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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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Staying fit through the holidays

'Tis the season to overindulge while visiting with loved ones near and far. Still, staying in control of your (or your child's) diabetes while having a good time is absolutely possible. Here are a few ideas to try as you bounce between holiday events. Schedule time to exercise, even if you have to cut back a bit due to other commitments. Need to skip the gym because you're shopping for presents? Maybe take a brisk walk as you shop. Know what's on the menu before you arrive at the party, and offer to bring a dish or two that you'll feel good about eating. Plan...

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Amore

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier. - Mother Teresa It's the season of amore. So let's create some love! What better way is there to feel loved than to give love to other people? Pen some praise. It's easy to turn to social media when something goes wrong. Balance your karma by posting at least as many positive reviews. Write a letter to someone's boss to say they did a great job bagging your groceries, helping you check in, whatever. Share what you love. Play cards at the senior center. Walk dogs at...

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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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Low blood glucose warning signs - Infographic

Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) symptoms and treatment

Be aware of how to recognize and treat low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Know how to spot the symptoms early with this helpful infographic you can download and share. View Infographic As Text ...

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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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