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5 Things EVERYONE Can Do To Support Diabetes Awareness

  
  
  
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5 Things EVERYONE Can Do to Support Diabetes Awareness

Lauren’s Hope has always supported diabetes research, awareness, and hope for a cure. We’ve featured blog posts about diabetes, giving helpful hints and stories of hope for those courageous souls living with this condition. Now, we are asking all of our friends and customers –whether they have diabetes or not – to take just a few moments to learn what they can do to support diabetes research, awareness, and hope for a cure, too.


10 Diabetes Emergency Kit Essentials

  
  
  
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There are approximately 25 million people with diabetes living in the United States. While having a Diabetes emergency kit may not be something you think about often, having a few extra items stashed away in a safe place may mean the difference between life and death in the event of a natural disaster. Given the prevalence of major natural disasters around the country, there should also be enough diabetes supplies in your emergency kit to last at least three days. This should allow you to safely wait out the aftermath of an earthquake, hurricane or anything else that can impede your progress to your home or medical center.


November Story of Hope: Diabetes Awareness Month

  
  
  
Gracie

Our first November Story of Hope is brought to you by a special customer of ours, Gracie and her mom, Laura. Gracie was diagnosed with diabetes in March of 2011


5 Things Every Teacher Should Know About Diabetes

  
  
  
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Teachers: givers of knowledge, confidence, and advice.

Teachers play a huge role in your kids’ lives. They are the role models at school, the all-knowing question answerers, the keepers of the hall passes. Your kids depend on them to tell them what they need to know, and you as parents depend on them to keep your kids safe at school.


5 Things Every Teacher Should Know About Diabetes

  
  
  
5 things teachers should know about diabetes

Teachers: givers of knowledge, confidence, and advice. Teachers play a huge role in your kids’ lives. They are the role models at school, the all-knowing question answerers, the keepers of the hall passes. Your kids depend on them to tell them what they need to know, and you as parents depend on them to keep your kids safe at school.


Essential Checklist for College Students with Diabetes

  
  
  
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10 Tips for College Students with Diabetes
 


The transition from home to college isn’t an easy one. There are a lot of things for first-time college students to remember: things to pack, things to do, people to talk to and adjustments to make. Diabetes does not make this transition any less intimidating. You’re not just meeting your roommate – you’re greeting them with an overload of information about emergency diabetes procedures. You’re not just stocking your mini-fridge with dorm room junk food – you’re stocking it with potentially lifesaving tools. If you are moving away and heading to college, keep in mind a few simple tips to make the big shift a little bit easier.
 
1. Register with Disability Services. They’ll likely have lots of helpful information and tools for people with diabetes, and they can help you connect with other diabetic students on campus. Plus, you can get sweet perks – like letters to your professors when you need one!
2. Join a club – or start a club! When you visit the college health center, ask about diabetes communities on campus. The College Diabetes Network can give you information about chapters in your area. If there isn’t one already – start one yourself!
3. Bring a mini-fridge. Use it to store supplies, snacks, and bottled water. Let your friends and roommates know that the fridge is stocked for your specific needs, and if they want something, they’ll need to ask you first.
4. Let people know. Tell your professors, resident assistant (RA), roommate(s) and close friends that you have diabetes, and go over emergency procedures with your RA and roommates. Let your professors know sometime in the first week of class that you may need to leave occasionally to take care of yourself.
5. Keep low treatments in your bag at all times, and don’t be afraid to tell the professor how you feel if you need to leave class to treat low blood sugar.
6. Know where the vending machines are, and always have change on hand. You should always have low treatments with you, but it’s good to be prepared, just in case.
7. Be prepared to treat an insulin reaction. Keep large quantities of whatever you take for insulin reactions. The last thing you need when you are experiencing a reaction is a panicky run to the grocery store in the middle of the night.
8. Use a needle/test strip disposal container. It’s more considerate for your roommates and friends.
9. Keep three months of diabetes supplies on hand, and have an extra glucose monitor and batteries for backup. Check your stock of supplies periodically, and have your prescriptions on file at a local pharmacy.
10. Wear a medical alert bracelet. If all else fails and your diabetes gets out of control, you may need emergency medical attention. Medical ID jewelry is the quickest, most effective way to relay information about your diabetes to medical personnel. Diabetes medical ID bracelets don’t have to draw attention to your condition, however! Lauren’s Hope focuses on creating fashionable medical jewelry for college students to keep them safe and stylish while on campus.


