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Decoding Diabetes: How to Read Nutrition Labels

Have you ever thought about how diabetes can actually help your entire family get healthier? Managing diabetes well means being disciplined and thoughtful about every food you choose, which creates a real opportunity to think more carefully about what is in the food you and your family eat. Shopping for groceries for a family means thinking about the nutritional needs of everybody in the household—especially those with special dietary requirements. When you or someone you love lives with diabetes, you may find yourself checking labels more often to make sure your food choices are well-rounded and help with...

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Blood Sugar Test Results Help You Take Control

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. Recent research, 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 A1C levels of poorly controlled type 2 diabetes over a 12-month period1. Frequent testing gives you the data to make informed decisions about your medication, diet, and exercise regimens. It is a smart way to...

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Living in Range

When you find your mind wandering—thinking about the future—what do you see?  Whether you dream about taking photos somewhere amazing or starting a family, or you'd simply like to have more energy or sleep through the night, keeping your blood glucose in line can help you achieve it. Sometimes it can seem like diabetes is all about the numbers. But your efforts to stay within your target ranges for blood glucose before and after meals, as well as meeting your HbA1c goal, are really about feeling your best today and for years to come. Self-checks vs. HbA1c and why you need both To track...

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Considering a Pump?

Take control of your therapy; take control of your life. Insulin pump therapy gives you power over your life by restoring spontaneity and the ability to live freely. Eat what you want, when you want. Sleep late – no more morning injections or meals Live spontaneously Plan your life, not your insulin schedule Pump therapy has proven results. A landmark study demonstrates that improving blood glucose control can reduce or prevent the complications of diabetes. In fact, intensive therapy achieved with multiple daily injections or an insulin pump has been...

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So why pump?

How about more freedom... With an Accu-Chek® insulin pump, you can eat what you want when you want, without a lot of food/insulin “juggling.” Better health… Health risks are reduced by up to 76% The precise insulin doses that you can achieve with a pump can lead to less fluctuation in blood sugar readings, better A1C readings, and a reduced risk of major health issues like stroke, kidney disease, heart attacks and eye damage.1,2 Even a 1% improvement in your A1C score greatly reduces your risk of diabetes...

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Blood glucose meter accuracy

When you check your blood sugar, it's easy to assume that the meter will give you an accurate result. However, a meter's accuracy depends upon a lot of factors. Roche, the maker of Accu-Chek products, believes that you deserve a reliable meter and a test result you can act upon with confidence. That's why ensuring quality and accuracy has always been our top priority. In an average week, our quality control process tests a combined total of over 60,000 Accu-Chek test strips for consistent accuracy.1 In addition, strict manufacturing processes ensure that our products meet uncompromising standards...

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Top 12 Reasons Pumping Leads to a Better Life

1. Pump therapy offers proven results A landmark study demonstrates that improving blood glucose control can reduce or prevent the complications of diabetes. In fact, intensive therapy achieved with multiple daily injections or an insulin pump has been shown to reduce the onset and progression of diabetes complications by up to 76%. It is clinically proven that ANY sustained lowering of blood glucose can reduce your risk1. Pump therapy may also be useful for some patients with gestational diabetes and with type 2 diabetes. An Accu-Chek insulin pump helps automate insulin delivery and...

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Understanding how the pump works

The pancreas versus the pump The pancreas of a person without diabetes regularly releases small quantities of insulin into the body to regulate blood glucose levels. The amount of insulin released varies with each individual’s internal clock, as well as factors such as physical activity, metabolism, stress and illness. When a person eats, the pancreas releases an extra surge of insulin to regulate blood glucose levels. Insulin pump therapy is a treatment that closely imitates the action of the pancreas, providing a constant supply of insulin to the body and extra doses as they are needed. ...

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The Rewards of Insulin Pump Therapy

You may be amazed at the increase in energy and decrease in mood swings you can experience with insulin pump therapy. Because your body receives frequent, precise doses of insulin, even at night, you can greatly reduce the danger of overnight hypoglycemia—a common problem with conventional injection therapy. And you can prevent exercise-related hypoglycemia by programming the pump to temporarily decrease insulin delivery during physical activity. With an Accu-Chek® insulin pump system, you can sleep late if you feel like it or go out to dinner with friends on the spur of the moment. A pump puts you in control...

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