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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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My diabetes story: Bastiaan

5 November 2019

Meet Bastiaan Hi everyone, my name is Bastiaan I’m 26 years old and I’m from the Netherlands. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on June 24, 2016. And at the time, I was actually not in the Netherlands, but I was in the United States. I was finishing up my studies over there, doing my final weeks of internship and for the last couple...

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Too Busy to Exercise? Create a Family Challenge and Get Moving!

4 November 2019

Busy. Active. Frenzied. Rushed. Scheduled. Hectic. Do any of these sound like your family? As a result of longer commutes, a rise in two-parent working families and the demands of individual schedules, families have limited time to spend together. And when they do have time together, much of the “leisure” time as a family consists of shared space in front of a screen—cinema, television, or individual phones, tablets or computers. While we can’t always deny the call of the sofa, especially at the end of a busy multi-tasking day, maybe we can rise to a family health challenge....

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My diabetes story: Rodrigo

3 November 2019

Meet Rodrigo My diabetes diagnosis was made at an annual exam. The diagnosis really took me by surprise. I did not have any sign or any symptom that made me think that I could be diabetic. Then what I thought was how I was going to tell my family because I knew that this would change my everyday life and I was sure that without my family I wouldn...

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Talking about diabetes

2 November 2019

I recently heard something interesting about diabetes and I want to share it with you. In a conversation with Professor Katharine Barnard-Kelly,  Ph.D.  she said she believed people who have had diabetes for a while fundamentally know how to manage the mechanics of it; the challenge is how to apply it in the context of their own lifestyle.  Juggling diabetes alongside other everyday priorities can be an enormous task, and it is little wonder that so many people experience diabetes burden and distress. A simple approach to reduce the feeling of being...

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My diabetes story

1 November 2019

Transcript People speaking: Hi everyone. My name is Bastiaan. Hi! My name is Carol Dicken. Hola, soy Rodrigo. Hi, my name is Sarah. Hi! My name is Jenny. My name is Dr. Urooj Imam. My name is Stephanie. Hallo, mein Name ist Michaela. I...

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Three ‘scarily good’ healthier halloween treats

28 October 2019

This Halloween, why not try fruit and veg-inspired spooky snacks? Pumpkin sweet potato crisps. Use a pumpkin-shaped biscuit cutter (easily bought online) to cut sweet potato shapes and bake with a drizzle of olive oil, cinnamon and pinch of salt. 'Ghost' bananas. Slice bananas in half and dot with melted dark chocolate to create ‘startled’ eyes and mouth. (So simple, but surprisingly effective!) Orange pumpkins. Peel an orange and add a length of celery through the centre. Voila – pumpkin plus authentic-looking stalk!

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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...

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