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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 a smartphone. The goal is to monitor your blood glucose and adjust your insulin throughout...

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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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How to use the Accu-Chek® 360° View tool

Tools from Roche Diabetes Care to help you understand the numbers behind your blood glucose readings. 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. This can give you a better...

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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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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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Insulin Treatment

Insulin is a natural hormone made in your pancreas. It moves blood glucose from your blood into your cells. If your body cannot produce its own insulin, it may be necessary to take insulin in order to maintain healthy blood glucose levels. Insulin can be injected using a syringe or a pen, or through an insulin pump. Insulin cannot be taken in pill form because the acids in the stomach will break it down. There are a variety of insulin types, brands and sources. Healthcare professionals often prescribe 2 types of insulin: mealtime insulin and background insulin. Mealtime insulin (bolus) is used to control after-meal blood glucose...

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World Diabetes Day 2022: Access to Diabetes Care

Today, approximately 537 million people worldwide live with diabetes, according to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the number is expected to rise to above 700 million by 2040.1 For the vast majority of them the fundamentals of daily diabetes management are still beyond reach, this is especially true for the ones living on low- and middle-income countries – which is 3 out of 4 adults living with diabetes. Moreover, almost 1 in 2 people with diabetes are unaware of their condition which results in over 200 million people being undiagnosed.1 The diabetes epidemic and its existing health disparities need to be...

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