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What It's Like To Be Told You Have Diabetes, And How You Can Cope

Prime Minister Theresa May, who has Type 1 diabetes, is an advocate for greater awareness on the disease. Here, diabetics including UTV political editor Ken Reid, who had a toe amputated due to the condition, talk to Laurence White. Diabetes is regarded as one of the serious health epidemics of the modern age with around 86,000 people in Northern Ireland living with the condition. It is estimated that there are around 3,000 new cases each year. Around 10% of cases are Type 1 diabetes and one of the most prominent public figures with that variation of the condition is the new Prime Minister Theresa May. She was diagnosed after going to her GP in November 2012 with what she thought was a heavy cold. However she was displaying the classic symptoms of diabetes - significant weight loss, drinking more water and making more frequent trips to the bathroom - and now has to inject insulin four times a day. An intensely private politician, she initially found it difficult to talk about her condition, but has since been keen to spread the message that having diabetes does not mean that life has to change totally. To view this media, you need an HTML5 capable device or download the Adobe Flash Continue reading >>

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  1. rajranga

    Want to gain weight

    I am having diabetes since the last 4-5 years. I am on oral medications right now. I used to weigh 61 kg earlier but now weigh only 56 Kg. I want to increase my weight even while keeping my sugar levels under control. Please guide me about what should I do,i.e which foods to take, should i start insulin etc.

  2. Jon8677

    As long as your cholesterol is good and you don't go overboard, you could start increasing the fat in your diet. Nuts like almonds, cashews are good and should have minimal impact on your blood sugars, start with a handful or two a day. You could also add some cheese or other medium fat meats. Fats have 7 times the calories as carbs, so should help with gaining some weight. Just watch you don't add too much fat since that has other health implications.
    A visit to a dietician would be a good idea if you want to safely increase the calories in your diet.
    I have the opposite problem, keeping my weight down is my issue. Funny how we are all different.

  3. Caraline

    Hi Rajranga, yes like Jon said, I would be adding some of the foods with good oils in them to your diet. My diabetes dietician told me that walnuts are one of the best foods you can eat for a healthy heart. They are quite high in calories, because of their oil content, so I only eat a small amount of them as I'd rather not gain weight. But certainly if I wanted to put on weight I'd be munching into the walnuts. You can get beneficial oils from avacados (but you might have to watch the carb count on those... not sure), and also some of the more oily fishes.

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