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How to Help Diabetics In Need – Donate Your Extra Diabetes Supplies and Insulin.


Category : Diabetic Info

There are over 20 million children and adults in the United States that have diabetes.
Many of these people can’t afford the necessary supplies to help keep an eye on their condition. The test strips alone cost upwards of $100.00 a box of 100. Not to mention the cost of the meters and insulin needed to help treat this disease.
On the other hand there are many people that have too many supplies that they do not need any more. Some are no longer diabetic of they may have changed meters and now have extra test strips that do not work with the new meter.

If you would like to help some of the unfortunate ones that do not have insurance or enough money to afford diabetic supplies they are in dire need of please visit any of these organizations on the internet.

Each one operates a little differently but all are in the business of helping those with diabetes that can’t afford the supplies.

There mission is to help children with diabetes whose families cannot afford the cost of their child’s diabetes care, supplies, insulin, or the cost of an insulin pump.
iPump is an acronym for “Insulin Pumps for Underinsured Mellitus Patients.”
Here are some of the items they accept.
– Syringes,
– Glucose meters (new only) and test strips of any kind with 90
days or longer left until expiration date
– Lancets and lancing devices (new only)
– Glucose gels and tablets
– Adhesive removers, IV Prep, Unisolve, IV 3000, etc.
– Insulin pump wear and pouches
– Animas Insulin pumps (we cannot accept any other brand at this
– Ketone test strips
– Test purses (for carrying supplies), and diabetes carry-alls, and
diabetes alert identification tags and jewelry (any kind, used is
– Diabetes books (these may be used, but we do not accept magazines
or pump or meter instruction books)
– Leg and feet support wear (new, only please), and diabetes foot and
hand lotions
– Alcohol pads, Band-Aids, Neosporin ointment

Insulin for Life Australia is a not-for-profit organization that collects and distributes insulin and other diabetes supplies that would otherwise be wasted. There are donated to recognized organizations in many countries, with agreed monitoring systems, on an ongoing, sustainable basis, and following emergencies. Recipient organizations include children’s diabetes camps, programs involving Australian medical students, Diabetes Associations and clinics.

Another place to donate unused testing supplies is Fight-It, a non-profit run by the folk at www.diabeticrockstar.com to get testing supplies out to people with diabetes who cannot afford these necessary items.

If you yourself could use some help you can actually
sell your diabetic test strips at this site. They purchase most brands of test strips that are not expired.

Diabetic Weight Loss Diet – Role of Food in Managing Weight of Diabetics


Category : Diet Info For Diabetics

What you eat plays a major role in your blood sugar levels. This is because the body breaks down various kinds of foods at different rates.

Carbohydrates make take five minutes to three hours to be absorbed by the body. Proteins may take around six hours to be broken down into simple substances. Fats can take more than eight hours to be processed by the body.

Since people with diabetes cannot produce or properly use insulin, regulating the intake of food is crucial to control the symptoms of the disease and to avoid complications. People with type 2 diabetes have to control both their weight and blood sugar levels to avoid these complications. A diabetic diet therefore, plays an important role in diabetes treatment.

A diabetic weight loss diet is no different from what healthy people are eating. It involves healthy food choices, balanced with foods high in fiber and protein, low in fat, and complete with essential nutrients. If you are taking medications, you have to make sure that what you eat is “balanced” with your medicines; if not, your blood sugar level may dramatically rise or drop. You also have to maintain a healthy level of cholesterol and triglycerides in your body to make sure that you have a strong heart.

Here is a guide to some of the common food components that a diabetic should monitor in their food choices:

Proteins – These are safe food choices for people with diabetes since they do not contribute to the increase of blood sugar level like carbohydrates. They are also low in calories unlike fats. According to experts, recommended serving of proteins per day for diabetics should be 12% to 20% of the daily caloric intake. Fish, soy, and lentils are rich sources of proteins.

Carbohydrates – Despite being the highest contributing factor of blood sugar, experts recommend taking 40% to 60% daily caloric intake of carbohydrates, more specifically the complex ones. Carbohydrates can be classified as simple and complex. Simple sugars are usually found in processed foods and table sugar. They can immediately cause rise in your blood glucose level because it only take a few minute to digest them. The complex ones are found in fruits, vegetable, starches, and whole grains. Diabetics should eat more vegetables and whole grains because they take more time to break down and contain fiber, which helps promote weight loss.

Fats – Stick with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats to make up the 30% to 35% of your daily caloric need. While there are other sources of fats, like saturated fats found in animal products and trans fats found in fried and processed foods, diabetics should carefully choose which fats to take because unhealthy fats are a major source of cholesterol.

The treatment of diabetes is a holistic process that involves several aspects: striving to obtain and maintain ideal body weight; following a diabetic weight loss diet; regular physical activity; and diabetic medication, if required. A healthier weight and lifestyle can help them manage this disease.

Find more information on how to reverse diabetes permanently!

About the Author

Jose Felipe Abrigo Contributing writer for Diabetic diet plan center

Famous People Who Are Diabetics


Category : Random Stuff

Here’s a list of some people you may know that are diabetics.

Delta Burke – Actress (Designing Women) Miss Florida; Miss USA

Jack Benny – Comedian

Halle Berry – Actress (Monster’s Ball, X-Men, Die Another Day)

James Cagney – Actor (Public Enemy, Angels With Dirty Faces, Yankee Doodle Dandy)

Dick Clark – Entertainer, television producer

Jackie Gleason – Actor (The Honeymooners, Smokey and the Bandit, The Hustler)

Jerry Mathers – Actor (Leave it to Beaver)

Larry King – Talk show host

Della Reese – Actress, singer (Touched by an Angel)

Ben Vereen – Actor, performer, humanitarian

Mae West – Actress (My Little Chickadee, I’m No Angel)