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Diabetes and Children

Diabetes and Children The diagnosis of diabetes at a young age is particularly difficult for the child or adolescent and for his or her family. In most cases the diagnosis is type 1 diabetes; but increasingly type 2 diabetes is being diagnosed with a link to childhood obesity. The symptoms are similarly: Increase thirst Hunger Urination Fatigue weight loss Blurred vision or even yeast infections in young … Continue reading Diabetes and Children

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Diabetes and Stress

(As seen in Business Focus March/April 2015 p100) The seasons of gift exchange and indulgences, affection and revelry, gave way to the tax season, which may have caused some distress; financial or otherwise. Stress is defined in Psychology as a person’s response to an external stimulus that may be positive or negative. Eustress has been defined as a positive motivator or challenge that keeps a … Continue reading Diabetes and Stress

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Diabetes and Exercise

The benefits of exercise: 30 minutes a day with an increased heart rate of 60-80% of maximal peak heart rate. reduces the risk  of heart attack and stroke. improves the body’s use of insulin can delay or prevent type 2 diabetes increases HDL cholesterol improves hypertension causes weight loss improves function if you have peripheral arterial disease. lowers the risk of certain cancers including breast … Continue reading Diabetes and Exercise

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Diabetes and Smoking

Cigarette smoking is a risk factor for diabetes, respiratory disease, strokes and heart disease. One in ten persons smoke; the prevalence of smoking among persons with diabetes is not significantly different compared to the general population. Non-smokers live an average of eight to ten years longer than smokers with diabetes, mostly due to heart disease. Smoking may decrease overall body weight but increases obesity around the abdomen … Continue reading Diabetes and Smoking

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Diabetes and Your Meal Plan

  EAT WISELY   When you have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes you will receive essential advice about your meal plan. The goal is to maintain blood glucose control while maintaining your nutritional needs, sometimes known as medical nutrition therapy. Other goals will include to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, adequate blood pressure control and weight loss. The meal plan is individualised, but generally consists of regular meals … Continue reading Diabetes and Your Meal Plan

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Diabetes and Alcohol

There are often questions about alcohol use when you have diabetes. Alcohol intake is not encouraged for the following reasons: Alcohol use may result in hypoglycaemia especially if you use insulin or drink alcohol without eating food. Alcohol can increase triglyceride levels, leading to hyperlipidemia. Alcohol may impair your ability to recognise hypoglycaemia and may cause unhealthy eating behaviours due to impaired judgement. Alcohol adds … Continue reading Diabetes and Alcohol