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.
There is a natural alternative to sugar that’s perfect for people with diabetes. It tastes exactly the same, but it isn’t metabolised the same way, so it won’t spike your blood glucose levels. But it’s never been produced on a large scale.
It’s called L-glucose, and its story begins with a mission to find life on Mars. No, really. This is the first time you’ll hear about sugar and Mars, and not be talking about the chocolate bar.
All awareness is good awareness, right? Probably, but these examples are pushing it a bit.
All diabetes awareness campaigns mean well, and many of them have raised significant sums of money for diabetes research. Their hearts are clearly in the right place. But these misguided oversights draw attention to the lack of public knowledge about a very dangerous condition; a knowledge that is just as important as money.
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.
As someone on insulin I have to be particularly careful when driving. More than just testing blood sugar levels before each journey I’m conscious of where my sugar levels may be pretty much throughout the whole journey. I find I tend be pretty much constantly aware of how I’m feeling to make sure I avoid low blood sugars and any danger of an accident. Read More
Until recently I’ve regarded the microwave as a saviour of modern life. I’ve felt that if it couldn’t be microwaved, it probably isn’t worth my while cooking it.
A microwave offers much convenience: stick a meal in, 2 or 3 minutes -enough to boil a kettle for a complimentary cup of tea- and *ping*, your meal is ready to eat.
Recently though, I moved into a new little flat and if going by the above, one of the first things on my shopping list should be a microwave. However, having lately been reading about good nutrition, the thought of buying a microwave somehow seems almost sacrilegious -if you’ll excuse the hyperbole.
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.