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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 having diabetes, or worry that others might, try to do 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 have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you didn't do this to yourself. Diabetes is a complex...

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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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The Benefits of Staying Active

Exercise is good for everyone, but for people with diabetes, it can make a big difference in keeping your blood sugar level under control. Not only that, but staying active allows your cells to process insulin more efficiently, improving your overall A1C levels.   The many benefits to staying active Exercise is one of the cornerstones of managing your diabetes, because the list of benefits for people with diabetes is long. Exercise can:1 Improve insulin sensitivity for people with type 12 Decrease the glucose...

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Additional Resources

You may be surprised to learn that an entire diabetes community exists in Canada, and possibly in your area. Consider getting involved with a local association or support group. After all, who better to understand the diabetes-related issues you face than someone also affected by the condition, or a healthcare professional who has in-depth knowledge? A sense of community can improve your overall well-being, which means you may find the extra inspiration you need to stick to your eating, exercise and blood glucose testing plans. You, in turn, might even be able to inspire someone else. Lastly, don't forget...

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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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Coming to terms with a diabetes diagnosis

You’ve just received the news: you or your child have diabetes. After the initial shock, you’ll probably experience a whole range of emotions and have a ton of questions. It’s a normal process that’s unique to everyone, and it may include the following stages: Denial. You don’t believe the diagnosis. Anger. You feel a sense of injustice, or anxiety that turns into revolt. Bargaining. You partially accept the situation, but question some aspects of it (the proposed treatment, the severity of the disease, etc.). ...

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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...

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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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4 Tips to Improve Diabetes Lifestyle

There are probably many things that each of us would like to change about our life, but thinking about them all at once can be overwhelming. Instead, choose just 1 thing to improve for now. Changing any one of the things below could have a big impact on your life with diabetes – both your physical health, and your emotional well-being. Make testing matter For people with diabetes, testing more often is the key to staying in control of your health. Frequent testing provides the data you need to make informed decisions about your medication, diet, and exercise regimens. Your test results...

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