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5 ways to manage your blood sugar while working from home

Making the shift from being an in-office employee to one who works remotely can certainly be an adjustment. You may need to learn how to balance your own conference calls, create boundaries between your family time and late-night requests from colleagues when there’s no commute separating the spheres of your life and focus on that quarterly report when there are piles of laundry staring you in the face. Working from home presents a whole different set of challenges for people with diabetes....

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  Be On Target

Every person with diabetes should be treated according to their individual needs, hence you and your doctor will agree on an acceptable blood glucose (blood sugar) target range that will suit your therapy needs. If you do not know what is a target range for you, there are general guidelines for people with diabetes you can refer to. Below are the blood glucose target ranges recommended by our Malaysia’s Ministry of Health (MOH):   ...

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  Protect Your Heart, Control Your Blood Glucose Level

  Persistent high blood glucose (blood sugar) levels can lead to diabetes related complications such as kidney disease, eye disease, numbness and weakness of hands and legs, but heart diseases have topped it all1. Action to be taken. The Ministry of Health (MOH) Malaysia recommends keeping control of your blood glucose...

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  Learning From Your Blood Glucose Results

  It's likely that your healthcare team has talked to you about the importance of checking your blood glucose (blood sugar). But many people don't realize just how much valuable information they can obtain from their blood glucose results. Blood glucose monitoring shows how your body handles the food you eat, how exercise affects those glucose levels and how the medication you are taking is working—as well as letting you know if your body has the fuel it needs throughout the day. Such information is essential to anyone who self-manages their diabetes. It's important to know that keeping...

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  What Is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic disease. Your blood glucose (blood sugar) levels are controlled by insulin, a hormone produced by your pancreas. When you eat, food gets broken down and glucose enters your bloodstream. Insulin takes the glucose out of your bloodstream and allows it to enter your cells where it is broken down and turned into energy. If you have diabetes, either you don’t have enough insulin or the insulin you do have doesn’t work to get the glucose out of your blood and into your cells. This is how your blood glucose ends up going higher than it should (hyperglycemia).1   3 main types of...

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  3 Tips for A Healthier Plate

Your environment influences your ability to manage your diabetes. Willpower alone isn’t enough if temptation crosses your path over and over again. Follow these three simple steps to enjoy foods you like without breaking your meal plan.   Step 1: Keep off-limit food off your plate. Clean out your refrigerator and get rid of snacks that can ruin your meal plan. Also take a look at fast-food temptations. Is walking by the fried food vendor a tough challenge? Take another route instead of testing your resolve with that aroma. Step 2: Rate your plate....

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  Does life get in the way of healthy eating?

How many times have you been told to just “eat better”?  As if that’s such an easy thing to do. Sure, you know you should eat more vegetables (shouldn’t everyone?), and you dutifully count your carbs (or can recite the carbs in all of your meals from memory), but the time and effort it takes to “eat better” can make you feel even more stressed. Or bored. Everywhere you turn, you’re bombarded by images of food—the kind that makes your mouth water, but usually not the kind that’s high-fiber, low-fat, and full of nutrition. Instead of beating yourself up for not eating up to your ideals, take comfort—no one eats right, at...

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  Eating Healthy with Team Family

As a parent of a child with diabetes, you’re not only responsible for getting them to eat healthy when they’re sitting at the dinner table, you’re also teaching them how to make good choices when they’re on their own. Parenting can be tough, especially when kids start testing their independence and developing physically and emotionally. Sure, you know the difference between a healthy snack and movie theater popcorn, but do you ever feel like it’s not worth the argument? Here are some ideas to encourage kids to make healthy choices—with or without your reminders. Create a family-team atmosphere...

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Categories of Risk in People with Diabetes Who Fast During Ramadhan

Are you supposed to abstain from fasting? Those who fall in the ‘very high’ and ‘high risk’ groups are advised to abstain from fasting.This classification is based largely on expert opinion and not on scientific data derived from clinical studies. Please consult your doctor or diabetes nurse for further advice.   Very High Risk History of severe diabetes complications within 3 months prior...

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