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Women with diabetes - own your strength and lift each other up

BY CHRISTEL OERUM (DIABETES STRONG) I am a woman living with diabetes, and if you read this, there is a high likelihood that you are too. Aside from living with diabetes, we might not have much in common, but that does not mean that we cannot or should not support each other. Living with diabetes as a woman comes with a tremendous number of challenges, and there is no reason why any of us should have to face those challenges entirely on our own. Strong women lift each other up In a world where social media can easily leave us comparing ourselves, I believe it 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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Setting up the Accu-Chek® Bolus Advisor

Please take the time to watch this short training video explaining how to setup the Accu-Chek Connect Bolus Advisor within the Accu-Chek Connect app to ensure safe and accurate results for your patients. Click here to watch all the Accu-Chek Connect videos

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Putting your best foot forward!

In the long run, the hyperglycemia that characterizes diabetes ends up affecting the nerves (in what is known as neuropathy) and the blood vessels, especially the capillaries. This results in a loss of sensitivity and a decrease in the natural hydration of the feet, which leads to dry skin, cracks and calluses. This means that not only are you more likely to injure your feet and not realize it right away, but you heal more slowly, and your wounds are more likely to become infected. How do you prevent problems? As with everything related to diabetes—and health in...

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The Art Of Food Swapping

You know you shouldn’t, but the temptation is too strong. You run the numbers in your head. You try resisting a little… but then you forfeit. As you know, some foods don’t go very well with diabetes. The problem is that they are awfully tempting. However, there are ways for you to eat delicious food while keeping your blood sugar under control. Here are a few tips! Feel like having pizza? Pizza is far from being diabetes’s best friend, but you can limit the damage by swapping salted meats, such as pepperoni and ground beef, for vegetarian toppings. Opting for thin...

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The Future of Diabetes Treatment

High-tech to zero-tech: The future of diabetes treatment Diabetes care has come a long way in just a few decades—after all, the first insulin pump was introduced in 1963, and fingerprick tests for personal blood glucose monitoring have only been around since the 1980s. So what's next? In development: Automating insulin delivery—the artificial pancreas Taking insulin pumping to the next level, an artificial pancreas is being...

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How to be more eco-friendly

Diabetes is by no means easy on the planet. It generates a lot of waste, e.g., used lancets, product packaging and unused medications. That said, why not limit the damage by adopting more responsible practices in your everyday life? Here are a few easy tips to get started! Give pill bottles a second life. Most are recyclable, but plastic number 6 sometimes isn’t (you’ll find this number on the bottom of the bottle, outlined by a recycling triangle). Another option: your empty containers are perfect for storing cotton swabs, loose change and other small items that may be lying around! ...

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Driving With Diabetes

For many people, driving means being free to go wherever they want, whenever they want. When you’re behind the wheel, though, that freedom comes with responsibilities. What does this mean for someone with diabetes? Driving-related risks According to guidelines published by Diabetes Canada, one major risk associated with driving is hypoglycemia that’s not detected in time. It causes a variety of symptoms that make traffic violations and accidents much more likely: tremors, loss of focus, drowsiness, blurred vision, dizziness, and so on. The key, as always, is proper blood glucose management....

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Ah... Ah... Choo!

  Every year we cross our fingers, hoping we’ll be spared. The common cold and influenza have a nasty reputation and with good reason. Who can stand a runny nose or a hacking cough? Both infections are common and relatively harmless, but they still have to be closely monitored in people living with diabetes. A few facts Colds and influenza are viral infections affecting the respiratory tract. The common cold is relatively mundane and is generally over in ten days. The...

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