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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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How to test blood sugar with Accu-Chek Guide blood glucose meter and test strips

How to test your blood sugar

When it comes to managing diabetes, it is all about blood sugar. If your 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. There are many ways to monitor blood sugar. Some people use glucose meters with test strips and blood drawn from their fingertips for instant measurements. Others use continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) that are either implanted in their bodies or attached to them. There are also hybrid monitors called “flash glucose meters” (FGMs) that can monitor blood glucose continuously and offer instant readings. Each person is...

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Woman lancing finger with Accu-Chek FastClix lancing device while doing yoga

7 diabetes hacks you can try today

The diabetes community is great at sharing—especially when they come up with an idea for making life a little easier. Consider these tried-and-true tricks and shortcuts for managing your health and gear. Show emergency info on a locked phone. You may have your ICE (in case of emergency) contact noted in your phone, but that doesn't help if emergency workers can't unlock it. For Apple devices, you can include emergency information in the health app. Some Android phones have an emergency contact feature in the phone's setting. Another great option is to type up emergency...

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Elderly male physician discussing treatment with elderly female patient

Acknowledging the impact of diabetes on body and mind—the new ADA Standards of Care.

Since 1988, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) has updated its Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes, pulling new learning into its guidance for healthcare providers. The biggest news this year is addressing the social and emotional aspects of successful diabetes management, going so far as to say "Lifestyle management and psychosocial care are the cornerstones of diabetes management." Of course, anyone with diabetes knows that the physical challenges are just one part of the story. We're glad to see the ADA urging healthcare professionals to look at all sides of diabetes, including mental health, what...

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Sharps disposal

Improper disposal of lancets, insulin syringes, infusion set cannuals and other medical sharps can cause needlestick injuries, especially for garbage collectors. Please throw your used sharps away safely. Keep in mind that anything sharp should not be simply thrown in your household trash. Depending upon your state, the requirements may vary. Some ask that you place sharps in a rigid container, such as a laundry bottle, then duct tape it closed and clearly write "do not recycle" on the outside.1 Other areas recommend collection or mail-back programs for these items. Visit the...

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Young girl holding a blue diabetes circle over her glasses while standing next to an optometrist's eye chart

What's the most beautiful thing you've ever seen?

This year, the theme of World Diabetes Day is Eyes on Diabetes. What better time to celebrate the gift of eyesight and the most beautiful thing your eyes have ever captured―a sleeping child, one of the world's greatest paintings or a perfect sunset? It's easy to take our eyes for granted. But this November, when you see the World Diabetes Day blue circle, remember all the other images your eyes let you take in every day. Then make sure you're doing what you can to protect the gift of eyesight. How? We have 2 ideas that probably won't come as a big surprise. 1. Watch your blood sugar. ...

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Male physician discusses treatment options with female patient

Reducing the pain of blood sugar checks

  When checking blood sugar, try the Accu-Chek® FastClix lancing device—designed for comfort. Nobody gets excited about pricking their fingertip. In fact, studies have shown that it's one of the main reasons people refrain from regularly checking their blood glucose.1,2 So how can you make this less of a hurdle in your self-care? Selecting a less-painful lancing device...

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Normal aches and pains? Or time to see the doctor?

Nobody wants to call the doctor for every little thing—but we know that treatments for diabetes-related health problems are more effective if you start early. So when should you see your doctor? Here are a few guidelines: Pain, numbness, weakness or tingling—especially in the hands, feet, arms or legs: Even if it seems insignificant, these feelings can be a sign of early nerve damage. If that's the case, as nerves become more damaged, the symptoms can get worse.1 Changes in your health: If you feel lightheaded after standing...

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Young male physician discusses results with young male patient

6 steps to building a better doctor's visit

How long do you spend with your doctor these days? 10 minutes? 15? Even though your time is crunched, there are things you can do to forge a more collaborative relationship, have more productive conversations and make every second count. 1. Plan a day or two ahead. Send your numbers in advance by e-mail or the route your doctor prefers. Call out anything you notice that's out of the ordinary. Then bring a copy of everything you send with you, just in case. Your doctor may only take a glance before you meet, but you'll get the wheels turning for a more fruitful appointment. 2. Collect your...

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