Diabetes Tips

Staying Motivated With Diabetes.

Staying motivated while managing your diabetes can be tough. That’s especially true this year when getting out of the house is more difficult than usual. You don’t have to do it alone, though. To stay motivated, set goals (with a reward, of course) or enlist the help of your family. There are even online exercise classes and support groups that can help you manage your health while socially distancing. And for when the going gets tough, make a list of all the reasons why you want to manage your disease.

exercisingManaging Your Type 2 Diabetes

If you have type 2 diabetes, your doctor might ask you to make healthy food choices, exercise more, and possibly lose weight. You might also be given medicine. It’s important to take your medicine every day the way your doctor tells you to, even when you can’t tell if it’s working. The medicine is only part of your treatment, though—exercising and eating healthy food are also important. It can seem like a lot to do at first, so just focus on making one or two changes. Learn more about ways to manage your type 2 diabetes.

Snack Attack! Healthy Food Choices for People With Diabetes

Having diabetes doesn’t mean you have to give up delicious snacks! You just need to plan a bit more and understand how each kind of food affects your body. Store premeasured portions of food, keep cut-up raw vegetables in the fridge, choose filling foods (hard-boiled eggs and string cheese are great options), and make sandwiches on whole-wheat bread instead of white. This can also be a perfect time to try new foods, like zucchini pita pizzas. Learn how to make them, and discover more tips for healthy snacking.

Supporting Teens Who Have Diabetes

As kids get older, many parts of parenting become easier. But helping your child manage their diabetes might get harder as they become more independent and care more about fitting in with their friends. And normal teen behavior, like staying up late and eating at odd times, can mess with blood sugar. So what can you do? Talk with your teen to let them know you’re there for them, and so are their friends and teachers. Keep healthy food in the house. Encourage activities that keep your child and their friends moving. And make healthy living a goal of the entire family so your child doesn’t feel singled out.

COVID-19 Update

As your primary care providers, we at Ninth Street Internal Medicine and MDVIP would like to encourage everyone to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to them. We believe in both the safety and efficacy of this vaccine. If you would like to learn more about how mRNA vaccines work, we encourage you to visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/mrna.html to learn more. Anyone who still has questions or reservations about getting the vaccine should schedule a phone appointment to discuss with your doctor. This vaccine is the best way for all of us to end this pandemic and get back to normal life!

We encourage everyone who is interested in receiving the vaccine to register with their local health department.

The vaccine is being offered in phases in an effort to get as many high-risk individuals vaccinated as quickly as possible. Please be patient as we go through these phases and understand there will be some variability based on your county of residence, and some of these phases will overlap. Currently we are in Phase 1a (healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities). Some areas are now starting Phase 1b (frontline essential workers, people over age 65, and younger adults with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, cancer, kidney disease, heart disease, COPD, and others). There will be continued updates as vaccine is offered to additional groups, and checking your local health department website is the best way to know when it will be your turn.

We have applied through the Philadelphia Health Department to be a vaccine distributor, but we have not received any vaccine yet. We will send updates via email and the NSIM website if we are approved to distribute vaccine in the future. If you are offered the vaccine through your employer or pharmacy or local health department, you should get the vaccine that way. We will do our best to keep everyone updated as more information becomes available.

You can learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine and distribution here:

https://www.pennmedicine.org/coronavirus/vaccine
https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Vaccine.aspx

Sincerely,
Ninth Street Internal Medicine and MDVIP

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