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World Diabetes Day: What is diabetes?

“What is diabetes?” might have been the first question you had when you were diagnosed. It might be the first question a family member or friend asks. Essentially, diabetes is too much glucose (sugar) in the blood. Diabetes is a chronic condition that occurs when your pancreas is no longer able to make insulin, or when the body cannot make good use of the insulin it produces. Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas, which acts like a key to let glucose from the food we eat pass from the blood stream into the cells...

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Oatmeal

Ingredients (1 serving): ¼ (59 mL) cup Steel Cut Oats (Not Instant) ¾ (180 mL) cup water 1 egg ½ (125 mL) cup Blueberries ½ (125 mL) cup Strawberries ¼ Apple 1 tbsp. (15 mL) Almond Butter ¼ tsp (1.25 mL) Cinnamon Pinch of salt How to make it: 1. Add water and oats to a pan and boil until the oats reach a thick consistency (5 min.). 2. While...

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Chicken Piccata

Ingredients (4 servings): 3 Chicken breasts (approx.1 lb or 450g) ¼ cup (59 mL) capers 1¼ cup (309 mL) stock or broth 2 tbsp. (30 mL) olive oil ¼ cup (59 mL) lemon juice 1 tbsp. (15 mL) lemon zest Salt and pepper to taste 3 Cloves Garlic 1 shallot or (½ sweet onion) Spinach and blistered tomatoes 2 tbsp. (30 mL) olive oil 3 cups (700 mL) cherry...

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Homemade Hummus

Ingredients (12 servings): 1 15 oz. (425 g) can of chickpeas 1 clove of garlic 1 tsp (5 mL) of ground cumin ¾ tsp (3.6 mL) salt ½ cup (125 mL) tahini 2 tbsp. (30 mL) extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) ½ tsp (2.5 mL) ground pepper 1 large lemon juiced How to make it: 1. Rinse chickpeas in cold water and let strain. 2. Combine tahini, fresh lemon juice and garlic in a food...

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Meaningful Monitoring - Checking your blood glucose with purpose

You’ll see the difference with before-and-after testing. Whether you are newly diagnosed or have been living with diabetes for some time, it is important to manage your blood glucose. Monitoring your blood glucose (or sugar) levels performs an important role in helping you understand what is happening on a day-to-day basis. Remember that one blood glucose value from a check does not tell you the whole story! When you consistently check at the right time and frequently enough in a structured manner, blood glucose patterns emerge. This can give you a better understanding...

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Let’s Chat… Living with Diabetes and Physical Activity! 

Physical activity is an important part of  managing Type 2 diabetes. But, before starting with a physical exercise regimen, patients using insulin or other medication that can cause hypoglycaemia should check with their doctor about the effects of vigorous exercise on their blood glucose levels.¹ So, what are the benefits of being physically active?  Weight loss or maintenance of a healthy weight. Decreases stress and anxiety. Decreases insulin resistance. ...

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Finding the right solution for your fingertips:

Regular blood glucose testing (or blood sugar checking) forms the foundation of successful diabetes management. However, many people are put off testing by the inconvenience and pain. In fact, 35% of people with diabetes said pain was the principal reason for not testing1. So how can you make this less of a hurdle in your self-care? Select a less painful lancing device (or finger pricking device). Naturally, one factor that can contribute to the pain is your lancing device. That’s why we have worked...

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Let’s Chat… Do’s and Don’ts for good foot care, for people living with diabetes

Your feet may be the last thing on your mind, but daily care and looking after your feet is  important too. Here are some do’s and don’ts for good foot care for people living with diabetes:  Do: Wash your feet daily using lukewarm water and mild soap. Test the temperature of the bath water with your hands before getting in. If you are unable to do so, let someone else test it. Inspect (or ask someone else to inspect) your feet daily for cuts, cracks, bruises, blisters, corns, calluses and damaged nails. Also check the areas...

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Say Cheers with Confidence

Living with diabetes means celebrating each little victory, every healthy choice and new habit that helps you stay on top of your blood sugar. That sort of focus can be infectious, which has us thinking about how diabetes can actually help families stay healthy together even during these celebrations. All across the globe, friends and family enjoy relaxing or celebrating together with a drink. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you may be worried about continuing to include the beer, wine, or spirits you enjoy at your gatherings and holidays—Are the carbs...

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