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  • Quick Tips

    Today’s Tip: What is considered to be a low blood glucose level? 

    For most people with diabetes, a blood glucose level of 70 mg/dl or less is considered low, and treatment is recommended to prevent it from dropping even lower. If you have symptoms of hypoglycemia and do not have your blood glucose meter available, treatment is recommended.Learn more about hypoglycemia here. 

    https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/managing-diabetes/blood-glucose-management/understanding-hypoglycemia/

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  • Oh No!  My Child May Have Diabetes! (Part 2)

    (A three (3) part miniseries blog)

    Part Two

    In my research, I found that nutrition for kids is about the same for adults.  Everyone needs the same nutrients.  Children, however, need different amounts and specific nutrients at different ages. 

    Consider these nutrient-dense foods:

    • Protein. Choose seafood, lean meat and poultry, eggs, beans, peas, soy products, and unsalted nuts and seeds.
    • Fruits. Encourage your child to eat a variety of fresh, canned, frozen or dried fruits — rather than fruit juice. If your child drinks juice, make sure it’s 100 percent juice without added sugars and limit his or her servings. Look for canned fruit that says it’s light or packed in its own juice, meaning it’s low in added sugar. Keep in mind that one-quarter cup of dried fruit counts as one cup-equivalent of fruit. When consumed in excess, dried fruits can contribute extra calories.
    • Vegetables. Serve a variety of fresh, canned, frozen or dried vegetables. Aim to provide a variety of vegetables, including dark green, red and orange, beans and peas, starchy and others, each week. When selecting canned or frozen vegetables, look for options lower in sodium.
    • Grains. Choose whole grains, such as whole-wheat bread, oatmeal, popcorn, quinoa, or brown or wild rice. Limit refined grains such as white bread, pasta and rice.
    • Dairy. Encourage your child to eat and drink fat-free or low-fat dairy products, such as milk, yogurt, cheese or fortified soy beverages.

    Aim to limit your child’s calories from:

    • Added sugar. Limit added sugars. Naturally occurring sugars, such as those in fruit and milk, are not added sugars. Examples of added sugars include brown sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, honey and others.
    • Saturated and trans fats. Limit saturated fats — fats that mainly come from animal sources of food, such as red meat, poultry and full-fat dairy products. Look for ways to replace saturated fats with vegetable and nut oils, which provide essential fatty acids and vitamin E. Healthier fats are also naturally present in olives, nuts, avocados and seafood. Limit trans fats by avoiding foods that contain partially hydrogenated oil.
    Ages 4 to 8: Daily guidelines for boys
    Calories1,200-2,000, depending on growth and activity level
    Protein3-5.5 ounces
    Fruits1-2 cups
    Vegetables1.5-2.5 cups
    Grains4-6 ounces
    Dairy2.5 cups

    Info above from Mayo Clinic

    Now, to include this info into a meal plan for my 6-year-old.

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  • Oh No!  My Child May Have Diabetes! (Part 1)

    (A three (3) part miniseries blog)

    Part One

    It was a typical 6-year check-up until the end when the doctor mentioned that she wanted to send my son to get blood work to check his glucose levels among other tests.  The thought of my son having diabetes took over my mind. What did I do wrong? Why my son? Will he need insulin shots? All these questions filled my mind. 

    Could this be because of his diet?  He was after all a 6-year-old boy! Very picky!  He would not eat vegetables, but he loved Fruit!  This was not going to be easy.  

    I thought of the symptoms of diabetes and he only had 3 of the 6 (the first 3 on the list).  Also, our family has a history of diabetes.

    • Increased thirst
    • Frequent urination
    • Fatigue
    • Unintended weight loss
    • Irritability and other mood changes
    • Blurred vision

    Can diabetes be managed by pills? I hope he won’t need shots! How was I going to change his behavior and routine so quickly without getting the resistance from him? No matter what the results, I know that I need to get him on the healthiest habits. I cannot change the present, but I can at least make sure he has a future. 

