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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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Motivation in diabetes – a myth?

In partnership with: BY FREDRIK DEBONG (MYSUGR) Article originally published on the mySugr Blog “Wow, your sugar’s really high! What did you do?!?” – a perfect example of a comment I've heard many times in my life with type 1...

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3 reasons diabetes makes you awesome

In partnership with: BY ANNE KAINZ (MYSUGR) Article originally published on the mySugr Blog Everyone with diabetes has days where we want to ignore everything and banish the diabetes monster from our minds... especially on days that are...

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5 additions to your back-to-school-with-diabetes supply list

You've got the DMMP and the 504 or IEP down.* You've filled a "low box" with snacks and hypo treatments to keep at school—and stashed some in the backpack. And you've met with school staff. So what else can you keep on hand for the challenges of the new year? Books for friends. Younger kids may want to share diabetes-themed picture books or printed coloring sheets with friends, so they can understand why your child eats extra snacks, checks blood sugar or leaves the room throughout the day. Ask the teacher if you can distribute materials to the whole classroom. A Blue Friday...

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Seeking a sense of community? Here are 6 places to look.

Don't underestimate the value of diabetes online communities and face-to-face support in navigating life with diabetes. Here are some tips for finding places to connect. Ask at an appointment. Your doctor, educator or dietitian probably knows about groups that meet in your area, and if they don't, their colleagues may. Just ask. Plan on showing up one time, even if you think you don't need it or won't like it. Then decide if you want to stick with it. Talk to JDRF or the ADA. Your local chapter of the...

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Is emotional support nearly as important as diabetes medication? See why one diabetes specialist says yes.

We enjoyed chatting with Michelle, an assistant professor and research scientist at the University of Utah College of Nursing, as well as a board-certified family nurse practitioner who works with adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. She talked with us about the value of peers providing diabetes support to one another, and how she helps her patients connect. How did you choose to specialize in diabetes care? I always knew I didn't want to be in a quick-fix area of healthcare—I wanted to get to know patients better. Initially, I was concentrating on forensic nursing, but then I had an endocrinology...

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Keep laughing through the highs and lows (and we aren't just talking about blood sugar)

Diabetes isn't just a blood sugar rollercoaster—it can be an emotional one, too. After all, nobody can be at the top of their game every hour of every day, year in and year out. Taking care of your emotional health can be just as important (and challenging) as managing your blood sugar. Fortunately, if you're getting one of them right—the physical or emotional side—the other one is likely to come easier. Here are three thoughts on keeping a positive, hopeful outlook. Don't check out this winter. It's easy, especially if you live in the north, to see winter as one long self-care vacation. It...

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Why we heart American Girl

There's a new kid in town, and she's winning with type 1 diabetes. The new American Girl® Diabetes Care Kit for Dolls includes everything a doll needs to check her blood glucose, pump or inject insulin, and even treat a low. Who knew a lancing device could be cute? The accessory kit was inspired by an 11-year-old girl who created an online petition, gathering more than 4,000 signatures. She'd just been diagnosed a few months before, and wanted her doll to be just like her. Naturally, that included learning about and managing her...

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