Tags: diabetes

30 Sep 2017, Comments (0)

Expression Med Adhesives for CGM G5

Author: Healthnuttxo

OKAY! We all know Type 1 Diabetes bites the big one in terms of autoimmune diseases. There is no sugar coating it, it stinks. All of it. But I really love these companies that try to make the disease a little less painful by providing some fun.

Most Diabetics I know nowadays have a Continuous Glucose Monitor which checks their blood sugar levels every few minutes and transmits the number to a device via bluetooth. The diabetic wears a “pod” on their skin for up to a week or so. The problem? It falls off, the edges peel when it gets wet, and well…they are kind of ugly. I wear one on my thigh, the amount of times I have ripped off a pod are unreal, and let’s face it, Diabetic Meds are NOT cheap and do NOT have time to be ripping these off. Too costly!!!

Expression Med has come up with super cute adhesives to wear over your CGM pod. I LOVE the idea, especially for kids who may feel alienated amongst their peers. I have had type 1 since I was 4, and while I was never bullied or anything of the sort, I see a lot of kids nowadays with CGMs and insulin pumps, and it may feel like a lot for a kid– he can’t act the same way as his peers, his cake and candy has to be monitored, it stinks- but its companies like this that make it just a bit better by providing cute adhesives.

The instructions are simple: 

I applied, waited my allotted time. And this is how my adhesive has held up a WEEK later.  NO peeling, nothing!

Honestly, I am impressed. No peeling, no itching, no irritation, water seal. Once the pod comes off the skin, its ability to monitor your BG levels are altered, so this is not only great for looks, but also functionality. It also helps you save money because you can get the full use out of your product and not have it peeling off, falling off when it hasn’t been on the entire allotted time. For a DEXCOM G5, I wear it up to a week, but other CGMs may vary.

I REALLY loved the elephant one I was sent (above) and I am definitely interested in buying a few more.

Overall, I love it! On the website I noticed they run you about 15$ for 5, which really isn’t that bad considering the quality. If you have kids with CGM or you find your sites falling off easily, these are a MUST!

I received this product for free, this is an Unbiased review.
28 Jul 2015, Comments (0)

Tallygear Dexcom G4 Platinum Accessories

Author: Healthnuttxo



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I am a Type 1 Diabetic currently on the Dexcom G4 Continuous Glucose Monitor. After dropping it like…100 times…I decided it was about time to get some accessories. I did some googling, and not a lot of places sell, but I cam across this website Tallygear! So this review is for my fellow diabetics 🙂

So… I ordered some goodies from this website Tallygear!  I got this Silicone Skin in PINK Flamingo and the Decal in SPLASH color. The total came to $22.90 pre tax and shipping.  Not bad at all. The owner at Tallygear gave me a Spandex Dexcom G4 case for free since I was going to do a review on these accessories anyway. I chose it in black.

Here is the silicone case with decal:

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So…

the decal, super cute! I love it. The Dexcom itself is black, so the decal helps it stand out. It was easy to apply, and I got one bubble, but I was able to un-peel and then re-peel the decal. It goes really well with the Pink Flamingo case color as well.

I LOVE the silicone case! It is like a squishy phone case, and it is raised so if you drop your dexcom face down (NOOO!!!) it has like a cm of height. This prevents things like screen cracks and such and damage to the buttons or screen (we all know the Dexcom ain’t cheap!).

The case is easy to put on, and you do not have to take it off to charge it. I personally like it because it sticks out. I can’t tell you how many times I would put my dexcom down at the gym (usually when I am doing cardio, I stick it in the cup holder) or down in my room and I am like shoot…where did I put it? Since it was black it blends in. This pink color with the decal creates a visual and since I’ve had it on I haven’t lost it once 😀

The black spandex case is also quite nice.

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I had to take the silicone case off as you can see. You have to glide the dexcom in through the back, which I love because there is just about 0 chance of it falling out. It comes with a belt loop on the back as well made of spandex so you can easily attach it to your pants if wearing a belt.

There is also a metal hook that is pretty sturdy, so you can attach your dexcom to a belt loop, or I did it to my purse. If all else fails…it comes with a long strap. You can wear it around your neck under clothing (or above) or wherever you please. You can use the buttons through the plastic covering of the case, which prevents scratches, and it is snug fitting.

