Author: Olivia Birks

What are hypos (and how can you prevent them)?

If you have diabetes, you’ll no doubt know how important it is to keep a balance between what you eat, how active you are and any medication or insulin injections you use. Because when some or all of those things are out of balance, the result can be your blood glucose becomes too low or too high. Hypoglycaemia – commonly referred to as a hypo – is when your blood glucose gets too low (medically speaking, this is when it becomes less than 4mmol/l). Several things make a hypo more likely, such as taking too much insulin, drinking a...

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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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