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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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Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) symptoms and treatment

You may recognize the feeling—feeling hungry, dizzy, sweaty or just a little bit "off." These signs of hypoglycemia, or low blood glucose, mean it's time to take action. What causes low blood sugar? For most people, low blood glucose refers to anything below 70 mg/dL, although your number may be different.1 Low blood glucose can be caused by taking too much medication, not having enough to eat or exercising. Don't be too hard on yourself, though. Just focus on getting your blood sugar back in range, then consider what might have caused it to help prevent it next time. Low blood sugar...

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Getting organized for the holidays

From September through the end of the year, you'll be shopping, cooking, traveling, gifting, entertaining and—oh-yeah—living your day-to-day life. You may have what feels like 1 million details to manage. Does this sound familiar (and stressful)? Well, never fear. We're here to help you get organized. Try our checklist of tips to help you feel like you can get it all done! Pre-Halloween planning Who still needs a costume? Choose early—especially if you're making your own. Carve your pumpkin about a week before Halloween. Rub petroleum jelly on the cut edges to help your...

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Leftover Halloween candy ideas

Of course, your child is going to eat some of their trick-or-treat haul. It would be a shame to waste all of that hard work! But you probably don't want them eating all 10 pounds of it. You already know the usual tricks for getting rid of the overflow: allow them to trade candy for cash or toys, save a small stash of treats for a quick low blood sugar fix. Here are a few other creative ways to minimize the post-Halloween candy craze. Donate it Get a jump on feeling thankful by giving back to your community. Food pantries and nursing homes often accept Halloween candy as donations, as do...

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Treat yourself: 10 hot drinks for winter

One of the best things about the colder weather: huddling over a steaming mug of something delicious. Low-calorie, low-carb drinks are always best, according to the American Diabetes Association,1 so here's a healthy and unique twist on some winter favorites. Moroccan Fresh Mint Tea Basic hot tea gets a major upgrade when you add a generous handful of fresh mint and a little sugar (although you can switch to your favorite sweetener). ...

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A handy guide to portion control

Many people with diabetes learn how to count carbohydrates in order to manage their blood sugar. But even old pros occasionally slip up and find their blood glucose levels out of balance. One of the easiest ways to miscount carbs is by underestimating portion sizes, so here are a few handy tips. Measure now, feel good later Using a food scale and measuring cups can save you a lot of worry. This way, you'll know that you had exactly a half-cup of brown rice with 22 carbs,1 instead of "about" that much and "20-ish carbs." Over the course of a day, small inaccuracies can add up...

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New diabetes diagnosis? 3 steps for getting on the road to acceptance.

It's never easy to be handed a diabetes diagnosis, whether it's yours, your child's or another loved one's. If you're feeling overwhelmed or confused about what to do next, here are 3 first steps that will aid in accepting and controlling the situation you're in. Step 1: It's okay to grieve  You've heard of the 5 stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. When you get unsettling news like a diabetes diagnosis, it's common to wonder "Why is this happening?" and to fear the unknown. It's also common to blame yourself and worry about what others will think of you. You may...

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Smart food swaps: the holiday dessert table

While the turkey remains the centerpiece of Thanksgiving dinner, the dessert spread rules December. Our gift to you―here's how to enjoy traditional holiday desserts without sending your blood sugar level off the charts. Yule Log Your bûche de Noël doesn't have to be heavy, as we see in this lower-carb Yule Log, that's also gluten-free. Instead of slathering on frosting, give it a light dusting of powdered sugar and shave some dark chocolate flakes on top. You won't lose points for...

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8 ways to conquer your cravings

Everyone has cravings. But for people with diabetes, the stakes are higher. Fortunately, many people find that if they simply wait 20 minutes, the craving will go away. Try it! It's a relatively small window of time. For other ways to control cravings (instead of letting them control you), keep these ideas in mind. 1. First, test  Have you ever been bowled over by a sudden craving, only to realize later that it was low blood sugar in disguise? When cravings hit, test first. You may still need to eat, but at least you'll know what you really need.1 2. Ask...

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