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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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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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Alternate site testing

  Whether testing alternate sites or at the fingertip, try the Accu-Chek® FastClix lancing device—the only 1-click lancing device with a drum. Some blood glucose meters allow you to use a blood sample from a nonfingertip or alternate site such as your palm, forearm or upper arm.1 Because the skin of these areas contains fewer nerves than the fingertip, alternate site testing may be more...

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Diabetes and the new U.S. dietary guidelines

Did you know that new dietary guidelines were issued by the U.S. Agriculture and Health and Human Services Departments in early January? The pyramid is long gone, replaced years ago by a plate that continues to be fine-tuned every 5 years. The new Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020 are not without controversy, but in general, they confirm what many people with diabetes have known for some time. They emphasize a lifetime of good choices. What advice can you take from the new guidelines?1 Enjoy your coffee. Moderate coffee intake is no longer on the naughty...

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Smiling woman in workout attire stretching out on wooden footbridge in a park

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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Smart Halloween and diabetes safety tips

Halloween is an exciting, frantic and exhausting night. While your kids are shrieking, "This is the best night of my entire life!" here are a few ways to help them have a safe trick-or-treat. Costume check Can your child see clearly and move freely? Look for nontoxic, hypoallergenic makeup instead of a mask, and try to stay away from their eyes. Sturdy shoes that cover their feet completely can help when going up and down stairs, to avoid foot injuries. If your child wears a medical alert bracelet, leave it on tonight. Health beats fashion, even on Halloween. Use the buddy system...

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What can a diabetes educator do for you?

There are many people on your healthcare team—including yourself—but there's one person who can give you hands-on advice that you can start using immediately. We're talking about a diabetes educator. If you've never met with one, or if it's been a while, here's an overview of everything they can do for you. A diabetes educator can answer medical questions about diabetes, including helping you learn how to use your blood glucose meter or medication. They'll help you figure out how food and activity affect your blood sugar, as well as how to deal with things like stress or depression. Expect ...

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Great ideas for thanksgiving leftovers

Leftovers might just be the best thing about Thanksgiving. You can certainly heat up a plate and enjoy the same meal all over again, or you can try making entirely new dishes. Turkey is the star of many of these, but there's also stuffed mushrooms, muffins, and even ideas for leftover wine (you know, if you have any). Basic Turkey Stock Good for soups, sauces or cooking couscous or rice, it's always wise to make a pot of turkey stock from the leftover turkey pieces. Nothing tastes as good as the real thing. ...

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