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The Loneliness of Diabetes

**Language warning – this post contains some genuine words and thoughts about life with diabetes – don’t read if it offends you. There are so many times where you feel alone when you have diabetes. It is something other people can sympathise about with you while they slam down a beer and eat the chocolate…

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Taking the Lead with Diabetes

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Guest Post from David Mapletoft, Diabetes Educator  This September will be my 35th year as a registered nurse. In all that time I have done many things: midwife in delivery suite for 15 years; cardio-thoracic intensive care for 5 years, and now as a diabetes  educator for the past 18 years. The one thing that…

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Glucose Levels – The Effects of Other Hormones

Guest Post by David Mapletoft, Diabetes Educator Living with diabetes is hard work. Understanding the changes in your blood glucose level can be frustrating and can lead to burnout. Here’s some information that is not often discussed when the subject of blood glucose level is raised with health care professionals. There are other hormones other than insulin…

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Practical Tips for Label Reading

Guest Post from Sally Marchini – Dietitian and person with type 1 diabetes My very first blog for Diabetes Counselling Online was written on label reading because as a dietitian I have found it is such a popular topic with clients, to help them be clear on how to make healthier food choices when shopping. To…

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Psychological Insulin Resistance

Guest Post by David Mapletoft, Diabetes Educator One of the main conclusions the United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study (UKPDS) investigators themselves have drawn from their findings is that combinations of treatments will routinely be needed for type 2 diabetes. It proved that glycemic control limits retinopathy (and probably other microvascular complications) as much for type…

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Insulin Use: Basic Self Adjustment Strategies

***NOTE: Always Discuss your self care plans with your health care professionals before making changes, especially with insulin dose adjustments. The comments here are made as a general guideline and not for an individual to follow without support from their usual diabetes  team.*** Guest Post by David Mapletoft, Diabetes Educator When first diagnosed with diabetes…

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Diabetes at Work

 Guest Post from David Mapletoft, Diabetes Educator An estimated 280 Australians develop diabetes every day. 1.7 million Australians have diabetes but up to half of the cases of type 2 diabetes remain undiagnosed. The total financial cost of type 2 diabetes is estimated at $10.3 billion. The workplace can add to the challenges of managing…

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D-discussion on ‘That Sugar Film’

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Guest Post from Sally Marchini, Dietitian Recently I attended the Newcastle premiere of ‘That Sugar Film’, with Damon Gameau as the star. I was there because I was invited to participate afterwards as the ‘nutrition expert’ in the 30 minute Q&A with the audience, numbering 640. I thought my experience worth talking about as, although…

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Driving & Diabetes

Guest post by David Mapletoft Diabetes Educator Recently a driver needed to be subdued with a taser after hitting several cars in a parking lot and refusing a policeman’s instructions to stop. The driver, who had diabetes, appeared to have been suffering a hypoglycemic episode. Fortunately, the officer recognised this. The man was given emergency treatment,…

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