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Healing with Humor: What Happens Next – Saga of a New Ostomate

You have successfully completed a daunting journey through the medical machine. First, you were diagnosed with colon or bladder cancer, diverticulitis/perforation, or perhaps Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis. Next, you had surgery to fix the problem. Hopefully, your healthcare professionals prepared you for what came next – a brand new ostomy. After a whirlwind trip through recovery, teaching you everything about the care and feeding of this alien entity, you were discharged. All of this happened in just 3-7 days and you were on your way to start your very new and sometimes scary altered lifestyle … what next? Read more

Sorting Out the Affordable Care Act

Have your patients been affected by the Affordable Care Act (PPACA), also known as the Health Insurance Marketplace, Health Insurance Exchange or Obamacare?  The legislation that became law on March 23, 2010 came to fruition at the end of 2013 with thousands of Americans signing up for benefits through the new system.

How does the ACA affect the delivery of medical supplies?

Just like any insurance change, patients with new insurance coverage need to inform their medical supply providers of their new coverage when placing their next order. The supplier will then need to contact the new health insurance provider to verify that they are in-network. Read more

Featured Recipe: Diabetes-Friendly Coconut Muffins

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If you are looking for a sweet treat, try this recipe for breakfast or snacktime: Read more

Fitness Corner: Yoga & Diabetes

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If you have diabetes, you probably know the importance of exercise for weight loss and overall well-being.  One type of exercise you may not have considered is yoga. Originating in ancient India, yoga coordinates breath with physical movement to promote relaxation and fitness.  If you haven’t practiced yoga, you may think it involves difficult body positions and intimidating balance moves. But that is not necessarily the case.  Anyone who can breathe can do yoga. The various body postures and movement, known as asanas, come in a variety of levels and can be modified to fit anyone’s current physical state. Yoga can even be done from a sitting or prone position. Read more

Nutrition Corner: Weekly Meal Planning

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Dieticians will tell you – the key to sticking to a healthy eating routine is to plan what you are going to eat. Whether you are cooking for one or have a family to feed, putting together a weekly meal plan can save you time, hassle and money. It can also help you cut down on fast food.  Those with diabetes, weekly meal planning can keep you on track for weight loss or maintenance. Read more

Diabetes & the Flu

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For people with diabetes, flu season can be especially dangerous. The flu can raise your blood glucose and prevent you from eating properly. Because diabetes may weaken the immune system, it can lead to increased risk of flu symptoms.  These symptoms can include: Read more

Urostomy & UTIs

The United Ostomy Associations of America estimates that one in 10 people with urostomies will contract a urinary tract infection (UTI) at some point. Fever, strong urine odor and decreased urine output are often the first UTI symptoms an ostomate will notice. You may feel vaguely unwell and have some pain around your kidney area. If you notice amber-colored urine with white sediment, you may have an advanced infection. Read more

Featured Recipe: Roasted Sweet Potato Corn Chowder

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The great thing about this recipe is that anyone can eat it because it has no meat, dairy or gluten. It tastes FANTASTIC! Vegans as well as gluten- and dairy-intolerant folks love it, too. It’s a people pleaser! Read more

Weight Loss and Type 2 Diabetes

The link between weight and Type 2 diabetes is clear – statistics show that eight out of 10 people with Type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese. Nearly 10% of the U.S. population has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Excess weight, and especially belly weight, is a major risk factor associated with the disease.

The good news is that losing as little as 5% – 7% of a person’s weight can lower blood sugar and reduce insulin resistance. Even better news – more substantial weight loss can substantially reduce the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes. Read more

ContinuCare Keeps You Supplied

Wouldn’t it be great to not have to worry about whether you have enough supplies? That’s exactly the idea behind Edgepark’s ContinuCare program.  ContinuCare is a free service provided by Edgepark to ensure that our customers have the supplies they need, when they need them. Once you enroll in ContinuCare, we will call you or send an email to remind you when it’s time to reorder supplies. You can then call or log into your online account to confirm your order. Read more