Meet Evelyn Riddell: the model with type 1 diabetes raising awareness and breaking the stigma

Last month the American Eagle-owned brand Aerie was praised for launching a new lingerie campaign featuring female models with disabilities and chronic illnesses.

One of the models featured is Evelyn Riddell. Evelyn has type 1 diabetes and wears an insulin pump and a continuous glucose monitor in her photos.

We were fortunate enough to chat with Evelyn and ask her about her experience as a model with type 1.

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“Our daughter’s need as an individual is not being addressed” – do insulin guidelines need to be more flexible?

Individuality is a core component of managing diabetes. What works for one may not work for another, and flexibility is important. Sometimes though, guidelines can be rigid and as a result individual situations are not catered for.

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The NHS turns 70: 7 achievements over the past 70 years

To continue our celebrations of our NHS turning 70 (the official birthday is today!) we thought we’d share with you seven achievements that we’ve witnessed over the past 70 years.

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Happy 70th birthday to our NHS!

Our National Health Service is turning 70 this year. Over the past 70 years we’ve seen some amazing achievements in healthcare and for people with diabetes the NHS has been a life-saving organisation.

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Live Q&A with Dr David Cavan on Monday 25 June 2018

Diabetes.co.uk will be conducting a live Q&A with internationally renowned diabetes expert and author Dr David Cavan on Monday 25 June.

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Diabetes Week: Talking low carb with healthcare professionals

Healthcare professionals (HCPs) should be helping you towards achieving healthy blood sugar levels as best you can.

Some HCPs are great at this. However, we have heard people with diabetes saying how they’ve been achieving amazing results and perfectly healthy sugar levels through eating low carb, only to be told by someone in their health team that they’re doing it all wrong!

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Diabetes Week: Communicating with partners

This year’s Diabetes Week theme is ‘Talk About Diabetes’ and so I’m looking at how we talk about diabetes with our partners.

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.

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Diabetes Week: Let’s talk about sex

Sex is an important part of life for many of us and probably an area which many of us could benefit from better communication with our partners.

Diabetes can influence sex so talking about it can be good for your partnership and the sex you have.

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Diabetes Week: Embracing questions about your diabetes

Diabetes Week represents an opportunity to help others to understand more about diabetes. I encourage those of you who are ready to, to embrace answering questions on diabetes.

Questions about your diabetes can sometimes feel intrusive for some of us but on the other side of things, they’re also a good chance to help people to better understand the condition we have.

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10 Sources of Hidden Carbs

Following a low carb high fat diet can be beneficial for someone looking to lose weight or regulate their blood sugar levels. From the outside it seems pretty easy to follow, you simply avoid foods that are high in carbs and increase your intake from fat. Unfortunately, in the modern world hidden carbs are everywhere, even in some seemingly ‘safe’ foods and if you’re unaware they’re there it may decrease your chances of reaching your goals.

We know sometimes not all hidden carbs can be avoided, but knowing hidden sources can help you look for alternatives when making meals and eating out.

Here are some surprising sources of hidden carbs to watch out for:

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