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Diabetes

Symptoms, Aches & Pains
October 22, 2018

Why do you have cold feet?

If your feet are chilly, the simplest reason is a lack of warmth. But if bundling up in thick socks doesn't help to defrost your feet, there may be another cause.  Poor circulation One of the most common causes of cold feet is poor circulation (slow blood flow). Poor circulation makes it difficult for enough warm blood to reach your feet regularly. This keeps your feet cooler than the rest of your body. Circulation problems can stem from a heart condition. If your heart isn’t functioning properly, it struggles to pump blood throughout your body quickly enough. Poor circulation can…
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Pregnancy
October 8, 2018

Can I fall pregnant if I have diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic condition and once you’ve been diagnosed with it, you need to take care of your health by monitoring and keeping your sugar levels in check. These checks become more important and necessary when you’re pregnant, as your body goes through a lot of changes. Yes, you can fall pregnant if you have diabetes, but managing your condition becomes important for your own health and the health of your baby. How will diabetes affect your pregnancy? Poorly controlled diabetes increases the chances of having a big baby, weighing of more than four kilograms (a larger-than-average newborn). This…
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Diabetes
October 8, 2018

What diabetics need to know about hypoglycemia (hypos)

Your brain is in charge of your body because it helps you to do almost everything. For it to function properly, it needs energy that comes from glucose (sugar). When it can’t get the supply it needs, your body goes through a condition called hypoglycaemia. Hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar), also known as 'hypo', is when there isn’t enough glucose in the blood. It isn’t a disease but could be a sign of an underlying health problem. Common signs of a hypo include sweating, trembling, hunger, irritability, anxiety, heart palpitations, dizziness, tingling, weakness and a pale face. One of the most…
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Symptoms, Aches & Pains
September 18, 2018

What causes the feeling of pins and needles?

Have you ever felt like your arms, legs or feet have fallen asleep after being in a position for too long, followed by a tingling sensation, as if you were being pricked by tiny needles? Also known as paraesthesia, this prickly, burning, tingling, numb, itchy sensation is usually harmless. In in some cases, though, it can be a sign of something more serious. What causes the tingling? It usually happens if you lean or lay awkwardly on your arm or leg. This can put pressure on a nerve or reduce the blood supply to the area you’re resting on. It usually…
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Sleep
September 12, 2018

Early birds vs. night owls – who has it best?

When it comes to sleeping, there are two kinds of people, early birds and night owls. If you tuck yourself into bed before 10 pm on most nights and are up early, ready for the day, you’re an early bird. If you’re up till 2 am without batting a droopy eyelid, you’re a night owl. Whichever you are, depends on your internal body clock, called the circadian rhythm and a system called sleep/wake homeostasis. Sleep/wake homeostasis makes sure that there’s a balance between your sleep and wakefulness. When you’ve been awake for a long time, sleep/wake homeostasis tells you that…
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Food & nutrition
August 9, 2018

Are some fruits healthier than others?

When it comes to the dessert menu, you’re better off with a fruit salad, but while fruits are nutrient-dense snacks, sugar is sugar. Even natural forms of sugar in fruit, can still send your blood-sugar level soaring as much as a triple chocolate mousse! Here’s a handy guide to get your sugar fixed in the healthiest way possible: Low-, medium- and high-sugar fruits All fruits have zero cholesterol and saturated fats, and are low in sodium, keeping your blood pressure balanced. Therefore, the only baddie on your fruit platter or sosatie is sugar. Here is the low-down from your healthiest,…
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Child HealthParenting
May 11, 2018

How to protect your child from diabetes

Diabetes is a condition where your body cannot use glucose effectively. Glucose comes from the food you eat and is used as a source of energy. To use glucose, your body needs a hormone called insulin. Insulin is released into your body by a gland called the pancreas. If you have diabetes, your body either can’t make insulin or can’t use it properly. There are two types of diabetes. Type 1 is where your immune system attacks your pancreas and destroys the cells that are used to make insulin. Type 2 is where your pancreas can make insulin, but your…
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Foot Care
April 20, 2018

Why do you have swollen feet?

You’re trying to slip into your favourite shoes, but they don’t fit! Why? Have your feet grown overnight? Almost! Say hello to swollen feet. Your feet have a massive job: they enable you to walk, stand, jump, run, dance and support your entire bodyweight. It’s no surprise, then, that everyone has swollen feet at some point of their lives, for various reasons. The most common cause for swollen feet, is a build-up of fluid, usually around the ankles. Other causes include injuries, being on your feet too much, being inactive or anytime when your feet doesn’t move around a lot.…
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Food & nutrition
April 20, 2018

Which eating plan is best for you?

To find a diet and eating plan that works for you has a lot to do with your body’s unique needs, tolerances and intolerances. How do you respond to food? Food tolerance is a digestive system response. Certain foods aren’t able to digest properly in your stomach and you end up with aches and pain. Because of our unique genetic make-up, we all respond to foods in different ways. Lactose intolerance Normally, when you eat something that contains lactose, an enzyme in the small intestine called lactase, breaks it down into simpler sugar forms of glucose and galactose. Being lactose-intolerant…
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Diabetes
February 20, 2018

How to dine out as a diabetic

Don’t fret about going out to eat. There are loads of diabetic-friendly choices! First things first, remember to always carry your medication with you when you’re out and about. You never know if something may trigger an adverse reaction. Portion power Everything looks great when you’re starving. But wait: remember, restaurant portions are usually quite large. Rather than diving straight in and trying to finish every morsel on your plate, set aside a small portion for a doggy bag to take back home. Just by doing this you’ll ensure you don’t overeat and send your blood sugar levels into overdrive.…
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