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Dark chocolate bark—a (slightly) healthier holiday indulgence

Don't get us wrong—even though it's rich in antioxidants, dark chocolate isn't exactly a health food. However, because it packs huge flavor into a small serving, you can get that satisfying sweetness you crave without digging deep into the cookie jar. This version uses Christmas colors, but you can substitute any nuts or dried fruit you prefer. Dark Chocolate Bark Ingredients (makes about 25 servings of 20 grams of chocolate each) 500 grams dark chocolate, chopped (about 70% cocoa) 1 cup roasted, salted pistachios, coarsely chopped 1 cup dried cranberries, coarsely chopped...

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How to Talk to Your Doctor

Whether you’ve been living with diabetes for years or you’re newly diagnosed, communicating with your health care team is one of the best things you can do. If you’re nervous about opening up to your doctor or pharmacist, there are some good reasons to conquer these fears. Less communication leads to measurable increases in your stress, anxiety, and possible depression. It also leads, inevitably, to less frequent and less successful diabetes management.1 Since communicating with your health care providers is proven to be good for your health, here are some guidelines for starting the conversation and keeping...

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Assigning A Value To Blood Glucose Numbers

When it comes to diabetes, you’re constantly told to monitor your blood glucose closely. But what exactly are you supposed to be monitoring—and why? Good diabetes management involves knowing target values, which are the numbers where the blood glucose level is said to be normal. Fasting or preprandial (pre-meal) blood glucose: between 4.0 and 7.0 mmol/L Postprandial blood glucose (two hours after a meal): between 5.0 and 10.0 mmol/L Anything below these values is considered to be hypoglycemia; the reverse is hyperglycemia. Both involve health risks. ...

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Hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia (or “low blood sugar”) occurs when blood glucose levels fall below 4 mmol/L. At first, symptoms may be benign—irritability, mild nausea—but if the situation is not addressed, hypoglycemia can lead to fainting or even coma. Signs Some of the symptoms, termed “adrenergic,” are due to adrenaline being secreted: Tingling in the tongue or lips Hunger Shakiness Sweating Paleness Nausea Rapid heartbeat Other symptoms, termed “neuroglycipenic,” are due to a lack of...

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Preparing for pregnancy—good reasons to start today

Let's think into the future. Imagine sitting in a rocking chair playing with ten brand-new, tiny toes. That's the image you can remember every time you check your blood glucose, visit your doctor or say no to a glass of wine. And it's absolutely worth it. Not ready for parenthood yet? Here's what you can do now. There are several things you can do to prepare for pregnancy well before you're ready to conceive. Read about it—just not too much. When you understand the risks, you can take steps to reduce them, but it could be overwhelming if you dwell...

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Taking Good Care Of Your Skin

Living with diabetes means being more susceptible to dry skin. One reason is that high blood glucose causes more frequent urination, leading to dehydration. Given that hyperglycemia affects nerves and capillaries, you may also observe a decrease in sweating. The problem is that dry skin gets injured or cracked more easily, making it more vulnerable to infections that can create serious complications. Besides, if you’re falling prey to neuropathy, you may not notice the problem early enough. Various complications Dry skin and poor blood circulation can create itching...

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Understanding Type 2 Diabetes

What is it? Type 2 diabetes is by far the most common: it’s the one affecting up to 90% of people living with diabetes. It is mostly found in adults (hence its nickname, “adult diabetes”), particularly in those 40 years and older. However, with the obesity epidemic currently raging around the world, it has been occurring in younger and younger people. This type of diabetes is associated with a sedentary lifestyle, obesity and excess weight—especially in cases where there is fat accumulation in the abdomen area—but uncontrollable factors such as heredity and age play a significant role...

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Diabetes: A Primer

Glucose, or blood sugar, is an important source of energy, especially for the brain, and insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas which allows cells to use it and regulates how much of it your blood contains. Diabetes means the pancreas doesn't produce enough, or any, insulin, or that the hormone is not doing its job effectively. This causes blood sugar levels to be too high—a state known as hyperglycemia. Symptoms include: Frequent urination Fatigue or drowsiness Increased hunger and thirst Unexplained weight loss ...

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Understanding type 1 diabetes

What is it? Type 1 diabetes affects 5 to 10% of people living with diabetes. You may know it as “insulin-dependent diabetes” or “juvenile diabetes.” Yes, type 1 diabetes requires insulin treatment, and yes, it occurs mostly in children and teenagers. But what many people don’t know is that it can develop at any age, and that it unfortunately cannot be prevented. Even today, the exact causes of the disease remain unknown. Genetics can play a role, and some environmental factors, such as viruses, can trigger the onset of the disease. What’s...

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