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Is There a Vegan Diet for Diabetes?

7 January 2019

Veganism is becoming an increasingly popular lifestyle choice. How does it fit with people with diabetes? We look at the facts. Veganism is on the rise. Mainstream supermarkets are stocking more vegan options, the diet is on the menu in many restaurants, and countless celebrities seem to be endorsing plant-based eating. Meanwhile, the Vegan Society reports that the number of vegans in the UK have quadrupled between 2014 and 2018 and now stand at 600,000 But moving on from hype and trends, is veganism a long-term healthy lifestyle choice? And where does a vegan diet for diabetes fit...

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Yoghurt, crushed raspberry and granola pots

This recipe makes much more granola than you'll need, but it's worth making a big batch as it will keep well in an airtight container for up to one month. Ingredients Nutritional values Per serving: • energy 169kcal • protein 6.7g • fat 10.2g • saturated fat 2.1g • carbohydrate 13.2g • sugar 8.1g • fibre 3.6g • salt 0.1g • GI low 200g (7oz) mixed shelled nuts (whole almonds, skinned hazelnuts and pecans) 200g...

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Take control to get the best from life

With the right tools, diabetes doesn't have to stand in the way of anything, including the fun and games of university life. As a student mental health nurse, Kristy Haywood, 21, moves house about every three months, so frequently has to adapt to a new routine: but she doesn't let that stop her getting everything she can out of the experience. "When I was younger, I thought diabetes defined who I was and that it was going to ruin whatever I wanted to do with my life. ...

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Should you opt for a LCHF diet?

The low carb high fat (LCHF) diet has been heralded as a weight-loss sensation, but is it advisable for Type 1 diabetes? The Government's healthy eating advice recommends just over a third of your diet should be starchy foods – whole grains, potatoes and bread, rice and pasta (choose wholemeal), and another third should be fruit and vegetables: this accounts for more than half your intake. Everyone with diabetes needs some carbohydrate, and it’s important for people with Type 1 diabetes to understand which foods are sources of carbohydrate (see right), how to estimate carbohydrate portions and how to monitor their...

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What is a carb?

There three main types of carbohydrate in food – so if you're newly diagnosed with diabetes knowing what kind and how much to eat can be confusing. NEED TO KNOW On nutrition labels, "total carbohydrate" includes all three types of carb so this is the number you should pay attention to when carb counting. Starch - complex carb Foods high in starch include vegetables like peas, corn and potatoes, dried beans, lentils and peas, and grains like oats, barley and rice. The grain group can be...

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What to do when your sugars go high

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 stay high, you may need a...

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What is CGM?

Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM)

What is CGM? Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) is always a hot topic of conversation in diabetes. With people talking about what it is, who can access it, how it can benefit you and more. But do you really know what CGM is and how it works? In this article we explain a few of the basics about CGM. Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) is a way of measuring your glucose levels continuously throughout the day and night. A sensor is inserted just under the skin and measures your glucose levels every few minutes, to provide a graph of your glucose levels over time.1 Use of CGM,...

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Need some assistance?

In this article about the Accu-Chek Customer Careline we have included some frequently asked questions that we hear from you. Do you have an Accu-Chek blood glucose meter query, want to register your meter if you cannot do so online, or need some information about Accu-Chek products? If so, the Accu-Chek Customer Careline is here to help, and our friendly trained operators are always happy to receive your call. We have included a couple of frequently asked questions (FAQs) below. However, if you would like to know more about how to use an Accu-Chek product, test your blood sugar/glucose, store your meter, or...

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