It's easy to mistake a blood glucose monitor for the latest trendy digital device. However, these cellphone-sized gadgets serve an important purpose - they people monitor their blood sugar at home.
It's quick and fuss-free to get a blood sugar reading using a blood glucose monitor - simply poke your finger using the lancets, place the drop of blood on a test strip and then insert the strip int... ››› more
Insulin may be a 90-year-old drug, but there are many new things happening when it comes to taking it. Finally, there are insulin devices that to suit diabetics who have a phobia of needles, poor vision and mobility issues!
Read on for five ways that diabetics can take insulin - from the old-fashion needle and syringe to jet injections, insulin pens and other new ways. Just make sure that you c... ››› more
They say, “ignorance is bliss”, but I beg to differ. You may live in blissful ignorance, but insulin resistance, a syndrome which involves impaired sensitivity to insulin, is a real thing - and there's a chance you may have it.
Also known as “dysmetabolic syndrome” by doctors, insulin resistance is associated with obesity, high blood pressure and sensitivity to blood fat anomalies. What... ››› more
Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition whereby your body stops producing enough insulin, or your cells stop responding properly to the insulin that's produced. But being diagnosed with diabetes doesn't mean you'll need to be medicated for the rest of your life…
Many people who are type 2 diabetic are able to stay away from medication by simply controlling their diets. By consuming the correct... ››› more
By now, almost everyone is familiar with the ways in which sugar can wreak havoc on your health - from obesity to diabetes to liver damage...
So why is it that so many South Africans are still eating an average of 153 g (that equals six chocolate bars!) of the dangerously sweet stuff a day?
It's time to start cutting back on sugar to take back your health. If you find that cutting back is e... ››› more
As you know, diabetes is one of the most widespread chronic illnesses today. It's estimated that 10% of our population is diagnosed with this metabolic illness, while another eight million have it but aren't diagnosed.
Unfortunately, doctors are yet to find a cure for diabetes. However, you are able to manage the condition by tweaking your diet, lifestyle and, often, medication. Another way to ... ››› more
Diabetes is a hot topic at the moment. But before I can go on to share intricate studies with you, I must first teach you the basics.
Today, I'm going to explain how the diabetic body controls blood sugar differently to the non-diabetic body. It's interesting to know - especially if you're pre-diabetic or diabetic...
How does the body normally control blood sugar?
When the body gets a do... ››› more
When you think about diabetes, you automatically think about sugar.
So you'd never guess a sweet, juicy fruit could be something that could actually help prevent the disease.
But it could!
It's all because of the vitamin C the fruit contains. And oranges contain the perfect amount of vitamin C your body can use immediately. That makes it a great food for stabilising your blood sugar an... ››› more
If you think of Soul Food, you can probably picture a typical American family sitting down to a table full of delicious food.
There are potatoes, fried chicken, crispy bacon bits, corn bread, organ meats, peas, gravy and a bunch of other hearty foods to choose from.
And while Soul Food is American, if you think about it, it's not so different to what we eat here in SA during an average Sun... ››› more
How many fad diets do you know about that actually work?
Sure, they can help you drop weight in a short space of time, but one, they're not sustainable - meaning you can't live on this type of diet forever - and two, you'll put the weight back on as soon as you start eating normally again.
But hang on… why then has the grapefruit diet been popping up regularly as the l... ››› more
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