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Mobile apps: powerful data, at your fingertips

A mobile app can be an extremely useful tool, helping you manage your day-to-day life with diabetes. There are a lot of apps out there, but here are some of the ones we found that had high ratings, were free or affordable, and had an easy-to-use format. For example, the mySugr logbook app call...

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Which came first? Chicken.

A few years ago, the American Diabetes Association Web site noted that the word most frequently searched on their site was "chicken." That's right—at the site hosted by the leader in diabetes education and research, people were more interested in meal plan-friendly chicken ideas than any other singl...

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Your personal pep rally

"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." - Arthur Ashe We can relate—lazy summer days are perfect for letting things slide. But as we look toward fall, it's a great time to review and remotivate. Here's how to rally around yourself and your self-care right now! Start Fres...

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​Does your workplace work for you?

​In the ideal world, diabetes wouldn't be an issue at work, and you'd have the time and space to take care of yourself. Unfortunately, some workplaces don't live up to that. If your employer has 15 or more employees, you're protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act. That means you're allowed "reasonable accommodation" to test, eat, rest or otherwise care for yourself as needed.1 However, sometimes it may feel like unwritten rules override what's on paper. What can you do when: It seems like testing or taking a break is frowned upon? You're too new to know how or when to advoc...

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Day trip or dream vacation—how to take diabetes along for the ride

Whether you're trying on a new hemisphere or just enjoying a weekend away, we have a few quick reminders can help you get there ready to enjoy the destination. Use diabetes as an excuse to overpack. Traveling for a week? That equals six pairs of shoes and two weeks of diabetes supplies. Take doub...

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How does Samantha's daughter do summer? Just like any other 4-year-old (with a few extra steps).

With a T1D husband, a 4-year-old diagnosed 2 years ago, a toddler who has tested positive for all diabetes-related autoantibodies and a 14-year-old son who has grown up fast as a result of it all, Samantha has learned a lot about managing diabetes without it getting in her family's way. We asked her...

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What you need to know about Medicare Part B coverage for diabetes supplies

What does Medicare Part B cover for people with diabetes? Medicare Part B will cover much of your diabetes care, including doctors' services, lab tests, preventive care and supplies. If you have diabetes, it also covers your testing supplies, whether you use insulin or not.1 This includes:...

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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 comfortable.2 It's important to know that while blood from your fingertip can be tested at any time, there are times when alternate site testing may not give you the most accurate result. When...

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