November 8th, 2013
As part of our annual coverage of American Diabetes Month, we’d like to play myth busters with the help of our friends at InsidersHealth.com. Here are some common diabetes myths and the real truth behind them.
Fact or Fiction: 5 Common Diabetes Myths and the Real Truth Behind Them
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention tells us that 1 in 10 adults have diabetes and more and more people are being diagnosed daily. If the current trend continues in just a few short decades the number will soar to 1 in 3 adults.
November 6th, 2013
Diabetes is a group of diseases characterized by high blood glucose levels that result from defects in the body’s ability to produce and/or use insulin. Not sure what that means? This is the place to find out.
Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar (glucose), starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. Through multiple daily injections with insulin pens or syringes or an insulin pump, it will be up to you to monitor your blood glucose levels and appropriately administer your insulin. You will need to work closely with your healthcare team to determine which insulin or insulins are best for you and your body. Click here to learn more about Type 1 Diabetes.
November 4th, 2013
When newly diagnosed with diabetes, most people find themselves in a state of shock. However, being diagnosed with diabetes doesn’t prevent you from leading a ‘normal’ life.
The following tips are reposted from the American Diabetes Association website.
Take a deep breath.
Preparing your mind for your journey with diabetes is one of the best first steps to take.
Being told you have diabetes, or that there is a problem with your blood sugar level can cause quite a bit of stress — and rightly so.
Diabetes is scary.
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So you just found out you have diabetes? Diabetes Diagnosis: Getting the News
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November 1st, 2013
American Medical ID is a proud partner of the American Diabetes Association and supports the effort of American Diabetes Month to raise awareness of diabetes as a growing concern in the world.
American Diabetes Month 2013
One of the American Diabetes Association’s primary objectives is to raise awareness and understanding of diabetes, its consequences, management and prevention of type 2 diabetes. American Diabetes Month is an important element in this effort, with programs designed to focus the nation’s attention on the issues surrounding diabetes and the people impacted by the disease. In 2012, the Association launched a socially focused initiative for American Diabetes Month called A Day in the Life of Diabetes, to demonstrate the impact diabetes has on our families and communities across the country. In 2013, the American Diabetes Association will continue to grow the campaign with a host of online and offline program elements.
October 29th, 2013
As Halloween approaches, kids of all ages are busy feverishly selecting their latest Halloween costume, day dreaming about the endless supply of sugary goodness that awaits them, and deciding on how they are going to carve their pumpkin. And while the spirit of Halloween is in the air so too is the concern of parents of children with epilepsy on how best to keep their child safe while trick-or-treating as well as how to reduce the likelihood of seizures.
Re-posted from Epilepsy.com by Jenna Martin. Click here for the full article.
Photosensitivity Epilepsy & Halloween Safety
October 25th, 2013
Has your doctor recommended getting a medical ID bracelet or necklace? Many of our medical ID bracelets have an optional add-on service called MyIHR or My Interactive Health Record. It solves a lot of problems when it comes to having your medical information available in an emergency. It’s secure and best of all, there are no recurring fees!
Here’s a comment from an actual MyIHR user:
“About one month after receiving my medical ID bracelet charm, and inputting my information into the MyIHR portal, I suffered a bad fall at home. My spouse was out of the country working, and I was alone.
October 23rd, 2013
With a little preparation and forethought, your child with autism can have a safe and enjoyable Halloween. The Autism Society has compiled a list of great Halloween tips from their readers that we’d like to share (full article here). As an added safety measure, always be sure your child is wearing a Medical ID. American Medical ID features an array of medical alert jewelry for children and adults.
Your Tips for a Safe, Comfortable and Enjoyable Halloween
Make a deal with neighbors to have their kids come for a ‘dress rehearsal’ day before. Your child can first practice answering the door and handing out candy to kids. Then switch and practice knocking and saying “trick or treat!”
October 21st, 2013
With Halloween just over a week away, it’s important for parents of children with peanut and other tree-nut allergies to know which candies are safe for their children to eat. Here’s a list compiled by the Bay Area Allergy Advisory Board for 2013 which could be helpful in keeping your child safe. Remember to check the ingredient list every time as recipes and factory production practices change from time to time. As an added safety measure, always be sure your child is wearing a Medical ID. American Medical ID features an array of medical alert jewelry for children with styles to fit all personalities.
October 16th, 2013
This is a re-post of an article on Veria Living, written by Katie Ginder-Vogel. The complete article can be found here.
Halloween can be very frightening for children with food allergies and their parents. With a little planning, Halloween can be both fun and safe. Be sure your child is also wearing a medical ID. Here’s to a very Happy Halloween to all!
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Nut-Free Halloween: Tips & Treats to Keep Allergic Children Safe
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October 15th, 2013
This article is re-posted from www.kidswithfoodallergies.org. For the complete article, click here. Always be sure your child with food allergies wears a form of Medical ID. American Medical ID features an array of medical alert jewelry for children with styles to fit all personalities.
How to take the tricks out of treats when your child has food allergies
Halloween can be a tricky time for a growing number of children who have food allergies. Today, one in 12 children, or six to eight million kids, are affected by allergies to foods such as milk, peanuts and tree nuts, ingredients commonly found in candy. Often the most life-threatening, peanut allergy, for example, has doubled in the last five years.
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12 Halloween Tips for Parents of Children with Food Allergies
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