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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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Thanksgiving leftovers served with rice and garnish

Great ideas for thanksgiving leftovers

Leftovers might just be the best thing about Thanksgiving. You can certainly heat up a plate and enjoy the same meal all over again, or you can try making entirely new dishes. Turkey is the star of many of these, but there's also stuffed mushrooms, muffins, and even ideas for leftover wine (you know, if you have any). Basic Turkey Stock Good for soups, sauces or cooking couscous or rice, it's always wise to make a pot of turkey stock from the leftover turkey pieces. Nothing tastes as good as the real thing. ...

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Safe cycling and diabetes: Before, during and after your ride

In the diabetes community, springtime is Tour de Cure® season. Whether you're participating or supporting this annual American Diabetes Association event, it's almost certainly on your radar. Even if you aren't riding to raise awareness and funds for diabetes, it's easy to see why cycling is the activity of choice. Whether you're 5 or 95, prefer Lycra or flannel, pedal around the block or ride competitively, cycling suits just about everyone. If you haven't been riding much over the winter (or longer), here are a few quick reminders. Before you ride...

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Spaghetti squash served in a hollowed out squash

Spaghetti (Squash) and (Chicken) Bolognese Healthy Pasta Recipe

  Replacing regular pasta with spaghetti squash makes a healthy, easy weeknight meal. Try this recipe by retired police officer (with type 2 diabetes) Rob and his wife Connie, profiled in this month's Accu-Chek Update.   Ingredients (serves 4): 2 medium...

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Fruits and vegetables artfully arranged inside a heart-shaped box, surrounded by a doctor's stethoscope

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...

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Chicken tacos with beans and garnish

Which came first? Chicken.

A few years ago, the American Diabetes Association Web site noted that the word most frequently searched on their site was "chicken." That's right—at the site hosted by the leader in diabetes education and research, people were more interested in meal plan-friendly chicken ideas than any other single topic. Then again, it's not surprising. Chicken is the chameleon of the food world—adapting to just about anything you put next to it. And it's a great option for people who are trying to eat healthier. After all, chicken is a lean source of protein, especially if you choose white breast meat and remove the skin. Plus,...

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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—straight out of Willy Wonka's dream. The smell alone made my mouth water. Next to that table was a smaller one with sugar-free apple pie, cookies and gummy bears, just for me. While it was extremely thoughtful and considerate of my diabetes, well, YUCK! I choked down a dry cookie and watched the others enjoy their desserts....

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First he learned he had diabetes. Then Percy learned he loved cooking—for everyone.

Last September, Percy was admitted to the hospital with blood glucose topping 700 mg/dL, blurred vision and the news that he had type 2 diabetes. One year later, he has a new lease on life, a new business and he's sharing his positivity with the world. This is a diabetes and weight loss story with a very happy ending. Can you tell us about last September? I woke up sweating one morning, and felt like I was getting the...

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The ABCs of insulin and fitness

BY TAMI SCHOEPFLIN, RD CDE Using an insulin pump and want to exercise? Balancing exercise, insulin and blood sugar can be as simple as A-B-C. A is for Activity Sometimes, people with diabetes are surprised to find out how well...

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