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7 Asthma Myths for Asthma Awareness Month
Did you know that May is Asthma Awareness month? With spring in the air it is a perfect time to test your knowledge and learn more about asthma symptoms and triggers. Check out these seven asthma myths. Myth: All Asthma is the same There are several types of asthma but here are the most common […]
Insulin Delivery Methods – New Technology
Diabetes patients get their insulin in a variety of ways. Options include multiple daily injections and insulin pumps. Each of these methods involves a needle stick. New insulin delivery methods promise needle-free insulin delivery. Insulin Patches There’s an appealing new way of delivering insulin that’s in the stages of early research – insulin patches. The […]
CDC Reports Drop in US Asthma Rates
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently released data on the state of childhood asthma in their CDC Vital Signs: Asthma in Children – United States report. The news is good – there has been a drop in asthma rates. The number of children that experienced an asthma attack in the past year has declined […]
Exercise and Blood Sugar Control for Kids with Diabetes
There are many good reasons for anyone with diabetes to participate in a regular exercise program. But what are the important considerations about exercise and blood sugar control for kids with diabetes? Exercise can stabilize blood sugar levels and help maintain a healthy weight. Excess body fat prevents insulin from working to its full potential […]
5 Keys to a Fun and Safe Summer Camp Experience for Kids with Asthma and Allergies
Summer may seem years away when you are wearing a scarf and lots of layers on a cold winter’s day. It will be here before you know it. What is your favorite memory of summer camp? Do you have happy memories of canoeing, campfires or maybe even sleeping under the stars? Summer camp is a […]
Summer Camp for Everyone: Even Kids with Diabetes!
Many of us have fond memories of summer camp like singing around campfires, roasting marshmallows, creating arts and crafts treasures and swimming in cool refreshing lakes. Perhaps we’ll try to suppress the memories of itchy mosquito bites, rain soaked clothing, and ‘interesting’ food offerings. Good or bad, summer camp is definitely a rite of passage. […]
Cold Weather Tips for Asthma Sufferers
North Carolina is typically known for its mild winters. 2018 looks to be off to a very chilly start! People who suffer from asthma may be caught off guard when the weather forecast turns unusually cold. As with most things, preparation is the key to keeping asthma under control. Cold Air = Increased Lung Inflammation […]
Diabetic Resolutions to Start 2018 off Right
The New Year is right around the corner. This is a time for reflection and planning. Have you thought about what you would like to change in the coming year? Many people resolve to get more exercise, eat healthy, lose weight, spend more time with family and friends, etc. at the beginning of a new […]
Exercising with Asthma: Your Lungs Will Thank You
We hear all the time from multiple sources to get more exercise. Everyone has their reasons for not getting enough. We all know we should do it more, but feel like we don’t have enough time or energy to do so. If you suffer from asthma, you may fear that working out would make your […]
Budget Your Calories for a Bountiful Thanksgiving
The year has flown by and Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away. For many, this holiday means overindulgence. For diabetics, it can be a very difficult time for many reasons. The hardest is resisting temptations. Who doesn’t love seconds or even thirds of their favorite dishes; i.e., mashed potatoes? An important thing to remember […]
Six Best and Worst Foods for Asthmatics
Asthma is a challenging, but very treatable illness. There are many medications and tools available to help relieve symptoms. Did you know that asthma prevention can start in your kitchen? Not all foods are created equal. What foods might be best for asthmatics? There are even healthy foods that may worsen your asthma symptoms. Foods […]
Insulin Pump vs. Multiple Injection: The Choice is Yours
Treating diabetes can be a very time consuming, day-after-day process, but today’s diabetic has a plethora of different treatment options available — more than ever before. Type 1 diabetics can choose between an insulin pump or administering multiple daily injections (MDI) for their insulin delivery. If you are not on a pump currently, you probably aren’t […]
Music to Our Lungs: How Making Music Can Help Asthma
Music is a wonderful stress release for many people. For some, the release comes from listening to the music and relating to the lyrics. It strikes a chord inside of us all. For others, making music is the release. Whether you play an instrument or sing, you are successfully dissolving the stress of your day-to-day. […]
Can Diabetes Give You The Blues?
The number of Americans that suffer from depression, also known as Major Depressive Disorder is increasing all the time. Depression is more than being sad or in a bad mood. This condition is a chemical imbalance in the brain. Unfortunately, depression often goes undiagnosed and, therefore, untreated. As it turns out, diabetics are especially vulnerable […]
Albuterol to the Rescue
Rescue inhalers are a great comfort to anyone with asthma since the onset of symptoms can be sudden and frightening. Since 2004, Federal law allows children to carry rescue medication for emergencies at school.What happens when a child forgets their inhaler at home? New federal legislation may help address this concern. School-Based Respiratory Health Management […]
Monitoring Your Diabetes at School
Type 1 Diabetes requires continuous monitoring, regardless of the patient’s environment. In previous blogs, we’ve discussed carrying an emergency bag and other methods for managing your diabetes when away from home. However, one area we did not discuss is what to do at school. Monitoring Diabetes at School - Communication is Key First and foremost, […]
Does Back to School Mean Back to Allergies?
Summer is coming to a close for students in North Carolina. The change of seasons and environment can spell trouble for asthma and allergy sufferers. They already know their at-home triggers and how to combat them, but have less control over their environment at school. Common classroom triggers include pollen, dust mites, mold, chalk dust, […]
Diabetic Tips: Making Sure It’s “In the Bag”
As a diabetic patient or parent, you are well aware that you need an emergency diabetes bag. This is one project that can’t be put off. Advance planning is key to successful management of your diabetes. Don’t “live and learn,” coming up with a Plan B on the fly. Here are some ideas for filling […]
Got Asthma or Allergies? There’s an App for That!
AllergyManager Geared towards helping those suffering with nasal allergies by allowing you to look up daily pollen counts. The app also provides 4-day allergy forecasts and coping tips. You can also use the symptom and severity tracker to report back to your doctor. Asthma Ally Pinpoints asthma and allergy triggers by tracking airborne irritants near […]
Pump, Don’t Fail Me Now!
Have you thought about what you would do if your insulin pump were to fail? It is important to have a plan in place for when and if this occurs. You can create a fail-safe plan for the rare event of a pump failure by following these four steps. Pump Failure Action Plan Step 1 […]