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Eating Carbs at the END of Your Meal Might Be Good for Your Health

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

You might want to save that dinner roll for AFTER dinner. A recent study published in the American Diabetes Association Diabetes Care Journal found that eating carbohydrates at the end of your meal could help to reduce glucose and insulin levels.

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The study was conducted to determine if the order in which different types of food (proteins, vegetables and carbohydrates) are consumed has an impact on glucose and insulin levels. Although the results are preliminary, the study did find a relationship between when carbohydrates are consumed in the meal and glucose and insulin levels.

The Study

Using a diabetes-friendly meal of proteins, carbohydrates and vegetables, the study looked how food order impacted glucose and insulin levels in overweight and obese adults with type 2 diabetes. After a 12 hour fast, the participants were given a meal with an equal amount of calories divided between protein, carbohydrates and fat, on two separate days, a week apart. During the first test, the food order was ciabatta bread and orange juice followed 15 minutes later by grilled skinless chicken, a lettuce and tomato salad and steamed broccoli. Blood was sampled before the meal to get a baseline and then30, 60 and 120 minutes after the start of the meal. In the second test, the order was reversed.

The Results

The study found that glucose levels were 37% lower an hour after the meal when protein and vegetables were consumed first, before carbohydrates. Insulin levels were also significantly lower when protein and vegetables were consumed first. According to the study, the effect of the food order on glucose was similar to using prescription drugs to target after-meal glucose levels.

What this means for you

Although the results are preliminary and will need to be tested on a larger focus group, the study may indicate that eating proteins and vegetables first in the meal, before carbohydrates, can benefit your health. As always, we recommend you consult with a healthcare professional before making any changes to your diet.

If you have questions, the experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy are available to answer your questions regarding diabetes, insulin supplies and diabetes supplies. Contact us at 1-866-403-6287 or visit www.FocusPharmacy.com.

 

Diabetes and Your Diet: Separating Fact from Fiction

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

As someone living with diabetes, it’s hard to know what information about your diet you should trust. Here are some things you may not know.

 food cravings

If you have diabetes, there’s a lot of information available on the subject, both good and bad. This is especially true when it comes to questions about what you can eat. It’s sometimes hard to know which advice you should follow.

Unfortunately, the truth is that some of what you hear about diabetes and your diet is outdated information or sometimes just untrue. For many with diabetes, there is really no need to eat differently than other members of the family – as long as your family eats a healthy, balanced diet.

Dealing with Food Cravings

As someone with diabetes, one of the worst things you can do is to completely deny yourself of the foods that you love. When you cut out all sugar and carbohydrates from your diet, it can lead to bad choices, such as craving foods that are high in sugar or fat. Current diabetes nutrition guidelines allow for “special occasion” treats or indulgences that you might not think that you can eat – as long as it’s part of a healthy diet.

Just like sugars, if starchy foods are your weakness there is no need to eliminate them from your diet completely.  Some starchy foods, such as pastas and rice, are an important source of carbohydrates – the body’s energy source. As with any food, the key is not to overindulge and to keep an eye on your blood glucose to ensure it remains at a healthy level.

Fatty Foods

Although it’s ok to treat yourself to a small sweet or enjoy some pasta, you do still want to keep an eye on your fat intake. When you eat foods that are too high in fat it slows your digestion down, which can make it harder for your insulin to do its job. Saturated and trans fat, fats often found in butter, shortening, red meat and fast foods, should be avoided as much as possible.

Having diabetes doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy eating. As long as you are eating a healthful diet of fruits, vegetables and lean proteins, it’s ok to treat yourself from time to time! Of course, it’s always best to check with your doctor when making any changes to your diet, or if you have specific medical questions.

With more than 50 combined years of experience with insulin pumps and over 100 combined years of experience with diabetes supplies and prescription medications, the professionals at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy are here to help! Their experienced and knowledgeable personnel are always ready to answer questions about diabetes, insulin pumps and supplies.

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

 

Guide to Popular Insulin Pumps: Part Two

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

With countless insulin pumps on the market it’s hard to know which is right for you. Don’t make your decision in haste, learn more before you buy.

