The bolus-basal insulin injection regime for those living with diabetes works like your body should, but may not be a suitable fit for everyone.

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If you have insulin dependent diabetes, you’re very familiar with bolus insulin, the type of insulin that is short-acting, typically taken with meals. However, not as many people with diabetes are as familiar with the other kind, basal insulin or, for that matter,  the bolus-basal insulin regime. Read on to learn the difference between bolus and basal injections and why a bolus-basal routine might be right for you.

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Your insulin pump is a great tool to more effectively manage and regulate your diabetes. However, just like any other technological device, your pump can malfunction. The first thing to remember if this happens is to not panic!

If your insulin pump malfunctions, perhaps the alarms are malfunctioning or the buttons aren’t working properly, or if it breaks completely, you should contact your pump help line. If your pump maker’s help line is unable to help you troubleshoot your device and it looks like it is unrepairable, the manufacturer should be able to send you a replacement pump within 24 hours. In the meantime, you should always have a current prescription or a bottle of long-acting insulin handy that can be used in the interim while you wait for your new pump. However, before using your back up insulin, it’s important to check its expiration date. Yes, insulin does expire!

Once you have received your new pump and are ready to resume using it, remember, that long-acting insulin can stay in your body for several hours so it’s important to let it wear off before resuming normal pump delivery. If you have any questions or concerns about the proper wait time or what your routine should be while off the pump, contact your healthcare provider for instructions.

As soon as your new pump arrives, you must calibrate its settings with your appropriate rates and ratios. Make sure you write the proper settings down and keep them in a safe place before your current pump malfunctions so they’ll be handy in case of an emergency.

If you have any questions about your insulin pump or diabetes supplies, the experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy are there to help. Focus Express Mail Pharmacy has been helping people manage their diabetes for many years and their pharmacists and insulin pump associates are available at 1-866-403-6287 or online at www.FocusPharmacy.com.

 

 

Transitioning to an insulin pump  from injection therapy is a significant change, but can provide many benefits and improve your overall health.

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Moving from insulin injections to a pump is a big transition, but a smart decision given the many benefits a pump provides. Even though injections are less expensive and require less education, there are still many benefits that an insulin pump provides. Here are a few of the changes to expect:

  •  Better control

An insulin pump gives you the opportunity to have better control of your blood sugar by continuously delivering insulin causing fewer highs and lows in glucose levels. In addition, insulin delivery through a pump is more accurate and precise.

  •  More flexibility

Insulin pumps offer you more freedom with what you eat and allowing you the ability to exercise without having to eat a large amount of carbohydrates.

  •  Less resistance

If you are currently using injections, you may develop less resistant areas of your body where the insulin will not absorb properly.

  •  Less painful

With a pump, you may have one injection every three days versus roughly 15-18 injections in a three-day person with injection therapy.

 

Once you have made the decision to transition, you might experience a few challenges. Here’s what to expect and how to manage those challenges.

  • Overall well-being. After the physical transition, an insulin pump will improve your overall health and can make you feel better on a consistent basis. With a moderated blood sugar level, your overall daily routine should improve.
  • Appearance. Since you will have a physical pump hanging from your side, this will be something for you to consider how to transition. If you are concerned with how to hide the pump, we recommend trying a few different things to figure out what works for you. Fastening the pump on belt loops and using pockets can all help you find a workable solution.
  • Patience is key. You must be patient with the transition process and realize that it can take several months before you are comfortable using your pump. Your body will take time to adjust to the new system.

The pump is not for everyone, just like injection therapy is not the best solution for all. When you decide to move to an insulin pump, it’s important to work with your healthcare provider to learn how to program your insulin pump, insert your infusion set and learn how to problem-solve any issues you may have with your pump as well as your glucose levels. You can also find a workshop that can help you better understand the features of your pump and help you gain better control of your glucose levels. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask your healthcare provider.

If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding the insulin pump or making the transition, the experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy are available to help and answer your questions regarding diabetes and diabetes supplies.

Contact us today toll-free  1-866-403-6287.

As an insulin pump wearer,  you need to be aware and protect  your insulin pump as the mercury rises.

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As we settle into the dog days of summer, you’re probably spending more time outside in the heat. While everyone needs to pay attention to things like wearing sunscreen and drinking enough water, as an insulin pump wearer, there are some additional things you need to be thinking about as the mercury rises.

