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How The New Sugary Drinks Recipes Could Affect Diabetics

The Sugar Tax

 

For many years, campaigners have been working relentlessly to reduce the amount of sugar in soft drinks. It’s a move to prevent an obesity epidemic, with taxes for manufacturers who continue to produce what are considered to be ‘unhealthy’ products. However, on the flip side, these changes could have serious implications for diabetics, who have come to rely on drinks like Ribena and Lucozade to stave off a hypo.

 

The rules came into effect in April 2017, and so as manufacturers make changes to their formulas and introduce new stock, it’s vital to look at the labels. It’s perfectly feasible that a supermarket shelf may contain both old and new formula stock, so do be sure which one you’re picking up.

And once all the old stocks are gone, your choices are limited, so it’s important to understand how much of the new formula drinks you’ll need to consume in order to get the same effects as before.

 

For Lucozade – the sugar content is reducing by 65% to 4.5g. This means you’ll need to drink more than double the previous quantity.

For Ribena – the sugar content is reducing by 55% to 4.5g. Again, this means more than double consumption.

However – GlucoJuice is staying the same – so no need to worry there if you use this product.

 

An alternative to drinking double volumes of liquid is to look at supplementing the sugar intake with something like glucose tablets. But if you have any doubts or concerns, it’s always best to speak to your health professional.

 

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The Answer to Foot Complications in Diabetes

The GlucoRx Allpresan range of products is a real breakthrough in diabetic foot care.

 

According to a recent study by Diabetes UK, there are around 7,000 lower limb amputations in people with diabetes in England each year, and the likelihood that someone with diabetes will have a leg, foot or toe amputation is around 23 times that of a person without diabetes. They estimate that 2-2.5% of the diabetes population has an ulcer in any given week, around 60,000-75,000 people in England. (more…)

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Breaking News… In Brief…

Research On Metabolic Stress Looks Hopeful.

A recent study at The University of Iowa has found that gentle stress on the muscle metabolism may be a preventative factor in obesity and type 2 diabetes.
The tests on mice discovered that when a type of metabolic stress was triggered, this increased levels of a hormone called fibroblast growth factor-21 (FGF21). (more…)

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Sick Day Rules For Diabetes – How to Avoid DKA When Ill

When someone with diabetes talks about sick day rules, it’s referring to knowing what to do when you’re ill. Knowing the information, having it ingrained in your psyche, will stop any panics when a sick day happens and allow you to cope with it in the most efficient way.

The first thing to remember is always to take your insulin. (more…)

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Champion Athlete Carries GlucoRx Message

Leading by example is always the best approach when trying to get across the message of how lifestyle, food and health are inter-related. With that in mind, when the opportunity came along to sponsor champion sprinter Rion Pierre, we were delighted.

Rion is an ideal person to be involved with GlucoRx as his path could have been so different. He’s changed his outcome through positivity against adversity and a healthy lifestyle – the exact message we try to get across. (more…)

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Can Eating Fresh Fruit Prevent Diabetes?

While most people are aware of the benefits of fresh fruit (and vegetables), many diabetics avoid fruit due to the high sugar content. This study set out to see if it was possible for them to reverse their thinking, and include fruit on a more regular basis.

A recent study led by Huaidong Du at the UK’s University of Oxford looked at this subject; they came up with some interesting conclusions.

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