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Diabetes Myths and Facts

BOLD Marketing - Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Being diagnosed with diabetes can be overwhelming, which makes sorting through factual information and myths more difficult. That’s why we’ve outlined some common myths and facts below*. Remember: If you’re ever in doubt, always speak with your medical provider.


4 Steps to Take When You’ve Been Diagnosed with Diabetes

BOLD Marketing - Sunday, March 19, 2017

Learning that you have diabetes isn’t easy. But the faster you understand your condition and start managing your symptoms, the better. Here are four steps to get you started on the right track.


1. Manage your diet.

Learning to manage what you eat is the most important part of controlling your diabetes. Unfortunately, it can also be the most stressful, and with good reason. You’re likely transitioning from putting little thought into everything you eat, beyond whether you’re hungry for it, to thinking through every bite and what it means for your body. The good news is, you’re not on your own. M Power offers resources, education and classes to those living with diabetes and their loved ones to help you manage your condition and maintain the lifestyle you enjoy.


2. Monitor your blood sugar.

Monitoring your glucose levels is a critical tool in treating your disease. Through the results, you’ll begin to understand how your food choices and activity levels affect your condition, and monitor the effectiveness of your medications. Your healthcare provider will advise you on how often you should check your blood sugar levels. Be sure to record the results each time, to better track results.


3. Cope with symptoms.

Just learning about your disease can be overwhelming and stressful, which is why it’s important to cope with both the physical and emotional symptoms that come with your diagnosis. You don’t have to do that alone. Find resources and education for both you and loved ones to better understand diabetes.

4. Communicate with your healthcare team.

Your treatment will only be as effective as the information your share with your medical provider. That makes it critical to communicate your symptoms, side effects and concerns at your appointments. Be sure to bring your blood sugar test results with you, and it may help to have a list of questions to ask your provider.


Interested in information about diabetes classes and screenings? 


Coping with the emotional and physical affects of chronic disease

BOLD Marketing - Wednesday, March 15, 2017

“You don’t look sick.” If you or someone you love is battling chronic disease, it’s a sure bet you’ll encounter that sentiment, or one similar, at some point. So much of chronic disease – from lupus to fibromyalgia to diabetes – is invisible to those around you. And as devastating as the physical symptoms may be, the emotional toll can be overwhelming as well.


If you’re newly diagnosed, it’s not uncommon to go through the stages of grief as you learn to cope with your condition: from denial to anger to sadness. The stress that comes with living day-to-day with symptoms can escalate both emotional and physical effects – compounded when friends, co-workers and loved ones struggle to understand what you’re going through.


That’s what led Christine Miserandino to create the “spoon theory” in 2003, as a way to help explain her life with Lupus. Christine compared living with chronic disease to holding a limited number of spoons each day. Every activity, every choice made, eliminates a spoon.


“When other people can simply do things, I have to attack it and make a plan like I am strategizing a war. It is in that lifestyle, the difference between being sick and healthy. It is the beautiful ability to not think and just do. I miss that freedom. I miss never having to count "spoons,” Christine wrote. You can download her full explanation of the “spoon theory” here.


The emotional and physical effects of chronic disease are tied closely together. That’s why it’s important to have a strong support system in place, with strategies for coping with both sides. Some tactics that may help:


Distraction: Sometimes, just focusing on something other than your disease can help relieve stress – like reading a book or watching a movie.


Physical activity: Depending on your illness, physical activity may be extremely difficult some days. But the old adage that a “body in motion, stays in motion” is true. Physical activity is not only good for your body, it’s good for your mind as well. Yoga and tai chi, for example, are both exercises that are easy on arthritic joints.


Spend time with loved ones: It can be all too easy to shut friends and family out when they don’t understand what you’re going through. But from both an emotional and physical standpoint, one thing is certain: You can’t do it alone. Use the spoon theory to give others tangible insight into your life with chronic disease.


Find support: Connect with others going through similar experiences and find local resources to help you cope. M Power offers chronic disease self-management workshops designed to help you stay active and enjoying the things you love. Find one near you.

Discover a Free Diet Plan Tailored to You

BOLD Marketing - Monday, March 06, 2017

We’re pleased to announce that residents with chronic illness in Mississippi County, Dunklin County and Pemiscot County now have access to free dietitian services.


Losing weight, changing bad habits and learning to cut out entire food groups can be a daunting task for anyone. For those living with chronic disease like heart disease, stroke or diabetes, handling a new diet along with managing your symptoms can be more than overwhelming. The reality is, a diet overhaul is essential for many living with chronic disease if they hope to get well. We are here to help.

Even if you know the steps to eating better, it is not always easy to find the right recipes or learn how to meal plan for a greater chance of success.


If you are a member of one of these communities, schedule a consultation with a local dietitian and start getting well.

While participants do not need a physician’s referral to participate in this program, our dietitians will have an easier time pinning down exactly how to help their clients if they can have lab work. A physician’s referral provides them with this information.


Get support in more ways than one.

 M Power is an organization that believes those in Southeast Missouri who suffer from chronic illness have been underserved too long. Learn how to manage your symptoms by enrolling in a free workshop. This free supportive program will help you develop the skills you need for talking habits and improving your health overall.


Are you a caregiver?

 Our programs can help you better serve your loved one, in addition to giving you the encouragement you deserve. You are not alone.

If your area does not currently offer dietitian services, the plate method can still help you overcome many dieting challenges.

Find out if you’re at risk for diabetes, obesity complications or heart disease, and learn how you can make small changes to the way you are living today for a healthier, happier life.


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