Power of 10: Give a Diabetes Coach

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Power of 10: Get 1, Give 10

One Drop has a charitable giving program. It’s called Power of 10. For every One Drop subscription sold in the U.S., One Drop donates 10 One Drop | Experts subscriptions to people with diabetes receiving care at safety-net clinics.

Why Power of 10?

Diabetes affects nearly 1 in 10 people in the U.S., but certain groups are at greater risk.1 People from racial/ethnic minority groups with low incomes and limited education are more likely to have type 2 diabetes.1,2 Over 15% of Native Americans/Alaska Natives, 13% of non-Hispanic blacks, and 12% of people of Hispanic ethnicity have diabetes.1 That’s 1.5-2 times more than non-Hispanic whites (7.4%).1

Once diagnosed with diabetes, certain groups are more likely to have suboptimal health outcomes. People from racial/ethnic minority groups and those with a lower socioeconomic position tend to have higher A1cs, more emergency room visits, hospitalizations, complications, and premature mortality.3

Why Safety-Net Clinics?

Safety-net clinics give care to people in medically-underserved areas that are underinsured.4 People with insurance can seek care at these clinics. Safety-net users with insurance are both more likely to have diabetes compared to non-safety-net users, and be a racial/ethnic minority or have a low income.5

Donating One Drop | Experts

There are more than 4,100 diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES) programs offered across the U.S.1 However, DSMES is limited in nonmetropolitan socially-disadvantaged counties. Counties with fewer insured people and people with less education have less access to a DSMES program.6

One Drop | Experts, a personal diabetes coach in your pocket, is accessible to anyone with a smartphone. Experts is the first and only digitally-delivered DSMES program accredited by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Education and coaching occur entirely through the One Drop | Mobile app’s in-app chat. “Expert” coaches are real, Certified Diabetes Educators that educate, answer questions, help with problem-solving, and provide ongoing support and self-care accountability to people with diabetes. One Drop | Experts respond anytime, anywhere and without prescriptions, hassles, or appointments.

DSMES & Experts Improve Outcomes

DSMES lowers A1c. A1c improves by -0.88%.7 With One Drop | Experts, A1c goes down by -1.3%.8

Accessible, effective, and affordable, DSMES is a rising tide that lifts all boats. It may also reduce well-known disparities in diabetes.

This is Where You Come In.

We’re looking for safety-net clinics to partner with. We want to connect with medical directors, doctors, nurse practitioners, and other healthcare professionals that believe in the power of digital therapeutics — not only to help their clinic population, but to drastically and dramatically improve the health of ALL people with diabetes. If that’s you, we want to hear from you!

We have thousands of ADA-accredited One Drop | Experts subscriptions to donate to your patients. Who wants one?

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References

1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Diabetes Report Card 2017. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Dept of Health and Human Services; 2018.

2. Beckles GL, Chou C. Disparities in the prevalence of diagnosed diabetes — United States, 1999–2002 and 2011–2014. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2016; 65(45): 1265–1269.

3. Chow EA, Foster H, Gonzalez V, McIver L. The disparate impact of diabetes on racial/ethnic minority populations. Clin Diabetes. 2012; 30(3): 130-133.

4. Darnell JS. Free Clinics in the United States: A Nationwide Survey. Arch Intern Med. 2010; 170(11): 946–953.

5. Nguyen OK, Makam AN, Halm EA. National use of safety-net clinics for primary care among adults with non-Medicaid insurance in the United States. Gorlova OY, ed. PLoS ONE. 2016; 11(3): e0151610.

6. Rutledge SA, Masalovich S, Blacher RJ, Saunders MM. Diabetes self-management education programs in nonmetropolitan counties — United States, 2016. MMWR Surveill Summ. 2017; 66(10): 1–6.

7. Chrvala CA, Sherr D, Lipman RD. Diabetes self-management education for adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus: A systematic review of the effect on glycemic control. Patient Educ Couns. 2016; 99(6): 926 – 943.

