Diabetes Testing: It’s Better to Know for Sure

July 9, 2010

Most Americans have at least one friend, family member, or coworker with diabetes, yet most are unaware of the dangers of the disease. Diabetes doubles the risk of heart attack and stroke, and it’s the main cause of blindness in adults.

Get Screened for Diabetes

Statistics show that 1 out of every 13 Americans has diabetes, and twenty-five percent of those people aren’t yet aware they have the disease. According to the American Diabetes Association, someone is diagnosed with diabetes in the United States every 20 seconds.

It’s a good idea to talk with your doctor and learn whether you should be tested for diabetes. How frequently people are tested for diabetes depends on their age and risk factors for the condition.

You may be at increased risk for diabetes if any of the following are true:

  • You’re older than 45 years of age
  • You’re overweight
  • You don’t exercise regularly
  • Your parent, brother or sister has diabetes

How is Diabetes Diagnosed?

Diabetes is most often diagnosed by a test known as the fasting glucose test. After a person has fasted overnight for at least eight hours, a single sample of blood is drawn and sent to the laboratory for analysis or tested right in the doctor’s office with a glucose meter.

The oral glucose tolerance test is another method of screening for diabetes. After a person has fasted overnight, their fasting plasma glucose is tested. After the test, the person receives 75 grams of glucose —100 grams for pregnant women—typically in a sweet-tasting liquid that the person drinks. Blood samples are taken at specific intervals to measure the blood glucose.

Help Spread Diabetes Awareness

Awareness Gift Boutique is a community comprised of cancer survivors, survivor spouses, and people who care about causes that matter—causes such as diabetes. Help us raise awareness of this all-too-common medical condition with our line of exclusive line of diabetes awareness t-shirts, apparel, and gifts.

The following T-shirts include gray diabetes awareness ribbons and inspiring slogans:

Diabetes Chick Gone Grey 2 T Shirts by Awareness Gift Boutique

Diabetes Chick Gone Grey 2 T Shirts

Diabetes Chick Gone Grey 2 T Shirts

Family Square Diabetes T Shirts by Awareness Gift Boutique

Family Square Diabetes T Shirts

Family Square Diabetes T Shirts

See Speak Hear No Diabetes 2 Tshirt by Awareness Gift Boutique

See Speak Hear No Diabetes 2 Tshirt

See Speak Hear No Diabetes 2 Tshirt

The informational content of this blog is intended to convey general educational information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.


Diabetes May Double Risk of Cancer

June 11, 2010

A June 11, 2020 article in the British newspaper Daily Mail reported that a new study has found that women who develop diabetes could also double their risk of cancer. The study, led by Dr. Gabriel Chodick and Dr. Varda Shalev of Tel Aviv University, was the largest of its kind. Dr. Chodick and Dr. Shalev followed more than 16,000 diabetics from 2000 to 2008.

At the start of the study, none of the participants had a history of cancer. However, during the eight years which the study took place, they documented 1,639 cases of various cancers among people with diabetes, and compared them to occurrences of the same cancers in the healthy non-diabetic population – a sample of 83,874 people as opposed to the 16,000 sample of diabetes. They also found that diabetic women had a much higher risk of developing ovarian and colon cancer than non-diabetics.

Type 2 Diabetes is a condition in which a person’s body is unable to regulate the amount of glucose in their blood. It is often caused by being overweight. It can also increase the risk of developing other problems, including heart disease. You can attempt to prevent diabetes by eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and maintaining a healthy body weight.

Here at Awareness Gift Boutique, we want to help spread the word and raise awareness of diabetes. Our exclusive line of diabetes awareness apparel, merchandise, and gifts all feature a beautiful grey ribbon for diabetes awareness. Wear your grey ribbon proudly as you help us spread the word with one of the following shirts:

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Find The Cure 1 DIABETES T-Shirts & Gifts

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Diabetes HOPE 2 Hoody

Diabetes HOPE 2 Hoody

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Diabetes I WEAR GREY FOR MY MOMMY 6.2 Shirts

Diabetes I WEAR GREY FOR MY MOMMY 6.2 Shirts

The informational content of this blog is intended to convey general educational information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.


Positive Attitudes Do Wonders for Diabetes

May 6, 2010

If you or someone you know has recently been diagnosed with diabetes, fear and anger may be the first two emotions that hit you. This is a confusing and exhausting time for you, and those two feelings are absolutely normal. They should even be expected. Most life-changing events cause us to be afraid, and living with diabetes will definitely force you to make some changes in your life.

It’s also important to realize that people do live regular lives with diabetes. Diabetes is manageable if you follow the proper advice you’re given from your doctors, and remembering that you’re not alone in your fight against the disease will also help you get through it.

As soon as you realize that you can do it, you can live a normal life while managing your diabetes, you’ll begin to feel a whole lot better. In fact, taking on a positive attitude about any disease or condition, or any other stressful situation  you’re dealing with, will help have a positive effect on your entire well-being. Focusing on the positive, and telling yourself, “Hey, I can do this! Millions of other people can, so I can too!” can help you stay confident and stay focused, which are two important factors in managing your diabetes.

Your healthcare providers will supply you with the necessary information regarding the diet and lifestyle changes you’ll need to make, and what medications or procedures you may also need.

Here at Awareness Gift Boutique, we are fighters and we are believers. We know that it’s important to spread the word about all important causes, especially diabetes and juvenile diabetes. Our exclusive line of diabetes awareness apparel and gift merchandise, featuring the grey diabetes awareness ribbon, is sure to help you educate others as you make the necessary changes in your life!