 

Overall, very pleased with all 3 of these. The Dexcom comes with a case when you order it, but I did not like it. It was rather bulky and not “cute”. These accessories help make the disease a little more fun…bright colors and cute decals. They come in plenty of colors (red, orange…etc.) and have many decals on their site. If I could provide feedback about the website it is a *tad* confusing, but scroll down to the bottom and it will have suggestions for you. Please check out Tallygear, they have some great stuff! They also come with Medical labels, which I placed on the back of my Dexcom. You can see it in the picture above.

 

I received some of these items for free. This is an unbiased review.
28 May 2015, Comments (5)

INSPYR Socks FOCUSED Crew Sock & GIVEAWAY!

Author: Healthnuttxo

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Alright! I got some awesome socks from a new company called Inspyr Socks.   If you peep the website, they are a company that sells motivating, affordable socks, geared toward the athletic community! I got this sweet purple and aqua pair that say  FOCUSED on the back. They have some really cute designs! Not that I need any more socks but… I will definitely order some in the future! (plus…who can ever really have enough socks??)

Check that calf development 8)  (shameless plug hehe)
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I LOVE LOVE LOVE wearing shorts and high socks to workout, especially on deadlift or leg day. Deadlift day is ideal, since the cushy socks usually help prevent bruising on the shins. I also like having the tightness on my calves when doing cardio or leg day, for a little bit of compression.

I ended up doing legs today with these on! They gave me ZERO problems in terms of comfort for my feet. I have some bumps on the edges of my feet, and super sensitive skin (thanks, Diabetes!), and these did not rub or anything with my sneakers on. They kept my feet relatively dry, only a little sweaty (it was LEG day after all!) and they were super soft and comfortable.

They are compression-like on the calf, which I liked, since I like having a big of tightness around my calf. Something to keep in mind though if you have rather large calves. I have little baby ones…but I am working on it!!

I liked the colors of these…bright! I love bright clothing for the gym, I like to break away from the all black and wear fun stuff. I also always get compliments on my outfits, and these socks I paired with  a pair of purple shorts and light blue tank top. Perfect gym outfit!

Overall, great product. An easy 4 1/2 stars. If you are interested in purchasing this pair, you can see them here!

 

Now…GIVEAWAY TIME!

you can enter to win a pair of socks from INSPYR! U.S. Only. Giveaway ends June 1st, 12 pm.
HOW TO ENTER:

1. like INSPYR on facebook. Please leave a comment saying you did so.
2. if you do NOT have facebook, leave me a comment below saying your favorite motivational quote.

3. For an additional entry, follow me on Instagram, lisa_liftsx . Please leave a comment that you did so!

 

I received this product for free. This is an unbiased review.

Did you guys know that November is National American Diabetes Month? I myself am a Type 1 Diabetic. So I know how important it is to regulate my blood sugar levels, take the appropriate amount of insulin, eat right, exercise and visit the doctor on a regular basis. I hope that with each month that passes by, we are CLOSER to a cure!!!

So, I was emailed from Ms. Chen with a few tips below!

“Instead of sugar-filled soft drinks, juices, flavored water (i.e. Vitamin water), etc:
Try Hint Water (www.drinkhint.com), an all natural essence water that contains no sugar, no calories and no artificial flavors or preservatives. It only boasts natural ingredients and sweeteners. It is available in ten flavors (mango-grapefruit, blackberry, pomegranate-tangerine, watermelon, raspberry-lime, strawberry-kiwi, cucumber, pear, honeydew-hibiscus and lime)
Instead of regular candy bars:
Try SugarlessShop.com’s Chocolate Bar (http://www.sugarlessshop.com/), a no sugar added bar that is imported from Belgian. Made with unsweetened chocolate and cocoa butter, this bar comes in three different flavors (dark chocolate, milk chocolate and almond)
· Instead of baked goods:
Try SugarlessDelite.com’s (http://sugarlessdelite.com) cheesecakes, a low-carb option especially created for those who are diabetic or those who are watching their weight. All cheesecakes provide 12 to 16 slices and are available in four different flavors (original, chocolate swirl, strawberry swirl and pumpkin)

Instead of munching on cheese, chips or snacks with unhealthy fat:
Try adding healthy fat snacks into your diet such as avocado, walnuts, almonds and sunflower and pumpkin seeds.”
Thanks for the great tips! I’m sure you guys know I eat PLENTY of the healthy fats they were talking about. Especially in the form of peanut butter. Not going to lie, I eat a jar of peanut butter about every 4 days. Ha!  ;D
26 Jul 2010, Comments (0)

