Diabetes resources — support for people with diabetes
Managing diabetes is tough, but it’s even tougher if you’re trying to do it alone. Roche Diabetes Care and Accu-Chek® are committed to providing every person with diabetes the support they need to make daily management simply easy.
Giving you access to Accu-Chek products like blood glucose meters and lancing devices is just the start. In this article you’ll find information and links to helpful resources that can help you in your daily management, as well as help you reach your long-term health goals.
You measure your blood glucose on a daily basis, but do you know your A1C? Unlike daily blood glucose test results reported in mg/dL, A1C is reported as a percentage. It can be a good general gauge of your diabetes control because it provides an average blood glucose level over the past few months.
Your healthcare provider will help you understand your precise A1C and how it might affect your overall diabetes management plan. Accu-Chek put together a free tool can give you a general idea of your A1C so you can have an informed discussion with your provider.
Healthy nutrition for diabetes
Choosing what to put on your plate isn’t always easy. We’ve put together a list of resources to help you make choosing what’s for your next meal a little easier.
- Diabetes and carbohydrates. In this article you’ll learn how to count carbohydrates in your diet, how to really read nutrition labels, and other tips so you can conquer your carbs.
- Diet and nutrition tips. Here you’ll learn about what foods are good for people with diabetes, and the role different nutrients play in a well-balanced diet including fats, fiber and gluten.
- Healthy nutrition for people with diabetes. Get food and drink recommendations, tips on quantities and portion sizes, sample meal plans and other suggestions for a healthy lifestyle.
Resources for your mental health
It goes without saying that diabetes takes a toll on your physical health. But have you thought about how it affects your mental health, too?
Stress, guilt and worry are all part of life when you have diabetes. It’s been shown that stress in particular can raise your blood sugar,1 so mental health and physical health are directly linked.
Two great resources are the American Diabetes Association and our partners at Beyond Type 2. Both can help you better understand the mental strain of diabetes, and point you toward support to improve your mental health.
Another excellent resource for your mental health is a therapist who specializes in diabetes. The right fit can be difficult to find, but because of the pandemic many therapists are taking appointments virtually, even if you don’t live nearby. Learn more about finding the right diabetes mental health provider here.
Sulli the Diabetes Guru
It’s not always easy getting answers about your health. But with Sulli the Diabetes Guru, answers are just a question away. Sulli is our conversational voice-activated assistant for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
- For Amazon Alexa voices, just say “Alexa, open Sulli the Diabetes Guru.”
- For Google Assistant, say “Hey Google, talk to Sulli the Diabetes Guru.”
Sulli can answer your questions about diabetes, including condition, diet, exercise, medication and monitoring. You can ask Sulli to set reminders to take your meds, find diabetes supplies at a store near you, get lifestyle tips and more. All through the power of your voice.
Helpful diabetes apps
No matter how simple or complex your daily diabetes health routine is, it never hurts to make things a little easier. In recent years companies have developed applications for your smartphone that help ease some of the burden of diabetes management.
A great example is the mySugr app. It’s a free resource with a number of handy features that make daily management a little bit easier. Here are some of the benefits you’ll get from mySugr and similar smartphone apps:
- Free to use. Between meters, test strips and lancets, the cost of diabetes management can really add up. mySugr is an app that’s completely free to use, so it won’t eat into your diabetes health budget.
- Automatic blood glucose logging. mySugr connects seamlessly to your Accu-Chek blood glucose meter, and a number of other popular meters on the market. Through a Bluetooth® connection, your meter will automatically send your testing data to the mySugr app for future reference.
- Blood glucose data at a glance. Some people are perfectly content keeping a physical logbook of their blood glucose values every day, but that’s not the only option available to you. mySugr keeps a running log of your blood sugar over time, which you can quickly see in an easy-to-understand graph.
- Remote diabetes management, made easy. While it’s easy for you to see your diabetes health data at a glance, it’s also easy to share that data with your healthcare provider. mySugr lets you export your data in common file formats so you can send it to your care team. This lets them prepare for your next visit, so you can make the most out of your time together. That’s especially important in the time of remote healthcare!
There are plenty of other diabetes apps out there, and one is sure to work for you and your diabetes health routine. You can read more about them in our diabetes apps article.
Don’t miss out on savings
We all know how pricey diabetes can be. It’s estimated that people with diabetes spend between $13,927 and $21,998 on diabetes supplies every year,2 depending on other health complications at play.
You probably have your routine down — you know where and when you’re going to buy your supplies, and how much you can expect to pay for them at the store or pharmacy. But you might be able to save by looking outside of your usual spots.
The first place to check is online to find the best possible cash price on diabetes testing supplies. Accu-Chek.com provides special offers that can help you save, so testing is less of a financial burden. Here’s how you can save on common diabetes supplies:
Save on test strips
If you know how many test strips you use on an average day, you can save big on a monthly basis. Accu-Chek.com lets you put your Accu-Chek Guide test strip refills on autopilot with monthly deliveries right to your home. You can choose to have 50, 100 or 300 strips delivered each month, and save up to 60%.
You don’t need a prescription or even insurance, and you can spend your FSA or HSA dollars to cover the cost. You can even get a free Accu-Chek Guide Me meter with your first order, if you need a new one or just if you’d like to have an extra.
Save on lancing
If you’re in the market for a new lancing device, it’s a great opportunity to get a deal. You can save over 20% when you bundle your lancing device and lancet refills on Accu-Chek.com.
This offer is only available online, and only if you aren’t enrolled in or have medical prescription coverage through any government healthcare program, including but not limited to Medicare and Medicaid.
If you’re eligible, simply choose your preferred lancing device and start saving today:
- Accu-Chek Softclix lancing device + Accu-Chek Softclix 100-count lancets
- Accu-Chek FastClix lancing device + Accu-Chek FastClix 102-count lancets
Save on Accu-Chek on Amazon
Did you know that you can buy Accu-Chek testing supplies on Amazon? You can find blood glucose meters, test strips, lancing devices and lancets to add to your next Amazon order.
If you have an Amazon gift card sitting around from a holiday gift, it can be used on diabetes supplies you’ll use every day. Shop Accu-Chek on Amazon right here.
Sharps disposal — how do I throw away my used lancets?
Lancing isn’t fun, but it’s a necessary part of daily management for people with diabetes. If you’re using an Accu-Chek FastClix lancing device, you know how convenient it is to use a pre-loaded drum so you don’t have to fiddle with individual lancets.
Still, sharps must be disposed of properly for your own safety, the safety of others in your household and the safety of sanitation workers. It’s not enough to simply toss them in the trash can — lancets should be placed and disposed of in an approved sharps container, and in accordance with local regulations.
Some states ask that you place sharps in a rigid container like a laundry bottle, then duct tape it closed and write “DO NOT RECYCLE” on the outside. Others recommend collection or mail-back programs for sharps.
To find a drop-off location for your used lancets, check safeneedledisposal.org. Just enter your ZIP code and you’ll find locations where you can safely dispose of used lancets near home.
Some sites might require you to be a resident of a particular county in order to drop off your lancets. Others might ask that you provide your own approved container. Be aware of these rules, and make a routine for your safe lancet disposal.
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1American Diabetes Association. (2005, April) “Stress and Diabetes: A Review of the Links.” https://spectrum.diabetesjournals.org/content/18/2/121
2Dali TM, Roary M, et al; Health care use and costs for participants in a diabetes disease management program, United States, 2007-2008. Prev Chronic Dis 2011; 8(3), https://www.bls.gov/data/inflation_calculator.htm, with CAGR 1.731%, (2008 to 2021).