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American Diabetes Month

American Diabetes Month takes place each November to raise awareness of this ever-growing disease.  It allows people to come together and help others in the community learn more about the importance of both diabetes education and support, and also its effects on millions of Americans.  Below are a few interesting facts and figures from the American Diabetes Association® on the prevalence of diabetes and also the toll it can take on a person’s health: Read more

‘Tis the Season (To Think About Your Health Insurance)

Fall is in full swing – temperatures are dropping, leaves are changing color and falling to the ground, and the upcoming Holidays are at the top of many people’s minds.

But now is also an important time of year to think about health insurance, and how to get the most out of it before the New Year begins. It can be a daunting prospect, but taking a proactive approach can save you time, stress, and money in the long run.

To help you get started, we’ll review some important things about health insurance plans, and discuss how to get the most value out of it during the coverage year. Read more

The Ostomy Patient’s Guide to the Food Pyramid

After ostomy surgery, it’s natural to be unsure about how to handle your diet. An ostomy pouch can feel like a radical change to your system – how do you go forward without causing yourself discomfort, embarrassment, or nutrition-based problems?

While there are definitely changes in store, the good news is they are not as drastic as they may seem at first. In fact, the dietary recommendations for ostomy patients are much the same as the guidelines for everyone else.

Today, we’ll take a look at the food pyramid from the ostomy patient’s point of view, and highlight both the similarities and differences you’ll need to account for. Read more

Featured Product: Dexcom G5 Mobile CGM

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Introducing the World’s First CGM on the Phone – Dexcom G5 Mobile CGM.

Don’t just meter. Monitor. CGM, or Continuous Glucose Monitoring, reveals what no meter can. CGM provides a more complete picture of your glucose levels.1 Meters give a glucose value for that moment in time, but CGM shows glucose information between fingersticks for better diabetes management.2 Read more

Fitness Corner: Fall Fitness Tips

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Autumn is the time of year when the trees change, it becomes dark earlier, and the weather becomes cooler. It is also the time of year when these changes can lead to stress or lack of motivation for some individuals. Below are some tips to help make your fall a fit season: Read more

Choose this, not that Halloween Candy

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Halloween is celebrated by decorating, carving pumpkins, visiting haunted houses, attending parties, wearing costumes and going trick-or-treating. It’s also one of the biggest days for candy consumption in the United States. While no one wants their child to overindulge, parents who have a child with diabetes might be extra concerned on Halloween. We don’t have to take candy out of the Halloween celebration, but we may be able to provide some moderation and healthier alternatives. Read more

Diabetes Care for Parents and Kids

Diabetes is a disease that affects the whole family – whether you are a parent, sibling or other family member, it is very important that you take an active role in your child’s diabetes. Support and understanding are essential for care and also for your family’s well-being. Below you will find some online resources to help you and your family not only become more educated, prepared and involved in your child’s diabetes health, but also have all the support you need from the diabetes community. Read more

Getting a better’s night sleep

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Sleeping with an ostomy is a common concern, especially for those with a new ostomy. It may take some trial and error before you find what works best for you and allows you to sleep peacefully and without interruption. Read more

Controlling weight with the glycemic index

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Researchers have recommended that the key to weight control has been to reduce the amount of refined carbohydrates (“white” or “fire” foods) in your diet. New findings are focusing on low GI or “coal” foods, which keep you feeling fuller much longer. Low-glycemic foods take longer to digest so sugar is absorbed more slowly into the bloodstream. As a result, you’re less likely to experience a spike in your blood sugar level, you’ll remain satisfied, and are less likely to overeat. Read more

The Life of an Ostomy Nurse: One WOCN’s Story

Pat Dittes is a WOCN and longtime customer of Edgepark. She agreed to share her story to help educate those with an ostomy about the benefits of working with a WOCN pre- and post-surgery and during the transition to home to enhance their care routine.

During her 17 years as a WOCN (wound, ostomy and continence nurse), Pat has emphasized one important message to her ostomy patients.

“Life WILL return to normal,” says Pat, who assures her patients and their loved ones that someone with an ostomy can do anything they used to do before surgery – the only difference is how they go to the bathroom. Read more