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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 characterized by the body’s total or partial deficiency in producing insulin (a hormone produced by the pancreas). Insulin is created as part of the food digestion process. Insulin allows the blood sugar to enter the cells. Without insulin, glucose remains in the blood, increasing the level of glucose (hyperglycemia). At this stage, the body begins to show signs that something...

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Seasonal Changes in Diabetes Management

As someone with diabetes, you know the daily struggles that come along with properly managing your condition. The meal planning, exercise requirements and blood sugar monitoring often just become second nature to you as you learn how to adapt your lifestyle to keep your blood sugar in optimal range. Unfortunately, seasonal changes can throw a spanner into the works, upsetting your seemingly well-balanced life. Below you will find helpful information on how to handle seasonal changes and what you can do to make the adjustment period less stressful:   ...

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Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday

Ready to start enjoying the holidays? Here are 12 tips we created to help you have a stress free holiday! Tip 1: Don’t let them ruin dessert. Chances are, some well-meaning person will want to make a diabetic dessert just for you. That’s sweet (although the dessert certainly won’t be). Offer to bring dessert, and then show up with the real thing. It’s the holidays. Tip 2: Make a list and check it twice. Write down every gift, task, and...

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