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Your most important back-to-school supply: Communication

There is nothing quite like the smell of pencils and the sight of new school shoes to bring memories of your school days flooding back. New teachers, a new routine and new friends can be exciting and scary all at once. If your child has diabetes, going back to school can come with an extra dose of complexity. A few tricks and a lot of open communication can make it easier. The early years Sending a child with diabetes to primary or grade school can be an exercise in faith. If your child depends on insulin injections, mealtimes, class parties, outings and excursions, and just the...

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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 broach the topic of 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. On the other hand, if you wait a few weeks, your significant other may feel like you weren’t open or trusting enough. What...

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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 reducing the buildup of LDL (low-density lipoproteins)—bad cholesterol. Yet, you need to aim for a level below 2.0 mmol/L of LDL...

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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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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 dietary myths. Myth 1: Diabetes skips a generation ...

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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 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 your meals, and make sure to eat a good breakfast. ...

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Neuropathy: A Painful Reality

Neuropathy is one of the complications of diabetes: over time, hyperglycemia ends up damaging nerves—particularly those in the lower extremities. This can then compromise the functioning of organs such as the digestive or renal system, the heart or the genitals. Recognizing the problem and diagnosing it in time The risk factors of neuropathy share much with those of diabetes: High blood glucose High triglyceride levels in the blood Excess weight Smoking Hypertension Your health care...

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Delicious Valentine’s Day

Picture this: it’s Valentine’s Day, and all that chocolate is looking mighty fine. You’d like to enjoy a good dinner without worries—so what do you do? Never fear, here we come to the rescue. Here are three ideas to celebrate the occasion while keeping your diabetes under control. 1. This year, forget about overcrowded restaurants and prepare a five-star meal in the comfort of your home by drawing inspiration from Ricardo’s excellent recipes for people with diabetes. You’ll have peace of mind knowing what’s on your plate—...

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All About Desserts

It’s the holidays, and a delicious scent of cinnamon and spice is wafting in the air. From homemade pie to French toast, seasonal treats look all kinds of delicious… but how do you indulge your sweet tooth without jeopardizing your blood sugar? It’s easy: just go for slightly healthier variations! Lighten your Yule log. Cut carbs by replacing the frosting by a thin layer of powdered sugar sprinkled with pieces of dark chocolate. The result will be just as beautiful (and yummy). Change up your cheesecake. Use wheat flour, replace regular cheese with low-fat cheese and...

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