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Lets Chat: Diabetes and Pregnancy

Did you know? Gestational diabetes (GD) is a type of diabetes that can sometimes develop in some women when pregnant. Essentially, it refers to higher than normal levels of blood glucose which if not managed can mean complications for both mom and baby.1 How does gestational diabetes occur? Researchers aren’t sure why certain women develop gestational diabetes and other don’t, but research has indicated that you may be at increased risk of developing gestational diabetes if: You are overweight or obese. You are older.  You have a family history of...

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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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Advanced Insulin Pump Features

Today's insulin pumps can provide insulin much like a natural, healthy pancreas would. With settings for long, leisurely meals and bursts of physical activity, you can give your body the insulin you need when you need it. Think you're ready? Talk to your healthcare provider (HCP) or diabetes specialist about putting these advanced features to work for you. Precise hourly basal rates. We talk about a continuous dose of insulin, but really, you can work with your HCP and set your background dose to change throughout the day and night. For example, you can increase your early morning basal rate to...

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Transitions: From Orals to Insulin

Has your healthcare provider talked to you about insulin? For many people, this can bring on mixed feelings and questions – often based on myths that simply are not true. Here are 5 facts to keep in mind: Diabetes is an insulin problem, not a sugar problem. After all, sugar doesn't cause diabetes. People with type 2 diabetes don't manufacture enough insulin, or their bodies can't use it properly, so they're unable to process the food they take in.1 Sometimes it takes insulin to solve an insulin problem. Moving to insulin is normal for most people....

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