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ABCDEs of Diabetes: S for smoking cessation

In the past ABCDEs posts (read them all here!), we have discussed how high blood sugars can affect different parts of our bodies. It is also important to know how smoking can affect us: the ingredients in cigarettes are harmful and can damage our blood vessels the blood vessels can become hard, making it difficult […]

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ABCDEs of Diabetes: E for Exercise! (part 1)

The idea of exercising should not be a scary one. Exercise does not necessarily mean going to the gym. The important point: MOVEMENT, whether it’s walking, house cleaning or gardening. When you exercise, your muscles use glucose (sugar) for energy. This prevents sugar from building up in the   blood. Other benefits are: – more energy […]

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ABCDEs of Diabetes: Drugs to protect your heart

ABCDEs of Diabetes: “D” –  Drugs to protect your heart There are several drugs (medications) available that help protect your heart. It could be drugs for blood pressure, cholesterol, or Aspirin. They are useful even if your blood pressure and cholesterol are at the recommended goal. Do you need medication to protect your heart? Fill […]

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ABCDEs of Diabetes: C for Cholesterol

What does it mean to have high cholesterol?  Should I be concerned? Cholesterol is a fat substance that is necessary for our body to continue working well, for example: to build cells and make hormones. Most of the blood cholesterol is made in our body, in our liver. The remaining cholesterol is from dietary cholesterol […]

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What to Expect From Your First Visit with a CDE

What to Expect From Your First Visit with a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) A warm welcome! –  Your diabetes educator should give you a warm welcome and make you feel comfortable to share and ask questions.  They may ask you about your past diabetes education and recent diabetes history. A review of: Blood sugars – […]

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What Kind of Diabetes Do I Have?

There are three main types of diabetes: Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational Diabetes (GDM).  More than 9 million Canadians live with diabetes or pre-diabetes. Approximately 10% of people with diabetes have type 1and 90% have type 2. All types of diabetes involve insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas.  Insulin works like a “key” […]

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ABCDEs of Diabetes

When diabetes is not well managed for several years, the high blood glucose can cause damage (complications) to different parts of the body: – eyes (retinopathy) -kidneys (nephropathy) -nerves (neuropathy) -heart and blood vessels To prevent or delay these complications, follow the ABCDEs of diabetes management: A1C: an average of your blood glucose control over […]

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