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Practice #GlucoVigilance during these times to be in range

Background: The current times are beyond anything we have ever experienced. During these unprecedented times, we all should put our health on priority and exercise caution. Even more so, if one has diabetes. People with uncontrolled diabetes are at a higher risk, due to lower immune response.1,2  WHO has raised an advisory and has suggested that patients with chronic ailments like cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, hypertension, chronic respiratory diseases and cancer are more prone to severe illnesses as compared to others during these times.3 Hence, it is extremely important for...

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Living in Range

Feeling your best—life in your target 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 ...

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Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Why sleep is important for people with diabetes When you are getting enough sleep, you may find that you have an easier time controlling your blood sugar. You’ll be more alert during the day, have more energy, less stress, and an overall better mindset for monitoring and managing your diabetes. Consider what happens when you don’t get enough sleep. In addition to other things that may interfere with your sleep like schedule changes or stress, people with diabetes can have potential complications with sleep. Both high and low blood sugar levels can interrupt your sleep. People with type 2 diabetes who don’t get a good...

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Turning a Down Day Around

Turning a Down Day Around Everyone with diabetes has good and bad days, days with in-range blood sugar levels and days when things just don’t work out right. When the bad day seems to be taking over, here’s how to turn it around. Perspective is everything Change your mind, change your life. When you look at your diabetes as something you can effect, as an opportunity to learn about your own health, you’ve already taken the most important step to a better day and a healthier life. Don’t forget to laugh! Humor helps you see everyday things from a new perspective. That’...

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The Future of Diabetes Treatment

High-tech to zero-tech: The future of diabetes treatment Diabetes care has come a long way in just a few decades—after all, the first insulin pump was introduced in 1963, and fingerprick tests for personal blood glucose monitoring have only been around since the mid-1980s. So what's next? In development: Automating insulin delivery—the artificial pancreas Taking insulin pumping to the next level, an artificial pancreas is being tested that combines a continuous glucose monitor, insulin pump and glucagon pump (should blood glucose go too low), all managed by an app on...

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4 Tips to Improve Diabetes Lifestyle

There are probably many things that each of us would like to change about our life, but thinking about them all at once can be overwhelming. Instead, choose just 1 thing to improve for now. Changing any one of the things below could have a big impact on your life with diabetes – both your physical health, and your emotional well-being. Make testing matter For people with diabetes, testing more often is the key to staying in control of your health. Frequent testing provides the data you need to make informed decisions about your medication, diet, and exercise regimens. Your test results...

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Insulin: A New Beginning

After living with diabetes for several years, you’ve just been prescribed an insulin treatment. You probably have many questions—perhaps even fears or misgivings. This is completely normal. In any event, here are three preconceived notions you can discard right now. 1. Transitioning to insulin means I managed my diabetes incorrectly. Wrong. Diabetes is a progressive disease. Despite all your efforts and good will, it may just be that your pancreas is no longer able to cope.  2. Insulin therapy is a last-resort treatment.    Wrong....

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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  Half of the people living with diabetes are unaware of their risk of heart disease. Adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to suffer from heart disease or a stroke compared to non-diabetic adults. Two-thirds of adults living with diabetes have high blood pressure, which is a risk factor for heart disease, heart attacks and strokes.  When blood sugar is too high, it can damage blood vessels and...

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15 Grams of Carbohydrates

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