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Coronavirus: Advice for people living with diabetes

16 June 2020

Here are some helpful tips on what precautions you should take, and what you need to know The World Health Organization (WHO) declared that spread of the coronavirus as a pandemic in March, and and most countries have seen outbreaks. Although the UK is seeing a decline in the number of new cases and hospitalisations, we all still need to be careful and try to reduce the spread of the virus as much as possible. People with diabetes are classed by the NHS and UK Government as 'clinically vulnerable' Although this means someone with diabetes is not required to shield themselves, they are...

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Taco recipe diabetes friendly

Cauliflower Tacos with fresh Mango Salsa  

14 June 2021

This zingy vegetarian taco recipe is perfect for the summer months as either a snack or main meal. There are lots of options to amend this recipe so it will never get boring. Taco Ingredients: 12 Corn Tortillas (warmed) 1 whole cauliflower 1 cup coconut milk 1 cup Breadcrumbs 1 tsp. Garlic powder 1 tsp. Smoked Paprika ¼ tsp. Cayenne 1 tsp. Salt 1 tsp. Ground Cumin Mango Salsa: 1 Mango cut into pieces 2 tbsp. Lime Juice 1 tbsp. Coriander (chopped coarsely) ¼ tsp. Salt...

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LGBTQ+ and Roche

I felt like a unicorn

3 June 2021

Andreas Claus Kistner is Chapter Head Architecture & Emerging Technologies in Roche Pharma Informatics in Kaiseraugst. He is a founding member of the OPEN group in Basel for LGBTQ+ employees and brings up several important issues that have recently affected the community. Allies play the role of change drivers within the evolution of a norm. On the one hand they support the acceptance of diversity and of different values, and on the other, they make a bias obvious. If a LGBTQ+ colleague gets offended by a statement, it is expected that the person will defend herself/himself. But there is a higher impact if a non-...

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HbA1c diabetes

Everything you need to know about HbA1c

28 May 2021

Haemoglobin, A1c, HbA1c, A1c… You’ve probably heard these letters and numbers before. But what do they actually mean? What is a HbA1c test? What is a “normal” HbA1c level? What can you do to lower your A1c? These are great questions. Well, we’ve put together everything you need to know about HbA1c here. What is the HbA1c test? Haemoglobin is the part of your blood that carries oxygen. It’s what gives your blood its red colour. When glucose is processed by your body and enters your bloodstream, a small amount of it attaches to this haemoglobin. It binds to produce glycated haemoglobin (commonly known as...

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What are the symptoms of diabetes

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

19 May 2021

In this article, we will first look at some of the common symptoms of diabetes. We will then look at differences that may occur in Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. If you, or someone you love, identifies with these signs, talking to a doctor is crucial. When it comes to identifying diabetes, everyone's a little different. It is essential to remember that diabetes does not always appear in one clear way. Sometimes the symptoms seem sudden. Other times it is gradual. Knowing the early signs of diabetes can help you protect the ones you love. What are the warning signs of diabetes? There are eight signs...

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diabulimia and type 2 diabetes

Diabulimia and Diabetes

23 April 2021

There are a number of different eating disorders that are fairly common in the general public, however they are not generally spoken about openly. This can contribute to a low level of awareness and understanding of the impact of these conditions. Eating disorders that you may recognise, like anorexia and bulimia, are quite common among people with diabetes, but did you know there are also diabetes-specific eating disorders that many people struggle with? The most common of these is diabulimia. Here we have taken a closer look at this condition, and answered some questions you may have. What is diabulimia...

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mySugr Instant Blood Glucose Meter

Simply Clear Data. Simply There. Introducing Accu-Chek Instant!

15 April 2021

We want to make sure you have all the right tools to avoid stress and confusion when it comes to your diabetes management. That’s why we’re thrilled to introduce the newest tool in your arsenal: The Accu-Chek Instant! A brand-new blood glucose meter bringing you simple, clear information for confident decision making.1 What is Accu-Chek Instant? The Accu-Chek Instant is a meter used to check your blood sugar levels at any time, with results in less than four seconds. The Accu-Chek Instant offers clarity in results so you can have confidence...

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Yoga for Diabetes

7 April 2021

Your diabetes is as unique as you are but that doesn’t mean you can’t find inspiration in other people’s diabetes management routines. We already know that an active lifestyle is important for people living with diabetes but it can take time to find an activity that’s right for you. Being active doesn’t have to mean marathon running or cardio workouts. We spoke to Rachel from ‘Yoga for Diabetes.’ Rachel is a fantastic author, blogger, and yogi living with LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes of Adulthood). Rachel teaches people how to incorporate yoga into their diabetes management.  In this article, she’ll...

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Talking to children about diabetes

Explaining Your Diabetes to Children

1 April 2021

Have you been recently diagnosed with diabetes? Perhaps your diagnosis was some time ago, but your children are finally old enough to question why you always prick your finger. Explaining your diabetes to kids can be tricky. You want to inform them, but you don’t want to scare or put them off the topic. Naturally, you want to protect children but shielding kids from the truth of your diabetes can create barriers and make living with the condition tricky. So how can you start to have these conversations without scaring or overwhelming? Here are some helpful tips to guide your talk. Tip #1 - Start off with...

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