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A lifelong veggie avoider shifts into a healthier gear

As a police officer working night shifts, Rob ate fast food regularly and spent hours in the car. He knew it wasn't an ideal formula for good health. When his wife, Connie, noticed that minor cuts weren't healing as quickly as they should, Rob saw his doctor and learned that he had type 2 diabetes....

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Magic fad diets (and other ideas that don't work)

Fad diets make losing weight sound so easy (if not necessarily appealing—we're talking about you, baby food diet). Ask someone who's successfully lost a fair amount of weight and the answer is bound to be something like, "I ate better and exercised more." Bummer. Year after year, new miracle d...

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Exercise with diabetes: workout tips to boost activity

You don't have to join a gym to increase your exercise. With diabetes, every bit of activity counts. Explore this diabetes workout infographic for quick ways to boost activity that you can do at home or anywhere. View Infographic As Text Interested in more fitness tips? Explore exerci...

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Country artist Ben Rue takes diabetes care on the road

Recently, we had the pleasure of passing a few hours in a tour bus with Ben Rue and his band, as they traveled between shows. We got a behind-the-scenes view of how he uses the Accu-Chek® Guide meter, so we asked a few questions. You've been living with diabetes for 17 years, so what's changed over that time? I was diagnosed with diabetes at age 14. It was a tough, transitional time—I was just starting high school and learning to cope with this condition. I realized when I saw my mom's reaction to the diagnosis that this was going to be a life-changing experience. Now, I’ve had diabetes ov...

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6 steps to building a better doctor's visit

How long do you spend with your doctor these days? 10 minutes? 15? Even though your time is crunched, there are things you can do to forge a more collaborative relationship, have more productive conversations and make every second count. 1. Plan a day or two ahead. Send your numbers in advance by...

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At work, school or anywhere―you have a right to be healthy

It's ironic that, with diabetes, appearing healthy can cause hiccups at work or school. But just because people can't see diabetes doesn't mean you have to put your health on hold in public places, at work or in other settings. Legally, wherever you go, you have a right to bring diabetes care sup...

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Ready for the candy talk?

We don't mean the conversation you have with your D-child every Halloween. We're referring to the education you give to countless well-meaning adults. Here are 10 things to say to friends and family about Halloween, sugar and managing diabetes. Yes, people with diabetes can have candy. But jus...

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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 the tips using a dab of cream cheese as glue. So simple and yet so weird. Monstrous Eyeballs Ever feel like you're being watched at the snack table? It's these hard-boiled eggs filled with guacamole and topped with a sliced olive iris. The Meatloaf Ha...

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