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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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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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Your Eyes Are Two Good Reasons To Take Care Of Your Diabetes

  Managing diabetes can be complex, but it should not mean missing out on the good things in life, like watching a sunset or reading a book. Keeping blood glucose levels within range can help prevent complications such as those that affect your eyes. Over time, diabetes may cause damage to the eyes which can lead to poor vision or even blindness. Diabetic retinopathy is the most common complication of diabetes and affects one third of people living with diabetes....

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What is HbA1c?

Your HbA1c number Consider your HbA1c number (also known as "A1c" or "glycated hemoglobin") as a snapshot of your blood glucose levels over two to three months. Over time, glucose naturally attaches itself to your red blood cells. When this happens, the cell is considered "glycated". The more glucose in your blood, the more glycated HbA1c you have in...

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The Benefits of Staying Active

Physical activity is good for everyone, but for people living with diabetes, it can make a big difference in keeping your blood sugar level managed. Not only that but staying active allows your cells to process insulin more efficiently, improving your overall A1c levels. The many benefits to staying active...

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Ever get a craving for freshly baked cookies? This quick and healthy recipe only uses four ingredients - which I bet you have on hand right now! Not a fan of chocolate? Simply substitute raisins, cherries, coconut or whatever mix-ins you like best. WATCH VIDEO ...

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HEALTHY NEW YEAR! 5 steps to getting back into your routine

Which healthy habits went out your window over the holidays? Portion control? Getting sufficient quality sleep? Getting your steps? Eat the recommended serving of vegetables? It's easy to wake up in January and realize that your routine isn't quite a routine anymore. So how can you get back on track? 1. Give up the guilt. You may have eaten too much, took your measures too...

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The holidays are supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. But they can also be packed with stress — especially if you have diabetes. Travel, changing routines and lack of sleep all make it tough to cope. Stress affects your blood sugar, making it harder to keep your numbers in check during the holidays. The good news: you can find ways to manage holiday stress. Here are a few guidelines to help you enjoy the season....

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Testing your own blood sugar helps you take control of your health, especially once you learn what your test result numbers mean, and what to do with them. The Structured Testing Protocol (STeP) study, offers the proof. The study concluded that collecting the data of blood sugar test results, visualizing and understanding this data, and focusing treatment based on that data significantly reduced the HbA1C levels of poorly controlled type 2 diabetes over a 12-month period1....

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