Aside from being Diabetes Awareness month, November is also known for being the month when Veterans Day is celebrated (November 11, 2019). While this may come as a surprise to some, veterans are more at risk of having diabetes compared to most people. This is primarily due to the fact that veterans have a higher likelihood of obesity and almost 25% of veterans have been diagnosed with diabetes.

 

People that suffer from diabetes often need to follow a strict routine that requires regular insulin injections, glucose monitoring, and doctor visits. People with diabetes also follow a specific diet and workout plan as well. While this can seem doable and completely normal to do for some people, the same cannot be said for those who are veterans. 

 

For many veterans, managing diabetes can seem like an added burden on top of the many health concerns that they deal with on a day-to-day basis. After all, it can be difficult enough to get therapy and medical assistance for injuries and disability, diabetes care, therefore, seems to take a backseat as a result.

 

However, neglecting to put diabetes care first can have devastating effects on one’s health and may lead to even more complications with existing medical problems or injuries. Finding suitable diabetes care that takes into account the needs of veterans is essential.

 

Luckily, many government offices, including VA, have begun offering dedicated diabetic care and support programs for a number of eligible veterans. Taking the time to look at these different plans and enrolling in the best one is already a step in the right direction. Many care plans are usually individualized and have diet counseling, weight loss programs, and blood sugar monitoring as inclusions already.       

 

Many veterans, however, value their independence and may be averse to the idea of having to go to the experts for help. Or, some of them just physically can’t go to the clinic and may only have home care as their option. In many cases, autonomy support has shown to be an effective type of support for these kinds of patients.  

 

Care providers and even family members can help encourage veterans with diabetes to be more proactive about taking insulin or monitoring their glucose levels by simply respecting their boundaries and needs. When a person knows that their loved ones and health care professionals respect their wishes and goals, they become more motivated to follow their health care plans.

 

Diabetes care is no walk in the park, especially not for veterans who suffer from it. However, that does not mean that help is not available to them. This Diabetes awareness month and Veterans’ Day, think about reaching out to a loved one to let them know that there are forms of social support that will help them feel empowered instead of powerless. Their future health is worth it.

Type 2 Diabetes Intro Updates November 11, 2019

 

The Basics of Type 2 Diabetes- What it is, and what’s next.

Type 2 Diabetes occurs when the pancreas stops producing an adequate amount of insulin, or your body does not respond appropriately to it. Without insulin, your body cannot properly store the sugar and fat from the food you eat. Symptoms of diabetes include fatigue, increased hunger, weight loss despite the increased appetite, blurry vision, dark patches on the skin, infections that heal slowly, fatigue, and excessive thirst and urination. As there is no cure for diabetes, and it is a lifelong illness, it is very important that you are able to find new ways to manage your blood sugar levels, and take control of your health.

Unmanaged diabetes can lead to serious complications. This includes heart disease, nerve damage, kidney damage, skin and mouth infections, hearing problems, and foot infections that can lead to amputation.

Diabetes is a long and life-changing journey, but we’ll be with you every step along the way. According to the CDC, approximately 18.2 million Americans are affected by diabetes. While you will have to adjust to many new changes, you are not alone in your journey to take care of your health and manage your diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes management over the years has become far more manageable and less cumbersome due to modern advancements in technology. This allows you to focus on working on other aspects of treatment, like diet and exercise, instead of worrying about how to get accurate readings of your blood glucose levels.  At-home care can often be difficult, but devices such as the Care Touch Blood Glucose Monitor makes it possible to monitor vital information even outside of a doctor’s office. As blood sugar should be monitored frequently, it is important that you have a way to do so at home.

Adjusting to your new lifestyle of actively monitoring your meals can be a daunting task. However, managing your diabetes is incredibly important for both the sake of your current and future health in order to prevent medical complications. Fortunately, diabetes is not a new disease, and while there is still no cure, modern technology has made adapting to these lifestyle changes less of an arduous task

There are several ways to effectively manage your diabetes. This includes planning your meals ahead, exercising regularly, taking medicine, using supplements for additional vitamins and minerals, and monitoring your blood sugar and blood pressure at home. Diet and exercise are likely the easiest things that you can adjust, however it is important to regularly keep track of fluctuations in your blood sugar. While you’re going through your journey, here are a few things to consider to help properly manage your type 2 diabetes.

Losing Weight

One of the most important parts of managing your type 2 diabetes is to lower your weight and blood sugar levels. Even just losing a moderate amount of weight while keeping it off is a huge step towards lowering your risk of diabetes health complications. Lowering your calorie intake and increasing your physical activities should be an active goal of yours. Losing weight may sound like a daunting task at first, but there are many ways to do so, be it exercise, diet, or just being mindful about food labels. Every little bit counts, as diabetes care is a marathon and not a race.

Exercise

Creating a regular exercise routine will help control your weight and may decrease the risk of health complications associated with diabetes. 30-minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, 5 days a week will add more structure to your daily routine, on top of helping your weight loss goals. Things that raise your heart rate, such as biking, jogging, aerobic exercises, swimming or even just fast walking will help are simple activities that try out until you find something that you enjoy. There is no right answer for which activity is the best one, but try to pick an exercise that you can commit to 5 days a week.

