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The Number 1 Thing You Need to Know About Diabetes

By Helen-Edwards | July 24, 2017

This is not a 25 things you need to know about diabetes, or even a top 3 tips about living with diabetes. I am not going to tell you (with great shock factor), that if you do not look after your diabetes and keep a tight rein on it, you will end up dying with…

Diabetes and Complications, Taking Time Out, Keeping a Check and Living Well

By Helen-Edwards | July 21, 2017

The many complications of diabetes are something most of us know about. Often this information is given to you at a time where you are not ready to hear it, or at a time that causes high anxiety. The way the media talks about it can highlight the “fear factor” that is all around us when it comes…

Facing Life & Fear Head On

By Helen-Edwards | July 19, 2017

There has been a lot of discussion lately about worry, fear and anxiety when you have diabetes. For many people living with diabetes, on the surface daily life is no different to the rest of the world, but other people can not see all of the decisions you are making, like whether to check your…

Gluten Free Diabetes Friendly Chocolate Brownies

By Helen-Edwards | July 14, 2017

  Guest Post by Sally Marchini – Dietitian One of our wonderful community members Joan Bailey has type 2 diabetes. She also has two young daughters who both have coeliac disease. Joan loves to bake them yummy, homemade meals and treats for their lunchboxes. She also works hard to control her blood glucose levels and remain fit…

Understanding the Journey of Pregnancy for Women with type 1 diabetes

By Helen-Edwards | July 10, 2017

I wrote this post a while ago when I was starting my PhD. Having just had some time out and starting back, I decided to refresh the post, because I think understanding the journey of pregnancy for women with type 1 diabetes is so very important. So important that it is the topic of my PhD. The topic…

On Patience and Patients

By Helen-Edwards | July 4, 2017

I had an appointment at my diabetes eye specialist recently that I cancelled and re-booked. Once, I did that about 6 times, before finally going through with the appointment……The appointment has come again this week, and yet again I am sitting here deciding whether to go through with it, or postpone. The thing is, when…

Why You Are Good Enough

By Helen-Edwards | June 29, 2017

I saw someone tweet recently “I don’t want to be told I can do anything if I put my mind to it, I want to be told that what I can do is good enough” (@brookewinters33). It really struck me. This is something you hear so often…”you can do anything if you put your mind to…

Why You Need to Take a Break From Diabetes

Dear Pauline, The World is a Rainbow

By Helen-Edwards | June 22, 2017

Dear Pauline (and anyone else who has ever bullied, ignored, taunted or tossed away someone with a disability), When I was 12 years old I was told that I would never have children due to type 1 diabetes. I was told that I would grow up and lose my legs, my eyes, my kidneys. I…

The Incredible Art of Ageing

By Helen-Edwards | June 19, 2017

Growing older is a given. Despite much research, discussion and striving to avoid it, you just can not prevent getting older, and the old adage of there being 2 things in this world being certain – death and taxes – is still true. You can not put off death. It happens to all of us.…

Yoga may help people living with type 2 diabetes

By Helen-Edwards | June 13, 2017

Guest Post from Dr Tony Tanious – House Call Doctor For people living with type two diabetes, regular exercise is fundamental to maintaining healthy blood glucose levels. Fortunately, regular exercise doesn’t always have to involve exhaustive weights training or rigorous cardio.  Instead, new research suggests that participating in yoga may help people with diabetes  be less…

Diabetes & Your Wellbeing

Did you know diabetes affects your wellbeing and mental health? People with diabetes have a higher risk of depression and many people experience diabetes related distress and diabetes burn out. Having good mental health requires you to focus just as much on looking after your emotional, psychological and social health, as your physical health. You need to do things that increase mental health and wellbeing – after all, wellbeing and health go hand-in-hand. Talking about how you are feeling is an important first step. Support is vital. You are not alone. Head here for our pages on diabetes and wellbeing.

Dealing with Diabetes

When you are diagnosed with diabetes, it is like starting a journey on a road that is new and unfamiliar to you. At diagnosis you can experience, shock, denial, fear, grief, anger, worry, hopelessness, and many other things. Family members can also experience these things too. These are normal experiences and feelings. You will work through them in time and become more comfortable with your diabetes. Talking about how you are feeling, getting as much information as possible, at a pace that is right for you, and taking time to care for your physical and mental health, are all very important at this time. These things continue to be important as you get on with life with diabetes.

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