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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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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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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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5 great reasons to get back on your bike

Going for a ride used to be so easy—you'd just grab your bike and your helmet (depending upon what year you were born) and go. There's no reason that has to change. In fact, jumping on your bike again can be beneficial for your body and your mind. Here's why. It makes you more attractive. According to a British Heart Foundation survey, people felt that cyclists were smarter and cooler than other people.1 (Frankly, after reading that, we're surprised you need the other reasons.) It's an excellent head-clearer. Thinking about the ride and what you see along the way...

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​Every day is "take your diabetes to work" day

​It's one thing to manage diabetes at home, where you have supplies, privacy and control over your life. But what about caring for yourself at work? Diabetes is a 24/7 proposition. Even if you aren't monitoring your blood sugar levels multiple times a day, out-of-range numbers can leave you feeling sluggish, irritable, hungry or thirsty, and make it hard to do your job well.1 Taking care of your diabetes can help you feel—and do your job—better. Some people wonder who they should tell about their diabetes. This is a personal decision, but here are a few ideas to consider. Your employer...

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Choosing the right blood glucose meter

There are many blood sugar meters to choose from, so start by thinking about what's most important to you. Ask yourself a few questions. Are you concerned about accuracy? Make sure you're using a meter and test strips that provide accurate results. Roche quality control processes ensure consistent accuracy. Find out more about our accuracy commitment. Do you use blood glucose results to dose insulin? The Accu-Chek Guide meter sends results directly to a...

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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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