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  • Top 8 Healthy Lifestyle Tips

    It’s never too early or too late to start living a healthier, happier life. We can help! Here are some healthy lifestyle tips for living with diabetes.

    Top 8 Healthy Lifestyle Tips

    1. Closely monitor your blood sugars. If you are not on CGMS, check your blood glucose at least four times per day. In order to avoid acute complications of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia, you must check often.
    2. When you prepare your infusion site, make sure it sticks. There are a variety of skin preps and special tapes that can be used to help keep sensors and infusion sets in place. Ask your patient advocate representative for suggestions.
    3. Use your temporary basal rate feature. You may need to set a temporary rate on your pump to prevent exercise-induced hypoglycemia while swimming, biking, hiking, walking, playing and running. Contact your healthcare professional for instruction on decreases in rates.
    4. When flying, make sure you diabetes supplies are in your carry-on baggage. Never put your diabetes supplies with your checked baggage. Have your physician write you a letter stating you have diabetes and carry at least twice the supplies you think you need.
    5. Remember to interpret your readings and can act accordingly. If your blood glucose is less than 70 mg/dl, you are hypoglycemic and must treat immediately. This is a medical emergency. Follow your 15:15 Rule – 15 gm of carbohydrate (3-4 glucose tablets, 1/2 cup juice) and check your glucose after 15 minutes. Repeat 15:15 Rule, if necessary, until your glucose is over 70.
    6. If you have two unexplained glucose readings above 240 mg/dl, change your pump infusion site and take a correction injection as specified by your healthcare provider. Check urine or blood for ketones. If ketones are present, contact your healthcare provider immediately and drink plenty of sugar-free fluids and water to flush the ketones out of your body.
    7. Store your diabetes supplies in a cool, dry area. Supplies include CGM sensors, blood glucose test strips, blood glucose meter, pump supplies, insulin, insulin syringe and a source of carbohydrate for treating hypoglycemia. Sensors, blood glucose test strips and insulin should not be stored in a car.
    8. Take identification and emergency precautions. Wear a medic alert identification. You can get yours though the American Diabetes Association, James Avery, or any local pharmacy or Walmart. Ask your healthcare provider to prescribe a glucagon emergency kit.

    For more healthy lifestyle tips, Contact Us.

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  • IS AUTOMATIC REORDERING RIGHT FOR YOU?

    You won’t hear this from a lot of medical equipment suppliers, but it’s true – there’s no one “right way” to order your diabetes supplies.

    Every diabetes patient is different and the “right way” to order your products is as individual as you are.

    Lots of our customers love the ease and convenience that comes with automatically reordering their products.

    Is “Auto-Reorder” right for you?

    Here’s how it works:

    1. As a customer, you’re already signed up to reorder. We contact you about 3 weeks before your supply is scheduled to run out to remind you to reorder. We remember for you!
    2. If you don’t want to be contacted beforehand, simply sign up for “Auto-Reorder.” We’ll skip the phone call and ship your supplies as soon as they’re scheduled to run out.
    3. You’ll receive an email notifying you once your order has shipped, as well as the tracking number so you can follow its progress.

    Yes, it’s that quick and easy! But here’s our friendly advice – you should only sign up for “Auto-Reorder” if you consistently order the same product.

    If you prefer the personal touch or have other products you’d like to order, you shouldn’t sign up for “Auto-Reorder.” We call you regardless to touch base and make sure you’re getting everything you need. If you know what you want but need to order it after normal business orders, we have online ordering as well.

    At Pumps It, we believe the personal service we offer is just as important as the products we provide. So we pride ourselves on making it as easy as possible for you to order the products you need, whatever way is most convenient for you.

    Is “Auto-Reorder” right for you? Contact us or speak to your Patient Advocate to find out more.

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  • GET FASTER CYCLE TIMES IN 4 SIMPLE STEPS!

    See why nobody gets your diabetes products to you faster than Pumps It.

