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Down with the flu? Blood sugar running high? Know when it's time to call the doctor.

Have you ever hesitated to call the doctor, wondering if a situation truly merited the interruption? Here's a good rule of thumb: If you're wondering whether you should call, just call. And if you think the situation may be an emergency, don't question it. Give any necessary treatment for a low and...

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Summer isn't over yet! Have fun while getting ready for fall.

We've been hearing people say "September is the new January." And it's true—as summer comes to a close and the kids go back to school, people seem to have a change in perspective. We're no longer floating down a lazy river. Instead, it's time to plug back in and get motivated. Before the leaves s...

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A handy guide to portion control

Many people with diabetes learn how to count carbohydrates in order to manage their blood sugar. But even old pros occasionally slip up and find their blood glucose levels out of balance. One of the easiest ways to miscount carbs is by underestimating portion sizes, so here are a few handy tips....

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Smart Halloween and diabetes safety tips

Halloween is an exciting, frantic and exhausting night. While your kids are shrieking, "This is the best night of my entire life!" here are a few ways to help them have a safe trick-or-treat. Costume check Can your child see clearly and move freely? Look for nontoxic, hypoallergenic makeup instead of a mask, and try to stay away from their eyes. Sturdy shoes that cover their feet completely can help when going up and down stairs, to avoid foot injuries. If your child wears a medical alert bracelet, leave it on tonight. Health beats fashion, even on Halloween. Use the buddy system I...

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Great ideas for thanksgiving leftovers

Leftovers might just be the best thing about Thanksgiving. You can certainly heat up a plate and enjoy the same meal all over again, or you can try making entirely new dishes. Turkey is the star of many of these, but there's also stuffed mushrooms, muffins, and even ideas for leftover wine (you know...

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What is LADA or type 1.5 diabetes?

If you're active in online diabetes forums and social media, you've probably come across prominent community members with a third type of diabetes. It's known as type 1.5 diabetes or LADA (which stands for "latent autoimmune diabetes in adults"). Similar to type 1, LADA is an autoimmune response—...

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​Blossom

Why should I be unhappy? Every parcel of my being is in full bloom. - Rumi​ ​Who are you? What do you stand for? There's no better time to let the real you blossom. Springtime can give us a sense of just waking up after a long, deep sleep. Here's how to make the most of that "I can take on...

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What can a diabetes educator do for you?

There are many people on your healthcare team—including yourself—but there's one person who can give you hands-on advice that you can start using immediately. We're talking about a diabetes educator. If you've never met with one, or if it's been a while, here's an overview of everything they can do for you. A diabetes educator can answer medical questions about diabetes, including helping you learn how to use your blood glucose meter or medication. They'll help you figure out how food and activity affect your blood sugar, as well as how to deal with things like stress or depression. Expe...

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