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Does Your Family Know These Blood Sugar Facts?

This year, the focus of World Diabetes Day is all about family and diabetes, and we are celebrating by taking a close look at how families support each other in managing health. Can diabetes actually help families make health a priority? We think so—especially when families understand the demands of diabetes, and as a result their own individual health needs. When it comes to managing diabetes, it is all about blood sugar. If blood sugar (or “blood glucose”) levels get too high or too low, it can drastically alter your mood, your well-being, and even your long-term health. But as important as blood sugar management is, for...

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Sit less. Sounds easy, but how?

Are you sitting down? Probably. After all, the average American sits for nearly 8 hours a day.1 Between watching TV and using a computer, talking on the phone, eating, riding a bus or train, being in meetings or working at a desk, time spent sitting really adds up. We keep hearing suggestions to sit less, and it's good advice. After all, sitting around isn't good for your weight or burning blood sugar,1 nor is it doing your back or neck any favors. But recognizing a good idea and making it happen are two different things. Here are some thoughts about how to sit less in the new year:...

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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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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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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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7 ways to exercise while watching TV

If you don't live near a gorgeous hiking trail, or if you can't afford a pricey gym membership, don't worry. You can still get an excellent beginner's workout at home, and it's completely free! As you begin to see changes in your body or your blood glucose results, you'll be encouraged to stick to an exercise routine, lengthen it and even add to it. Check out these 7 moves you can do in your living room, even while watching your favorite show. 1. Stretch Warming up is important to any exercise routine, and stretching is one of the best ways to get your body ready to go. Try some simple toe-touches...

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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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Magic fad diets (and other ideas that don't work)

Fad diets make losing weight sound so easy (if not necessarily appealing—we're talking about you, baby food diet). Ask someone who's successfully lost a fair amount of weight and the answer is bound to be something like, "I ate better and exercised more." Bummer. Year after year, new miracle diets come and go, each one promising to help shed pounds effortlessly. Here are a few that should get you to just roll your eyes and walk away... Skipping meals or cutting too many calories. For people who don't have diabetes, doctors have found that skipping meals may actually make you gain weight...

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