Tag - diet

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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Why eating loads of junk food will cure your type 2 diabetes, and four other examples of bad reporting

Imagine someone who doesn’t have diabetes. They don’t know anybody with diabetes. The disease has never affected their life in any way, and as such they don’t really know anything about it.

Recently, however, they read something about the problems type 2 causes and the seriousness of its complications, so decided to look it up. And they read: ‘Why Sleeping Naked Could Cut Your Risk of Diabetes.’

How is such a headline supposed to encourage people to take type 2 diabetes more seriously? Is a condition that affects only the pyjama-clad really worth spending public funds on?

When it comes to diabetes, this kind of irresponsible (not to mention lazy) reporting is commonplace, perpetuating existing myths and creating whole new ones. These are just a few examples.

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Day 3

Woke up at 6am with a blood sugar level of 14.3, even though I bolused for the food I  had to eat last night to stave off the ketones…..still feeling pretty rubbish but hey ho on to my next shake!

Anyone have any thoughts on why my sugars are running so high, after my shake this morning I’ve been running dangerously high as in 24-26!!!

Obviously not enjoying this experience at all and just hoping it gets better when I start introducing food again tomorrow.

Will post again at the end of the day to say how rest of the day goes………..

Day 2

Posthumous post to finish off what happened yesterday………

Not a good day at all – my sugars ran high for most of the day – is anyone else having similar experience? By 9pm lastnight my sugars had settled – well it was 10.5 but blood ketones were sitting at 0.9!!! I felt awful, head was pounding, little energy and I felt really sick, was scared to go to sleep with that level of ketones present so had to eat an apple and packet of crisps (being the only carb I had available at home!) to counteract the ketones plus another half litre of water to flush them out…..so, as you can imagine was up half the night peeing!!

 

 

Ketones!!!

Anyone had ketones whilst doing this?? Was sitting at 0.3 lastnight, back down to 0.2 this morning….feel ok, well sore head but think that’s lack of food!

Day 1 update….

So I’ve had 2 shakes (which don’t taste anywhere near as bad as I’d expected, must confess to using almond milk to make it though & added half a dozen small strawberries and some ice) and 1.5 litres of water – have to say I’m feeling pretty awful right now, my head is absolutely bustin and I’m really hungry 🙁

However, I’m determined to keep going with it so will just keep hoping this is a phase and I’ll start to feel the benefits soon…..

DAY 1

The time has finally come…..I’m going with Almond Milk to make my first shake, will update in a wee while to give my opinion……….have to say I’m not looking forward to it after reading what other peeps have to say about it! Ah well, here goes nothing………

Countdown is on…..

….slightly worried about starting this!

So, I’ve had the Almased bundle for around 3 weeks now and haven’t even opened it – what this has done for me is made me recognise how busy I am and therefore how little time I actually take out to focus on my health and diabetes (type 1). Having cleared the ‘decks’ for this weekend I plan to start the 14-day trial on Saturday…..having read some of your blogs it’s pretty obvious the downside is the taste, so just wondering what you all found to help with this and does anyone have any other advice before I begin at the weekend?? Have bought all my vitamins to supplement my diet as well 🙂

....slightly worried about starting this!

 

Type 2 diabetes and the blame game

There are a number of discussions we probably all see going on about how people with type 2 diabetes have made themselves fat and brought it upon themselves.

  • “They chose to eat this way, it’s their fault they got diabetes.”
  • “People overeating are eating away at our tax money.”
  • …and such like.

We know that the effects of type 2 diabetes mean that, unless aggressively countered, a vicious cycle is entered into and it takes at least a long and concerted effort to break out of it.

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Top 10 ways to meet diabetes carbohydrate guidelines

In our previous blog post, one of our readers, H Myrie asked us how much food would you need to eat to meet the Department of Health’s carbohydrate recommendations for people with diabetes?

In other words, how much food would you need to eat to take in 225-300g of carbs?

So to answer the question, we’ve compiled a list to show how much of different items you’d need to eat within a day to meet this government recommendation which is passed down to us via the NHS.

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