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Published September 2019

Vitamin C linked to reduced glucose levels in type 2 diabetes
Vitamin C supplementation is associated with improved blood glucose levels in people with type 2 diabetes, research suggests. The Deakin University research revealed people who took vitamin C supplements spent almost three hours less a day with high blood glucose levels. Read

Private health insurance reforms
The Australian Government has introduced reforms that will make private health insurance simpler and will help people choose the cover that best suits their needs. For the first time, private health insurers will be required to classify their private hospital cover into four easy to understand tiers: Gold, Silver, Bronze or Basic. This information is useful for those considering an insulin pump. Read
 
Influenza (flu) immunisation program
As part of the 2019 Annual Influenza Program, free flu vaccination is available for people who are at greater risk of disease and developing complications if they get the flu.The best time to vaccinate is autumn, but flu vaccine can be given at any time during the flu season while vaccine is available. It usually takes up to two weeks for the flu vaccine to provide protection. Read

Published July 2019

Tea drinkers will not miss sugar after quitting, research shows
Not only is it beneficial to quit adding sugar to your cup of tea, but a new study has found that tea drinkers were able to make the change and not miss sugar. Cutting down on sugar can be very beneficial, but the researchers behind this study were anticipating some reluctance from participants who had gotten into the habit of adding sugar to their cup of tea. Read

Walking and diabetes
Walking may be one of the most basic forms of exercise but it's also a very effective form of activity for helping to reduce blood glucose levels. Read
 
Low carb breakfast for diabetes management
Cutting carbs at breakfast might help people with type 2 diabetes (T2D) manage their blood glucose throughout the entire day, according to a new study. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition breakfast is a “problem meal” because the biggest blood sugar rises experienced by people with type 2 diabetes occur after breakfast. Read

Diabetes increases fracture risk
If you have diabetes, you're at an increased risk for fractures, but the specific factors that influence your risk depend on whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Read

Dealing with diabetes and depression
Winter is here, and shorter, cooler days are just around the corner. Everyone is back to work or school and the hectic pace is back in full swing. It’s normal to feel a little down or sad, knowing that summer is behind you. But if you’ve been feeling this way for a while and you can’t seem to shake it off (as Taylor Swift likes to sing), maybe something a little deeper and more serious is going on. Read

Can type 2 diabetes turn into type 1?
If you have type 2 diabetes, you might be wondering if it will ever “turn into” type 1 diabetes. It’s understandable that you would think about this, especially if you take insulin. In short, however, the answer is “no”. Read

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