How to Travel Safely with Diabetes

With warm weather in full effect, vacation season has officially arrived. This is the time of year that friends and family flock together to enjoy exploration and adventure, rest and relaxation, and some much needed time away. Doing this with diabetes, though, can be a lot to handle. Living with diabetes is hard enough itself, but when you factor in packing, travel and not being within your normal daily routine, it can get tricky. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming though! Check out these 6 tips for traveling safely and successfully with diabetes.

  1. See Your Doctor Before You Leave

Before you hit the road, travel overseas or plan to be anywhere other than home for an extended period of time, go see your doctor to have a medical exam. If you’re leaving home for a little while, you want to make sure everything is in control with your diabetes. Schedule the exam about a month before you leave, so that if everything isn’t in control, you have enough time to get things back on track.

Don’t leave your doctor’s office without getting both a letter and a prescription. If there’s an emergency, you’ll want to have a letter with you explaining what you need to do for your diabetes as well as list any allergies you might have. Though you should have enough supplies with you, a prescription for more insulin, syringes or pills is good to have with you just in case.

  1. Plan for Meals and Pack Healthy Snacks

Planning for meals is so important when traveling, especially if you’re going to be flying. Sometimes you can request meals for special dietary needs, but you should always have emergency snacks with you just in case. Some really great snacks for traveling (and always) are grapes and cheese, carrot sticks, walnuts, and low sugar yogurt.

  1. Know About Local Pharmacies and Hospitals

Research the closest hospitals and pharmacies before you go. If you’re staying in a hotel, the staff may be able to help you out with this as well. Even if you’ll be in the wilderness somewhere, try to figure out the closest hospital or urgent care to go if you’re in a bind.

  1. Check Your Blood Sugar Frequently

When you’re at home, you probably stick to the same routine along with foods that are relatively normal for you to munch on. While you’re away on vacation, you may be trying new or unfamiliar foods. Check your blood sugar more frequently than you normally would as well as 90 minutes or so after a meal.

  1. Pack Comfortable Walking Shoes

You may be doing a lot of walking while you’re away, so pack comfortable walking shoes to avoid blisters. If you’ll be walking on the beach, where sandals rather than going barefoot so you don’t get stuck with nasty cuts that could lead to infection.

  1. Bring Extra Supplies

Go ahead and bring twice as many supplies as you think you might need. Bring these in a carry-on bag as opposed to checking them on a flight where they could get lost or delayed. Also keep in mind where you’ll be able to store your supplies.

 

Cool Gear for Diabetic Joggers

Spring is finally here, and the time has come to step away from the sweaty indoor track and out into the open air. Jogging in the spring is a classic activity that runners—especially those runners who live in northern states—look forward to all year. Spring is also a popular for time for new runners to pick up the hobby.

 

Like all hobbies, springtime jogging requires some specific equipment. Running is, of course, much less gear-heavy than many other sports, but you will still need to buy a few things if you’re going to be safe and happy while getting in your daily workout. But what’s good and what’s a waste? Choosing which items to buy can be a tough problem for runner, no matter the experience level. Here are few good picks for this year’s springtime runners.

Shoes

One of the best things about having running as your hobby is that it’s so simple to gear up. Throw on some comfortable clothes, slip some shoes on, and you’re off to the races! But shoe shopping is much more complicated than it used to be. Sports scientists and athletic equipment companies spend lots of time and money coming up with innovate approaches to shoes. It’s sort of like reinventing the wheel, except that it works and is incredibly useful.

 

But which shoes to get? Here are some high quality kicks that’ve been putting a spring in the step of many industry leaders:

 

  • New Balance 1500v2. Runner’s World Magazine put these nifty little guys at the number one spot on their Best Running Shoes of 2015 feature. According to the experts at that magazine, the 1500v2 are light, react well to your feet’s movements, and have a good fit. They’ll run you over a hundred bucks, but that’s really not so bad for a product that’s going to help build you into a lean, energetic athlete this spring.
  • Saucony Triumph ISO 2. These bouncy bad boys landed the number two spot on Runner’s World’s list. The magazine cited some hi tech fabric that results in flexibility, bounce, and comfort. They’ll cost you about 150 dollars.

Shirt and Pants Fabric

Some traditionalists might not be excited about having to buy a fancy shirt for their morning jog, but believe it or not, the right apparel can make or break a run. Running will make you sweat, and if you’re wearing the wrong clothes, that sweat will drag you down. Heavy, hot, gross, and exhausted, you’ll stagger home like a college kid after a night at the bar; distractions can lead to injuries. You don’t want that. Wear light clothes created with runners in mind in order to keep your body feeling cool, relaxed, and energetic. Lighter clothes are sure to assist you as you make your way through the congested crosswalk. Be sure to remember to look both ways before crossing to ensure safety. According to Long Island accident lawyers, “drivers have an obligation to the safety of pedestrians”.

 

Coolmax Fabric. Coolmax fabric was designed by scientists to “keep your body cool, dry and comfortable enabling you to focus on improving your personal performance,” according to their makers. Moisture wicking material like Coolmax sucks the sweat off of any runner’s body. When you throw on one of their shirts or pair of socks, you know you’ll be able to focus on the important things—like running itself—while you’re out getting your spring exercise.

 

 

Diabetes : Cure or Conspiracy?

