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11 myths people with diabetes are sick of hearing

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.

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General Election 2015: Which party offers more to people with diabetes?

It’s election time – that glorious few weeks or months when everyone furrows their brows in an attempt to make sense of the many complex issues facing the UK, trying to make an informed choice as to which party is best to address them.

This time around, healthcare is the biggest issue, and the future of the NHS. It’s vast and complicated, and one of the big talking points is diabetes. But who offers the best programme for people with the condition?

Furrow no more – this is a quick (but thorough) guide to diabetes and the general election.

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How to better understand people with diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that people can get very wrong, very easily.

Assumptions that insulin should be used in times of low blood sugar and that consuming sugary products will kill us are wrong, but quite commonplace.

We’ve compiled a few things that can not only help people improve their understanding of diabetes, but also of the people who manage it on a daily basis.

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7 Christmas dinner tips for people with diabetes

For people with diabetes, Christmas, for all its fun and jollity, can feel like a bit of an obstacle course. Calorific Christmas dinners can trip you up, and it’s often hard to know exactly how to navigate the festive season without disastrous consequences for your blood sugar. Here are a few ways you can have a healthy Christmas dinner without missing out on the festive fun:

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5 presents to get someone with diabetes for Christmas

As December begins, families across the country have no doubt been locking horns over just when is “too early” for Christmas decorations to go up.

A divisive issue, yes, but another quandary many find themselves in annually is what Christmas present to purchase for your loved one, family member or friend with diabetes.

We’ve selected five of the finest gifts that somebody with diabetes could receive, inevitably leading to admiration and appreciation from your esteemed receiver.

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How to manage alcohol with your diabetes this Christmas

Christmas time, mistletoe and wine. Cliff Richard summed up Christmas delightfully with one lyric but people with diabetes, and who are over 18, must consider drinking alcohol carefully around Christmas time.

It can be tempting during the Christmas period for people with diabetes to consume alcohol more frequently then they perhaps would throughout the rest of the year.

Work Christmas parties and general festive celebrations will often see alcohol purchased, and while people with diabetes should not avoid drinking, understanding the effects of alcohol is essential.

Each person with diabetes will react differently to alcohol, which can lead to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) or hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) depending on the amount you consume and what food you have eaten beforehand.

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Looking back on Christmas

When I look back over Christmas and think to myself whether I was able to keep my sugar levels in check as well as I hoped.

If I’m honest, I would have to say that the sugar levels weren’t as good as I might have hoped. I wouldn’t say I went crazy at any point and did well to avoid mid-meal pecking but my blood glucose levels were higher than I would have liked.

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