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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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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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Concerned about coverage for  preexisting conditions, including diabetes?  Here's what you can do.

Let's be clear—the only side we're on here is the side of people with diabetes. However, since anyone reading this is likely to have diabetes or have it in the family, we all have an interest in whether diabetes care remains covered by insurance. One of the key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) was to prevent insurance companies from denying coverage or charging you more due to diabetes or any other preexisting health issue.1 However, the U.S. Senate has already voted to repeal the act...

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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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Reducing the pain of blood sugar checks

  When checking blood sugar, try the Accu-Chek® FastClix lancing device—designed for comfort. Nobody gets excited about pricking their fingertip. In fact, studies have shown that it's one of the main reasons people refrain from regularly checking their blood glucose.1,2 So how can you make this less of a hurdle in your self-care? Selecting a less-painful lancing device...

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Ready to win at losing?

People always seem to be talking about losing weight. Yet, as a country, we just keep getting bigger. So how can we align what we want to do with what we actually do? Here are a few tips that might help. Create a fair timeline. You didn't put weight on all at once, so don't expect it to come off in an instant. Doctors suggest that a safe rate of weight loss is about 1/2 to 2 pounds a week.1 Any more than that isn't healthy—or sustainable. Don't go it alone. If you use insulin to maintain safe blood sugar levels, you'll want to talk to your doctor about how to alter...

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What's the most beautiful thing you've ever seen?

This year, the theme of World Diabetes Day is Eyes on Diabetes. What better time to celebrate the gift of eyesight and the most beautiful thing your eyes have ever captured―a sleeping child, one of the world's greatest paintings or a perfect sunset? It's easy to take our eyes for granted. But this November, when you see the World Diabetes Day blue circle, remember all the other images your eyes let you take in every day. Then make sure you're doing what you can to protect the gift of eyesight. How? We have 2 ideas that probably won't come as a big surprise. 1. Watch your blood sugar. Working with your...

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Refresh. Revive. Revitalize.

Nothing is so contagious as enthusiasm ― Samuel Taylor Coleridge As days shorten and stores fill with Halloween treats, it's easy to reach for candy when you need a pick-me-up. Instead, try these sugar-free ways to revitalize. Walk around the block. It sounds like exactly what you don't want to do when your energy is flagging. But a brisk, 10-minute walk can be like hitting the reset button. Drink a glass of water. Sometimes dehydration can feel like fatigue. There's no potential down side, so drink up. It may be just what your body is craving. ...

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Fight

The wisest thing I can do is be on my own side― be an advocate for myself and others like me. - Maya Angelou How do you know something is worth fighting for? And what battles are best left unfought? With diabetes, the answer is easy―everyone on this planet deserves quality diabetes care and resources. So maybe you don't need to take on the food police at every meal. Or set every helpful advice-giver straight. But this month, together we can take on the big fight and win. Fight for love. Help a kid with diabetes know they're not alone. Take part in the JDRF's #...

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