Fewer cases of diabetes are being reported in recent years. However, the epidemic is not over!!

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The number of new diabetes cases being reported has declined for the fifth year straight. After decades of increases, this is a positive sign according to health care professionals. In 2014, 1.4 million people were diagnosed with diabetes, which is down from 1.7 million new cases reported in 2009. While the statistics are great news, they don’t mean the epidemic has ended.

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Read all about how breastfeeding your child might help you avoid Type 2 diabetes after giving birth.

 

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You’ve probably already heard all about the benefits breastfeeding provides newborns, but did you know the benefits don’t stop with your baby? If you suffered from gestational diabetes during pregnancy, new studies show that breastfeeding can actually help you too!

Breastfeeding Study’s Promising Findings

Researchers discovered that moms with previously-diagnosed gestational diabetes who breastfed for two or more months after their baby’s birth had lowered odds of later developing type 2 diabetes. Even better news? The longer the women breast-fed, the lower the odds became.

It’s important to note that the study didn’t reveal breastfeeding actually caused a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes; it simply found a link between the two. The research team followed nearly a thousand women two years after they experienced gestational diabetes and childbirth. Almost 12 percent of them developed type 2 diabetes, with those who exclusively breast-fed having a 54% lower risk than those that did not breastfeed at all. Those who fed their babies even some breastmilk in addition to formula still reduced their odds by a third compared to those feeding formula only.

The length of time the moms breastfed mattered too. Those who breastfed between two and 10 months had half the risk of developing diabetes, with those breastfeeding more than 10 months showing an even further reduced risk.

How Breastfeeding Affects your Body

All these results and percents show that breastfeeding can yield benefits for those moms who had gestational diabetes, but how exactly does it work in the body? Lactating gives the body’s insulin-producing cells a rest since they don’t have to make so much insulin in order to lower blood glucose. According to the study’s lead researcher, breastfeeding uses up glucose and fat because the blood transfers those nutrients to the breast tissue to facilitate milk production. He likens breastfeeding to giving the body a recovery period and providing a reset for the body’s metabolism after the metabolic chaos of pregnancy subsides.

Sometimes women with complications such as gestational diabetes find it difficult to focus on breastfeeding or they have other complications that make it difficult. Finding support from a physician or lactation consultant can be essential to successful breastfeeding. Remember that other lifestyle factors can reduce future risk for diabetes, too. These include weight loss, increased activity, and dietary changes.

Use the Resources Available to You

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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.

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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.

 

 

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.

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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

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

Learn why physical activity is especially important for older adults with diabetes and how to get started caring for your body today.

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We all know maintaining a high level of physical activity is important for everyone, regardless of their age or whether they have diabetes. But sometimes, those with the disease underestimate the positive effects of exercise on managing their overall health.  Since more than 25 percent of Americans age 60 and older have diabetes, it’s likely you or a loved one is affected. In fact, almost 400,000 Americans, 65 and over, are diagnosed with diabetes each year. Those in this age group can improve their overall health by incorporating exercise into their diabetes care plan.

What are the Benefits of Physical Activity?

 Why exactly is it so important to stay physically active? First, along with weight loss, it often helps prevent type 2 diabetes in those with a pre-diabetes diagnosis. Second, it provides many other health benefits including raising your HDL cholesterol and lowering your blood glucose levels, not to mention reducing your risk for having a heart attack, a stroke, or developing cancer. Finally, it helps improve your outlook and quality of life, reduce stress, and clears your mind; especially helpful for both those who are recently diagnosed or who have had diabetes for a long time.

What Counts as Physical Activity?

 This is the good news – you likely already have a number of options available to you when it comes to choosing an exercise you enjoy. It’s important to choose something you like doing so you’ll be more likely to stay committed. Walking is an excellent activity to incorporate into your daily routine.  Add stretching and free weights if you’re able. Slowly build up your fitness level as you increase speed and distance each week. Feel free to invite a friend along if you prefer social exercise.

What about Safety in Exercise for Older Adults?

One common fear of adding exercise to the care program for older adults with diabetes is that of falling or damaging joints. Research actually shows, however, that muscle-strengthening activities and aerobic exercise such as walking, actually reduces the risk of falling. Be sure to wear shoes that fit properly or consider an activity such as swimming or cycling on a stationary bike. Both provide relief for your joints while also offering cardiovascular benefits from raising your heart rate, which is important in controlling diabetes.

