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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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What can a diabetes educator do for you?

There are many people on your healthcare team—including yourself—but there's one person who can give you hands-on advice that you can start using immediately. We're talking about a diabetes educator. If you've never met with one, or if it's been a while, here's an overview of everything they can do for you. A diabetes educator can answer medical questions about diabetes, including helping you learn how to use your blood glucose meter or medication. They'll help you figure out how food and activity affect your blood sugar, as well as how to deal with things like stress or depression. Expect ...

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Choosing the right blood glucose meter

There are many blood sugar meters to choose from, so start by thinking about what's most important to you. Ask yourself a few questions. Are you concerned about accuracy? Make sure you're using a meter and test strips that provide accurate results. Roche quality control processes ensure consistent accuracy. Find out more about our accuracy commitment. Do you use blood glucose results to dose insulin? The Accu-Chek Guide meter sends results directly to a...

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For parents of kids with type 1 diabetes, "worry" is an understatement

Every parent worries. But for parents of kids with type 1 diabetes (T1D), the word "worry" may not go far enough. Lisa O. finds the struggle for balance—especially when away from her son—all too real. "As a parent of a child with type 1 diabetes, I feel it's my job to make sure my son is healthy, even if I'm not with him. It's a constant worry," said Lisa. Lisa's experience isn't unique. In fact, a recent survey reveals that parents of T1D children experience a range of issues—54% experienced tension headaches, 40% reported anxiety attacks, 37% experienced lack of concentration and 32% said they'd lost their temper with their...

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What is LADA or type 1.5 diabetes?

If you're active in online diabetes forums and social media, you've probably come across prominent community members with a third type of diabetes. It's known as type 1.5 diabetes or LADA (which stands for "latent autoimmune diabetes in adults"). Similar to type 1, LADA is an autoimmune response—the body attacks the beta cells in the pancreas that are responsible for producing insulin. However, LADA generally affects people over age 30, and they don't tend to require additional insulin until months or years after diagnosis.1 Many people with LADA are initially diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. In fact,...

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Alternate site testing

  Whether testing alternate sites or at the fingertip, try the Accu-Chek® FastClix lancing device—the only 1-click lancing device with a drum. Some blood glucose meters allow you to use a blood sample from a nonfingertip or alternate site such as your palm, forearm or upper arm.1 Because the skin of these areas contains fewer nerves than the fingertip, alternate site testing may be more...

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Don't know about DKA?

No one wants to have high blood sugar—you'd rather feel your best. But there's even more to it. When your blood sugar is high, your body can't move the large amount of glucose in the blood into your cells. Instead, your body uses more fat for fuel. And when fat is burned in this way, ketones are formed. Any time your blood sugar is over 240, you should immediately use a ketone test strip to check your urine.1 Ketones make the blood acidic, making you feel ill and possibly leading to diabetic ketoacidosis (or DKA). DKA is a serious medical condition that causes nausea and vomiting. With vomiting can come...

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Real person. Real savings. Paul's experience with the Accu-Chek® Guide SimplePay program.*

Tired of his flexible spending account (FSA) running out by mid-year due to copays, Paul A gave the Accu-Chek Guide SimplePay program a try. We asked him to chat with us about his experience. It's important to note that, as with all Accu-Chek Update interviews, Paul is a real person with diabetes—not a spokesperson—who is simply sharing his story...

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Why knowing more can lead to better management

Ever since we were born, most of us were hard wired to pester the adults around us with one simple, repetitive question: WHY? Don't touch that. Why? Eat your vegetables. Why? Do your homework. Why? We're born to wonder, explore and question. Have you ever noticed that the better you understand something—causes and effects, opportunities and limits—the easier it is to take on challenges, make good decisions and change things to suit your needs? Often, simply understanding why can help motivate us to follow guidelines, advice and maybe even our doctors' recommendations. Living with diabetes...

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