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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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7 ways to exercise while watching TV

If you don't live near a gorgeous hiking trail, or if you can't afford a pricey gym membership, don't worry. You can still get an excellent beginner's workout at home, and it's completely free! As you begin to see changes in your body or your blood glucose results, you'll be encouraged to stick t...

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Dig into diabetes superfoods

Get extra healthy value from every meal. Try adding the diabetes superfoods outlined in this infographic to your plate. View Infographic As Text Interested in more food tips? Explore recipes and more on Accu-Chek.com See Articles Diabetes Superfoods These foods are extra h...

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Magic fad diets (and other ideas that don't work)

Fad diets make losing weight sound so easy (if not necessarily appealing—we're talking about you, baby food diet). Ask someone who's successfully lost a fair amount of weight and the answer is bound to be something like, "I ate better and exercised more." Bummer. Year after year, new miracle d...

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Carb counting: It's not just for insulin users anymore

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, accurately estimating carbohydrates can help you keep your numbers within your target range.1 It may help you avoid gaining weight and, by keeping your blood glucose in range, help you feel your best.2,3 Keep in mind that these carb and blood glucose targets aren't the same for everyone—what works for yo...

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Sit less. Sounds easy, but how?

Are you sitting down? Probably. After all, the average American sits for nearly 8 hours a day.1 Between watching TV and using a computer, talking on the phone, eating, riding a bus or train, being in meetings or working at a desk, time spent sitting really adds up. We keep hearing suggestions to...

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Ready to win at losing?

People always seem to be talking about losing weight. Yet, as a country, we just keep getting bigger. So how can we align what we want to do with what we actually do? Here are a few tips that might help. Create a fair timeline. You didn't put weight on all at once, so don't expect it to come off...

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Meatless Mondays—once a week, let veggies shine

Make a change for the environment and your health—think about going vegetarian one day a week, without missing out on protein or piling on the carbs. The Meatless Monday and VB6 (vegan before 6:00pm) movements aim to shift our thinking away from meat as the center of the meal—with the intent of i...

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Diabetes and the new U.S. dietary guidelines

Did you know that new dietary guidelines were issued by the U.S. Agriculture and Health and Human Services Departments in early January? The pyramid is long gone, replaced years ago by a plate that continues to be fine-tuned every 5 years. The new Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020 are not without controversy, but in general, they confirm what many people with diabetes have known for some time. They emphasize a lifetime of good choices. What advice can you take from the new guidelines?1 Enjoy your coffee. Moderate coffee intake is no longer on the naughty list. Just don'...

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