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Diabetes Acceptance is a Journey

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Share Diabetes acceptance meant Janet Barnes slowly pushes the pedals on her bike, legs burning, eyes close to tears. She had absolutely no intention of stopping to rest, despite the blistering sun on her back. It was July 2019 and her best friend, Caroline, cycled just a bike-length ahead. Hot and exhausted, they were going through a tiny French village …

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MRI Anxiety Can Go Right

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Share MRI anxiety due to a scan required for tinnitus in my right ear, meant that I was subconsciously postponing the inevitable. Being diabetic I was aware that hearing loss could be linked to my disease. Finally, my consultant referred me because he wanted to rule out the possibility of a tumour. I waited six weeks and didn’t give the …

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Diabetes Remission by Losing Weight

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Share Diabetes remission is entirely possible and I was able to turn things around in my favour. I was on a trajectory from which I could not turn away as my weight rose steadily over many years. Nothing in particular triggered it. I just liked eating out a lot, loved high-fat and sugary foods and had no portion control. By …

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Hormone Replacement Therapy, The Big Rethink

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Share Forget everything you thought you knew about hormone replacement therapy. Views on their risks and benefits are changing. Studies show that HRT is associated with significant decrease in serum fasting glucose and fructosamine levels in diabetic patients. There are no detrimental effects of transdermal HRT on lipid profile, glucose metabolism C-reactive protein and urine protein levels in well-managed diabetic …

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Modifying Texture Boosts Satiety for Diabetics


Share Humans demonstrate texture-specific satiety. We use the sensory aspect of foods to estimate when we will be full and prevent over-eating; taste, texture, visual, warm and odour. Diabetic satiety is when we learn to stop eating – which stops intake. However, hunger creates hedonic learning of what we like to eat, which increases in-take. Reshaping the texture of well-liked …

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