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Coronavirus: Q&As for people living with diabetes

17 April 2020

We know that this is a confusing and challenging time, and that the information and guidance from official sources changes often. In this article we have put together the answers to some common questions, which we hope will help you and your family navigate handling the situation and managing your diabetes at the same time. Please remember to follow the government and NHS guidelines at all times, these guidelines are in place to reduce the spread of the virus to keep everyone (including you and your loved ones) safe. What is Coronavirus and what are the...

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Types of diabetes (video 2)

28 November 2019

Let's look at the most common types of diabetes. Jan is 13 years old and saying he's feeling a little more tired recently. He feels thirsty most of the time and he's losing weight. This is a typical description of the symptoms of the beginning of Type 1 diabetes where the pancreas is not producing enough insulin or has stopped producing insulin at all. Let's look at Bill. He is 44 years old and a...

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Does your family know these blood glucose facts?

23 November 2019

This year, the focus of World Diabetes Day is all about family and diabetes, and we are celebrating by taking a close look at how families support each other in managing health. Can diabetes actually help families start conversations on ways to improve health? We think so - especially when families understand the everyday aspects of managing diabetes as well as family members own individual health needs. When it comes to managing diabetes, understanding blood glucose is key. If blood glucose (or “blood sugar”) levels get too high or too low, it can impact mood, well-being, and even long-term...

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My diabetes story: Hamid

21 November 2019

Meet Hamid I am a diabetic patient. I am married I have three daughters. My diabetes was diagnosed when I was at a glucose meter training. At the end of the training class, we had to demonstrate the meter. All my colleagues checked their sugar and I checked mine. My colleagues' sugar was normal, but my sugar was 360 (mg/dL). I...

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My diabetes story: Jenny

19 November 2019

Meet Jenny I was diagnosed with diabetes in 1976. This was before blood glucose meters, before insulin pumps, before CGM, and before carb counting was considered standard practice. In fact, one of the first books I had that discussed treating diabetes talked about using glass syringes rather than the plastic disposable ones and to ensure that your syrings...

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What is diabetes? (video 1)

19 November 2019

What is diabetes? Diabetes is a condition characterised by an inability of the body to regulate blood sugar levels. When food that contains carbohydrates, e.g. bread, rice, pasta, potatoes, fruit and/or dairy products enter the body, the stomach starts to break them down to sugar, also known as glucose. Sugar travels from the stomach through the bloodstream to muscles and...

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4-Ingredient Cookies

18 November 2019

Ever get a craving for fresh baked cookies? This quick and healthy recipe only uses four ingredients – which I bet you have on hand right now! Not a fan of chocolate? Simply substitute raisins, cherries, coconut or whatever mix-ins you like best. Ingredients 1 large, ripe banana 85 g nut butter 105 g oats 37.5 g chocolate...

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My diabetes story: Stephanie

17 November 2019

Meet Stephanie I was diagnosed with diabetes on April 26, 2013. When you’re diagnosed as an adult, they really don’t prepare you for all the challenges that you’re going to face. I remember they handed me a meter, some pamphlets, a couple of prescriptions and sent me home. And needless to say, I was terrified. With an A1c...

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What is a diabetes emergency

16 November 2019

You never know how you are going to respond to a crisis until it happens. That’s why we practice in schools with drills for fire and other emergency situations. So we are prepared when something happens. But what happens when the crisis is something you would never think to plan for, like accidentally using the wrong insulin pen and injecting way too much insulin? What would you do? That happened to Carol when she was away from home, and like most of us with diabetes, she tried to handle it on her own. Eventually, she knew it was time to get help. ...

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