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Diabetic Living Australia

Diabetic Living Australia

May - June 2021
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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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6 Issues

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.
cool nights need soup!

NEXT ISSUE ON SALE 24 JUN As Autumn slips into Winter my mind (and stomach) turns to thoughts of soup. It really is the perfect food – heating your hands as you clasp a bowl or mug, warming you from the inside out after a cold day and filling you up with plenty of healthy ingredients. Bonus points – it’s easy to make and ideal to freeze in portions so your future self will thank you on a busy night when cooking dinner just isn’t going to happen! Turn to page 36 for our delicious soup feature and you’ll find a couple of others scattered through the issue as well. I know I’ll be starting with our cover star and working (and slurping) my way through all of them. Another favourite meal…

4 min.
just diagnosed

START HERE DIABETES 101 Getting your head around “diabetes lingo”? Read on… • When should I test my blood glucose levels (BGLs)? This varies depending on the type of diabetes and your medication, but possible times include before meals, two hours after eating, before bed, before you exercise and if you’re feeling unwell. • What should my BGLs be? As a guide, if you have type 1 diabetes, a healthy target to aim for is 4-6mmol/L before you eat, and 4-8mmol/L two hours after starting a meal. If you have type 2 diabetes, aim for 6-8mmol/L before meals, and 6-10mmol/L two hours after starting a meal. Ask your doctor or Credentialled Diabetes Educator for more guidance. • What’s mmol/L? It stands for millimoles per litre of blood, and is how BGLs are measured. • What’s HbA1c?…

5 min.
your healthy life

GET BACK ON TRACK The NDSS has recently launched a new campaign ‘Back On Track’ to encourage people to reconnect with their diabetes management. Researchers found that over one third of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people said “COVID has had a negative personal impact that has affected their connection to culture and their mental and physical health”. Due to the year that was 2020, many people with diabetes may not be managing their condition as well as they would have if there were less significant disruptions. Visit ndss.com.au for more information. If you have not consulted your healthcare team recently, be sure to book in and get on top of your diabetes once again. You’re Not Broken By Dr Sarah Woodhouse Penguin, $34.99 Approximately 70-80 per cent of women will experience a traumatic event…

1 min.
q & a ask dr marsh

I have type 2 diabetes and have recently been diagnosed with high cholesterol. My GP has given me 3 months to see if I can lower it with dietary changes, before considering medication, but I am confused about what I should and shouldn’t be eating. Can you help? Kate says: There are many dietary changes you can make to help with cholesterol lowering. These include replacing saturated fat (found in animal foods, palm and coconut oil) with polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats (found foods such as nuts, seeds, avocado and olive oil) and increasing intake of soluble fibre (in food such as oats, barley, legumes and psyllium husks), nuts and soy foods. Incorporating plant sterols (in fortified foods or supplements) can also help. In fact, one study found that the combination of…

1 min.
q & a ask elissa

My 9 year old son started inter-school sport (soccer) this term. We find later that night and sometimes even the next morning he will go very low. Is this normal? Elissa says: I experienced very similar with my sons when they were playing school and extracurricular sports like footy. I found that even if their BGL reading was fairly normal after they played, they would regularly go low anywhere within the next 24 hours seemingly out of nowhere. I use to make sure my kids tested immediately after the game and every few hours after strenuous activity. This could be something to discuss with your son’s endocrinologist and/or diabetes educator for medical advice regarding insulin rates post-sport. If your child uses an insulin pump, an endocrinologist can assist with adjusting the rates…