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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...

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Treating low blood glucose: Know the signs and steps to take

You may recognize the feeling—feeling hungry, dizzy, sweaty or just a little bit "off." These signs of hypoglycemia, or low blood glucose, mean it's time to take action. What causes low blood glucose? For most people, low blood glucose refers to anything below 70 mg/dL, although your number may be different.1 Low blood glucose can be caused by taking too much medication, not having enough to eat or exercising. Don't be too hard on yourself, though. Just focus getting your blood sugar back in range, then consider what might have caused it to help prevent it next time. ...

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Feeling fine? It's the perfect day to create a sick day plan.

When you're feeling ill, you'd like nothing more than to lie in bed with a good book or a bad movie. Yet that's when you need to focus even more on diabetes self-care. The key to sick days with diabetes is doing all of the thinking ahead of time. That way, when you don't feel like concentrating, you can simply follow the plan.  Involve your diabetes care team in developing your sick day plan—ask them when you should call for help, how often you should check your blood glucose and ketones, what medicines to take and what to eat. At the first sign of illness Understanding how...

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Bennet's type 2 diabetes treatment tips—gleaned from caring for his type 1 kids

Bennet's been active in the diabetes online community (DOC) since the early days, when two of his four children were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. We talked to him about that experience, and how it guided his care when his own numbers began to rise. How did you first get involved in the DOC? One of my kids was diagnosed...

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5 things to change about your blood glucose checks

Has your doctor recommended that you check your blood sugar, but you're not sure how—or why? Here are a few ideas to take to heart. Make sure you're doing it right. Knowing the right way to test can reduce the pain of pricking your fingers and save money through fewer wasted test strips. If you haven't learned the technique from your healthcare team, watch a step-by-step video on our YouTube channel. Stop thinking they're just for your doctor. You can learn a great deal from the data you collect in-between visits...

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Insulin? But I have type 2!

BY KAREN FLANAGAN, MA, RD, CDE With type 2 diabetes, many people think, "take a pill, watch your diet and all will be well." Right? Then, out of the blue, your doctor mentioned insulin. Insulin is secreted from a healthy-functioning pancreas in response to food or stress—whenever your body needs to get glucose into your muscle cells. In doing so, it helps keep a healthy level of glucose in your blood. Without a doubt, insulin is the most natural, easiest way to keep your blood sugar in an optimal range. Still, some physicians don't recommend insulin because they think that their patients might be too scared...

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Finding the sweet spot between blood sugar highs and lows

Do you ever worry about low blood sugar? If you're nodding, you're in good company. According to a recent survey by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), a pretty hefty majority of people with diabetes get stressed out about the possibility of going low.1 We get it—lows are scary. So scary that some people let their blood sugar run high to avoid them.2 But that's not a solution either. Deep down, you know that risking long-term health problems by running high isn't the answer to avoiding low blood glucose today. So what can you do? Talk about the...

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Diabetes and heart disease: They don't have to go together

You may have heard that diabetes and heart disease often go hand-in-hand. But it's also true that they don't have to. There are many things you can do to protect your heart. Before that, however, let's start by understanding why people with diabetes are often at higher risk. While diabetes on its own is a risk factor for heart disease, it appears that diabetes and other risk factors such as smoking and obesity work together to raise risk even further.1 But wait—there's good news! Taking good care of yourself—the way you deserve—can seriously reduce your risk of complications. Intensive blood sugar management...

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Cómo medirse el nivel de azúcar en sangre

Para medirse el nivel de azúcar en sangre, tenga a mano su glucómetro, una tira reactiva y su dispositivo de punción. Vea el siguiente video o siga los pasos que aquí se indican. Vea cómo preparar el glucómetro y la tira reactiva, pincharse el dedo con el dispositivo de punción y obtener una lectura mediante el sistema Accu-Chek® Guide.   Los pasos son parecidos para muchos glucómetros y, en...

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