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Diabetes Positive Approach, Issue #109-- Cope with Diabetes; Live Healthy
September 07, 2010
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Welcome to this month's issue which is all about balancing your career and diabetes. It's all good news because we now have some rights and will no longer be discriminated against at the workplace. We have the law on our side in the form of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
In This Issue:
1. What's new at http://www.free-symptoms-of-diabetes-alert.com? Let's tackle the newsalert section first:
1. What's new at http://www.free-symptoms-of-diabetes-alert.com
Let's tackle the newsalert section first:
Here's a complete list of drugs that can affect the blood sugar levels. The team called "Diabetes in Control" has put them together. There are two sets of lists. One of the two lists the drugs that raise the blood sugar level while the other has the drugs that lower the blood sugar level.
Diabetes management in implanted glucose sensor? It's closer than you think for American bioengineers have shown it can work for over a year in a test they conducted. It has shown better results than other similar devices so keep it coming guys and price it so it will be affordable by all.
Preventing Complications of Type 2 Diabetes
Eating Eggs, Breastfeeding Affect Risk of Diabetes Mellitus (Type 2)
Grapefruit Helps in Treating Diabetes
Addressing Diabetes with Nutritional Ingredients
Diabetes Treatment Has Come a Long Way
Here are the new additions at our sister site at Blogging for Diabetes and You You may be able to hit control and click to follow the link:
Healthy Living, Healthy Life
2. Managing Diabetes at Work; It's a Balancing Act.
It's true there are challenges at work when it comes to managing diabetes but there are practical solutions and tips to help you. Should you tell your employer about your condition? If you have to do some managing of the condition at work, you will have to be upfront and tell about what you need.
You may need regular breaks and a private spot where you can do the testing, eat or take medications. If your blood glucose goes up, you may need a little rest until it goes back to normal. Employers who have more than fifteen employees are required to accommodate these needs. Some companies with less than fifteen employees are also happy to help out in this case.
The Americans with Disabilities Act requires employers to accommodate your needs even if you have shift work. They may have to give set hours for diabetes management. The only exception to this is if the employer can prove that such request will be a hardship for him.
Employers under the Americans with Disabilities Act can allow you to go on leave so you can obtain diabetes treatment. You will also be given time to recover from any illness that is related to diabetes. If you need some training for diabetes management, employers have to give you that too.
You can also request for change in your job if it will help you work better. For instance, if your limb has been amputated, the employer is required to allow some job modification for the use of crutches. Unless of course if the employer will be able to prove that it will cause hardship for his company.
As for your own preparation, make sure you have a kit ready that you can take to work that should contain medication, healthy snack and meals if they are not available at work. Your health care team can show you all you need to put in your kit. Tell and show people you work with what to do when you suffer from hypoglycemia.
2. Diabetes – What Are Your Rights at Work
It is too bad that some people have this backward-thinking mode and will discriminate other people due to illness and so forth. But you know what, that's their problem and not yours. I listen to a wise friend of mine who said that if we woke one day and had the same color, and same faces and all, others will still find something wrong.
Anyway this is the 21st century and discrimination is now illegal in hiring, firing, pay, promotion, job training and any other areas because of disability. If you find you are being discriminated, speak up and assert your rights. You don't have to be afraid that the boss will retaliate. That is against the law.
When applying for a job, you do not have to divulge that you have diabetes. Employers are not allowed to deny employment to any disabled individual. This is illegal. Mind you, there are some jobs where it would be necessary to reveal your condition because the job has some medical qualification requirement.
Even so, jobs that have some medical qualification do not totally rule out those with diabetes or other medical problems. These jobs are police officers, firemen, and commercial drivers. There are some restrictions though for pilots. Those who are dependent on insulin will not be able obtain a first class certificate which means he will not be able to fly a 747 or some other large commercial aircrafts.
It is the same thing in the military. They do not hire one who is dependent on insulin. The exception here is if the dependency comes after the hiring, then the person in question can stay hired unless he poses a threat to the lives and safety of himself and others.
3. A Success Quotation of the Month
"Do not be desirous of having things done quickly. Do not look at small advantages. Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly. Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished." Confucius
4. And here’s the dessert recipe we promised you.
Healthy Recipe: Casaba Melon with Creamy Sweet Curry
5. 6. Let's laugh together at this joke even if it's not funny. Laughing will help get us healthy.
Friend 1: I am here to buy some curtains. How about you?
Friend 2: I might as well buy some curtain too.
Friend 1: Didn't you buy some curtain the other day?
Friend 2: Well, I forgot to buy a curtain for my computer.
Friend 1: Computer? Why do you need a curtain for your computer?
Friend 2: Well, my computer has windows.
6. Do you have a question or comment for the team?
Drop us a line at our contact form and you may see your question answered in an upcoming issue of Diabetes Positive Approach like this one below.
Question: What would be a good fluid & electrolyte replacement regimen for a diabetic sweating due to extreme heat (120-150F) in work environment, not exercise.
Answer:Those are very high temperatures indeed which will lead to electrolyte and fluid loss which should be replaced. Without physical activity the blood sugar can go up to very high levels. What some do is to add a small amount of salt to the meals. Others sometimes take salt tablets accompanied by lots of water all day long to replace the loss of electrolyte and fluid.
There are also prepared drinks in the market that have low or no calories. Or you can make your own by adding a small amount of salt to a fruit flavored water or beverage. But consult your doctor, just in case you have other health issues that may be exacerbated by the aforementioned solutions. At any rate, always consult your doctor before making any change and then monitor your body's reaction to any new regimen.
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