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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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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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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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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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Insulin? A pump? What's next for your diabetes treatment?

Life with diabetes is a lot of things, but it's never boring. The minute you think you've got it all down, something changes. Since many of us tend to resist change, and a change in your self-care routine can be downright scary, here's some food for thought. What's on your mind? Write it down. Learning new techniques? The possibility of lows? Being connected all the time? Needles? These ideas can be overwhelming when you're awake at 3am and staring at the ceiling. But written down on paper (or a screen), they become much more manageable. And once you know the questions, you can get...

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What's in (and out) for this Thanksgiving dinner

The mounds of food on a Thanksgiving table can really test your carb-counting expertise and willpower―especially if you try to keep your carbs between 45 and 60 grams per meal. So we thought we'd make some suggestions for smart options that lighten the carb, fat and sugar load. Out: Crackers and dips. In: Cheese and veggie platter. Low-fat cheeses are better for you than full-fat cheeses or traditional cream-cheese dips. Pair with slices of bell peppers, raw zucchini, sliced pears and even small green salads for a light and tasty appetizer. Out: Turkey smothered in...

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