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Diabetes Friendly Halloween is that Possible?

Living with diabetes can make Halloween a difficult time for people who love this particular holiday. What’s not to love, right? You get to dress up in costumes, decorate your home, and dish up delicious treats to hand out to friends, family, and trick or treaters. When you have diabetes, Halloween can be a mountain of temptation, making it easy to stray from the healthy plan you have worked so hard to create for yourself. It does not have to be. Especially if you consider healthy options that help you avoid blood sugar spikes. We will share with you some of the things we...

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Building Your Diabetes Support Team

Diabetes can be overwhelming, but you do not have to go it alone. The theme of World Diabetes Day 2018 is “Family and Diabetes,” which has us thinking about the ways diabetes can actually help our families grow closer and healthier together. That may not have been what you thought of when you read the word diabetes, but it is true. Regular communication about our health and how we feel with those closest to us can have a positive impact for you and the ones you love. As you look at those around you to develop your team that can help you navigate your life with diabetes, the following is a list of the people...

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World Diabetes Day: What is diabetes?

“What is diabetes?” might have been the first question you had when you were diagnosed. It might be the first question a family member or friend asks. Essentially, diabetes is too much glucose (sugar) in the blood. Diabetes is a chronic condition that occurs when your pancreas is no longer able to make insulin, or when the body cannot make good use of the insulin it produces. Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas, which acts like a key to let glucose from the food we eat pass from the blood stream into the cells...

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World Diabetes Day: The way people with diabetes eat can improve their health

The boom of cooking programs on television has awakened the inner master chef of many people in the world. With our pre-COVID busy lives, we often turned to convenient and easy meals and did not have the energy nor time to get too creative in the kitchen. Nowadays, many people are working remotely or more flexible hours and now, more than ever, we may find ourselves with a little bit of extra time at home to try prepare new foods as well as to ensure we make them as healthy as possible. This has especially benefited people with diabetes who often have mostly unhealthy food options to choose from when out at the office or on the...

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The Story Behind World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day (WDD) was created in 1991 by International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. It is marked every year on 14 November, the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922. WDD is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign reaching a global audience of over 1 billion people in more than 160 countries. The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance to...

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Diabetes Type 2 May Start More than 20 Years Before Diagnosis

The first signs of type 2 diabetes mellitus can be identified more than 20 years before diagnosis, according to a research study presented at the Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) in Berlin, Germany, published in 2018 by Japanese researcher Hiroyuki Sagesaka. The study tracked more than 27,000 adults, who did not have diabetes, with an average age of 49 years, from 2005 to 2016, where body mass, blood glucose, and insulin sensitivity indexes were analyzed. They found that increased fasting glucose, higher body mass index (BMI), and insulin sensitivity were detected up...

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Get your confidence back with the mySugr Bolus Calculator

Meals can be the best part of your day – until you have to figure out your insulin doses. First the carb counting. Then tedious and complex calculations. Finally, the lingering fear of hypoglycemia – just because you had to estimate your insulin dose a little here and there. Calculating your insulin doses when you are on multiple daily insulin injection therapy can be tough. Luckily, the mySugr app now comes with a built-in bolus calculator to help you confidently determine your bolus insulin doses.Remember! Bolus insulin = a single dose of rapid/short-acting insulin that you give at mealtime to...

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How Parents with Diabetes Can Make Their Wellness a Family Priority

For many of us, diabetes is a family affair. Especially when a parent has diabetes, managing the disease with physical activity and healthy food choices can impact every member of the family. This World Diabetes Day, we’re thinking about this as an opportunity to explore the ways diabetes can actually help the entire family get healthy. What do you do when your kids want pizza but you know your blood sugar has been high today? Or when you need to burn some energy but you can’t get your kids to get off the couch and go to the park with you? As a parent managing diabetes, you have an opportunity to model...

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