Diabetes Lifestyle - Volume 2015, Issue 4, 2015
Volume 2015, Issue 4, 2015
Author Michael BrownSource: Diabetes Lifestyle 2015 (2015)More Less
2015 has been a tough year... for all of us, for all the many reasons we well know. One of the things that bothers me the most, is that a number of people, particularly those in positions of social or political power, are doing their utmost best to sow discord and division between the people of this potentially great country. And the people suffer..
Author Peter BlackSource: Diabetes Lifestyle 2015 (2015)More Less
Recognition of excellence is important in any industry, and the healthcare industry is no exception. In healthcare, end-users (patients) and funders (medical aid schemes) demand excellence at all times. Suppliers of healthcare services strive to fulfil these expectations.
Author Charles LamprechtSource: Diabetes Lifestyle 2015, pp 6 –10 (2015)More Less
Dancing has been in my family since I can remember and it was my first love. Between 1980 and 1995, I was a professional ballroom dancer, dancing for about 10 hours a day. With all the exercise I did, I did not dream that I was developing diabetes. But it was instrumental in helping me recover from a car accident in which I rolled my car and from being shot in the leg and semi-disabled during an armed robbery. Then, in 1998, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I was about 30 years old. I was not too surprised as my Grandfather, my Father, my Brother and my nephews all have diabetes. I went to the hospital because I was losing a lot of weight and drinking a lot of water. I was constantly thirsty and tired. My eye-sight was very blurred and I also had heartburn. As soon as I was told I had diabetes, I took it seriously and started injecting myself from day one. In those days, the needles were much thicker than they are now, but this did not stop me. I knew I had to be positive about my condition. I started exercising regularly.
Source: Diabetes Lifestyle 2015, pp 14 –22 (2015)More Less
Holidays are for resting from the stresses and trials of the year and for having fun with family and friends. Unfortunately, you can't take a break from diabetes. Here are a few key points to think about to help stop problems with your diabetes spoiling that idyllic break.
Author Kerry KalweitSource: Diabetes Lifestyle 2015, pp 24 –27 (2015)More Less
For many reading this article, you or your loved ones strive and struggle every day to keep your blood glucose levels on target, especially when there are so many variables that influence the number on that glucose meter. Carbohydrate counting, portion control, exercise, medication doses, stress, hormones... the list is longer than my arm. I completely understand the frustration of having to constantly juggle these factors - it's a full-time job.
Author Leila MayetSource: Diabetes Lifestyle 2015, pp 28 –30 (2015)More Less
Diabetes mellitus is a tough condition to live with. A lifetime of daily 'control' of lifestyle, blood glucose, blood pressure, serum cholesterol and body weight is needed. You can never take a 'holiday' from daily self-management and this can be a large spiritual, psychosocial and financial burden to bear. In addition, a niggling fear may lurk in the background - what about future complications of diabetes? How will I know about them? When will they appear?
Author Jay NarainsamySource: Diabetes Lifestyle 2015, pp 32 –34 (2015)More Less
Corticosteroids are a group of immune-suppressant and anti-inflammatory medicines increasingly prescribed for a wide range of health conditions. They're manufactured versions of hormones normally produced by the adrenal glands (two small glands that sit on top of each kidney).
Is sweet enough safe enough? The role of artificial sweeteners in your meal plan : living with diabetesAuthor Liana GrobbelaarSource: Diabetes Lifestyle 2015, pp 36 –39 (2015)More Less
Our need for sweetness is innate and few people can argue against the sensation of sweetness being pleasurable. Most of us prefer sweetness to be part of our dietary intake. Sweetness of food and beverages IS determined by the type and quantity of sweeteners added either by the consumer or manufacturers.
Author Michelle DanielsSource: Diabetes Lifestyle 2015, pp 42 –43 (2015)More Less
Over this festive season, people generally tend to be less conscious of what they are eating, as they are on holiday, more relaxed and just want to enjoy themselves. It is still possible and important to try and make healthy choices during this period. This may help to prevent unnecessary weight gain which will have to be lost again in the New Year.
Seeing that we are having such hot weather, salads are good options, as they can be light and refreshing.
The breakfast option is a filling, higher protein and lean breakfast for the whole family.
Source: Diabetes Lifestyle 2015, pp 46 –49 (2015)More Less
On 01 November 2015, we re-launched our rebranded and new-look website (www.cdediabetes.co.za) packed with relevant and real information for all people with diabetes. The aim of the CDE website is to ensure that we have up-to-date information for our members of the CDE Diabetes Management Programme, as well as for those people with diabetes who are not part of our Programme.
Author Paul BakerSource: Diabetes Lifestyle 2015 (2015)More Less
I have just spent part of the day baking marshmallows with my youngest son. I cannot believe how much sugar goes into making marshmallows and will certainly consider them for treating hypos in the future. They take up to 24 hours to set, so I am still waiting to see how they turn out. I am normally not much of a baker, so trying something new always starts with a 'Google', followed by some YouTube watching.