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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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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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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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​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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Introduction to self-monitoring blood glucose

The tiny drop of blood you see on your test strip contains a wealth of information. You can use this to help you within the blood glucose target ranges recommended by your healthcare provider, as well as your own lifestyle goals.1 Blood sugar target ranges In general, the American Diabetes Association's (ADA) recommended blood sugar levels are: Between 80 and 130 mg/dL before meals2 Less than 180 mg/dL after meals2 Your range is yours alone—based on your health, age, level of activity and other factors. And remember that...

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10 super spooky Halloween party snacks

It's not a successful Halloween party unless you've grossed out your guests with spooky snacks like zombie fingers and freaky eyeballs. Here's how to make them, plus 8 other dastardly dishes.

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Healthier Halloween treats: it's okay to be "that" house

There are many good reasons for skipping the candy on Halloween and opting for less sugar-packed treats. Maybe you want to do your part to make your community healthier. Maybe you just want to try something different this year. Whatever your reasons, we think you should go for it! To help, we've rounded up some treats that will please even the pickiest goblins. Everyone loves snack packs of cookies, popcorn or crackers. Look for organic products you can buy in bulk, like cheddar bunnies or graham snacks. Dark chocolate is a great alternative to milk or white chocolate. You can actually...

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A quick guide to living gluten-free with diabetes

For many people living with diabetes, celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity can add to the challenge of eating healthy meals every day. The holidays―and all the delicious baked goods that come with them―are right around the corner. So here's a quick guide to what it means to live gluten-free. Gluten sensitivity or celiac disease? The symptoms of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity can be the same―stomach pains, headache, joint pain, fatigue or other symptoms that occur after a person eats a food containing gluten. If you suspect that you have gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, talk to your doctor...

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