Avoid Extreme Heat

 This one isn’t just about your pump, but it’s important anyway: Did you know that your insulin becomes less effective if it is exposed to extreme temperatures? Be sure to check the label, but most insulin companies advise not to store your insulin where temperatures will exceed 86°F.  That means beware of leaving it in closed spaces that attract and maintain heat like on blacktop, on a windowsill, or in a car. Leaving your insulin in extreme heat can cause it to become weaker than normal, making it difficult for you to regulate your blood sugar.

Buttons Go Away From Your Body

 When we get hot, our bodies sweat. This sweat helps keep us cool, but if you’re not careful, it can damage your insulin pump! If you wear your pump with the buttons touching your skin, the openings in the device where the buttons are might give moisture a chance to seep into your pump, which can be damaging to the electronics inside it.

Keep Your Pump Cool Even if It’s Not On You

 What do you do with your pump when you go swimming? We suggest that you wrap it in a small towel and place it in a cooler. The towel will keep it from getting too cold while the cooler will keep it chilled, making sure the insulin in the pump is well protected. Keep an eye on your cooler to make sure that your pump is safe from theft.

Enjoy your fun in the sun while protecting your pump and insulin from the summer heat! If you still have questions about insulin pumps and supplies, we can help. Browse around the Focus Express Mail Pharmacy website www.FocusPharmacy.com or call us toll-free, 1-866-403-6287. We have a complete selection of insulin pumps and diabetes supplies and are available to answer all of your questions.

 

Diabetes friendly recipes help warm your body through the cold winter months while keeping your diabetes well in control

 

 

The coldest winter months are upon us which makes it a great time for some steaming soup!  Nothing smells better than a pot of homemade soup so try some of these diabetes-friendly recipes and warm your body from the cold.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

 This recipe uses an entire chicken and makes 12 servings. It is a great make-ahead soup and you can freeze by individual servings for an easy grab on the go meal.  It contains only 15 grams of carbohydrates, no sugars, and 17 grams of protein per serving.

 

Chicken and White Bean Soup

 This easy-to-prepare soup is chock full of vegetables and herbs, including sage, thyme, and rosemary.  Top it all off with shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and it’s a sure crowd-pleaser.

 

Cream of Fennel and Potato Soup

  This potato soup features turkey Italian sausage, 7 grams of dietary fiber, and 17 grams of fiber.  With 4 servings per recipe, it is easy to double and take for lunch the next day.

 

Spicy Brazilian Turkey Soup

 Warm your insides with this hot little number!  It has jalapeno peppers, ginger, and other traditional flavors of Brazil that are sure to spice up your night. 

 

Tomato Soup

 Low-calorie and packed with vitamin-C, this soup is a more traditional tomato soup sure to please your palette.  The leftovers will serve you well for lunch the following day so you can continue to enjoy the wonderful flavors.

 

 Minestrone Soup

 Packed with vegetables and lean ground beef, it is hard to find a healthier meal than this soup.  Add in the pasta and you have turned healthy into the ultimate comfort food with 10 grams of protein and only 16 grams of carbohydrates.

 

 Clam Chowder

 This is a nice and creamy chowder you will enjoy so much you’ll want to lick the bowl!  It, too, is easy to make ahead and freeze.  You will want to do this so you never run out.

 

Whether you spend the day sledding, building a snowman with the neighborhood children, or have had a hard day at the office, one of these recipes is sure to warm your bones and help keep your diabetes in control.  If you have any questions about your diabetes, insulin pumps, or supplies, the experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy are always available to help.  Simply visit our websitewww.FocusPharmacy.com or call us toll-free at 1-866-403-6287.

 

 

 

 

Transitioning from insulin injections to an insulin pump can help you better maintain your child’s diabetes while adding significant convenience and spontaneity to your daily schedule.

 

Every parent knows that maintaining a regular schedule for their child is challenging.  Add diabetes management to the mix and the difficulty can arise exponentially. Transitioning from injections to an insulin pump can resolve many of your child’s needs with ease. 

Advantages of Insulin Pumps

Insulin pumps are the closest device available to simulate a healthy pancreas.  While nothing yet can take the place of the organ nature provides, insulin pumps do have many advantages. They have the ability to deliver precise amounts of insulin to the body in two important ways that make them superior to typical insulin injections.  Basil insulin therapy delivers a small amount of insulin under the skin continuously, and can be separately programmed to account for daily sleep and low activity periods.  Insulin pumps also provide bolus therapy to deliver insulin for meals and snacks or anytime blood glucose levels get too high.

