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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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Food and diabetes

5 April 2019

Understanding how food impacts blood sugar levels can help you stay healthy and feel better. Food and drinks are made up of 3 main macronutrients: fats, proteins, and carbs. We all have different needs but a good balance of the 3 can give you the fuel you need to power through your day!

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Coping with a diabetes diagnosis

Emotionally coping with diabetes: 7 tips for the newly diagnosed

29 March 2019

It can be a shock to discover you have diabetes. You might even feel disbelief and refuse to accept the diagnosis. These feelings are common. In time, as you digest the information, you’ll learn how to live your life with diabetes with the support of others. However, there’s no doubt those early days after diagnosis can be challenging. Here’s seven tips to coping with diabetes if you’ve been recently diagnosed. Follow them to help take control and develop a positive and empowered outlook. 1) Work towards acceptance Many experts compare people’s reactions to a diabetes diagnosis with...

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7 ways to help cope with stress when you have diabetes

22 March 2019

Everyone experiences stress from time to time. Stress-triggers can be all around us, from work and home life to finances and health needs. Experiencing stress when you have diabetes can be particularly challenging as it can have a knock on effect on how you manage your condition.

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Eating around exercise  by Reema Patel

14 March 2019

Reema is a Registered Dietitian (RD) with degrees in Dietetics and Sports & Exercise Nutrition (BSc, MSc). Her interests lie within weight management, Type 2 Diabetes and exercise nutrition. She enjoys debunking nutrition myths and helping people to reach their journey, to improve on their overall health and wellbeing. In her spare time, Reema loves lifting weights at the gym or kickboxing as well as going for country walks. Though her favourite hobby is cooking for her friends and family, as well as trying out new foods whenever she can! Have you ever thought about the effect that food has on your performance when you work...

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7 tips for blood glucose management

5 March 2019

Management of ‘in-range’ blood glucose can be a challenge if you live with diabetes. There are many factors that can cause sugars to spike or drop and your body is likely to have its own unique reaction to them. Here we take a look at seven ways to help you better manage your blood glucose levels. 1. Prioritise healthy carbs Living with diabetes involves a complex relationship with carbohydrates. Carbs may be the main source of energy in a diet and yet not having the right amount can cause hypos or hypers. Simple carbs like pasta and white bread can cause spikes in glucose levels....

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Healthy Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day - by Rachael Ebanks-Gold

13 February 2019

Rachael is a nutrition and lifestyle coach for Second Nature: a 3-month health behaviour change programme, focused on building healthier habits for the long term. The nutrition and lifestyle coaches are all registered nutrition professionals and are there for support, guidance and gently challenging existing thought processes, to assist in the development of lasting behaviour change. With the fast approach of arguably the most romantic day of the year, how do you plan on celebrating the love in your life? Often we exchange indulgent gifts and experiences, such as seven-course meals, champagne and chocolate....

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Diabetes apps & blood sugar apps

4 February 2019

Modern smartphone apps can be powerful tools for managing diabetes and helping you keep to your healthy lifestyle. We look at some of the things these handy tools can do for you.

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High intensity interval training workouts

23 January 2019

Struggling to find time for a fitness regime? If you’re up for a challenge, high-intensity interval training may be the right option for you. What do you do when you’re highly motivated to get healthy, but struggle to find the time? The solution, according to many, is high-intensity interval training, or ‘HIIT’.

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