Granola Gourmet Energy Bars

Author: Healthnuttxo

Energy Bars- I either love them, or, well, could do without them. Some are really tasty, but the ingredients aren’t so good, and some have great ingredients, but, the taste isn’t so good. I have found a few energy bars that I do enjoy throughout the years, and here’s hoping to add something new to my list…

Granola Gourmet makes all natural energy bars, but that also offer a bit more. What’s really cool is that according to the package, “A portion of your purchase helps fight diabetes!” I love when companies give back to other things like funds, or the environment. That’s great!! : )

 I was sent the Brownie and Very Berry flavors to try from Granola Gourmet.

Brownie- according to the package, these contain no dairy, no wheat, and no refined sugar. I opened the package, and was pleased with the smell.  It sort of smelled like a chocolate fudge- yum! Each bar is a bit tiny, about the size of a business card in length, and about 1/2 inch in thickness. These have a light chocolate flavor, more of a fruity taste. I let my mom try a piece, and she even asked if there were raisins in it! It has a good amount of sweetness, and there are just tons of visible flaxseeds,oats, and sunflower seeds. It wasn’t dense, more of a “fudgy” tasting brownie. It kind of reminded me of a chocolate covered fig, or date. Like I said it is a bit small, and 150 calories for 1 serving. I could easily eat 2 ! 4 stars

Very Berry- According to the front of this package, these have no sodium no dairy and no wheat. This one was definetely chewy and provided a ‘nutty/grainy’ texture. It wasn’t as sweet as I had hoped, and was a bit bland. It sort of reminded me of the flavor of plain oatmeal, but chewy, with just a bit of strawberry flavor. 3 stars

Overall, these are good. I like that they provide some whole grains, are dairy and wheat free, and are all natural! I think the Brownie flavor is the better of the two, as it had a good amount of sweetness and helped me when I was craving something chocolatey. If you would like to buy these bars, you can visit this website.

For more information on  nutrition of these bars, you can visit the website here

Perfect time for a Nature’s Path review, seeing as my GIVEAWAY for granola bars, granola, a box of cereal AND reusable tote is going on AS WE SPEAK (or, as you READ, rather). One of the granola bars a reader has a chance to win is the Mmmaple Pecan Flax Plus Granola Bar, which I was so kindly sent to review from Nature’s Path.

These granola bars come in several flavors, in different groups. The Sweet & Salty fans can try the Peanut Buddy, Mmmaple Pecan and Peanut Choco flavors, those of you who like yogurt bars can try Lotta’ Apricotta and Berry Strawberry, trail mix fans can try Sunny Hemp and Pumpkin-N-Spice, and chocolate lovers can try Chococonut.

Today, I’m reviewing the Mmmaple Pecan Flax Plus chewy granola bar. It has 10g of whole grains per serving, provides .33g of Omega 3’s per serving (25% daily reccomendation), is all natural, and organic too. I’m super excited, we all know I LOVE MAPLE SYRUP! (who doesn’t, really?)

Upon my first bite, my first thought really was Mmm! What a perfect name for this bar, “Mmm!” fits the bill!! It has a sweet, buttery taste to it, and reminded me of buttery waffles drizzled with maple syrup. Ohh..delicious. It was definitely more sweet than salty, but still provided a little salty flavor due to the pecans. I really liked how there were chunks of pecans, not just itty bitty pieces. It was a  nice “crunch” in the chewy granola bar, which provided more satisfaction. The maple-butter drizzle on top was the best part- rich and sweet. Why can’t companies SELL things like this on it’s own!? 🙂
On the down side, the bar is a little tiny (35 g), about the size of a Quaker Chewy granola bar, but a bit thicker. There also is 6 grams of fat and little protein for a bar that is 150 calories.

Overall, I give this bar 4 stars. It deserves 4 1/2 stars on taste alone, but considering that it didn’t really fill me up by itself, and is low in protein and fiber, it lost half a star. However, it really was delicious, and is perfect for a light snack with some yogurt or an apple! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway and try one of the new granola bars for yourself!! 🙂

1 bar is 150 calories, 6 grams of fat, 22 carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein.

