Diabetic Living Australia

January - February 2022

Diabetic Living features information on living well, exercise, news in the world of diabetes, real life stories and the popular and delicious recipes featured in every issue. It is the healthy lifestyle magazine focused not only on preventing and controlling diabetes but also providing readers with the latest news and products for their wellbeing.

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in this issue

1 min
our experts

Dr Kate Marsh Dietitian & diabetes educator Kate, who has type 1, is in private practice in Sydney; drkatemarsh.com.au Dr Sultan Linjawi Endocrinologist A diabetes specialist, Sultan has a clinic in Queensland; drsultanlinjawi.com Dr Janine Clarke Psychologist Janine is in private practice at Mend Psychology and The Sydney ACT Centre; mendpsychology.com.au Elissa Renouf Type 1 parent Elissa is the owner of Diabete-ezy and a mum of four kids with type 1; diabete-ezy.com Rachel Freeman Diabetes educator Rachel is the mum of a child with type 1, and also works at the Australian Diabetes Educators Association; adea.com.au. Danielle Veldhoen Podiatrist Danielle works at Flinders Medical Centre, South Australia. Drew Harrisberg Exercise physiologist & diabetes educator Drew, who has type 1, offers online coaching/consultations and specialises in designing safe and effective exercise programs; drewsdailydose.com Dr Ramy Bishay Endocrinologist & bariatric physician Ramy is a weight loss, diabetes and obesity specialist and director of Blacktown Hospital’s…

2 min
take it easy!

Summer holidays are the most wonderful time of the year and this year I think we’re all going to appreciate them more than ever. I know I’ll be enjoying travelling again and seeing family for real instead of just on a Zoom call. Christmas and summer entertaining does present some challenges however, all of sudden I find myself eating party food for every meal and letting my exercise regimen lose steam as I’m out of my regular work routine. To help you stay on track, we’ve got a handy guide to some of the season’s challenges on page 108. Check it out to discover some strategies that will have you maximising fun and good health over the summer. Medication for type 2 diabetes is a topic that comes up a lot…

2 min
diabetes 101

• When should I test my blood glucose levels (BGLs)? This depends on the type of diabetes you have and what – if any – medication you’re using, but possible times include before meals, two hours after eating, before bed, before exercise and if you’re feeling unwell. • What should my BGLs be? This also depends on a range of factors, but as a guide, if you have type 1 diabetes, targets to aim for are 4-8 millimoles of glucose per litre of blood (mmol/L) before meals and <10mmol/L two hours after starting a meal. If you have type 2, target levels are 6-8mmol/L before meals and 6-10mmol/L two hours after starting meals. • What’s HbA1c? It’s your average BGLs over a period of 10-12 weeks and, alongside the blood glucose monitoring…

1 min
type 1 & type 2…

TYPE 1 is an auto-immune disease caused by a combination of genetics and unknown factors, none of which are related to lifestyle. The body’s immune system destroys the cells of the pancreas, which means it’s unable to produce any insulin and makes life-long treatment with insulin therapy essential. TYPE 2 is where the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin or where the insulin it does produce isn’t working properly. Risk factors for type 2 include a family history of the disease, age, ethnicity and lifestyle factors. Lifestyle modifications and/or medication are used to manage type 2 diabetes. GESTATIONAL DIABETES develops during pregnancy and while it usually disappears after giving birth, it may increase the risk of developing type 2 in future. Affecting one in seven pregnancies, it’s the fastest growing type of diabetes…

1 min
food myths for pwd

It’s my sweet tooth! It’s not that simple. The cause of type 1 diabetes has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle choices, and even though being overweight is a risk factor for developing type 2, it’s not just sugar that contributes to that. The fact is, eating too much sugar doesn’t cause diabetes. No more chocolate! False. As long as chocolate, or any food that contains added or natural sugars, is eaten as part of a healthy meal plan or combined with exercise, people with diabetes can definitely still enjoy it in moderation. Talk to your GP or dietitian for more info. Ugh. A ‘special diet’ Not really. These days ‘healthy eating’ for people who have diabetes is no different to the ‘healthy eating’ guidelines recommended for the general population. You don’t need to…

1 min
take this to heart

1 You’re not alone Someone is told they have diabetes every five minutes in Australia, which means more than 300 people are diagnosed every day. In fact, one in four people over the age of 25 is living with diabetes or prediabetes, making it the country’s fastest growing chronic health condition. 2 It’s your move Regardless of the type of diabetes you’ve been diagnosed with, doing some regular physical activity can help to lower blood glucose levels, increase your insulin sensitivity and may even reduce the need for medication. In other words, exercise can play a key role in managing your diabetes. 3 We’re here Wondering where to start? Combined with advice from your healthcare team, you’ve made a great first step. In this (and every!) issue of Diabetic Living, you’ll find practical, helpful advice,…