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Dining Out with Diabetes

In honor of this year’s World Diabetes Day, we’re asking a challenging question: Which ways can diabetes actually help your family? Diabetes is certainly tough, but we also believe it can present families with unique opportunities to better understand their health and to work together to develop healthier habits. One of the most important aspects of managing your diabetes—or your health in general——is balanced and healthy nutrition. You are working to cut carbs and sugar, increase your protein and vegetable intake, and control your portion size so you don’t overeat. It might seem counterintuitive to...

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The Story Behind World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day (WDD) was created in 1991 by International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. It is marked every year on 14 November, the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922. WDD is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign reaching a global audience of over 1 billion people in more than 160 countries. The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance to...

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Diabetes Type 2 May Start More than 20 Years Before Diagnosis

The first signs of type 2 diabetes mellitus can be identified more than 20 years before diagnosis, according to a research study presented at the Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) in Berlin, Germany, published in 2018 by Japanese researcher Hiroyuki Sagesaka. The study tracked more than 27,000 adults, who did not have diabetes, with an average age of 49 years, from 2005 to 2016, where body mass, blood glucose, and insulin sensitivity indexes were analyzed. They found that increased fasting glucose, higher body mass index (BMI), and insulin sensitivity were detected up...

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Smoked Salmon Salad

Ingredients (2 servings): 2 cups (500 mL) spring mix greens 2 Roma Tomatoes 1 English Cucumber 1 Avocado 4 oz. (112 g) Smoked Salmon ¼ cup (59 mL) Feta Cheese to taste...

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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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