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Shedding the diabetes stigma: Say no to blame and shame

You're already checking your blood sugar, seeing doctors and educators and watching what you eat. Anyone who wants to judge you, including yourself, should be impressed by what you're getting right, not looking for ways to criticize. If you ever feel down on yourself for living with diabetes or worry that others might, try to do these four things for yourself: Believe you didn't cause diabetes. You've most likely been told or read that diabetes isn't your fault, but do you believe it? Whether you live with type 1...

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For A Healthy Heart!

Did you know your heart beats about 35 million times a year? It’s quite the hard-working muscle! However, it does need your cooperation to keep working properly. Wondering how you can help? Watch out for high blood pressure. When you have high blood pressure, your heart needs to work even harder, and your blood vessels can suffer from it. Keep in mind that diet plays an important role in managing your blood pressure (for example, consuming too much sodium is a risk factor). Limit your...

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At the heart of the matter

  Everyone thinks of February as the month of Valentine’s Day, but let’s not forget it’s also Heart Month!   A few quick facts Most people living with diabetes are unaware of their risk of heart disease. Compared to adults that do not live with diabetes, adults living with diabetes are two to four times more likely to suffer from heart disease or a stroke. Two-thirds of adults living...

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How To Quit For Good

Smoking is extremely harmful to your health, and this is especially true for people living with diabetes. It increases the existing risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, eye problems and nerve damage, plus it increases insulin resistance. If you’re ready to stop smoking—you have to do it for your own sake, and willingly—we have a few tips to help you. First of all… Set a quit date within 30 days. Mark your calendar, tell your friends and family about it so you don’t back out when the day comes, and sign a symbolic quitting contract (it’s not...

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Hypertension 101

Also known as “high blood pressure”, hypertension is one of the leading causes of strokes and heart disease, and the worst part is that it often shows no symptoms. People living with diabetes need to be especially watchful, as they are more likely to develop hypertension at some point and suffer from its adverse consequences. Blood pressure “Blood pressure” refers to the pressure that blood exerts on artery walls. It’s an essential part of the process that carries oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. ...

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Great reasons to get back on your bike

Going for a ride used to be so easy—you'd just grab your bike and your helmet and go. There's no reason it has to change. In fact, jumping on your bike again can be beneficial for your body and your mind. Here's why. It makes you more attractive. According to a British Heart Foundation survey, cyclists were seen smarter and cooler than other people1. (Frankly, after reading that, we're surprised you need the other reasons!) It's an excellent head-clearer. Thinking...

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Better Diabetes Care in a Single Step

The big secret to living a long and healthy life with diabetes is not really a big secret.   There are certain phrases that seem to be played on a loop in every physician's office. "Check your blood sugar levels, administer medication appropriately, eat nutrient-dense foods and exercise," is common advice, but putting it into action can be a challenge. After all, when you're busy with work, school, family, social activities and other obligations, something has to be left along the way. Unfortunately, exercise is often the first thing to be dropped.   Why is exercise important for...

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