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Springtime is the perfect "lower your A1C" time

If your healthcare provider has talked to you about reducing your A1C test result, or you want to make some improvements to your diabetes care, this is the ideal time to get started. After all, warmer weather makes it easier to get outside and get active, fresh foods are easier to come by, and the sunshine may help you feel like you can conquer anything. 7% vs. 7.0 mmol/L First, let's be clear on what your A1C result means. It can be a little confusing, as the A1C is a percentage, rather than a direct measurement of the glucose in your blood. Your regular blood sugar checks tell you the amount of...

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Switching from oral therapy to insulin

Has your healthcare provider talked to you about insulin? For many people, this can bring on mixed feelings and questions. There is a lot of information around type 2 diabetes and insulin available. However, trying to sort through it all might be overwhelming. There are a lot of feelings, opinions, and even myths around insulin. We’ve put together some key facts around type 2 diabetes and insulin. This will help you start to separate fact from fiction. The more you learn about insulin, the easier it will be to transition to it from orals. 5 facts about...

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How to Turn a "Bad Diabetes Day" Around

Everyone living with diabetes has good and bad days. Some days you have in-range blood sugar levels and others just don’t work out right. Diabetes burnout and diabetes distress are very real feelings. You might be feeling like you have been trying very hard but not seeing the results you like. Or you might feel a little overwhelmed and not sure how to cope with diabetes and mental health1. When a bad diabetes day seems to be taking over, here’s how to turn it around. Diabetes mental health and attitude ...

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What you need to know about Hypoglycemia

Understanding blood sugar levels and how it affects your body is very important. Regular checking of your blood sugar and knowing the signs of blood sugar that is too high or low can help you take action quickly. The goal is to help keep you safe and ensure your glucose levels are in range. In this article, we'll look at what hypoglycemia is and its symptoms. Hypoglycemia occurs when your blood glucose drops too low. The body responds to low blood glucose with warning signs that may be different from one person to another. Some warnings signs of blow...

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The Benefits of Staying Active

Exercise is good for everyone, but for people with diabetes, it can make a big difference in keeping your blood sugar level under control. Not only that, but staying active allows your cells to process insulin more efficiently, improving your overall A1C levels.   The many benefits to staying active Exercise is one of the cornerstones of managing your diabetes, because the list of benefits for people with diabetes is long. Exercise can:1 Improve insulin sensitivity for people with type 12 Decrease the glucose...

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What is A1c?

Your A1c number Consider your A1c number (also known as "HbA1c" or "glycated hemoglobin") as a snapshot of your blood glucose levels over two to three months. Over time, glucose naturally attaches itself to your red blood cells. When this happens, the cell is considered "glycated". The more glucose in your blood, the more glycated A1c you have in your cells. What’s an optimal A1c number? The recommended A1c target for a person living with diabetes is 7% or lower—some people...

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Simple tool to understand your results

The Accu-Chek® Testing in Pairs Tool - a simple, 7-day paper tool See how the things you do affect your blood glucose in 7 days. Accu-Chek Testing in Pairs is a simple tool that helps you track your blood glucose before and after a specific meal, physical activity or other event. Use it when you want to focus on just one thing in your daily eating habits or routine. In just 7 days, see how the things you do affect your blood glucose and what works for you. ...

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Coming to terms with a diabetes diagnosis

You’ve just received the news: you or your child are living with diabetes. After the initial shock, you’ll probably experience a whole range of emotions and have a ton of questions. It’s a normal process that’s unique to everyone, and it may include the following stages: Denial. You don’t believe the diagnosis. Anger. You feel a sense of injustice, or anxiety that turns into revolt. Bargaining. You partially accept the situation, but question some aspects of it (the...

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What are carbohydrate exchanges in diabetes?

The truth about carbohydrates and diabetes MYTH: If you have diabetes, you can't eat sweets or sugar. TRUTH: A food doesn't have to be sweet or sugary to raise your blood sugar. Understanding carbohydrates and carbohydrate counting exchanges is important in diabetes. We want to separate the myth from the truth. Carbohydrate counting exchanges can sound intimidating.  But, they are essential for good meal planning. In this article, we’ll look at the role of carbohydrates in more detail. We'...

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