December, Diabetes, and Desserts!
November 28, 2019December, Diabetes, and Desserts! It’s that time of year again…December! The days are getting progressively shorter, darker, and colder. Many of us may start to feel more tired and in search of some sugary “pick-me-ups” to get our energy levels back up. And not to mention the endless amounts of sweets, cookies, and desserts surrounding… Continue reading December, Diabetes, and Desserts!
World Diabetes Day and Physical Activity!
November 5, 2019Did you know that November 14th, 2019 is World Diabetes Day? World Diabetes Day is a global campaign that puts a spotlight on issues surrounding diabetes. It reaches over 1 billion people worldwide in over 160 countries! In line with World Diabetes Day, the West Toronto Diabetes Education Program (West Toronto DEP) will hold an… Continue reading World Diabetes Day and Physical Activity!
World Mental Health Awareness Day
October 17, 2019Given that October 10th is World Mental Health Awareness Day; this blog is going to be looking at the close connections between diabetes and mental health issues. Diabetes distress was discussed in a previous blog but today I plan to take it one step further and talk about the mental health issues that are seen… Continue reading World Mental Health Awareness Day
Heart Healthy Eating
September 11, 2019Heart disease is the 2nd leading cause of death in Canada. Eating a healthy diet is one of the best ways to protect your heart and overall health. What is heart healthy eating? Heart healthy eating emphasizes an overall balance of whole, nutritious foods. These include plenty of vegetables and fruits, whole grain foods, lean… Continue reading Heart Healthy Eating
How Mindful Eating Can Help Manage Your Diabetes
August 12, 2019It’s natural to be overwhelmed when you are making lifestyle changes, preventing complications, and monitoring your blood sugar – all while living life. But you can take charge of your diabetes self-management with mindful eating. Mindful eating may be a new term for many of us, but as an updated component in Canada’s new food… Continue reading How Mindful Eating Can Help Manage Your Diabetes
Diabetes and Self-Management Education
July 9, 2019Diabetes is a complex chronic condition described as a metabolic disorder of multiple causes. It is categorized by elevated blood sugar levels resulting from insufficient or inactive insulin production. In other words, there is less insulin being made by the body and the body is less able to use that insulin effectively. Managing diabetes… Continue reading Diabetes and Self-Management Education
Loving the Local and Savouring the Seasonal
May 30, 2019Summer will officially arrive later this month (hooray!!!!) And after what has felt like a never ending winter and an especially soggy spring, I am beyond excited to welcome the warm weather and start soaking up that Vitamin D. One of my favourite things about the arrival of summer is the return of the local… Continue reading Loving the Local and Savouring the Seasonal
Diabetes Distress: Moving towards becoming a champion of wellness!
May 10, 2019Diabetes Distress: Moving towards becoming a champion of wellness! Living with diabetes 24 hours a day is tiring, and when blood sugar keeps going up, you may feel frustration or sadness associated with difficulty managing your diabetes and keeping your blood sugars or HBA1C within target range. If you have recently developed a complication from… Continue reading Diabetes Distress: Moving towards becoming a champion of wellness!
Busting Some Common Diabetes Myths!
April 10, 2019Busting Some Common Diabetes Myths! By: Patrick Salvador Throughout Canada, there are many people living with some form of diabetes. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, there are approximately 3.7 million Canadians currently diagnosed with diabetes. There was an additional 200,000 newly diagnosed cases in 2013-2014. While there are many people throughout Canada… Continue reading Busting Some Common Diabetes Myths!
March 12, 2019DIABETIC RETINOPATHY: What You Need to Know Diabetes is a chronic disease which, if not well managed, can result in complications such as eye disease (diabetic retinopathy), heart disease, kidney disease, nerve damage and problems with erection (impotence). Retinopathy means damage to the retina. It is caused by prolonged high blood sugars that damage the… Continue reading Retinopathy