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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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Woman chaperoning group of small children in Halloween costumes, including two witches,a fairy, a unicorn, and an astronaut

Smart Halloween and diabetes safety tips

Halloween is an exciting, frantic and exhausting night. While your kids are shrieking, "This is the best night of my entire life!" here are a few ways to help them have a safe trick-or-treat. Costume check Can your child see clearly and move freely? Look for nontoxic, hypoallergenic makeup instead of a mask, and try to stay away from their eyes. Sturdy shoes that cover their feet completely can help when going up and down stairs, to avoid foot injuries. If your child wears a medical alert bracelet, leave it on tonight. Health beats fashion, even on Halloween. Use the buddy system...

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Certified diabetes educator discusses treatment with couple via laptop

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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Great ideas for thanksgiving leftovers

Leftovers might just be the best thing about Thanksgiving. You can certainly heat up a plate and enjoy the same meal all over again, or you can try making entirely new dishes. Turkey is the star of many of these, but there's also stuffed mushrooms, muffins, and even ideas for leftover wine (you know, if you have any). Basic Turkey Stock Good for soups, sauces or cooking couscous or rice, it's always wise to make a pot of turkey stock from the leftover turkey pieces. Nothing tastes as good as the real thing. ...

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​Blossom

Why should I be unhappy? Every parcel of my being is in full bloom. - Rumi​ ​Who are you? What do you stand for? There's no better time to let the real you blossom. Springtime can give us a sense of just waking up after a long, deep sleep. Here's how to make the most of that "I can take on the world" feeling.​​ Know your mission statement. Are you here to learn, teach or share? Perfect a skill? Live a balanced life? Advocate for change? Of course, we all have many goals and needs fighting for our attention, but knowing your purpose is a great place to...

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Businessman surveying blood glucose testing results on his Accu-Chek meter while his computer screen shows Accu-Chek software

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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11 roses smell just as good as a dozen

Want to make a difference in the life of a child with diabetes? (You know you do.) Here's the best Valentine gift you can give—participate in the Spare a Rose, Save a Child campaign. Instead of sending that special someone a dozen roses this Valentine's Day, buy 11 instead and donate the cost of that 12th rose to help a child with diabetes. Your Valentine will still get an amazing, Facebook-worthy bouquet, and you'll both enjoy knowing that you've done something good for someone who needs it. Spare a Rose, Save a Child is a joint...

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Concerned mother presses her forehead against her worried son's forehead as they clasp hands

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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Grow

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. - Marcel Proust Who do you want to be next? If you're feeling like you're in a rut, spring is the right time to awaken your spirit and give yourself a fresh start. Create a positive plan. Choose a goal, a topic you want to learn more about or a trait you'd like to evolve. Think about what it would take to get there. Breaking the idea down into steps can help a vague goal take shape and make it real. Give your weaknesses a nod...

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