GoodScout: An Easier Way to Find Insurance

November 20, 2014 by
Divabetic Blog

Divabetic Blog

If you have diabetes, there is no getting around the fact that taking care of yourself can be expensive.

Affordable health insurance is essential to help access the supplies, medications, education and health care to manage diabetes and prevent, or treat, complications.

In the past, obtaining health insurance could be difficult for people with diabetes but now there’s an easier way to access coverage.

GoodScout is what they call an insurance aggregator. You’ve probably experienced a similar concept if you’ve ever researched travel online using a site that compares flights or hotels. That’s what GoodScout does in the health insurance industry. We gather the most competitive quotes from some of the best known insurance companies all in one place – and let you see each quotes, compare plans, and pick the policy that fits your lifestyle and budget from your desktop or mobile device.

GoodScout is the only health insurance aggregator that gives back a portion of our profit to benefit a non-profit healthcare organization.

If you need more information about Goodscout, drop us a line on our email Tom@gogoodscout.com or visit our website at http://www.gogoodscout.com

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Super Sniffer Handbook Raises Money for JDRF

November 19, 2014 by
Divabetic Blog

Divabetic Blog

Have ever wondered what goes into the training of a diabetes alert dog,?

The Super Sniffer Handbook has the answers to those questions. In a clear easy to read style, Internationally recognized trainer and scent detection pioneer, Debby Kay lays out her program that has been used by major service dog schools, government programs and top trainers worldwide.

“Most people I deal with want to train their dog to help with some special task such as alerting to a blood glucose change, or identifying an allergen for their person,” says Debby Kay. “These are important tasks for a dog and it is critical to your success that the dog has the right attitude towards the job. What many don’t realize is they will get that attitude from you, the trainer so it behooves you to come to the job with the right frame of mind. You should always know what you are hoping to accomplish during the particular session.”

Many people with type 1 diabetes who have developed hypoglycemia unawareness rely on their alert dogs for recognizing the symptoms.

Dogs have the ability to smell chemical changes in our bodies like when someone’s blood sugar starts to get low. A trained dog can alert their person to a low blood sugar attack that they did not know was coming. A quick test, a little sugar, and everyone can go on with their day, no crisis, no emergency, just the wonderful feeling of security and independence.

Debby Kay has been a leading professional in the field of scent detection work since 1969. She is a pioneer in many new applications of the incredible power of the dog’s nose which led to the development of her internationally recognized Super Sniffer Program. Debby believes passionately in the dog’s ability to enrich the lives of people they live with and has worked with individuals, businesses, governments and institutions to educate and promote the positive power of the Super Sniffer™ program.

The accompanying DVD shows each major step of the program using untrained dogs to help new trainers follow what to do to achieve her amazing results.

Debby has generously offered a special bonus to families while raising funds to improve the lives of those impacted with type 1 diabetes.

For every book and DVD set purchased between November 1 December 14, 2014,  Debby Kay will donate 50% of the proceeds back to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). The set normally costs $45.00 but is specially priced for this fundraising event at $34.93.

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Giving Thanks for My Diabetes by Beverly S. Adler, PhD, CDE

November 18, 2014 by
Diabetes Late Nite

Diabetes Late Nite

Diabetes Late Nite podcast guest, Dr. Beverly S. Adler  aka”Dr. Bev”, shares this blog post on what’s she’s most thankful for during National Diabetes Awareness month:

As November is Diabetes Awareness Month and also the month we celebrate Thanksgiving, I am combining both by giving thanks for my diabetes. I have had type 1 diabetes for 39 years and am proud to say that I am complication-free.

First, I am thankful that my family was supportive of my needs when I was diagnosed in 1975. My mom (literally) stood by my side when I took those first shots of insulin.  My dad took me to diabetes education classes. My brother congratulated me upon my diagnosis, explaining that he knew that I would always take care of my diabetes and myself. My family’s lessons of empowerment.

I am thankful to Canadian doctor Frederick Banting and American biomedical scientist Charles Best who co-discovered insulin in 1921. Since 2007, November 14th is celebrated as World Diabetes Day to honor the birthday of Dr. Banting. Led by the International Diabetes Federation, the day unites the global diabetes community to promote diabetes awareness and advocacy.

