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How to Safely Have Fun with Your Family While Managing Diabetes

A diabetes diagnosis can impact every member of your family. But have you ever thought about the positive effects diabetes can have on the ones you love? For example, one important part of effectively managing diabetes is staying physically active. When you find opportunities to include friends and family in your regular exercise routine, this presents you with an opportunity to manage your blood sugar while helping everybody stay healthy together—and have some fun! Consider the following while enjoying fun and healthy activities with your family and friends. Plus we have also added...

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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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General Questions

Are insulin pumps expensive? The cost of an insulin pump may vary depending on your health coverage, the province in which you live and your eligibility for a variety of government sponsored programs. For help in determining your coverage, call our Accu-Chek® Pump Support Department toll-free at 1-800-688-4578. Besides a pump and insulin, what other supplies does insulin pump therapy require? You'll need infusion sets, cartridges for the insulin, adapters (which connect the cartridge to the infusion set), batteries, battery covers, and blood glucose monitoring...

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Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children or young adults, although it can occur at any age. Roughly 3% of children and adolescents have diabetes. The onset of type 1 diabetes is often sudden and can include the following symptoms: Abnormal thirst and a dry mouth Frequent urination Extreme tiredness/lack of energy Sudden weight loss Slow-healing wounds Recurrent infections Blurred vision Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body’s immune system destroys the beta cells found in the pancreas—...

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Insulin Pumps

Insulin pumps provide insulin to your body 24 hours a day. A basal, or background, rate is delivered automatically based on your total daily insulin requirements. You can also give yourself a bolus insulin dose to cover the food you eat, as well as supplemental doses to correct your blood sugar when it is out of range. Your healthcare professional will help you determine your rates and dosages. Under the care of a healthcare professional, insulin pump users can go to school or work, sleep and even play sports with the pump. At night, it can be clipped to sleepwear, a blanket or tucked under your pillow. Insulin pump...

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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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Parents are pumped up

Because severe hypoglycemia and health risks are down. As any parent of a child with diabetes knows, low blood glucose episodes (hypoglycemia) can be sudden and frightening. The good news: Insulin pump therapy has been shown to significantly decrease severe hypoglycemia in youth. Recent studies showed that adolescents and young children on insulin pump therapy had over 50% fewer episodes.1,2 Today’s children with diabetes also have the opportunity for better blood glucose control than any generation before. A research study reported in Pediatric Diabetes showed that, compared to multiple daily...

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What is Diabetes?

Understanding the basics of diabetes is the first step in gaining control of your health. Let’s look at what causes diabetes, some of the common symptoms, the benefits of healthy living, and what to do if you’ve just been diagnosed. What is diabetes? Diabetes is a chronic disease. Your blood sugar levels are controlled by insulin, a hormone produced by your pancreas. When you eat, food gets broken down and glucose enters your bloodstream. Insulin takes the glucose out of your bloodstream and allows it to enter your cells where it is broken down and turned into energy. If you have...

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Hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia occurs when your blood sugar drops too low. The body responds to low blood sugar with warning signs that may be different in each person. Some warning signs of low blood sugar are feeling: Weak Shaky Irritable or confused. Low blood sugar may occur if your meal or snack is delayed or missed, after vigorous physical activity, or if too much insulin is given. In a person without diabetes, the pancreas will stop producing insulin if the blood sugar level falls below normal. In a person with diabetes, the insulin they inject keeps working, even when the blood...

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