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Diabetes Positive Approach, Issue #1310-- Cope with Diabetes; Live Healthy
October 01, 2013

Before we can continue on with our smile and praise club and keep on doing good for someone else, we must be careful who we associate with. Mix only with people who have high moral character and are positive. Associating with people who are optimistic and who look at the bright side of life will rub off on us.

Pretty soon we will be thinking the same way and our praise and smile club will flourish on. This will then allow us to think of what we can do for other people especially last month when were dealing with depression. At least this time, we will tackle the topic on Diabetes Advocacy, my most favorite theme.

In This Issue:

Special Diabetes Program

The Special Diabetes Program has worked hard to stop and reverse the diabetes complications, but we have to continue helping these advocates. We have to stand together with all the diabetes advocates so they can continue working for us. Not only have they shown progress in identifying environmental triggers of type 1 diabetes but also they have helped attain the reduction of end-stage renal disease in Native American Communities by 28%.

The trouble is, this Special Diabetes Program is set to end in September, 2014. Let us stand united so we can keep this program alive. The cost of diabetes is high but this program is quite an investment. What can we do to help? Tell your members of congress to sign the Special Diabetes Program "Dear Colleague letter” by the Diabetes Caucus Co-Chairs so this program can continue to be funded.

The research breakthroughs made possible by this program are improving diabetes care for the nearly 26 million Americans who are living with diabetes in ways that will decrease the long-term health costs related to diabetes complications. Congress needs to make this program a priority or we risk losing critical advancements in our fight against diabetes.

So please, let us all tell our legislators to show us their support in this program for the sake of the health and future of the millions of Americans afflicted with diabetes. This is a powerful investment and let the Congress know this should be a priority for the diabetics and their families.

Diabetes advocates have also done such good work to make every child safe at school. They were victorious when the California Supreme Court ruled that trained school personnel be allowed to administer insulin to diabetic children. It used to be that only nurses could do this, but not every school can have a nurse every day.

The same thing happened in Arizona and Missouri where Safe at School legislation was signed into law allowing school personnel volunteers to be trained on how to administer insulin and glucagon to children with diabetes. And if the children are old enough and able to do so, they are allowed to self-manage their diabetes in school.

In Kentucky, the state legislature approved and the state Board of Nursing agreed to change a regulation that now will allow trained school personnel to help the children who need their insulin. This is indeed ground breaking for the advocates worked hard for years to obtain this regulation.

Taking Diabetes to School

This color illustrated book for elementary age children contains an instructive story of a grade-schooler with diabetes who tells his classmates about the disease and how he manages it. The story offers sensitive insight into the day-to-day school life of a child with a chronic illness. Includes Ten Tips for Teachers and; Kids Quiz--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Here's a review from a verified Amazon Purchase: This was my personal favorite standout book from the 5 or so diabetes related books I have ordered. It is a simply written picture book suitable for all ages of primary school children that demystifies diabetes in a way that is cool and easy to understand. It could be read quite easily by the teacher to the class or by the children.

The main character does not wear an insulin pump but he has a friend in the book who does so both insulin pump wearing and injection therapy are well covered in this book. I think what I liked best about this book is the ten top tips for teachers at the back of the book- this is gold and would make a great gift for any teacher for their classroom library.

So check out this Taking Diabetes to School Link on Taking Diabetes to School (Special Kids in Schools Series)and you will be impressed!

2. Must-Reads from Around the Web

Be an advocate and show them the. 6 Tips to Eating Mindfully

Join in the fight to get FDA to insist on the topic.Meter Strip Must Give Accurate Reading

A good diabetes advocate shares news on how to Cut Cost of Diabetes Supplies

Be a diabetes advocate and share with them the Five Foods that Will Help Them Sleep Better

Be a diabetes advocate and show them the 5 Ways to Beat Stress Naturally

3. Heather Gabel, The Rising Star of the Diabetes Advocates

Heather lives in San Francisco and was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 11 in 2001. She has a degree in East Asian religion and philosophy and is now working with Dr. Korey Hood at UCSF as administrative and programs assistant. They are working on the psychosocial aspects of diabetes.

But what made her stand out as a diabetes advocate was when she started Beta Connect while she was in Berkeley at the University of California. This provided a way to mentor kids and teens in health care centers as well as in the hospitals. Heather said this was developed with a philosophy that stresses an approach to diabetes as a teammate or as a relationship.

The goal of Beta Connect is to improve the lives of these children who are faced with the challenges with diabetes every day. This will help the youth understand their own diabetes story. The focus is on providing this youth access to the needed social support so they can manage and cope with their diabetes challenges.

The idea was sparked by how alone she felt at first before she found like-minded people because at first she felt so alone and as if there was nobody who understood her and her struggles. She thought the only one who would understand her would be someone in the same circumstances she is in.

4. A Success Quotation of the Month

"Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs.  Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger.  If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves." - Dale Carnegie

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

Summer Fruit Gratin

6. Some Humour - Let's laugh together at this joke even if it's not funny. Humor works fast for it does not even take a second after you hear a funny joke for the electrical wave to move through the higher brain functions. Mind you, the left hemisphere examines the joke and the right hemisphere gets the joke.

The visual sensory area then creates the images and the emotional system makes you happier while the motor section makes you laugh or smile. That is why I always incorporate jokes in the newsletter because I am desperate to make you laugh or smile. But how can I do that when my jokes are so lame? I am sure you have better jokes than what I have. Share them with us, will you?

Night Courses

Alex: I have been taking night courses and learning a lot. For example, Do you know who is Graham Bell?

Linda: No, who is he?

Alex: He invented the telephone.

The next morning they had a talk again.

Alex: Last night I learned all about Alexander Dumas.

Linda: Who is he?

Alex: He wrote "The Three Musketeers".

The third morning, they had a talk again.

Alex: Last night I learned who wrote the "Confession".

Linda: Do you know who is Ben Roces? (Irritatingly)

Alex: No, who is he?

Linda: He is the man sleeping with your wife. You would know if you stop taking night courses.

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. Q&A: Give Until It Helps


Some diabetics want to be advocates too and lately we received questions regarding donating blood to the American Red Cross. There was some concern as to whether the diabetics are allowed to donate blood. We asked Dr. Francine, MD as to her opinion and recommendations regarding this issue. These are what she had to say.

The diabetics are not automatically excluded from donating blood. The American Red Cross states that they can donate blood as long as they meet the following guidelines:

  • They have not had an initial dosage of insulin or change of insulin dose in at least two weeks.
  • They have not received an injection of bovine (beef) insulin made from cattle from the United Kingdom since 1980.
  • Type 2 diabetics are not excluded from donating blood just because they take oral medications but the suggestion is that they wait 56 days or 8 weeks between whole blood donations.
  • They may also meet other guidelines to qualify for blood donation depending on their medical history

8. Got something to say? Please write down your questions and comments in the contact form in our website.

Just go to the contact form and write your questions there. Also go to the disclaimer.

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

We hope we have driven home the fact that associating with people with high moral value and positive outlook in life is one of the keys to your success. Many times we have heard people say, "Tell me who your friends are and I'll tell you who you are." That is because we develop much of the way the people around us think and do.

When we go around with the right people who are positive and morally upright, our chances of winning this battle with diabetes are greatly enhanced. It is the same way in everything in life, we are influenced by the people around us either positively or negatively. It is a good thing we can choose our contacts and friends, don’t you think?

Warm Regards,

Roger and Evelyn Guzman

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Did you miss the following back issues of this newsletter? Here are two of them:
Diabetes Positive Approach Newsletter 805

Diabetes Positive Approach Newsletter 806

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