I am thankful for my wonderful diabetologist, Dr. Henry Dolger, who reassured me that I would be able to manage my diabetes throughout my life’s journeys, whether I was away at graduate school, traveling in Europe, or being pregnant. My doctor’s lesson of empowerment. I am thankful for all the technology which has developed in the last 39 years helping make my diabetes self-care easier and more accurate.

I am thankful to my publisher PESI HealthCare who supported my dream and published my two books: MY SWEET LIFE: Successful Women with Diabetes and MY SWEET LIFE: Successful Men with Diabetes. I am especially thankful to the contributing writers who shared their inspiring stories.

I am thankful for my friendship with  Max “Mr. Divabetic” Szadek who understands the importance of diabetes advocacy and promotes the discussion of emotional issues related to living with diabetes via his website www.Divabetic.org. He frequently invites me to join his “Charlie’s Angels of Outreach” on his Diabetes LateNite podcast and allows me the opportunity to post my monthly blogs on his web site.

I am thankful for my involvement with Lions Clubs International, the world’s largest service club organization.  One of the Lions’ missions is to aid the blind and visually impaired. To that goal, Lions sponsor fundraising events and local community activities to promote diabetes awareness and education. I am honored to serve with my fellow Lions on diabetes-related projects.

I am thankful to my colleague, Dr. Bill Polonsky, who welcomed me into the “small club” of diabetes psychologists. Also known by some as the “Father of Diabetes Psychology”, his early publications opened the door to treating the emotional issues of people living with diabetes.

I am thankful to my patients who share their most private thoughts and feelings and trust my advice to guide them along their life’s journey. I am also thankful to my patients who sometimes provide the inspiration behind my blogs and presentations.

I am thankful to my children for their support and encouragement of my professional pursuits. They are my greatest achievements!

Last, but not least, I am thankful for the blessing of having diabetes. Living with diabetes has taught me to appreciate my health and strive for a healthy lifestyle. Most of all, living with diabetes has provided me with the focus and passion for my career. My wish to my family, friends and followers at this time of giving thanks is for good health, peace and love along your personal journeys.

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Help, Does My Vagina Feel Numb Because of Diabetes?

November 17, 2014 by
Divabetic Blog

Divabetic Blog

Diabetes affects many of the body’s systems and functions, not the least of which may be the nervous system. If you only thought neuropathy effected your fingers and feet, think again. When the nervous system is affected, diabetic neuropathy can result in the least likely places like your vagina.  This occurs when too much sugar (hyperglycemia) circulates in the blood stream over a long period of time

Many people assume that when someone has a chronic illness like diabetes, they have so many things going on regarding their self-managment that sex automatically gets relegated to the back burner. However, research shows that sexuality and sexual expression rises to the top of the list when it comes to quality of life issues, no matter what other problems a person with diabetes may be facing.

It is thought that 60-70% of people with diabetes will develop some form of neuropathy over their lifetimes. While it is still somewhat unclear, diabetic neuropathy tends to occur after about five years of high blood sugar, and it usually peaks after about 25 years. People with neuropathy experience pain, tingling, or numbness in their hands, arms, feet, or legs. Diabetic neuropathy can also affect different organ systems, including the cardiovascular, genital-urinary, digestive, and vision.

Autonomic neuropathy may also affect your urinary tract or sexual function. Some people may not be able to empty their bladders completely, which increases the risk for urinary tract infections. Some people may also experience urinary incontinence (leaking of urine between bathroom visits). Men may have problems with erections, ejaculation, and orgasm, while women may experience problems with arousal, vaginal dryness, and having a normal orgasm.

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When Diarrhea Becomes Deadly

November 16, 2014 by
Divabetic Blog

Divabetic Blog

Diarrhea can be embarrassing and uncomfortable but can it also be deadly?

The truth is chronic diarrhea can cause fatal dehydration. 4,000 children in African and Asia lose their lives to diarrhea each day.

