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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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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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What is structured blood glucose monitoring?

22 August 2019

Structured monitoring supports your routine or daily checking by giving you deeper, more targeted data to work from. It can help you determine if you're in a safe range and problem-solve around how the things you do are connected to your blood sugar.  You simply perform additional checks over a short period at specific times of day.  Structured monitoring tools can help you:  Discover how to best use your numbers  See how certain activities can affect your blood sugar levels...

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Trouble-free travelling with your insulin pump

5 August 2019

Planning a trip when you have to remember essential diabetes kit can be time consuming, so we thought some travel tips and advice might come in handy. Travel checklist Remember to pack the following for your trip: Plenty of cannula and infusion sets Batteries and battery key Insulin vials (quick acting) Insulin cartridges for pump and pen Insulin pens and needles Test strips and lancets Emergency contact details Carbohydrate to treat hypos Travel letter form hospital diabetes team (or GP) explaining...

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Get prepared for festival season

24 July 2019

Bastiaan likes to visit festivals. He always prepares well, so that he can enjoy the day. He wears a sensor that can alert him all day long if a hypo or hyper is lurking. This way he can listen to the music and dance without any worries. "It is especially important at a festival that you keep an eye on everything, so that you can fully enjoy the experience" - Bastiaan “For me, the summer in Amsterdam is all about having a drink on the terrace, swimming in the Amstel, sunbathing in the park but above...

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