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Will New Connecticut State Laws On Diabetes Prescription Supplies Impact You

Will New Connecticut State Laws On Diabetes Prescription Supplies Impact You?

A recently-approved Connecticut law will make it easier for diabetes patients in the state to access prescription supplies. Take a look at how this change could impact the lives of Connecticut residents – and what it could eventually mean for residents of other states.

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What Are The Effects of Diabetes When Not Managed Properly

What Are The Effects of Diabetes When Not Managed Properly?

Your heart, brain, eyes, and feet are some of the body parts that are most impacted by poorly managed diabetes. Read on to learn more about protecting your whole health!

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Foods And Drinks That Cause Blood Sugar Spikes

Foods And Drinks That Cause Blood Sugar Spikes

If you’re a person with diabetes, you know how important it is to watch what you eat. Here are some foods that can cause your blood sugar to spike – and some diabetes-friendly alternatives.

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Is There a Cure For Type 1 Diabetes

Is There a Cure For Type 1 Diabetes

Read on to learn all about cutting-edge efforts to cure diabetes – and how you can stay healthy in the meantime.

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Diabetes and Exercise: Small Changes Can Make A Big Difference

Diabetes and Exercise: Small Changes Can Make A Big Difference

Haven’t been exercising much lately? Don’t worry – we’ve put together some simple tips you can follow to start working towards improved health.

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Best Snacks For People With Diabetes

Best Snacks For People With Diabetes

Want to take care of hunger between meals while keeping your diabetes under control? Here are some snacking strategies for people with diabetes

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Catheter FAQs

The Most Common Catheter Questions

We’re covering everything you can imagine, from catheter care to your favorite brands. Learn more about what you really want to know.

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Control Diabetes with Diet and Exercise

Diabetes Management: Control It With Diet & Exercise

There’s a lot of information out there about diet and exercise, but for people living with diabetes, getting it right is crucial for good health. We’ll help you get started by walking you through a manageable diet and exercise plan.

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Chocolate Diabetes Desserts Sugar Free

Diabetic-Friendly Chocolate Desserts | The Dessert Diaries

Looking for a diabetes-approved chocolate fix? We’ve got recipes for cake, cookies, brownies and even popsicles, right here. Enjoy in moderation!

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Happy Family Baking with Sugar Substitutes

The Best Sugar Substitutes For People With Diabetes | Pros & Cons | US MED

Monk fruit, stevia, saccharin, how should you choose the best sugar substitute to fit your diabetes lifestyle? We identify the best and provide a substitutions chart for baking.

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What Is The Ideal Diet For People With Diabetes

What Is The Ideal Diet For People With Diabetes?

Whether you have Type I or Type II diabetes, you must think more in depth about the foods you consume. Learn more about the ideal diet for people with diabetes.

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A Closer Look at the Dexcom G6

A Closer Look at the Dexcom G6

Everything you always wanted to know about continuous glucose monitors (but were afraid to ask).

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Sleep Apnea Machine Accessories For Patients With Diabetes

Sleep Apnea Machine Accessories For Patients With Diabetes

If you have sleep apnea and diabetes, rest assured – your needs are covered by US MED.

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How To Check Blood Sugar Levels

How To Check Blood Sugar Levels

What does the future of blood sugar testing hold? We explore some of the experimental methods that may be commonplace one day and also review the tried and true glucometers on the market today.

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Celebs with diabetes

Celebrities With Diabetes

Diabetes affects people from all walks of life. In this article we share which famous faces are living with diabetes and achieving great things. See how these celebrities manage their care while juggling busy careers.

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FreeStyle Libre Sensor Reader

Freestyle Libre vs. Freestyle Libre 2 CGM

What’s the difference between the FreeStyle Libre 14-Day and the new FreeStyle Libre 2 from Abbott? We’ll provide all the differences so you’ll know which Continuous Glucose Monitor is right for you.

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10 Tips: Diabetes and Exercise

10 Tips: Diabetes and Exercise

Our video shares 10 important safety tips for people with diabetes who are ready to start exercising! We’ll cover tips like recommended exercise types and ways exercise impacts blood glucose levels.

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Plan Your Diabetes Safe Exercise Routine

Create the Right Exercise Routine Exercise–everyone knows how vital it is to your health and well-being. But why is it so difficult to make regular exercise a habit? Let’s talk about creating a diabetes-friendly exercise routine that can become a part of your day-to-day lifestyle. The key is the make part of your daily plan.…

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Best Diabetes Apps

We’ve taken the guesswork out of diabetes apps by selecting a few of our favorites. Read through this selection and see which diabetes apps made our “best of” list!

