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Shedding the diabetes stigma: Say no to blame and shame

You're already checking your blood sugar, seeing doctors and educators, and watching what you eat. Anyone who wants to judge you—including yourself—should be impressed by what you're getting right, not looking for ways to criticize. If you ever feel down on yourself for having diabetes, or worry that others might, try to do four things for yourself: Believe you didn't cause diabetes. You've most likely been told or read that diabetes isn't your fault, but do you believe it? Whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you didn't do this to yourself. Diabetes is a complex...

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If you’re suffering from the heat, so is your equipment! Temperature can alter the results of blood glucose measures in a variety of ways—watch out for that! Loss of reliability Strips, insulin and insulin pumps are sensitive to heat. That’s why it’s important to read storage temperature and usage condition instructions carefully. If necessary, ask your pharmacist for more information. If, for example, strips or the glucose meter are not in proper working order and your results are...

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Exotic Flavours: A Recipe For Success

You’ve chosen your destination, watched all the slideshows, salivate at the delicious dishes that await you… and then, diabetes crashes your party. Yes, travelling impacts your routine, especially food-wise, but there’s no need for you to go hungry. Follow this guide! Before setting sail First, research your destination and its cuisine. For example, Mediterranean food is generally easier to manage than carb-rich Italian dishes (pizza and pasta ahoy!). Also, make sure you learn about local eating habits. In some countries, such as Spain, people...

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Ladies, this one is for you.

French cartoonist Emma recently struck a nerve with her web cartoon "Fallait demander/You should have asked". The comic shows a husband telling his overworked, exasperated wife that he would have been happy to help with the household duties—if she'd only asked. The upshot was something many intuitively know—that most of the time women carry an overwhelming proportion of the mental load in any household. ...

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5 additions to your back-to-school-with-diabetes supply list

You've got the ICP (Individual Care Plan) written and the DCT (...

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When Diabetes And Fun Go Hand In Hand!

For your children, it’s not always easy living with diabetes and the strictness it imposes… and it’s easy to understand why: they want to have fun with their friends and not worry about bolus doses and blood sugar levels. Never mind that! You can offer them the best of both worlds by signing them up for diabetes camp. What is it? These camps welcome children with diabetes for one-to-two-week stays in a safe and fun setting, where activities are organized around care and treatments. In short, campers get to have an authentic outdoor camp experience adapted to their needs, all while...

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“I do”

It’s decided—you’re getting married! Obviously, you have tons of things to think about, from the venue to the seating plan to the invitations… and there’s diabetes, too. In a dream situation, it wouldn’t be on your guest list, but you’re well aware that wedding or not, you’ll still have to count carbs and monitor your blood sugar. Even so, you can have everything running like clockwork in order to fully enjoy your big day. Here are the ten commandments for keeping your diabetes in check (a crash in the middle of exchanging your vows would not be cool)! Thou shalt create a detailed plan. Because...

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Reconciling Gluten Intolerance And Diabetes

An estimated 1% of the general population suffers from celiac disease. And there is a significantly higher prevalence of the disease in people living with type 1 diabetes. For those people who have two autoimmune diseases, gluten-free eating is anything but a fad. What is gluten, exactly? Contrary to what the recent dietary trend would have you believe, gluten is not bad in and of itself. This protein, present in wheat, rye, triticale and barley, helps bind bread and other baked goods, which is why it’s found in many processed foods. Celiac disease or gluten intolerance? ...

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It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!

Winter is not the exclusive domain of world-class athletes! You too can conquer the white season and enjoy its lovely landscapes. Get moving! It feels great! The benefits of physical activity are no secret to anyone: decreased blood pressure, a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, improved weight and blood sugar management… On top of all this, it also helps fight off the seasonal blues by acting as a great source of energy and well-being. Keeping the flame alive Some activities can be practised throughout the year (jogging, for example). If your favourite physical...

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