8. Kumar S, Moseson H, Uppal J, Juusola JL. A diabetes mobile app with in-app coaching from a Certified Diabetes Educator reduces A1c for individuals with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Educ. 2018; 44(3): 226-236.

Celebri-D of the Week: Mariska Hargitay 🔍

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Many of you know her as Lieutenant Olivia Benson from Law & Order: SVU. Some of you may even know her as Justice from Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood video (side note: T. Swift is a huge Olivia Benson fan). But what you might not know is that at one time, Mariska was checking her blood sugars often. Daily. Mariska had gestational diabetes.

Mariska Hargitay & Gestational Diabetes

At 42, Mariska was pregnant and thriving. But 15-hour work days and added job stress eventually caught up with her. During her third trimester, Hargitay learned she had gestational diabetes. The culprit? Too much comfort food, as a means to dealing with stress. Mariska told People post-pregnancy:

“I was overwhelmed by my lack of energy. All I could do to survive was to eat… I did get into eating too much. This pregnancy was really hard for me at the end. I wasn’t mobile.”

That dangerous duo of stress and comfort food eventually caused a 54-pound weight gain, insulin resistance, and gestational diabetes.

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Gestational Diabetes: Tell Me More

This is a form of diabetes that, as its name implies, can appear during pregnancy (gestation being the carrying of an embryo or fetus). According to the CDC, roughly 2-10% of pregnancies in the US are affected by gestational diabetes each year.

So what exactly is it? All pregnant women experience some sort of insulin resistance during pregnancy (we’re lookin’ at you, hormones 😉 ). In the case of gestational diabetes, there is so much insulin resistance (for any number of reasons) that blood glucose levels can rise to unhealthy levels, dangerous to both mother and child. It’s this kind of insulin resistance that can result in gestational diabetes.

Don’t Leave Me Hanging!

I would never! 🙂 If you keep up with all things Mariska, then you know she is back in action — and has been! The only hiccup in the story? Her planned natural delivery turned into a last-minute C-section. But mother and child got through the pregnancy just fine, and both are healthy and happy to this day, no complications in sight! Through healthy eating and exercising, Mariska shed her pregnancy pounds and rid herself of gestational diabetes.

While roughly 50% of women with gestational diabetes go on to develop type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes can be just a blip on the screen. As long as moms-to-be watch blood glucose levels, both during and after pregnancy, and make it a point to eat healthier and exercise routinely, all gestational diabetes-related issues can be resolved.✨

If you have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes and want more info, reach out to us! We are always here, and happy to help. 💗

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Apple’s WWDC 2018: We Were There!

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WWDC 2018

Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) of 2018 is going strong! 💪 And we were there at the very start. The yearly event always promises to be quite the spectacle in the iOS world, but this year was especially exciting. Updates announced at this year’s Keynote included the latest iOS 12, with new ARKit features (we’re already there!), a watchOS 5 revamp (we’re already there, too!), and (in our very biased opinion) the most exciting news of the Health Records API roll-out, coming this fall.

But hands-down the greatest, most important part of the WWDC 2018 Keynote? Jeff Dachis’ mother, Anne Dachis’, Big Screen debut (yep, that’s her in the still below!):

One Drop at WWDC 2018

In the video, which highlights other hugely successful and innovative apps like Robinhood, Yelp, and Timeless, Apple asks family members to describe what it is that makes these developers tick. And at 94 years old, Anne Dachis is front and center, explaining what her son, Jeff Dachis, is doing for the world of diabetes.

Anne admits, “I don’t have any idea at all how to create an app.” But beyond the coding and developing, Anne goes on to give insight into the genesis of One Drop. It was Jeff’s father’s T2D diagnosis, as well as Jeff’s own T1D diagnosis, that inspired him to create and develop One Drop. And, as his mother explains, answer the prayers of thousands out there living with diabetes.

