Month: August 2020

GEMCORE Recognized by Inc. 5000

August 12, 2020

GEMCORE, a family of companies, has been named one of the fastest-growing private companies in America by Inc. Magazine, earning the position of #3119 on the 2020 Inc. 5000 list.

Companies are ranked according to the percentage growth of their annual revenue over a three-year period. GEMCORE’s continued success has resulted in a 3-year growth rate of 124%.

It’s an honor to be recognized by the Inc. 5000 and ranked alongside so many remarkably innovative businesses.

– Matt Edwards, CEO

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the Inc. 5000 and ranked alongside so many remarkably innovative businesses,” said Matthew Edwards, CEO of GEMCORE. “We can’t thank our team enough for contributing to our amazing results.” GEMCORE’s portfolio of companies includes Edwards Health Care Services, GEMCO Medical, GemCare Wellness, and GEM Edwards Pharmacy.

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at


GEMCORE, a family of privately held companies, is an industry leader of diabetes management solutions, mail- order diabetes supplies, wholesale medical supplies, medications, specialty third-party logistics as well as health coaching and disease management. Combined, these value-driven solutions reduce healthcare costs and drive efficiencies for clients while helping to improve patients’ lives. Headquartered in Hudson, Ohio, GEMCORE’s company portfolio includes Edwards Health Care ServicesGEMCO MedicalGemCare Wellnessand GEM Edwards Pharmacy

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Diabetes Myths: Ten Things You Should Know

August 01, 2020

There are a number of myths about diabetes that are commonly reported as facts.

Sometimes it’s tricky to separate fact from fiction. We’re here to help set the record straight.

Diabetes Skips A Generation

Not everyone who gets diabetes inherits it; you may have no relatives with diabetes or several. Diabetes doesn’t skip a generation, nor are you more likely to get it from your mother or father. Your genetics and your lifestyle contribute to your risk for diabetes.

Do Not Eat Carrots

Like all vegetables, carrots are carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are part of a healthy diet and give you the energy, vitamins, and minerals your body needs to function. All carbohydrates affect your blood sugar the same way, whether you are eating carbohydrates in bread, pasta, sugar, or vegetables. Three cups of uncooked and 1.5 cup of cooked carrots will raise your blood sugar the same as 1 slice of bread.

I Only Have Borderline Diabetes

There really is no such thing as borderline diabetes. You either have diabetes, pre-diabetes, or no diabetes. A fasting blood sugar greater than 126 mg/dL on more than one occasionis considered diabetes. A fasting blood sugar of 110-125 mg/dL on more than one occasion is considered pre-diabetes. Having prediabetes puts you at a heightened risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.

You Can’t Prevent Getting Diabetes

We have learned recently that you can prevent diabetes at any age. In fact, losing a modest amount of weight (5-10% of your total weight), being moderately active (walking or doing other forms of exercise for 150 minutes per week) can delay or prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes.

Do Not Use Herbal or Natural Remedies for Diabetes

The most natural of remedies is eating a healthy diet and exercising. Medically proven information shows that both meal planning and physical activity help lower your blood sugar levels. Combining your prescribed medicines with a meal plan and physical activity is the best way to lower your levels. It is true that some herbal or other products can work against diabetes medications, raising your blood sugar. Ask your pharmacist or doctor if any of your medicines or health problems could be affected by herbal or natural remedies.

Insulin Causes Complications, Such as Amputations, Impotence or Death

Some people who take insulin develop complications from diabetes, but the complications aren’t caused by insulin. Keeping your blood sugar near the normal range by taking a pill or using insulin, helps you live a long, healthy life. Many people believe that once you start taking insulin, you can never stop. While this used to be true, insulin on the market today is better than the past.

You Can’t Stop Taking Insulini

Some people with Type 2 diabetes are able to stop taking insulin if they lose weight, start exercising, or their physical and/or emotional stress becomes better.

Soak Your Feet in Vinegar Every Day

Many years ago, people with diabetes were told to soak their feet every day in vinegar. We know now that soaking with vinegar and other products can make your skin dry, causing cracks in the skin where bacteria can enter.

My Blood Sugar is Less than 250 – I am Fine!

Isn’t that “normal” for me? Not really. Your usual blood sugar isn’t the same as normal blood sugar. Just because your blood sugar is usually high or you don’t notice any symptoms, doesn’t’ necessarily mean your body isn’t affected by those levels.

My Children won’t Get Diabetes Until They Are Adults

Unfortunately, more young people are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. It is caused by a combination of being overweight, getting less exercise, and family genetics. You can help your children and grandchildren prevent diabetes by encouraging them to maintain a health weight and stay physically active.

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