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Interpreting Blood Ketone Results

Aug 30, 2019

Under 0.6mmol/L This is normal; consider rechecking blood ketone levels in 1-2 hours if blood glucose remains elevated, above 13.9mmol/L. 0.6-1.5mmol/L This indicates a need for extra insulin. It is important that you call or follow the rules provided by your diabetes healthcare team and check your blood glucose and blood ketone levels again in … more

Preventing DKA

Aug 28, 2019

Blood ketone testing If you have Type 1 diabetes, it is important to test for ketones if your blood glucose levels are persistently over 13.8mmol/L, or when you are ill. Some people do this by dipping a test strip in their urine, but other test for blood ketones using a meter. What are the pros … more

Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA)

Aug 27, 2019

Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening condition with thousands of preventable cases each year. DKA most commonly happens in people with Type 1 diabetes, although it occasionally occurs in people with Type 2 diabetes. DKA happens when there is persistently high glucose in the blood and a lack of insulin. There are … more

Golf and Diabetes

Aug 20, 2019

GGolf is not a very demanding sport, which means that diabetes management is often easier than with other sports. It is easy to carry food, either on your person or in your bag, and blood glucose testing can be done at any time (apart from mid-swing). However, there are still a few variables that can … more

Cycling and Diabetes

Aug 20, 2019

Cycling is a great way to keep active as it can be carried out at whatever pace and intensity you choose. However, for the more keen and competitive cyclist, the aerobic challenges are increased. Like with any sport, the more keenly you participate, the more careful management your blood sugar levels will need. Diabetes management … more

Swimming and Diabetes

Aug 20, 2019

Swimming is a common and effective way to improve your cardiovascular fitness as the constant movement allows for blood and oxygen to be pumped more efficiently. Swimming is also a good sport for people with diabetic neuropathy as is utilises both upper and lower body muscles simultaneously. The intensity of a swimming workout is totally … more

Rugby and Diabetes

Aug 20, 2019

Rugby is a sport that requires the exertion of an extreme amount of energy and physicality that demands aerobic endurance of high intensity over a long period. Playing a one-off game of rugby can be relatively easy to manage, given the right preparation, whereas regular players will need to maintain a comprehensive log of their … more

Football and Diabetes

Aug 19, 2019

Football is a sport that results in varying degrees of intensity. The more physical you are when you play, the more you will need to monitor your diabetes. Playing irregularly will not require a severe change in management, but playing on a regular basis may need a plan in place to keep your blood sugar … more

Getting through the airport with Diabetes

Jul 19, 2019

Now you’re all packed, the next obstacle that needs to be overcome is the airport, more specifically airport security. Be sure to research the specific requirements for the airports you are travelling through and bear in mind that requirement may vary from country to country. If you’re setting off from the UK, here are the … more

Diabetes Holiday Checklist

Jul 19, 2019

Like most things that come with having diabetes, packing for a holiday is a little more complicated. However, it is a vital to be as prepared as possible when you depart off on your jet setting summer. Packing your diabetes medication Of course, the amount of preparation needed depends on the amount of time your … more

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