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A Sugar-free Halloween: Is it possible?

  While every celebration holds new opportunities for a child with diabetes to navigate the season, Halloween is especially challenging. During an occasion known for sweet treats, having diabetes can put a damper on the festivities if you let it. You don't want your child to be excluded from the fun, but you have to protect their health from catastrophic high blood sugar levels.    Fortunately, it is possible to navigate the sugary goodies and costumed kids without major health or emotional setbacks.   1. Plan their costume wisely. A...

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Diabetes Basics

Understanding the basics of diabetes is the first step in gaining control of your health. Let’s look at what causes diabetes, some of the common symptoms, the benefits of healthy living, and what to do if you’ve just been diagnosed. What is diabetes? Diabetes is a chronic disease. Your blood glucose levels are controlled by insulin, a hormone produced by your pancreas. When you eat, food gets broken down and glucose enters your bloodstream. Insulin takes the glucose out of your bloodstream and allows it to enter your cells where it is broken down and turned into energy. If you have diabetes, either you...

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How to Talk to Your Healthcare Team

Whether you’ve been living with diabetes for years or you’re newly diagnosed, communicating with your healthcare team is one of the best things you can do. If you’re nervous about opening up to your doctor or pharmacist, there are some good reasons to conquer these fears. Less communication leads to measurable increases in your stress, anxiety, and possible depression. It also leads, inevitably, to less successful diabetes management.1 Since communicating with your healthcare providers is proven to be good for your health, here are some guidelines for starting the conversation and keeping it going. ...

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Self-monitoring of your diabetes

Diabetes is part of your everyday life. Appropriate self-monitoring can help you manage your daily blood glucose, and better adapt your lifestyle and treatment to suit your needs.1 The more often you check your blood glucose, the better you will understand it and the easier it will be for you to manage your diabetes. It doesn’t matter if you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, or if you are taking insulin or not, self-monitoring can help you and your doctor manage your therapy.2 By managing your diabetes, you reduce the risk of developing complications. That means less eye, kidney and nerve damage,...

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Resolutions for the new year

“Can do” resolutions for the new year

We all know what we should do. We know we should get 8 hours of sleep every night. We should regularly change the oil in our car.  We should pay more attention to world events. However, knowing and doing are very different things. As we start a new year, it’s natural to ponder resolutions. Should you make them? Well, ideally. Will you keep them? Maybe not. If you’re setting goals or coming up with resolutions, consider the insights of some of our favorite diabetes online community members.  Rather than thinking about what you should do, reframe and think about what you can do. Or what you want to do. Let...

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Diabetes Week

Two good reasons to take diabetes seriously.

Managing diabetes can be complex, but it shouldn’t mean missing out on the good things in life, like watching a sunset or reading a book. Keeping blood glucose levels within range can help prevent complications such as those that affect your eyes.1 Take the time to talk to your healthcare...

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Hearty Oatmeal

This is a tasty and satisfying oatmeal recipe! This recipe is portioned for a single serving, but can easily be tripled for a quick and easy breakfast throughout the week. Although it may sound unusual, the egg is the secret ingredient in this recipe. Adding an egg to your oats will pack it with protein and create a creamy consistency. Always consult your Health Care Professional to check if this recipe is right for you. Ingredients – Serves 1 • ¼ cup steel cut oats (not instant) • ¾ cup (180 mL) water • 1 egg • ½ cup blueberries • ½ cup strawberries...

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Resolution ready

New Year’s Day may be a few weeks away. But if you want to commit to more activity or better eating, why wait? The holiday "Season of Eating" is near, why not make your resolution before the feasting—instead of after? Getting into a healthy routine now can carry you through to next Autumn. In the early days of establishing good habits, it can be easy to run into obstacles. You might feel like taking a break one day, and before you know it you’re back where you started. On those "not so successful" days, here are some things you can try... Think about something else. Instead of dreading your date with exercise...

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