Do you have questions about living with diabetes in South Africa?
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Welcome to Diabetic South Africans with Bridget McNulty who will be answering your questions to help you live a healthy, happy life with diabetes.
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#006 Is diabetes and depression common?
The short answer: yes! We unpack why diabetes and depression is so common, and what to do about it.
Whether you’re feeling symptoms of diabetes distress or diabetes burnout, or you suspect you might be struggling with depression, we’re here for you. Here are the symptoms to look out for, and what to do about them.
Diabetes and depression is really common, and it’s important for us to understand what the signs are so that we can be prepared, and supported. In this episode, we take a closer look at everything to do with diabetes and depression.
#005 I’ve just been diagnosed with diabetes… Now what?
If you’ve just been diagnosed with diabetes, you’re probably feeling realllly overwhelmed right now. We know, we’ve been there! Here’s only the most important information you need.
Being diagnosed with diabetes is probably one of the most overwhelming experiences in life. All of a sudden there are so many rules! What you can and can’t eat, when you need to inject or take medication, how and when to test blood sugar… it’s exhausting.
We break it down into 3 simple steps: understanding what diabetes is, figuring out how to manage it, and knowing who to ask for help. There is light at the end of the tunnel: you’re not alone in this, we promise.
#04 What is normal blood sugar?
How to find the magic range for normal blood sugar - not too low, not too high.
What is normal blood sugar, and how do I get it? That’s the question we get asked all the time on Sweet Life. In this episode, we unpack what magic range we should be aiming for (4 to 7mmol/l), as well as the symptoms of low blood sugar, and high blood sugar. If you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to be diabetic, here’s the explanation!
We also take a look at how to keep blood sugar within the magic range. Spoiler alert: there’s no dramatic fix, you have to take it step by step, one day at a time. Here’s what works for us - and other Diabetic South Africans.
#03 What do I need to know about COVID-19 and diabetes?
All the latest, expert information about COVID-19 and diabetes in South Africa. Nothing else.
If you’re feeling COVID fatigue, you’re not alone. But if you’re living with diabetes, it’s important to be informed when it comes to COVID-19 and diabetes: from how it affects diabetics to how to reduce your risk, and what you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine in South Africa.
We spoke to the experts and got all the latest medical information that diabetics need to know about COVID-19, then translated it into simple English. Take a listen - you’ll be glad you did.
#02 How do I reverse Type 2 diabetes?
There is actually a recipe for reversing Type 2 diabetes. Here it is.
A few years ago, the idea of reversing Type 2 diabetes was crazy - now, it’s achievable, if you follow this simple recipe. Simple doesn’t mean easy, though. We break down the essentials of how to reverse Type 2 diabetes - Eat healthy food, Exercise, a little every day, Lose weight if you need to - so that you can get started today. One step at a time.
We also explain the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, what the risk factors are for Type 2 diabetes, and what insulin resistance is. All in easy-to-understand language. It’s the expert information you need, in English you understand. Take a listen!
#01 How do I manage my diabetes?
Probably the most important question you’ll ask about living with diabetes. Here’s a simple answer.
We know that managing diabetes can feel totally overwhelming. That’s why we asked SA’s top experts to make it simple for us. And they did! All you need to know is TEEL.
Take your medication
Eat healthy food
Exercise, a little each day,
Lose weight, if you need to.
Easy, right? Well… No. These might be the four golden rules of diabetes management, but they’re also some of the hardest lifestyle changes to make. That’s why we have one magical tip for each - one small thing you can do today that will make a big difference.
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Love this podcast
Very informative and well researched. Found it to be very helpful!
Best Health Podcast Ever! 🙌
Informative, entertaining, this podcast is a joy to listen to while being super important for anyone who has, or knows someone living with Diabetes. Look forward to each episode where the oh-so charming Bridget gives us access to the latest and most current health data on how to live a full and healthy life.
The voice you need to hear
Bridget is both wise and a pleasure to listen to- a unique combination.