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4 Ways to Win With Celiac Disease

Posted by Brittany Raum on Sep, Wed 13, 2017

I’m finding ways to win with Celiac Disease. Don’t get me wrong; Celiac Disease is a lifelong, chronic illness. It is a serious condition. But it’s also my normal. So I’ve found a few ways to empower myself and win with Celiac Disease.

1. Surround yourself with people who support you-- This goes without saying, and it applies to every part of my life, not just my Celiac Disease diagnosis. Without people around me who recognize that being gluten free is the only means of treating my Celiac Disease, I don’t think I’d be nearly as successful with it or as healthy as I am today.

Celiac Disease dominates every bite of food I put into my mouth, many of the products I use, and the hows and wheres of my food prep. So it’s a topic that comes up quite a bit. Sure, there are still those people who don’t understand it or think it’s just a fad diet, but having the support of my family and friends is what really matters.

2. Read, read, read those labels-- Even items that claim to be gluten free sometimes aren’t free from cross contamination which is a huge factor for those of us with Celiac Disease or gluten allergy/intolerance. Sometimes recipes change or the place it’s manufactured is different, so even if it’s a food you’ve eaten daily for years, it’s still important to give the info a quick run-through. Those quick checks have saved me from a few accidental-glutenings.

3. Don’t be afraid to question your food-- Aside from reading labels, when it comes to eating out at restaurants, I’ve found there’s a wide variety of knowledge about what it truly means for a meal to be gluten free. (No, I cannot just pick the croutons off this salad, thanks.)

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Tags: celiac disease ids, celiac disease, celiac, Celiac-Sprue, Gluten Free, Celiac Disease Awareness Day

What Do I Engrave on a Heart Patient Medical ID

Posted by Lauren's Hope Team on Sep, Tue 05, 2017

Heart disease, also known as cardiovascular disease, is the number one killer of men and women in America.  The term encompasses a vast array of different health problems that affect the heart. Because there are so many variables – conditions, medications, implantable devices – there is a lot of information that a paramedic needs to know before administering treatment. If you are unconscious, or have no one to advocate on your behalf, a medical ID can give first responders the information they need to provide you with appropriate care when time is precious.  But what information should be put on a medical ID?  Your name (first and last) is a good place to start. Here are a few things you should have engraved on your heart patient medical ID.

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Tags: heart disease, what to engrave on my medical ID tag, Heart Patient Medical ID, what to engrave on your medical id tag, Heart Health

Young Stroke

Posted by Lauren's Hope Team on Aug, Thu 31, 2017

A stroke is a type of “attack” that occurs in the brain.  It is caused when blood flow to any one area of the brain is blocked, or cut off.  As a result, brain cells suffocate, and the areas of the body that are controlled by that part of the brain are gravely affected.  Strokes are the fifth leading cause of death in the United States.  Every year, approximately 800,000 people experience a stroke. Strokes are often associated with older adults, especially those who smoke or have high blood pressure. The truth is, a stroke can happen to anyone, including younger, healthy individuals.  It is important to recognize the signs of a stroke, and take action fast.

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Tags: signs and symptoms of a stroke, FAST, blood thinner medical ID, young stroke

Healthy Heart Checkups

Posted by Lauren's Hope Team on Aug, Tue 29, 2017

At your wellness visits, it is often your doctor who is the one asking all of the questions, and you are the one providing responses. However, it is not only acceptable, but expected that today's patients take a pro-active stance and ask some questions of your own. In particular, when it comes to your heart health being proactive can make a huge difference. By starting a discussion together, your doctor can educate you about your heart, heart disease, and how you can best keep your heart healthy.  Here are 5 questions to ask your doctor about heart health.

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Tags: healthy heart, Heart Health, checkup, physical, menopause

Creating Classroom and Nurse’s Office Kits for Kids With Type 1, Allergies & More

Posted by Lauren's Hope Team on Aug, Thu 24, 2017

It’s that time of year again. Children are decked out in brand-new clothes, their backpacks filled with fresh school supplies, heading back to school. Many children are excited, some are nervous, most are a bit of both. If you have a child with Type 1 diabetes, food allergies, or other chronic health conditions or medical concerns, you're likely excited and nervous as well. One way to help make things less stressful is to have emergency plans in place, and that includes having emergency kits for both your child’s teacher(s) and the nurse’s office, so they can best help your child in the event of an emergency.

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Tags: allergies, back to school medical alert jewelry, back to school, type 1 diabetes, IEP

Back to School: Starting a New School with Food Allergies

Posted by Lauren's Hope Team on Aug, Tue 22, 2017

For many students, starting a new school can be difficult. For children with food allergies, it is even more challenging. As a parent, it can be just as overwhelming and difficult. Every school is different, and the faculty and staff will have varying levels of experience in managing children with food allergies. Here are a few tips on how to help your child successfully transition into school.

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Tags: back to school medical alert jewelry, back to school, food allergies and schools, epi pens in school

Starting College: Managing Chronic Conditions Away from Home

Posted by Lauren's Hope Team on Aug, Thu 17, 2017

Students starting college away from home for the first time have a lot on their plates. When you add food allergies, diabetes, epilepsy, adrenal insufficiency, or any other chronic medical condition or health concern to the mix, it becomes a much bigger challenge. Most kids have never had to take any responsibility for things such as ordering their own medication(s), picking them up from the pharmacy, making their own doctor’s appointments or handling any in-school accommodation requests that their condition(s) require. These things have, for the most part, been handled by parents. There are things that both parents and students can do to prepare the student for managing his/her condition(s) away from home for the first time.

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Tags: college with diabetes, college with health issues, college with chronic illness

5 Things You Need For Your Beach Day

Posted by Lauren's Hope Team on Aug, Tue 15, 2017

Summer is, of course, prime beach weather. It’s time to pack your beach bag and enjoy the sun, the sand, and the water. As tempting as it is to just drop everything and go, a little bit of preparation is important.  Before you head to the sandy shores, here are 5 essentials you need in order to stay safe and have a great time.

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Tags: celiac disease, Sunscreen, type 1 diabetes, food allergies, #beach, #beachsafety, #diabetessafety

Type 1 In The Sun

Posted by Lauren's Hope Team on Aug, Thu 10, 2017

Summer is often one of the most anticipated seasons of the year. It’s finally time to spend your days outdoors, enjoying the warm weather and sunshine. Of course we all need to take appropriate measures to stay safe in the summer by protecting ourselves from heat, sun, stinging insects, and other outdoor-related safety risks. For those living with Type 1 Diabetes, there are additional challenges in the summer that require extra precautions and planning so everyone can stay safe and healthy. The change in seasons, higher temperatures, exercise, exertion, and dehydration can all lead to extreme blood sugar fluctuations that can make for dangerous situations, especially around water. Here are some key topics to consider when planning fun outdoor activities this summer when you or a loved one is living with Type 1. As always, consult your primary care physician or endocrinologist for the best advice for your personal needs.

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Tags: type 1 diabetes, #summersafety, #diabetessafety

5 Tips for Choosing (and Using!) the Right Sunscreen

Posted by Lauren's Hope Team on Aug, Tue 08, 2017

With summer in full swing, it’s time for fun in the sun! No matter if you are planning to make a trip to the beach or spend the afternoon in your own backyard, it is important that you take measures to protect your skin.  Sunscreen use is essential for everyone, regardless of skin tone or photosensitivity. It is easy to become overwhelmed in the skincare aisle, with so many sunscreens to choose from. Here are 5 tips on how to choose, and use, the right sunscreen for you.

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Tags: #suncreen, #summersafety, #skinsafety

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