To some people, diabetes can be a fated nemesis that will remain for life. Most people might be unaware that diabetes can also be inherited. Medical history from other family members are certainly risk factors, but lifestyle is the ultimate determinant. Diabetes has restricted many people from having their favorite foods at their own chosen times, and that alone is a reason why diabetes is such an ill-fated ailment. Possible health complications only make living with these disease worse. With that in mind, it may be obvious to ask if there is truly no cure for diabetes. Could it be that there is a pharmaceutical conspiracy at a global level manipulating people’s sufferings as they please for financial gain?

 

Price of Medicine

 

Like most ailments, it does not come cheap. Having the need to control and maintain your diet can sometimes involve insulin, oral agents and injectable medications that can be quite costly, especially for such extended periods of time. For those with diabetes, the equipment needed varies depending on the type of diabetes. For type 2, which is a more severe variation, monitors and test strips are necessary. With so many millions of Americans suffering from this, pharmaceutical companies are definitely making a huge profit selling medication and equipment to treat it.

 

Conspiracy Theories vs Cure for Diabetes

 

There are scientists who claim to have discovered the cure to diabetes only to be silenced by big corporations. This is done by not allowing for the proper research to be conducted, as well as not allowing it to go past the laboratory phase. Rumors abound, but no cure is to be found. Documentaries have been produced stating this same claim, however, no one really knows if it is a true account or an attempt at attention and publicity. Others claim that they have found ‘miracle cures’. Unfortunately, most of these claims have no scientific basis. Although those are just claims, there really is a new breakthrough pill that is showing promise in research. It consists of probiotic bacteria that is thought to shift glucose levels in the pancreas. This bacteria was engineered to secrete a peptide that may release insulin as a response to food. Scientists hope to be able to bring it to market as soon as it is deemed safe and effective. It is believed to cure both types of diabetes.

 

Healthy lifestyle

 

Although many conspiracies that there is a cure for diabetes exist, no one to date has been able to prove said claims. Until then, there is nothing that can beat a healthy lifestyle.  Keep in mind that diabetes can still be overcome. Diabetes is mainly affected by your blood sugar level. Though it may seem easier than most may think, avoiding sugar in your everyday diet is not something that can easily be done without dedication and resolve. Sticking to home-cooked foods helps, as well as keeping track of your diet and blood sugar levels. With resolute, will, and effort when adhering to a healthy lifestyle and diet can help you live a long and healthy life.

Should Restaurants Offer Diabetic Friendly Menus?

In a survey done in the year 2014, around 9.3% of the population was suffering from diabetes. That is about 29.1 million Americans. The most inconvenient thing about being diabetic is keeping track of everything that is consumed. This makes it difficult to “eat out” at a favorite restaurant. Most restaurants do not take into consideration any of the needs or preferences of the 29 million diabetics that visit their establishments. Generally, most of the restaurants are for non-diabetic individuals who do not have to manage and check what they eat. These establishments do not bother much about cooking food or preparing menu items that are diabetic-friendly.

Wait Times

Restaurants serving food to individuals with diabetes should keep in mind that the patients with a high (or low) glucose levels need to eat on time. Individuals that are diabetics likely take insulin injections or tablets, and within a certain time, they need to eat. Restaurants should understand this and should provide services accordingly. Restaurants should also be mindful of not keeping patrons waiting for too long. There should also be emergency medical kits in case anyone falls sick in the establishment.

Menu Redesign

Experienced chefs should redesign menus that are appropriate for consumption for those that suffer from diabetes. They should know and report on the menu the amount of sugar and salt that is in the food. Moreover, they should know and disclose which starchy items that may be included in meals. Menus should be more transparent and disclose exactly what is in their food. For many Americans, this is a crucial determinant in keeping their sugar levels in control.

Diabetic-Friendly Options

Restaurants should also provide diabetic-friendly options in their menus. Having diabetes does not mean eating having to eat tasteless or bland foods. Those with diabetes need to know that they have a high range of options too. With the increase in diabetes across the nations, our restaurants should be doing more to provide meals that everyone can enjoy, while still being healthy.

Choosing a Restaurant

There are certain important things that the diabetics should also remember while choosing to eat out:

  • They need to find out whether the restaurants they are visiting offer diabetic-friendly options. Research the restaurant and their menu beforehand.
  • They should not accept just anything that is available in the menu. They should be particular about the menus they are choosing.
  • They should not feel awkward letting the waiter know about food preparation preferences. It is very important to watch what you eat.
  • Be mindful about portion control.
  • Avoid the extras, and ask for substitutes when necessary.

Having diabetes has become a social problem and social responsibility. We all must work together to have a healthier nation. Restaurants can opt to include healthier options, but we have to opt to pick those healthy options. That is our personal responsibility. We all deserve to be healthy. That starts at the table.

Do you suffer from diabetes? How do you choose a restaurant?

FDA Responds to Actos Side Effects Reports, Orders On-going Study

ActosActos is a medication in the class of drugs known as thiazolidinediones (TZD) which help those with Type 2 diabetes regulate glucose levels. Although exercise and a healthy diet can help regulate blood sugar, medication is sometimes the only way some are able to control their diabetes.

Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1999, Actos (pioglitazone hydrochloride), manufactured by Takeda Pharmaceuticals, has been tied to serious side effects including, bladder cancer, congestive heart failure, and bone fractures. Adverse event reports received by the FDA prompted the federal agency to order a 10 year safety review of the medication.  Meanwhile, adverse events have also prompted litigation as Takeda continues to be named in a growing number of Actos lawsuits filed nationwide.

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