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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.  

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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

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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.

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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.

 

Diabetic Dabs- A Disposable, Inexpensive, Convenient, Breakthrough for Blood Glucose Testing.

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

This is a great idea and Liz is a great mom. Here’s her story!

My name is Liz Sacco and I am a mother of four lovable and energetic boys. In March of 2011 my oldest son David was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Prior to his diagnosis, I had not had anyone close to me living with this disease. As a family, we were faced with a lot of unknowns. In the process of adjusting our lifestyle, and David’s remarkable resolve to living with diabetes, I soon realized there was a constant struggle in finding a clean and easy way for him to remove the excess blood from his finger after blood glucose testing. As anyone with diabetes can tell you, testing your blood sugar levels is a regular part of every day. With David being a young and active boy, he tests his blood minimally six times a day. I attempted to find an efficient solution to help simplify his testing routine. I tried placing a travel size Kleenex in his case, which was much too cumbersome. I put a single tissue in his case, which wastefully he would throw out after just one use. I felt not only were we trying to balance his new lifestyle, but we had an added aggravation with where to wipe his finger after the blood glucose testing. Being a typical nine year old boy, David resorted to wiping his finger on the inside of his case or on his clothes. Two years later, with testing his blood minimally six times a day, that adds up to over 4000 pieces of stained clothes and a very blood soaked case!

After diligently searching for two years for a solution to this simple problem, I decided to develop Diabetic Dabs™. I started my company with the hopes of making a positive impact in the lives of those living with diabetes. As a member of the diabetes community, I am passionate about helping to simplify and improve the lives of families like ours. As such, a portion of the proceeds from Diabetic Dabs™ will be donated to diabetes research.

Diabetic Dabs are also available at www.FocusPharmacy.com or

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Healthy Eating with Strawberries

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

Enjoy these diabetes friendly recipes filled with strawberries, a fruit packed with vitamin C, high levels of antioxidants and fiber. It’s perfect for eating well.

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The sunshine and warmer weather of spring means the abundant return of a favorite fruit of summer to the grocery store: strawberries. As you pass those beautiful strawberries in the produce aisle why not pluck a few and try some of these fabulous diabetes friendly strawberry recipes? Rich with antioxidants, vitamin C, and packed with fiber despite their size, these little rubies are more than just beauties – they’re good for you, too.

These Strawberry-Orange Surprise Cupcakes are the perfect little cupcake for any event. Whether you’re hosting a picnic or serving your family, everyone will love the vibrant flavor with low-sugar orange marmalade and sweet fresh strawberries. Each recipe makes 12 servings with just 26 carbs per cupcake.

This Salmon Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette is the perfect pairing for a light lunch or dinner. Packed with 16 grams of protein, this salad is as beautiful as it is delicious. Salmon and strawberries rest atop mixed salad greens and fresh basil, sprinkled with chopped pecans.

Super Berry Smoothies are perfect for cooling off poolside. They combine blackberries, raspberries, and pomegranate juice along with fresh strawberries so they’re packed with berry flavor and vitamins. Just whip them up in the blender and you have a refreshing drink your poolside buddies can enjoy in an instant.

If you want to make your house smell like Mom’s, a Glazed Strawberry Pie is sure to do the trick. Each serving contains 1 fat, one-half fruit exchange, and the flavor is out of this world. This dessert is sure to have your family running to the table any night of the week.

Strawberry Cheesecake Tartlets are the perfect little snack, providing 3 total grams of fat. This recipe makes 24 at a time, so they’re quick and easy to store. Whip up a batch on Sunday and have them for the family for an entire week.

Try Pita Crisps with Strawberry Spread for a super-yummy snack. The shredded orange peel is a fine companion to the strawberry and cream cheese spread. Once the cinnamon-sprinkled pita hits your tongue your taste buds will be dancing the meringue while you benefits from 2 grams of fiber from this healthy little treat.

Eating with diabetes can be fresh and fun. And remember, if you ever have questions about diabetes, insulin pumps and supplies, the experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy have a combined 150 years of experience answering them. Call them today, toll-free,  at 1-866-403-6287 and their friendly associates will happily field all of your questions.

 

Fact or Fiction: Insulin Pump Therapy Truth Revealed

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

Revealing the truth about insulin pump therapy and explaining how insulin pumps can make insulin therapy much more convenient for responsible candidates

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Those considering insulin pump therapy often have many questions that need answering. Many are concerned that it will be obvious to the world that they are wearing an insulin pump, or that they have diabetes. Here are some common myths about insulin pump therapy and the facts about them.

Myth #1: Anyone can use an insulin pump.

  • Fact: Using an insulin pump requires certain changes to your insulin therapy.  Ideal candidates are those who are both physically and mentally ready to incorporate the pump, and learn how to use it.  Those who already have a strong support team in place do best.

Myth #2: With an insulin pump, I can forget I have diabetes.

