Summer is in full swing and I hope you are enjoying the warm days and sunshine. Last month, I spent four days at the American Diabetes Association's 77th Scientific Sessions - read about my experiences here
. This week, I am participating at the Friends for Life Conference in Orlando, FL, where we are sharing in some panels and spending time in the exhibit hall, sharing our resources.
This month's newsletter continues to provide information and tips, including a section on ways to care for ourselves during the summer months and more information on diabetes and heart disease. We also have a treat - an excerpt from Ginger Vieira and Jennifer Smith's new book, Pregnancy with Type 1 Diabetes
Finally, check out our speaker highlight on Nicole Bereolos, who will be presenting at this Fall's Weekend for Women Conference in Alexandria, VA. While you're there, learn more about the conference, apply for a scholarship, and register. We would love to see you there!
Until next month,
Anna Norton, MS
23 Triumphant (NOT Perfect!) Years THRIVING with Diabetes
2017 WEEKEND FOR WOMEN SPOTLIGHT:
NICOLE BEREOLOS, DIABETES DISTRESS
Presented by , the 2017 Weekend for Women Conference follows in the steps of previous conferences, providing education and support for women living with all types of diabetes, as well as their caregivers.
Nicole Bereolos, PhD, MPH, CDE is a clinical psychologist/certified diabetes educator working in private practice in North Texas. She received her PhD in clinical health psychology/behavioral medicine from the University of North Texas and a MPH with an emphasis on health behavior from the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Her practice focuses on helping people better cope with living with a chronic medical condition, especially diabetes. Nicole gets it: living with type 1 diabetes for over 25 years, she understands the challenges we face every day.
Register today, meet Nicole and attend her sessions - Coping with Anxiety and Depression - where she will discuss techniques to better identify and manage the emotions that come from living with chronic illness, and Be the CEO of Your Healthcare - where we will discuss and learnsing ways to advocate for care, paying special attention to women-specific issues.
This year, the Weekend for Women Conference Series returns to Alexandria, VA, the weekend of October 13-15, 2017. Partnering with The Diabetes Collective, we have developed a conference agenda that meets your needs, offering education, peer support, and networking. More information is available here.
Scholarships are available. Apply here.
For more information on the conference, including hotel information (our room block is filling up quickly, please reserve your rooms!), click here.
DiabetesSisters is grateful for the financial support of industry partners, including Presenting Sponsor Dexcom, Abbott, Boehringer Ingelheim, Insulet, Janssen, Lilly, Merck, Novo Nordisk and Roche.
This is an excerpt from the new book, "Pregnancy with Type 1 Diabetes" by Ginger Vieira & Jennifer C. Smith RD, CDE. Ginger and Jenny have shared their professional expertise with DiabetesSisters for many years through articles and webinars, and we are pleased to share part of their new book. Thank you, Ginger and Jenny, for sharing your knowledge and experience!
"Before we get any further, let's tackle the big question that's on all of our minds: what is my child's risk of developing type 1 diabetes?
WHAT IS MY CHILD'S RISK OF DEVELOPING TYPE 1 DIABETES?
There are several factors and tests you can use to help determine if your child is at risk for developing type 1 diabetes. At the time this book was written there is no current treatment method to conclusively prevent the onset of type 1 diabetes in someone with a greater risk; however, there are many studies in progress that are proving successful in at least delaying the onset of the disease."
RESOURCE GUIDE: MANAGING DIABETES IN THE HEAT
Vacations, picnics, schedule changes: summertime can throw off our routines and, sometimes, our diabetes plans. Here are ways to manage diabetes without compromising your fun in the sun:
- Stay hydrated: drink plenty of water even if you are not thirsty.
- Avoid too much caffeine and alcohol, which can lead to water loss and raise blood sugar.
- Wear sunscreen and a hat when you are outdoors, as sunburn can cause blood sugar to spike.
- Don't go barefoot, even at the pool or beach.
- Don't store insulin and other diabetes medications in direct sunlight (even in a car). Keep them in cooler, but not directly on ice.
- Diabetes equipment such as insulin pumps, blood sugar meters, and test strips can be damaged by heat. Keep them out of direct sunlight.
Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention
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LEARN MORE ABOUT DIABETES AND HEART DISEASE: FOR YOUR SWEETHEART
For Your SweetHeart is a nationwide movement to raise awareness of the link between type 2 diabetes and heart disease and to encourage people with type 2 diabetes to know their heart disease risk and speak to their healthcare provider, for the sake of their health and the people they cherish the most.
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