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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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Accu-Chek Compact Plus meter

Accu-Chek Compact Plus Information

In recent years, the Accu-Chek Compact Plus meter has progressively been phased out from pharmacies in Canada. However, the Accu-Chek Compact Plus meter still enjoys a high satisfaction rate among its users. Therefore, Accu-Chek is committed to ensuring ongoing availability of: Accu-Chek Compact test strip drums and Accu-Chek Softclix lancets sold in pharmacies. Replacement products (Accu-Chek Compact Plus meters, batteries, control solution) available through Accu-Chek Customer Care line. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Accu-...

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Breaking Free Of The Sofa Without Forsaking TV

So you don’t have the time—or the inclination!—to go for a run or visit the gym? If you own a stationary bike or other type of exercise machine, combining workouts with binge-watching an addictive series is a no-brainer. Otherwise, fear not: there are still plenty of ways to work out in the comfort of your living room. No equipment needed besides comfortable clothing! You can choose from a wide range of exercises:Running in place, jumping jacks… as long as you don’t have a downstairs neighbour, that is!Leg lifts, sideways or forward kicksDrawing circles with...

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Managing Sick Days

Feeling fine? It's the perfect day to create a sick day plan. When you're feeling ill, you'd like nothing more than to lie in bed with a good book or movie. Yet that's when you need to focus even more on diabetes self-care. The key to sick days with diabetes is doing all of the thinking ahead of time. That way, when you don't feel like concentrating, you can simply follow the plan. What to include in your plan Involve your diabetes care team in developing your sick day plan1—ask them when you should call for help, how often...

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Understanding Type 2 Diabetes

What is it? Type 2 diabetes is by far the most common: it’s the one affecting up to 90% of people living with diabetes. It is mostly found in adults (hence its nickname, “adult diabetes”), particularly in those 40 years and older. However, with the obesity epidemic currently raging around the world, it has been occurring in younger and younger people. This type of diabetes is associated with a sedentary lifestyle, obesity and excess weight—especially in cases where there is fat accumulation in the abdomen area—but uncontrollable factors such as heredity and age play a significant role...

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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...

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Dining Out With Diabetes

How nice it is to share a good meal in good company, leaving stoves and crockery behind to be waited on at a restaurant! The problem is that many dishes on the menu often tend to increase blood sugar. Dining out with diabetes: mission impossible? Not at all. What’s good (and healthy) on the menu? To follow your diet plan more easily, you should try to choose restaurants with good variety, substitutions at no extra charge and generally healthy options… but you still have to spot the pitfalls! Portions are often larger, and the food usually contains more salt and fat. Ask about...

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Stress: It’s Not All In Your Head!

When your body is under attack—or when it feels attacked—it will naturally have a fight or flight response, with the hormonal reaction this entails. Cortisol and adrenaline, among other hormones, increase glucose levels, which is quickly transported to cells to provide the body with energy. Diabetes causes insulin to not always play its role effectively, which can lead to hyperglycemia. And if you’re living with type 1 diabetes, beware: you are also at risk of hypoglycemia. Breathe! To develop better defense mechanisms, do some soul-searching:     • Identify...

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At the heart of the matter

Everyone thinks of February as the month of Valentine’s Day, but let’s not forget it’s also Heart Month! A few quick facts  Most people living with diabetes are unaware of their risk of heart disease1. Adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to suffer from heart disease or a stroke compared to non-diabetic adults2. Two-thirds of adults living with diabetes have high blood pressure, which is a risk factor for heart disease, heart attacks and strokes3.  When blood sugar is too high, it can...

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