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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 […]
The Double Threat of Vaping
Food industry workers at a microwave popcorn factory were the first to get sick from inhaling the vapors from artificial flavorings. The vapors caused symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath, similar to those of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Popcorn: Tasty Snack; Popcorn Lung: Deadly Disease Dubbed popcorn lung, this condition (bronchiolitis […]
The Lowdown on Stress and Diabetes
If you have diabetes, stress can take a larger toll on your body. When the body is under stress, it acts as if it is under attack. Cortisol (the stress hormone) levels rise, causing your body to store energy in the form of glucose and fat. In diabetics, this process can be disrupted. The glucose […]
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: How Houseplants Affect Asthma and Air Quality
We are all familiar with the usual suspects that trigger asthma including secondhand smoke, dust mites, mold, pests like cockroaches, and pets. Did you know that your houseplants can affect the air quality in your home and your asthma? The Good: Many Common Houseplants Improve Indoor Air Quality Plants are frequently used to mediate the […]
Leaving on a Jet Plane: Traveling with Diabetes
Believe it or not, the upcoming travel season is upon us. If you’re diabetic and planning a trip, you may be a bit anxious about how best to manage your condition while away from home. You’re not alone. Taking a trip will require more preparation, but can still be an enjoyable experience. Below are a […]
EpiPen® Recall Announced by Mylan N.V.
Meridian Medical Technologies, a Pfizer company and Mylan’s manufacturing partner, has expanded a voluntary recall of select lots of EpiPen (epinephrine injection, USP) and EpiPen Jr® (epinephrine injection, USP) Auto-Injectors to now include additional lots distributed in the U.S. and other markets in consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Lots Effected by […]
Are You Asthma Aware?
Did you know that May is Asthma Awareness Month? Spring is in the air, and as temperatures rise, an asthmatic’s symptoms reach their peak. This is a perfect time to review some key points about asthma. With May quickly approaching, let’s have a refresher of some Frequently Asked Questions asked by asthmatics and their loved ones. […]
The 411 on CGM
The medical device market is always advancing technologically, as with most other industries. One new technological development, the Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM), provides added peace of mind to diabetics by providing 24-7 information about blood sugar levels. This constant feedback provided by the device allows for better short and long term control of your diabetes, which will […]
Vaping is Smoking, Too
It’s no secret that tobacco is one of the most common asthma triggers. Tobacco smoke irritates the airways and causes your lungs to produce more mucus. In addition, it weakens the tiny hairs called cilia that sweep away mucus and other irritants that settle in your airways. Quitting smoking is an excellent method of combating […]
Keeping You in the Loop About the Artificial Pancreas
If you have Type 1 diabetes, your entire day can be spent treating your condition. Over the past few decades, technology has advanced significantly, making life as a Type 1 diabetic easier than ever before. The FDA approval of a new medical device called the artificial pancreas in September 2016 will continue this trend. Derek […]