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The sugar thieves

Do you know any sugar thieves? Those well-meaning people who steal your real sugar and replace it with stevia, saccharin or other substitutes? I think about one holiday celebration a few years ago. There was a table filled with pies, cakes and bars straight out of Willy Wonka's dream. The smell alone made my mouth water. Next to that table was a smaller one with sugar-free apple pie and gummy bears, just for me. While it was extremely thoughtful and considerate of my diabetes, well, YUCK! I choked down a few forkfuls and watched the others enjoy their desserts. It's been over a decade since the experts...

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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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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 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, exercise 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. Food/Drinks....

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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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Tips for Making Testing Easier

Whether you check your blood glucose level once a week, once a day, or 6 times a day, learning how to make testing easy and less painful may inspire you to test more often. For people with diabetes, the knowledge that you gain from testing is the key to staying in control of your health. It helps you make informed decisions about medicine, food, and exercise. It helps you cope with the day-to-day demands of living with diabetes, you’ll feel better each day, and you’ll lower your risk for future diabetes complications.2 Here are some tips for getting the best results possible. A guide...

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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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Clixmotion Technology

In the skin, the lancet is brought to a gentle stop, referred to as Soft Stop, and then actively retracted immediately in a linear motion. This fast, controlled motion is noticeably easier on the skin. Gentle through and through Special cut of the lancet  Each Accu-Chek® lancet has a tapered 3-sided cut with optimized angles...

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Pain management

5 tips for gentle blood sampling Lancing fingers is a vital part of daily diabetes management. In a recent study, finger soreness and pain were most reported as the main reason people with diabetes refrain from regular blood glucose testing1,2. One factor contributing to greater pain sensation when lancing the finger is wrong handling of the lancing device. Lancing correctly with Accu-Chek lancing devices keeps discomfort to a minimum. You can test more comfortably with these five easy steps: ...

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Do Injections Give You The Needle?

Trembling, palpitations, cold sweats, nausea, or even a blood pressure drop: do needles have that effect on you? You can’t get away from it: blood sugar testing and insulin injections rhyme with needle sticks. Yet, the stress caused by a fear of needles can cause your blood sugar to spike, and on top of all that, your skin’s surface can suddenly become hypersensitive—ouch! What a way to make matters even worse! Conquering trypanophobia Trypa… what? Trypanophobia is the extreme fear of needles, more specifically injections. Know that approximately 10%...

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