  • Fact: As with insulin shots, you must continue to check your blood sugar levels throughout the day. You will also need to set the doses for your insulin based on diet and exercise and adjust it as needed.

Myth #3: Wearing a pump is uncomfortable.

  • Fact: It may take a little getting used to at the beginning, however once you are used to wearing your pump, you are unlikely to notice it until you need to change your infusion set or give yourself a bolus.

Myth #4: People will know I am wearing an insulin pump.

  • Fact: You have tremendous flexibility in where you place your insulin pump, so concealing it is a cinch.  It can be placed on your upper arms, legs, upper abdomen, lower abdomen, below your belly button, upper behind, or even on your hips.  With so many choices you will be able to find a place that is both comfortable and easy to hide as your clothing changes with the seasons.

Insulin pump therapy may be right for you if you currently monitor your blood glucose levels regularly, record your blood glucose and insulin doses, and regularly visit your healthcare team.

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, diabetes supplies, and more. Call us today at 1-866-403-6287.

 

 

Healthy Vegetarian Meal Planning

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

Studies indicate that a vegetarian diet encourages a healthy weight and also improves blood sugar control and insulin response for people with Diabetes

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 A vegetarian diet offers many health benefits for everyone. It promotes a healthy weight and decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases. Studies indicate that for those managing diabetes, a vegetarian diet also improves blood sugar control and insulin response. There are a few different types of vegetarian diets but if you decide it’s right for you, you’ll find a vegetarian diet offers many delectable options to enjoy. Take a look at the recipes below and add them to your menu today.

  • The Crunch Time Veggie Wrap is as colorfully festive as it is tasty. The recipe only makes one serving so it is easy to create a quick lunch for work with just 28 carbs per serving.
  • If your taste buds are craving something a little sweeter, they will love a Beet, Carrot, and Apple Salad. With walnut halves nestled among parsley, this slaw-like salad is lovely enough to serve for a dinner party with only 112 calories per serving.
  • Sweet Pepper-Green Onion Quesadillas are a perfect comfort food and healthy at the same time because they only have 12 carbs. Whip them up on a busy weeknight and the whole family will run to the table.
  • This Jamaican Red Bean Soup is easy to make and with six servings you will have enough left over to pack for lunch the next day. It has an estimated glycemic load of 8 and packs a variety of yummy vegetables.
  • Try this Asparagus Polenta Bake for an elegant and healthy side dish. It is easy to make and brings five grams of protein. You will enjoy the flavorings of Portobello mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes, as well.
  • This recipe for Vegetable Lasagna is another feast for the eyes and the tummy. Invite some friends over and enjoy this beautiful dish with only eight grams of fat per serving.

If you are considering changing to a vegetarian diet, it may be helpful to speak with a dietician who can help you create an eating plan that incorporates all the nutrients you need to maintain a healthy weight or lose weight. If your goal is to lose weight, it is important to stay within an appropriate calorie range.

We are available at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy to answer any questions you may have about diabetes, diabetes supplies or insulin pumps.

Call 1-866-403-6287 and let us help you today!

 

 

 

Tips to Conceal Your Insulin Pump

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

Your insulin pump may not be the season’s hottest new accessory. Use these tips to help you hide your pump and keep your confidence.

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Let’s face it. Your insulin pump is probably not this season’s hottest accessory, and for many people, its visible appearance can cause physical insecurity and embarrassment.  While around the abdomen is often suggested, you don’t always have to play by the rules.  Remember, a little e creativity can go a long way! With summer just around the corner, use these tips to help you discreetly hide your pump and regain your confidence.

Long shirts Hook the pump onto the waist of your skirt or pants and let your long shirt flow over it. Many people opt for the side of the body, because it tends to have less visibility in that location.

 Pockets. If you are wearing shorts or pants with several pockets, such as cargo pants, it’s easy to place your insulin pump in a pocket and tuck in the tubing.

 Undergarments. If you are preparing for a special occasion and wearing a dress, you can also place your insulin pump clipped to the center of your bra. There is also the option to hook the pump on the front of your underwear near your hip. A thigh strap can also be a good option to connect your pump to and conceal underneath a dress. Whether, it’s a fancy night our or a casual dress wearing day at the office, these locations can always be utilized.

Socks. Yes, you can even place your pump in your sock! This might seem like an uncomfortable location, but it can be done.

While these tips should help you conceal your pump more easily, having diabetes and living with a pump is nothing to be ashamed of.  If you’re looking for pump accessories, Focus Express Mail Pharmacy has a wide variety of accessories available including pump paks and slip clips.

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

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

 

 

 

 

What You Need to Know about Pre-Diabetes

Posted in Diabetes, Diabetes Advice, Diabetes Conditions, Diabetes testing supplies, Diet and Diabetes, Exercise and Diabetes, Obesity and Diabetes, Tips for People with Diabetes, Type 2 diabetes
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Learn more about pre-diabetes and lifestyle changes that you can make to improve your overall health and reduce your chance of getting diabetes.

