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Exercise and Diabetes

I have always tried to exercise in some way either lots of walking or going to the gym, but I am now stepping it up a level to try and get rid of some of the baby weight. It's not just the weight it's trying to tone the belly! I thought I would do some research into how this affects me, I found the following article from www.lifescan.com and found it quite useful, it's American but I have changed the sugar levels to reflect English calculations: ...  

Diabetes and Cholesteral

Since being diagnosed with type 1 I have had two diabetic teams in two areas. The first wanted me to go on tablets to reduce my cholesterol but they were only 5.1 and decided I didn't want to take anything just yet. Since then I have changed doctors but maintained my cholesterol level. After talking to the consultant he was fine with my levels and didn't want to put me on tablets just yet, he said that a lot of people with diabetes go on tablets to be cautious as we are prone to heart disease an...  

DAFNE Courses

I was talking to someone the other day who had just been on a DAFNE type course in Trafford Manchester and she loved it. I have always been really good at carb counting and was told when I was diagnosed that this is how my diabetes should be managed and didn't think there was any other way of doing it! After talking to people it soon became clear that some people give themselves the same amount of insulin each day so they could not experiment with food. This is what this lady was doing and going...  

HbA1c – What is it?

In our bloodstream we have red blood cells that is made of of a molecule called haemoglobin, glucose sticks to haemoglobin. Glucose sticks to the haemoglobin to make a 'glycosylated haemoglobin' molecule, called haemoglobin A1C or HbA1C. The more glucose in the blood, the more haemoglobin A1C or HbA1C will be present in the blood. Red cells live for 8 -12 weeks before they are replaced. By measuring the HbA1C it can tell you how high your blood glucose has been on average over the last 8-12...  

General Foot Care Advice

This is a previous blog that I wrote in January, but I thought it was a good one to reuse as foot care is always important and many people find this article useful. We always need to take care of our feet but the cold weather it’s even more important – here is some advice I have been given from my healthcare team… Footwear ...  

Injecting and Stretchmarks

I was at the doctors Friday with a pain in my stomach where I have stretchmarks from having my 12 week old baby. The pain was just the nerves repairing themselves and nothing to worry about. What was interesting was the discussion we had about my stretchmarks. I was lucky really and only got stretchmarks either side of my belly, however the left side is much more swollen than the other. It turns out the reason why I have stretchmarks on either side is because this is my main injection sites (or ...  

Too Much TV

It's official I am watching too much day time TV! Since the arrival of Baby Steel my morning ritual consists of bringing him down for about 5:30 and switching the TV on channel 3. At first I was far too busy to even watch it however as the weeks have gone on Baby S can amuse himself on his mat for longer so I now watch GMTV, Jeremy Kyle and This Morning (obviously while still doing housework etc!). I know I am watching too much as I am really interested in Jeremy Kyle, yesterday angered me as a ...  

Don’t let it stop you!

I was talking to friends over the weekend about holidays I want to go on over the next couple of years, and mentioned about going on safari and crossing south Africa. They looked at me and said surely I couldn't do that now I was diabetic! These were friends and they didn't even know the facts! I went on to tell them as long as I am fit and healthy I can do everything I could do before I was diagnosed. I then went on to mention a few famous people like Steve Redgrave and Andrew Lloyd Webber w...