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Meatless Mondays—once a week, let veggies shine

Make a change for the environment and your health—think about going vegetarian one day a week, without missing out on protein or piling on the carbs. The Meatless Monday and VB6 (vegan before 6:00pm) movements aim to shift our thinking away from meat as the center of the meal—with the intent of i...

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Don't know about DKA?

No one wants to have high blood sugar—you'd rather feel your best. But there's even more to it. When your blood sugar is high, your body can't move the large amount of glucose in the blood into your cells. Instead, your body uses more fat for fuel. And when fat is burned in this way, ketones are for...

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Newly diagnosed? How to explain diabetes to your children.

If you're a parent who has been recently diagnosed with diabetes, you're probably wondering how your diagnosis will also affect your children. Even though you may want to spare them from any upsetting news, they need to know. Here's how to start and continue this important conversation. Start wit...

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Diabetes and the new U.S. dietary guidelines

Did you know that new dietary guidelines were issued by the U.S. Agriculture and Health and Human Services Departments in early January? The pyramid is long gone, replaced years ago by a plate that continues to be fine-tuned every 5 years. The new Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020 are not without controversy, but in general, they confirm what many people with diabetes have known for some time. They emphasize a lifetime of good choices. What advice can you take from the new guidelines?1 Enjoy your coffee. Moderate coffee intake is no longer on the naughty list. Just don'...

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Real person. Real savings. Paul's experience with the Accu-Chek® Guide SimplePay program.*

Tired of his flexible spending account (FSA) running out by mid-year due to copays, Paul A gave the Accu-Chek Guide SimplePay program a try. We asked him to chat with us about his experience. It's important to note that, as with all Accu-Chek Update interviews, Paul is a real person with diabetes—no...

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First he learned he had diabetes. Then Percy learned he loved cooking—for everyone.

Last September, Percy was admitted to the hospital with blood glucose topping 700 mg/dL, blurred vision and the news that he had type 2 diabetes. One year later, he has a new lease on life, a new business and he's sharing his positivity with the world. This is a diabetes and weight loss story with a...

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The sugar thieves

BY KAREN FLANAGAN, MA, RD, CDE Do you know any sugar thieves? Those well-meaning people who steal your real sugar and replace it with stevia, saccharin or other substitutes? I think about one Thanksgiving a few years ago. There was a huge table filled with pies, cakes, candy and cookies—straig...

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The ABCs of insulin and fitness

BY TAMI SCHOEPFLIN, RD CDE Using an insulin pump and want to exercise? Balancing exercise, insulin and blood sugar can be as simple as A-B-C. A is for Activity Sometimes, people with diabetes are surprised to find out how well exercise can help control blood sugar levels.1 If you aren't exercising now and want to begin, you should discuss your plans with your doctor or healthcare professional. You don't need any special equipment, nor do you need to join a gym to exercise. Walking can be a wonderful way to get active—or try anything that gets you moving. Just be sure you have good...

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