Diarrhea describes bowel movements (stools) that are loose and watery. It is very common. It typically lasts two to three days and can be treated with over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. Some people often have diarrhea as part of irritable bowel syndrome or other chronic diseases of the large intestine.

People with with diabetes suffer from a far less deadly type of diarrhea called “diabetic diarrhea.” Diabetic diarrhea generally affects people with a long history of type 1 diabetes and insulin treatment.  Diabetic diarrhea occurs usually at night, is watery and painless, and can be associated with fecal incontinence. Bouts of diarrhea can be episodic, along with intermittently normal bowel habits or even alternating with periods of constipation.

“My chronic diarrhea is so panful,” says Arthur, a Latino  man in his fifties. “I’d rather be dead. I haven’t had a solid bowel movement since George Bush, Sr. was in office!”

Diarrhea is also a common adverse effect of metformin. And many more people with type 2 diabetes suffer from osmotic diarrhea because they eat sorbitol. Sorbitol is a sugar substitute found in sugarless candy and gum that isn’t absorbed by the body but draws water into the bowel, resulting in diarrhea.

The most common cause of diarrhea is a virus that infects the gut. The infection usually lasts for two days and is sometimes called “intestinal flu” or “stomach flu.”

Contact your doctor if you have prolonged diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, or a fever that lasts more than 24 hours.  Although your primary care doctor or endocrinologist can initiate treatment for diabetic diarrhea, a referral to a gastroenterologist may be indicated when standard therapies are ineffective. Also see your doctor promptly if vomiting prevents you from drinking liquids to replace lost fluids.

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The Mirror Has Two Faces in Diabetes Self-Care

November 15, 2014 by
Divabetic Inspiration

Divabetic Inspiration

Our Diva Inspiration, Barbra Streisand’s  film, “The Mirror Has Two Faces”  spurs us to look at the way we’re managing our diabetes. Do we like what we see in the mirror? Are we ready for a ‘makeover’?

Barbra Striesand‘s character, Rose doesn’t like what she’s in the mirror. She’s a plain and pudgy middle-aged college English professor who envies her beautiful sister.

Most people in denial about their diabetes don’t like what they see in the mirror either.  They know the ugly truth is that the longer they let their diabetes go unmanaged, the greater their risk of a developing a health-related complication will be. They live in a vicious cycle of knowing what they should to do to manage their diabetes but still not choosing to do it.

In some ways, denial is a coping mechanism. It can keep you from getting overwhelmed and depressed initially but the longer denial continues the more harmful the outcomes can be.

You can live healthy with diabetes! But clearly it requires a person to face up to the facts and deal with it.

Many people who were once in denial admit that they wish they  had started managing their diabetes much sooner. They see that their diabetes is in fact, manageable and not the end of the world.

In the film, Rose transforms herself through exercise, wardrobe and makeup, into a beauty. For the first time, she likes what she see in the mirror. Her transformation may seem a bit cliche but her actions can undoubtably lead to much a bigger payoff for someone with diabetes in real-life.

Don’t hide from what you’re facing. Diabetes is manageable and with the right team you can lead a happy and healthy life.

On her new album entitled, “Partners” Barbra Streisand partners with some of the biggest names in music to put on her best performance. You can too!

Who should you partner with to achieve optimum health?

If you have diabetes, you can have a healthcare team that includes a primary care doctor, registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator, eye doctor, foot doctor, dentist, therapist and possibly an exercise trainer. The size and scope of your healthcare ‘entourage’ depends on how much help you may need to manage your diabetes and maintain good health.

Let Barbra Streisand encourage you to improve your self-care by creating partnerships that will listen to your voice and help you shine!

Do you need a ‘makeover’? Register for ‘Divabetic Victory Over Diabetes’ outreach event on Sunday, November 16, 1-4 PM at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, PA. Call 1-800-JEFF-NOW. Free Admission.

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I’ll Sing A Duet with Barry Manilow Over My Dead Body!

