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Your most important back-to-school supply: Communication

There is nothing quite like the smell of pencils and the sight of new school shoes to bring memories of your school days flooding back. New teachers, a new routine and new friends can be exciting and scary all at once. If your child has diabetes, going back to school can come with an extra dose of complexity. A few tricks and a lot of open communication can make it easier. The early years Sending a child with diabetes to primary or grade school can be an exercise in faith. If your child depends on insulin injections, mealtimes, class parties, outings and excursions, and just the...

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Travelling Tips

The long-awaited moment is finally here: you’re going on vacation—and you deserve this break. So, while you pack your bags and look for your passport or your keys (have you tried the pantry?), here’s our basic guide to a memorable and hassle-free trip! Setting off! • While travelling by car, bus, plane or train, make sure your medication and diabetic equipment are always close at hand. • If you’re flying, make sure that your medication still has its pharmaceutical label and that your syringes and needles are stored in their sheath with your insulin. Your lancets must also be in their sheath...

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Travel Smart

Due for a holiday? San Francisco, Moncton, Milan or Kelowna: wherever you choose to go, the golden rule is to plan your trip carefully—and this is especially true when you’re living with diabetes. Before leaving Do your research. Does the destination have good access to medical care? What should you pay special mind to at mealtimes? And what type of trip do you want to go on? Naturally, you won’t plan a week at the beach the same way as a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. ...

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Exotic Flavours: A Recipe For Success

You’ve chosen your destination, watched all the slideshows, salivate at the delicious dishes that await you… and then, diabetes crashes your party. Yes, travelling impacts your routine, especially food-wise, but there’s no need for you to go hungry. Read on! Before setting sail First, research your destination and its cuisine. For example, Mediterranean food is generally easier to manage than carb-rich Italian dishes (pizza and pasta ahoy!). Also make sure you learn about local eating habits. In some countries, such as Spain, people eat much later than in North America. Then, whether you’re...

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Here comes the sun!

The warm weather is finally here: time to cut loose on vacation, go on a picnic excursion, or laze by the pool. Let the good times roll! Here are a few ideas to help you get your proper dose of vitamin Sun this summer. Create your own personal oasis   After all those months of hibernation, the deck and the back yard are finally yours to enjoy! Since you’re going to be outside a lot, why not fix up your outdoor space just the way you like it? Plant a few fragrant flowers here and there, create a hanging garden and grow your own vegetables, set up your hammock to gaze...

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A Handy Guide To Successful Outings

Summer is back, and great reasons to get out of the house. In a perfect world, diabetes would also take a summer holiday. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way, but you can easily adapt your activities to it with a bit of preparation. Going camping? From no-service grounds to RV trips, there can be a lot of variety to your outdoor adventures depending on your preferences. In any case, you need a way to keep your medication and meter cool during the day. If you have access to a fridge, great! Otherwise, a cooler will work. Speaking of medication, always bring a bit more than you think you’ll need, just in case...

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The Right Cure For What Ails You

Summer promises plenty of fun, but can also have bad surprises in store that may ruin the day. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, but we’ve also got some tips for you if the damage is already done. Sunburn. Avoid it by using sunscreen and taking shelter in the shade when UV rays are at their strongest. If you’ve got a nasty burn, take a lukewarm bath or apply a wet towel to the affected area. Aloe gel is also a good option to reduce discomfort. Athlete’s foot. Sweat and lack of ventilation are the key ingredients of this infection, which is caused by a...

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Our five tips for the summer

Lots of factors such as heat and humidity can affect diabetes management. That’s why you need to take a few precautions. We’re here to help! Our five tips for the summer Beware of heat. High temperatures can throw your blood glucose off balance, as can dehydration. Always have water on hand, and stick to shade when the sun is at its peak. Keep your equipment in a safe place. Your medication, insulin and diabetes kit must be stored in a dry and cool place, away from direct light and moisture. Protect your skin and feet....

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Hot Stuff

If you’re suffering from the heat, so is your equipment! Temperature can alter the results of blood glucose tests in a variety of ways—watch out for that! Loss of reliability Strips, insulin, insulin pumps and the like are sensitive to heat. That’s why it’s important to read storage temperature and usage condition instructions carefully. If necessary, ask your pharmacist for more information. If, for example, test strips or the glucose meter are not in proper working order and your test results are inaccurate, you won’t be able to calculate the amount of insulin you really need....

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