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Looking after your diabetes during Ramadan

If you have diabetes and are taking part in Ramadan, it’s important to be aware of the risks.

As Ramadan in 2016 is occurring through June and into the start of July, this means that the fasting period is over a long period of the day.

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7-year-old girl won’t let type 1 diabetes stop her from becoming a professional tennis player

Amalia Widdowson is adamant that her type 1 diabetes will not prevent her from becoming a professional tennis player. Having just won the LTA National Tour 9 & Under event in Southampton, the ball is most certainly in her court regarding her future plans.

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Snacks that can be improved by substituting ingredients with healthy fats

Everyone should be eating more healthy fats. They tend to come from natural sources and can provide tremendous health benefits, such as a lower risk of heart disease.

Healthy fats can also be used to replace less healthy ingredients in snacks and meals, particularly when you make food yourself from scratch.

All too often, though, people are tempted to snack on processed foods, such as crisps and biscuits, which have little to no nutritional benefit. By eating healthier snacks containing healthier ingredients, our bodies receive key nutrients and we also stay fuller for longer.

People with diabetes have a higher risk of health problems such as cardiovascular disease, but eating healthy fats instead of unhealthy, processed food can help lower this risk.

We’ve taken a look at how some heart healthy fats can be added to four commonly eaten snacks to make them more nutritious. We’ll also guide you through how to make sure these snacks contain as little sugar as possible, and which ingredients can be substituted to make way for the healthy fats.

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Nine-year-old boy with type 1 diabetes receives apology after cinema confiscated his water bottle

An Irish cinema has apologised to a nine-year-old boy with type 1 diabetes after preventing him from bringing water into a film screening.

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Cranberry juice and 4 other drinks that could fight diabetes

There are many drinks which benefit people with diabetes, such as water, milk and diet soft drinks, as they are low in sugar.

Earlier this month, cranberry juice made the news for its preventative prowess against type 2 diabetes, and there are other drinks that help tackle diabetes.

We’ve assessed which drinks could reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes developing, as well as the ones that can aid the management of people with the condition.

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Diabetes Legends: Winsome Johnston – who proved her doctors wrong through good management

Winsome Johnston has made a habit of defying expectations. She was born in 1918. Back then, people with diabetes were lucky to live for a few years, let alone a full and healthy life. Winsome knew this first-hand: her sister had died from type 1 diabetes at the age of 16. So she wasn’t surprised when, upon her own diagnosis at the age of six, doctors told her she wouldn’t live very long.

Winsome is 86 now. Not many have lived longer with diabetes.

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This dog could save your life: The pets trained to sniff out diabetes emergencies

Casper is a miniature poodle, a fluffy ball of fun who looks like he might be part cloud. He also saves lives.

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How did I end up here? – a brief history of my diabetes

As a first post, I shall open with a bit of background on myself.

I’m Benedict, the Editor of Diabetes.co.uk. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes aged 11. I felt I had quite an easy time through school as my twice daily injections meant I didn’t have to inject at school and was therefore rarely viewed as ‘the diabetic’. I confess to lying about my numbers to my doctors, to my family and to myself but I felt no guilt in doing so. By the time I went to University, my sugar levels were far from great but I didn’t view them as a problem at the time.

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