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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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How to test your blood sugar

To check your blood sugar level, gather your blood glucose meter, a test strip and your lancing device. Watch the video below or follow the steps outlined here. See how to prepare the meter and test strip, lance your finger and get a reading using the Accu-Chek® Guide system.   The steps are similar for many meters, and generally look like this: Wash and dry your...

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A1C Test Goals

The A1C test measures the percentage of hemoglobin A1C cells in a person's body have glucose attached to them. The test is used as a way to look at blood glucose control over a period of a few months. You can find out more about this in our Average blood glucose and the A1C test article. A person who doesn't have diabetes is likely to have an A1C test result of 5.7% or lower, meaning about 5% of the hemoglobin A1C molecules have blood sugar attached to them.1 However, without proper treatment, people with diabetes can have A1C results...

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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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When to test your blood sugar

Checking your blood glucose as recommended can help you see how your meals, medications and activities affect your blood sugar. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends that you routinely test blood sugar levels to aid in managing your diabetes.1 Routine or daily testing For people using an insulin pump or insulin injections throughout the day, the ADA recommends testing multiple times daily.1 If you take another kind of medication, test your blood sugar level as often as your healthcare team recommends. You and your healthcare team will determine when you...

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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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Learning from your blood glucose results

It's likely that your healthcare team has talked to you about the importance of checking your blood sugar. But many people don't realize just how much valuable information they can glean from the results of those checks. Blood glucose monitoring shows you how your body handles the food you eat, how exercise affects you and how medication is working—as well as letting you know if your body has the fuel it needs throughout the day. It's essential to anyone with diabetes' self-care, and can help you:1 Keep your blood sugar within a healthy range Feel better and have more energy ...

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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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