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Inspiration Exchange Diabetes Moments Episode 1: Introducing the Inspiration Exchange Diabetes Moments Podcast with Shelley and Todd

In Episode 1 of Inspiration Exchange Diabetes Moments, Cherise had the opportunity to chat with Shelley Landes and Todd Laderach from Roche Diabetes Care Customer Marketing team about peer support, new strategy and more. Show Notes Get to know Shelley and Todd from the Customer Marketing Team Evolution of Roche Diabetes Care US social media content and engagement The motivation behind the Inspiration Exchange Importance of peer support and why Roche Diabetes Care US is hyper-focused on peer connections and resources What’s next for Roche Diabetes Care US social...

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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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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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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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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 improving people's health as well as the environment. Let's start by saying we're not anti-meat. We wanted to think about how eating can affect a person's carbon footprint. Meat and the environment As it turns out, the impact of meat production can be pretty great. For example, it takes about 300...

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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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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 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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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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