·  Life without schedules: Pumps allow you to easily adjust insulin intake immediately.  Spontaneity can become a part of your child’s life while they still maintain good control of blood glucose levels.  This includes flexibility with meals.  Your finicky eater can skip a meal or even have a snack.  This freedom also means your child can get more exercise which helps his/her body respond better to insulin and blood sugar control.

·     Healthier pancreas, healthier life: because insulin pumps deliver more accurate doses than injections, insulin levels are more consistent, which can lower your child’s A1C.  Maintaining normal blood glucose can also significantly decrease nerve disease, kidney disease, and diabetic eye disease. Also, studies indicate that users of insulin pumps worry less about their insulin therapy.

Tips for Adjusting to an Insulin Pump

Many parents have found creative ways to make getting started fun.  Where you attach your child’s insulin pump will depend on his age.  Avoid inserting it near the waistband of pants which will cause discomfort as it rubs against the pump.  Tuck in the tubing so it doesn’t catch.  Tee-shirts, Pump Paks, and Hook Paks make it easy to conceal the pump from view.  Using a liquid adhesive such as Mastisol may help the pump stay in place. 

No Limits

Insulin pumps can significantly improve convenience in your child’s life.  With various ways to wear the pump unnoticed while delivering the precise amount of insulin needed, your child is able to get insulin even when you can’t be with him to deliver an injection.  Focus Express Mail Pharmacy is ready to help you make the transition today.  For more information, call, toll-free, 1-866-403-6287 or visit us at www.FocusPharmacy.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Providing the tools to help those with diabetes lose weight can help them take the first step towards protecting their health.

Exercising regularly, coupled with eating healthy, is crucial to maintaining or losing weight and lowering cholesterol. These factors, along with the need to monitor your blood glucose are particularly important for those with diabetes.

Whether you are at risk for, recently diagnosed, or have lived with Type 2 diabetes for years, losing weight provides the best results towards controlling your diabetes. A lower weight means you will be able to better control your blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and it will also reduce your risk of kidney disease and heart attack. So where do you look for the right weight management and maintenance plan?

Weight Management with Diabetes

The American Diabetes Association makes it easier than ever to keep accountable for your own weight management with online tools to assess your health and track your exercise and meals. They recommend setting realistic and specific eating and exercise goals. Don’t set yourself up for failure! The recommended portions for a balanced plate are ¼ protein (fish, chicken, meat), ¼ carbs (rice, noodles), and ½ fruit or vegetables. Try to replace sweets with fruit, white pasta with wheat, and switch out a burger for some fish a couple days a week.

It can be hard to get into a program that works for you. DiabetesCare.net breaks down the hows and whys of weight management and how to keep your blood sugar in check as you do so.

Moderate to strenuous exercise is recommended thirty minutes a day, five days a week. Break it up into three 10-minute walks if you need to! It’s important to check your blood sugar before and after working out, so keep your blood glucose meter handy (and a snack, to be safe).

There are many options of medically supervised or commercial programs available to help you take the next steps. There are  Certified Diabetes Educators who can help you one-on-one. Be sure to talk with your physician about setting up a personal weight management plan.

The experienced and caring staff at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy is always available to help you get resources for managing your weight with diabetes, and offers a range of blood glucose monitors, insulin pumps and more. Call toll-free today at 1-866-403-6287 or visit them  at www.FocusPharmacy.com.

 

Summer is here, which means it’s time to get active! People with diabetes are encouraged to exercise as a way to improve overall health. Improved blood glucose and weight loss are positive benefits for a better, healthier life.

 There are some precautions that insulin pump users should take before starting a routine. But don’t let that discourage you from living your best life. Exercise can help you get there. These simple tips are a way to get started.

 When building your exercise regimen, be sure to take some insulin pump precautions before, during, and after your workout. It’s important to oversee frequent adjustments in your diabetes care to maintain blood glucose levels, especially during long or rigorous activity.

 First, be sure you are very familiar with your pump’s capabilities, like your pump’s ability to deliver extended boluses. If insulin must be bolused shortly before exercise, a steady amount can help prevent complications, since insulin levels will be kept at a lower level.