Granola* (rolled oats*, evaporated cane juice*, soy oil*), tapioca syrup*, pecans*, brown rice flour*, maple icing* (evaporated cane juice*, palm kernel oil* and/or cocoa butter*, cultured buttermilk powder* (skim milk*, starter culture), flavor*, non-fat dried milk*, citric acid, caramel color*, natural maple flavor, sea salt, soy lecithin*, annatto extract*, tapioca starch*), invert cane syrup*, dried coconut*, flaxseeds*, acacia gum*, soy oil*, sea salt, evaporated cane juice*, maple syrup*, natural maple flavor, molasses*.  * indicates Organic

Anndd…
 we have a Guest Post!

Sandy Harris at www.diabeticsnacks.org has provided us with some health benefits Maple Syrup has to offer, and how it can help a serious disease, Diabetes!

“The Secret to Prevent Cancer and Diabetes with Maple Syrup

Are you looking for a natural solution to reduce the risk of diabetes and
slow down the growth of cancer cells?  Your search is probably over
because recent studies have shown that maple syrup holds the key to these problems. US researchers have found that maple syrup has the ability to
substantially decrease the risk of diabetes.

The syrup also showed great potential in slowing down the growth of
cancerous cells. Maple syrup has thirteen active antioxidant substances.
These antioxidants were previously unknown but were discovered only
recently.Because of these antioxidants, researchers have firmed up that
maple syrup has a great potential in fighting cancer growth, diabetes, and
infections.

An Effective Solution or Diabetes Sufferers

Considerable amounts of the phytohormone, abscisic acid, are found in
maple syrup. This acid is a powerful defense against diabetes and
metabolic syndrome, because it encourages the release of insulin through
pancreatic cells and enhances fat cells’ sensitivity to insulin.

Seeram revealed the results of his tests on Canadian maple syrup during
the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Francisco.

Maple Syrup as the Best Anti Cancer Food

A study punished in the Journal of Medicinal Food showed that maple syrup
can significantly inhibit the growth of cancerous cells. This study was
conducted by Quebec scholars. It seeks to prove the impact of maple syrup
against cancer cells.

Based on the Quebec research, the growth of cancer cells can be inhibited
by maple syrup. Specifically, the syrup is very effective against brain,
prostate, and lung cancer. Unfortunately, maple syrup has minimal impact
against breast cancer growth.

A Delicious Option in Fighting Cancer and Diabetes

The following is from a study titled: Antioxidant Activity, Inhibition of
Nitric Oxide Overproduction, and In Vitro Antiproliferative Effect of
Maple Sap and Syrup from Acer saccharum, published in the Journal of
Medicinal Food, and written by Jean Legault, Karl Girard-Lalancette,
Carole Grenon, Catherine Dussault and André Pichette:

Maple sap and syrup from 30 producers in three Quebec, Canada, regions
were evaluated concerning the time of harvest and abstract antioxidant
activity, inhibition of nitric oxide (NO) overproduction and the
antiproliferative effect of ethyl acetate extracts.

The harvest time does not have an analytically notable incidence on
antioxidant activity of either maple sap or syrup extracts. Their Oxygen
radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) values are 12 +/- 6 and 15 +/- 5 mumol
of Trolox equivalents (TE)/mg, respectively.

A cell-based assay also confirmed the antioxidant activity. The ORAC assay
was also used to establish the antioxidant activity of pure maple syrup.
The results show the pure maple syrup ORAC value of 8 +/- 2 mumol of TE/mL
to be lower than the blueberry juice value of 24 +/- 1 mumol of TE/mL but
similar to the strawberry juice value of 10.7 +/- 0.4 mumol of TE/mL and
the orange juice value of 10.8 +/- 0.5 mumol of TE/mL.

Lipopolysaccharide-induced NO overproduction in RAW264.7 murine
macrophages was considerably inhibited by maple sap and syrup extracts. It
is believed that transforming maple sap into syrup enhances NO inhibition
action, because the syrup extract was considerably more active than the
sap extract.

The maple syrup extracts induced the highest NO inhibition at the season’s
end, and the darker syrup was more active than the clear syrup. This
indicates that the activity could be partially attributed to some colored
oxidized compounds.

Maple syrup extracts (50% inhibitory concentration = 42 +/- 6 mug/mL) and
pure maple syrup have a discriminating in vitro antiproliferative action
against cancerous cells.

Reference: Journal of medicinal food. 01/02/2010; ISSN: 1557-7600, OI:
10.1089/jmf.2009.0029″

Thanks, Sandy! 🙂 Don’t we all love maple just a little bit more ?

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