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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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How To Make Better Resolutions

Making a list of resolutions for the New Year is fine... as long as you’ve got the iron will to keep them all. Instead of making a big deal of announcing major changes and then dumping the whole thing after two weeks, here’s how to really get on the path to success! 1. Do not pin all your hopes of changing on New Year’s Day. So you want to eat better? Don’t think the stroke of midnight will magically spell the end of excess! In fact, the prospect of having to deny yourself after the New Year will make treats all the more tempting in December. So start putting your life choices...

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Setting up the Accu-Chek® Bolus Advisor

Please take the time to watch this short training video explaining how to setup the Accu-Chek Connect Bolus Advisor within the Accu-Chek Connect app to ensure safe and accurate results for your patients. Click here to watch all the Accu-Chek Connect videos

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Diabetes: A Primer

Glucose, or blood sugar, is an important source of energy, especially for the brain, and insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas which allows cells to use it and regulates how much of it your blood contains. Diabetes means the pancreas doesn't produce enough, or any, insulin, or that the hormone is not doing its job effectively. This causes blood sugar levels to be too high—a state known as hyperglycemia. Symptoms include: Frequent urination Fatigue or drowsiness Increased hunger and thirst Unexplained weight loss ...

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Understanding type 1 diabetes

What is it? Type 1 diabetes affects 5 to 10% of people living with diabetes. You may know it as “insulin-dependent diabetes” or “juvenile diabetes.” Yes, type 1 diabetes requires insulin treatment, and yes, it occurs mostly in children and teenagers. But what many people don’t know is that it can develop at any age, and that it unfortunately cannot be prevented. Even today, the exact causes of the disease remain unknown. Genetics can play a role, and some environmental factors, such as viruses, can trigger the onset of the disease. What’s...

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Understanding Gestational Diabetes

What is it? Gestational diabetes, or “pregnancy diabetes,” affects between 3 and 20% of pregnant women. It generally occurs in the second or third trimester and goes away on its own after childbirth. Any pregnant woman can develop it, but there are a number of risk factors such as age, ethnicity, excess weight, corticosteroid use, family history and some pre-existing conditions. What’s happening? Gestational diabetes occurs late in pregnancy, at the stage where the baby is already formed. Placental hormones, which help the child...

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Understanding Prediabetes

What is it? Prediabetes is when a person’s blood sugar level (blood glucose) is higher than average, but not enough to diagnose them with diabetes. Almost all type 2 diabetics have had prediabetes, but not all prediabetics develop type 2 diabetes. Of course, it’s not enough to hope you fall into the right category: without any intervention, prediabetes is extremely likely to evolve in the wrong direction. What’s happening? Prediabetes entails abnormal fasting blood glucose—that is, abnormal blood sugar levels eight hours after a...

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Sugary Drinks: Not So Sweet After All

The World Health Organization recommends reducing sugar intake to 10% of daily energy intake—in other words, 200 of the 2,000 calories that you consume in the day, or 50 g of sugar. And lowering that percentage to 5%, or 25 g, would be even healthier. That’s barely 6 teaspoons a day! One thing you quickly learn when living with diabetes is that sugar is everywhere. Keeping a close watch on what you eat is fine, but applying the same vigilance to what you drink is just as important. Soft drinks, for example, are like little calorie bombs. Each can has about 150 calories and 40 g of carbohydrates, or 10...

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Dealing With Holiday Stress

During the holidays, everything is turned upside down: you eat at random times, you sleep too little or too much. Then there are the last-minute gifts you need to buy, the long trips you need to make… And on top of it all, you still need to manage your diabetes! First and foremost: don’t panic. Stress affects appetite as well as blood sugar levels, so you’ll want to keep it under control.Target stressors and avoid them if at all possible. For example, do your gift shopping earlier during the year, or order online instead of facing shopping centre crowds. ...

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