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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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 A low carb fried breakfast with bacon and egg

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...

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What do you 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...

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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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