to-make meal yields 8 servings; cool the leftovers and freeze them for up to three months.

If your family likes to gather for Sunday supper, you may want to try this Diabetes-Friendly Oven Fried Chicken.  The golden, flaky, entrée makes a lovely centerpiece for the dinner table and will be equally tasty for all.  It takes only 20 minutes to prepare the chicken, including the batter made of Crispex rice-corn cereal and broken bagel chips.  The seasoning combines paprika, cayenne, black pepper and Dijon to add a spicy little kick.

If your mouth isn’t watering yet, it should be!  You do not have to sacrifice flavor for health.  If you have questions about diabetes or what to eat the experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy are ready to help.  With more than 50 combined years of experience with insulin pumps and over 100 years of combined experience with diabetes supplies and prescription medications, we have the expertise to help you find diabetes solutions.  Visit us at www.FocusPharmacy.com today or call us toll-free at 1-866-403-6287.

 

 

 

Your Child’s Diabetes Diagnosis: What’s Next?

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

If your child is diagnosed with diabetes, learn how to manage the diagnosis with tips and resources that will help your child continue to live a normal, happy and healthy life.

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 Having a child diagnosed with diabetes can be very overwhelming, scary, intimidating and challenging. However, you are not alone. According to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, there are approximately 3 million Americans living with diabetes and 15 percent of them are children or adolescents. Whether you’re scared or uncertain, here is what’s happening:

Your child’s pancreas is no longer producing insulin and he or she must provide it to their body to regulate blood sugar either through an injection or a pump. This must be done properly to avoid long term damage such as kidney failure. However, diabetes is manageable and there are numerous support organizations and educational resources available to help you and your family manage the diagnosis. Immediately following the diagnosis, use these steps to help you and your child adjust to a new lifestyle.

  •  Get an education. You and your child should fully understand what diabetes is. Meet the members of your child’s diabetes care team and start to learn how to manage the diagnosis. This is called diabetes education. This team of professionals normally includes a doctor, nurse, dietitian and a social worker, who will explain to you specific items and processes that will be important for you to know in order to help your child manage his or her condition. It includes how to accurately measure blood glucose/sugar levels, inject insulin, and how to plan meals. It’s important to work closely with this team.
  • Make decisions. Once you have a solid understanding of the daily changes your child needs to make in order to adjust, you will now have to make a few decisions for your child including choosing between an insulin pump or insulin injections. Your child’s healthcare team may think an insulin pump is a good choice, given a pump allows you to easily adjust insulin intake right away. This is particularly important for children managing diabetes because it allows for spontaneity such as snacks or skipping meals. This flexibility also means your child can get more exercise, which helps his or her body respond better to insulin and blood sugar control.
  • Find support. It’s important to know that there is ongoing support available through organizations such as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and the American Diabetes Association. The ADA provides information to help children and their families adjust to life with diabetes. You may also find it helpful to connect with other parents who have a child with diabetes.

 

If you or your child has recently been diagnosed with diabetes, the experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy are available to answer all of your questions regarding diabetes, diabetes supplies and insulin pumps. Call us today at 1-866-403-6287 or visit us at www.FocusPharmacy.com.

 

 

Surprising Diabetes Statistics

Posted in Diabetes, Diabetes Advice, Diabetes Research, Diabetes Statistics, Diabetes testing supplies, Insulin Pumps, Tips for People with Diabetes, Type 2 diabetes

Learn surprising diabetes statistics regarding the prevalence and growth of diabetes and what you can do to learn more if you are diagnosed with diabetes.

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Diabetes is life changing. When you are first diagnosed, the amount of information you have to learn can sometimes be overwhelming. It may feel like in order to responsibly manage your diabetes, you need to get a Master’s in Endocrinology. That, of course, isn’t the case, but there is a lot to learn. If you’re reading this, you know at least a thing or two about diabetes, but how much do you know?

Growth in Diabetes

Because those with diabetes often manage it in private, diabetes sufferers may be more common than you think. In 2010, there were 25.8 million individuals with diabetes in the United States. As of 2012, however, there were 29.1 million – meaning that about one in eleven individuals in the US have diabetes. That’s a staggering 12.8% increase in just two years.

Undiagnosed Cases

If you have diabetes, you know the importance of closely managing your blood sugar. Consistently mismanaging it has a serious negative impact on your life. Imagine if you couldn’t manage your diabetes well because you never even knew you had it. That’s the situation with over 8 million people in the United States. While 29.1 million have diabetes, only 21 million are diagnosed. This is a worrying statistic for the health of the population of the United States.

Ethnicity and Diabetes

Did you know that ethnicity can be an indication of the likelihood of a diabetes diagnosis? The following are the rates of diagnosed diabetes by ethnic background:

  • 7.6% of non-Hispanic whites
  • 9.0% of Asian Americans
  • 12.8% of Hispanics
  • 13.2% of non-Hispanic blacks
  • 15.9% of American Indians/Alaskan Natives

Diabetes and Death Rates

In case you needed a reminder why careful control of your diabetes is so important, diabetes was the 7th leading cause of death in the Untied States in 2010. Effective management of your blood sugar is an essential part to your ability to lead a long, healthy life.

What You Can Do

By being educated on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle with proper diet and exercise, eliminating smoking, and visiting your physician on a regular basis for health check-ups can help reduce your chance of developing Type II diabetes.

If you already have diabetes, it is especially important to work closely with your healthcare team.

The experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy are available to help answer your questions about diabetes, insulin pumps, and supplies on our website or at 1-866-403-6287. Visit the Focus Express Facebook page and become a fan for helpful information on products, recipes, studies on diabetes, and more.

 

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. 

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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.  

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 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.