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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 from the Customer Marketing Team Evolution of Roche Diabetes Care US social media content and engagement The motivation behind the Inspiration Exchange Importance of peer support and why Roche Diabetes Care US is hyper-focused on peer connections and resources What’s next for Roche Diabetes Care US social...

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Wicker baskets packed with fresh fruits and vegetables, including lemons, peppers, and beetroot

A lifelong veggie avoider shifts into a healthier gear

As a police officer working night shifts, Rob ate fast food regularly and spent hours in the car. He knew it wasn't an ideal formula for good health. When his wife, Connie, noticed that minor cuts weren't healing as quickly as they should, Rob saw his doctor and learned that he had type 2 diabetes. Tell us a little bit about your diet before you found out you had...

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Magic fad diets (and other ideas that don't work)

Fad diets make losing weight sound so easy (if not necessarily appealing—we're talking about you, baby food diet). Ask someone who's successfully lost a fair amount of weight and the answer is bound to be something like, "I ate better and exercised more." Bummer. Year after year, new miracle diets come and go, each one promising to help shed pounds effortlessly. Here are a few that should get you to just roll your eyes and walk away... Skipping meals or cutting too many calories. For people who don't have diabetes, doctors have found that skipping meals may actually make you gain weight...

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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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At work, school or anywhere―you have a right to be healthy

It's ironic that, with diabetes, appearing healthy can cause hiccups at work or school. But just because people can't see diabetes doesn't mean you have to put your health on hold in public places, at work or in other settings. Legally, wherever you go, you have a right to bring diabetes care supplies with you. You can also take a break to check your blood sugar, eat a snack, take medication or use a restroom. From courthouses to shopping malls and theaters, you're covered.1 What does this mean in real life?1-3 Your child can't be excluded from a field trip or other school...

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Ready for the candy talk?

We don't mean the conversation you have with your D-child every Halloween. We're referring to the education you give to countless well-meaning adults. Here are 10 things to say to friends and family about Halloween, sugar and managing diabetes. Yes, people with diabetes can have candy. But just like everyone and everything else, it's about moderation. We check our blood sugar levels several times a day and treat highs or lows as necessary. It's our routine and Halloween is no exception. No, everything does not have to be sugar-free. Sugar-free foods may make our lives easier, but...

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7 tips for getting a good night's sleep

Fall is fully taking hold, schedules are changing, days are getting shorter and you may find that you're having a hard time getting a good night's sleep. Plus, diabetes can contribute to sleep problems. Apnea, or difficulty breathing, is fairly common in people with type 2.1 Neuropathy―damage to the nerves in your feet and legs―can cause pain. And there are those nighttime lows. If you're not getting enough sleep, you may find you're having a harder time controlling your blood sugar levels.2 Fortunately, it's entirely possible to control these things and enjoy long, restful nights of sleep....

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​Good reasons to open your home and heart to a pet

​It's national pet month, and there's a good chance you've run across an adoption event over the past few weeks. Those cute little fur-babies are so tempting—perhaps it's time to give in. You already know that pets offer wonderful emotional benefits, but did you know that they can provide physical benefits as well? In addition to unconditional love and companionship, a pet can be just the motivation you need to take better care of yourself or get more exercise. They can make a big difference in your stress levels and mood. And, if you're walking a dog every day, there may be social benefits as well.1,2...

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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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