Managing Diabetes This Coming Winter With HealthCare4All

Winter is approaching and for those living with diabetes, managing the condition can be a challenge. Fortunately, with some additional care and attention, diabetes can be effectively managed all winter long. Healthcare4all, providers of diabetes products, delivers advice on managing diabetes effectively in the winter.

Avoid catching colds and flu

According to  Diabetes.co.uk, due to the difficulties it can create with diabetes management, people with diabetes are generally at a greater risk in they catch flu. One potentially dangerous complication of flu can be the onset of pneumonia, which people with diabetes are more at risk from developing compared to those without diabetes.

It is therefore important that if you have diabetes you try and stave off colds and flu throughout the winter and all year round. Take a look at our blog about Winter Flu warnings! it will tell you all you need to know about the upcoming Flu we may face after Australia and New Zealand just went through it!

Like the UK, the past few winters have been fairly quiet but this year they had their worst flu season for a number of years.  Figures suggest that  there was nearly double the number of cases of flu than the average over the past five winters.

Reports have emerged of hospitals struggling, which is why NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens raised the alarm in a speech on Tuesday.

Last year, the NHS went through its worst winter in a generation. And already hospital bosses have warned this winter could be worse given long waiting times and bed shortages over the summer.

Mr Stevens is concerned flu could tip the health service over the edge as well as posing a threat to vulnerable groups, such as the elderly.

Washing your hands

Washing your hands often and using sanitisers can help ward off the germs associated with colds and flu. Getting plenty of rest and having the flu vaccine can help avoid people from getting the flu.

Keep warm

The Mayo Clinic advises that people with diabetes stay warm during the winter, and keep their feet protected and warm by wearing comfortable shoes and socks to help keep circulation problems at bay.

Eat well and exercise

Try and stay healthy throughout the winter by eating well. Have a well-balanced diet that comprises of plenty of fruit, vegetables, protein and grains.

Taking regular exercise can also help you stay fit during the winter and ward off potentially harmful illnesses.

Diabetes products

Diabetes monitoring with products such as a diabetes monitor and a diabetes meter is extremely important during the winter. Such products enable diabetics to test, monitor and control their blood sugar levels.

Healthcare4all has a range of diabetes monitoring products and equipment for sale.

The Accu-Chek Mobile system makes blood glucose monitoring easier & more convenient, and allows you to test without inserting or disposing of strips

  • 50 Strip Free tests on a continuous tape.
  • No single strips to handle or dispose of 6 lancets in a drum.
  • No single lancets to see or touchEasy lancing with 1-Click action to prime and release
  • Just 4 simple steps to perform a test
  • 2000 test memory plus 7, 14, 30 and 90 day averages
  • PC ready reports via a USB cable (not supplied)
  • No clinical waste
  • Designed for people with diabetes using insulin
  • Measures in mmol/L

The Accu-Chek costs £34.80

Medisana Meditouch-2 Glucose Diabetes Testing Monitor

The Medisana Meditouch-2 Glucose Diabetes Testing Monitor is another diabetes product Healthcare4all has available to purchase.

Based on an improved enzyme composition that reacts with glucose specifically, the Medisana Meditouch-2 Glucose Diabetes Testing Monitor helps to minimise the influence of other substances. The device’s test strips also comprise of an underfilling detection feature, which is designed to prevent a measurement being made if the blood sample provided is not sufficient.

The Medisana Meditouch-2 Glucose Diabetes Testing Monitor costs £25, inc VAT on the Healthcare4all website.

 

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What is Diabetes and what treatments are available?

What is Diabetes and what treatments are available?
What is Diabetes and what treatments are available?

I get a lot of people asking me at #HealthCare4All and my pharmacy about diabetes, so i thought I would write this weeks blog explaining what diabetes is and what treatments are available.

Millions of people all over the world suffer from diabetes. This is a chronic illness where the sugar level of a person is too high that it starts affecting their body’s normal processes.