Juvenile Diabetes Through Grace's Eyes

  
  
  
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Diabetes: it’s a fancy word with a whole lot of complex explanation behind it. Someone newly diagnosed could spend hours researching the condition, deciphering terms like “pancreas,” “insulin,” “glucose,” and “bolus.”


Diabetic Alert Dogs Save Lives

  
  
  
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Kaydence Ney is like a lot of other four-year-old girls: she loves playing dress-up, being a big sister, playing princess, and dreaming of her very own puppy....a puppy that could cost as much as $20,000.

This puppy may be well worth the money, however. The specially-trained canine would be able to sense changes in blood sugar levels and could be life-saving for people like Kaydence, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes shortly after turning three years old. Ever since then, she has been under the constant, watchful eye of her mother, Tammy, who wakes to an alarm every few hours each night to check on her daughter.

"She has to be under 24-hour observation," Tammy was quoted in a recent article published in her local newspaper, the Standard Speaker . "That's why I looked into the dog."

Diabetes alert dogs are trained to sense and recognize the early signs of an oncoming hypoglycemic episode 25 to 40 minutes before a diabetic meter, according to Dan Warren of Warren Retrievers’ Guardian Angel Service Dogs. The theory behind these remarkable pooches is that they can smell chemical changes in a person’s body before the obvious physical effects of high or low blood sugar set in. Companies like Guardian Angel Service Dogs then strategically train these dogs to alert people to those chemical changes. However, that training is not easy...or cheap.

According to Beverly Schwartz of All Purpose Canines, training can take up to two years and cost up to $20,000. “It’s very time-consuming and intense to get the dog to be at least 85 percent accurate,” she explained in an article in the popular Diabetes Forecast magazine.

For Kaydence’s parents, there is no question that these dogs are well worth it, despite the hefty price tag.

"These dogs are lifesavers," Tammy said.

To assist with the cost, the family has organized fundraising efforts called “K-9 for Kaydence.” They plan on hosting fundraisers in their community as well as collecting general donations.

To learn more about diabetic alert dogs and service dog organizations, please visit the following websites:


Mommy, What is Diabetes? Book Giveaway

  
  
  
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A Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes diagnosis can be shocking, scary, and overwhelming - not only for your child, but also for you. Diabetes truly affects the entire family, and when your child is diagnosed, they will likely ask you some tough questions...questions that you are probably asking, too!

That was the case for Irene Mallano, whose daughter Madison Rose was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 2006, when she was only four years old. The Mallanos had no family history of diabetes, and Irene was struggling to understand the disease - and to help her daughter understand it as well.

“One day shortly after diagnosis, I was sitting alone in the kitchen full of tears. My daughter came in, put her hand on my shoulder and asked, ‘mommy, what is diabetes?’  along with many other questions I was unprepared to answer,” Irene told Lauren’s Hope in an exclusive interview. “With a frozen look in my eyes as I thought of what to say, she just hugged me and said, ‘don’t worry mommy. We can do this together.’ That is when I knew I needed to smile every day, and I wanted to make something for her and other families like us; because even though there were many books to read, none of them explained everything in a positive storyline for a child.”

