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May 13, 2014

Vegan Diet for Diabetes

Many people instantly recoil at the idea of a vegan diet, but this attitude is gradually changing, mostly amongst people with diabetes. Can people with diabetes use a vegan diet to improve blood glucose control? Absolutely.

By eating a healthy vegan diet low in cholesterol and saturated fat, but balanced enough to include fibre and protein, blood glucose levels can be made easier to control. A Vegan Diet, when combined with exercise, can help to lower blood glucose levels and better manage diabetes.

What is a vegan diet for diabetes?

A vegan diet effectively means cutting out meat, dairy and animal products whether you have diabetes or not.


So, what do you eat?

Vegan diets, whether for people with diabetes or not, are usually based around plants. Foods eaten include vegetables, fruit, grains, legumes.

Animal products such as meat and dairy are avoided, as are added fat and sugar. People on vegan diets often take vitamin B12 deficiency supplements.


Is a Vegans diet hard for diabetics to stick with?

Eating a vegan diet does require some compromise but getting the right diabetes recipes and planning your diet well will make following a vegan diet for diabetes easy. When planning your vegan diet, you need to make sure that protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins and minerals are balanced.

Vegan diets do not usually demand that portions be stuck to or calories counted, making them easier to follow than some diabetes diets.


Can I lose weight using a vegan diet?

Many people with diabetes, particularly type 2 diabetes, have a firm goal to lose weight. Weight loss is well understood as one of the best ways of achieving diabetes control. Vegan diets with a lower glycaemic index and a higher level of fibre are an excellent way of losing weight and improving body mass index.

May 13, 2014

Why Blood Pressure Monitoring is important

High Blood pressure is one of the most common health conditions, affecting individuals worldwide.

Let us educate.

Your heart pumps blood into your organs and tissues. Blood pumps out the left of your heart into the arteries – the blood vessels that carry the blood oxygen and nutrients to your body. As the blood pumps out of the heart and into the arteries, it pushes against the artery walls. Therefore, blood pressure is the measurement of the pressure of the blood in the artery.

A normal blood pressure level reading is under 120/80mmHg. Blood pressure readings over 120/80mmHg and up to 139/89mmHg are in the normal to high range.

A high blood pressure level reading occurs at 140/90mmHg. When your blood pressure is high your heart and arteries become overload. The accelerations of the build-up of plaque on the artery walls, clogging blood flow, to your heart muscle, occurs from high blood pressure, which can cause a greater risk of heart attack. There are many cases to the cause of high blood pressure, though the most significant results occur from:

  • Being overweight
  • Not getting enough physical activity
  • Drinking more than 2 alcoholic drinks per day
  • Stress
  • Old Age
  • Smoking
  • Family history of high blood pressure.

To control high blood pressure simple change in lifestyle choice can do the trick:

  • Regular physical activity
  • Maintaining healthy weight
  • Limit alcohol intake
  • Stop smoking
  • Healthy diet

Blood pressure needs to be monitored regularly.

Information Sourced from the Heart Foundation Australia

We are selling a high-end blood pressure monitoring machines with admirable features. The RossmaxAutomatic Blood Pressure Monitor is afully automatic, upper arm blood pressure monitor which gives you a result with a press of a button. The Rossmax X3 blood pressure monitor is enhanced with advanced technology giving the highest possible grade.

May 13, 2014

Physical Activity Over Diabetes

Diabetes isn’t a quick fix, but it can be maintained through physical activity and healthy eating. It is important to watch your health and as active as possible in as many ways. Aim to be as active as 30 minutes a day on most days of the week. A regular half an hour of physical activity can do wonders to your health, by lowering:

  • Blood glucose levels
  • Cholesterol
  • Blood pressure

It can also reduce both stress and anxiety, whilst improving your mood, self-esteem, quality of sleep and muscle and bone strength. More information at, https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/ConditionsAndTreatments/diabetes-and-healthy-eating
May 13, 2014

Projection Vein Finder, How It Works?

The Projection Vein Finder VIVO500S is the updated version of VIVO500. It is based on the principle that human hemoglobin has a higher absorption of infrared light than other tissues. With our enhanced imaging processing unit, up 80% invisible veins can be detected. The processed vein image is synchronously and precisely projected back on to the skin.