During exercise, be aware of conditions that can affect your pump. Exercise usually means sweating, and if you experience an accidental set removal, it may result in elevated blood glucose. So test the set-up that is most effective for you. Use all available means, such as skin cleansers and adhesives to securely fix the set to your body.

Staying within your target range for blood glucose is something you will have to monitor during and after exercise. Also, the type of exercise you choose will make your blood glucose react differently. For example, exercises with high bursts of activity can activate hormones to counteract insulin and raise blood glucose. Conversely, exercises with a more moderate pace can lower blood glucose levels. So do a little research before trying out a new activity and plan accordingly. For further reading, this article goes over how to prepare for exercise with an insulin pump.

For tips on what to know before picking out an insulin pump, click here.

 Focus Express Mail Pharmacy offers a variety of insulin pumps and supplies and our highly experienced staff can answer your equipment questions with regard to your exercise. Call us today at 1-866-403-6287 or visit us at www.FocusPharmacy.com for more information.

 

If you are looking to simplify your diabetes management, an insulin pump may be right for you. Insulin pumps can be used by those with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes but are most useful for people with busy schedules. While it can be discreetly hidden in clothing, this small device monitors blood glucose levels by administering insulin doses as needed or as scheduled through both basal and bolus doses.

 

 

Many people with diabetes benefit from the convenience, flexibility and accuracy of using an insulin pump but it is especially helpful to people with some specific, yet common everyday characteristics. An insulin pump may be the right option for people with diabetes:

 

ñ Who take insulin and have difficulty regulating their blood sugar.

ñ Who are either pregnant or planning a pregnancy.

ñ Who are always on the go or travel often.

ñ Who are physically active or participate in sports.

ñ Especially adolescents, who are going through a lot of physical changes.

ñ Who are looking to simplify their diabetes management.

 

For those who decide to use an insulin pump, it is still very important to monitor blood glucose levels; however, new technology allows continuous monitoring for those who use the pump and can report blood sugar levels every five minutes to maintain proper levels. Also, the small size allows it to go anywhere you go so you can always be aware of spikes and drops.

Although insulin pumps may seem challenging at first, most people who use them agree that the benefits far outweigh any disadvantages. Learning to use a pump is simple and, though it can be an initial expense, the ease, comfort, and security of using an insulin pump is worth it.

 

If you decide an insulin pump is right for you, the next step is to investigate the many options available. If you have questions about which insulin pump to choose, contact us at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy. We have more than 100 combined years of experience in diabetes supplies, and we specialize in insulin pump therapy. Call us, toll-free, at 1866-403-6287 to speak directly with one of our pharmacists.

 

 

 

With so many different Insulin Pumps available for those with diabetes, choosing the right one to fit your lifestyle can be intimidating, confusing, and just plain overwhelming. If simply eliminating the need for individual injections isn’t enough of a reason to work through the many features, consider that insulin pumps also mean more control, less side effects, and increased accuracy in insulin levels. Here are some differences that may help you decide which one is right for you:

 

Tech Friendly Pumps 

 

For those of us who can’t imagine life before the internet and those who wouldn’t dream of being caught anywhere without your smartphone, there is an insulin pump for you. Staying connected and having fun while keeping up with your diabetes has never been easier, especially with the Bluetooth capabilities of the Accu-Chek system. The Accu-Chek Spirit Insulin Pump includes Accu-Chek’s Pocket Compass software, featuring a bolus calculator, electronic diary, and a graphic display.

 

More Control

 

Some insulin pumps are designed for people who want more flexibility over their healthcare and the MiniMed Paradigm line of insulin pumps helps ensure your ability to carefully monitor all aspects of your individual concerns. The Medtronic MiniMed Paradigm Revel offers so many features to help you retain control while staying informed, including constant insulin tracking with the Bolus Wizard Calculator, Glucose monitoring built right in, and the ability to dispense more specific basal and bolus insulin units to fit your needs. The  Animas IR1250 Insulin Pump also features an endless array of tools and it is waterproof!

 

Always on the Move

 

For the adventurer out there, falling from planes and hiking to places most of us have never seen, try the OmniPod Insulin Pump. Not only is it lightweight, wireless, and waterproof, but the tubing free design makes this pump incredibly easy to slip into a pocket or purse, making this insulin pump perfect for people always on the go.