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The incredible, unbelievable value of having a friend living with diabetes.

Guest article by Christel Oerum. Have you ever imagined having a best friend who also lives with diabetes? How wonderful it would be to meet the perfect "diabuddy" who truly understands what it means to live with diabetes and relates to what you deal with every day. They wouldn't have to guess at what you're thinking—they'd know because it's their life too. You are not alone. There are so many of us living with diabetes around the world. If you're open to it and willing to share your experience with others, the chance of meeting another person living with...

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Dating With Diabetes

So you’ve met someone, and they might be “the one!” Butterflies in the stomach are normal on first dates. They’re enough to deal with that you don’t need the anxiety of wondering when and how to approach the topic of your life with diabetes with your new flame. Now or later? That’s up to you. Dealing with the situation immediately will take a weight off your shoulders, even if it can seem like a heavy thing to talk about at the beginning of a relationship. If you wait a few weeks, your significant other may feel like you weren’t...

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Insulin: A New Beginning

Insulin: A New Beginning

After living with diabetes for several years, you’ve just been prescribed an insulin treatment. You probably have many questions—perhaps even fears or misgivings. This is completely normal. In any event, here are three preconceived notions you can discard right now. 1. Transitioning to insulin means I managed my diabetes incorrectly. Wrong. Diabetes is a progressive disease. Despite all your efforts and good will, it may just be that your pancreas is no longer able to cope.   2. Insulin therapy is a last-resort treatment. ...

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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. 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 alcohol, your liver goes into a “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...

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Put A Stop To Cravings!

People living with diabetes often think they have to ban all unhealthy foods. Yet, dealing with your cravings, rather than trying to eliminate them, is the best way to prevent possibly damaging binges. Defuse high-calorie bombs. Bored? Stressed? Cravings often arise in response to a psychological need. Outsmart them: dive into a novel, or go for a walk or a run. Self-indulgence or true hunger? All you had for lunch was a green salad? It’s no surprise that your stomach is growling! Add some fibre and protein to...

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How to make sense of blood sugar values

How to make sense of blood sugar values

I don’t understand what my blood sugar range means! If you live with diabetes, you have probably been asked to check your blood sugar a lot. But what are you supposed to be checking? How do you interpret the values you see? Managing your diabetes is easier when you know what the values mean and what you are trying to accomplish. What is the normal blood sugar range? Your doctor is the best person to ask what your blood sugar goals should be. Since everyone is different and unique, your goals may be different from the standard ranges. Things like age, your health...

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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. You hear a lot less about possible problems in the bedroom—be they psychological barriers or dysfunctions. Can diabetes affect your sexuality? There might be some potential inconveniences when it comes to diabetes and sex. However, it does not 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...

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A matter of chocolate!

Why deny yourself the pleasure? Good for both your mood and your cardiovascular health, chocolate can very easily be integrated into your diet—as long as it’s consumed in moderation, of course. Good fats The types of fats contained in cacao butter, such as monounsaturated fatty acids, prevent high cholesterol, which contributes to good cardiovascular health. Antioxidants The flavonoids contained in dark chocolate help lower blood pressure by...

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Debunking Dietary Myths

Who hasn't heard far-fetched "facts" about diet and diabetes? These days, with the barrage of information coming at us from all sides, it can be hard to separate fact from fiction. In this article, we take a closer look at 8 of the most common and persistent...

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