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What Nurse Robbie Wants You to Know About Blood Pressure | Roberta Kleinman, RN, M.Ed., CDE

May 3rd, 2010 by American Diabetes Wholesale

This week’s Newsletter features our own Nurse Robbie weighing in with some great insights on home blood pressure monitoring. In this article, she discusses exactly what blood pressure is, why it should matter to you, what BP numbers mean and what you should look for, and how to correctly use a blood pressure monitor. This is practical advice that both diabetics and non-diabetics can benefit from.

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What Nurse Robbie Wants You to Know About Blood Pressure

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GlucoStories Featured in HME News

December 30th, 2009 by Eric, Web Department

HME News, a leading news source for home medical equipment providers, has a featured story about American Diabetes Wholesale’s GlucoStories website. GlucoStories is a great way for people in the diabetes community to share their personal accounts about life with diabetes, and inspire others facing similar challenges. If you decide to share your story at GlucoStories, American Diabetes Wholesale is currently giving donations to the diabetes organization of your choice. Go to GlucoStories and share your inspirational story today!

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American Heart Association Reveals New Heart Healthy Guidelines for Sugar

September 3rd, 2009 by adw

Marlene Koch, RD has written an interesting piece for the American Diabetes Wholesale Newsletter that reviews the new dietary guidelines as recommended by the American Heart Association. In her article “New Heart Healthy Guidelines for Sugar“, Marlene describes how the new guidelines closely reflect those set forth by the American Diabetes Association, especially in regards to the reduction of added sugars in the American diet. Added sugars are those high-calorie, low nutrition additives that are found in some of the obvious foods such as soda or pastries, but they also lurk in more overlooked products too, such as reduced fat salad dressing or snack bars.Check out her full article for more information about this important nutrition news.

Marlene Koch has also provided a low-sugar version of a summer time favorite – Sweet Smoky Barbecue Sauce. This tasty recipe does not take long to prepare and will have everyone eager to learn what the secret ingredients are!

©2009 Keeping Diabetes Management Affordable. All Rights Reserved.

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Dietitian on a Diet

September 3rd, 2009 by Marci Sloane

I wouldn’t say that I’m “on a diet”, however, in the past 3-4 months I have gained 7 pounds. OMG! I think – and say! How could I let THAT happen? Well, maybe because I’m human just like you? I like food, I talk about it all day long, and although I know how to control my weight sometimes I just don’t feel like it! So, my decision to not care, not think about my food choices and allow life to overwhelm me, resulted in SEVEN POUNDS! With a little thinking, I realized exactly why this happened. As easy as it has been to add 7, I am just as easily subtracting it! After all, I deserve it and more importantly, I feel so much better without it! The small snacks I was adding to my evening hours have gotten even smaller in size and I am thinking more before I grab something I don’t even want or need to eat. It’s a challenge I always like to win. It makes me feel proud of myself! Simple! Don’t you think?

©2009 Do It Yourself Diabetes with Marci Sloane. All Rights Reserved.

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Selling Good Health

September 3rd, 2009 by Marci Sloane

Sometimes I feel that I am a sales person. Although I was trained to educate my patients about controlling diabetes, I find myself using every possible tactic to sell them good health.
Yesterday, I saw a woman for the second time. She has uncontrolled diabetes and is morbidly obese. She stated at the first visit that she realizes that if her poor eating habits continue it might “kill her”. She is fearful, however, at the same time, like an alcoholic, she just can’t stop.

Sure, I suggested low-calorie, healthy and well-balanced food choices so she could replace the higher-calorie and higher-sugar/fat cookies, ice cream and cake but there was more to it. I had to SELL her good health. I had to convince her to save herself. I had to use every ounce of my psychological skills to motivate her.

From the first visit to her second visit, yesterday, she had made changes. I was happy with her progress. My sales-pitch worked! Now we are focusing more on the 8-11:00 pm “trouble-time.”  I am hopeful. With my continued support and her compliance – we’ll seal the deal!

©2009 Do It Yourself Diabetes with Marci Sloane. All Rights Reserved.

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An Antidote to Stress

July 9th, 2009 by adw

This week in the American Diabetes Wholesale newsletter, Dr. Wendy Rapaport takes a detailed, step-by-step approach to controlling your stress by one of the healthiest methods available: exercise! Sometimes it is difficult to get started on an exercise regimen, but the benefits to a condition like diabetes and your mental well-being are well worth it. Check out Dr. Rapaport’s article on Destination Diabetes “An Antidote to Stress” for more information.
Don’t forget about our new “Share Your Story” website and contest, GlucoStories featuring professional race car driver Charlie Kimball. We are asking you to share your inspirational stories with the online diabetes community and even win great prizes, including the Grand Prize – a trip to Charlie Kimball’s Championship Race in Florida!

