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Three Tips For Pumping Mamas

If you are one of the many women around the world trying to juggle providing the very best nutrition for your baby while still maintaining a career, you have likely come across a variety of roadblocks along the way. Despite recent improvements by many employers in this arena, the world isn’t exactly tailored to assist the pumping mama. Still, many mothers truly wish to continue pumping to ensure their child is receiving the very best.

For this reason, we have put together a list of helpful tips and tricks for new moms who are just learning the ropes of pumping at work.

Request a Private Space: As of March 2010, employers are required to provide a private space and plenty of break time for working mothers to pump. This is a wonderful law that is certain to encourage more mothers to breastfeed their little ones.

Be sure to take full advantage of this law by making it known that you will be pumping at work and requesting a private space specifically. This space will make you more comfortable while pumping and allow you to relax and therefore pump more milk each session.

Pack the Essentials: If you will be pumping at work, it is important to bring not only your breast pump, but also all the little things needed to go along with it. This should include breast milk storage bags and/or bottles, an insulated lunch bag, and ice packs for keeping your milk cold during transport.

Invest in Quality: Pumping on a daily basis can become very tiresome if you are using a poor-quality pump that leaves you uncomfortable or in pain. Instead of enduring those negative feelings which are bound to shorten the length of time you continue breastfeeding, invest in a high-quality breast pump.

Consider a Pumping Bra: Sometimes it is nice to have your hands free when pumping in order to get some work done or read a book. For this reason, nifty pumping bras such as this one are amazing inventions. Consider purchasing one if you like to multitask or you feel that frequent pumping breaks might put you behind on your work.

Not sure which products you need to successfully pump at work? Please contact us today! We would love to get you set up with the appropriate supplies.

Rollator or Traditional Walker: Which is Right for You?

Walkers come in all shapes, sizes, and configurations. Even though they share some similarities, each type of walker is designed for a specific need and function. The following guide will help you find the walker with the right support and features.

Standard Walkers:

This type of walker offers the most support. Standard walkers are most appropriate for individuals who have a high risk of falling or who are recovering from knee, hip, or other types of surgery. They are also the easiest to operate if you have limited hand dexterity. Basic models without wheels provide the most stability and work best on indoor surfaces. For individuals who do not need as much support, two wheels can be added to the front to make the walker easier to maneuver.

Rollator Walkers:

Rollator walkers are extremely popular but may not be appropriate for everyone. Rollators have wheels on all four legs and typically come with a seat and a basket. This type of walker is best for people who just need a little extra help getting around but who are still relatively stable on their feet. Rollators offer the best mobility, which makes them perfect for someone who likes to be out and about. The seat provides a convenient resting place, and the basket is perfect for shopping or carrying items from room to room. To safely use a rollator walker, you need to have sufficient hand strength and quick enough reflexes to operate the breaks when needed.

Diabetes Health Supplies is proud to offer a wide range of walkers and mobility aids to help you enjoy the fullest life possible. Contact us for more information and assistance in choosing the right mobility aid for your needs.

Christmas Treat

Gingerbread Man Recipe

Did you know that gingerbread was used for ceremonial purposes during the ancient Greek and Egyptian times? It’s true! During the 11th century ginger was a spice that was brought back for the cooks of the rich folks to experiment with. The first gingerbread man was given to Queen Elizabeth I and from there was exchanged as a token of love.
Is that time of year for families to come together and enjoy each others company! Lets top it off with this gingerbread man cookie recipe!
 
Ingredients
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup SPLENDA No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 3 tablespoons water
Directions
  1. Mix flouer, baking soda, baking powder, and spices in large mixing bowl
  2. Mix cream butter, splenda granulated sweetner and salt together in a large mixing bowl. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition. Add molasses and water. Stir well. Add the flour mixture and stir until well blended.
  3. Refrigerate dough for 1-2 hours before rolling out and cutting into shapes
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. Roll cookie dough out slightly less that 1/4 inch. Cut into desired shapes.
  6. Bake in preheated oven 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned on the bottom.
Nutritional Information (Per Serving)
Calories:
100
Protein:
2 g
Sodium:
75 mg
Cholesterol:
15 mg
Fat:
4 g
Saturated Fat:
2 g
Dietary Fiber:
1 g
Sugars:
4 g
Carbohydrates:
16 g

Abbott Recalls FreeStyle InsuLinx Blood Glucose Meters

Abbott Diabetes Care Inc. recently announced the a voluntary recall of the FreeStyle InsuLinx Blood Glucose Meters in the United States. This is due to incorrect test results at extremely high blood glucose levels.

