Author - Jack Woodfield

7 lifestyle changes to improve restless leg syndrome

If you, or someone you know, has restless leg syndrome, you’ll know how uncomfortable it can be. Symptoms include burning, twitching and crawling, and can be worse at night, making sleeping difficult.

Restless leg syndrome, or RLS, is a nerve condition, and because nerve health can be affected by diabetes, this may explain why people with diabetes are more likely to develop RLS.

However, there are a number of strategies that people use to improve RLS symptoms, and many of these stem from making lifestyle changes.

In this video we look at 7 lifestyle changes to help you deal with restless leg syndrome.

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5 general tips to stick to keep your sensor secured

Sensors can be a sticky subject for some people with diabetes. As wondrous as modern technology is, sometimes sensors can come off, and there can be any number of reasons for this. Ultimately though staying away from door frames has never been more important!

Whether you use the FreeStyle Libre, Dexcom G6 or another type of flash or continuous glucose monitor (CGM), it can help to have some tips to prevent your sensor falling off.

These are general tips and not specific to any device, and if you are still unsure about why or what could cause your sensor to fall off then visit your doctor for more information.

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7 tips to improve your HbA1c

Having a good HbA1c means that, generally, your average blood sugar levels are lower. This is positive for several reasons, one reason being that good HbA1c control helps to reduce your risk of complications in later life.

For most people with type 2 diabetes or type 1 diabetes, the HbA1c target recommended by NICE, or the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, is 48 mmol/mol or 6.5%. [1] [2]

This target is easy for some to achieve, but for others it’s not. And scoring below 53 mmol/mol or 7% is still impressive.

In this video we’ve picked out 7 tips that people with good HbA1c levels use to help them.

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5 top travel tips to stay on top of diabetes

There’s nothing quite like the excitement of looking forward to a holiday. Whether you’re set to travel abroad or domestically, the build-up can often seem in slow motion as you wait for the big day.

But as you wait for the big day it’s important to get yourself prepared. People with diabetes have more to think about, and leaving nothing to chance means that you can travel with peace of mind knowing you’ve got your bases covered.

In this video we’re looking at some top tips for travelling with diabetes that can help you every step of the way there.

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6 healthy activities to entertain the whole family during the summer holidays

Parents, this is the week. The kids are breaking up for the summer holidays. You’ve been preparing for this for months, it’s fine. You knew it was going to happen and you’ve got all sorts of activities lined up to keep them entertained. Right?

If the answer to this question is ‘no’, then read on. Likewise if the answer is ‘yes’ then we will still be able to help. We’ve lined up some summer activities for you and the kids and the whole family to enjoy to keep you all healthy, happy and creating memories to last for years.

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Summit of success: two men with type 1 diabetes climbing 50 US mountains in 50 days

A wonderful article featured on BBC News this week about two mountain climbers with type 1 diabetes who are bidding to climb the highest points of all 50 US states in just 50 days.

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7 treatment methods for tackling back pain

Back pain can develop for any number of reasons. It may be due to an injury or a long-term complication, and the severity of pain can vary from person to person. That is why having an array of treatment techniques is important, to see which methods work best for you in controlling pain, and potentially even reversing it.

Earlier this year a study reported that people with diabetes are more likely to report back and neck pain. This didn’t state that diabetes was the cause, but an association appears to exist. Because diabetes can sometimes lead to painful complications in later life, being aware of treatment techniques can help you to act quickly, and not just assume back pain will go away.

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Injecting in public – why people with diabetes shouldn’t have to hide

Immense progress is being made in improving quality of life for people with diabetes. You only need to look at the health benefits enabled by low carb eating or the innovation of the FreeStyle Libre. Unfortunately though there are some areas where diabetes awareness still requires progression. One of these areas is injecting in public.

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Breeze through summer with these refreshing dessert recipes

Hasn’t it been hot recently? Ice cream vans are seemingly now less than 100ft away at all times, and the blaring volume of their jingles has made us hungry for desserts to cool down. The problem with most ice cream though is the sugar content, so making desserts yourself can help you track the sugar content as well as portion sizes.

We’ve put together some delicious summer dessert recipes that are easy to make and low in sugar. They’re also perfect for sharing with family or friends or simply consuming on your own (we’ve all been there). When the heat next gets a bit too much, try one of these dessert ideas to help you cool down.

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7 foods containing iodine that could be useful for combatting underactive thyroid

Around one or two out of every hundred people develop an underactive thyroid [1]. This means that your thyroid gland, which sits on the front of the neck, does not produce enough of the hormones that regulate your metabolism.

What does this mean? For people with diabetes, the link relates to metabolism. Underactive thyroid, also known as hypothyroidism, can lead to hunger, low body temperature, muscle weakness and fatigue. Therefore, an underactive thyroid in those with diabetes could also affect blood sugar control.

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