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A lifetime of learning—34 years with type 1 diabetes

  Share your story! Post a photo, video or tip to the Inspiration Exchange! Share Now Ashley was 15 when she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1983. For the past 34 years, she's battled severe lows, figured how to manage her self-care on a shoestring budget, and seen big changes in the tools and learning available. We enjoyed chatting with Ashley about her experience, and wanted to share her powerful diabetes management story with you. What was it like when you were diagnosed? I was near death—I'd been sick for quite a while with strep and flu symptoms, so I...

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Easy ways to boost activity

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10 super spooky Halloween party snacks

It's not a successful Halloween party unless you've grossed out your guests with spooky snacks like zombie fingers and freaky eyeballs. Here's how to make them, plus 8 other dastardly dishes. Zombie Fingers Carve some knuckles onto cheese sticks and add red or green bell pepper fingernails to...

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A quick guide to living gluten-free with diabetes

For many people living with diabetes, celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity can add to the challenge of eating healthy meals every day. The holidays―and all the delicious baked goods that come with them―are right around the corner. So here's a quick guide to what it means to live gluten-free. Gl...

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What's in (and out) for this Thanksgiving dinner

The mounds of food on a Thanksgiving table can really test your carb-counting expertise and willpower―especially if you try to keep your carbs between 45 and 60 grams per meal. So we thought we'd make some suggestions for smart options that lighten the carb, fat and sugar load. Out: Crackers and dips. In: Cheese and veggie platter. Low-fat cheeses are better for you than full-fat cheeses or traditional cream-cheese dips. Pair with slices of bell peppers, raw zucchini, sliced pears and even small green salads for a light and tasty appetizer. Out: Turkey smothered in g...

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Safe cycling and diabetes: Before, during and after your ride

In the diabetes community, springtime is Tour de Cure® season. Whether you're participating or supporting this annual American Diabetes Association event, it's almost certainly on your radar. Even if you aren't riding to raise awareness and funds for diabetes, it's easy to see why cycling is the...

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10 ways to save money on a gym membership

With a little planning, you can save big bucks on just about anything―even a gym membership. Here are 10 ways to get into a gym without spending a fortune. 1. Wait for the off-season January is not the best time to join the gym. Everyone has "exercise more" near the top of their list of new ye...

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Healthier Halloween treats: it's okay to be "that" house

There are many good reasons for skipping the candy on Halloween and opting for less sugar-packed treats. Maybe you want to do your part to make your community healthier. Maybe you just want to try something different this year. Whatever your reasons, we think you should go for it! To help, we've rou...

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14 delicious ways to enjoy autumn vegetables

We can't get enough of autumn vegetables and the warm, savory recipes they inspire. Soup, appetizers, roasts—it's all here, including some lesser-known veggies we hope you'll try. Turn up the heat with this curried broccoli couscous packed with protein. Smother lightly roasted Brussels sprouts with vinegar-glazed red onions, and garnish with chopped hazelnuts if you like. Kohlrabi may look weird, but its root cooks beautifully in a roast along with creamy butternut squash. Cauliflower rice is one of the most creative uses of a cauliflower we've ever seen. Pulverize...

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