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October 2016

Continuously Learning about Exercising with Diabetes

It’s 10:30pm and I have finally made it onto the train home after a long day of meetings and customer entertainment in London. Looking at my wrist, I realize I…

Helen May 22nd October 2016

Diabetes and Alcohol

ALCOHOL Having diabetes doesn’t mean that you have to give up alcohol. The rules are the same for someone with or without diabetes. New government guidelines were…

Jacqui Moran 20th October 2016

Dietary guidelines for diabetes

Eating a healthy diet is just as important as your medication. No foods are out of bounds but your choices are an important part of your diabetes management. Food…

Jacqui Moran 18th October 2016

Hypoglycaemia or a “Hypo”

This occurs when the level of glucose in your blood falls too low (4mmols/l or below) WHO IS AT RISK OF HAVING A HYPO? If you take insulin If you take tablets other…

Jacqui Moran 15th October 2016

Managing your weight

Managing your weight is the most effective treatment for Type 2 Diabetes. Being overweight makes it harder for the body to use insulin effectively. Research has…

Jacqui Moran 13th October 2016

Glycaemic Index

Low GI diets have shown some improvements in HbA1c (2) in Type 2 diabetes. The glycaemic index is a ranking of carbohydrate based on the overall effect on blood…

Jacqui Moran 12th October 2016

Food Labelling

Main types of food labelling are traffic light labelling and GDA (Guideline Daily Amounts) The traffic light colours on some packaging tell you if the product contains,…

Jacqui Moran 10th October 2016

Quotes from patients

Who listens when they’re 28 to what you’re going to be like when you’re 60? – well you don’t do you Initially I did what I was supposed to do and then…

Judith Anders 8th October 2016

HbA1c Roulette

If you have diabetes, HbA1c is a term that you’ll be well familiar with. Once you get on more familiar terms, it’s OK to call me A1c… For the uninitiated,…

Chris Genders 7th October 2016

Impact! – Diabetes Diagnosis

OK I admit it’s a corny title – a bit like a film about the big meteorite that is about to obliterate Planet Earth. But there is some logic to it. You’ve been…

Chris Genders 5th October 2016

mobile health (mHealth) – a huge opportunity or a road to nowhere?

As recently as June 2016, the CEO of the American Medical Association accused mobile health (mHealth) – and medical ‘apps’ in particular – as nothing better…

Chris Genders 3rd October 2016

The Dark Side of Diabetes

Diabetes is so misunderstood. If you get told you have cancer, the first question you ask is ‘How long have I got Doc?’ Diabetes means you’ve got high blood…

Chris Genders 1st October 2016