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Sweet Surprises

People with diabetes often receive books, warnings and tips from healthcare professionals and dieticians about the importance of watching and counting carbohydrates (carbs). Carbs ARE important for people with diabetes—but they shouldn’t be the only factor in your food choices. What about sugar? Fat? Sodium? Cholesterol? Beneficial things like fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals? Limiting foods high in sugar and carbs is a great start, but it doesn’t guarantee the best food choice every time. Sometimes clever food packaging and “image specialists” can convince consumers a food choice is a “healthy” option. While it may have a high level...

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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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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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Give Some Sparkle To That Water

At the cottage, on the beach or during an evening with friends, it’s nice to keep a glass in hand without worrying about your blood sugar rising with your alcohol level. Drinking water is an excellent plan, but why not tickle your taste buds at the same time? Iced tea Commercial iced teas are often loaded with sugar, but homemade tea infusions, hot or cold, are simple, economical and low-calorie! Hot infusions You can infuse your tea as usual for a few minutes (in 65°C water for green tea, 80°C for oolong tea or 95°C for black tea), then leave it...

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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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(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...

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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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