This VIVO500S is the new member of the VIVO family of innovative “vascular imaging” devices. The VIVO500S has a variety of new features. It sees through all shades of skin to identify the target vein. VIVO500s is extremely light and handy at a weighing of only 0.5kg and about the size of a bottle. It is designed for maximum portability and durability, with over 90 minutes of service on a single charge. It accurately displays the vascular image within 4 seconds of booting and provides multiple modes of operation/ The VIVO500s also offers a unique function that estimates the depth of the target vein using our patented technology.

Projected harmless near-infrared light is absorbed by hemogoblin in the blood and reflected by surrounding tissue. After undergoing processing by a series of propriety algorithms, the image is then accurately projected back onto the patient’s skin in real time. With a fresh new streamlined appearance VIVO500s comes equipped with a vivolight’s new imaging processor, a pico projector optical module and a harmless low-energy LED light source.

VIVO500 is easy to operate, with adjustable brightness and two window size to accommodate both adults and children. It has three modes of operation. General, Green Light and vein Depth Display mode. Health professionals can select from these options to fit patient type: child, elderly, dark-skinned people or heavy set.

VIVO500s is a must-have practical apparatus for ICU injection rooms, and nursing departments. It has earned great acclaim from doctors and nurses. VIVO500s is making Phlebological history. It provides the unprecedented advantages that you deserve today.
May 13, 2014

Diabetes, what is it?

Diabetes is a continuing condition where the sugar levels in the blood is too high. Diabetes occurs when there is a problem with hormone insulin level.

Glucose, other known as the sugar, is the main source of energy in the body. It can come from many sorts of foods that contain carbs such as milk, fruit, bread, potato and pasta. When these foods are digested, the glucose is released into the bloodstreams.

Diabetes occurs either when the pancreas can’t make insulin which is type 1 diabetes, or the body cells do not respond to the insulin appropriately and the pancreas begins to produce poor insulin for the body’s higher needs which is type2 diabetes.

Diabetes can result to symptoms, which are the following:
  • Weight loss
  • Nausea
  • Being more thirsty than usual
  • Feeling tired and lethargic
May 13, 2014

Blood Lancet

A Lancet is a small medical equipment which is used to sample blood. This device is used by people with diabetes. Lancets are designed with a small double-edged blade or needle, which is used to puncture the skin to retract blood. Blood Glucose lancets was invented to obtain small blood specimens which are tested for blood glucose and other blood components.

At Diamedica we sell three different types of lancets all by manufacturers we trust. MyLife and SafeLan® are the two brands which we highly recommend to those with diabetes interest.

Each lancet device has its own characteristics and may benefit you depending on which you choose. Our most popular brand is SafeLan® Lancet, we sell both the device and the lancet. The SafeLan® pro fingerstick device was developed to prevent transmitting blood-borne pathogens by used lancets. The idea behind the device was to keep a clean and safe method for each use, hence is why disposable lancets was invented. The SafeLan® was designed to minimise pain by accurate needling without vibration of the needle.

MyLife is another brand which specialises in lancets. MyLife has developed two types of lancets equipment. ClickFine Auto Protect is a needle device which is covered by a cap, it was designed as a locking mechanism to prevent needle injuries. MyLife has also developed a lancet which allows a safe and easy blood sampling.
These days brands specialising in diabetes care, are designing and manufacturing diabetes testing equipment for a safer and easier to use whilst limiting as much pain as possible.


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May 13, 2014

DiabetesQualified.com.au

Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia, and nurses play a pivotal role in supporting the person living with diabetes. DiabetesQualified.com.au provides Nurses with an elearning course. This course can be completes anywhere at any time, allowing convenience to learn at your own pace. Diabetes in practice for Nurses provides an increased knowledge and understanding of diabetes, enabling you to have meaningful conversations with people living with diabetes using simple, clear language.

Result in completion of this course, improves your ability to support those living with Diabetes and have a more helpful conversation using health literacy principles. Have the tools and resources to implement what you’ve learnt in your workplace, improving health outcomes for people living with diabetes. And much more.

If you are interested in becoming specialised in Diabetes interest, feel free to check out diabetesqualified.com.au and join the course.