©2009 Keeping Diabetes Management Affordable. All Rights Reserved.

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Scoop on Stevia

July 9th, 2009 by adw

Marci SloaneThis week, diabetes educator Marci Sloane gives us “The Scoop on Stevia” in the latest edition of the American Diabetes Wholesale Newsletter. There’s a lot of buzz in the US about this sugar-free sweetener as some major companies such as Coca-Cola, Cargill and PepsiCo are releasing products containing stevia such as Truvia and PureVia. Find out more about where stevia comes from, a brief overview of the historical worldwide use and with the FDA as well as its relation to the diabetic diet.

Stevita Simply Stevia packetsIf you are interested in trying stevia or are already enjoying it, American Diabetes Wholesale carries products like Stevita Simply Stevia packets for sweetening your morning coffee or Stevita Spoonable Stevia – 16oz Jar for cooking or other uses. In addition to stevia, ADW also carries other sugar-free sweetener products such as the EZ-Sweetz Liquid Sucralose Sweetener or DiabetiSweet Brown Sugar Substitute.

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First Coaches Meeting, Packing for CWD

July 9th, 2009 by Chris - Executive

Tonight I have my first coaches meeting for the upcoming football season.  I must admit, I am a little nervous here since this is the first time meeting these people, and well several of them are former NFL players.  But beyond that, do I tell them tonight that I am diabetic or do I just let them find out on their own?  I’d rather be safe, so I will mention it tonight I believe.

Then after that, I must go home and do some laundry and pack up for Children with Diabetes, Friends for Life Conference.  I will be there Wednesday evening, Thursday all day, and Friday until later afternoon.  So if you are going to be there, stop by ADW’s table and say hello and introduce yourself.  I have not met too many fellow d-bloggers, so it would be nice to put a face to face to your blog and picture you may have up there.

I’m posting late in the day so I don’t really have much time to talk about anything, so I hope you all have a great day.

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Golf, Cookout, Fireworks, Golf – The Diabetes Way

July 9th, 2009 by Chris - Executive

Hope everybody have a great Fourth of July.  I can’t really complain about the whole weekened.  Golf Friday, relaxation and fun on Saturday, golf on Sunday.  But then back to work on Monday.  Which is also the last day to submit your story on GlucoStories to win a trip to meet Charlie Kimball.  GlucoStories is excited to have as 2 of the 5 judges the local West Palm Beach JDRF chapter and also Kerri.

On to the next thing.  At golf on Friday, I had a pretty bad low, 65.  It was extremely hot so it came out of nowhere.  It is almost impossible to hit a golf shot when your blood sugar is low.  It’s hard enough to hit a good shot when it is normal, ha!  I have 1 of the largest bags of Mike n Ike’s in my golf bag, so I was pretty good.  I ran out of Gatorade, so that was not an option. I recovered in about a hole and a half, but at least I had a good excuse for shooting an 8 on the 15th hole.

On one final note, I am setting a goal of reading 1-2 new diabetes related books a month.  So, I need all your advice on which I should read.  Please help.

Have a great day everybody!

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Only if Motivation Led to Action

July 9th, 2009 by Chris - Executive

It is a nice day in the morning down here in south Florida.  Too bad it won’t be this way later tonight after I get out of work and want to go for a swim.  On my drive home last night it looked like a hurricane was coming through, it was nasty.  So instead of the nice refreshing swim I had to go on a dreadful run, well jog and walk.  I just came inside right now from taking my mid-morning walk and now I am sweating bad and sitting at my desk, not fun!

I have just finished reading the latest Diabetes Forecase magazine and once again I am motivated to start eating healthy again.  All the articles in there about heart disease and blood pressure, etc.  My mother and grandmother both have blood pressure problems, so I better start taking care of myself now.  So that means I will have a salad tonight and some pasta tonight.  I forgot to sit out the pork to thaw out, so I won’t be eating that tonight.  Some wheat pasta will do the trick though.  Also a nice salad for dinner, $0.77 for a bag at the local grocery store, can’t beat that.

I am not the biggest yogurt fan, but I can do parfaits with some strawberries and bananas cut up in them.  What is the best cereal or oats or granola bar or whatever it is that you put in?

By the way if you’re interested, you can follow me on Twitter now.

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