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Does Your Family Know These Blood Sugar Facts?

This year, the focus of World Diabetes Day is all about family and diabetes, and we are celebrating by taking a close look at how families support each other in managing health. Can diabetes actually help families make health a priority? We think so—especially when families understand the demands of diabetes, and as a result their own individual health needs. When it comes to managing diabetes, it is all about blood sugar. If 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. But as important as blood sugar management is, for...

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Diabetes Superfoods - Infographic

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...

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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 sit less, and it's good advice. After all, sitting around isn't good for your weight or burning blood sugar,1 nor is it doing your back or neck any favors. But recognizing a good idea and making it happen are two different things. Here are some thoughts about how to sit less in the new year:...

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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 to an exercise routine, lengthen it and even add to it. Check out these 7 moves you can do in your living room, even while watching your favorite show. 1. Stretch Warming up is important to any exercise routine, and stretching is one of the best ways to get your body ready to go. Try some simple toe-touches...

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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 diets come and go, each one promising to help shed pounds effortlessly. Here are a few that should get you to just roll your eyes and walk away... Skipping meals or cutting too many calories. For people who don't have diabetes, doctors have found that skipping meals may actually make you gain weight...

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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? We got interested when some of us received discounts for one of the services in the mail. There are several out there―Blue Apron, Plated, Hello Fresh, Peach Dish, and...

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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 in an instant. Doctors suggest that a safe rate of weight loss is about 1/2 to 2 pounds a week.1 Any more than that isn't healthy—or sustainable. Don't go it alone. If you use insulin to maintain safe blood sugar levels, you'll want to talk to your doctor about how to alter...

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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 want to do when your energy is flagging. But a brisk, 10-minute walk can be like hitting the reset button. Drink a glass of water. Sometimes dehydration can feel like fatigue. There's no potential down side, so drink up. It may be just what your body is craving. ...

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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 led researchers to...

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