That first burning question Madison asked about her new diagnosis soon became the title of their recently published book, Mommy, What Is Type 1 Diabetes? The book is written from Madison’s point of view, and follows her through her diagnosis and her day-to-day reality - checking glucose levels, carefully reading nutrition labels, and doing all the things she loves to do, without letting diabetes hold her back! It is written in easy-to-understand terms and includes photographs as well as hand-drawn illustrations to give a clear explanation of diabetes that even a newly diagnosed child can follow. A list of tips for families, a special section just for parents, a list of symptoms and a glossary add even more in-depth information to answer families’ questions about diabetes.

After writing such a helpful and inspiring story, you might expect Madison and Irene to be diabetes experts, but Irene says they still face challenges. “There is no daily manual; we just take it one day at a time. We have had days that are up and down but we do try to focus on balance and having fun too,” Irene said. “We manage to the best of our ability. Every day will not be perfect and once we learned that, we accepted each day as its own new challenge.”

Mommy, What Is Type 1 Diabetes? can be purchased wherever books are sold, as well as online at Amazon, Google, and Barnes & Noble. An autographed copy is available through the author’s website at a 20% retail discount price, and one of our lucky blog readers will win a FREE autographed copy! 25% of net proceeds of the book are donated to the JDRF to assist in the search for a cure.           
Enter to win a FREE autographed copy of "Mommy, What is Diabetes" by doing the following:
 
For ONE free entry, please subscribe to the Lauren's Hope blog and leave a comment letting me you are a new subscriber. IF you are already a Lauren's Hope blog subscriber, please let me know within your comment. (mandatory)
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This giveaway ends Friday, July 22, 2011.

Safe Traveling with Diabetes

  
  
  
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Traveling with Diabetes

You’ve been working hard – all day, every day. But the promise of sweet summer sunshine and a cool, calm breeze have you wishing for a much-deserved vacation. Whatever your dream retreat is, it’s totally impossible for you to travel – or so you thought. This summer, don’t let your diabetes hold you back from the trip of a lifetime. Follow these helpful hints from the American Diabetes Association for traveling with diabetes, and hit the road!

1.  First, check with your doctor.

a.  Make sure your diabetes is under control.
b.  Get a letter from your doctor that explains what you need to do for your diabetes (i.e. take insulin shots or diabetes pills), lists any medications or devices you use (i.e.syringes), and lists any allergies or medications to which you are sensitive or allergic.
c.  Request a prescription. You should carry enough medication to get you through your trip, but it’s good to have the prescription in case of an emergency. If you’re going out of the country, contact the International Diabetes Federation for information on prescription laws in other countries.

2.  Be able to communicate.

a.  If you are traveling out of the country, it is a good idea to get a list of English-speaking foreign doctors. Visit the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers to obtain a list.
b.  Learn how to say “I have diabetes” in the language of the country to which you are traveling.
c.   ALWAYS wear medical alert jewelry that shows you have diabetes.

3.  Pack wisely.

a.  It’s better to be safe than sorry…pack at least twice as much medication and testing supplies as you should need, and keep all medication in your carry-on so it stays with you. Also keep air-tight snacks and sugar in your carry-on to treat low blood glucose.    
b.  Don’t store insulin in glove compartments or in direct sunlight. Protect your insulin with a travel pack to keep it cool. Insulated lunch boxes work well for this. Simply fill it with ice the night before your trip and your medication will stay cool the next day.

4.  Timing is everything.

a.  Ask your doctor to help you plan the timing of injections when you travel, especially if you are crossing time zones.
b.  Keep your flight schedule in mind when planning meals and injections.
c.  Keep your watch on your home time zone until the morning after you arrive. This will help you keep track of meals and medication while you are traveling.

5.  While you’re there...
a.  Take snacks when you’re hiking or sightseeing – you never know if and when you will have access to food.
b.   Ask for a list of ingredients for unfamiliar foods to avoid upsetting your stomach.
c.  Wear comfortable shoes – don’t go barefoot!
d.  Take a lot of pictures, make a lot of memories, and bring us back a souvenir!

What are your summer vacation plans? Do you have any travel stories or tips for traveling with diabetes? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment!


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