Abbott has discovered that at extremely high blood glucose levels of 1024 mg/dL and above, the FreeStyle InsuLinx glucometer will display and save incorrect test results that is 1024 mg/dL below the measured result. For example a blood glucose reading of 1052 mg/dL, the meter will display and save a value of 28 mg/dL (1052 mg/dL – 1024 mg/dL = 28 mg/dL).

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If you are a diabetes patient using the FreeStyle InsuLinx Meter, you should take immediate action to address this issue with your meter. You can take one of the following actions:

1. Patients can access a InsuLinx software update to resolve the issue atwww.freestyleinsulinx.com/swupdate. The software update will allow users to maintain personal settings and historical data on their FreeStyle InsuLinx meter.

2. Patients can contact Abbott Diabetes Care Customer Service department at 1-866-723-2697 FREE to accelerate a return and replacement of your FreeStyle InsuLinx meter at no charge. Replacement glucose meters are available, and Abbott Diabetes Care will immediately send you a new meter upon request.

This voluntary recall does not affect the FreeStyle InsuLinx strips or any other FreeStyle or Precision meters.

Invokana (canaglifozin) Approved for Type 2 Diabetics

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A new drug for the treatment of type 2 diabetes has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Invokana (canaglifozin) has been put through a rigorous set of clinical trials, 9 to be exact that involved over 10,000 people.  The trials showed improvements in blood glucose levels as hoped, by blocking glucose absorption by the kidney. The drug is not designed for type 1 diabetics, those with elevated ketones, people with kidney impairment or those with end stage renal disease.

They also recommend and should be the case for all care, the use of Invokana should be combined with proper diet and exercise. There are still more studies at this time for specific age groups, but one potential side-effect found was specific infections; more commonly vaginal yeast infection and urinary tract infections. Also, noted is the potential for a sudden drop in blood pressure when the patient stands up. For more information on Invokana, see Janssen Pharmaceuticals of Titusville, N.J.

Recall on the OneTouch Verio IQ Blood Glucose Meter

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For those of you who have not heard the news, Johnson & Johnson recalled almost 2 million meters due to a malfunction when tested at high blood glucose levels. This includes the Verio IQ sold in the United States.

Each of the One Touch Verio models malfunction a bit differently at blood glucose levels of 1024 mg/dL and higher. An unexpected shutoff during testing could indicate extreme high blood sugar,  which warrants contacting a healthcare professional. Though these ranges are highly unlikely. LifeScan is advising US patients using the OneTouch Verio IQ meter to call 1-800-717-0276 FREE to receive a free replacement.

Another option, Advanced Diabetes Supply offers a “No Cost” upgrade for OneTouch Verio IQ users right now. They have proven to be one of the most reliable at taking care of their patients and we highly recommend them.

A cure for all Tumors?

In a recent study of a protein called CD47, a new treatment in mice studies triggered the immune system to destroy cancer cells. CD47 activity was partially discovered a decade ago by Irving Weissman at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California. He discovered that leukemia cells produce higher levels of a protein called CD47 than do healthy cells. In the past few years, Weissman’s lab showed that blocking CD47 with an antibody cured some cases of lymphomas and leukemias in mice by stimulating the immune system to recognize the cancer cells as invaders. Now, he and colleagues have shown that the CD47-blocking antibody may have a far wider impact than just blood cancers.

“What we’ve shown is that CD47 isn’t just important on leukemias and lymphomas,” says Weissman. “It’s on every single human primary tumor that we tested.” Moreover, Weissman’s lab found that cancer cells always had higher levels of CD47 than did healthy cells. How much CD47 a tumor made could predict the survival odds of a patient.

A very promising cure for cancer?   Read more>>