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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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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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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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Jet lag. Lows. Time zones. How Austin reduces travel anxiety.

Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 8, and now a busy actor in L.A. (appearing most recently in episodes of Lucifer and Scorpion), Austin has learned a few tricks for managing his blood sugar while traveling to film locations or just heading away for the weekend. Here's what he had to say. As an actor, your routine has to be fairly...

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Businessman surveying blood glucose testing results on his Accu-Chek meter while his computer screen shows Accu-Chek software

Choosing the right blood glucose meter

There are many blood sugar meters to choose from, so start by thinking about what's most important to you. Ask yourself a few questions. Are you concerned about accuracy? Make sure you're using a meter and test strips that provide accurate results. Roche quality control processes ensure consistent accuracy. Find out more about our accuracy commitment. Do you use blood glucose results to dose insulin? The Accu-Chek Guide meter sends results directly to a...

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Helpful tips for getting a good night’s sleep - Infographic

Tips for sleeping better

Try these tips for sleeping better, whether you have diabetes or not. Get a better night's sleep using a few simple methods outlined in this infographic. View Infographic As Text ...

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Exercise with diabetes: workout tips to boost activity

You don't have to join a gym to increase your exercise. With diabetes, every bit of activity counts. Explore this diabetes workout infographic for quick ways to boost activity that you can do at home or anywhere. View Infographic As Text ...

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