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How to explain diabetes to your children

If you're a parent who has been recently diagnosed with diabetes, you're probably wondering how your diagnosis will also affect your children. Even though you may want to spare them from any upsetting news, they need to know. Here's how to start and continue this important conversation. Start wit...

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How to save money on blood glucose test strips

Have you ever felt like you had to choose between diabetes supplies and other expenses? It's a scary proposition, as we know that not being able to test your blood sugar can increase the risk of low blood sugar and affect your ability to manage diabetes properly.1 The high cost of diabetes Did...

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Type 2 Diabetes

By far the most common type of diabetes, type 2 diabetes affects more than 27 million Americans—many of whom don't even know they have it yet. Type 2 diabetes used to be called "adult onset" diabetes, but now we know that it can affect children, too.1 When you have type 2 diabetes, your body does...

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Type 1 Diabetes

Previously known as "juvenile diabetes," because it primarily affects children, we now know that type 1 diabetes can affect people at any age. In type 1 diabetes, a person's pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone necessary for the body to get energy from food. That energy, in the form of glucose, stays in the blood unless insulin is taken via injections or an insulin pump. By regularly checking blood sugar and calibrating food and insulin carefully, a person with type 1 diabetes can keep blood glucose levels in a safe range and help head off long-term health problems that can result fr...

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What is diabetes?

Simply put, diabetes is a condition that occurs when your blood glucose, or blood sugar, is too high. But how does that happen, and what does it mean? How your body creates and uses blood sugar1 When you eat, your body converts food into glucose, a type of sugar that your body uses for ener...

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Diabetes and insulin pumps

If you're tired of daily insulin injections, an insulin pump may be a good fit for you. Even though some people worry that they don't want to be "attached" to something all of the time, many people find that the pump provides greater freedom than multiple injections each day.1 What's more, using...

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6 tips for college students with diabetes (and parents, too!)

No matter how mature, how ready, how many times they've been to camp, college is often the first time a teenager is truly on their own. And even for the most self-sufficient, this can come with a few surprises. What can you do to make things as simple as possible? Here are a few ideas. Have...

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Travel with diabetes

Whether you're trying on a new hemisphere or just enjoying a weekend away, we have a few quick reminders that can help you get there ready to enjoy the destination. Use diabetes as an excuse to overpack. Traveling for a week? That equals six pairs of shoes and two weeks of diabetes supplies. Take double the testing supplies, medications, low blood sugar treatments, pump accessories and other medical items you think you'll need. And if you use a pump, pack as if you expect for it to quit working on the first day. If you're flying, keep everything in your carry on so you don't have to...

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