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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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Don't know about DKA?

No one wants to have high blood sugar—you'd rather feel your best. But there's even more to it. When your blood sugar is high, your body can't move the large amount of glucose in the blood into your cells. Instead, your body uses more fat for fuel. And when fat is burned in this way, ketones are formed. Any time your blood sugar is over 240, you should immediately use a ketone test strip to check your urine.1 Ketones make the blood acidic, making you feel ill and possibly leading to diabetic ketoacidosis (or DKA). DKA is a serious medical condition that causes nausea and vomiting. With vomiting can come...

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Newly diagnosed? How to explain diabetes to your children.

If you're a parent who has been recently diagnosed with diabetes, you're probably wondering how your diagnosis will also affect your children. Even though you may want to spare them from any upsetting news, they need to know. Here's how to start and continue this important conversation. Start with the good news Even if you're still feeling uncertain, let your first message to your child be "everything is okay." It's important that they know that diabetes is manageable, and that you're going to do everything you can to stay healthy. Stay positive when you break the news, too. Children know when their...

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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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Real person. Real savings. Paul's experience with the Accu-Chek® Guide SimplePay program.*

Tired of his flexible spending account (FSA) running out by mid-year due to copays, Paul A gave the Accu-Chek Guide SimplePay program a try. We asked him to chat with us about his experience. It's important to note that, as with all Accu-Chek Update interviews, Paul is a real person with diabetes—not a spokesperson—who is simply sharing his story...

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First he learned he had diabetes. Then Percy learned he loved cooking—for everyone.

Last September, Percy was admitted to the hospital with blood glucose topping 700 mg/dL, blurred vision and the news that he had type 2 diabetes. One year later, he has a new lease on life, a new business and he's sharing his positivity with the world. This is a diabetes and weight loss story with a very happy ending. Can you tell us about last September? I woke up sweating one morning, and felt like I was getting the...

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The sugar thieves

BY KAREN FLANAGAN, MA, RD, CDE Do you know any sugar thieves? Those well-meaning people who steal your real sugar and replace it with stevia, saccharin or other substitutes? I think about one Thanksgiving a few years ago. There was a huge table filled with pies, cakes, candy and cookies—straight out of Willy Wonka's dream. The smell alone made my mouth water. Next to that table was a smaller one with sugar-free apple pie, cookies and gummy bears, just for me. While it was extremely thoughtful and considerate of my diabetes, well, YUCK! I choked down a dry cookie and watched the others enjoy their desserts....

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Managing the high cost of diabetes

Did you know that medical costs for people with diabetes are more than twice as high as for people without diabetes? Discover the high costs of diabetes and how to manage them with this infographic. Download and share today! For a simple way to save on test strips, sign up for the Accu-Chek® Guide SimplePay savings program today.1 View Infographic As Text...

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The ABCs of insulin and fitness

BY TAMI SCHOEPFLIN, RD CDE Using an insulin pump and want to exercise? Balancing exercise, insulin and blood sugar can be as simple as A-B-C. A is for Activity Sometimes, people with diabetes are surprised to find out how well...

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