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Reach Magazine

March · 2017 | Essential news and views for people with diabetes

From the editor

Hello and welcome to Reach. As the cobwebs of winter start to clear, I hope you all are looking forward to spring. 

We have an exciting collection of articles, including a piece on blood sugar patterns with some relevant helpful tips, while Kristy Haywood explains how understanding her patterns has helped her fit Type 1 diabetes into her life as a student nurse. 

We also have facts from the experts, including a look at islet cell transplantation from the renound Dr Pratik Chaudhury, while dietitian Azmina Govindji, tackles the controversial area of low carb diets and their role in Type 1 diabetes. 

All in all, an exciting edition of Reach for all to enjoy: we hope you like it!

Articles

Accu-Chek news

Our news page features a new diabetes comic and an update from the all parliamentary group on diabetes.

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LCHF?

The low carb high fat (LCHF) diet has been heralded as a weight-loss sensation, but is it advisable for Type 1 diabetes? 

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Islet transplantation

Islet transplantation is not a "cure" for diabetes, but an effective means of helping some people with problematic hypoglycaemia.

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What is a carb?

There are three main types of carbohydrate in food - so if you're newly diagnosed with diabetes knowing what kind and how much to eat can be confusing.

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Interview

This issue features university student Kristy Haywoods, and how she uses data to control her diabetes.

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Making the jump to pump

Moving on to insulin pumps has transformed the lives of two sporty sisters.

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Pattern testing

Pattern testing is a great way to identify how different foods, exercise or moods can impact on your blood glucose levels. 

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