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Pros and cons of going vegetarian with diabetes

Have you noticed more veggie-meat options at your grocery store or favourite restaurants lately? Dairy-free cheese, meatless sausages and plant-based burgers are just a few tasty vegetarian selections that even meat eaters can enjoy. Even fast-food restaurant has a selection of meat-free burgers that's too good to pass up. Nearly 10% of Canadians have cut meat out of their diets1—people choose to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle for a variety of reasons. Some want to lose weight, some care about animals, and others do it to support their health or the environment. For people with diabetes, a vegetarian lifestyle can...

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Transitions: From Orals to Insulin

Insulin and type 2 diabetes: 5 facts you should know Has your healthcare provider talked to you about insulin? For many people, this can bring on mixed feelings and questions—often based on myths that simply are not true. Here are 5 facts to keep in mind. Diabetes is an insulin problem, not a sugar problem. After all, sugar doesn't cause diabetes. People with type 2 diabetes don't manufacture enough insulin, or their bodies can't use it properly, so they're unable to process the food they take in.1...

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How to Turn a Bad Day Around

Everyone with diabetes has good and bad days, days with in-range blood sugar levels and days when things just don’t work out right. When the bad day seems to be taking over, here’s how to turn it around. Perspective is everything Change your mind, change your life. When you look at your diabetes as something you can effect, as an opportunity to learn about your own health, you’ve already taken the most important step to a better day and a healthier life. Don’t forget to laugh! Humor helps you see everyday things from a new perspective. That’s why it’s such a great stress-reliever; it...

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The Accu-Chek Testing in Pairs too

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 Accu-Chek Testing in Pairs is a simple tool that helps you track your blood glucose before and after a specific meal, exercise or other event. Use it when you want to focus on just one thing in your daily eating habits or routine. For just 7 days, see how the things you do affect your blood glucose and what works for you. Food/Drinks. How does the food or alcohol you...

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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 blood cells. When this happens, the cell is considered “glycated.” The more glucose in your blood, the more glycated A1C cells you have. What’s an optimal A1C number? The recommended A1C target for a person with diabetes is 7% or lower—some people remember this figure as “lucky number 7.” However, while your A1C number gives you and your doctor an idea of how your diabetes is...

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Application Equals Precision

Self-monitoring of blood glucose levels is relatively straightforward once you’re used to it. Still, some aspects require a degree of precision for the test results to be as accurate and clear as possible. A few precautions • Refer to your glucose meter’s operating instructions to make sure you use it as recommended. • Take note of your equipment’s expiry date. • Store your glucose meter and test strips at room temperature in a dry place. • Make sure you have the right test strips for your glucose meter. • Before...

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Carb Counting Exchanges

The truth about carbohydrates and diabetes The myth: If you have diabetes, you can't eat sweets or sugar. The truth: A food doesn't have to be sweet or sugary to raise your blood sugar. Anything with carbohydrates will affect your blood glucose, whether it's from white potatoes, pasta, bread or (insert local sweets here…jelly babies / lollies / strawberry laces).1 Of course, different foods may affect you differently. Why?...

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Blood Glucose Test Results Help You Take Control

Benefits of testing your blood glucose Testing your own blood glucose helps you take control of your health, especially once you learn what your test result numbers mean, and what to do with them. Recent research, the Structured Testing Protocol (STeP) study, offers the proof. The study concluded that collecting the data of blood sugar test results, visualizing and understanding this data, and focusing treatment based on that data significantly reduced the A1C levels of poorly controlled, non insulin-treated type 2 diabetes over a 12-month period1. ...

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