Candy gifts on Valentine’s Day may not be best choice for a loved one with diabetes. Here are some ideas on what to give instead.

 valentines day

Stores have been stocked for weeks in anticipation of Valentine’s Day. With this holiday right around the corner, you may be struggling to find the perfect gift if your loved one suffers from diabetes. The majority of store shelves are probably stocked with gifts of sugary sweets – a nightmare for those trying to control their blood sugar! So what’s a person to do? Try some of these suggestions instead!

Portion Control

First of all, put one myth aside. In many cases, a small amount of sugar isn’t going to be deadly to your beloved diabetes sufferer. This means you don’t have to completely avoid it. Of course, it’s best to look for sugar-free version of sweets as an alternative. But there are other options. Dark chocolates have less sugar than milk chocolate, for one. And remember, chocolate isn’t the only food that has sugar. Carbohydrates also can be an issue, so pay attention to them as well.

Give with Goodwill

If you want to give someone a gift, do so with good intentions and not with a lecture. If your loved one struggles with diabetes, he or she knows what works for their body. They may decide not to eat a sugary gift but that’s their decision to make. They don’t need you to give them advice. You also don’t need to make excuses if you choose a gift that isn’t food related. For example, saying something like, “I was going to get you a chocolate heart but I know that’s not good for you.” Don’t lecture or play parent.

Gifts that Can Be Problematic

If you want to avoid giving a gift that may cause problems, avoid;

  • Chocolates
  • Sugary treats
  • Carbohydrates
  • Fruit – both fresh and dry

Better Gift Ideas

Instead of going with the obvious Valentine’s Day gifts why not consider something completely different? Gifts like;

  • Non-edible, non-food gifts
  • Nuts
  • Artificially sweetened treats
  • Experiences – gifts that are something to do instead of just a “thing”.

You can still show with sweetness how much you care this Valentine’s Day without making it awkward for loved ones who struggle with diabetes.

Focus Express Mail Pharmacy has been helping people manage their diabetes for years. We can answer your questions about diabetes, insulin pumps, glucose testing supplies, and more. Call us today at 1-866-403-6287.

 

A new year brings new developments in diabetes care, and tech improvements in insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring systems.

 New Year

The New Year means we can expect new developments in diabetes care and treatment. And this year promises some exciting and innovative diabetes products, including new, more technologically advanced insulin pumps and improvements in continuous glucose monitoring systems.

Here is what is on the horizon for diabetes care in 2016:

Insulin Pumps

Advances in insulin pumps in the coming year will include making the pumps thinner and easier to use, and having them function more like smartphones. Insulet is developing a next generation controller for their patch insulin pump, the Phoenix EDM, which will be thinner and have a touchscreen interface. A new version of the Medtronic Minimed Insulin Pump is also expected that will add predictive LGS capabilities as well as a new user interface and buttons.

Blood Glucose  Monitors

Exciting changes are also being made to diabetes monitors. The Abbot Freestyle Libra, expected to be released this year, will employ a first-of-its-kind factory-calibrated flash system to allow users to scan a sensor and display a reading at any time.

Dexcom is also expected to release a new version of their monitor in 2016. It’s still not known all the new features the G6 version will have, but one expected improvement is that it will not require calibration.

Insulin Pens

Novo is on track to release a faster version of their Novolog for type 1 and 2 diabetes. The new version is expected to improve post-meal glucose levels by combining a short-acting insulin and two well-known excipients, a vitamin and an amino acid. Lilly also has a new basal insulin, Basaglar, which was just approved by the FDA and should be available before the end of the year.

Other New Diabetes Treatments

Combination drugs will continue to be the focus for the drug companies in 2016. Sanofi filed a new drug application last fall for its GLP-1 agonist Lyxumia (lixisenatide) and once that is approved, experts expect approval for combination drug Lixilan (Lyxumia+Lantus) to follow. Novo Nordisk also has a combination drug, Xultophy, a blend of GLP-1 agonist Victoza and their new basal insulin Tresiba, expected to hit the market later this year.

In addition to these new combo drugs, a new nasal glucagon is coming soon. Eli Lilly and Company acquired the rights to Locemia’s novel nasal glucagon that is reported to be easier to carry and use. Lilly is expected to file for approval for this device early this year.

