4 Hacks For Making Your Life With Diabetes Easier

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By Steven Walker

diabeteswordAccording to statistics provided by the American Diabetes Association, over 29 million Americans have diabetes. As debilitating as the disease can be, modern technology has made it easier than ever to manage diabetes while living a rather normal life.

In addition to the positive impact that modern medical technology has had on the lives of diabetics, there are some easy tips and tricks that you can follow to make your life with diabetes easier. Here is a look at what they are.

Exercise Before Injecting Insulin

One of the challenges for many individuals with diabetes is that insulin, when injected, can take quite some time to take full effect. Participating in light exercise can reduce blood glucose levels and helps your body become more sensitive to the effects caused by insulin, which results a shorter impact time.

The great thing about this hack is that you don’t have to go out and run a mile or weight lift for an hour for it to work. Even a few jumping jacks or a short walk can do the trick.

Create a System for Disposing of Syringes

As a diabetic, it doesn’t take long for you get used to having to buy and use syringes on a regular basis. But what about disposing of them? For many, creating a system for disposing syringes can be a huge time saver.

When disposing of your syringes, it is essential that you utilize a sharps container. Your local community will likely have information about steps you can take to dispose of a full sharps container.

If you’re looking for something more convenient, some private companies will allow you to schedule a pickup service or enter into a mail back program. No matter what option you decide to go with, it is imperative that the proper safety precautions are taken for disposal.

Put Supplies in a Clear Bag When Traveling

As if getting yourself through airport security wasn’t difficult enough, it can be even more of a hassle when you’re traveling with your diabetes supplies. In most cases, you can avoid excessive delays while going through checkpoints by putting all of your supplies in a clear bag.

A large Ziplock bag should do just fine here. You’ll also want to make sure you have your Medical Necessity Letter on hand. This hack also helps with organization, as you certainly don’t want to be scrambling around for your supplies when it’s needed.

Put a Key Finder On Your Glucose Monitor

For diabetics, your glucose monitor is your lifeline. When you can’t find it, the situation can cause quite a bit of panic. To help ensure that this doesn’t happen to you, use a key finder and attach it to your glucose monitor or, even better, put in your supplies bag.

There are plenty of key finders out there that even come with apps that will display exactly where your supplies are. This can be a life saver when you’re scrambling around searching for your supplies.

While managing a life with diabetes is certainly not easy, it can be much easier by utilizing the life hacks above. Give a few of them a try and experience the convenience that they can provide.

Ten Tips For An Easier, Happier Holiday Season

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By Lorne Holden

womanweightsThe holidays. The people, the parties, the food, the gifts, the wonder of it all…..and the stress. If past holiday seasons have brought you more discomfort than ease, consider adopting some small changes in your attitudes and habits. Here’s a list of suggestions that can shift your stress to joy in no time!

1. Breathe – There is scientific evidence that ten deep belly breaths actually changes the body chemistry. We are calmer, happier people when we breath fully. If you feel a stressy moment approaching, consider this simple action to help.

2. Get Enough Sleep – It’s easy to forget that simply getting enough sleep is a starting block for having a great day. You may be going to parties galore, but don’t forget to get enough shut eye.

3. Eat Something Green Every Day – Making healthy food choices has a wonderful knock on effect. Eating a salad with broccoli at lunch will prompt your body to make wiser choices at dinner too, not to mention at all the evening parties. Include a green vegetable somewhere in your day – it may help with the urge to overeat cookies and sweets. At the very least, it will help balance your system.

4. Rest Your Mind – You don’t have to think of it as meditation. Just think of it as rest. Sit in a chair for ten minutes and imagine you have a blue sky with gorgeous clouds filling the top of your head. Keep your awareness on that beauty.

5. Count to Ten – Sometimes the things that Granny advised are still really the best advice. If you can feel an eruption of feelings coming on that might be unpleasant, take even a few seconds to breathe before you speak.

happyteens6. Make Time for Your Own Fun – The holidays often bring a host of social obligations that can be more necessary than joyful. Balance these times by building in experiences of what works for you. Declare a fun event for every day and dive into it.

7. Take a Ten Minute Walk – If you are driving to a party or event, plan on getting there a little early, and hop out of the car. Walk five minutes out and five minutes back. The fresh air will boost both your attitude and your energy level. You’ll be a welcome asset to the party or event because you’ll show up beaming.

8. Give – Nothing compares to the great feeling you get when you make a true offering to another. Find a charity, shelter or any organization that moves you and brighten their holiday season. You will be brighter off for it!

9. Be Grateful – Wake up every day and think of one thing you feel grateful for. There is always something. Gratitude has a positive viral effect on the system. Once you notice something to be grateful for, you will find other things too.

10. Be Kind – It really is true that what goes around, comes around. Be Kind. Be Kind. Be Kind.

Wishing you the happiest holiday season ever!

– Lorne Holden is an award winning artist and author of the bestselling book “MAKE IT HAPPEN in Ten Minutes a Day/The Simple, Lifesaving Method for Getting Things Done,” which is available at makeithappenintenminutesaday.com and by request at any local bookstore.

Making Health Easier – Video

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The video highlights the efforts of one educational organization, Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP), to keep kids healthy at an early age. Childhood obesity now affects approximately one in six kids and disproportionately affects low-income and minority populations. LAUP teaches kids healthy habits and is incorporating small, healthy changes that can be made in any classroom—like teaching fun dances and providing nutritious snacks.

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– Thank you to the CDC for granting permission to use this video