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One resolution: Drink more water

If you have been reading us for a while, you know we are not big fans of resolutions. Goals? Yes. Commitments to yourself at any time of year? Certainly. However, we are bending our own rule a bit this year. Because if ever there were a resolution worth making, and super easy to boot, it is this one: drink more water. Even better, drinking water may help you with other goals and resolutions if you were to decide to go that route. Here is a peek at how: Water for weight loss or management A 2019...

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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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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, physical activity 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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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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6 secrets to enjoying weddings (without your numbers going crazy)

If June is supposed to be wedding month, then why are all of your August weekends booked with stag and stagette dos, and nuptials from morning to night? The trend has shifted, with more Canadian weddings taking place in August than any other month.1 You've already seen advice on managing diabetes at weddings and parties, so we'll skip the obvious (eat before you go! drink water!). Instead, here are some ideas for having fun without regretting it an hour later (or the next morning). 1. Raise your Champagne glass! You don't have to skip alcohol just because you have diabetes. Just keep it in...

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