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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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Treat yourself: 10 hot drinks for winter

One of the best things about the colder weather: huddling over a steaming mug of something delicious. Low-calorie, low-carb drinks are always best, according to the American Diabetes Association,1 so here's a healthy and unique twist on some winter favorites. Moroccan Fresh Mint Tea Basic hot tea gets a major upgrade when you add a generous handful of fresh mint and a little sugar (although you can switch to your favorite sweetener). ...

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A handy guide to portion control

Many people with diabetes learn how to count carbohydrates in order to manage their blood sugar. But even old pros occasionally slip up and find their blood glucose levels out of balance. One of the easiest ways to miscount carbs is by underestimating portion sizes, so here are a few handy tips. Measure now, feel good later Using a food scale and measuring cups can save you a lot of worry. This way, you'll know that you had exactly a half-cup of brown rice with 22 carbs,1 instead of "about" that much and "20-ish carbs." Over the course of a day, small inaccuracies can add up...

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New diabetes diagnosis? 3 steps for getting on the road to acceptance.

It's never easy to be handed a diabetes diagnosis, whether it's yours, your child's or another loved one's. If you're feeling overwhelmed or confused about what to do next, here are 3 first steps that will aid in accepting and controlling the situation you're in. Step 1: It's okay to grieve  You've heard of the 5 stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. When you get unsettling news like a diabetes diagnosis, it's common to wonder "Why is this happening?" and to fear the unknown. It's also common to blame yourself and worry about what others will think of you. You may...

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Smart food swaps: the holiday dessert table

While the turkey remains the centerpiece of Thanksgiving dinner, the dessert spread rules December. Our gift to you―here's how to enjoy traditional holiday desserts without sending your blood sugar level off the charts. Yule Log Your bûche de Noël doesn't have to be heavy, as we see in this lower-carb Yule Log, that's also gluten-free. Instead of slathering on frosting, give it a light dusting of powdered sugar and shave some dark chocolate flakes on top. You won't lose points for...

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8 ways to conquer your cravings

Everyone has cravings. But for people with diabetes, the stakes are higher. Fortunately, many people find that if they simply wait 20 minutes, the craving will go away. Try it! It's a relatively small window of time. For other ways to control cravings (instead of letting them control you), keep these ideas in mind. 1. First, test  Have you ever been bowled over by a sudden craving, only to realize later that it was low blood sugar in disguise? When cravings hit, test first. You may still need to eat, but at least you'll know what you really need.1 2. Ask...

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Quick fixes for when you're cranky

No one likes being in a bad mood, but when your blood sugar swings out of range, well, it happens. What can you do about it? First, know your blood sugar level  You know this part―when your blood glucose level is off, it affects your mood. Start by knowing your number and, if you're high or low, taking steps to correct it. You'll be feeling like yourself in no time. In the meantime, try these other quick fixes designed to brighten your spirits. Take a 10-minute walk  Exercise is an excellent way to lower your blood sugar, and a quick walk is great...

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Down with the flu? Blood sugar running high? Know when it's time to call the doctor.

Have you ever hesitated to call the doctor, wondering if a situation truly merited the interruption? Here's a good rule of thumb: If you're wondering whether you should call, just call. And if you think the situation may be an emergency, don't question it. Give any necessary treatment for a low and call 911.1 For people who use insulin to manage diabetes, illness or especially high or low blood sugar can lead to other problems, so it's best to get your healthcare team involved quickly. Talk to your healthcare providers for more specific direction, but they'll probably want...

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Summer isn't over yet! Have fun while getting ready for fall.

We've been hearing people say "September is the new January." And it's true—as summer comes to a close and the kids go back to school, people seem to have a change in perspective. We're no longer floating down a lazy river. Instead, it's time to plug back in and get motivated. Before the leaves start to change and you pull the jackets out of storage, here are a few things you can do to enjoy the last days of summer while looking forward to fall. Set new goals. While you're feeling charged up from a few months of solar energy, think about things you may want to take with you into the fall and winter....

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