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Diabetes and Driving

  Jen Evans·Friday, December 8, 2017 Driving If you have diabetes, you can hold a driver’s licence or learner permit as long as your diabetes is well managed. The main concern for licensing authorities is the possibility of hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose) while driving. Diabetes complications like eye problems are also of a concern as

Food myths busted

  Jen Evans Friday, December 8, 2017 People with diabetes should eat special diets False. Like everyone, people with diabetes should maintain a healthy and balanced diet. It is important for us all to eat a balanced diet that is high in fibre, low in saturated fat and contains low GI carbohydrates to provide the

Travelling with Diabetes

  Jen Evans Friday, December 8, 2017 Whether for work or pleasure, travel can and should be fun and having diabetes doesn’t mean you can’t travel. With good planning, your trip can be safe, fun and hassle-free whether you’re going interstate or overseas. While traveling: Make sure you eat well, consider how different foods will

HBA1c explained

  Jen Evans Saturday, December 9, 2017 Also known as Haemoglobin A1c; glycated haemoglobin; glycosylated haemoglobin Why get tested? To diagnose diabetes, to monitor a person’s diabetes and to aid in treatment decisions When to get tested? When first diagnosed with diabetes and every 3-6 months Sample required? A blood sample drawn from a vein

Diabetes testing and monitoring problems

Jen Evans Saturday, December 9, 2017 If you have a problem using your diabetes equipment, or if it breaks or becomes faulty, refer to the manufacturer’s user manual or contact their customer care department. Your doctor, diabetes nurse or educator or pharmacist will also be able to advise you. Blood glucose meters Blood glucose meters

Sick days and type 1

Jen Evans Saturday, December 9, 2017 Everyday illnesses or infection will nearly always cause a rise in blood glucose levels when you have type 1 diabetes. Therefore, at the earliest sign of any form of illness such as a cold or virus, it is important to follow your personalised sick day management plan. Be prepared

Sick days and type 2

  Jen Evans Thursday, December 14, 2017 Everyday illness or infections will nearly always cause a rise in blood glucose levels whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Therefore, at the earliest sign of any form of illness such as a cold or virus, it is important for you to take action. What

Blood Glucose Monitoring

Jen Evans Thursday, December 14, 2017 Testing blood glucose levels at home, or self-monitoring blood glucose is a valuable diabetes management tool. You can test your blood glucose levels as often as you need to or as recommended by your diabetes health care team. Why is it so important to test my blood? Regular testing and

Diabetes and foot care

 Jen Evans Thursday, December 14, 2017 Foot care Looking after your feet When you have diabetes you need to take care of your feet every day Having diabetes can increase your risk of foot ulcers and amputations Daily care can prevent serious complications Check your feet daily for changes or problems Visit a podiatrist annually