    STEP 1 : Get a Referral

    We get a referral from your Doctor, review your documentation and enter your information so you don’t have to.

    Info for New Patients

    STEP 2 : Get Your Info

    We verify your insurance. If it’s the first order of the year, we’ll also call your insurance provider. We use this information to get the best results for you.

    Understanding Insurance

    STEP 3 : Get In Touch

    We contact you, usually within half-a-day of receiving your referral, to discuss everything – from what your insurance provides to other diabetes products.

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    STEP 4 : Get It Done

    We ship your order and email the tracking number. We ship UPS Ground and FedEx. You should receive order within 3-5 days.

    Contact us to learn more!

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  • Oh No! My Child May Have Diabetes! (Part 2)Oh No!  My Child May Have Diabetes! (Part 2)
  • Oh No! My Child May Have Diabetes! (Part 1)Oh No!  My Child May Have Diabetes! (Part 1)
  • Top 8 Healthy Lifestyle TipsTop 8 Healthy Lifestyle Tips
  • IS AUTOMATIC REORDERING RIGHT FOR YOU?IS AUTOMATIC REORDERING RIGHT FOR YOU?
  • GET FASTER CYCLE TIMES IN 4 SIMPLE STEPS!GET FASTER CYCLE TIMES IN 4 SIMPLE STEPS!

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  • Quick TipsQuick Tips
    Today’s Tip: What is considered to be a low blood glucose level?  For most people with diabetes, a blood glucose level of 70 mg/dl or less is considered low, and treatment is recommended to prevent it from dropping even lower. If you have symptoms of hypoglycemia and do not have your blood glucose meter available, treatment ...
  • Oh No! My Child May Have Diabetes! (Part 2)Oh No!  My Child May Have Diabetes! (Part 2)
    (A three (3) part miniseries blog) Part Two In my research, I found that nutrition for kids is about the same for adults.  Everyone needs the same nutrients.  Children, however, need different amounts and specific nutrients at different ages.  Consider these nutrient-dense foods: Protein. Choose seafood, lean meat and poultry, eggs, beans, peas, soy products, and unsalted nuts and seeds. Fruits. Encourage ...
  • Oh No! My Child May Have Diabetes! (Part 1)Oh No!  My Child May Have Diabetes! (Part 1)
    (A three (3) part miniseries blog) Part One It was a typical 6-year check-up until the end when the doctor mentioned that she wanted to send my son to get blood work to check his glucose levels among other tests.  The thought of my son having diabetes took over my mind. What did I do wrong? Why ...
  • Top 8 Healthy Lifestyle TipsTop 8 Healthy Lifestyle Tips
    It's never too early or too late to start living a healthier, happier life. We can help! Here are some healthy lifestyle tips for living with diabetes.
  • IS AUTOMATIC REORDERING RIGHT FOR YOU?IS AUTOMATIC REORDERING RIGHT FOR YOU?
    You won’t hear this from a lot of medical equipment suppliers, but it’s true – there’s no one “right way” to order your diabetes supplies. Every diabetes patient is different and the “right way” to order your products is as individual as you are. Lots of our customers love the ease and convenience that comes with automatically ...
  • GET FASTER CYCLE TIMES IN 4 SIMPLE STEPS!GET FASTER CYCLE TIMES IN 4 SIMPLE STEPS!
    See why nobody gets your diabetes products to you faster than Pumps It. STEP 1 : Get a Referral We get a referral from your Doctor, review your documentation and enter your information so you don’t have to. Info for New Patients STEP 2 : Get Your Info We verify your insurance. If it’s the first order of the year, ...

 

  • Quick Tips
    Today’s Tip: What is considered to be a low blood glucose level?  For most people with diabetes, a blood glucose level of 70 mg/dl or less ...
  • Oh No! My Child May Have Diabetes! (Part 2)
    (A three (3) part miniseries blog) Part Two In my research, I found that nutrition for kids is about the same for adults.  Everyone needs the same ...