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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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Charm

Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, or any experience that reveals the human spirit. - e. e. cummings Some people are born lucky—or maybe it just seems that way. What's their secret? Here are a few ideas for living your own charmed life. Choose. You decide whether to see the positive or negative in any situation. So focus on the beautiful sunrise instead of the heavy traffic. Keep your eyes peeled for the magic, and fight the urge to dwell on or discuss the things that don't go your way. Give. And keep giving—without keeping score....

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12 days of stress tips

Ready to start ringing in the holidays? We're putting our own spin on the 12 days theme, however, if you observe Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, feel free to pick your top 8 or 7. Day 1: Don't let them ruin dessert. Chances are, some well-meaning person will want to make a diabetic dessert just for you. That's sweet (although the dessert certainly won't be). Do an end-run around this looming disaster by offering to bring dessert, and then showing up with the real thing. It's the holidays. Day 2. Make your own list and check it twice. Write down every gift, task and grocery item. What doesn't need...

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Sharps disposal

Improper disposal of lancets, insulin syringes, infusion set cannuals and other medical sharps can cause needlestick injuries, especially for garbage collectors. Please throw your used sharps away safely. Keep in mind that anything sharp should not be simply thrown in your household trash. Depending upon your state, the requirements may vary. Some ask that you place sharps in a rigid container, such as a laundry bottle, then duct tape it closed and clearly write "do not recycle" on the outside.1 Other areas recommend collection or mail-back programs for these items. Visit the...

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You, Me and the D

In the world of weddings, October is the new June. Love is definitely in the air. Whether you're navigating a new relationship, enjoying a decades-long partnership or saying your vows this month (Congratulations!), let's turn our gaze toward the other person in the pair―the one who doesn't have diabetes, but still lives with it every day. Lows are scary. Know what else is scary? Watching someone you love go low. It's awesome to have someone to worry about you. Sure, it can get frustrating, but a partner's fear often comes from not knowing how to help. That's pretty easy to fix. Define "help...

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He says. She says. D says.  Who gets the last word in a couple with diabetes?

When Scott was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes a few years ago, he knew just who to talk to. After all, his wife Cherise has lived with LADA (latent autoimmune diabetes in adults) and been a powerful advocate for the diabetes community for nearly 15 years. Since it's...

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Learning from your blood glucose results

It's likely that your healthcare team has talked to you about the importance of checking your blood sugar. But many people don't realize just how much valuable information they can glean from the results of those checks. Blood glucose monitoring shows you how your body handles the food you eat, how exercise affects you and how medication is working—as well as letting you know if your body has the fuel it needs throughout the day. It's essential to anyone with diabetes' self-care, and can help you:1 Keep your blood sugar within a healthy range Feel better and have more energy ...

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Changes to diabetes coverage? Rising insulin  costs? Make sure your voice is heard.

Managing diabetes is complicated enough—without wondering if your insurance will cover the necessary treatment and supplies, or if you can continue to afford insulin. So, without getting political, we'd like to talk a bit about what may be on the horizon, and what you can do to protect yourself and your family. Coverage for preexisting conditions, including diabetes Diabetes is a lifelong, expensive disease. Before the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) prevented insurance companies from denying people coverage due to preexisting conditions, many with diabetes went uninsured or found themselves...

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Dinner for the time starved

Even if you love to cook, sometimes just deciding what's for dinner (or going to get the ingredients) can be a deal breaker. It's easy to find yourself in a heavy rotation of the same 3 or 4 meals―or a lot of takeout. That's where meal kits found an opportunity. So what's all the buzz about? We got interested when some of us received discounts for one of the services in the mail. There are several out there―Blue Apron, Plated, Hello Fresh, Peach Dish, and...

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