Unless you love stepping outside to cold, dry air that smacks you in the face, winter (post-holidays, of course) can be a dreary season. For people with asthma, the cold weather can worsen their symptoms.
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Whether you are new to senior caregiving, looking for enhanced elder care training, or are looking for ways to support another caregiver, online education offers a world of opportunities. Here’s a collection of 10 great videos compiled by Melody Wilding of HealthWorks Collective that every caregiver should watch. Remember, these clips are no replacement for expert medical advice from your doctor or physician.
Learn more about how the National Diabetes Prevention Program can help you reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
About the Program
The National Diabetes Prevention Program encourages collaboration among federal agencies, community-based organizations, employers, insurers, health care professionals, academia, and other stakeholders to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes among people with prediabetes in the United States.
The inaugural partners of the National Diabetes Prevention Program were the YMCA and UnitedHealth Group. These partners were instrumental in starting the national program and continue to expand the reach of this evidence-based lifestyle program. CDC is enthusiastic about other organizations becoming involved in the National Diabetes Prevention Program. Most recently, Viridian Health Management, Inc. has agreed to partner with CDC and others to expand the reach of the program.
Joslin Diabetes Center recommends all people with diabetes to wear a medical alert ID bracelet or necklace.
Importance of Wearing a Medical Alert ID Bracelet with Diabetes:
“Medical alert bracelets enable rapid identification of patients with a number of illnesses, including diabetes, which can make them unable to communicate their illness to others,” according to Shamai Grossman, M.D., Director of the Cardiac Emergency Center and Clinical Decision Unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center).
Managing your child’s diabetes can be overwhelming, but Debbie Butler, L.I.C.S.W., C.D.E., Clinical Social Worker, Pediatrics and Behavioral and Mental Health in the Joslin Clinic, gives some tips on how to make it easier.
10 Tips to Help Manage Your Child’s Diabetes
- Parents need to take an active role in diabetes management tasks, regardless of the age of the child.
- Work with a health care team that is knowledgeable about pediatric diabetes. “At Joslin, we are lucky to have a large multi-disciplinary team of doctors, nurse educators, nutritionists, mental health specialists, child life specialists and other allied health professionals,” Butler says.
As part of our annual coverage of American Diabetes Month we’d like to provide some steps to managing your diabetes from our colleagues at the National Diabetes Education Program. Many people avoid the long-term problems of diabetes by taking good care of themselves.
Work with your health care team to reach your ABC goals (A1C, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol):
- Use your diabetes meal plan. If you do not have one, ask your health care team about one.
- Make healthy food choices such as fruits and vegetables, fish, lean meats, chicken or turkey without the skin, dry peas or beans, whole grains, and low-fat or skim milk and cheese.
Are you still wondering what to get that special person in your life? Whether it is a close family member or a good friend, giving the gift of an engraved medical ID for Christmas really says you care! American Medical ID now has a special gift ideas page where every product is under $30, engraving is absolutely free, and, if you order now, will be delivered in time for Christmas!
American Medical ID is now offering an adorable and functional medical ID bracelet for young children with type 1 diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes in children is a condition in which your child’s pancreas no longer produces the insulin your child needs to survive, and you’ll need to replace the missing insulin. Type 1 diabetes in children used to be known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes.
The diagnosis of type 1 diabetes in children can be overwhelming at first. Suddenly, you and your child — depending on his or her age — must learn how to give injections, count carbohydrates and monitor blood sugar.
The Affordable Care Act, passed in 2010, includes a number of changes to improve access to health insurance for individuals and families and make coverage more affordable. Some parts of the law are already in place and people with diabetes are already beneﬁting from them, while many other protections go into effect in 2014.
Protections Already in Effect
- Coverage for Children: Job-based plans and new individual plans cannot deny children coverage because of diabetes or any other pre-existing condition.