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Diabetes Positive Approach, Issue #109-- Cope with Diabetes; Live Healthy
September 07, 2010

Diabetes Positive Approach Newsletter # 109
September 7, 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:

  • What's new at
  • Managing Diabetes at Work; It's a Balancing Act
  • Diabetes – What Are Your Rights at Work
  • A Success Quotation of the Month
  • Dessert Recipe
  • Some Humor
  • Q&A

1. What's new at Let's tackle the newsalert section first:

1. What's new at Let's tackle the newsalert section first:

Drugs That Can Affect Blood Glucose Levels

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.

Implanted Wireless Glucose Sensor Lasts 520 Days

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

Preventing complications in diabetes is my favorite topic. And the author did well to list down the possible complications and the ways one can prevent them. I know most diabetics already know the complications that can come along, but it is wise to give gentle reminders so the info can keep fresh in the mind. I'm glad they did not tell us to try a little harder for I am sick and tired of that advice. If I hear that once more, I know I am going to scream.

Eating Eggs, Breastfeeding Affect Risk of Diabetes Mellitus (Type 2)

It's good to know that eating a limited number of eggs per week does not increase the risk to develop type 2 diabetes. But here's an important finding that I find of significance too as suggested in the title of this article. And that's breastfeeding lowers the risk!

Grapefruit Helps in Treating Diabetes

Wow, this is great news especially I live in Florida during the winter and eat a lot of grapefruits. They are good for my digestive system and now they can treat diabetes too? This has been proven by a study conducted by the Massachusetts General Hospital, a personal favorite of mine among all the hospitals in the world so it must be credible.

Addressing Diabetes with Nutritional Ingredients

Addressing the cure of diabetes using natural ingredients is something I am partial to especially because my experience regarding the use of bitter melon is top of the line. I know people personally who have diabetes and taking bitter melon tablets for decades are fine and healthy.

Diabetes Treatment Has Come a Long Way

Indeed, the diabetes treatment has come a long way from no treatment at all to life-saving insulin to continuous glucose monitoring system. And there are many more researches in different stages of development. So no one needs to be a diabetes time bomb. With all the information we have, alerts and so on, we cannot fail. We have also covered this topic in our website at History of Diabetes Treatment

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:

Diabetes Prevention - Health Ministry to Launch War on Diabetes

Diabetes Status Affects Brain Damage in Dementia

Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy Patients May Participate in a Walking Program

Diabetes Complications and Ways to Avoid Them

Diabetes Conference Helps Diabetics Cope

Article Published:

Sleep and Diabetes Often Go Hand in Hand - Part 1

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

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.

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

We will try to answer your questions in the next issue. We will try to put the contact form here but if it does not come on, you will see the contact form. Just scroll down to see the contact form.

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