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Diabetes Positive Approach, Issue #1308-- Cope with Diabetes; Live Healthy
August 06, 2013

How's the smile and praise club working out for you? It's working out well for me. Despite the challenges we meet along the way, things seem to be a little brighter. I don't know why I didn't think of this sooner because one of the best ways to make someone else feel better is to spread good cheer and optimism.

So try this little experiment with your family and friends. When they ask you how you are, say with a big smile on your face, "I'm fine and I will even feel better." For it's true. If you say you'll feel better and mean it, you will be attracting that good feeling to you. I mean it, despite the fact that we are going to tackle daily living with diabetes in this issue.

In This Issue:

Daily Living With Diabetes - How To keep Track of Things - A Checklist!

Managing diabetes is not easy, but a checklist will help a lot. Refer to this checklist often and write down the date after each is done. Follow what your health care team suggested and ask them questions if something is not clear.

Do the Following Every Day!

1. Monitor Your Blood Sugar Level as per recommendation of your health care team. Write down the result each time in a notebook. Take note of what caused the result in terms of food eaten. Is the reason behind the spike too much exercise or too little? Is it stress that is causing it to rise? Adjust accordingly.

2. Eat Healthy. Let us show who is the boss by following the Meal Plan for Diabetics, How It Is Done. You guess it right. It includes fruits and vegetables, lean meats and low saturated fats.

3. Move More. We already know the benefits of exercise but it is a good idea to keep things fresh in our mind. So I urge you to read up on the link between exercise and diabetes and the benefits of exercising regularly.

4. Take the Medications as Prescribed by the Doctor. When eating healthy and moving more are not enough, the doctor may prescribe medications for you. To familiarize yourself with what you need to know, read about insulin and pills. There are also links to get help to buy medications here.

5. Take Care of Your Teeth. - Diabetes can affect the gums and lead to diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is milder than the second one and can be reversed if we take good care of our teeth. There periodontitis is explained. As well there will be a link to excellent info on this issue in the Must Reads Section.

6. Take Care of Your Eyes. - All diabetics are at risk to develop eye complications. That is why a yearly check up is a must. So is taking care of the eyes. There is also Financial Aid for Eye Care complete with websites and telephone numbers.

7. Take Care of Your Skin. - When the blood sugar is high, it is easy for the body to lose fluid causing the skin to dehydrate. This website explains further the 14 daily regimen of diabetes skin care found in the bottom of that page. It will show anyone how to clean, moisturize and protect the skin.

8. Check Your Feet Everyday. - Doing this everyday can prevent complications from making an unwelcome visit. Knowing as much as we can about this issue can help so you can read the definition and background information, the causes, treatment and prevention of diabetic foot ulcer, and the suggestions from a foot specialist plus the many forms of management like exercise, healthy eating, stop prolonged pressure, and the daily foot care. Armed with this knowledge, how can we not do away with the complications?

9. What To Do at Every Doctor's Visit - Have your cholesterol and blood pressure checked. Show the doctor the notebook where you wrote down the results of your testing. Then ask him about your A1C level and talk to him as to what goal you need for the next time you visit him. Then take off your shoes and socks and get the doctor to check your feet.

10. Here's the To-Do List to Schedule Once a Year - Get the eye doctor to do a complete eye exam. Do the same with your foot doctor. Get your urine checked for protein and have a blood test for serum creatinine. The triglycerides and cholesterol should be checked too. Let us know what else you do that has helped you. We will publish it here for all to see.

2. Must-Reads from Around the Web

Low Income Dental Financial Help

Finding Low-Cost Dental Care

Financial Aid for Eye Care

Diabetes and Skin Care

Daily Foot Care

3. Coping with Diabetes Emergencies

I had a friend who went on vacation with us. Things went well until she told me that she forgot to bring her diabetes pills. She said she had a solution for that. She was just not going to eat. I was horrified about her solution. Of course I will never let her do that. So I dragged her to the nearest drugstore where the pharmacist called to get her prescription. The moral of the story? Emergencies happen so here are some tips:

3 Most Ridiculously Easy Ways to Cope With Diabetic Emergencies To Make Your Blood Sugar as Happy as Prince William and Kate Are Over the Birth of Their Son

1. Wear a diabetes medical bracelet as this will help any emergency personnel during an emergency.

2. Bring a backpack with your diabetes supplies. Hang it up on the door knob so you will not forget it as you leave your house.