When you think of pre-diabetes, just consider it a warning sign of sorts. It isn’t a guarantee you’ll later receive a diabetes diagnosis. In fact, it’s quite the opposite since it provides you the opportunity to make changes that will actually decrease your likelihood of getting Type 2 diabetes. Read on to learn what pre-diabetes is really all about.

 

What it Is

Just as the phrase implies, pre-diabetes simply means your glucose – or blood sugar – level is higher than the normal range, but does not yet fall in the diabetes range. Your body produces insulin, a hormone that helps control your blood sugar. In those with pre-diabetes, that process isn’t working as well as it should. Typically this means you aren’t making enough insulin after eating or that your body isn’t responding to insulin correctly. Some people call this borderline diabetes, but the bottom line is it can be an excellent wake-up call to remind you that without changes to your health, you may eventually be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. But with those changes, you may be able to prevent diabetes altogether.

What it Means for You

The good news is that it’s not too late! Since having pre-diabetes is more like a red flag of sorts, it is possible to improve your health and prevent a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis. By taking care of your well-being and making necessary lifestyle changes, you greatly reduce your risk factors. This includes incorporating exercise and proper nutrition into your daily lifestyle. Try to work out for 30 minutes each day. Aim for aerobic exercise that increases your heart rate. Choose foods that mix lean meats, veggies and whole grains while skipping the sugars and starches. If you can maintain a healthy weight, you’ll also decrease your change of getting diabetes. In fact, losing even 5 -10 percent of your body weight can make a big difference.

Tests you Might Encounter

Having pre-diabetes also means you’ll likely need one or more of the tests described below to allow your healthcare provider to best chart your course of treatment if necessary.

An A1C test lets your physician know what your average blood sugar level was for the past few months. It’s quite painless and doesn’t require fasting or drinking a special liquid. Using this test, diabetes is diagnosed at an A1C of 6.5% or higher. Pre-diabetes is considered an A1C of 5.7 – 6.5%, and a normal result is anything less than 5.7%.

A Fasting Plasma Glucose (FPG) test determines your blood glucose level when fasting. That means you won’t be able to eat or drink anything other than water for eight hours prior to testing. Thankfully, the test is usually performed right away in the morning. Using the FPG test results, diabetes is labeled at 126 mg/dl or higher, while pre-diabetes is 100-125 mg/dl, and a normal reading is anything less than 100 mg/dl.

The Oral Glucose (OGTT) checks your blood glucose level before you drink a certain sweet drink as well as two hours after. It shows how your body processes the glucose. A result of 200 mg/dl after the two hours indicates diabetes, while pre-diabetes is 140 – 199 mg/dl, and a normal result is anything less than 140 mg/dl.

The final test, a Random (or Casual) Plasma Glucose test, is simply a blood check performed any time of the day when you have severe diabetes symptoms. You likely won’t be required to test this particular way while you have just a pre-diabetes diagnosis.

Where to Look for Assistance

You now know which blood glucose tests you might encounter, what pre-diabetes means for you, and how to use it as an opportunity to make changes to your health. However, you might still have questions about diabetes and diabetes supplies. The experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy can help! They’ve helped people manage diabetes for many years and have the answers when it comes to diabetes supplies and insulin pumps. Check them out at www.Focuspharmacy.com or call 1-866-403-6287.

 

Understanding Your Role as a Diabetes Caregiver

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

Quick tips for those getting started as a diabetes caregiver and understanding how to support a loved one with a recent diabetes diagnosis

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A diabetes diagnosis can be mind-boggling for both patient and caregiver. When you work together, the transition to a healthier lifestyle does not have to be overwhelming. The tips below can help you start the journey.

Educate Yourself

Before you can adequately help your loved one embark on this journey, you must understand the challenges of diabetes. Learn as much as you can by visiting sites such as the American Diabetes Association. You will also find blogs like those on Mayo Clinic’s site or Focus Express Mail Pharmacy are not only informative, but offer tremendous support in your time of transition. There are even blogs offering information on insulin pumps, A1C, nutrition, and more.

Communicate

As you and your loved one move forward it is important that you talk about how you both feel.  Provide positive encouragement along the way but voice your concerns as well. It is important that your friend or family member understands that their diabetes affects you, too. But it is equally important to learn to encourage the right way; without nagging. Doing so may cause them to be defensive and damage your relationship.

Form a Partnership

Doing things together makes everything easier. This is a terrific time to start exercising jointly. Consider joining a gym together or finding ways the whole family can exercise at the same time. For instance, have a family bike ride or take a walk after dinner.

Find healthy recipes the family will enjoy and introduce good nutrition for everyone. If you don’t live together, start a healthy recipe exchange and consider having dinner together once a week. You may find that both of your families start eating better.

You can also go to your loved one’s medical appointments. Two heads are better than one when it comes to listening to and remembering medical advice and asking questions.

These lifestyle changes will be healthy for all. The experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy are available to answer any additional questions that may arise. Simply call 1-866-403-6287, toll-free.