Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Getting a Flu Shot Can Help You Stay Healthy


Would you prefer to take a vacation or spend a few days or more in the hospital? Would you rather enjoy time with friends and family or end up at home in bed sick?  If you want to avoid a hospital stay and stay healthy, be sure that you get your flu shot every fall. Here are some facts about flu shots:
·        The flu shot will not cause the flu
·        You are less likely to get seriously ill with the flu, if you get the flu shot
·        It is recommended for all people with diabetes over the age of  6 months
·        It is not too late to get vaccinated.

Check with your health care provider and stop at a local pharmacy to get your flu shot today, if you did not yet get one this winter.  More details about diabetes and the flu can be found at this link. http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/managing/flu/index.html



Monday, December 28, 2015

Could you have diabetes or pre-diabetes and not know it?

 An estimated 1 out of 3 adults and half of all seniors lives with pre-diabetes and 90% don’t even know it!

·         Pre-diabetes, if not treated, can lead to type 2 diabetes, heart attacks and strokes.
·         Take for test to see if you may be living with diabetes or pre-diabetes at: http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/pdf/prediabetestest.pdf


·         See your provider to check for  diabetes if you scored ‘high’ on the risk test. 








Monday, December 21, 2015

Diabetes and Depression


Having diabetes can cause many to have problems with stress, depression or anxiety.  Sometimes working to manage diabetes can seem like a full time job, plus there are extra costs linked to having diabetes. In addition, if you don’t manage your diabetes, you may develop serious health problems!
            
           You may be depressed if:  you are often sad; having feelings of helplessness;  are irritable or  tired often; have problems remembering things; sleep too much or can’t sleep; no longer enjoy doing things you used to love to do; eating too much or not enough; having thoughts about suicide or have aches and pains that don’t get better with treatment.

            Talk to you health care provider if you think you might be depressed. Taking medication and/or talk therapy can help.

For more information about depression and diabetes click on this link from the National Institute of Mental Health. 
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/depression-and-diabetes/index.shtml



Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Helping a Friend or Family member who lives with Diabetes


Living with diabetes can be difficult. If you have a friend or family member living with diabetes, here are a few ways that you can be helpful.

·         Remember – you are not their doctor or diabetes educator.  Diabetes care had changed a lot over the years and each person living with diabetes has unique needs. 
·         Ask how you can help – your role isn’t to tell people with diabetes what to do, rather you can help support the changes they want to make.

For more ideas on how to help someone living with diabetes check out the National Diabetes Education tip sheet on ‘How to help a loved one cope with diabetes’ at