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What is Type 2 diabetes and how is it linked to obesity?

25 June 2019

Type 2 diabetes represents around 90% of people with diabetes1. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the pancreas does not make enough insulin, or the body cannot properly use the insulin it does create. Eventually, the pancreas may stop producing insulin altogether. Type 2 diabetes can affect people at any age. Type 2 diabetes can develop slowly and the signs may not be obvious. Additional risk factors or characteristics for Type 2 diabetes include: Age – being over 40 can increase your risk If you have or had high blood pressure Family history of diabetes History...

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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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6 steps to building a better doctor's visit

18 September 2019

How long do you spend with your Healthcare Professional (HCP) these days? 10 minutes? 15? Even though your time is short, there are things you can do to forge a more collaborative relationship, have more productive conversations and make every second count. Plan a day or two ahead. Send your blood sugar readings in advance by email or the route your HCP prefers. Call out anything you notice that's out of the ordinary. Then bring a copy of everything with you, just in case. Your doctor may only take a glance before you meet, but you'll get the wheels turning for a more fruitful appointment....

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What is structured blood glucose monitoring?

22 August 2019

Structured monitoring supports your routine or daily checking by giving you deeper, more targeted data to work from. It can help you determine if you're in a safe range and problem-solve around how the things you do are connected to your blood sugar.  You simply perform additional checks over a short period at specific times of day.  Structured monitoring tools can help you:  Discover how to best use your numbers  See how certain activities can affect your blood sugar levels  Problem-solve around highs and lows  Identify blood...

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Trouble-free travelling with your insulin pump

5 August 2019

Planning a trip when you have to remember essential diabetes kit can be time consuming, so we thought some travel tips and advice might come in handy. We also hear from intrepid traveller, Pete, who has been living with Type 1 diabetes over 60 years. Pete kindly shares his top travel tips. Travel checklist Remember to pack the following for your trip: Plenty of cannula and infusion sets Batteries and battery key Insulin vials (quick acting) Insulin cartridges for pump and pen Insulin pens and needles Test strips and lancets...

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Get prepared for festival season

24 July 2019

Bastiaan likes to visit festivals. He always prepares well, so that he can enjoy the day. He wears a sensor that can alert him all day long if a hypo or hyper is lurking. This way he can listen to the music and dance without any worries. "It is especially important at a festival that you keep an eye on everything, so that you can fully enjoy the experience" - Bastiaan “For me, the summer in Amsterdam is all about having a drink on the terrace, swimming in the Amstel, sunbathing in the park but above all the many festivals that are organised annually. There's nothing like a...

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Why knowing more can lead to better management

4 July 2019

Ever since we were born, most of us were hard wired to pester the adults around us with one simple, repetitive question: WHY? Don't touch that. Why? Eat your vegetables. Why? Do your homework. Why? We're born to wonder, explore and question. Have you ever noticed that the better you understand something—causes and effects, opportunities and limits—the easier it can be to take on challenges, make good decisions and change things to suit your needs? Often, a better understanding of “why” can help motivate us to follow guidelines and advice. Living with diabetes...

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What is Type 2 diabetes and how is it linked to obesity?

25 June 2019

Type 2 diabetes represents around 90% of people with diabetes1. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the pancreas does not make enough insulin, or the body cannot properly use the insulin it does create. Eventually, the pancreas may stop producing insulin altogether. Type 2 diabetes can affect people at any age. Type 2 diabetes can develop slowly and the signs may not be obvious. Additional risk factors or characteristics for Type 2 diabetes include: Age – being over 40 can increase your risk If you have or had high blood pressure Family history of diabetes History...

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Forget the mistake remember the lesson

Are you avoiding these 10 common diabetes mistakes?

18 June 2019

Perhaps not all the time, and maybe not all at once, but it seems like just about everyone experiences these pitfalls now and then. How about you? Thinking of BG results as "good" or "bad." If we could all just reframe the conversation to think in terms of high, low and in-range, we could be a lot less tough on ourselves. Not changing your lancet every time you check (or even every week!) The tip of a new needle is sharp and precisely formed to ensure gentle lancing. Although it may be tempting to reuse a lancet, the tip can become...

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