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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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One resolution: Drink more water

If you've been reading us for a while, you know we're not big fans of resolutions. Goals? Yes. Commitments to yourself at any time of year? Certainly. But we're bending our own rule a bit this year. Because if ever there were a resolution worth making—and super easy, to boot—it's this one: Drink More Water. Even better, drinking water may be able to help you with other goals and resolutions, if you were to decide to go that route. Here's a peek at how: Water for weight loss or management A study last year found a link between dehydration and obesity,1 and that led researchers to...

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6 steps to building a better doctor's visit

How long do you spend with your doctor these days? 10 minutes? 15? Even though your time is crunched, there are things you can do to forge a more collaborative relationship, have more productive conversations and make every second count. 1. Plan a day or two ahead. Send your numbers in advance by e-mail or the route your doctor prefers. Call out anything you notice that's out of the ordinary. Then bring a copy of everything you send with you, just in case. Your doctor may only take a glance before you meet, but you'll get the wheels turning for a more fruitful appointment. 2. Collect your...

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Chill

Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy. – Guillaume Apollinaire The obligations are all tucked away (perhaps along with the decorations). For many, the post-holiday season can be a let down. But we see it as an opportunity to focus on yourself and chill. What haven't you had time for? Finish that book. Beach reads aren't just for the beach. Curl up under a blanket, brew some tea and read, guilt-free. Serve a meal. This may not sound like focusing on yourself, but you can easily extend a sense of gratitude by lending a...

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Normal aches and pains? Or time to see the doctor?

Nobody wants to call the doctor for every little thing—but we know that treatments for diabetes-related health problems are more effective if you start early. So when should you see your doctor? Here are a few guidelines: Pain, numbness, weakness or tingling—especially in the hands, feet, arms or legs: Even if it seems insignificant, these feelings can be a sign of early nerve damage. If that's the case, as nerves become more damaged, the symptoms can get worse.1 Changes in your health: If you feel lightheaded after standing...

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Structured blood glucose testing

Structured testing supports your routine or daily testing by giving you deeper, more targeted data to work from. It can help you determine if you're in a safe range and problem-solve around how the things you do are connected to your blood sugar. You simply perform additional tests over a short period at specific times of day. Structured testing tools can help you: Discover how to best use your numbers See how certain activities can affect on your blood sugar levels Problem-solve around highs and lows Identify blood sugar patterns Work with your healthcare...

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Carbohydrate counting and diabetes: how much is 15 grams of carbs?

See what 15 grams of carbs looks like in a variety of foods. Carbohydrate counting isn't just for grains and sweets—know how to estimate carbs in dairy products, fruits and vegetables, too. Download and share this infographic now. View Infographic As Text ...

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What to do about diabetes coverage changes in the new year

For many of us, a new year means a new deductible and perhaps even a new insurance policy. Of course, your policy year may not sync with the calendar year, but it seemed like a good time to talk about policy changes and what may be on the horizon for 2017. Coverage through state insurance exchanges There's been a lot of talk about coverage for diabetes supplies and possible changes to the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare). So far, coverage through this marketplace remains intact.1 While it's impossible to predict whether the new administration will take steps to repeal...

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Country artist Ben Rue takes diabetes care on the road

Recently, we had the pleasure of passing a few hours in a tour bus with Ben Rue and his band, as they traveled between shows. We got a behind-the-scenes view of how he uses the Accu-Chek® Guide meter, so we asked a few questions. You've been living with diabetes for 17 years, so what's changed over that time? I was diagnosed with diabetes at age 14. It was a tough, transitional time—I was just starting high school and learning to cope with this condition. I realized when I saw my mom's reaction to the diagnosis that this was going to be a life-...

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