3. Bring sugar tablets with you to avoid a hypoglycemic emergency. In fact, you should have this at work too along with the bag of diabetic supplies.

Do you have a story to tell about this issue? Share it with us in the contact form and we may publish it for all to see.

4. A Success Quotation of the Month

"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." - Thomas Edison 

5. And here's the dessert recipe we promised you.

Strawberries Balsamic Sorbet

6. Some Humour - Let's laugh together at this joke even if it's not funny. Why? Because it increases learning and memory. They conducted a study on this at Johns Hopkins University Medical School. Do you know what they found out? When humor is used during instruction, the test scores went up! Hmm, this might still get me to Harvard Medical School. Keep laughing, okay? I confess my main purpose to include humour is to stabilize the blood sugar test results. After all, it is supposed to improve creativity, memory and alertness. You can't blame this girl for trying.

A New Hearing Aid

A man was telling his neighbor about his new hearing aid, singing its praises to the high heavens, boasting that he can hear from miles away.

Old Man: I just bought a new hearing aid.

Neighbour: That's great.

Old Man: It costs me four thousand dollars, you know.

Neighbour: Wow, that's expensive.

Old Man: Yes, but it's worth it. It's the best.

Neighbour: Really?

Old Man: It's perfect; I can hear from miles away.

Neighbour: That's good. What kind is it?

Old Man: Twelve thirty.

7. Do you have a question or comment for the team?

Drop us a line at our contact form and write your questions or comment there.

You may see your question answered in an upcoming issue of Diabetes Positive Approach like this one below.

7. What Do You Keep in a First Aid Skin Kit When You are Diabetic?


Here are what you should keep in the First Aid kit for the skin, but I will not stop here for I would like you to have also the first aid for diabetics not just for the skin so I am thankful to the amazing reader who submitted this question as it gave me the chance to make it full blown to include a Diabetic Kit

For the skin, it's simple, just make sure the following are handy to take care of the feet and hands: Cleansing towelettes just in case there's no soap and water available, gauze pads, paper tape or hypoallergenic tape and antibacterial ointment.

You never know when injury happens, so please make sure you know what can happen, and the action you need to do. Just like the boys scouts, be prepared so have a kit both at home and at work with the telephone numbers you may need to call for help. You will need these special items in the first-aid kit: antiseptic cream, sterile dressings of various sizes along with bandages to hold them and a small pair of scissors.

What to Have in Your First-Aid Kit

list of your current prescriptions and a first aid booklet

testing supplies like the strips, controls and batteries

glucose tablets and glucagon kit

copies of prescriptions for human insulin and insulin syringes

extra insulin and appropriate syringes

adhesive tape and sterile gauze (both 2x2 and 4x4)

adhesive bandages in various sizes and elastic bandage

anti-bacterial soap and towelettes

skin-care lotion and antibiotic cream

calamine lotion and antiseptic solution

hydrocortisone cream (1%) and anti-nausea medication

sugar-free drinks and tweezers

acetaminophen and ibuprofen

a pair of sharp scissors and 2 pairs of plastic gloves

flashlight and extra batteries for flashlights

safety pins and insect repellent

tablets to purify water and disposable instant cold packs

alcohol wipes or ethyl alcohol and thermometer

list of phone numbers in case of emergency

Insulin pump and sensor consumables

medication for athletes foot

In your FIRST AID KIT, have the following:

Glucose tablets or gel, or glucagon injection kit–for hypoglycemia

Anti-diarrhea tablets and re-hydration treatment for diarrhea

Painkillers and antibacterial ointment to treat wounds

Cream for skin infection and cough or asthma medication

Antihistamine tablets–for allergy, anti-nausea or travel sickness medication

Antibiotic for skin and urine infection, upper respiratory tract infection and others

Treatments for blister and antiseptic solution like alcohol

Tablet to purify water and insect repellent

A pair of scissors and dressings for the wounds

Gauze/cotton and bandages and Tape

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Thank you for being a subscriber of Diabetes Positive Approach, !

Regarding our smile and praise club, it's sometimes hard when a telemarketer calls but I go ahead and sing my little Good Morning Song just in case it's someone else calling because I feel responsible to make that caller as happy as I am, telemarketer or not.

You know what, even when I don't feel well, I soon feel good just thinking and hoping I gave that person a lift. For I do believe that everyone feels better when exposed to such optimism and cheer, no matter how long and the nature of the call is.

Warm Regards,

Roger and Evelyn Guzman

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