 

 accuchek pump

Insulin pumps are a great way for those living with diabetes to control their insulin levels. They take away the need for individual insulin injections and can help delivery insulin more accurately. They also work well for those with an active lifestyle or who desire more flexibility. Last month we shared five pumps that are popular among users and available through Focus Express Pharmacy. Today, we’re offering several more suggestions to find the insulin pump that is right for you.

Four More Insulin Pumps to Consider

  • Roche Insulin Delivery Systems Accu-Chek Combo The Accu-Chek system combines a blood glucose meter with an insulin pump allowing the user to easily check glucose levels and operate the insulin pump remotely. The combination supports insulin therapy management and is discreet as touching the pump is not necessary. Additionally the Accu-Chek system incorporates Bluetooth technology for two-way communication between the insulin meter and pump as well as one of the largest insulin cartridges on the market – holding up to 315 unites of insulin.
  •  Sooil Development Dana Diabecare IIS – Managing an illness such as diabetes can be costly making the Dana Diabecare IIS a pump worth considering for those on a tight budget. The pump is one of the more affordable pumps on the market. The pump itself is lightweight and functions with an easy to read display. There are multiple tubing lengths and connection anchoring options available. That being said it does have fewer basal rate delivery options than other brands and the maximum range it can reach is 16 U/hr. You will want to speak with your doctor about your needs before making a decision on this device.
  •  Tandem Diabetes Care T:flex – The T:flex is one of the newest pumps in the U.S. marketplace having been released in June 2015. It was designed for those needing more than 80 units of U-100 insulin a day. It has a 480-unit reservoir and 60-unit maximum bolus, as well as a touch screen interface.  For teenagers with Type 1 diabetes and many people who have Type 2 diabetes this pump is a good option.
  •  Tandem Diabetes Care T:slim – The T:slim was the first insulin pump with a touch screen mimicking that of a smart phone. It has a 300 unit reservoir and enough power to last up to seven days. You won’t need to constantly buy new batteries as the built-in batteries are rechargeable – it’s the only pump on the market to offer this feature. It also has a micro-USB port for charging and transferring data.

Still Unsure?

If you’re still searching for the perfect insulin pump, make sure to read our prior post where we shared more suggestions. A complete buyer’s guide is also available from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Take your time to discover which insulin pump will work the best for you and your health needs.

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 many years. They can answer your questions about diabetes, insulin pumps, supplies, and more.

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

 

 

Continuous Glucose Monitoring and Insulin Pumps: What You Need to Know

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

Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) devices are an important part of diabetes supplies for some people who need to keep an especially close eye on their condition.

 

 CGM

With new advancements in continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) systems, diabetes management is becoming much easier, very quickly. Currently, although not for everyone, CGM devices are an important part of diabetes supplies for some people, especially those who need to keep a close eye on their insulin levels.

Monitoring Levels Continuously with CGM

Here’s how they work. The CGM system uses a tiny sensor that is inserted just under the skin, usually painlessly. Working wirelessly with a remote device, the sensor gathers information on your blood glucose levels day and night, collecting readings about every five minutes.

 Available Now

CGM devices are currently FDA approved and available by prescription. They are more expensive than traditional glucose monitoring  but when combined with periodic finger sticks (at least one finger prick is needed every 12 hours to calibrate the CGM), can give some people with diabetes and their doctors a more complete picture of glucose levels throughout the day.

Other Benefits

If you’re like many who use insulin pumps and a CGM system is recommended for you, there’s good news. Many pumps can be linked to the CGM device. Rather than manually programming your pump, it will be activated at the right time through your CGM system.

What does the future hold for diabetes supplies?

Scientists are continuing to test and develop new CGM systems with the goal of combining glucose monitoring and insulin delivery automatically, much like a healthy human pancreas does naturally. Ultimately, although not a cure, an artificial pancreas could significantly improve the care of those with diabetes, making the condition much more easily managed.

With more than 50 combined years of experience with insulin pumps and over 100 combined years of experience with diabetes supplies and prescription medications, the professionals at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy can help YOU with insulin pump questions or concerns.

Give them a call at  1-866-403-6287. They have a complete selection of insulin pumps and diabetes supplies and are available to answer all of your questions.

www.FocusPharmacy.com

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.

 

 fruit salad photo

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.

insulin pump new minimed

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!

happy father's day

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.

summertime drinks

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.

 summertime

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