Managing type 1 diabetes and your period
Diabetes WA Blog
by Myke Bartlett
9M ago
Women with type 1 diabetes often find their menstrual cycle can cause extra challenges for blood glucose management. Credentialled diabetes educator LAUREN EIPE explains why this happens and what might help. Have you ever felt frustrated that your blood glucose levels are all over the place on the days leading up to and throughout your week of menstruation? You are not alone! This is a common occurrence, and a lot of women living with type 1 diabetes are in the same boat. Why does this happen? Research has shown that female hormones and the way they fluctuate throughout the menstrual cycle ca ..read more
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“Why don’t people with diabetes exercise more?”
Diabetes WA Blog
by Myke Bartlett
1y ago
Image: Shutterstock We all know physical activity is good for you, but many people living with diabetes aren’t active enough. Why? MARIAN BRENNAN says the answer isn’t as simple as “they don’t want to”. Exercise can be an important element of diabetes management. Many people living with diabetes want to and try to increase their levels of physical activity. And yet people with diabetes are more likely to not get enough exercise than others. The reasons why can be complex. Everyone will find things can sometimes get in the way of getting active and it’s no different for people living with dia ..read more
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Becoming an athlete with type 1 diabetes
Diabetes WA Blog
by Myke Bartlett
1y ago
Champion cyclist SOPHIE WATTS hasn’t let type 1 diabetes stop her from pursuing a sporting career. I was four years old when I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. That was 21 years ago now. I do actually remember sitting in the doctor’s room and being quite disappointed because I had a birthday party that afternoon, and I wasn’t allowed to go because I had to go to hospital and learn about diabetes. I don’t remember too much about life before diabetes. It’s just been something I’ve had to live with. There were moments, especially at high school when I was having to test my blood or take insuli ..read more
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Swimming to Rotto with diabetes
Diabetes WA Blog
by Myke Bartlett
1y ago
Endurance sports can be particularly challenging for people with chronic health conditions, but a group of swimmers with type 1 diabetes managed to make the long swim to Rottnest, writes MYKE BARTLETT Jake and his team, pictured in 2021. (Supplied) On the last Saturday of every February, a hardy breed make their way to Cottesloe Beach before most of us have even thought about getting out of bed. Their goal? To swim the 20 km crossing to the shores of Rottnest Island, either as part of a small team or a solo effort.  While making the channel crossing is an extraordinary achievement ..read more
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Thumbs up for our latest camp for kids with type 1 diabetes!
Diabetes WA Blog
by Myke Bartlett
1y ago
October’s camp for kids living with type 1 diabetes was a great success, writes AMY FIDDES. Held over the October school holidays, the latest kids camp for kids with type 1 diabetes gave campers a safe space to go ‘wild’ with their peers. The ‘At the Zoo’ themed camp saw kids donning their favourite animal costumes for animal themed disco one evening before enjoying a visit from a Perth Zoo keeper on the final day. There were 35 children from regional and metro Western Australia in attendance at Point Walter Recreation Centre, Bicton, for the two-night, three-day camp. Our type 1 camps are he ..read more
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When life gets in the way of keeping active
Diabetes WA Blog
by Myke Bartlett
2y ago
Staying active can be hard when life has other plans for you, writes DENISE BROWNSDON. Like everyone else, I had my fair share of goals for 2020. And, just like everyone else, I’ve found life tends to get in the way! I don’t know about you, but I can’t believe it’s July already. It seems like a good time to check in and consider how well I’ve stuck to all my new year resolutions. I do this every so often, to try to hold myself accountable to the goals I’ve set. Staying active is always top of my list these days. I admit that I had a very slack week when COVID-19 hit our household. My ..read more
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New study: food insecurity in youth increases risk of diabetes later in life
Diabetes WA Blog
by Myke Bartlett
2y ago
A new study shows that young adults who are worried about access to food are more likely to develop diabetes within the next decade, writes JESSICA WEISS. We’ve long known that your socio-economic status — in short, how much money you do or don’t have — is a reliable predictor of your diabetes risk. While past studies have linked food insecurity — being without access to a steady supply of nutritious food — with a range of health issues including diabetes, obesity and hypertension, a new study has now proved a direct causal relationship over time. The Washington State University study, publ ..read more
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Can I be vegetarian if I have diabetes?
Diabetes WA Blog
by Myke Bartlett
2y ago
Vegetarian food Diabetes WA educator CHRISTINE CARNE answers a common question about living with diabetes. Can I be vegetarian if I have diabetes? The simple answer is – yes, of course! Around 2.5 million Australians (12.1% of the population) now have diets of which the food is all, or almost all, vegetarian, which is up from under 2.2 million (11.2%) four years ago. There are several types of vegetarian diets: Lacto-vegetarian: includes milk and dairy products but no meat, poultry, seafood or eggs. Ovo-vegetarian: includes eggs but no meat, poultry, seafood or dairy. Lacto-ovo vegeta ..read more
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New diabetes education program reduces hypo risk
Diabetes WA Blog
by Myke Bartlett
2y ago
Hypoglycaemic episodes can be very distressing for people with type 1 diabetes A new UK program designed to educate adults with type 1 diabetes has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of hypoglycaemic episodes, writes CARLY LUFF. Researchers at King’s College Hospital in London have trialled a new educational program, aimed at reducing hypoglycaemic episodes which occur when blood glucose falls to a potentially dangerous low. Hypoglycaemic episodes — colloquially known as “hypos” — can be very serious if untreated, impairing normal brain function, causing confusion and sometimes prov ..read more
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Why do I need to report my diabetes when I get a driver’s licence?
Diabetes WA Blog
by Myke Bartlett
2y ago
The Diabetes WA Helpline provides free comprehensive access to personalised diabetes management advice and support from a Credentialed Diabetes Educator. Meet our educators as they share some of the common concerns they hear from our members. Christine Carne Christine Carne (Christy) is a credentialed diabetes nurse educator who has worked in the diabetes field for more than 20 years in various roles including diabetes research, children’s diabetes and community diabetes education. For the past seven years she has been employed at Diabetes WA in clinical, telehealth and community education r ..read more
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