Daily Piece: Medication Reminders for the Busy Christmas Season

Christmas season has begun with all of the excitement, stress, depression or numerous other emotions that you may feel during this time.  Bottom line even in the joy or grieving (especially if it your “first” Christmas without a special loved one or friend) of the season it is so easy to forget to take care of yourself.  One of the self management behaviors (aka ways to take care of yourself) of diabetes is taking medications.  A couple of medication tips: 1) utilize a reminder system such as a pill box or reminder app on smart phone to make sure that you take your medicine each day, and 2) when traveling, make to pack medications in your carry on luggage rather than you packed bags.

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Daily Piece: Beginning Daily Habit of Gratitude on Thanksgiving

On this special day of gratitude and thanksgiving, I challenge you to make a gratitude list daily of 3 -5 things/people for which you are thankful.  I began this habit a couple of months ago when a very kind student, Freddi, gave me the gift of a gratitude journal.  This has transformed my daily perspective and attitude (yes, even on bad days) and it could change yours as well.  I wish each of you a very Happy Thanksgiving.Image result for thanksgiving

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Daily Piece: Dealing with Food and Stress of Holidays – Tips from an Expert

It is Thanksgiving Eve.  I am excited about running a Turkey Trot 5K bright and early in the morning to start the day off right to offset the temptations that I will face later in the day.  Holidays like Thanksgiving can present challenges with food and stress. I read a blog from Adam with DiaTribe on his tips for dealing with food and stress during the holidays earlier today. Adam always provides great tips as he knows how tough it can be as he lives with Type 1 diabetes. Please click below to read Adam’s tips.

https://diatribe.org/holiday-bright-spots-diabetes-tips?utm_source=diaTribe&utm_campaign=ab93aa99f5-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_11_20_05_14&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_22467a8528-ab93aa99f5-152660205

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Daily Piece: Go Back to Basics of Insulin Injection

I heard any interesting story of a person with Type 2 diabetes last week who required continual increases in insulin dose yet the blood sugar values would not change.  So it was time to go back to the basics to figure out the mystery of why the insulin was not working.  As it turns out, the person injected in the insulin pen needle however they dialed back the insulin pen rather than pressing the button to deliver the insulin.  After the mystery was solved, the dose of insulin was cut by 60%.  Insulin pen injection technique matters.

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Daily Piece: ADA Position Statement on Management of Youth-Onset Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

ADA has released an updated position statement on management of youth-onset Type 2 diabetes. Please click below learn more about this position statement.

http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/early/2018/10/26/dci18-0052

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Daily Piece: Updated Cholesterol Guidelines

Updated cholesterol treatment guidelines from the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology emphasize personal approach.  It is no longer one size fits.   Considerations such as family history, whether a person has diabetes and whether person is of an ethnicity considered to be at a higher risk must be assessed.  Click below to learn more details about these exciting new updated guidelines.

https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/pdf/10.1161/CIR.0000000000000624

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Daily Piece: Wearing Blue Today

Celebrating World Diabetes Day!  I am wearing blue in honor of all those living with diabetes and prediabetes.  Join me in honoring these amazing people.

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Daily Piece: Heart Protection

It sure is nice if a diabetes medication has an additional benefit.  Now, there four diabetes medications that protect the heart….Victoza, Trulicity, Invokana and Jardiance.

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Daily Piece: Much Anticipated FreeStyle LibreLink App is Now Available

Do you love technology as much I do?  I recommend the FreeStyle Libre on daily basis to persons with diabetes as it makes glucose monitoring easy.  What has been missing an app to compliment this great technology.  The wait is now over.  So excited to have the 14 day sensor as well as the FreeStyle LibreLink app!   Make sure to download this app.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-11-01/abbott-wins-fda-approval-of-much-anticipated-insulin-monitor-app

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Daily Piece: Thank You to All Diabetes Educators

Did you know that it is National Diabetes Educators Week?  What a great week to celebrate all diabetes educators who work tirelessly with persons with prediabetes and diabetes to empower them to have the best quality of life possible.   Click below to read about Jamillah (a diabetes educator) and her innovative practice.

https://www.diabeteseducator.org/news/member-update/july-2018/july-2018-details/forward/2018/07/10/july-2018-member-spotlight

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