If you have questions regarding diabetes, insulin pump supplies 0r blood glucose testing supplies, the experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy will happily answer them. Contact us at 1-866-403-6287 or visit www.focuspharmacy.com

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

 

 breastfeeding 2

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

When you have questions about diabetes prevention and management, look no further than the trained experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy. Let them answer your questions about not only diabetes, but insulin pumps and insulin pump supplies as well. Learn more at www.focuspharmacy.com or call 1-866-403-6287.

 

What’s the link between weight, diabetes and poor sleep? Focus Express Mail Pharmacy explains.

poor sleeppoor sleep 2

If you’ve been having trouble getting your Z’s, there might be a health reason? You see, many diabetes patients have trouble getting a good night’s rest, leaving them feeling drowsy and lethargic throughout the day.

Diabetes and sleep

Diabetes and sleep problems often are intertwined. For those not diagnosed with the condition, sleep deprivation can lead to insulin resistance, which then can develop into diabetes.

And diabetes, especially when it comes to high blood sugar, can be the culprit behind nighttime woes. High sugar levels cause frequent urination, which equals interrupted sleep at night. For those with diabetes, this means a vicious cycle of low energy from lack of sleep leading to poor diet choices, then poor rest due to the subsequent spike in blood sugar, and so on. If this sounds familiar, doctors recommend focusing on getting sugar levels under control.

Weight and sleep

According to WebMD, being overweight is one major risk factor for the development of Type 2 diabetes, and it also can negatively impact your quality of rest. Excess weight also can lead to sleep apnea. This disorder causes snoring and pauses in breathing, which leads to interrupted sleep and fatigue, worsening the side effects and severity of diabetes. If you have diabetes, snore, and often feel fatigued, it’s a good idea to schedule a time to see your doctor. If a sleep study determines that you do, in fact, have sleep apnea, treatment can include lifestyle changes or a mask or other device to facilitate nighttime breathing.

Bottom line

Those with diabetes need to be diligent about getting the proper amount of sleep–it’s just as important as diet, doctors say.  Although it’s generally accepted that the average amount of sleep needed is around 7.5 hours nightly, it varies from person to person, and can be as little as four or as many as 10 or more hours each night. The main determinant should be the amount of regular sleep that leads to the individual feeling rested.

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.

 

 

 

New Year’s Eve means lots of delicious food. You won’t be left out when you whip up some of these diabetes friendly dishes.  

 new year 2016

Right before making those New Year’s resolutions to cut back or get into shape it seems everyone indulges on holiday treats. This can be a nightmare if you suffer from diabetes. But, with a little help you can throw a great New Year’s Eve spread and keep your diabetes in check. Each of these recipes comes from a great dietetic cookbook. One or more might even make fabulous Holiday gifts!

Spanish Style Dates and Bacon

Dietician and cookbook author Robin Webb shares her recipe for this tasty tapas style dish in The Diabetes Comfort Food Cookbook. With only a few ingredients you might be skeptical but trust us. You’ll never look at a boring date (the edible kind) the same again.

Chili Lime Shrimp

If you’d like something a little more filling to round out your holiday offerings why not go for chili lime shrimp. You can serve it a variety of ways to accommodate everyone at your celebration, such as in lettuce cups, on a skewer, or over rice, without any feelings of missing out. Discover more great recipes in Healthy Calendar Diabetic Cooking by Lara Rondinelli-Hamilton.

Mini BBQ-Topped Potato Halves

Settling in to watch college football on New Year’s Day? These appetizers are great for a crowd. You’ll want to pay attention to how much sugar is in the BBQ sauce you choose and consider swapping white potatoes for sweet potatoes for a unique flavor and lower starch count. But the best news? They’re super quick to make. In 15-Minute Diabetic Meals by Nancy S. Hughes you’ll find this recipe and more.

Jeweled Basmati Rice with Goji Berries

Maybe your resolution for 2016 is to expand your palate. Start with this flavorful international dish. Make it as a side dish with roasted chicken or fish and swap the basmati rice for brown rice if you’re worried about carbs. The tangy burst of berries sets this dish apart. Find more recipes like this in Corrine Trang’s Asian Flavors Diabetes Cookbook.

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.

 

 

Here are some suggestions for people suffering with diabetes to eat and live heathier in the coming year.

 happy new year

Eating healthy and exercising are common resolutions for many in the New Year, not just for those with diabetes. Although most of us start out with good intentions of living a healthier lifestyle, it’s easy to get off track and let old habits return if you don’t plan carefully.

Here are a few simple steps you should take to make your goal of living healthy with diabetes in 2016 a success.