Causes and Risk factors

Diabetes develops when the body has a resistance to insulin, or doesn’t produce enough of it. This hormone produced in our bodies controls the blood sugar level. Although we need sugar, or glucose, in our bodies to serve as fuel and energy, too much of it will cause problems with our digestive and excretory system.

People who have a family history of diabetes are at high risk of developing it. Being overweight, stressed, not having a balanced diet and being less physically active are also risk factors.

Types

There are two types of diabetes:

Type 1 diabetes: Occurs when the body is not producing any insulin or is only producing very little of it. In this case, the body has actually destroyed its own insulin producing cells found inside the pancreas. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune illness.

Type 2 diabetes: Happens when the body’s cells are no longer responding properly to insulin. A big percentage of Type 2 diabetes patients develop the illness because of being unfit and overweight. This form of diabetes develops later in life, but there are cases where patients develop the disease as early as their 20s.

Through diabetic testing, doctors can diagnose this illness during its early stages. This makes it easier for patients to learn about diabetes monitoring and the ways to keep their blood sugar stable. There are many diabetes products available in the market, ranging from special diabetic meals to diabetic foot care.

At HealthCare4All we have a whole range of products including the Accu-Chek Mobile Blood Glucose Diabetes Monitoring System Kit £34.99, which makes blood glucose monitoring easier & more convenient, and allows you to test without inserting or disposing of strips.

0 Strip Free tests on a continuous tape – no single strips to handle or dispose of
6 lancets in a drum – no single lancets to see or touch
Easy lancing with 1-Click action to prime and release
Just 4 simple steps to perform a test
2000 test memory plus 7, 14, 30 and 90 day averages
PC ready reports via a USB cable (not supplied)
No clinical waste
Designed for people with diabetes using insulin
Measures in mmol/L

For more products take a look at HealthCare4All.co.uk

At the end of the day however, prevention is still key when it comes to diabetes. Knowing the risk factors should help people become aware if they can develop diabetes later in life. Having a healthy lifestyle, keeping active and staying away from too much stress helps steer clear of developing diabetes.

 

 

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Top signs and symptoms of diabetes

The amount of people being diagnosed with diabetes is growing year on year.  Due to the proliferation of this global epidemic, it is essential for people to be able to identify and manage the symptoms of the disease.

Recent research conducted by Diabetes UK has discovered that there are now over 4 million people in the UK living with the condition and a further 549,000 people are thought to be living with diabetes who are yet un-diagnosed.

Symptoms of diabetes

Diabetes develops when the body is unable to produce sufficient amounts of a hormone called insulin. The body requires insulin for the body to be able to turn glucose into energy.

Identifying the signs of diabetes early can make it easier to control and minimizes the detrimental effects it can have on the body. There are many key symptoms of diabetes to be aware of, these include:

Excessive Urinating: Due to the overload of glucose in the blood, the body will attempt to rid itself of the excessive levels through urination. One of the main symptoms of diabetes is needing to go to the toilet too frequently.

Blurred Vision: Fluctuating fluid levels in the body due to diabetes can cause blurred vision and difficulty for the eyes to focus.

Tiredness and hunger: Your body uses insulin to transfer glucose into energy. If the cells resist the insulin or if the body doesn’t produce a sufficient amount, then this can cause feelings of hunger and fatigue.

Unusual weight-loss: An effect of diabetes is that the body cannot get energy from the food we eat, in this event the body starts to burn muscle as food instead which leads to weight loss.

Dry Mouth and Itchy skin: The dehydration caused by excessive urinating means that there is less moisture for the body. This can lead to a dry mouth and itchy skin.

Cuts and wounds: Over time, nerve damage can be caused by high blood sugar. This affects the blood flow so cuts and wounds can take longer to heal.

Diabetes treatments

Type 1 diabetes: Develops when the beta cells in the pancreas are destroyed and the body is no longer able to produce insulin. Type-1 diabetes is treated by daily doses of insulin administered by either injection or insulin pump.

Type 2 diabetes: Occurs when there isn’t a sufficient quantity of insulin in the body or the insulin that is produced doesn’t work properly, this is known as insulin resistance. As well as medication and insulin, Type-2 diabetes can be managed by eating a balanced diet and taking regular physical exercise.

