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Keep your kid cool, busy and in-range this summer

Summer diabetes care for kids can be a real roller coaster—literally and figuratively. They're often more active, doing things they don't get to do during the school year (like riding roller coasters!). Food and sleep routines may go out the window. So how can you help keep your child's numbers from rising and falling like they're at an amusement park? Plan to be busy. You may be walking around a zoo or swimming at the beach one day, then hanging at a backyard picnic the next. You already know how blood sugar can change from weekdays to weekends, but summer just amps up the surprises. Real...

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The sugar thieves

BY KAREN FLANAGAN, MA, RD, CDE Do you know any sugar thieves? Those well-meaning people who steal your real sugar and replace it with stevia, saccharin or other substitutes? I think about one Thanksgiving a few years ago. There was a huge table filled with pies, cakes, candy and cookies—straig...

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Dinner for the time starved

Even if you love to cook, sometimes just deciding what's for dinner (or going to get the ingredients) can be a deal breaker. It's easy to find yourself in a heavy rotation of the same 3 or 4 meals―or a lot of takeout. That's where meal kits found an opportunity. So what's all the buzz about? W...

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Refresh. Revive. Revitalize.

Nothing is so contagious as enthusiasm ― Samuel Taylor Coleridge As days shorten and stores fill with Halloween treats, it's easy to reach for candy when you need a pick-me-up. Instead, try these sugar-free ways to revitalize. Walk around the block. It sounds like exactly what you don't wan...

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One resolution: Drink more water

If you've been reading us for a while, you know we're not big fans of resolutions. Goals? Yes. Commitments to yourself at any time of year? Certainly. But we're bending our own rule a bit this year. Because if ever there were a resolution worth making—and super easy, to boot—it's this one: Drink More Water. Even better, drinking water may be able to help you with other goals and resolutions, if you were to decide to go that route. Here's a peek at how: Water for weight loss or management A study last year found a link between dehydration and obesity,1 and that...

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Carbohydrate counting and diabetes: how much is 15 grams of carbs?

See what 15 grams of carbs looks like in a variety of foods. Carbohydrate counting isn't just for grains and sweets—know how to estimate carbs in dairy products, fruits and vegetables, too. Download and share this infographic now. View Infographic As Text Interested in more food tips?...

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Ready for the candy talk?

We don't mean the conversation you have with your D-child every Halloween. We're referring to the education you give to countless well-meaning adults. Here are 10 things to say to friends and family about Halloween, sugar and managing diabetes. Yes, people with diabetes can have candy. But jus...

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5 great reasons to get back on your bike

Going for a ride used to be so easy—you'd just grab your bike and your helmet (depending upon what year you were born) and go. There's no reason that has to change. In fact, jumping on your bike again can be beneficial for your body and your mind. Here's why. It makes you more attractive. Acco...

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Exercise with diabetes: workout tips to boost activity

You don't have to join a gym to increase your exercise. With diabetes, every bit of activity counts. Explore this diabetes workout infographic for quick ways to boost activity that you can do at home or anywhere. View Infographic As Text Interested in more fitness tips? Explore exercise articles, recipes, and more on Accu-Chek.com See Articles Staying Active The easy, 15-minute routine you can do at home: Stretching gets your body ready for exercise. Try toe-touches or lunges for 1 minute. Arm circles build strength. Hold your arms straight out to your sides, th...

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