Author: Olivia Birks

8 annual health checks for people with Type 1 and 2 diabetes

There are 3.2 million people in the UK with Type 1 and 2 diabetes. While most of us have a basic understanding of the condition less of us are aware of the serious health complications that diabetes can lead to. If you’re living with diabetes you might be very familiar with how you should be monitoring your blood sugar levels or what you should be eating. But, did you know Diabetes UK recommends eight annual health checks you should be going to, and that many of those test are available at your local LloydsPharmacy? Your Eight Annual Health Checks...

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Driving with Diabetes

Having diabetes does not mean you need to give up driving! But there are some legal formalities that you should be aware of and some precautions that you should take if you want to drive. If you take insulin: Your licence may be renewed every one, two or three years to keep track of your condition If there are any changes to your condition between renewals that may affect your ability to drive, these should be reported to the DVLA/DVA when they occur If you do not take insulin and manage diabetes through diet or tablets You do not...

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Top Diabetes Myths

Top diabetes myths Here are some other myths surrounding living with diabetes and their diet and the facts behind them; “Can those living with diabetes eat sugar?” Having diabetes doesn’t mean having to follow a completely sugar-free diet. People with diabetes should eat a healthy, balanced diet. You should still be able to enjoy a wide variety of foods too, including some with sugar. The odd small slice of cake won’t affect your health or long-term diabetes management significantly. Sugary drinks, on the other hand, are best avoided. “Diabetes is caused by eating too much sugar” This is probably...

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Diabetic neuropathy

When managing diabetes, whether Type 1 or Type 2, it’s important to take particular care of your hands and feet. We look at our hands every day but rarely look at the bottom of our feet. Making sure you look after your feet every day can help prevent hard skin from developing, which can keep any complications at bay. Foot problems are less likely if blood glucose levels are kept under control and feet are looked after. Easy steps to look after your feet: Check your feet daily for any changes – a mirror will help you see the bottom...

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Gestational Diabetes: Everything you need to know

What is gestational diabetes? Most people are aware that there are two main types of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes means your body isn’t producing any insulin; and Type 2 diabetes, which is when your body doesn’t make enough insulin or the insulin it makes doesn’t work properly. But a third type of diabetes can affect women when they’re pregnant, this is called gestational diabetes. According to the NHS, this can happen at any time when you’re pregnant, though it’s more common during the second half of pregnancy. It develops when your body can’t produce enough insulin to meet the...

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