Children who don’t get enough sleep may be more likely to develop diabetes than kids who typically get enough shuteye, a UK study suggests and reports  by Lisa Rapaport of Reuters Health

That’s because each additional hour of sleep children get at night is associated with a lower body weight, more lean muscle mass and less accumulation of sugars in the blood, researchers report in Pediatrics. Obesity and elevated blood sugar are risk factors for type 2 diabetes, which happens when the body can’t properly use or make enough of the hormone insulin to convert blood sugar into energy.

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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.  

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Not all salads are diabetes friendly. Learn a few safe recipes that are delicious and still fit into a diabetes food regimen.

 

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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!!!!

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

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!

 

 

 

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.