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Smoking and Diabetes

smoking and diabetes

Guest Post from David Mapletoft, Diabetes Educator Smokers are 30–40% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than nonsmokers. And people with diabetes who smoke are more likely than nonsmokers to have trouble with insulin dosing and with controlling their condition. The more cigarettes you smoke, the higher your risk for type 2 diabetes. No matter what…

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Teeth and Diabetes

Guest Post from David Mapletoft, Diabetes Educator Do people living with diabetes have more problems with the teeth than others? Although a number of oral disorders have been associated with diabetes mellitus, the data support the fact that periodontitis is a complication of diabetes. “People with diabetes who keep their blood glucose levels in a…

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Sleep: zzzzzz…. are you sleeping well?

sleep and diabetes

Guest Post from David Mapletoft, Diabetes Educator What is Sleep Apnoea? People with sleep apnoea stop breathing while they are sleeping. This causes them to wake up gasping and can happen as many as hundreds of times per night, although sleep apnoea sufferers do not usually remember waking up. If you have sleep apnoea, your health may be in…

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Guest Blog: Foot care, Diabetic Neuropathy

Edited 30/03/17 to reflect changes in the page from DCO to Diabetes Can’t Stop me. One of our Closed groups on the Social Media platform of Facebook was called ‘Diabetes Education and Management’. This group was supported by  Diabetes Educators and a Midwife, a Dietitian, and a Pharmacist, as well as Mental Health Counsellors. In…

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Diabetic Nerve Damage: Neuropathy

Guest Post from David Mapletoft, Diabetes Educator Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that can occur if you have diabetes. High blood glucose can injure nerve fibers throughout your body, but diabetic neuropathy most often damages nerves in your legs and feet. Depending on the affected nerves, symptoms of diabetic neuropathy can range from…

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Refuse to Give Up

  Edited 30/03/17 to reflect changes in the page from DCO to Diabetes Can’t Stop me. Previously a number of closed groups on the Social Media platform of Facebook were places where people living with diabetes around the world could receive free support through the DCO service, which is now closed. These groups were supported…

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Sleep & Diabetes

how to get a better sleep with diabetes

Guest Post David Mapletoft, Diabetes Educator How are you sleeping at night? All too often, the answer is the same: not well. Diabetes and sleep problems often go hand in hand. Diabetes can cause sleep loss, and there’s evidence that not sleeping well can increase the risk of developing diabetes. Symptoms Symptoms associated with insufficient sleep…

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Heart week reminders for d-health

Guest Post, Sally Marchini, Dietitian We know that people with diabetes are 3 to 4 times more likely to develop cardiovascular disease (including heart attack and stroke) than those who do not have diabetes. In addition, around 75% of all people with diabetes die from cardiovascular disease, including heart attack and stroke. So it’s definitely…

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prejudice, judgement & bias- who me? I’m a nice person! I know all about diabetes, right? Talkin’ WDD2013 blues

By Helen Wilde Today is World Diabetes Day, 2013. What is your wish for today? Mine is that through awareness and education, the prejudice, judgement and bias shown by media and ordinary people about those of us living daily with diabetes would come to an end. Or at least reduce. It’s also about the self…

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Blood Pressure Management and Diabetes

Guest Post, David Mapletoft, Diabetes Educator Often diabetes and high blood pressure (hypertension) go hand-in-hand.  It is thought that 40 to 50 percent of people with diabetes have high blood pressure as well.  High blood pressure, like diabetes, is a lifelong  disease.  It can be treated but not cured.  If you have both diabetes and…

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