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Low carb living with type 1 diabetes

Changing basal insulin dose with Tresiba

One of the disadvantages to using the ultra-long-acting Tresiba as your background insulin is that it takes several days for any changes you make to show up. I started jogging and got tormented with lows, especially during the nighttime. There are few things as unpleasant as waking up sweating at 3 am to find your…
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How to fix the dawn phenomenon

Lately, I’ve been sleeping in a lot, and I’ve noticed that my blood sugar tends to rise in the hours before waking. Since diagnosis with type 1 diabetes, I’ve woken up at 7 am and taken double my regular insulin dose to account for feet on the floor syndrome. With feet on the floor, blood…
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Type 2 diabetes doubles in children during the pandemic

Too much of a good thing can be bad for you. Extra screen time is one of them. According to research from one Louisiana hospital, the cases of type 2 diabetes in children doubled during the pandemic. They also increased in severity. When the scientists at Pennington Biomedical Research Center studied the number of hospitalizations,…
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Global Junk Food

There’s a good documentary on YouTube about how western food companies are making people in poorer countries fatter. It’s called Global Junk Food and opens up in India, a potentially massive market for fast food restaurants with 1.3 billion people. While some Indians are still suffering from malnutrition, there’s a budding obesity epidemic amongst the…
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Playing the blame game

The last time I spoke to my grandmother, she asked me what I used to drink during the heat waves in Cyprus. I told her: soda. Lots and lots of soda. This was years before I developed diabetes and could still have sugar. My granny then suggested that perhaps my soda drinking while living in…
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No, you can’t live forever

The $110 billion anti-aging industry may be a lost cause. A new study suggests that it’s impossible to stop or even reverse the aging process. It challenges the ideas in the groundbreaking book Lifespan with cellular programming as the next frontier in aging research. The study, an international collaboration that includes scientists from the University…
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The four T’s of diabetes

When it comes to diabetes, there are four things that begin with T to look out for. They are toilet, thirsty, tired, and thinner. I wish I would have been aware of these before my diagnosis. I was constantly running to the bathroom but put it down to old age as I’d joined the wrong…
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Diabetes in the Pacific

Obesity and diabetes are common amongst pacific islanders. In Nauru, which scores the highest, 94,5% of adults are overweight, and 71.7% are obese with a BMI above 30. Forty percent of the adult population has type 2 diabetes. How did this happen? Nauru is a small island in Micronesia rich in phosphate deposits. After the…
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Up and down on keto

I’ve been following the keto diet for two years now. When I first started, I lost eight kilos without really trying. I moved around a lot working in a busy bar, and the kilos fell off. My diet consisted of a breakfast omelette with cheese. For lunch and dinner, I had vegetables and meat –…
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Blood sugar control in decline

While the tools for monitoring blood sugar get better and the insulins act faster, there’s a worrying trend. Blood sugar control is not improving in America. In fact, it’s going the opposite way. A new major study from researchers at Johns Hopkins shows that blood sugar control is in decline. The study found that while…
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