31 July 2014

Tip of the Day: Washing improves blood flow

Nothing is worse than feeling off, pricking yourself and NOT getting a good blood flow. Washing can improve the flow. No I do not mean go take a shower! Wash the area you intend to prick with warm soap and water. Dry before sticking. This should improve the blood flow.

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30 July 2014

Tip of the Day: Know the risks

Know the risk factors. Risk factors can increase your chance of developing diabetes. Risk factors include genetics, high blood pressure, low HDL cholesterol or high triglycerides, being over age 45, being a member of a high-risk ethnic group, being overweight and having an inactive lifestyle. Women who had  gestational diabetes during pregnancy also are at a greater risk.

29 July 2014

Tip of the Day: Fighting off Depression

Diabetics are at a higher risk of developing depression. The Mayo Clinic offers four suggestions to manage both diabetes and depression: self management, psychotherapy, medications/lifestyle change, and collaborative care.

Signs of depression include: 
  • loss of interest in normal activities
  • feelings of sadness or hopelessness
  • difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • appetite or weight changes
  • sleep changes including insomnia and early morning waking
  • anger or irritability
  • unexplained physical problems like back pain or headaches
  • thoughts of suicide

If you are experiencing any of these signs, talk to your physician or seek out a mental health professional.

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28 July 2014

Tip of the Day: ICE

ICE = In Case of Emergency. Include your emergency contacts in your cell phone. Name them ICE. So for example instead of "sweetie" for your spouse, use "ICE (name)". There are also apps for the various cell phones for this purpose.

In addition to your significant other or parent, consider your including your priest in this category. That said, I personally have not. He is in my phone but if he is needed, I would prefer my husband call on him.

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27 July 2014

Tip of the Day: Traveling

Planning a late summer trip? There are a couple things you should consider before heading out. First, pack extra supplies. Vacations are great but rarely do they allow us the pleasure of a routine. You may find you need to test yourself more than usual. Bring extra testing supplies. Better to have an not need than need and not have! Second, pack your supplies in your carry on. Your supplies are something you want with you not where the airline thinks it should be thrown. Finally, relax and enjoy. De-stress. Safe travels!
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26 July 2014

Tip of the Day: Set reminders

It is okay to set reminders for yourself. If you are like me, you have so much going on in your life that simple things tend to get overlooked. Awhile back I realized I was missing my daily meds on a regular basis. I literally set up a daily reminder for myself to take them. At 6 a.m. every day Care4Life texts me to remind me to take my meds and they include a helpful tip. It comes in as a text message which I do not mark as read until I take my meds. By the way, Care4Life is a free app.

25 July 2014

Tip of the Day: Fend off Dementia by controlling diabetes

Studies have shown that poorly controlled diabetes seems to cause cognitive problems in the elderly, and thus placing diabetics among those at risk for dementia.

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Book Review: Are the Keys in the Freezer?

Diabetics are considered an at risk group for dementia. For that reason, I am including this post (originally on my general writing site) which might be of some interest in that subject area.

Are the Keys in the Freezer?: An Advocate's Guide for Alzheimer's and Other DementiasAre the Keys in the Freezer?: An Advocate's Guide for Alzheimer's and Other Dementias by Patricia Woodell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

No one wants to think ahead to those decisions we may ultimately face in regards to our parents. However this book, "Are the Keys in the Freezer?". provides a first person personal look at what one family learned and went through together in regards to their mother.

The book is laid out in an easy to read manner. It covers briefly what exactly is dementia and the different stages of it. The book covers care facilities: how to choose one above another, cost factors, budgets to be able to afford one, the legal aspects, and of course the medical care aspects. Choosing a home is definitely not simply choosing the one closest to where you live. The book also covers hospice and advance care directives.

Also helpful is the resource list at the end for each chapter. These sisters consulted legal and medical professionals in writing this book.