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keep your body moving at work

Ways to Stay Healthy with a Desk Job

Why Is Sitting Bad For You? We’ve all heard it. Sitting for long periods of time is not what our bodies were meant to do. But did you know that physical inactivity, especially sitting for long periods, has been linked to increased mortality rates second only to smoking? According to research from the American College…

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A How-To Guide for Using a CGM

How To Get Started Using a CGM

Sensors, transmitters, readers…there’s a lot to understand about Continuous Glucose Monitors. Let us take you through the components, their functions, and how to get the most out of your CGM.

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CGM Devices

What are Continuous Glucose Monitoring Devices and How to Choose a CGM?

Choosing a Continuous Glucose Monitor is a big decision. Here we breakdown the top CGMs, their manufacturers, and features so you can select the right CGM to fit your lifestyle.

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Top Suppliers for CGM

Living with diabetes can be hard enough. You shouldn’t have to worry about sticking yourself with needles multiple times a day. Instead, ask your doctor about Continuous Glucose Monitoring (or CGM). These systems are composed of a small sensor and transceiver device that constantly monitor your blood sugar levels. To learn more about how CGMs…

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insulin injection site health

How to Keep Injection Sites Healthy

Studies found that almost 2/3 of all people who inject insulin have some degree of lipohypertrophy, which is thickening or rubbery skin at injection sites. Here we’ll discuss ways to avoid lipo and what insulin users need to look out for.

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CGM (Continuous Glucose Monitoring) A Beginner’s Guide.

When you live with diabetes a common term you might hear is Continuous Glucose Monitoring, also known as CGM.  For the uninitiated to the world of diabetes management, using a CGM might seem an overwhelmingly daunting task.  All types of questions can present you with a challenge, but you’re not alone!  Read on for answers…

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Straight Catheters

10 Tips for Living with a Long-Term Catheter

Wondering how to safely live with a long-term catheter? In this article, we’ll take you through 10 tips that long-term catheter users should keep in mind. By following these tips for living with a catheter – male or female – you’ll be able to mitigate health risks such as UTIs and blockages.

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Probiotics & Diabetes

Probiotics for Diabetes

Probiotic supplements and foods can boost the number of good bacteria in your system. These bacteria and yeasts can have significant health benefits – and they might even have a positive effect on diabetes management! In this article, the team at US MED will take you on a deep dive into the world of probiotics.

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Smoking & Diabetes

The Effects of Smoking & Diabetes

Cardiovascular Disease Smokers have a 30-40% higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes over non-smokers.  Smoking also makes it difficult to control the disease and determine proper insulin dosage since it makes your body more resistant to insulin leading to higher glucose levels.  The more prevalent the smoking habit is, the higher the risk of…

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Vitamin D vs. Diabetes

Vitamin D vs. Diabetes

With diabetes on it’s meteoric rise, new innovations are being discovered to help quell it’s rising numbers.  New research is looking into vitamin D as a possible treatment option for the now 30 million people living with type 2 diabetes in the U.S.  Obesity is rising as well, raising type 2 diabetes risk factors that…

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Simple Ways to Improve Sleep Quality

Simple Ways to Improve Sleep Quality

Getting a sufficient amount of quality sleep can be difficult for many, but a few changes can have a significant impact, according to the Mayo Clinic. Much of the requirement for getting a good night’s rest revolves around controlling the environment in which a person is sleeping and developing routines that aid a person in…

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Potential Allergy Complications Indoors

Potential Allergy Complications Indoors

Nasal allergies affect about 50 million people in the United States and indoor allergens can aggravate them according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Pollen, mold, dust mites, and pet dander can all be irritating to sensitive individuals, and while air cleaning devices with HEPA filters are helpful, the best way to prevent…

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Medicare AADE

The Medicare Competitive Bid Program

As a component of the Center of Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Competitive Bidding Program, diabetes testing supplies (DTS) are provided through mail order at a substantial discount for people with diabetes (PWD).  PWD must be enlisted in Medicare Part B to qualify for mail order service.  Covered DTS include blood glucose meters, replacement batteries for…

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9 Steps to Better Catheter Management

9 Steps to Better Catheter Self-Management

We share the 9 steps that every catheter user should know. Self-manage your catheter with these safety steps.

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Alert Day 2018

DIABETES ALERT! DAY

What’s Your Type 2 Diabetes Risk? One in three American adults is at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, a serious disease that can lead to complications like kidney failure, heart disease, stroke, blindness, and amputations. But type 2 diabetes doesn’t have to be permanent-it can be prevented or delayed with healthy lifestyle modifications. The…

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CPAP

Top 10 Reasons To Use Your CPAP Machine

Around 25 million Americans experience OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea), and approximately 60% of them actually utilize a CPAP machine nightly.  Incorporating CPAP therapy can be difficult, but OSA is a risky condition that does not improve on it’s own.  Here are some top ten reasons to make CPAP a part of your nightly ritual: 1.…

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Back Braces

Advantages of Wearing a Back Brace

Chronic back pain is a condition that plagues many people, young and old. This explains why so many people find themselves using back support braces for additional support. A study by The University of Maryland Medical Center states that 60 to 80% of adults in the U.S. have lower back pain, which is also the…

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CGM

Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM)

Get Accurate Blood Glucose Monitoring While some diabetics only need to check their blood sugar levels a couple of times a day, those who are suffering from more severe forms of diabetes may require continuous glucose monitoring (CGM). This constant monitoring will ensure their glucose levels remain at safe levels, allowing them to make any…

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More than 2 Types of Diabetes

More Than Two Types of Diabetes?