Diabetes monitoring

To monitor diabetes, it is essential to keep track of the body’s blood glucose levels. HealthCare4all have an extensive range of top quality diabetes products available including test strips, lancets and syringes. They also provide top of the range diabetes monitoring equipment, aiding customers to supervise their blood glucose levels to help combat diabetes:

Accu-Chek Mobile Blood Glucose Diabetes Monitoring System Kit: £29.16 (EX VAT)

The Accu-Chek Mobile Blood Glucose Diabetes Monitoring System Kit is a user friendly diabetes monitor. It allows testing to take place without the requirement to use or dispose of strips which means no clinical waste. This outstanding diabetes monitoring system also provides PC ready reports via a USB cable which is also including with the pack.

Advocate Redi-Code+ Blood Glucose Monitoring System:  £16.63 (EX VAT)

The Advocate Redi-Code+ Blood Glucose Monitoring System is an effective and moderately priced diabetes meter that announces the results of your blood glucose tests out loud. The Advocate Redi-Code+ Blood Glucose Monitoring System reads in mmol/L, has up to 6 reminder alarms, a 400 test memory and includes data management.

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How to Choose the Right Glucometer for You

 

 

Sanofi’s iPhone Glucometer

If you’re living with diabetes, you’ll know that regular blood testing is part of keeping yourself fit and healthy. Luckily, it’s easy to do tests in the comfort of your own home. If you don’t already own a glucometer, this guide will tell you all about what they do, how to pick the right one, and how to use it effectively.

What does a glucometer do?

A glucometer measures your blood glucose levels by testing a blood sample from you. You place the sample on a test strip using a lancet needle, usually in a fingertip, and then place it into the machine for scanning. Some measure by checking how much light reflects from the sample, others by how much electricity can pass through it. Once it has been analysed, the screen will display the blood glucose level to you, which you can then act on according to your doctor’s orders.

How to use a glucometer

These machines are very simple to use, and usually take no more than a minute or so. Simply create the blood sample, feed it to the machine, and then record the results. Some machines may allow you to download your results, or will keep a record for you. About Health also recommends keeping your machine and test strips in a dry, safe place, and keeping your lancet needles in a puncture proof container to avoid stick injuries.

How to choose the right glucometer for you

Most machines are accurate in the readings they give you, so when shopping for one, you’ll need to decide on what features you’ll need. The Mayo Clinic offer some things to think about when picking yours:

Price: How much are you willing to pay? Price varies a lot from machine to machine, so shop around for the best price for you. If you have medical insurance, they may be able to cover some of the costs for you, so it’s worth checking with them first.

Ease of use: How easy are the different models to use? Some offer better grips, or larger displays for ease of reading. Some even offer audio readouts and illuminated screens.

Information storage and retrieval: With more basic models, you’ll need to write a log of your meter readings yourself. However, other models offer some form of information storage. For example, some machines can keep track of trends over time, or even email the results to your doctor.

Support offered: If you’re not feeling confident, some machines come with a free phone support line to help you out when you get stuck.

We have a large range of glucometers to choose from, including the Accu-Check Blood Mobile system, that includes drum-contained lancets, eliminating sharps waste, and PC ready technology so you can connect the machine to your PC for quick results. We also have the innovative Gluco-Dock Blood Glucose Module, that connects to your iPhone and keeps track of everything from blood glucose to food intake for you.

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What is Diabetes?

Millions of people all over the world suffer from diabetes. This is a chronic illness where the sugar level of a person is too high that it starts affecting their body’s normal processes.

Causes and Risk factors

Diabetes develops when the body has a resistance to insulin, or doesn’t produce enough of it. This hormone produced in our bodies controls the blood sugar level. Although we need sugar, or glucose, in our bodies to serve as fuel and energy, too much of it will cause problems with our digestive and excretory system.

People who have a family history of diabetes are at high risk of developing it. Being overweight, stressed, not having a balanced diet and being less physically active are also risk factors.
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