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Health & Fitness
Diabetic Living

Diabetic Living Summer 2019

Diabetic Living helps people with diabetes take control now! See how to thrive—what to eat, how to lose weight, how to achieve good blood sugars, what to know about medications, how to avoid complications, and more. And yes, you still can enjoy your favorite foods! All recipes are tested in the Better Homes and Gardens Test Kitchen.

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Meredith Corporation
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4 Issues

In this issue

2 min.
editor’s letter

Earlier This Year, I Started an Experiment: I began setting reminders for myself to move throughout the day. They were just little nudges: pop-up notifications that I’d see every hour or so, reminding me that although I consider myself a fairly active person, I still work at a desk job that has me sitting (or standing) in one place for long stretches of time. I made no promises to stick to a certain schedule, no formal goals about how much movement to get. I just committed to noticing the reminders. And I’ve been surprised by how well they work. More often than not, when they pop up, I’ll stretch, refill my water, walk over to talk to a co-worker, or go outside for a lap around the block. Our workout in this issue…

3 min.
bundle up

MYSUGR The first bundle includes a FastClix lancing device, 102 lancets, 5 boxes of test strips, and an Accu-Chek Guide meter that syncs with the mySugr app to log blood glucose levels and track your test strip usage. Each month, you’ll receive unlimited test strips to match your usage, as well as access to certified diabetes educators. ($49/month; mysugr.com) ONE DROP The starter kit includes these One Drop supplies: a meter that syncs with the One Drop mobile app, a lancing device, 25 test strips, 10 lancets, and a stylish carrying case. Then, select a 90-day supply of strips and lancets based on how often you check (or order as you need). You’ll also have 24/7 access to certified diabetes educators. (Plans start at $80/three-month supply; onedrop.today) DIATHRIVE Every three months, you’ll receive test strips,…

2 min.
uplift & empower

When record-setting collegiate athlete Sam Benger hung up his football jersey, he knew he wanted to inspire other PWDs to follow their dreams. So Benger founded GamePlanT1D, a nonprofit that shares the stories of athletes with diabetes through podcast interviews and guest blog posts. GamePlanT1D also fundraises to help other nonprofits, like Insulin for Life USA, improve access to diabetes supplies for PWDs around the world (see p. 44). To learn more about how you can get involved, visit GamePlanT1D.com. The Goldilocks Effect Insulin keeps its effectiveness longer when it’s neither too hot nor too cold. Until the manufacturer’s use-by date, unopened insulin is best stored at 36 to 46°F (fridge temperature); store opened insulin at room temperature. These tools can help keep insulin (and you) safe, no matter where your summer…

1 min.
liquid health

PACE YOUR INTAKE As a starting point, aim to drink about half your body weight in ounces of water per day, recommends registered dietitian and certified strength and conditioning specialist Ben Tzeel. For example, someone who weighs 130 pounds would aim for at least 65 ounces of water each day (about 8 cups). But don’t guzzle it all at once. Keep a carafe on your nightstand and start each day with a glass of water. Then keep in touch with your thirst, and drink throughout the day. It’s also smart to drink before and after workouts to replace fluid lost through sweating and fast breathing. JAZZ UP YOUR TAP Not a fan of plain old H2O? Infuse flavor by squeezing in lemon or lime. Or add sliced cucumbers, strawberries, and sprigs…

2 min.
stuck on you

Thanks to some foundational tools—she’s fond of Skin Tac, GrifGrips, and good old-fashioned alcohol swabs—Ariel Lawrence of Just a Little Suga’ (justalittlesuga.com) stays active, carefree, and connected to her CGM. EXPERIMENT WITH LOCATION Finding a spot that lets you move freely—and isn’t in the way—is most important, says Dexcom user Christel Oerum, co-founder and head coach at Diabetes Strong. If your CGM sensor or insulin pump infusion set won’t stay put, try a spot where the skin is less oily and moves less. “The abdomen is usually associated with the most adhesion problems, followed by the arms, hips, and thighs,” says insulin pump user Gary Scheiner, M.S., CDE. He suggests trying the upper buttock, as it’s usually hugged by snug clothing that can help keep the sensor in place. GIVE IT A…

2 min.
smart servings

SEE THE SERVING “At home, I measure out a perfect portion of food or drink to see how it looks in my dishes,” says Jill Weisenberger, M.S., RDN, CDE, author of Diabetes Weight Loss: Week by Week. “This way I’ll know in advance that, say, my portion of wine is up to a specific design etched into the glass. You can do the same for ice cream, cereal—really for any food and dish that has markings of some sort.” To become a pro eyeballer, measure out your ideal serving size—best determined with the help of your health care team—for several foods, such as berries, rice, soup, and fish, a few times each month. REPURPOSE PETITE PLATES Giant bowls and jumbo serving utensils may make it easier to serve a summertime crowd,…