November 14, 2014 by
Dream Team

Dream Team

Barry Manilow must have received a lot of rejection letters from celebrity friends when he asked if they’d like to sing a duet with him since his new album, “My Dream Duets” features only the dearly departed. The album’s concept is kind of “creepy” if you ask us. Cherished idols like Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe (!), Dusty Springfield, Mama Cass and Louis Armstrong to contemporary icons like Whitney Houston and John Denver appear on the album. I guess, he and the estates of these celebrities have never heard the expression, ‘rest in peace’!!!

“My Dream Duet” seems like a desperate attempt to capitalize on stunt casting usually used in the movie biz to make money. Record labels  executives must believe that superstar entertainers like Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Barry Manilow and Better Milder (she’s harmonizing with herself) can’t sell albums by themselves anymore so they’re relying on gimmicks and guest stars. From Aretha’s surprising rendition of  Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” and Barbra Streisand teaming up with Elvis to Bette Milder’s hokey concept of singing girl group classics by herself,  our most respected and enduring recording artists are losing their credibility in hope of selling records.  Is it working?

Aretha Franklin scored her highest-charting album since 1985 with the arrival of Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics.

Bette Midler’s tribute to girl groups — which features covers of such tunes as TLC‘s “Waterfalls” and The Supremes‘ “You Can’t Hurry Love” is Midler’s highest debut ever, and second-highest charting album following the No. 2-peaking Beaches soundtrack.

Barbra Streisand’s latest album, “Partners” made history when it hit the top spot on the Billboard 200. She’s the first artist to have a No. 1 album in each of the past six decades. The album features all-star duets with Billy Joel, John Legend, Elvis Presley, Blake Shelton and more.

Let Barbra Streisand encourage you to improve your self-care by creating partnerships that will listen to your voice and help you shine!

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“Partners” By Poet Lorraine Brooks on Diabetes Late Nite

November 13, 2014 by
Diva Inspiration: Barbra Streisand

Diva Inspiration: Barbra Streisand

The happy healthcare host, Mr. Divabetic and the Diabetes Late Nite team are talking about ‘PARTNERS & Diabetes’  with inspiration from Barbra Streisand in November.

Barbra Streisand isn’t living with diabetes but she still serves as an amazing inspiration for achieving your personal best.  Since the 1960s, she has won more varied awards (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, special Tony, Golden Globe, Cable ACE, Peabody) than anyone else in show business, and has sold over sixty-eight million records, more records than any other female singer.

On her new album entitled, “Partners” Barbra partners with some of the biggest names in music to put on her best performance. You can too!

Who should you partner with to achieve optimum health?

If you have diabetes, you can have a healthcare team that includes a primary care doctor, registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator, eye doctor, foot doctor, dentist, therapist and possibly an exercise trainer. The size and scope of your healthcare ‘entourage’ depends on how much help you may need to manage your diabetes and maintain good health.

Poet Lorraine Brooks shares her original poem, “Partners” to inspire you to live like a diva and build your own healthcare entourage:

PARTNERS by Poet Lorraine Brooks

No man is an island,

A famous man wrote.

We all need a team

Who can keep us afloat.

We partner with those

Who can help us maintain

And help us get over

The rocky terrain.

Friends can be partners

That keep us on cue.

Partners are people

Who always come through.

We sing a duet

With a partner in song

We hold hands with partners

To whom we belong.

In business our partners

Share profits and loss

And good partners even

Don’t  care who’s the boss.

My tennis game partner

Plays close to the net

And takes care of shots

That she knows I can’t get.

But I need more partners

Than those I have named.

Sometimes I need help,

And I am not ashamed,

To admit that my partners

Are people I need

To stick by my side

And to help me succeed.

My doctor, my health team,

My friends, and my shrink,

They help bring me back

When I’m out on the brink.

Each day I am grateful

For partners I know

And for all the support

To maintain status quo

So honor your partners

Whatever you do

A group of good divas

Sees all of us through

Barbra Streisand’s latest No. 1 album, “Partners” made history. She’s the first artist to have a No. 1 album in each of the past six decades. The album features all-star duets with Billy Joel, John Legend, Elvis Presley, Blake Shelton and more. Let Barbra Streisand encourage you to improve your self-care by creating partnerships that will listen to your voice and help you shine!

