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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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Country musician Ben Rue holds up "bull horns" with his hand before huge crowd doing the same for #BuckOffDiabetes

We're taking diabetes by the horns! A behind-the-scenes look at #BuckOffDiabetes.

It started with a segment on Good Morning America, gained steam at the iHeartCountry Festival in Austin and continued onto Jimmy Kimmel's stage. Here's a little look at the fun in Austin with country singer and Accu-Chek® Guide user Ben Rue.* We've loved watching Ben continue his meteoric rise in the country music scene, and his performance at the Daytime Village at the iHeartCountry Festival by AT&T blew the audience away. The day started early, with Ben and the band performing a sound check at 8am. (We didn't realize musicians even got up that early.) By noon, everything was set up and Ben was...

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Heart-shaped platter of fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts, and grains surrounded by a jump rope, sneakers, a hand strengthener, and a stethoscope

Think you're at risk of diabetes? Here's what you can do now.

Of the more than 30 million Americans who have diabetes, about 7 million don't even know it yet.1 If you think you might be at risk of diabetes, either because someone in your family has type 2 diabetes, you're carrying too much weight or you've been told you have "prediabetes," it's best to find out now, while you can take steps to prevent the disease from developing. In fact, research has shown that up to three in five people at risk of diabetes may be able to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes by losing weight, eating better and increasing physical activity.2...

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Keep your kid cool, busy and in-range this summer

Summer diabetes care for kids can be a real roller coaster—literally and figuratively. They're often more active, doing things they don't get to do during the school year (like riding roller coasters!). Food and sleep routines may go out the window. So how can you help keep your child's numbers from rising and falling like they're at an amusement park? Plan to be busy. You may be walking around a zoo or swimming at the beach one day, then hanging at a backyard picnic the next. You already know how blood sugar can change from weekdays to weekends, but summer just amps up the surprises. Real D-mom Samantha B has...

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Work with your healthcare team to determine the right diabetes treatment for you.

If you've just been diagnosed with diabetes, you may be feeling a range of emotions right now—from frustration and anger to denial. The good news, however, is that diabetes can be managed. You may need to make some changes to your lifestyle, and you might begin taking medication, but ultimately, diabetes doesn't have to get in the way of living the life you enjoy. Diabetes treatments differ for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, as well as by individual. In fact, by working with your healthcare team, you can create a plan that's unique to your needs and lifestyle. ...

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Type 2 Diabetes

By far the most common type of diabetes, type 2 diabetes affects more than 27 million Americans—many of whom don't even know they have it yet. Type 2 diabetes used to be called "adult onset" diabetes, but now we know that it can affect children, too.1 When you have type 2 diabetes, your body doesn't produce enough of the hormone insulin, or doesn't use it properly.2 In a healthy body, food is turned into a type of sugar called glucose, which is carried through the blood to provide energy to your cells. However, the cells require insulin in order to draw that glucose from the blood. Without enough insulin,...

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Type 1 Diabetes

Previously known as "juvenile diabetes," because it primarily affects children, we now know that type 1 diabetes can affect people at any age. In type 1 diabetes, a person's pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone necessary for the body to get energy from food. That energy, in the form of glucose, stays in the blood unless insulin is taken via injections or an insulin pump. By regularly checking blood sugar and calibrating food and insulin carefully, a person with type 1 diabetes can keep blood glucose levels in a safe range and help head off long-term health problems...

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What is diabetes?

Simply put, diabetes is a condition that occurs when your blood glucose, or blood sugar, is too high. But how does that happen, and what does it mean? How your body creates and uses blood sugar1 When you eat, your body converts food into glucose, a type of sugar that your body uses for energy. Glucose is carried throughout your body by the blood. In order for your cells to access the glucose in your blood, insulin (a hormone created by the pancreas) has to "unlock" the cells to let the sugar in. If your body doesn't manufacture enough insulin, or doesn't use...

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How an insulin pump works

Like the pancreas of a person without diabetes, an insulin pump regularly releases small quantities of insulin into the body, 24 hours a day, as well as additional insulin when food is eaten. Multiple daily injection therapy aims to mirror this by providing long-acting insulin throughout the day, as well as bolus doses of fast-acting insulin at mealtimes. Insulin pump therapy takes this further, by providing a steady level of insulin, called basal insulin, at rates that better correspond to the body's needs throughout the day. At mealtimes, bolus doses of insulin can be precisely calculated...

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