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Christmas Desserts Without Guilt

Candy canes, gingerbread, chocolate cake, brown sugar beverages - Resisting these festive desserts does not come intuitively and almost everyone struggles with a sweet tooth. This season, let us aim for pleasure without guilt in these few easy steps.    Plan a healthy meal. You are allowed to treat yourself, but that means you will need to balance out the rest of your diet for the day. Have a healthy snack in advance so you can avoid over-snacking during a...

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  Say 'No' to Foot Complaints  

  Managing diabetes can be complex, but it shouldn’t mean missing out on the good things in life, like feeling the scrunchy sand under your feet, dipping your feet surf, long hikes in the park with your family. Keeping blood glucose levels within range can help prevent complications such as those that affect your feet1. High blood glucose can cause nerve damage (neuropathy) especially in the limbs (example both legs and feet). In addition, poor circulation caused by diabetes may lead to more serious problems like diabetic foot ulcer and infections and even deformity of the feet...

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Exercise - anytime, anywhere

No gym membership? Bike has a flat tire? Workout clothes don’t fit? That’s okay. Getting exercise can be easy and can include a wide range of activities. All you have to do is look for ways to get your arms and legs moving. Here are some activities that you can do to add some exercise to your day: Try walking around your neighborhood. Relax, reflect, walk off your worries and lay your plans for dinner, think about your next day or plan a corporate takeover. You’ll be amazed at how the steps your feet take can make “great strides” on reducing your stress and worries. Stretch...

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Do you know how diabetes affects your mental health, your eyes, heart,  limbs, and your kidneys?  Here are some facts: 2 times as likely to have depression 2-5 times more likely to develop cataracts Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death 1 in 2 patients experience diabetic neuropathy 1 in 3 patients have kidney diseases Check out the infographics for recommendations to reduce your risk:...

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Knowing My Numbers ... Diabetes Management Numbers Explained

When you’re trying to manage your diabetes, it’s all about the numbers. While you might immediately think about your daily blood sugar numbers, there are additional numbers to know. By keeping track of important numbers, you lower your risk of serious complications in the future. What numbers do you need to know? What do they mean? What should your numbers be? Here’s a closer look at the most important diabetes management numbers you’ll want to track. Daily Blood Sugar Numbers Daily blood sugar checks help you see how well you’re managing your diabetes...

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Everyone has cravings, but for people with diabetes, it’s even more important to resist temptation. Fortunately, food cravings typically originate in our minds and aren’t driven by a physical need. Knowing this, can you find the will to resist? 1. Check your sugar1 If you have diabetes, there’s a very real possibility your body does need something. Have you ever been overwhelmed by a sudden craving, only to realize later that it was just low sugar? You could save yourself a lot of trouble...

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While the holidays are all about family and festivities, a whole lot of food shows up at holiday gatherings. The parties and travel can disrupt your normal routine — and the celebrations can last for weeks. How can you stick to your meal plan and keep your blood sugar in range while still enjoying the holidays? It’s not always easy. But with a little planning, it’s possible! 1. Start with a Plan...

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  Food and Diabetes: Top Myths and Facts   Many myths surround diabetes, especially when it comes to food and diabetes. This makes it hard to figure out what you can and cannot eat. Are carbs bad for you? Are you allowed to eat sweets? Do you have to follow a special diet? To make things easier, here’s a look at the facts behind some of the top myths surrounding food and diabetes. Myth #1 – Eating Sugar Can Cause Diabetes...

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