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Start the day off right!

It’s a fact: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. In addition to providing you with the energy you need, it helps you keep hunger under control and prevent drops in blood sugar… as long as you limit carbohydrate and fat intake in favour of protein and fibre. Low on time or ideas in the morning? Here’s some inspiration! Yogurt parfaits You’ll love how easy it is to make them: just combine low-fat plain yogurt, nuts and fresh or dried fruit. Smoothies Have breakfast on the go with your own...

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How to Turn a "Bad Diabetes Day" Around

Everyone living with diabetes has good and bad days. Some days you have in-range blood sugar levels and others just don’t work out right. Diabetes burnout and diabetes distress are very real feelings. You might be feeling like you have been trying very hard but not seeing the results you like. Or you might feel a little overwhelmed and not sure how to cope with diabetes and mental health1. When a bad diabetes day seems to be taking over, here’s how to turn it around. Diabetes mental health and attitude ...

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The Benefits of Staying Active

Exercise is good for everyone, but for people with diabetes, it can make a big difference in keeping your blood sugar level under control. Not only that, but staying active allows your cells to process insulin more efficiently, improving your overall A1C levels.   The many benefits to staying active Exercise is one of the cornerstones of managing your diabetes, because the list of benefits for people with diabetes is long. Exercise can:1 Improve insulin sensitivity for people with type 12 Decrease the glucose...

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Coming to terms with a diabetes diagnosis

You’ve just received the news: you or your child have diabetes. After the initial shock, you’ll probably experience a whole range of emotions and have a ton of questions. It’s a normal process that’s unique to everyone, and it may include the following stages: Denial. You don’t believe the diagnosis. Anger. You feel a sense of injustice, or anxiety that turns into revolt. Bargaining. You partially accept the situation, but question some aspects of it (the proposed treatment, the severity of the disease, etc.). ...

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Carb Counting Exchanges

The truth about carbohydrates and diabetes The myth: If you have diabetes, you can't eat sweets or sugar. The truth: A food doesn't have to be sweet or sugary to raise your blood sugar. Anything with carbohydrates will affect your blood glucose, whether it's from white potatoes, pasta, bread or (insert local sweets here…jelly babies / lollies / strawberry laces).1 Of course, different foods may affect you differently. Why?...

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4 Tips to Improve Diabetes Lifestyle

There are probably many things that each of us would like to change about our life, but thinking about them all at once can be overwhelming. Instead, choose just one thing to improve now. Changing any of the things below could have an impact on your life with diabetes, both on your physical health and your emotional well-being. Make testing matter For people living with diabetes, testing more often is the key to manage your health. Frequent testing provides the data you need to make informed decisions about your medication, diet and exercise...

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Creating a Circle of Support

No one can go it alone. Whether you are living with diabetes or you’re a caregiver, it’s important to have a few options for emotional support. Knowing who to turn to with specific questions will make life easier. Find other people living with diabetes  Few things are more comforting than talking with someone who understands you when you are living with diabetes, or if you are facing a type 1 or type 2 diagnosis. If you don’t already have a friend or a family member living with diabetes who can fill this role, seek out a...

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To Drink Or Not To Drink: That Is The Question

Alcohol is often on the guest list at everything from family reunions to evenings with friends, but it doesn’t always mix well with diabetes. Still, unless otherwise specified by your doctor, nothing is stopping you from having a drink as long as you follow some basic guidelines. First, what effect does alcohol have? When you drink some, your liver goes into “cleaning” mode: instead of producing glucose, it works at eliminating alcohol from your system. This puts you at risk of having a low blood sugar episode which may manifest up to 24 hours later. By the way, glucagon, like certain...

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Diabetes And Intimacy

When talking about diabetes management, sex remains a taboo subject. You hear a lot about risks for eyes, nerves, kidneys and the heart, but a lot less about possible problems in the bedroom—be they psychological barriers or dysfunctions. The potential inconveniences are real, but they don’t mean that you have to give up on sex. Let’s take a closer look at this topic in five points. Dialogue. It’s true that your diabetes is your own business, but communication is vital if your partner is going to understand your needs. In bed...

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