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Latest Research Updates

Research is at the heart of the mission to reach a world where diabetes can do no harm. The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted scientists’ work and punched a huge hole in medical research. The next five years are critical. Without the right action, the consequences for the future research landscape…

Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetic eye disease is a group of eye problems that can affect people with diabetes. Over time, diabetes can cause damage to your eyes that can lead to poor vision or even blindness. But you can take steps to prevent diabetic eye disease, or keep it from getting worse, by…

Tech for taking Insulin (Pumps)

Everyone with Type 1 and some people with Type 2 take insulin. The most common way for you to take insulin is with an insulin pen. But now there are more ways, thanks to changes in tech. Your diabetes technology can now include insulin pumps and smart insulin pens. If…

Diabetes and Winter

Medical nutrition therapy is integral to diabetes care and management. Balance between dietary intake and energy consumption through daily physical activities is the most influential factor in the glycemic control of type 2 diabetic patients. The nutritional prescription made for a diabetic individual is usually determined by taking into consideration…

Eating Disorders and Diabetes

Diabetes and food are closely linked. Having diabetes can mean a bigger focus on diet, weight and body image. So, it’s not surprising that you may start to feel negatively about food. Disordered eating isn’t the same as having a diagnosed eating disorder. But the signs and behaviors are similar,…

Exams and Diabetes

Taking an exam can be very stressful for young people, whether they have type 1 diabetes or not. But living with the highs and lows of type 1 diabetes during the exam period can make it that bit harder, particularly as stress can have an impact on blood glucose levels.…

Glucose Variability

Your blood sugars can be unpredictable. In other words, why is it that doing the same activity at the same time, after the same breakfast, can sometimes be managed perfectly and sometimes be a nightmare? This is called glucose variability.1 Variability = Frustration1,2 Not everyone with diabetes is able to…

Automation in Diabetes (AID)

“Artificial Pancreas”: a potential cure?1,2 It’s a bit of a stretch to call the artificial pancreas, more recently renamed “automated insulin delivery system,” or “AID” a cure. But for those who have tested them, these devices can be a game changer, particularly in the right setting. The goal of these…

Diabetes in Children

Until recently, the common type of diabetes in children and teens was type 1. It was called juvenile diabetes. With Type 1 diabetes, the pancreas does not make insulin. Insulin is a hormone that helps glucose, or sugar, get into your cells to give them energy. Without insulin, too much…

Understanding Carbohydrates

You’ve heard it all. From carb-free to low-carb, to whole and empty carbs, it’s hard to know what it all means.1 Get smart on carbs1 The main purpose of carbs in the diet is to provide energy as your body’s main fuel source. The carbs plus the amount of insulin…

Dawn Phenomenon vs. Somogyi Effect

What is the dawn phenomenon that some people with diabetes experience?1 The dawn phenomenon, also called the dawn effect, is the term used to describe an abnormal early-morning increase in blood sugar (glucose) — usually between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. — in people with diabetes.   How does it…

Diabetes Diet

If you’re a person with diabetes, you may juggle a lot of concerns. Eating a healthy diet is a big part of the balancing act. That being said, what you put in your system on a daily basis is a powerful tool when managing diabetes.1,2 Eating doesn’t have to be…

Hypoglycemia and How to Manage It

Diabetic hypoglycemia occurs when someone with diabetes doesn't have enough sugar (glucose) in his or her blood. Glucose is the main source of fuel for the body and brain, so you can't function well if you don't have enough.1 Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) is defined as a blood sugar level…

Exercise and Diabetes

For people who have diabetes—or almost any other disease, for that matter—the benefits of exercise can't be overstated. Exercise helps control weight, lower blood pressure, lower harmful LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, raise healthy HDL cholesterol, strengthen muscles and bones, reduce anxiety, and improve your general well-being. There are added benefits…

Covid-19 and Diabetes

The world is in the grip of the covid-19 pandemic1 At the end of 2019, a novel coronavirus (a specific virus that causes human and animal disease) was identified as the cause of pneumonia cases in Wuhan, a city in the Hubei Province of China. It rapidly spread thereafter, resulting…

Needle Phobia and how to overcome it

A reality of managing type 1 diabetes is that there are needles involved. The needle may be in the form of a lancet for doing finger sticks, a syringe needle, a pen needle or a needle to insert an infusion set for a pump or a sensor for a CGM.…

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