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Let's Chat about Children with Diabetes

Children with diabetes are just like children without diabetes—they strive for a little more independence each year. They want to receive positive reinforcement from their parents and they don't like to stand out from the crowd. As a parent, we want our children to be happy and carefree which often means having lots of friends, going to kid’s parties, participating in sports and having as much fun as possible. A diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes in your young child may leave you feeling that the above will not be possible. However, over time, and with patience and some adjustments, you and your child will learn to manage this “new...

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Managing diabetes during COVID-19

Let's Chat: COVID-19 and Diabetes Management among your loved ones

"What can people with diabetes and their loved ones do during the COVID-19 pandemic?" For anyone living with or close to someone with diabetes, the following recommendations are doubly important:1,2 Wash your hands. Avoid touching your face. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Don’t share food, glasses, towels, tools etc....

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Choosing 1 Thing to Improve

There are probably many things that each of us would like to change about our life, but thinking about them all at once can be overwhelming. Instead, choose just 1 thing to improve for now. Changing any 1 of the things below could have a big impact on your life with diabetes – both your physical health, and your emotional wellbeing. Make testing matter For people with diabetes, testing more often is the key to staying in control of your health. Frequent testing provides the data you need to...

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Turning a Down Day Around

Everyone with diabetes has good and bad days, days with in-range blood sugar levels and days when things just don’t work out right. When the bad day seems to be taking over, here’s how to turn it around. Perspective is everything Change your mind, change your life. When you look at your diabetes as something you can effect, as an opportunity to learn about your own health, you’ve already taken the most important step to a better day and a healthier life. Don’t forget to laugh! Humour helps you see everyday things from a new perspective. That’s why it’s such a great stress-reliever; it...

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Preparing for Pregnancy

Let's think into the future. Imagine sitting in a rocking chair playing with 10 brand-new, tiny toes. That's the image you can remember every time you check your blood glucose, visit your doctor or say no to a glass of wine. And it's absolutely worth it. Not ready for parenthood yet? Here's what you can do now There are several things you can do to prepare for pregnancy well before you're ready to conceive. Read about it – just not too much. When you understand the risks, you can take steps to reduce them, but it can be overwhelming if you dwell...

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How and Why to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

When you get enough sleep, you may find that you have an easier time controlling your blood sugar. You’ll be more alert during the day, have more energy, less stress, and an overall better mindset for monitoring and managing your diabetes. Consider what happens when you don’t get enough sleep. In addition to other things that may interfere with your sleep, like schedule changes or stress, people with diabetes can have potential complications with sleep. Both high and low blood sugar levels can interrupt your sleep. People with type 2 diabetes who don’t get a good night’s sleep may be more insulin resistant and have a...

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Let’s Chat… Travelling with diabetes this festive season.

Having diabetes adds complexity to planning a well-deserved holiday. Changing your schedule, time zones, increased or decreased activity, eating on the go or trying new foods can affect your health. You will want to be ready for anything. But don’t stress! We’re here to make it easy, with a review of everything you will need for hitting the roads, skies, seas, or rails. Before travelling, make a doctor’s appointment and be sure to¹ Create a plan with your healthcare provider for treating your diabetes while traveling. Get any immunisations or extra prescriptions. Get a...

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Back-to-School with Diabetes

Back-to-School means textbooks, stationery, new uniforms and new teachers. For kids with diabetes and their parents, these typical back-to-school preparations are just the beginning. Initially, on diagnosis you will or would have probably met with your child’s diabetes care educator and the school staff. Below are some helpful tips that you can use to make sure your child stays safe and happy at school: Have a Diabetes Management Plan1 Work with your diabetes care educator or health care provider to create a plan that spells out your child's school diabetes care regimen, if you haven't...

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Managing Diabetes in the Workplace

Diabetes does not have to limit who you are or what you are able to accomplish. In fact, having this condition means that you have a lot to offer others. By talking about diabetes with family, friends or people at the office, you can help them better understand the complications you face each day, while gaining their respect and support. Having said that diabetes is 24/7 and for those of us who take care of diabetes every day, life can be complicated—a lot more complicated than a person who doesn't have diabetes. Every item you eat, every activity you perform and even just vegging in front of the TV requires consideration,...

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