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Diabetic Living Australia

Diabetic Living Australia November - December 2019

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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 Dietition & diabetes educator Kate, who has type 1, is in private practice in Sydney: drkatemarsh.com.au Christine Armarego Exercise physiologist At her clinic, Christine focuses on exercise as a way to improve BGLs: theglucoseclub.com.au Dr Sultan Linjawi Endocrinologist A diabetes specialist, Sultan has a clinic in Coffs Harbour, NSW: drsultanlinjawi.com Dr Janine Clarke Psychologist Janine is in private practice at Mend Psychology and The Sydney ACT Centre: mendpsychology.com.au Rachel Freeman Diabetes educator Rachel has a child with type 1, and also works at the Australian Diabetes Educators Association: adea.com.au. Dr Gary Deed General practitioner Gary, who has type 1, is devoted to helping people with diabetes. He is in practice in Brisbane. Danielle Veldhoen Podiatrist Danielle works at Flinders Medical Centre, South Australia. Dr Angus Turner Ophthalmologist Angus directs Lions Outback Vision, providing specialist eye-care services to remote areas of WA: outbackvision.com.au Elissa Renouf Type 1 parent Elissa is the owner of Diabete-ezy…

1 min.
dive into summer fun

There’s an awful lot of information out there about what we should, and shouldn’t, be eating. We know, it can get confusing. Last issue DL dietitian and diabetes educator Dr Kate Marsh (who also has type 1) wrote about the keto diet – a very low-carb approach that is gaining in popularity. In this issue, we have a follow-up, with a piece from exercise physiologist, sports scientist and diabetes educator Drew Harrisberg (who was diagnosed with type 1 at the age of 22) about life, and diabetes, on the keto diet – and why he ultimately quit it. Turn to page 96 for a fascinating read. Although you might not be taking the keto approach, chances are you’re watching your carbohydrate intake. We know that’s an area of discussion for a lot…

1 min.
food myths for pwd*…

It's my sweet tooth! It’s not that simple. While type 1 is triggered by genetics and unknown factors, type 2 is caused by a mix of genetics and lifestyle factors. One of those is being overweight, but it’s not just sugar that causes that. Plus, if you are overweight, that’s only a risk factor, not a direct cause of type 2. *That's People With Diabetes No more chocolate! False. As long as chocolate, or other foods containing added or natural sugars, are eaten as part of a healthy meal plan or combined with exercise, people with diabetes can definitely still enjoy them 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…

2 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?…

1 min.
take this to heart

1 YOU’RE NOT ALONE About 280 Aussies develop diabetes every day – one person every five minutes. And for every four people diagnosed, someone else is living with diabetes but doesn’t know. The longer diabetes goes undiagnosed, the more it can impact your overall health. 2 IT'S YOUR MOVE Continuing or starting regular physical activity will help lower your short- and long-term BGLs and can also help certain diabetes medications work more effectively. Plus, along with a healthy diet, losing weight – as little as 5 per cent of your body weight – can also have a positive impact. 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, expert responses to…

5 min.
your healthy life

READY, SET, GO Want to get active but struggling to get started or stay on track? The 'Ready Set Go' workshop by Diabetes Victoria may be for you. This free three-hour workshop is designed to help you identify what’s stopping you from being active. You’ll learn more about how exercising benefits your BGLs and you’ll walk away with a step-by-step plan to get you started. To find out when the next session is, visit diabetesvic.org.au/events. SUCCESSFUL TRIAL An immunotherapy, designed by Belgian biotech Imcyse, has successfully completed its Phase I trial. For six months, this trial safely monitored 41 patients who were newly diagnosed with type 1, as they injected different doses of treatment into them. The conclusion of this trial found no major health problems arising from the treatment, and showed clinical…