 How Do You Begin Exercising?

Always talk to your physician before starting an exercise program. He or she will help you determine which type of activity might be best, as well as how often and how long to do it. The most important thing is taking that first step; committing to yourself that you, and your health, are worth the effort. And don’t forget to take advantage of the expertise that Focus Express Mail Pharmacy has to offer. We will answer all your questions about diabetes and diabetes supplies so your care plan is the best it can be for managing your condition. Call  toll-free 1-866-403-6287 or visit www.FocusPharmacy.com

This report reveals trends in diabetes diagnosis and management through activity, medication, and diabetes supplies such as insulin pumps.

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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recently released the National Diabetes Statistics Report for 2014. Drawing on figures produced by the 2009-2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2010-2012 National Health Interview Survey, and 2012 Indian Health Services  data, as well as the 2012 U.S. Census, the CDC reports the estimated total number of people with diabetes is 29.1 million people (9.36% of the population). They estimate that another 8.1 million are undiagnosed.

The report breaks the numbers down by age group, type (1 or 2), and race/ethnicity. According to the report, 28.9 million Americans ages 20 or older are living with diabetes. Within that, 1.7 million new cases were reported from 2010-2012, with the 45-64 age range producing the most new cases (892,000) during that time. 90-95% of new adult cases are Type 2.

 This report also addresses the statistics of prediabetes, a condition of high blood glucose or hemoglobin A1C levels. As of 2012, it is estimated that 86 million Americans aged 20+ have prediabetes. The ethnic distribution is just about equal within this age group, with non-Hispanic blacks being slightly more susceptible at 39% of cases.

Diabetes Management Recommendations

In its report, the CDC advises that diabetes can be managed by a healthy diet, regular exercise, and reducing risk factors such as smoking and high blood pressure. Taking diabetes medications can help treat diabetes as well. Educating oneself on the dangers and good self-care techniques is also necessary to stay healthy.

Seeking help on diabetes management and diabetes supplies

If this report has raised some questions for you, the experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy are available to help. Our number is 1-866-403-6287. We have a complete selection of diabetes supplies including insulin pumps and are available to answer all of your questions regarding diabetes, insulin and diabetes supplies.

 

 

The A1c  test is a blood test that provides information about a person’s average levels of blood glucose, also called blood sugar, over the previous 3 months. The A1c test is sometimes called the hemoglobin A1c, HbA1c, or glycohemoglobin test. The A1c test is the primary test used for diabetes management and diabetes research.
 
According to the Mayo Clinic, a normal A1c level can range from 4.5 to 6 percent for someone who does not have diabetes. On the other hand, someone who’s had uncontrolled diabetes for a long time might have an A1C level above 8 percent.

When the A1c test is used to diagnose diabetes, an A1c level of 6.5 percent or higher on two separate tests indicates you have diabetes. A result between 5.7 and 6.4 percent is considered prediabetes, which indicates a high risk of developing diabetes.

For most people who have previously diagnosed diabetes, an A1c  level of 7 percent or less is a common treatment target. But, remember, the higher your A1c level, the higher your risk of diabetes complications.

Here’s how the A1c level corresponds to average blood sugar level, in milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) and millimoles per liter (mmol/L):

A1c level Estimated average blood sugar level
5 percent 97 mg/dL (5.4 mmol/L)
6 percent 126 mg/dL (7 mmol/L)
7 percent 154 mg/dL (8.5 mmol/L)
8 percent 183 mg/dL (10.2 mmol/L)
9 percent 212 mg/dL (11.8 mmol/L)
10 percent 240 mg/dL (13.3 mmol/L)
11 percent 269 mg/dL (14.9 mmol/L)
12 percent 298 mg/dL (16.5 mmol/L)
13 percent 326 mg/dL (18.1 mmol/L)
14 percent 355 mg/dL (19.7 mmol/L)

From U.S. News & World Report

Top-Ranked Pediatric Hospitals for Diabetes & Endocrinology

"The top 50 centers for children with serious diabetes or endocrine disorders were recently ranked by U.S. News and World Report. Management of diabetes, overall infection prevention, and a range of diabetes treatment options are among the factors that made up 75 percent of a hospital’s score. Most of the data came from a U.S. News survey of children’s hospitals. The other 25 percent reflects how many of 450 pediatric diabetes specialists surveyed in 2009, 2010, and 2011 recommended the hospital."

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