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Back-to-School with Diabetes

Back-to-School means textbooks, stationery, new uniforms and new teachers. For kids with diabetes and their parents, these typical back-to-school preparations are just the beginning. Initially, on diagnosis you will or would have probably met with your child’s diabetes care educator and the school staff. Below are some helpful tips that you can use to make sure your child stays safe and happy at school: Have a Diabetes Management Plan1 Work with your diabetes care educator or health care provider to create a plan that spells out your child's school diabetes care regimen, if you haven't...

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Living in Range

When you find your mind wandering – thinking about the future – what do you see? Whether you dream about taking photos somewhere amazing or starting a family, or you'd simply like to have more energy or sleep through the night, keeping your blood glucose in line can help you achieve it. Sometimes it can seem like diabetes is all about the numbers. But your efforts to stay within your target ranges for blood glucose before and after meals, as well as meeting your HbA1c goal, are really about feeling your best today and for years to come. Self-checks vs. HbA1c and why you need both To track...

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Creating a Circle of Support

No one can go it alone. Whether you have diabetes or you’re a caregiver, it’s important to have a few options for emotional support. Knowing who to turn to with specific questions will make life easier. Find other people with diabetes Few things are more comforting than talking with someone who understands you when you have diabetes, or if you are facing a type 1 or type 2 diagnosis. If you don’t already have a friend or family member with diabetes who can fill this role, seek out a diabetes support group near you. What have you got to lose?...

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Let’s Chat… Living with Diabetes and Physical Activity! 

Physical activity is an important part of  managing Type 2 diabetes. But, before starting with a physical exercise regimen, patients using insulin or other medication that can cause hypoglycaemia should check with their doctor about the effects of vigorous exercise on their blood glucose levels.¹ So, what are the benefits of being physically active?  Weight loss or maintenance of a healthy weight. Decreases stress and anxiety. Decreases insulin resistance. ...

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Meaningful Monitoring - Checking your blood glucose with purpose

You’ll see the difference with before-and-after testing. Whether you are newly diagnosed or have been living with diabetes for some time, it is important to manage your blood glucose. Monitoring your blood glucose (or sugar) levels performs an important role in helping you understand what is happening on a day-to-day basis. Remember that one blood glucose value from a check does not tell you the whole story! When you consistently check at the right time and frequently enough in a structured manner, blood glucose patterns emerge...

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Managing diabetes during COVID-19

Let's Chat: COVID-19 and Diabetes Management among your loved ones

"What can people with diabetes and their loved ones do during the COVID-19 pandemic?" For anyone living with or close to someone with diabetes, the following recommendations are doubly important:1,2 Wash your hands. Avoid touching your face. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Don’t share food, glasses, towels, tools etc....

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How to Travel with Diabetes

Having diabetes adds complexity to planning a well-deserved holiday. Changing your schedule, time zones, increased activity, eating on the go or new foods can affect your health. You’ll want to be ready for anything. But don’t stress! We’re here to make it easy, with a review of everything you’ll need for hitting the roads, skies, seas or rails. Make a doctor’s appointment If your trip is going to last longer than a day or two, make an appointment with your doctor or pharmacist a few weeks before you leave. Let them know about your travel plans, and ask if they have any concerns or...

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Ways to Increase Activity

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

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Managing Sick Days

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 healthcare team in developing your sick day plan– ask them when you should call for help, how often you should check your blood glucose and ketones, what medicines to take and what to eat. ...

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