Cholesterol can be your best friend and your worst enemy.
At normal levels, cholesterol serves a purpose in the body. It helps your digestion, helps your body make vitamin D (which helps prevents several conditions) and it helps with hormone production and maintenance of cell structures.
But when your cholesterol levels are high, it increases your risk for chronic heart disease.
And you ... ››› more
I sometimes compare having type II diabetes to having a little baby. You need to make sure you've always packed the essentials. You have to nurse your diabetes throughout the day. And, it requires a different degree of responsibility than someone without diabetes or a baby.
But, if you're organised, it makes life so much easier.
Here are four tips to help you get organised so you can enjoy... ››› more
We already know exercise is a must if you want to control your blood sugar and prevent type II diabetes. But when and how you exercise is also important. A recent study showed short bursts of exercise are more beneficial for people with insulin resistance than one longer exercise session. Let's have a look…
Daily insulin injections are a distant ... ››› more
Receiving a diagnosis of any kind can be a shock to patients. And, type II diabetes is no different.
You'll need to accept your lifestyle will change going forward. But, more importantly, you need to appreciate that type II diabetes isn't a death sentence. There's a lot you can do to control your diabetes and live a long, happy life.
Here are three tips to help you cope better with your type ... ››› more
The idea of being at risk for type II diabetes can be scary. Here's what to look out for…
Here are nine signs you’re heading for type II diabetes!
Do you suspect you may be at risk for type II diabetes? Take a look at these symptoms:
Hunger pangs outside of mealtimes
Dark pa... ››› more
You've just received the news: ‘You have type II diabetes'. Your head is spinning, you're overwhelmed with all the information on diabetes. But mostly, you feel trapped in a body that's no longer your perfect sanctuary.
Here's how to cope…
Prioritise your diabetes support to help you cope with your new diagnosis
The first thing you need to do is stop yourself from panicking. Accept yo... ››› more
Up to 70% of people who suffer from either type I or type II diabetes have some form of neuropathy. It's a condition in which the nerves get damaged as a result of chronic high blood sugar.
These are the symptom of neuropathy you need to know about…
Neuropathy is one of the most frustrating symptoms of sugar diabetes
Diabetes can cause damage to any of the nerves in the body. The... ››› more
When your blood sugar is high, you take more meds. When it's low, you drink a glass of fruit juice or eat 15g of quick-digesting carbs to recover. Sounds easy enough, but boy is it hard to get it 100% right when you're controlling your diabetes!
With type II diabetes, your blood sugar can swing from pillar to post. But don't despair, There's help at hand with the plethora of information on diab... ››› more
Low melatonin levels in the body doesn't just result in sleepless nights. It's a major risk factor for type II diabetes.
In one study, women whose melatonin levels were low, were at twice the risk for type II diabetes than women with high levels of this hormone.
Luckily, you can change that with your diet.
Here's what to eat - and what not to - to help raise your melatonin levels, get ... ››› more
As irony would have it, type II diabetes can rob you of sleep.
This because you need to get up numerous times in the night to wee.
But, if you don't get enough sleep, this can also lead to type II diabetes! Here's what you should know…
Daily insulin injections are a distant memory for Catherine Downs now...
In fact, the 56-year old diabe... ››› more
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