Diabetes Lifestyle - latest Issue
Volume 2016, Issue 3, 2016
Author Michael BrownSource: Diabetes Lifestyle 2016 (2016)More Less
14 November each year marks one of the most important dates on the international diabetes calendar, World Diabetes Day (WDD). WDD is the world's largest diabetes awareness campaign with events organised in more than 100 countries in 2015. Led by the International Diabetes Federation, WDD aims to unite the global diabetes community to produce a powerful voice for diabetes awareness and advocacy and to reflect the realities of living with a chronic condition.
Author Grant NewtonSource: Diabetes Lifestyle 2016, pp 6 –7 (2016)More Less
Living with diabetes and cardiovascular disease is a reality for millions of people living in South Africa. Lifestyle, stress and the pace at which we conduct our daily lives contributes to many chronic health conditions. Yet we live in an era of new technologies which drives new product innovation and which challenges and empowers our healthcare professionals to be able to make better immediate and patient-centred care decisions.
Author Steve SheldonSource: Diabetes Lifestyle 2016, pp 10 –15 (2016)More Less
Type 1 diabetes is usually acquired in the early years of one's life, although it can occur at any age. Contrary to many misconceptions, it has nothing to do with a person's lifestyle. It is an autoimmune condition which occurs when a person's immune system mistakenly destroys healthy cells in the body, in this case, the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. My diagnosis of type 1 diabetes was really a selfdiagnosis. I was studying biology at College in the UK fifty years ago, and when it came to the anatomy and function of the pancreas, as soon as I started to read about the signs and symptoms of diabetes, I realized that this was the reason I had lost half my body weight, couldn't walk past a tap without taking a drink of water, and had blurred vision.
Author Delano RibeiroSource: Diabetes Lifestyle 2016, pp 18 –23 (2016)More Less
Author Michelle DanielsSource: Diabetes Lifestyle 2016, pp 24 –31 (2016)More Less
When people come for assistance with weight loss, this is how much of the conversation goes until we start exploring the real reasons behind most people's need for eating. A 'diet' can perhaps in some ways be like putting a 'plaster' on a problem. The solution can be very short lived, unless the real emotion or need behind the reason to eat is reflected on and discovered.
Author Saqib RashidSource: Diabetes Lifestyle 2016, pp 32 –34 (2016)More Less
They say what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger. Well my story is the epitome of this saying. I'm a 19-year-old medical student studying in the Caribbean and I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes mellitus a year ago. Being diagnosed with a condition such as diabetes at a young age was a very scary and an overwhelming experience for me. Little did I know that my own unique battle had just begun!
The 21st century is not all it's cracked up to be!
Endocrine disruptors and the risk of type 2 diabetes : living with diabetesAuthor Debbie GordonSource: Diabetes Lifestyle 2016, pp 40 –42 (2016)More Less
Author Susan FordSource: Diabetes Lifestyle 2016, pp 44 –48 (2016)More Less
You can stop being a victim and take charge of your health by making salads as delicious as the food that put that unwanted fat on your body. Delete the brainwash shared by many that salad equals boring lettuce and tomato! Not true! Throw that idea in the trash and get innovative by creating tasty treats and combination salad meals that will tickle your taste buds and get you on track to long term success.
Source: Diabetes Lifestyle 2016, pp 58 –59 (2016)More Less
Are you 'insulin resistant'?
Type 2 diabetes is a progressive condition - most people with this condition will eventually need insulin injections to manage their diabetes. However, some people with type 2 diabetes refuse to take insulin, experiencing 'Psychological Insulin Resistance' (PIR). Some of the contributory factors include feelings of 'failure' in diabetes self-management (if only I had exercised more, eaten less...), needle phobia and fears of social stigma, weight gain and hypoglycaemia (most of these fears turn out be unwarranted and/or generally preventable).
Author Paul BakerSource: Diabetes Lifestyle 2016, pp 60 –61 (2016)More Less
Everyone was quiet. I couldn't believe it; even the kids. It's amazing how the size and presence of an elephant only metres away demands respect. Lions roar in the distance and some hyena arrive for a drink. It's about half an hour after sunset, and it's starting to get really dark. I need to concentrate hard to see the hyena, but the elephant is still clearly visible. It's about time that we make our way back to the car from the hide..
Author Mpolokeng MudauSource: Diabetes Lifestyle 2016 (2016)More Less
With the change of season, I am reminded daily that everything has its own time. Trees changing to green, being woken up by birds chirping and the warmth that comes with spring. This change in season gives assurance that seasons come and go, just as much as we know that there is a time to reap and time to sow. This reminds me of the different emotions I have had to deal with. Firstly the shock of being diagnosed with diabetes, the anger of "why me?", and more anger for having to be cautious all the time... for not being young and carefree. Being tired of having to inject myself 4 times a day and wanting to trade places with whoever wishes. Even with that, all these feelings come and go, because everything has a season.