Six Ways to Wreck Your Blood Sugar Levels

May 5th, 2011

WebMD has put together a list of Six Ways to Wreck Your Blood Sugar Level, subtitled What Not to Do If You Have Diabetes. The featured post on the online Diabetes Health Centre reminds diabetics that it requires constant vigilance to keep their blood sugar under control, warns against common mistakes and bad habits, and offers advice on how to avoid or deal with these pitfalls.

To read the post on WebMD, >CLICK HERE<.

Online Diabetes Community Invited to Contribute to Video Project

June 17th, 2011

Kim Vlasnik, an insulin dependent type 1 diabetic since the age of six, found welcome support through the online diabetes community. She has been writing the cheeky diabetes blog Texting My Pancreas (a name inspired by her insulin pump) since 2010. "Living with diabetes feels much more bearable when I think of it as a team sport," she writes on her About Me page.

Now the ambitious Vlasnik has launched a companion video project to strengthen the online community and to lessen the isolation, depression, anxiety and frustration often caused by diabetes. The project, called You Can Do This, invites diabetics to create and share videos of their personal challenges to show others they can get through the tough times.

Vlasnik believes that everyone with diabetes struggles at one time or another, and that validation and community can lighten the emotional load. "Tell us your stories," she invites her readers, "Show others what living with diabetes is really like - no sugar-coating. Talk about the tough stuff. Show us how you've dealt with it. Let others see their own struggles and feeling through your words."

Launched June 15th, 2010, the site had almost fifty videos uploaded in its first two days, and numerous positive comments posted by grateful fans. Texting My Pancreas and the You Can Do This Project can be found at www.textingmypancreas.com.

American Diabetes Association Releases Diabetes 24/7

July 14th, 2011

The American Diabetes Association has released new software to help diabetics enhance their diabetes control. The online tool, called Diabetes 24/7, is a personal health record which allows diabetics to store and track relevant medical information such as glucose readings, diabetes medications and test results. Healthcare providers such as doctors, pharmacies, laboratories and clinics can also access the information, with the patient's permission.

Diabetes 24/7 is designed to integrate with the free Microsoft program Health Vault, where the information is securely stored. Health Vault provides users with an easily accessible place to import, organize and share important healthcare records and information, all under the user's control. The site also offers a variety of online health management tools.

To learn more about Diabetes 24/7 on the American Diabetes Association website, >CLICK HERE<.

Helping Friends to Understand Diabetes

August 4th, 2011

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About.com Diabetes Guide Gary Gilles has written an excellent post titled Helping Friends to Understand Diabetes - Answers to 9 Common Questions. The post is aimed at insulin dependent type 1 diabetics, and tackles common myths and questions about blood glucose testing, insulin injections, diabetes and diet, and episodes of low blood sugar.

The post begins with:

Educating friends about your type 1 diabetes can be challenging. Many myths still exist about diabetes and you can do yourself a big favor by trying to replace those myths with accurate information. Here are nine of the most common questions your friends might be thinking and how to answer them.

To read the 9 common questions and Gilles helpful suggested answers on About.com, >CLICK HERE.<

Diabetes Videos on WebMD

August 18th, 2011

More and more people are turning to the web for information on health issues, including diabetes. WebMD is one of the most highly respected sources of timely and trusted medical news and information on the web. The site's Health A to Z section includes a comprehensive Diabetes Health Centre sub-section.

Aware that many people prefer to get their information in other ways rather than reading, WebMD has incorporated a number of alternative means of delivering information into their site, including interactive quizzes, tools such as a Food & Fitness Planner, and short documentary-style videos.

The diabetes-related videos feature real people in real life settings - diabetes patients, parents of diabetic children, researchers, and health care professionals. Currently, the site contains sixty diabetes videos on diverse topics, including:

  • Basic diabetes information (type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes, diabetes diagnosis, diabetes control, diabetes medication-)

  • Diabetes management (diet, foot care, glucose monitoring, A1C testing, hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia-)

  • Diabetes in children (preschool, young children, adolescents-)

  • Insulin delivery methods (insulin pumps, insulin inhalers, islet cells transplant-)

  • Diabetes research and studies (diabetes vaccine, stem cells, investigational diabetes medications, glucose monitoring tattoo, cord blood study-)

  • New diabetes treatments (islet cells transplant, continuous glucose monitors, botox for foot wounds, silicone eye oil for retinopathy-)

  • Alternative diabetes treatment (vinegar for diabetes, antioxidants, hyperbaric oxygen, medicinal properties of kudzu-)

  • Diabetes complications (foot ulcers, diabetic retinopathy, diabetic neuropathy, diabetes and depression, kidney disease-)

Should a topic be of particular interest, every video is surrounded by links to related in-depth information. To view a WebMD Diabetes Health Centre video on a study on the use of vinegar as a diabetes medication >CLICK HERE.<

Do You Need a Diabetes Emergency Survival Kit?

September 1st, 2011

Essential Preparedness Products (EPP) is marketing an emergency survival kit designed specifically for diabetics. The Diabetic med-Ecase is light weight, watertight, airtight, crush resistant, and will float in water.

The survival kit comes complete with glucose tablets, alcohol swabs, a syringe container, an ice pack, a log book to track insulin injections, diabetes medication bottles and a 7-day pill dispenser. Water purification tablets can be purchased as an add-on..

The rugged yellow case has customized compartments for insulin vials, insulin syringes, insulin pens, blood sugar meters, glucagon, and blood and ketone testing stripes. Users fill them with their own personal diabetes medication and supplies.

EPP focuses on emergency preparedness for those with serious medical conditions, creating customized med-Ecases containing necessary medications and supplies in preparation for an emergency, natural disaster, or just travel. Their Diabetic med-Ecase can be ordered online through the EPP website for $69.99.

5 Vision Loss Prevention Tips for Diabetics

April 6th, 2012

Diabetic retinopathy is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. For diabetics, it is the leading cause. Diabetic retinopathy is the result of microvascular retinal changes in the eye. New veins and capillaries begin to grow. However, these new growths aren't healthy, and often bleed, which causes the customary vision-blurring and eye reddening. Here are the top 5 tips for preventing diabetic retinopathy.

1. Know the symptoms - Double vision, flashing lights, redness or blood in the eye, difficulty reading-all of these are symptoms of diabetic retinopathy. Be sure to schedule an optometrist appointment if you experience any of these. Early diagnosis is key to keeping your vision.

2. Regular eye exams - as soon as you are diagnosed with diabetes, be sure to make an appointment with your ophthalmologist. You may have been living with the disease for some time, raising your risk of diabetic retinopathy. After this, be sure to get regular eye exams. Your ophthalmologist will be able to catch any retinopathy before it becomes serious. We recommend annual exams for diabetics.

3. Maintain your blood sugar - if your blood glucose levels rapidly rise, it can actually change the shape of your eye's lens. This can cause blurred vision.

4. Exercise - overall wellness is important not just for your eyes, but to keep your diabetes in check. It also helps to maintain your blood pressure. High blood pressure can cause a cloudy lens and blurred vision. Be sure to talk to your doctor about the right exercise regimen for your body.

5. Protect your eyes - eye protection is important for everyone, not just diabetics. Remember to wear protective sunglasses when at the beach, on the water, and especially on the ski slopes. White snow's reflective quality can cause eye damage.