For the past 20 years diabetes has always been classified as either type 1 or type 2, but new revelations show that there could actually be five different types.  New research such as one found in an article out of The Lancet: Diabetes & Endocrinology suggests a need for a revision to the diabetes classification system. …

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Apple Watch Diabetes

Apple Watch Detects Diabetes with 85% Accuracy

The Apple watch is not just a hi-tech fashion statement but is now able to detect diabetes with 85% accuracy, according to part of a larger DeepHeart study with Cardiogram and UCSF.  It used data from Apple Watch users and detected 462 of them as having diabetes using the watch’s built-in heart rate sensor and artificial intelligence-based…

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MED CHAIN

The Future of Medical Records on The Blockchain

With the recent explosion of Bitcoin and all the hype surrounding it, the one thing that is for certain is that its underlying technology called the blockchain will be an industry disruptor for many financial sectors in the years to come.  One of those sectors that can see a major use-case for such innovation is…

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Insulin History and How Insulin Works

Insulin History and How Insulin Works

It’s been over 100 years since the lifesaving treatment of insulin was discovered by Dr. Banting. In this article we’ll cover the history of insulin, types of insulin available, and a how-to for injecting insulin.

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Child food allergies

Child Food Allergies are on the Rise

As modern medicine continues to find ways to treat and prevent illnesses from occurring, at least one issue affecting children is on the rise, allergies. According to the Centers for Disease Control, food allergies in children have risen by 50 percent over the past couple of decades with peanut or tree nut allergies more than…

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Overeating

10 Ways to Curb Overeating

It is a little known fact that people with type 1 diabetes lose production of what is called Amylin.  Amylin is a hormone secreted by beta cells that are responsible for making us feel full after a meal.  It also impedes the emptying of the stomach along with regulating rising glucose levels. There are various…

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Healthy Social Life Tied to Physical Health

A Healthy Social Life Reduces the Risk of Diabetes

Studies over at Maastricht University in the Netherlands have shown a link between healthy social ties and it’s influence over mental and physical health.  Being socially active can actually reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes according to this study published in the BMC Public Health journal. Study co-author Dr. Miranda Schram explains, “High-risk groups…

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Diabetics & Alcohol Consumption

Alcohol Consumption & Diabetes

Alcohol can be found in many consumables throughout our daily lives, mostly in social settings.  While not everyone drinks alcohol, there are those that do, especially with the holiday season approaching.  For people with diabetes, this can be a difficult time of the year navigating around feasts and alcoholic beverages.  While there is no real…

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Cinnamon may help fight against obesity

Cinnamon May Help Fight Against Obesity.

A 2017 study from the University of Michigan found how a common spice—cinnamon—can help fight against obesity. Researchers had previously noticed that cinnamaldehyde (a basic oil responsible for cinnamon’s flavor) seemed to defend mice against obesity and hyperglycemia, but it was not well comprehended what prompted this effect.  More study on this process was necessary…

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Alzheimer's

Identifying Alzheimer’s before symptoms

New tests to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease are emerging, offering hope for new treatments and therapies. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the memory disease is now the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, and more than 5 million people are currently living with the disease. In fact, for seniors, a third of all…

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Switch jobs in your 50's

Switch Jobs in your 50s for a Longer Career, Study Says

Switching jobs late in life might be the key to a longer career, according to Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research. But the key is switching job voluntarily. Those who were laid off late in life had difficulty finding new jobs. Those who switched jobs voluntarily worked longer, increasingly the likelihood of still working at…

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Low-Sugar Fruits for Diabetic Diets

Low-Sugar Fruits for Diabetic Diets

Naturally occurring sugar can be found in all fruits, although some may contain more than others.  Those trying keep sugar consumption under control usually give up a lot of the usual culprits such as soda pop and candy, but quite often overlook fruit.  Although a healthier way of satisfying a “sweet-fix” fruits such as watermelon…

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Veteran's Day

Veteran’s Day Observed

Veterans vowed their allegiance to our country by serving in the military and fight for America’s liberty.  Showing gratitude can come in many forms, but a little appreciation can go a long way for those senior veterans in need on Veteran’s Day as their health and resources decline.   Here are some things you can do…

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