Why We Do What We Do

Developer speak can be daunting. But Anne Dachis explains — in much easier to understand jargon — why One Drop is here: to do something about diabetes. Jeff founded One Drop because there was no 21st-century answer to the diabetes problem. After seeing his own father struggle with type 2 diabetes, and being in the thick of it with his own type 1 diabetes diagnosis, Jeff, CEO & Founder at One Drop, decided to do something about this major world-health problem.

The resounding theme is about making a difference, all over the world. Like the other developers featured, Jeff’s primary inspiration for creating One Drop was to fix a solvable issue. And that’s exactly what we are doing. #wearenotwaiting

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Low Carb Pizza, No Bolus Needed!

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Not your momma’s comfort food.

There are few dishes in this world that are reserved for comfort food status. Many of those dishes, though, are super carb-y – you know the ones I’m talking about 😉 And sometimes, one of those super comforting, super carb-y dishes is just the ticket. But more often than not, those comfort foods actually end up putting me in a post-meal very uncomfortable situation. Worth it? Debatable. What is worth it? Low-carb comfort food. Like: egg pizza! 🍳🍕

Pizza made from eggs?!

It’s a thing. And it is AWESOME. And you can get creative with it.

Everyone I know loves pizza. I definitely do! But the blood sugar hassle that comes after the fact — the 8-hour sugar spikage, over-corrections resulting in lows — isn’t worth it. This low carb spin on an old-time classic makes everything OK. No spikes! No miscalculations! Because it is low carb pizza!

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Comfort, meet Creative.

So really, at the root of the pizza problem, we have bread. So what happens if we just take that one, minor problematic piece out? And just replace it with a no-carb substitute?! Bingo. The root of the egg pizza is… the egg! Simply substitute the pizza dough with eggs. And then make your own pie! It is really, truly that simple. Plus, it cuts down on all that oven time. The recipe below is a personal fave (all the ingredients I want), but you can top your egg pie with pepperonis, extra cheese, all veggies, etc. Let’s go!

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED

❏ 1 tbsp butter

❏ 2 large eggs

❏ 1 jalapeno, sliced

❏ 2 sausage links, sliced

❏ manchego cheese, sliced

❏ 1 red onion

❏ chopped garlic

❏ 1 cup spinach

❏ 1 avocado

HOW IT’S DONE

1. Heat butter in a pan over medium-low heat.

2. When butter is fully melted & pan is heated, crack eggs into pan.

3. Top with half the cheese, sausage, onions, jalapeno, garlic, and spinach.

4. Cover with lid and cook until egg white begins to set (about 5 minutes).

5. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Continue cooking on low until whites are completely set.

6. Top with chunks of avocado, season with salt and pepper, slice, and serve.

Yield: 1 serving

Protein per serving: 22g

Carbs per serving: 2g

Like I said, the above ingredients are a personal preference of mine. But feel free to add red sauce, parmesan, and all the other fixings you enjoy on your breaded pizza to make this egg pie your new favorite ‘za dish! Then, show me how your pie turned out here, here, or here!

Celebri-D of the Week: Sheku Kanneh-Mason

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Sheku Kanneh-Mason: #CelloBae & Diabadass

If you know anything about the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle, you know that while the couple was busy tidying up official marriage papers, a young man entertained the audience with a solid (and emotional) cello performance. What you may not know, though, is that that young man, 19-year-old Sheku Kanneh-Mason, has type 1 diabetes.

BOOM. 💥

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Oh yes, he did.

Surprised?! There hasn’t been a lot of hype around Sheku’s diabetes; instead (and as it should be), all the hype has been around his genius cello-playing skills. The Virtuoso is no newbie to big crowds. Kanneh-Mason, along with his siblings, wowed people on Britain’s Got Talent, and also won the 2016 BBC Young Musician competition. Most recently, he released a record-setting classical album this past January, which earned a spot on the UK’s Top 20 pop charts, and the number one spot on the UK’s classical music charts. He’s also making the cello look (er, sound?) really cool: Sheku is now the now the highest-charting cellist in Official UK Chart history.

