Health & Fitness
Diabetic Living Australia

Diabetic Living Australia January - February 2019

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

2 min.
new you for the new year

I love fresh starts – there’s nothing quite as motivating as a new diary, a clean sheet of paper or the start of a new year. It’s a wonderful opportunity to embark on something you might have been thinking about, but haven’t quite acted on yet. In 2019 I’m going to focus on being active every day – it doesn’t need to be structured exercise, but it does need to be movement. It’s far too easy for me to get stuck in my desk chair all day, which is not good for my mental or physical health. No fancy exercise equipment is required – just a pair of comfy shoes and 10 minutes outside a couple of times a day will be enough to get me started. If you’re keen to…

1 min.
our experts

Dr Kate Marsh Dietition & diabetes educator Kate, who has type 1, is in private practice in Sydney: nnd.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 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 and a mum of four kids with…

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/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? It’s…

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…

4 min.
your healthy life

WOULD YOU RISK LOSING YEARS? People who are obese during their 20s and 30s could risk losing years off their life expectancy. Research conducted at The George Institute for Global Health and The University of Sydney – published in International Journal of Obesity – concluded women who are classified as overweight are predicted to lose up to six years of life and men up to eight years. Women classified as severely obese are expected to lose up to eight years and men up to 10 years. Fitbit Charge 3 Stay on top of your health with the latest fitness tracker, the Fitbit Charge 3. “We’re offering consumers a purpose-built sleek, premium device for those who prefer trackers and want advanced health and fitness features,” explains James Park, co-founder and CEO of Fitbit. “Along…

1 min.
q&a ask elissa

Elissa says: Positivity is a must and information is power. Encourage her to attend information sessions, as this helped me enormously in understanding everything diabetes – even years after diagnosis. I found there is only so much information you can absorb at once. At first, I would go along to an information session and feel a little overwhelmed, but after a week or two of putting this knowledge into practice, I was ready and looking for more tips and education. I cannot recommend positivity enough. How you, as a parent, speak about diabetes will make a huge impact on how she feels about herself and her diabetes. Never blame anything on diabetes. Elissa Renouf is owner of Diabete-ezy and a mum of four kids with type 1. Her range of convenient diabetes products…