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13 ways to better manage stress

18th March 2021

Stress is our body’s natural response to threat and danger. When we experience an event we perceive as stressful, our fight or flight response is triggered and our adrenal glands produce cortisol, the stress hormone.…

Whisky made from people with diabetes’ urine

16th March 2021

We recently saw a post from the Did You Know blog about how urine from people with diabetes can actually be made in to whisky. Being a natural cynic, we weren't 100% certain and decided…

15 thoughts someone with type 1 diabetes has every day

3rd March 2021

A lot goes through anyone's mind during day-to-day life... for example, "what do I need to do at work today?", "I need to remember to arrange a doctor's appointment" and even "what should I plan…

6 things that can affect blood glucose readings

26th February 2021

Many of us rely on blood glucose testing to stay in control of our sugar levels. But meters can be funny things: there may be times when the readings they provide are inaccurate. Modern meters…

8 unusual causes of blood sugar changes

11th January 2021

Keeping your blood glucose in check can be a pain in the proverbial, especially when you remember some things can affect your blood glucose that are absolutely beyond your control. We've narrowed down 8 of the…

11 quick responses for ridiculous comments about diabetes

2nd January 2021

We’ve all been asked ridiculous things about diabetes, whether they are silly comments or full-on stupid questions. Quite often, this isn’t the other person’s fault. They just don’t know any better. But responding to these…

6 diabetes phobias, and how they can be overcome

1st January 2021

Diabetes is tough enough to control without having to live with certain phobias that make management even harder. In this blog, we take a look at six different diabetes phobias that can be extremely problematic,…

11 myths people with diabetes are sick of hearing

22nd November 2020

Living with diabetes unfortunately means hearing things about the condition that can make you want to faceplant the floor. Here are some common myths about diabetes that are simply not true. At all. (more…)

5 things you didn’t know about Frederick Banting (or maybe you did?)

13th November 2020

Ninety-eight years ago Dr Frederick Banting graced the front cover of Time Magazine due to his unbelievable contribution within the field of diabetes treatment. Banting’s work led to the understanding of how insulin works, how…

14 things people do to keep their HbA1c below 7%

18th October 2020

Getting your HbA1c results can either be actually pretty exciting or beyond daunting, depending on your expectations. We’re told by NICE to aim for 6.5% (48 mmol/mol), but scoring below 7% (53 mmol/mol) is still…

Diabetes Week: Communicating with partners

4th June 2020

Diabetes affects both partners, not just the person with diabetes. The partner will share many of the difficulties and emotions that the person with diabetes does. (more…)

Diabetes Week 2020: How can diabetes affect mental health?

4th June 2020

It can be easy to forget that diabetes isn’t just about eating the right things and managing blood sugars, it can also take an emotional toll and impact on our mental health and wellbeing. In…

Diabetes Week 2020 Phone Wallpapers

4th June 2020

Diabetes Week is a significant week within the diabetes community, and this year we are redefining diabetes. Whether it's showing how people with type 1 diabetes can achieve incredible physical endurance feats, or challenging the…

Diabetes Week 2020: Redefining type 2 diabetes

4th June 2020

Diabetes Week is taking place between the 8-14 June and our goal for this year is to redefine diabetes by improving understanding and tackling misconceptions. In this blog we’re shifting the focus to misconceptions surrounding…

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