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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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Your personal pep rally

"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." - Arthur Ashe We can relate—lazy summer days are perfect for letting things slide. But as we look toward fall, it's a great time to review and remotivate. Here's how to rally around yourself and your self-care right now! Start Fresh. The trees shed their leaves soon in anticipation of starting over. You can do the same, letting go of old habits and trying something new. Remember, even if an idea didn't work last time, trying it at a new time and in a new way may be different−plus, you're different now too. Share...

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​Does your workplace work for you?

​In the ideal world, diabetes wouldn't be an issue at work, and you'd have the time and space to take care of yourself. Unfortunately, some workplaces don't live up to that. If your employer has 15 or more employees, you're protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act. That means you're allowed "reasonable accommodation" to test, eat, rest or otherwise care for yourself as needed.1 However, sometimes it may feel like unwritten rules override what's on paper. What can you do when: It seems like testing or taking a break is frowned upon? You're too new to know how or when to advocate for...

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Save money with the need vs. love spending matrix

That sounds very sophisticated, but the need vs. love matrix is quite simple. It's just a way to consider the importance of potential expenditures and decide where something should be on your priority list. Once you've mastered the matrix for cash flow, you can use it for time management, too. It looks like this: ...

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Day trip or dream vacation—how to take diabetes along for the ride

Whether you're trying on a new hemisphere or just enjoying a weekend away, we have a few quick reminders can help you get there ready to enjoy the destination. Use diabetes as an excuse to overpack. Traveling for a week? That equals six pairs of shoes and two weeks of diabetes supplies. Take double the testing supplies, medications, low blood sugar treatments, pump accessories and other medical items you think you'll need. And if you use a pump, pack as if you expect for it to quit working on the first day. If you're flying, keep everything in your carry on so you don't have to worry about your...

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How does Samantha's daughter do summer? Just like any other 4-year-old (with a few extra steps).

With a T1D husband, a 4-year-old diagnosed 2 years ago, a toddler who has tested positive for all diabetes-related autoantibodies and a 14-year-old son who has grown up fast as a result of it all, Samantha has learned a lot about managing diabetes without it getting in her family's way. We asked her to chat with us about what works...

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What you need to know about Medicare Part B coverage for diabetes supplies

What does Medicare Part B cover for people with diabetes? Medicare Part B will cover much of...

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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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Meatless Mondays—once a week, let veggies shine

Make a change for the environment and your health—think about going vegetarian one day a week, without missing out on protein or piling on the carbs. The Meatless Monday and VB6 (vegan before 6:00pm) movements aim to shift our thinking away from meat as the center of the meal—with the intent of improving people's health as well as the environment. Let's start by saying we're not anti-meat. We wanted to think about how eating can affect a person's carbon footprint. Meat and the environment As it turns out, the impact of meat production can be pretty great. For example, it takes about 300...

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