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Lighter Chicken and Leek Pie

We've slimmed down this chicken and leek pie so it still has all of the comforting goodness of the original, without the extra fat, calories and carbs.1 How? 1. Skip the bottom crust. This may seem like cheating—of course a single-crust pie will be easier on the carbs. But it also means you don't have to pre-bake the bottom crust or try cutting through soggy pastry when you reheat the leftovers.2. Use a prepared top crust. Whether you prefer puff pastry or a regular short crust, a commercial crust is likely to be rolled out thinner than you could do on your own, saving time and...

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Your Ten Best Food Allies

It’s a fact: not all foods are created equal. Some are dangerously seductive, like this chocolate bar that’s winking at you from the counter. And others are so nutritious and healthy—as well as delicious—that they fall into the “superfood” category. Their best assets: a high nutrient and vitamin content and a low glycemic index. But who are these formidable allies in diabetes management? 1- Beans Like many legumes, beans of all kinds are full of dietary fibre—a considerable asset for someone living with diabetes. In addition to contributing to the prevention of cardiovascular disease,...

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Creating a Circle of Support

No one can go it alone. Whether you have 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 with diabetes  Few things are more comforting than talking with someone who understands you when you have diabetes, or if you are facing a type 1 or type 2 diagnosis. If you don’t already have a friend or family member with diabetes who can fill this role, seek out a diabetes support group...

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Teenagers And Diabetes: Disease Doesn't Clip Your Wings

Teenagers are building their self-image, experiencing new things and seeking validation from their peers. It shouldn’t be surprising that diabetes weighs heavily on them. Becoming responsible Teenagers may feel like rebelling against the whole routine surrounding diabetes management. Blood glucose tests remind them that they’re different and give them the impression of being constantly monitored. They might want to avoid being confronted with the results of a test so as not to feel discouraged or guilty. Here are some suggestions for easing the tension: ...

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Insulin Injections: Breaking Down The Barrier

If insulin injections are part of your daily life, you know how essential they are to managing your diabetes and preventing complications. You also know that following your injection schedule is crucial. If your body doesn’t get enough insulin over the long term, you risk developing serious problems with your eyes, heart, nerves and kidneys. Getting too much insulin could lead to hypoglycemia—extreme cases of which can cause diabetic coma. Despite all this, according to a study conducted in the US, over half of people with insulin-dependent diabetes have deliberately skipped injections at...

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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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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 as elsewhere, being critical is useless and only results...

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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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