Those with diabetes need to be ready in case of tropical storm

He advises those with the disease pay extra attention to the storage of diabetic supplies during heat waves. However, the biggest issue for diabetics is to “have an emergency bag prepped and ready at all times,” which should consist of “enough medicine and supplies for several days.” In order to create a sustainable bag, Kaplan advises patients to consult their pharmacists for specific storage instructions. Studies have shown diabetics have been hospitalized more frequently, made more emergency room visits, and had higher mortality rates than the average person during heat waves. However, 1-in-5 respondents in a survey stated they don’t take precautions until temperatures already reached or exceeded 100 degrees Fahrenheit. But only about half of patients were aware of the meaning of “heat index” — how hot it feels when high temperatures occur during levels of high humidity. Along with a medical kit, someone with diabetes should always keep emergency snacks and bottled water on hand when out for the day during the summer, Kaplan says. 2013 United Press International, Inc.
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Family History of Diabetes Makes ‘Prediabetes’ More Likely, Study Finds

Prediabetes is a condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not as high as seen in diabetes. It was known that a family history of type 2 diabetes increases a person’s risk of diabetes, but it was not known if it increased the risk of prediabetes. In the study, researchers led by Dr. Andreas Fritsche of the German Center for Diabetes Research looked at more than 5,400 people with normal blood sugar levels and more than 2,600 with prediabetes. After taking into account age, sex and body fat, the researchers concluded that people with a family history of diabetes were 26 percent more likely to develop prediabetes. Further analysis showed that the link between a family history of diabetes and prediabetes risk was seen only in people who were not obese, according to the study which was published Aug.
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Giving diabetes the boot

Markets closed Giving diabetes the boot Print Sun Life Financial launches diabetes program to support preventative research across Canada TORONTO, Aug. 22, 2013 /CNW/ – Today marks the beginning of the Sun Life Financial Kick Diabetes program in support of JDRF. In partnership with the Canadian Football League (CFL), Sun Life will make a $101 donation to JDRF every time a successful field goal is kicked during the CFL regular season, up to $40,000, to honour the 101st playing of the Grey Cup Championship Game. “We’re excited to partner with JDRF and the CFL to shine a light on diabetes prevention in Canada,” said Mary De Paoli, Executive Vice-President, Public & Corporate Affairs and Chief Marketing Officer, Sun Life Financial. “The Kick Diabetes program will support preventative research in local communities across Canada and raise awareness of this disease. Together we can make a difference.” Sun Life is committed to preventing diabetes and its related complications and this initiative supports the important work being done by JDRF. “We see the first-hand effects that diabetes has on a family and a person’s well-being”, said Andrew McKee, President and CEO, JDRF.
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