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Matching all aspects of the ISO 15197:2013 performance requirements for blood glucose monitoring systems

Accu-Chek brand of blood glucose monitoring products are compliant with the revised standards of IS/ISO 15197:2013 announced by Central Drugs Standards Control Organisation (CDSCO), Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.   What is ISO? ISO is the International Organization for Standardization headquartered in Switzerland, whose membership is comprised of national standards bodies from approximately 162 countries. ISO is an independent non-governmental organization. What is an ISO standard? An ISO standard is...

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Diabetes Basics

Diabetes Basics 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...

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Blood GlucoseTest Results Help You Take Control

Benefits of testing your blood sugar 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...

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Carbohydrate Counting and Exchanges

The truth about carbohydrates and diabetes The myth: If you have diabetes, you can't eat sweets or sugar. The truth: A food doesn't have to be sweet or sugary to raise your blood sugar. Anything with carbohydrates will affect your blood glucose, whether it's from white potatoes, pasta, bread or (insert local sweets here…jelly babies / lollies / strawberry laces).1 Of course, different foods may affect you differently. Why?...

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Transitions: From Orals to Insulin

Insulin and type 2 diabetes: 5 facts you should know Has your healthcare provider talked to you about insulin? For many people, this can bring on mixed feelings and questions—often based on myths that simply are not true. Here are 5 facts to keep in mind. Diabetes is an insulin problem, not a sugar problem. After all, sugar doesn't cause diabetes. People with type 2 diabetes don't manufacture enough insulin, or their bodies can't use it properly, so they're unable to process the food they take in.1...

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Matching all aspects of the ISO 15197:2013 performance requirements for blood glucose monitoring systems

Accu-Chek brand of blood glucose monitoring products are compliant with the revised standards of IS/ISO 15197:2013 announced by Central Drugs Standards Control Organisation (CDSCO), Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.   What is ISO? ISO is the International Organization for Standardization headquartered in Switzerland, whose membership is comprised of national standards bodies from approximately 162 countries. ISO is an independent non-governmental organization. What is an ISO standard? An ISO standard is...

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Creating a Circle of Support

No one can go it alone. Whether you have diabetes or you’re a caregiver, it’s important to have a few options for emotional support. Knowing who to turn to with specific questions will make life easier. Find other people with diabetes  Few things are more comforting than talking with someone who understands you when you have diabetes, or if you are facing a type 1 or type 2 diagnosis. If you don’t already have a friend or family member with diabetes who can fill this role, seek out a diabetes support group near you. What have you got to lose? If you don’t like one group, look for...

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Preparing for Pregnancy

Preparing for pregnancy—good reasons to start today Let's think into the future. Imagine sitting in a rocking chair playing with ten brand-new, tiny toes. That's the image you can remember every time you check your blood glucose, visit your doctor or say no to a glass of wine. And it's absolutely worth it. Not ready for parenthood yet? Here's what you can do now. There are several things you can do to prepare for pregnancy well before you're ready to conceive. Read about it—just not too much. When you understand the risks, you...

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Treating Low BG

Low blood glucose: Know the signs and steps to take You may recognize the feeling—feeling hungry, dizzy, sweaty or just a little bit "off." These signs of hypoglycaemia, or low blood glucose, mean it's time to take action. What causes low blood glucose? For most people, low blood glucose refers to anything below 4.0 mmol/L , although your number may be different.1 Low blood glucose can be caused by taking too much medication, not having enough to eat or exercising. In fact, hypoglycaemia can occur up to 12 hours after you've been...

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