  • Set Specific Goals – It’s easy to say you’re going to be healthier, but if you don’t set specific goals it probably won’t happen. Having a goal such as walking for a half hour in the morning, or trying a new vegetable every week, will help you stick to your plans. When choosing a goal, you’ll want to consider what behavior you want to change – whether it’s not being active or eating unhealthy foods. You’ll also need to be realistic about the amount of time you need to accomplish the goal. Remember the best goals are both obtainable and measurable. One other tip: Be sure to write your goals down and put them somewhere visible so you don’t forget.
  • Make a Plan to Reach Your Goals – Once you’ve set goals for yourself, it’s important to come up with a plan to execute them. You’ll want to consider what things might distract you or even prevent you from achieving your goals. Don’t know what to consider? The American Diabetes Association has a great planning tool to help you create a plan that works.
  • Get Moving – Now that you’ve established your goals and have a plan in place, it’s time to get to work! It’s a good idea to track your progress, as well as reward yourself along the way so that you stay engaged in your plan. If you are successful at doing a half hour walk every morning for a month, treat yourself to a special gift or day of pampering as a reward.

You can also make it more fun by switching up your goals periodically. For example, if your goal was to eat a new vegetable every week and you’ve done that for a while, maybe switch to eating a new fruit every week or find some new healthy recipes to try.

Congratulations on committing to a healthier you in the New Year! We hope these steps will help you along the way.

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.

 

 

                                                           

Scientists are working in many areas to prevent and cure diabetes. Here’s an update on three key areas of research.

diabetes research

Now is one of the most exciting times in diabetes research. Scientists are working in many areas, and three key types of research – viruses, gut microbiome and inflammation – are getting a lot of attention lately. This research may have a significant impact on diabetes prevention and treatment down the road. Here is a little about what the scientists are doing.

Viruses

Recent studies have made strides in determining the connection between viruses and Type 1 Diabetes. Although access to pancreatic tissue from human donors is limited, groups like the Network for Pancreatic Organ Donors with Diabetes (nPOD) are taking the lead examining the impact of viruses by coordinating studies using the most up-to-date technology. Scientists are hopeful they will soon have more information on the relationship between viruses and diabetes, which they believe might lead to a simple vaccine to prevent the disease in many people.

Gut Microbiome

Did you know there is more bacteria living in your gut than there are cells in your body? Scientists have made great strides of late studying the impact of the bacteria living in our digestive tract on the development of our immune systems. Scientists have also been studying the foods we eat and how they impact various good and bad bacteria. By understanding which foods promote good bacterial growth and force out bad bacteria or fight viruses, treatments can be developed for autoimmune diseases and in the long run, even help in the fight to prevent diabetes.

Inflammation

Inflammation is a very broad term and isn’t a bad thing when it occurs in moderation. Inflammation is one of the body’s ways of responding to a germ attack by working with the immune system to ward off bacteria or a virus. However, in some cases inflammatory responses can react to things that aren’t invaders, like insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas, and trigger a chain reaction that can lead to sepsis, diabetes (both type 1 and type 2), heart disease and other health issues. Scientists are looking into ways to control inflammation (and preventing damage to the pancreas) without totally getting rid of the immune benefits of inflammation.

You can read more about these developments here. And remember, 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.

 

When you’re living with diabetes, it’s always a good idea to have a first aid kit handy in the event of an emergency. Here’s what you need:

 first aid kit

Always having a first aid kit prepared, isn’t pessimistic. It’s smart, especially if you are living with diabetes. A well-stocked first-aid kit is easy to put together and will prove useful in both minor and major emergencies.

We recommend keeping your first aid kit in a room you spend a lot of time in or a place that is in easy reach. However, bathrooms, with all their heat and humidity, are not a good storage location.

To get started, first, select a waterproof container to hold the supplies and pack in the basics such as:

  • Aspirin, which is crucial for anyone suffering a heart attack. Baby aspirin is chewable which allows the medicine to work faster.
  • Wound care products such as a saline solution, helpful for cleaning any wounds prone to bacteria, dirt and debris. This is particularly important for people with diabetes, who may be more susceptible to infections.
  • Antibiotic Ointments, bandages and gloves. Be mindful of allergies. If anyone in your family is allergic to a certain product, like latex, stock non-latex gloves and bandages in your kit
  • Diabetes essentials such as a blood glucose meter, injective pen needles and insulin syringes. Even extra meter batteries can be included.
  • A list of emergency phone numbers to places like your doctor’s office and your local poison control office

You can find a full list of all recommended items, including diabetes specific ones and even some first aid tips here.

