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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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Buyer beware: Health foods that are often unhealthy

Looks can be deceiving and this is especially true in the world of health foods. Health has become big business and many companies are trying to capitalise on this.

The trouble is, many of these companies are trying to profit by making unhealthy processed food appear healthy. It’s a classic case of wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Want to know which foods to watch out for?

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Diabetes Legends: Dr. Elliot Proctor Joslin – a pioneer of diabetes treatment

Elliot Proctor Joslin is considered a pioneer in the treatment of diabetes. His approach to diabetes – giving the patients responsibility for their own care – was unique at the time.

He is also the founder of the Joslin Diabetes Centre, but why did Joslin have such a big impact on diabetes management?

We look at the story of how a young doctor pursued the field of diabetes after leaving medical school, becoming the first to specialise in it, and saw over 50,000 patients during his career.

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Live Q&A with Dr. David Cavan on Sunday 10 May 2015

On Sunday 10 May, Diabetes.co.uk will be conducting a Q&A with Dr. David Cavan, author of Reverse Your Diabetes: The Step-By-Step Plan to Take Control of Type 2 Diabetes.

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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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Which dietary techniques can (and cannot) reduce your sugar cravings?

Sugar has been a regular feature of news in 2015, with mounting campaigns developing to discourage excessive sugar consumption among the general public.

So far the year has witnessed Action on Sugar calling for a ban on energy drinks for under-16s and financial links emerging between the sugar industry and scientists tackling obesity.

Suffice to say, sugar is undergoing a less than sweet period in the public eye, but this does not stop sugar cravings from developing in people, with sugar known to trigger pleasure sensors in the brain – and thus the consumption of sugar continues.

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Sugar in cereal: Who are the worst offenders?

Breakfast cereals contain a lot more sugar now than they did in 2012, according to the public health group Action on Sugar. The sugar content of some cereals has been compared – worryingly, and slightly bizarrely – to seven and a half chocolate fingers.

Of course, that comparison isn’t entirely valid – breakfast cereals contain a lot more nutritional benefits than chocolate fingers – but the figures do indicate a troubling lack of industry regulation. In 2012, Which? surveyed the sugar content of various cereals. Now Action on Sugar have followed it up, and the findings represent a real failure to address the obesity epidemic.

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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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“Dracula in charge of the blood bank”: financial links between sugar industry and obesity scientists causes controversy

Professor Susan Jebb is an academic at the University of Oxford, one of Britain’s leading experts on obesity and the role of sugar in our diets. And it just so happens that her research has received £1.3million of funding from sugar companies.

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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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