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How to test blood sugar with Accu-Chek Guide blood glucose meter and test strips

How to test your blood sugar

When it comes to managing diabetes, it is all about blood sugar. If your blood sugar (or “blood glucose”) levels get too high or too low, it can drastically alter your mood, your well-being, and even your long-term health. There are many ways to monitor blood sugar. Some people use glucose meters wi...

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7 diabetes hacks you can try today

The diabetes community is great at sharing—especially when they come up with an idea for making life a little easier. Consider these tried-and-true tricks and shortcuts for managing your health and gear. Show emergency info on a locked phone. You may have your ICE (in case of emergency) contac...

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Woman testing blood sugar using Accu-Chek Guide blood glucose meter

Blood glucose meter accuracy

In partnership with: BY T'ARA SMITH (BEYOND TYPE 2) Article originally published on Beyond Type 2 We know blood glucose meters are pretty necessary for managing Type 2 diabetes. How else can we track our blood sugar? Going to the doctor every three months or so certainly isn’t the way, thoug...

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Diabetic diet and nutrition tips

Food plays such a huge role in the life of a family. The dinner table is where we sit down to catch up at the end of a long day and holidays would not be the same without the usual spread of delicious eats. Recipes for those dishes might be passed down from generation to generation. But when you come home with a diabetes diagnosis, it can feel like a roadblock to participating in these important traditions. The truth is that you can still enjoy these times with your family. The only thing that changes is how you support your blood sugar management with food and activity. What foods are good...

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Sharps and sharps container disposal

Improper disposal of lancets, insulin syringes, infusion set cannuals and other medical sharps can cause needlestick injuries, especially for garbage collectors. Please throw your used sharps away safely. Keep in mind that anything sharp should not be simply thrown in your household trash. Depend...

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Diabetes and carbohydrates

Has your doctor talked to you about watching the carbohydrates in the foods you eat? For a long time, people thought that counting carbohydrates wasn't necessary for those with type 2 diabetes, but that thinking is changing. If you have a target number of carbs to eat at each meal or snack, accur...

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When to see a doctor

Nobody wants to call the doctor for every little thing—but we know that treatments for diabetes-related health problems are more effective if you start early. So when should you see your doctor? Here are a few guidelines:1 Pain, numbness, weakness or tingling — especially in the hands, fe...

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Diabetes exercise and workout

Diabetes and exercise is a topic of its own, and sometimes managing blood sugars around exercise and activity turns out to be more challenging than the workout itself. On the one hand, it’s hard because your body reacts completely different depending on the time of day and how fit you are. And on the other side, it’s hard because your blood sugar behavior varies depending on what kind of exercise or activity you’re doing. But exercise is so good for you that it’s worth the trouble. It’s a surprisingly powerful tool in your diabetes toolbox. What effects does exercise have on the body...

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