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What’s his deal?

Kanneh-Mason’s been playing the cello since he was six years old. At age nine, he passed his Grade 8 Cello examination with the highest marks in the UK. He currently studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, one of the world’s most prestigious music conservatories (NBD). And, as you could have probably guessed, he’s racked up tons of music awards.

And on top of it all — the performances, the album recording, the chart-topping — Sheku stays on top of his type 1 diabetes management. In fact, he says it’s become second-nature to him, something many of us know about after living with diabetes for longer with than without! In an interview with DigiBete, Sheku explains how it’s his siblings (all six of them) who are the ones that have been so helpful along the way. They make sure that he checks his blood sugar both before and after concerts, before meals and after meals, and support him while playing on stage alongside him.


Routine, Routine, Routine.

That’s Sheku’s secret! Admittedly, the situation was much more difficult upon diagnosis. But as long as he sticks to his routine, checking blood sugars and dosing insulin, everything else moves right along. In his own words, Sheku explains that those blood checks and insulin injections take up such a small percentage of his day; as long as he sticks to routine, he can move on with his day, and conquer the music world!

Before Googling his name any further, be sure to catch Sheku’s debut album, Inspiration, here. And don’t take my word for his outstanding Royal Wedding performance! Watch it for yourself here.

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Tuna Salad, for All Your Herby, Flavorful, Summer Palate Needs!

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We’re in for a treat. Spring is officially here (aka, we’ve made it through those April Showers to the other side of the May Flowers 🌻), and the sun is beaming bright! And with it comes a new array of fresh, delectable dishes that are perfect this time of year. Like low carb, super filling, tuna salad!

For-tuna-tely, you have options.

I am all for a fresh, herbaceous tuna salad in this lovely warm weather. But I’ll also be the first to admit: tuna has not always been a go-to staple of mine. It was actually a solid no 🙅‍♀️ for me before I had the really good stuff: straight-off-the-pole tuna by way of Ortiz. Yes, it is harder to come by and (disclaimer!) YES, it’s expensive. But it is worth it! If you’re like me, and you have a hard time stomaching the typical canned stuff (I’m lookin’ at you, Starkist), try Ortiz on for size. But don’t stop there – if you try it out and you’re not into it, keep looking. Once you find the right tuna for you, you’ll see why I am so into this stuff.

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Tunalicious: the recipe

Once you’ve figured out your tuna pallette, the hard part is over. Tuna is so easy, you can basically eat it right out of the jar or can! But, to add some color to your meal, this is my favorite way to dress up the protein for some tuna salad delight:

What you’ll need

❏ 2 cans Albacore tuna (chunk), packed in olive oil
❏ 1 tbsp fresh chopped basil
❏ 1/2 c chopped fresh parsley
❏ 2 tablespoons capers
❏ 1/2 red onion, chopped
❏ 1 head of lettuce
❏ handful of grape tomatoes, sliced
❏ 1 lime, sliced
❏ freshly grated parmesan cheese
❏ extra virgin olive oil to taste
❏ 1/2 tsp salt
❏ dash pepper

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How it’s done

-Pour the tuna into a mixing bowl. Use a fork to break the tuna chunks into small pieces.
-Add all additional ingredients to the bowl. Stir until mixed well.
-Add extra virgin olive oil for texture. Season with salt, pepper, and lime to taste.
-Serve tuna over lettuce.

That’s it! It might just be the easiest recipe… ever! And what’s more, it is super healthy and nutritious. It’s the perfect combo of protein and fat that will leave you feeling satisfied, but not enough to make you feel that icky kind of full. And if you need that extra bit of “crunch” in your meal, serve your tuna medley on top of sliced cucumbers! 🥒

Give it a try, and let me know what you think (here, here, or here)!

