Category Archives: health care

Jane’s answer to the high price of insulin

My dad recently asked me about the price of insulin. He said he had read something about how expensive insulin is and was concerned about it. I don’t talk about diabetes with my family very often. They ask an occasional question, … Continue reading

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New Dietary Guidelines for Americans

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have recently released their guidelines for healthy eating. These guidelines are meant to help people prevent health problems. The guidelines emphasize the importance of eating a … Continue reading

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The Adolescent-to-Adult Transition in Diabetes Care

There is something referred to as “the adolescent transition,” which is actually the transition to adulthood. “Emerging adulthood” is sometimes defined as ages 18-30. (Being an adult is mandatory; acting like one is optional.) The point is that as a … Continue reading

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Diabetes Awareness Month Week 1

November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and I like to emphasize awareness. This time of year I am especially aware of the benefit of a flu shot. People with diabetes have a greater chance of being hospitalized if they get the flu. … Continue reading

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Diabetes, Mammograms, and Vaccines

Supposedly women with diabetes are less likely to have a mammograms, and people with diabetes are not “adherent” with vaccines. I have to say that I am not surprised! Managing diabetes is a lot of work – so much to … Continue reading

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Proud to be a Nurse

I am proud to be a nurse and to share this video about what the nursing profession is and what nurses are doing. I appreciate the recognition of nurses as innovators. From large, far-reaching projects to small, grass roots initiatives, … Continue reading

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Mixed Drink Messages

Living well with diabetes is about forming healthy habits for life. That isn’t easy, and we certainly don’t make healthy choices all the time – who does? But with a goal of eating well and engaging in exercise most of … Continue reading

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Education, not panic

I just received an excellent article on Ebola from one of my alma maters. I love the title: “Public education, not panic, best approach to Ebola crisis.” Isn’t this true for anything? Yesterday I tried to allay my son’s fears when … Continue reading

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Family Meals

There is data showing that eating meals together as a family during adolescence can protect adults from becoming overweight later in life. My ears perk up when I hear about something simple that can be life-changing. My family always ate … Continue reading

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Protect Yourself

The Standards for Medical Care in Diabetes – 2014 recommend an annual flu vaccine for those with diabetes. They recommend pneumococcal polysaccharide (pneumonia) vaccine for those with diabetes who are over 2 years and a one-time re-vaccination for those older … Continue reading

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