You may enjoy some of the following T-shirts, or you can visit our online boutique to view the rest of our Diabetes Awareness products.

Hope Matters 2 Diabetes T Shirts by Awareness Gift Boutique

Hope Matters 2 Diabetes T Shirts

Hope Matters 2 Diabetes T Shirts

I NEED A CURE 1 DIABETES T-Shirts by Awareness Gift Boutique

I NEED A CURE 1 DIABETES T-Shirts

I NEED A CURE 1 DIABETES T-Shirts

Diabetes HOPE 3 T Shirt by Awareness Gift Boutique

Diabetes HOPE 3 T Shirt

Diabetes HOPE 3 T Shirt

As always, thanks for stopping by, and feel free to let us know if you’re in need of anything special for an upcoming party or fundraiser. Many of our products are available for personalization.

The informational content of this blog is intended to convey general educational information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.


Diabetes: Help Lower Your Own Risk!

April 15, 2010

Diabetes is becoming a common problem among American adults. Why the trend? Current statistics show that over two thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, and obesity in children is also a rising epidemic. Carrying extra weight on your body can lead to multiple health problems, including (but not limited to) Type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes can be prevented, if you know what to do to help yourself.

These simple tips may help prevent diabetes:

  • Lose weight if you need to. If you’re as close to your ideal body weight as possible, you significantly lower your chances of developing diabetes.
  • Get an annual physical. A physical involves checking your weight and bloodwork which checks “all the important stuff” such as your glucose levels and cholesterol levels. Your doctor will be able to tell you how much weight you need to lose and what changes you may need to make to your diet in order to prevent diabetes.
  • Try to exercise regularly. Exercise can help you lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. If you can’t go to a gym and you don’t own exercise equipment, walk! Park the car further away from the store so you can walk a bit extra, or go to the mall and do laps. Every little bit helps.
  • Eat in moderation. Overeating will probably cause you to gain weight, and if you’re overindulging on the wrong types of foods (such as fatty foods which are also high in cholesterol) you raise your chances of developing diabetes.

If you’ve already been diagnosed with diabetes, it’s important to follow your doctor’s advice in order to keep things under control. Here at Awareness Gift Boutique, we understand the frustrations of living with a medical condition such as diabetes. We are cancer survivors, survivor spouses, and avid awareness supporters of all causes which deserve attention – such as diabetes awareness!

Get our your grey ribbon to show support for your loved one that is living with diabetes. We understand and appreciate your diabetes awareness support! Our exclusive line of diabetes awareness products includes both apparel for men, women, and children as well as a wide variety of various gifts.

If you’re in need for any T-shirts for an upcoming diabetes awareness fundraiser, or if you just want to show you care, you may enjoy these shirts:

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or the

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Diabetes Hope 1 Shirts

Diabetes Hope 1 Shirts

Don’t forget- we offer volume discounts on group orders! Let us know if you have an upcoming school, church, or fund-raising function and are in need of shirts for your cause!

The informational content of this blog is intended to convey general educational information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.


What is Type 1 Diabetes?

March 20, 2010

A common misconception about diabetes is that it’s a disease which affects older people who are considerably overweight. While obesity can lead to diabetes, this isn’t always the case. There are actually two forms of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2.

If a person has Type 1 diabetes, or juvenile diabetes, their body does not produce insulin. Insulin is the hormone needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. Only 5-10% of people with diabetes have this form of the disease, which may be the reason so many people do not know it exists. Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children, teenagers and young adults, which is why it is also called “juvenile diabetes.” Some of the warning signs of juvenile diabetes can include extreme thirst, frequent urination, increased appetite, sudden weight loss, and drowsiness.

People with juvenile diabetes must take insulin in order to stay alive, but with the help of insulin therapy and other treatments, even very young children can learn to manage their condition and live long and healthy lives.

Here at Awareness Gift Boutique, we’re proud to offer a huge selection of gifts and apparel which make a positive statement about living with diabetes and diabetes support.

You may like some of the following Diabetes Awareness T-shirts:

Juvenile Diabetes Butterfly Shirt by Awareness Gift Boutique

Juvenile Diabetes Butterfly 3 T-Shirt

Juvenile Diabetes Butterfly Shirt

I Wear Grey For My Son Shirt by Awareness Gift Boutique

I Wear Grey for My Son Shirt

I Wear Grey for My Son Shirt

Needs A Cure Shirt by Awareness Gift Boutique

Needs A Cure Shirt

Needs A Cure Shirt

Be sure to visit our extensive Diabetes Awareness department at Awareness Gift Boutique!

The informational content of this blog is intended to convey general educational information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.


Diabetes and Juvenile Diabetes Awareness Blog

March 7, 2010

Welcome to our Diabetes Awareness blog.  We are Awareness Gift Boutique and are pleased to bring you a blog created especially to promote awareness for diabetes and juvenile diabetes.  As cancer survivors, survivor spouses, and avid awareness advocates we are pleased to use this blog to deliver useful information and news regarding diabetes as well as spotlight some of our exclusive diabetes awareness designs available on a variety of t-shirts, apparel, and gifts through our awareness shop.

Having been personally affected by cancer and other life-threatening diseases, our efforts to promote and advocate awareness go beyond the sale of a t-shirt.  In addition to multiple free services offered by Awareness Gift Boutique to inform and educate the public, we are regular contributors to numerous medical research charities as well as animal shelters and Save Darfur efforts.

We look forward to sharing and communicating with you through this blog and invite you to share your own thoughts, stories, and comments regarding your experience with diabetes or about diabetes in general.


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