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What benefits can pets bring to people with diabetes?

3 October 2019

It's no wonder we often call pets our best friends. They are always there to greet us with a warm nuzzle or wagging tail. They never judge us. We can play with them. They are fun to take care of. We form real, strong bonds with them. Did you know pets can also be beneficial for health? Let's take a look at some health benefits of pet ownership, to mark World Animal Day, October 4, 20191. 1. Pets can improve fitness Taking care of pets requires some type of physical activity. Whether you are changing out a litter box, chasing around a roaming hamster ball or taking the dog on walks, you...

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Coronavirus: Advice for people living with diabetes

17 March 2020

Here are some helpful tips on what precautions you should take, and what you need to know The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that the spread of the coronavirus is now a pandemic, and each country is now implementing measures to stop the spreading of the infection. People with diabetes are at risk and should therefore take extra precautions to avoid infection, but also ensure that they can take care of their own diabetes during a possible quarantine. All Accu-Chek products are available as usual Roche is working with health authorities and the governments in affected countries to ensure...

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Ten ways to build better eating habits

23 December 2019

If you are looking to build better eating habits, try our 10 tips for learning how to make small changes to your diet and overcome cravings. Some may be easy to adopt, while others may require a little more effort. Remember, you don’t have to try to change all your eating habits at once. Start slow and give yourself a chance to really make some progress. Measure your food to get an idea of portion size. Get an inexpensive food scale and measure your servings. This can be a huge eye-opener, especially when you start measuring things like pasta and breakfast cereal. You don’t have measure every...

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What do you do when your sugars go high?

17 December 2019

Hyperglycaemia, when blood glucose levels rise too high, happens to many people living with Type 1 diabetes. Penelope Hamilton-Evans, diabetes specialist nurse, Diabetes Care For You at Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust offers advice. For those on insulin occasional mild episodes can be managed using correction doses and may remedy themselves, but hyperglycaemia, often called a hyper, can lead to complications over time. If you are on oral medication and levels...

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'Tis the season... Staying healthy over the Christmas period, by Deepa Mistry

16 December 2019

Christmas is a fun filled festive day enjoyed with family and friends. We often associate Christmas with lots of great food and alcohol as we celebrate this joyous occasion as a nation. The temptation for our healthy habits to slide is both alive and alluring. So, here are some hints and tips for staying healthy during the festive period.

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Celebrating the holidays with diabetes

15 December 2019

Don’t let your diabetes put a damper on your holiday celebrations and festivities. By just making a few changes to your day-to-day routine, you can continue to properly manage your diabetes and still be able to enjoy all the fun and festivities of the holidays. Don’t underestimate how stress affects diabetes You would think that with all the fun, laughter, and excitement that surround the holidays it would be a stress-free event, but it isn’t. Holidays can be extremely stressful and that stress can really affect your diabetes. When the body is exposed to certain psychological or physical...

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Getting down with the flu – How to manage diabetes when you are ill

8 December 2019

Seasonal influenza, also referred to as “the flu,” is estimated to affect 5-15% of the population1 each year. While the flu can be mild and uncomplicated for most people, it can be a more serious problem for the elderly, the young, pregnant women, and people with certain health conditions – such as diabetes. More than 425 million adults2 across the world have diabetes. If you have diabetes, you may have a weaker immune system3, making it harder for your body to fight off an infection. This means you may not only be more likely to get sick than other people, but you may be at an...

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What is resistance training and why you should care

6 December 2019

Christel from Diabetes Strong takes you through why everyone living with diabetes should include resistance training in their routine and how to get started. I absolutely love resistance training! I love how empowered it makes me feel and how it helps me manage my diabetes. Resistance training simply means that you put your muscles to work, building strength by using your bodyweight, resistance bands or weights. The beauty of all of these options is that resistance training doesn’t have to happen in a gym and you don’t need a lot of expensive equipment. I find it so empowering because I love seeing...

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How to start enjoying exercise

5 December 2019

You have probably heard, many times, that you need to exercise. But that just sounds like something else you “have to do”. What if we look at it a different way? So that it does not seem so much like a chore but more like something you have fun doing and you look forward to because it makes you feel good. Take a minute to think about the things you like to do for fun and write them down. What does that look like? Hanging out with your friends and/or family? Exploring new places or trying new things? What sounds more appealing – being indoors or outside. Your exercise program should be a reflection of you1—...

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