Yield: 3-4 servings

Calories per serving: 209g

Fat per serving: 12g

Protein per serving: 21g

Carbs per serving: 1g

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One Drop | Guide to Handling the Summer Holidays with Diabetes

Do you find it hard to manage your diabetes during the holidays? The holidays are meant to be a time for family, friends, and fun. Unfortunately, for many people with diabetes, they can be very stressful. The meals are large and usually unhealthy. Snacks are bottomless and it feels like you can’t move ten feet without someone offering you more food!

If you’re on track in managing your diabetes, you’ve worked hard to keep your blood glucose in range, exercise, and watch your diet. And you’re not going to let that go!

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Keep On Keepin’ On! 

It’s important to avoid, or at least limit, foods that can make your blood sugar skyrocket — mainly carbohydrates (carbs). Carbs are found in many popular holiday foods including pasta, bread, cakes, cookies, and ice cream. The key to staying in range is to plan ahead! Tell yourself you will only have a few bites of something you really want and decide ahead of time how you will deal with social pressure. Remember–you can always just walk away.

Pro-Tip: It takes 20 minutes for you to realize you’re full.

Luckily, staying on track during the festivities is totally possible–it just requires a bit of planning! It’s easy to feel empowered and prepared for the holiday festivities. Here are just a few pointers:

Things to consider if you’re hosting:

❑ Include lots of filling, low carb options such as vegetables and dip, meats, cheese, and nuts.

❑ Avoid sampling more than necessary while cooking.

Download our low carb guide for 40+ food options to serve at your next party! 

Things to consider if you’re a guest:

❑ Bring a healthy dish that you know you can enjoy.

❑ Ask the host beforehand what will be served.

❑ Decide ahead of time how much you will eat and how you will handle social pressure.

Be sure to check out our infographic for our full list of tips on how to stay focused and healthy this season! Summer is such a fun time; don’t miss out on any of it because of diabetes. You’ve got this — we are in it, together! Happy Summer Fun. ☀

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It’s a Grilled Turkey Burger Kind of Night

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Burger Season is upon us! And with it, all the perfectly-charred, fresh and seasoned burgers for all your summer nights. But sometimes, you gotta switch it up. When you’ve had one too many beef burgers at the ballpark, get your protein from a tender, juicy, mouth-watering turkey burger instead.

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Fire up the turkey burgers! 🍔

The lean, mean grilled favorite. You may, initially, be more inclined to an old-fashioned beef hamburger. But don’t be fooled! The turkey burger has just as much to offer (if not more!) as its counterpart. In fact, turkey burgers are a great source of protein, so you’ll be feeling fuller, longer. Ground turkey also includes iron, zinc, phosphorous, magnesium (to name just a few) for all your vitamin and mineral needs. 😉 Not to mention, all the low-carb goodness to keep blood sugars at bay.


The grilled turkey burger recipe

So, how to make the ultimate turkey burger? Simple! We’ve laid it all out for you below:

What you’ll need

○ 1/4 cup mayonnaise

○ 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil, divided

○ 1/4 cup milk

○ 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion

○ 1/8 teaspoon salt

○ 1/8 teaspoon pepper

○ 3/4 pound lean ground turkey

○ 4 lettuce leaves

How it’s done

1. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise and 1 tablespoon basil. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

2. In a bowl, combine the milk, onion, salt, pepper and remaining basil. Crumble turkey over mixture and mix well. Shape into four patties.

3. Grill on medium 12 to 15 minutes, or until cooked through (165 degrees F). Serve over lettuce leaves with chopped onion and basil mayonnaise.

Pro-Tip: Use add-ons and condiments to really take your turkey burger up a notch! Throw in finely chopped red bell pepper, Worcestershire sauce, dried parsley, or garlic — whatever suits your palette needs!

 

Yield: 4 servings

Calories per serving: 305g

Fat per serving: 11g

Protein per serving: 21g

Carbs per serving: 0g

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