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Make the season merrier with new holiday traditions

How many of your holiday traditions exist because "we've always done it that way?" If you could choose which ones to keep or toss, what would you decide? It's okay to reconsider anything that feels like it takes up more time, money, effort or calories than it's worth.   Traditions to review:• "Must haves" at dinner. Turkey isn't hard to make, but all the things that go with it (potatoes, gravy, cranberries, stuffing) start to add up. You can enjoy family time just as much with a spiral-sliced ham served with rolls and a salad. Or try a new global cuisine each year. As much as they might...

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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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Spooked By Halloween?

October 31 is fast approaching, but you don’t need to barricade yourself indoors with the lights off, nor do you have to stop your children from celebrating! Adults can have fun too Don't pretend that Halloween is only for children: have fun! Opt for dark chocolate. The higher its cocoa percentage, the lower its glycemic index. Buy lots of candy… that you don’t care for. That way, you can hand out sweets free of temptation. Celebrate differently. Invite your friends to a costume ball...

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For A Healthy Heart!

Did you know your heart beats about 35 million times a year? It’s quite the hard-working muscle! However, it does need your cooperation to keep working properly. Wondering how you can help? Watch out for high blood pressure. When you have high blood pressure, your heart needs to work even harder, and your blood vessels can suffer from it. Keep in mind that diet plays an important role in managing your blood pressure (for example, consuming too much sodium is a risk factor). Limit your fat intake. Most importantly: always prefer “good fats” (...

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Five Little Mistakes Everyone Makes

Managing diabetes is quite the juggling act. Between your treatments, your busy schedule and your blood glucose measurements, it’s normal to sometimes run out of time or forget a few details. So don’t beat yourself up if you make one of the small mistakes listed below. Of course, if you can avoid them, all the better! 1- Skipping breakfast. After a night of sleep, your blood sugar level is usually higher, and your body needs fuel. Plan quick and healthy meal options for chaotic mornings: oatmeal, fruits and whole grain cereals, for example. 2- Guessing the carbs. By now...

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Ten Tips To Keep Smiling

It’s not a myth: diabetes can indeed affect your mood. Managing a blood sugar rollercoaster isn’t always easy. You’ve probably noticed that having your level too low or too high can make you feel tired, nervous, angry or sad. So, are mood swings an unavoidable part of living with diabetes? Of course not! You just need to find tricks to let off some steam or cheer yourself up. Start with the basics: monitor your blood sugar level. If that’s stable, your mood will follow suit.  When you feel anger building up, get yourself outside! Nothing removes...

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Accu-Chek Aviva Connect meter and app side by side

Accu-Chek® Connect How-to Videos

Setting up and using the Accu-Chek® Aviva Connect meter Additional Accu-Chek® Aviva Connect meter settings ...

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Healthy Halloween Snacks

(Somewhat) Healthier Choices For Halloween

Candy, caramel apples and chocolate, oh my! At first glance, Halloween would seem to be anathema to diabetes. Perhaps you even dread its arrival each year and have to fight your natural attraction to the sweets lining store shelves (and their magnetic power over your offspring). But you don’t need to torture yourself like that: enjoying Halloween without going overboard is completely possible! Here are some ideas for kids young and old. Chocolate. Your best option is dark chocolate—it’s not too sweet and has a low glycemic index. Otherwise, go for wafer-style chocolate bars (Kit Kat) instead of candy with peanut...

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Putting Your Worries Into Words

It’s been a while since you’ve seen your friend, and you notice there’s something different about her—but, not in a good way. She takes frequent trips to the bathroom, has lost some weight and says she’s been overly tired lately. Living with diabetes has heightened your sensitivity to this disease, and your friend—let’s call her Brigitte—is showing symptoms that seem sadly familiar. How do you tell her you think she might have diabetes? You obviously have good intentions, but be careful: you could quickly find yourself in a minefield. Think before you speak. Diabetes...

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