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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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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 ...

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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 just like everyone and everything else, it's about moderation. We check our blood sugar levels several times a day and treat highs or lows as necessary. It's our routine and Halloween is no exception. No, everything does not have to be sugar-free. Sugar-free foods may make our lives easier, but...

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10 super spooky Halloween party snacks

It's not a successful Halloween party unless you've grossed out your guests with spooky snacks like zombie fingers and freaky eyeballs. Here's how to make them, plus 8 other dastardly dishes.

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Healthier Halloween treats: it's okay to be "that" house

There are many good reasons for skipping the candy on Halloween and opting for less sugar-packed treats. Maybe you want to do your part to make your community healthier. Maybe you just want to try something different this year. Whatever your reasons, we think you should go for it! To help, we've rounded up some treats that will please even the pickiest goblins. Everyone loves snack packs of cookies, popcorn or crackers. Look for organic products you can buy in bulk, like cheddar bunnies or graham snacks. Dark chocolate is a great alternative to milk or white chocolate. You can actually...

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A quick guide to living gluten-free with diabetes

For many people living with diabetes, celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity can add to the challenge of eating healthy meals every day. The holidays―and all the delicious baked goods that come with them―are right around the corner. So here's a quick guide to what it means to live gluten-free. Gluten sensitivity or celiac disease? The symptoms of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity can be the same―stomach pains, headache, joint pain, fatigue or other symptoms that occur after a person eats a food containing gluten. If you suspect that you have gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, talk to your doctor...

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What's in (and out) for this Thanksgiving dinner

The mounds of food on a Thanksgiving table can really test your carb-counting expertise and willpower―especially if you try to keep your carbs between 45 and 60 grams per meal. So we thought we'd make some suggestions for smart options that lighten the carb, fat and sugar load. Out: Crackers and dips. In: Cheese and veggie platter. Low-fat cheeses are better for you than full-fat cheeses or traditional cream-cheese dips. Pair with slices of bell peppers, raw zucchini, sliced pears and even small green salads for a light and tasty appetizer. Out: Turkey smothered in...

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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 you may make...

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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 ...

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