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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: Sarah

13 November 2019

Meet Sarah Hi, my name is Sarah and I am from Germany. When I was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of eleven, I did competitive sports and tennis, and having diabetes had a huge impact on my everyday life—on my sports, my training, school and everything. But, I was very fortunate to have my family with me, they were super supportive. My mom helped me...

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My diabetes story: Maxime

11 November 2019

Meet Maxime I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on October 22, 1999 with an HbA1c of 10.4%. At that moment, your whole world falls apart. My diagnosis was not only a serious blow and adjustment for me, but also for those close to me, like my mum. "That was the case from day one. She had to make a lot of adjustments. ...

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My diabetes story: Michaela

8 November 2019

Meet Michaela Hello, my name is Michaela and I have type 1 diabetes At the age of 10, I was diagnosed with diabetes. Very soon I went to the hospital and at the time, my brother was my biggest support. He did all the training with me, about what is important, what to do in an emergency, what having a hypo feels like, etc. ...

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My diabetes story: Urooj

7 November 2019

Meet Urooj Meet Urooj Hi! My name is Dr. Urooj Imam, and I am diabetic. I am from Pakistan. I was having recurring miscarriages and I was referred to a new obstetrician, who made me do some routine tests. One of them was HbA1c and the result came out to be 10.1. And I was aghast. A 10 should not happen. My family has a...

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Signs and symptoms of diabetes

6 November 2019

Diabetes can appear a little differently in everyone. Sometimes the symptoms seem sudden and other times it is a gradually-occurring nuisance. There are eight signs or symptoms of diabetes that should cause you to take notice. For instance, have you noticed lately that you or someone you know has a lack of energy, seems to be hungry all the time, and goes to the toilet more frequently? If you notice one or more of these signs, it is a good idea to talk to your doctor about what might be causing these changes. With a simple blood test you will get the information you need to determine the next steps. Left...

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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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