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Glam More, Fear Less Fashion Show

November 12, 2014 by
SB7A1863-SDivabetic presents “Divabetic – Victory Over Diabetes,”  our biggest diabetes outreach event of the year on Sunday, November 16, 2014, 1-4 PM at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, PA.
This free annual diabetes outreach event celebrates a take charge attitude about living with diabetes during National Diabetes Awareness month. Our goal is to comfort, connect and cheer on the members of the Divabetic Club and their loved ones for their yearlong commitment for improving their health.
Divabetic Image & Style Advisor, Catherine Schuller is pulling out all the stops for this year’s “GLAM MORE FEAR” fashion show during the event. This extraordinary fashion show will the cutting edge designs of LMB Haute and Kain ’Fri New York and features models living with, at risk and  affected by diabetes from Metro Model Management and Smooches.
New York based LMB Haute is an accessible, wearable and ethic inspired line of clothing which includes looks that are manipulated and masterly assembled into dramatic ensembles with an urban couture feel. Fashion Designers, Stassi and Monica are the heart and soul of this line whose wares can be seen at their store in the Harlem Market on 116th and Lenox Avenue. From harem pants to braided vests to dresses with a distinct edge, they have the
Our keynote speakers will be co-authors of “The Complete Diabetes Organizer: Your Guide to a Less Stressful and More Manageable Diabetes Life,” Susan Weiner and Leslie Josel.
Divabetic Victory Over Diabetes is sponsored Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and is a signature program of Divabetic.

Divabetic Victory Over Diabetes

Sunday, November 16, 2014, 1PM – 4PM

African American Museum

701 Arch Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106

FREE ADMISSION

Register: 1-800-JEFF-NOW

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Divabetic Partners with Dr. Greenfield’s Diabetic Creams

November 11, 2014 by
Max Szadek and Steve Okabayashi

Max Szadek and Steve Okabayashi

Divabetic is proud to partner with Dr. Greenfield’s Diabetes Creams  (Hand & Foot) to present diabetes education with dazzle!

Participants at this year’s diabetes stage show, Diabetes Time Machine received free samples of Dr. Greenfield’s creams at the ADA Expo in Pittsburgh, PA.

Dr. Greenfield’s Diabetes Creams contain a doctor-developed formula which provides a protective moisture barrier to help prevent infections. Keeps skin soft and callus free. Enriched with vitamins, humectants, emollients, exfoliating agents plus Tea Tree Oil for healthy skin. 5 oz.

The Diabetes Time Machine features a dazzling retelling of the history of diabetes with the   “Diabetes Time Travelers”  (Lorraine Starsky RN, BSN, Jan Koshinsky RN, MS,  CDE, Connie Frazier RD, LDN, CDE, Lori Bednarz MSN, CDE, Sue Cleveland MS, RDand Mama Rose Marie.

Nine famous ‘Divabetics’ helped to bring to life the dazzling history of diabetes including Cleopatra, writer Laura Ingalls Wilder, movie star, Mae West, jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, TV icon, Mary Tyler Moore, entertainer Miss Piggy,  R & B legend, Patti Labelle,  LPGA professional golfer Michelle McGan and Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor.

The Diabetes Time Machine presentation also includes the traveling version of the exhibition Breakthrough: The Dramatic Story of the Discovery of Insulin which chronicles the discovery of the world’s first miracle drug, the impact of this breakthrough, and the evolution of insulin production and diabetes patient care throughout the twentieth century. The traveling exhibit  issponsored by Lilly.

“The goals of our stage show productions are to take traditional diabetes education out of the clinical setting, address taboo subjects (such as sexual health and depression) as well as highlight important information in an entertaining way,” says Mr. Divabetic.  “Terri Seidman, Associate Director at ADA helps to bring my ideas to life!”

Whether or not you are aware of the history of diabetes including the discoveries or innovators responsible for many of today’s treatment advances, these forces have had a hand in shaping your daily self-care practices. The knowledge you gain from this presentation can help you to appreciate the methods and treatments available today and hopefully motivate you to take advantage of them!

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