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Pre-Diabetes Sugar Levels

If you are concerned about the possibility of yourself or someone that you care about being diagnosed as pre-diabetic, then it is time to start taking action now. One of the things that you can do immediately is purchase a blood glucose level home checker to see if those sugar levels fall into the pre-diabetes condition territory. Or, you can go to your doctor and ask to have those blood glucose levels tested.

There are two different blood sugar level tests that your family doctor can run.

The fasting blood sugar test requires that a blood sample be taken after you fast for at least eight hours or overnight. With this test, a blood sugar level lower than 100 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) — 5.6 millimoles per liter (mmol/L) — is normal. A blood sugar level from 100 to 125 mg/dL (5.6 to 6.9 mmol/L) is considered prediabetes. This is sometimes referred to as impaired fasting glucose (IFG). A blood sugar level of 126 mg/dL (7.0 mmol/L) or higher may indicate diabetes mellitus.

With the oral glucose tolerance test, a blood sample will be taken after you fast for at least eight hours or overnight. Then you’ll drink a sugary solution, and your blood sugar level will be measured again after two hours. A blood sugar level less than 140 mg/dL (7.8 mmol/L) is normal. A blood sugar level from 140 to 199 mg/dL (7.8 to 11.0 mmol/L) is considered prediabetes. This is sometimes referred to as impaired glucose tolerance (IGT). A blood sugar level of 200 mg/dL (11.1 mmol/L) or higher may indicate diabetes mellitus.

Learn more about the symptoms and signs of pre-diabetes here.

Where To Buy Colostomy Bags & Ostomy Supplies

If you are looking for the best place to buy colostomy bags and ostomy supplies at the lowest price, then you need to turn that search to the web. While it may be convenient to go to the local pharmacy and pick up all the colostomy supplies that you need, there is a pretty good chance that you are paying a higher price than you need to.

The fact is that colostomy supplies are much cheaper when you buy them online. And if you buy from the right places, you can get free shipping on your entire purchase.

After doing some research for my dad, I found the following three places that offer cheap colostomy bags and supplies when you buy online:

My dad prefers to buy from Amazon. I suggest that you compare colostomy bag prices at each of the three before ordering tough to determine who has the lowest prices on colostomy supplies for you. Who knows, your brand might be cheaper at one of the other online stores!

Living With A Colostomy Bag: Tips On Changing Colostomy Bags

After getting home from the doctor’s office, the thought of life with a colostomy bag starts to sink in. Not only will you be living with this ostomy bag protruding out of your side, but you also need to learn how to change the colostomy bag on your own. At first, it seems like a daunting and even gross idea.

While it may in fact be a gross idea, changing your colostomy bag is not really that big of a deal. When you get ready to change the bag, the most important thing is that you start by washing your hands. You do not want to transfer any germs to the stoma and having clean hands helps to prevent that from happening.

Gather up everything that you will need on hand to change the colostomy bag. And put everything within easy reach. It helps if your bathroom sink has a nice, roomy counter for you to place it all on. Here are the things that you will likely need:

  • skin protector
  • adhesive remover
  • pencil
  • wafer/baseplate
  • stomahesive paste
  • measuring guide
  • wash cloth
  • plastic bags
  • scissors
  • new colostomy bag or pouch
  • towel

Empty your colostomy pouch into the toilet as you normally do. Once it is empty, you need to wipe the adhesive remover on the tape of the old wafer so that you can prepare to remove it. Since it is stuck to your skin, you will want to hold your skin with one hand while you use the other hand to pull the wafer away from the skin. Use as much of the adhesive remover as you need to get the wafer off the skin. You can then throw away the old wafer and pouch.

Use some warm water and the wash cloth to clean the skin around the stoma. Since some waste may come out of the stoma, it is a good idea to do this in the shower so that you can wash it all down the drain. Just be careful not to use any scented soaps that will leave a film on your skin. A good soap choice is the Dr. Bronner’s Mild Soap Bar Made with Organic Ingredients 5 oz. line of natural soaps.

Once clean, you can pat dry the area around the stoma with your towel. If you have one of the wafers that must be cut to fit, then you need to measure the stoma with the measuring guide, but leave 1/8″ to 1/16″ between the measuring guide and the stoma. When you have the measurement, just trace it on the back of the wafer and cut the hole to size.

You will need to put the skin protector on your skin where the wafer will be placed. Once you have done that, peel the backing off the wafer and put some of the stomahesive paste around the hole you cut out. The paste needs to be smoothed with a wet finger. Then, take the backing off the tape and apply it to your skin, with the stoma in the hole’s center. Any wrinkles can be smoothed with your hands. Make sure you give it a firm smoothing to make sure it sticks well.

Once the wafer is in place, you can attach the new colostomy bag. Usually, it makes a snapping noise when it is in place. But, you can give it a gentle tug to make sure that it is secure. Finally, close up the end of the bag with the clip and you are done!

If you need some colostomy supplies, here are the three best places to buy online at the lowest prices:

However, it is a good idea to compare prices at all three to check for current discounts before ordering.

Getting A Temporary Colostomy Bag?

Getting a colostomy bag does not always mean that its usage will be permanent. In fact, it is fairly common for patients to have a colostomy bag for a brief period. You will know if it is permanent or not if the doctor calls your colostomy a “temporary colostomy.” Permanent colostomies are often called an “end colostomy.”

When someone has a temporary colostomy, it is usually because part of the colon has been operated on and needs time to heal before it can resume processing the body’s wastes. The way that it this works is that once the doctor determines that the colon has healed, the colostomy is reversed and there is no longer a need for colostomy bag usage. And that is what results in a temporary colostomy bag.

The same type of colostomy bag is used for temporary colostomies as well as permanent ones. This means that no additional special equipment is needed. Like a permanent colostomy bag, people who have a temporary colostomy bag can maintain an active lifestyle without anyone ever knowing about the presence of the colostomy bag.

Colostomy Bag Pictures: What Do Colostomy Bags Look Like?

Being told that you, or a family member, have to start using colostomy bags can be a scary and stressful time. In fact, you might not even know what this medical prosthetic looks like. If that is the case, some colostomy bag pictures can help with this transition. Of course, if you just do a blind search for the colostomy bag images, you might not be prepared for what you will see.

It is a good idea to start with how they look when you buy new colostomy bags. Here is an example of what they look like:

new colostomy bags

And the colostomy bags need a baseplate to connect to the body. Those look like this:

colostomy bag baseplate

Next, you might be wondering where a colostomy bag goes on the body and what it looks like there. Here is a good diagram for you:

colostomy bag image

And now, what it might look like on an actual person:

colostomy bag on body

Of course, you can find plenty of images on the web of people wearing colostomy bags. Just be advised that some of them images can be of a sensitive nature since some of them may show post-surgery images.