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Bayer Diabetes Care – new website

February 15, 2010
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The new-look Bayer Diabetes Care website gives access to lots of useful information and tools to help you manage your diabetes, such as ‘Live your life’, a new section packed full of information and tools to help you manage your diabetes day in, day out.

There’s also ‘Connect with my community’ where you can read inspirational stories about real people living with diabetes and add your own story if you’d like to share it.

Some of the most popular features from our original site are retained, such as the ability to personalise your meter with free funky stickers and, if you use Contour or Contour Link, a free coloured wallet. You can also order support items such as record diaries and batteries, also for free.

If you are already a registered user you can login using the same username and password as before.

Bayer Diabetes Care – Home.


Instructions Not Included

February 15, 2010

Just found another blogger who is getting freaky about diabetes kit — and why not? We’ve got to use the stuff all the time. Might as well like it!

“I can see myself getting more and more keen to own the latest diabetes related gadgets. Words cannot describe how thrilled I was at the arrival of my super-sexy new PURPLE Asencia Contour meter came. It had a new finger pricker! It had an adjustable alarm! It had 7, 14 and 30 day averages! I could set my own high and low targets. I was in love. It did mean I had to give up my old pink meter wallet, but since that was fairly blood stained by now, I wasn’t too heartbroken. After all, this thing was purple! Thank you Bayer Diabetes.”

via Instructions Not Included.

Researchers Question Benefit of Test Strips for Type 2 Patients | Diabetes News Hound

December 30, 2009
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Two new studies are suggesting that finger sticks and daily blood sugar monitoring is unnecessary and costly for the majority of Type 2 diabetics, according to a recent article published on the CTV Toronto website. However, for people with Type 1 diabetes, who rely on insulin injections to regulate their blood sugar levels, and people with Type 2 diabetes that also take insulin shots, test strips are a necessary and important tool.

via Researchers Question Benefit of Test Strips for Type 2 Patients | Diabetes News Hound.

Discussion: JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) | LinkedIn

November 23, 2009
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Tiny tattoos could help diabetics ditch needles — fascinting and exciting story about a high-tech tattoo that uses nanospheres with an ink inside that reacts with glucose.

via Discussion: JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) | LinkedIn.

Free Bayer Blood Glucose Meter – Contour

November 20, 2009
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If you fancy trying out a different blood test machine, you can win a freebie Bayer Contour here. No coding required.

Free Bayer Blood Glucose Meter – Contour.

Girly Girls do diabetes pump & meter cases

November 18, 2009
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Another site where sisters have been doing it for themselves — not sure why they have an interest, I guess one of them knows something about diabetes, but they have some practical but groovy meter cases and pump pouches.

diabetes bags,diabetes accessories,insulin pump cases,meter cases.

The Big Blue Test: Worldwide Diabetes Test-In | Diabetes Forecast Magazine

November 10, 2009
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The countdown has started — theBig Blue Test is on Saturday folks (World Diabetes day).

The Big Blue Test: Worldwide Diabetes Test-In | Diabetes Forecast Magazine.

Next Generation Blood Glucose Meters – Diabetes Health

November 6, 2009
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Another great little leader from Diabetes Health — pulse oximeters may be the next innovation for blood testing, and is non-invasive, so no more finger pricking. Phew.

Next Generation Blood Glucose Meters – Diabetes Health.

The Big Blue Test on World Diabetes Day – TuDiabetes – A Community for People Touched by Diabetes

November 4, 2009
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The Big Blue Test on World Diabetes Day – TuDiabetes – A Community for People Touched by Diabetes.

November 14 is World Diabetes Day. On that day, at 14:00 hours (2 pm, local time), thousands of people with diabetes will test their blood sugar, do 14 minutes of exercise, test again and share their results online.

The event is called The Big Blue Test because the blue circle is the international symbol for diabetes. The idea of a shared “blood sugar test-in” started with an activity organized in July 2009 by, a community for people touched by diabetes. More than a thousand people participated then. Now, we seek to reach thousands of people with diabetes through eight diabetes social networks* and Twitter. The activity incorporates 14 minutes of physical activity to reinforce the importance of exercise.

“People with diabetes have to test their blood sugar routinely. It can be a very lonely activity.” said Manny Hernandez, co-founder of TuDiabetes and a person with diabetes himself. “We want people to take The Big Blue Test, to shed light on this chronic condition and the importance of exercise on World Diabetes Day.”

Currently, more than 250 million people have diabetes worldwide. Millions more have diabetes but do not know it yet. People with diabetes need to test their blood sugar levels several times a day and exercise regularly.

Participating in this event to raise diabetes awareness on November 14 is easy:

1. Test your blood sugar.

2. Run, jog, walk the dog or do anything you’d normally do as part of your exercise routine for 14 minutes.

3. Test your blood sugar again.

4. Go to (or your preferred diabetes social network*) and post your readings and what physical activity you did. If you have a camera, you can also add a photo of your reading(s) or you exercising.

5. If you have a Twitter account, you can also post your readings on Twitter (use the #bigbluetest hashtag) and link back to

“We hope to see most readings posted at 14 hours (2 pm) local time, on November 14. If you are early or late, it’s OK,” said Hernandez. “What matters most is that you test your blood sugar often and that you exercise regularly. If you don’t have diabetes, you can take The Big Blue Test. Either way, tell others to test, exercise and share on Nov. 14.”

I’m going to do it & my exercise will be a walk along Brighton seafront, come rain, wind or sunshine. What a great way to unite a global community. Well done Manny.

Sugar compound offers hope for diabetics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

November 2, 2009
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Australian researchers have discovered a natural compound in sugar that slows down the absorption of carbohydrates – which could help diabetics.

The team from the sugar industry’s Cooperative Research Centre at the Southern Cross University at Lismore and the University of Queensland made the discovery.

The Centre’s Chief Executive Peter Twine says the compound is naturally occurring and could be commercially available within a few years.

“People in a pre-diabetic sort of condition … don’t get large spikes of blood sugar immediately after eating food that contains this compound,” he said.

“The rate of absorption or glucose or sucrose is slowed.”

via Sugar compound offers hope for diabetics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

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