It’s important to keep in mind some extra precautions for diabetes related contents. You cannot store insulin in a first aid kit because it must be refrigerated. But you can definitely stock other supplies like a backup meter, extra insulin pump infusion sets, and fast-acting glucose gels or tablets.

Don’t forget to keep your first aid kit items current. If you plan to stock your kit with any medications that can expire, it’s important to check them frequently; experts recommend doing so at least twice a year. Also, don’t forget to refill or replace items as you use them.

A first aid kit is the first step in preventative care, but if you do injure yourself, be sure to schedule a follow up appointment with your health care provider. First aid is essential, but it’s only the beginning of the healing process. Continued care will ensure your stay safe in the long run.

 If you’re living with diabetes, keep in mind it’s always a good idea to have a first aid kit.

And if you have any specific questions about diabetes, the experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy are here to help! We’ve been answering people’s questions about diabetes, insulin pumps and supplies for years. We can help you too.

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

 

 

 

A clinical trial shows those with diabetes given the drug Jardiance were 38% less likely to die from a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular disease.

 research

It’s an unfortunate truth, but diabetes is one of the leading causes of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. In fact, people with Type 2 diabetes are five to eight times more likely to develop cardiovascular disease, and to suffer a fatal heart attack or stroke.

Good News

Until recently, there has been little progress made in developing a drug that could reduce this risk. Prospects are brighter however with the release of results from a clinical trial ordered by the Federal Drug Administration. The New England Journal of Medicine published results last month that showed individuals who were given the blood sugar-lowering drug Jardiance were 38% less likely to die as a result of a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular issue than those given a placebo.

Also, those taking Jardiance were 35% less likely to be hospitalized for heart failure than those who took the placebo. Both findings bode well for diabetes sufferers.

Significant, Surprising Results

The results are surprising to many in the medical community as previous drug trials have not had a significant impact on reducing death from cardiovascular disease and stroke for those with diabetes. The clinical trials sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Eli Lilly and Co., suggest that among diabetes patients with cardiovascular disease, 39 people would have to be treated to prevent one premature death. This “number-to-treat” ratio puts the drug’s effectiveness on the same level as cholesterol-lowering statins and maybe even ahead of blood pressure medications.

Jardiance reduces blood sugar in diabetes patients by helping eliminate it from their urine. In all, 8.3% of the people taking the placebo died of any cause during the course of the study, compared with 5.7% of the people taking Jardiance.

Bright Prospects

Although the findings of the study are surprising to many, it is encouraging to see progress made in reducing one of the leading causes of death for those with diabetes.

If you have questions about diabetes and diabetes supplies, the experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy are here to help! Visit our website at www.FocusPharmacy.com or call us at 1-866-403-6287.

 

 

 

 

Living with diabetes doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the holidays. Try a few of these recipes to keep your meal plan on track while enjoying your favorite foods.

 turkey 2

It’s hard to believe, but it’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving is just a week away! For many of us, that means traveling to see our friends and family and enjoying our favorite holiday treats. However, if you’re living with diabetes, it can be difficult to find recipes that allow you to enjoy your favorite holiday foods while staying on track.

Try out these yummy recipes for a few fun ideas.

  • Lemon Garlic Turkey. It isn’t Thanksgiving without turkey. We recommend looking for a turkey labeled natural or organic to avoid the extra sodium. This recipe skips the butter and stuffing, but still leaves plenty of flavor with fresh garlic, Meyer lemons, and thyme . With less than 200 calories a serving, we give it two thumbs up. And don’t forget the white wine dressing.  
  •  Sweet Potato Casserole. Of course we didn’t forget the sweet potato casserole. This alternative recipe skips the butter and uses honey and freshly grated orange zest for great flavor. Made with low fat milk and canola oil, you can enjoy this recipe (relatively) guilt free.
  • Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts and Sage. This classic pair goes great as a side dish and is super simple to prepare. Made with fresh sage, olive oil and chicken broth, you only need to set aside a half hour to make this one. You can also enjoy the under 70 calories price tag. 
  •  Maple Pumpkin Custard. Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a pumpkin dessert. Try this delicious alternative to a pumpkin pie combining delicious maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. The best part is this sweet treat is less than 230 calories plus offers up tons of protein and fiber!

 Didn’t see one you liked? Click here for more diabetes friendly recipes including stuffing, dinner rolls and more!

If you have any questions about diabetes, 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 can answer your questions about managing your diabetes, including insulin pumps and supplies.

 

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