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Diabetic Living Australia November - December 2020

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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.
wow! what a year!

2020 has been a tough one and I suspect it’s still going to be a while before things go back to ‘normal’. I mentioned in my last letter that my husband’s 60th birthday was rapidly approaching. However, before that had a chance to arrive, he suffered a stroke–minor thank goodness and he’s making a good recovery, but it was yet another blow from 2020. At times like this, resilience is a quality that will hold you in good stead–enabling you to bounce back from challenges both global (a pandemic) and personal (an unexpected health scare). Turn to our feature on page 101 to learn some strategies that will help you to bend but not break. One of the things that has helped his recovery is exercise–he has always been active and…

3 min.
just diagnosed

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/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? It’s your…

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. 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 recommended for the…

7 min.
your healthy life

Time to sleep A recent pilot study by researchers from Tennessee’s Vanderbilt University Medical Centre compared the effects of sleep education coaching on a random group of teens aged 13-17 with type 1, with another group who only received their standard care routine. The study found teens who participated in the program showed a significant improvement in both sleep duration and sleep quality; while those without the program were 7.5 times more likely to experience poor sleep. The HbA1c levels of each group were not affected. The results are published in Pediatric Diabetes. Nothing Much Happens by Kathryn Nicolai Allen & Unwin, $29.99 Are you struggling to ease your mind before you go to bed? Meditation and yoga teacher Kathryn Nicolai shares a collection of never-before-featured–on her popular podcast of the same name–cosy and…

4 min.
a new place to land

“I remember sitting by myself in the doctor’s office in Los Angeles,” recalls 42-year-old Jeremy Robertson of his diagnosis ten years ago. “I didn’t know anyone in town and I knew enough about diabetes to know that type 1, at that point, automatically disqualified you from holding a Class 1 aviation medical [a certificate required to be a commercial pilot in Australia]. So I knew that my career stopped dead that day.” Jeremy had been working as a pilot with Qantas on the Boeing 747 and 767 for nine years when, in early 2010, he enrolled in a course at the National Test Pilot School in California to further his career. During the first week, Jeremy noticed he was drinking and urinating more often, and when his vision went blurry he…