Author: Olivia Birks

Diet and diabetes: what is the glycaemic index?

According to Diabetes UK, being aware of the amount of carbohydrate in food and drinks is important for everyone with diabetes. This isn’t the same as cutting out carbs altogether – we all need some carbs every day, as they’re our main source of energy. But if you’re watching your carbs to try to maintain healthy blood glucose levels, you may want to consider using the glycaemic index (GI). GI measures the effect foods containing carbs have on blood glucose levels, ranking them from 0 – 100. Foods that rank 70 or higher are considered high GI, with those...

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Focus on: Cholesterol

  Our Pharmacist Anshu Bhimbat answers your healthcare questions. I have high cholesterol, what can I do to reduce it?   Cholesterol is a fatty substance found in your blood that helps your body function. Too much cholesterol in your blood causes the blood flow to your heart, brain and the rest of your body to be restricted, which can increase the risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular disease. High cholesterol is caused by an a few things that are under your control such as; an unhealthy diet containing saturated fats, lack of exercise or activity, smoking or excessive amounts of alcohol. Some factors that are out of your control include family history of heart conditions, your age and if you have underlying conditions. I would recommend making a few lifestyle changes to lower your cholesterol and reduce your risk of experiencing any health problems in the future. There are medications such as statins that can help to lower your cholesterol levels, but lifestyle changes should be considered first. Top tips to help lower your cholesterol 1. Avoid certain foods that are high in saturated fats • Fatty cuts of meat • Butter, ghee and lard • Cream products • Hard and soft cheese • Cakes, biscuits and chocolate 2. Eat foods high in fibre – the recommended daily amount is 30g. • Fruit and vegetables • Wholemeal...

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Diabetes and exercise

If you are living with diabetes, it’s important to keep active and healthy. Making small changes to your daily routine to include exercise can have a great impact on your health, and by implementing our easy exercise tips, you can incorporate more activity into your day; leaving you feeling happier and healthier. Making exercise apart of  your day can be a great way of keeping active without feeling under pressure to make time. Work commitments and a busy family or life can make maintaining an active lifestyle challenging. However, with some effort you can incorporate exercise into your schedule. 1. Use...

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

Dad’s are very special to us, so this Father’s Day treat him to something special! We’ve put together a selection of our top gifts to make your Dads’ day, from aftershave to fitness trackers! Scroll down for more. 5 in 1 Hair & Beard Trimmer The LloydsPharmacy 5 in 1 Hair & Beard Trimmer is a perfect solution for busy, on-the-go Dad! The handy Trimmer comes complete with 3 precision trimmers, to help give that styled look (1-5mm). The cordless trimmer also comes complete with 3 different length comb attachments, to trim hair or beard to a desired length. There is also up to 45 minutes cordless usage or continued usage with a mains adaptor. Emporio Armani Diamonds Rocks Emporio Armani Diamonds Rocks is a fresh and captivating fragrance for the modern man, a risk taker who oozes energy and is open to taking chances. The top notes are grapefruit, black pepper and apple offer a spicy element to the fragrance with fresh aquatic sea notes at the heart of geranium and violet and woody base notes of guaiac wood and cedar. Fitbit  Zip™ Perfect for the active Dad. It tracks steps, distance, and calories burned – and syncs those stats to a computer and selected smartphones. Zip™ encourages you to set goals, challenge friends, and go farther – one step at time. That’s how you turn everyday life into a social, achievable...

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Can diabetics eat sugar?

Yes! 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. Top diabetes myths Here are some other myths surrounding living with diabetes and their diet; “Diabetes is caused by eating too much sugar” This is probably the most commonly shared, but this isn’t necessarily the truth. Your...

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