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Finding Fats in Foods

If someone wanted to cut unnecessary fat from their diet, you might suggest they try eating soup and a sandwich for lunch, eating more salads and choosing desserts that are low in saturated fat. Sounds like a good plan, right?   Unfortunately, it’s not quite that simple. The fact is, saturated fats and trans fats are lurking in many foods that seem healthy. Here are a few examples:   Salad dressing. All those crisp, delicious vegetables are great for you—high in vitamins, minerals and fibre. But at 20 grams of fat per tablespoon, full-fat dressing can...

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Breaking Free Of The Sofa Without Forsaking TV

So you don’t have the time—or the inclination!—to go for a run or visit the gym? If you own a stationary bike or other type of exercise machine, combining workouts with binge-watching an addictive series is a no-brainer. Otherwise, fear not: there are still plenty of ways to work out in the comfort of your living room. No equipment needed besides comfortable clothing! You can choose from a wide range of exercises:Running in place, jumping jacks… as long as you don’t have a downstairs neighbour, that is!Leg lifts, sideways or forward kicksDrawing circles with...

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Managing Sick Days

Feeling fine? It's the perfect day to create a sick day plan. When you're feeling ill, you'd like nothing more than to lie in bed with a good book or movie. Yet that's when you need to focus even more on diabetes self-care. The key to sick days with diabetes is doing all of the thinking ahead of time. That way, when you don't feel like concentrating, you can simply follow the plan. What to include in your plan Involve your diabetes care team in developing your sick day plan1—ask them when you should call for help, how often...

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Understanding Type 2 Diabetes

What is it? Type 2 diabetes is by far the most common: it’s the one affecting up to 90% of people living with diabetes. It is mostly found in adults (hence its nickname, “adult diabetes”), particularly in those 40 years and older. However, with the obesity epidemic currently raging around the world, it has been occurring in younger and younger people. This type of diabetes is associated with a sedentary lifestyle, obesity and excess weight—especially in cases where there is fat accumulation in the abdomen area—but uncontrollable factors such as heredity and age play a significant role...

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Sugary Drinks: Not So Sweet After All

The World Health Organization recommends reducing sugar intake to 10% of daily energy intake—in other words, 200 of the 2,000 calories that you consume in the day, or 50 g of sugar. And lowering that percentage to 5%, or 25 g, would be even healthier. That’s barely 6 teaspoons a day! One thing you quickly learn when living with diabetes is that sugar is everywhere. Keeping a close watch on what you eat is fine, but applying the same vigilance to what you drink is just as important. Soft drinks, for example, are like little calorie bombs. Each can has about 150 calories and 40 g of carbohydrates, or 10...

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Travelling Tips

The long-awaited moment is finally here: you’re going on vacation—and you deserve this break. So, while you pack your bags and look for your passport or your keys (have you tried the pantry?), here’s our basic guide to a memorable and hassle-free trip! Setting off! • While travelling by car, bus, plane or train, make sure your medication and diabetic equipment are always close at hand. • If you’re flying, make sure that your medication still has its pharmaceutical label and that your syringes and needles are stored in their sheath with your insulin. Your lancets must...

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Dining Out With Diabetes

How nice it is to share a good meal in good company, leaving stoves and crockery behind to be waited on at a restaurant! The problem is that many dishes on the menu often tend to increase blood sugar. Dining out with diabetes: mission impossible? Not at all. What’s good (and healthy) on the menu? To follow your diet plan more easily, you should try to choose restaurants with good variety, substitutions at no extra charge and generally healthy options… but you still have to spot the pitfalls! Portions are often larger, and the food usually contains more salt and fat. Ask about...

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Stress: It’s Not All In Your Head!

When your body is under attack—or when it feels attacked—it will naturally have a fight or flight response, with the hormonal reaction this entails. Cortisol and adrenaline, among other hormones, increase glucose levels, which is quickly transported to cells to provide the body with energy. Diabetes causes insulin to not always play its role effectively, which can lead to hyperglycemia. And if you’re living with type 1 diabetes, beware: you are also at risk of hypoglycemia. Breathe! To develop better defense mechanisms, do some soul-searching:     • Identify...

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