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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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Planning for the new year? Forget "I should." Think "I can."

We all know what we should do. We should get 8 hours of sleep every night. We should replace our home air filters every 3 months. We should pay more attention to world events. However, knowing and doing are very different things. As we near the start of a new year, it's natural to ponder resolutions. Should you make them? Maybe. Will you keep them? Maybe not. If you're setting goals or coming up with resolutions for January 1, consider the insights of some of our favorite diabetes online community members. Rather than thinking about what you should do, reframe and think...

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Newly diagnosed? How to explain diabetes to your children.

If you're a parent who has been recently diagnosed with diabetes, you're probably wondering how your diagnosis will also affect your children. Even though you may want to spare them from any upsetting news, they need to know. Here's how to start and continue this important conversation. Start with the good news Even if you're still feeling uncertain, let your first message to your child be "everything is okay." It's important that they know that diabetes is manageable, and that you're going to do everything you can to stay healthy. Stay positive when you break the news, too. Children know when their...

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​Does your workplace work for you?

​In the ideal world, diabetes wouldn't be an issue at work, and you'd have the time and space to take care of yourself. Unfortunately, some workplaces don't live up to that. If your employer has 15 or more employees, you're protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act. That means you're allowed "reasonable accommodation" to test, eat, rest or otherwise care for yourself as needed.1 However, sometimes it may feel like unwritten rules override what's on paper. What can you do when: It seems like testing or taking a break is frowned upon? You're too new to know how or when to advocate for...

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6 ways to recharge—mind, body and spirit

Fall seven times and stand up eight. - Japanese proverb​ If you're feeling busy or worn out, it can be hard to take time to focus on yourself. But a few self-energizing minutes a day can make you more productive to meet the demands life and diabetes send your way. Here are 6 ways to recharge your physical, mental and emotional energy. 1. Quiet your mind. Sit and simply listen to yourself breathe deeply. If any outside pressures try to intrude, ask them to wait until you're ready to resume thinking. 2. Re-spark a resolution. New Year's...

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Driven to distraction—the reality of managing diabetes every day

BY MEREDITH RIVERS, MS, RD, LD, CDE, ROCHE MEDICAL AND SCIENTIFIC LIAISON For those of us who take care of diabetes every day, life can be complicated—a lot more complicated than a person who doesn't have diabetes. Every item we eat, every activity we perform and even just vegging in front of the TV requires consideration, foresight and decisions—all of the time. Fortunately, you're in good company. Spend some time in an online diabetes forum to see what we mean. Let's put it this way. Imagine a couple about to head out on a nice Sunday afternoon walk. Just before the walk, the person who doesn't...

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When life got overwhelming, Phyllisa took control of the one thing she could.

Of all the diagnosis stories we've heard, Phyllisa's is one of the most dramatic. That's one reason we're so impressed with where she's landed. The founder of Diagnosed Not Defeated talked with us about how she went from rock bottom to being a prominent advocate for people with diabetes. We hope you find her story inspiring, too. Can you take us...

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Diabetes in the media: often more fiction than fact

It used to just be movies and the occasional TV show. But thanks to the Internet, misinformation about diabetes travels at nearly the speed of light. Is there anything you can do about it? Con Air. Panic Room. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. Hollywood has a history of mistakenly showing people with diabetes treating lows with insulin, suggesting that eating candy causes diabetes and implying that missing an insulin injection causes an immediate emergency. Now the Internet is making its own dubious contributions. Of course, the Web is chock full of faux cures you should be trying—from cinnamon to raw food to...

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Love among the test strips and tubing

Movie sex isn't real. For anyone. But it's really really not real for anyone living with diabetes. After all, most people's intimate moments don't include a tube of glucose gel. While diabetes can make intimacy feel less spontaneous, there are things you can do to keep it from getting in the way this Valentine's Day (or any other day). First, decide how you want to handle your blood sugar. After all, sex is exercise. You could be in for an overnight low, and attacking that heart-shaped box of chocolates probably isn't the best strategy for treating it. Checking your blood glucose before and after may not seem...

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