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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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Mental Health Awareness Week – Coping with Stress

Mental Health Awareness Week is taking place between 14th-20th May and the focus for this year is on tackling stress.

Many of us have experienced feeling stressed – the common sensations of butterflies in the stomach or being unable to ‘switch off’ – and for someone with diabetes, knowing how to cope with stress is important because stress can affect how they manage their condition. It can also be caused by various factors relating to diabetes such as receiving a diagnosis or adjusting to treatment.

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Melissa McCarthy – Success on the keto diet

With celebrity diets and weight loss often the hot topic of conversation in the media, it is no surprise that Melissa McCarthy has stolen the limelight following her dramatic 75 pound weight loss! How, you might be asking? The answer is the ketogenic diet.

Going keto is becoming increasingly popular among the diabetes community and is setting the trend for celebs too. A popular benefit of the keto diet is the weight loss that can be achieved, while further benefits include lower blood pressure, raised HDL cholesterol levels (which is a good sign of heart health) and improved mental performance.

Melissa McCarthy, a well-known actor who you might recognise from films such as Bridesmaids and the television show Mike and Molly, is a funny, witty and entertaining actor. Melissa embraced the film industry as a plus-sized woman, and for years she has set the benchmark for all body types. Hallelujah!

For a new film role, she embraced the ketogenic diet primarily to lose weight, and the results have been sensational.

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Top Easter egg choices

 Controlling and watching your blood sugars this Easter weekend is important if you have diabetes, and it doesn’t help that the likelihood of more chocolate being around is high.

Therefore, here we have a condensed guide on the best low carb and low sugar friendly Easter eggs. After looking online and across supermarkets there are only a handful of 85%+ cocoa, dark chocolate Easter eggs. Unfortunately, the selection is limited, but they do exist!

However, if you are interested in alternatives to chocolate this Easter, you will welcome the arrival of the first cheese Easter egg. Yes, you read correctly, cheese Easter eggs are now available in Asda.

Whether chocolate or cheese is your preference, here are the diabetes friendlier eggs worthy of pursuing this Easter.

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Self-care tips for busy mums

Mother’s day is an opportunity to show our mums just how much we love and appreciate them. Being a parent can be demanding and exhausting and often you put your child’s needs before your own. Practicing regular self-care is something many of us (especially busy mums) don’t do very often. But this doesn’t mean we should overlook its importance.

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Happy International Women’s Day from DCUK!

#Pressforprogress

In today’s society there is a strong demand to move forward to ensure there is always gender parity. The theme of 2018’s International Women’s Day is #PressforProgress which works by encouraging whole communities to be gender inclusive.

Here at Diabetes.co.uk we are doing our bit to #PressforProgress. The ladies of the office certainly don’t go unappreciated, with all of our younger female team members progressing in their careers. We thought we would share a little bit about some of our influential female colleagues and how they have got to where they are today.

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Vitamin D, The Sunshine Vitamin – Are You Getting Enough?

It’s quite likely that many people currently have low vitamin D levels, especially with the extreme weather conditions and snow. But fear not.

This is because it is very hard to get enough vitamin D solely from the diet throughout the winter. Therefore, it is so crucial to optimise your time outside in the forthcoming months- sun lovers rejoice!

In the summer months, typically from late March-end of September, most people get sufficient amounts through sunlight exposure and from their diet. Hence vitamin D is also known as the sunshine vitamin.

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Well-known psychologist discusses the power of low carb in transforming his family’s health

Psychologist Jordan Peterson has revealed how transitioning to a high fat, low carbohydrate diet has helped in managing not only his own, but also his daughter’s and his wife’s health conditions.

Peterson, speaking on Joe Rogan’s podcast ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’, explains that his family have suffered from autoimmune disorders, with his daughter Mikhaila being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at just 7 years of age.

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7 stages of New Year’s resolutions

It all seemed so simple. From 1 January your plan would fall into place like a knife through full-fat butter, and your New Year’s resolution would yield instant gratification. Your motivation would be unwavering, and long-term success would be inevitable.

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

Ninety-four 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 it can be isolated and, importantly, how it can be used to manually manage blood sugar levels in people with an affected pancreas. But saving the lives of millions of people across the globe isn’t the only impressive thing about the man. How many of these facts about Banting did you know?

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