Medications

On top of diet and exercise, depending on the severity of your blood sugar levels, a doctor may prescribe for your medication to lower your blood sugar levels. Make sure to properly take each medicine as prescribed, and inform your doctor if you’re experiencing side effects. Remember that medication alone may not be enough, to lower your blood sugar levels and that it should be accompanied by proper diet and exercise.

Checking Blood Sugar Levels

Regularly checking your blood sugar levels should become part of your everyday schedule. Blood glucose monitoring systems can help you quickly and accurately measure your glucose levels. This allows you to determine which foods affect your blood sugar levels the most so that you can adjust your diet accordingly. Care Touch Glucometers provides accurate and reliable readings in order to make the process simple. You can accurately track and save your readings so that you can chart changes over time, and provide accurate information for medical consultations. Paired with the Care Touch Test Strips and Care Touch Lancets, you have the perfect set of tools to help you with your new routine.

The Next Steps

Diabetes can be a long journey, but it doesn’t have to be a difficult one when it comes to getting proper support and the tools you need. Care Touch will be here to support you throughout your entire journey with guides, tips, and strategies, and products to help you take better control of your life and health.

There will be days when your health routine can seem debilitating or hard to do for one reason or another, but remember that consistently managing your diabetes is worth it. You don’t have to do every step perfectly, you just need to keep doing them. Life can get in the way sometimes and you need to put some things on hold in order to sort out what you need. However, your health should never be one of them.

Type 1 Diabetes Intro Updates November 8, 2019

When you are first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, it can be a devastating revelation. You might feel overwhelmed and heartbroken over the changes that you’ll need to make in your daily life, but you should never feel defeated. Managing type 1 diabetes has gotten easier over the years, and with good quality products (like those from Care Touch), you can continue living your life without being held back by type 1 diabetes.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that diabetes management is not a one-size-fits-all solution. You will need to tailor your care plan according to your needs and your lifestyle by getting the expert opinion of health care professionals that you trust. Remember that with type 1 diabetes, your pancreas produces little to no insulin at all. Regular insulin shots are necessary to help keep your blood sugar and subsequent energy levels in check.

 

A Day-to-Day Guide

In addition to insulin shots, you might also be prescribed to take specific types of medication and will need to follow an exercise routine and nutrition plan to stay healthy as well. This will require you to make a few tweaks in your daily routine that will require forming habits that may seem hard to do at first. However, with time and determination, these habits will simply become a normal part of your life. 

 

In the Morning

When you wake up in the morning, it’s important to check your blood sugar levels as soon as possible. Using a lancing device to get a drop of blood onto the test strip of your glucometer. Care Touch has a lancing device that allows you to quickly get a blood sample with minimal pain and skin trauma. You won’t need a huge drop of blood when you use our glucose meter too!

Checking your glucose levels first thing in the morning will give you an idea of how your insulin levels were during the night. If it was too high or too low, you can immediately correct it with an insulin shot or when you eat breakfast. What you eat for breakfast should fit your nutrition requirements while giving you fuel for the day ahead. It’s a rule of thumb to include a lot of whole foods in your diet and to keep the sugary drinks or snacks during emergencies or to keep you energized for intense physical activities. 

Therefore, skipping breakfast can be detrimental if you have type 1 diabetes as you need to check your blood sugar levels before and after every meal you eat.

It is also good to take your prescribed medications during breakfast time as well. You can stay organized and on top of things by keeping a diabetes journal and by sorting your medication in pill dispensers. This is especially helpful during busy mornings.

 

The Commute

Whether you drive or take public transportation to school or work, remember to bring a snack to keep your energy and blood sugar up. This is especially important if you drive. That way, you’ll stay alert.

 

During the Day

Before eating your lunch, make sure to check your glucose levels and take note of it as eating will cause changes. While having a packed lunch is most ideal to stay within your nutritional requirements, it’s also good to have access to food stalls and restaurants that have diabetic-friendly meals so you always have options.

It’s also important to get some exercise sometime during the day too. You should focus on 30-60 minutes of physical activity that you enjoy doing so it doesn’t feel like a chore! Remember to check your blood sugar levels before and after your workout session as well.

 

In the Evening

When you get home from work or school, it’s important to treat the night as a time to relax and de-stress. Check your blood sugar levels before and after having dinner, do something to help you unwind,  and get enough sleep. Your sleep cycles can actually be affected by low or high blood sugar so making sure you keep it at manageable levels is essential. Making sure that you reserve the evening for your relaxing time helps prepare you for another day ahead. 

 

Take Control of Your Health

There will be days when your health routine can seem debilitating or hard to do for one reason or another, but remember that consistently managing your diabetes is worth it. You don’t have to do every step perfectly, you just need to keep doing them. Life can get in the way sometimes and you need to put some things on hold in order to sort out what you need. However, your health should never be one of them.