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Pastelpainter's Blog (14)

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Women who suffer from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome should opt for a low-carb diet, a doctor says.

EPA © Women who suffer from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome should opt for a low-carb diet, a doctor says.

Women who suffer from a common condition which can lead to infertility problems should opt for a low-carb diet to help ease their symptoms, a leading doctor said.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), which affects millions of women in the UK, can lead to fertility problems,…


Added by Pastelpainter on December 29, 2012 at 6:53pm — 2 Comments

Garvan e-news, Artificial Pancreas

There is interesting news about how close researchers are to developing an artificial pancreas here:

And in the same link there is news about Diabetes 2 and obesity.

Added by Pastelpainter on November 29, 2012 at 10:53pm — No Comments

Flourless peanut butter cookies

These are just so delicious. You can add choc chips if you like, or coconut, or chopped nuts.


1 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup liquid stevia or substitute
1 egg


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
Combine ingredients and drop by teaspoonfuls on cookie sheet. Bake for 8 minutes. Let cool. Recipe doesn't make very many, so you could double recipe as you wish.

Added by Pastelpainter on September 7, 2012 at 3:25am — 2 Comments

Diabetic Alert Dog?

I have had the most dreadful cold all week, the chemist refused to let me buy cold/flu tablets since they raise the blood pressure of diabetics so much, so I have been going it alone. I have actually never felt more alone in my life, no lemon and honey, hot blackcurrant drinks, no comfort at all, just me and a few boxes of tissues. I broke down and ate a mandarin orange one day, was delicious, but oh dear, did it ever raise my blood sugars! My little poodle behaved most oddly, snuggled up to…


Added by Pastelpainter on July 22, 2012 at 10:25pm — 5 Comments


I have been invited to a formal tea party, RSVP and all that. I have to admit I find it hilariously funny that a known diabetic should be invited to a tea party. I have said I will go because I have already turned down a like invitation, but am not looking forward to the experience. I had no excuse this time so will have to go. Think the best thing I can do is to make sure I am not in the least hungry before I see all those cakes and cookies. Am wondering whether to pop a few celery sticks…


Added by Pastelpainter on June 12, 2012 at 1:55am — 8 Comments

Snoopy Dance

I am so pleased with myself, have gone from 6.5 A1C to 6.1 in just under 3 months. Here they are not that concerned about T2s since they can be controlled with drugs and more drugs. My dr. was most surprised that I had achieved the reduction. In truth it was not that difficult, I just substituted full fat milk for cream in my coffee. All else remained the same. Since my hospital stay last year, in the short stay ward, I have regained the 5kg I lost and it has been difficult to lose again. In…


Added by Pastelpainter on March 20, 2012 at 2:37am — 4 Comments

Low carb failure

I went to the dr. for the results of my blood test to find my A1C had risen from 6.0 to 6.5 and that I have high cholesterol. I also am low on calcium and potassium. The cholesterol problem is probably related to having high fat dairy as per the Bernstein diet, I guess it is just not for elderly diabetics. Or maybe just some diabetics. Very disappointing result as I have been trying very hard to be good with the low carb stuff. The other thing that has been upsetting me is that I am putting…


Added by Pastelpainter on November 28, 2011 at 11:08pm — 10 Comments

fasting blood test

There I was awake and up at 4am and longing for a cup of coffee, but I needed to get a blood test for the A1C thingie. So being good I made do with a glass of water (definitely does not substitute for the first coffee of the day). Then I began to shake and feel dizzy. My bsg was 3.6! Munching on glucose tablets I decided I was wasting my time but stuck it out with no coffee and no breakfast. But no, the dr. could not do the blood test so I have an appointment for next week.

How do you…


Added by Pastelpainter on November 14, 2011 at 7:50pm — 5 Comments

Just home from hospital

I am home, a bit shaky, after a smooth operation to remove a parathyroid gland, and despite copious nausea after the op. And too I have survived 2 days of nothing but bread to eat! It started with being allowed tea and toast between 6am and 7am yesterday pre-op, which was scheduled for the afternoon. Eventually I came round enough to be able to nibble at, yes, a sandwich! Breakfast was great, really great for a diabetic, cereal, toast, prunes and orange juice. And for lunch today I had yet… Continue

Added by Pastelpainter on July 13, 2011 at 1:08am — 5 Comments

Treating T1 using mobile phone technology

day, July 9, 2011 08:24:00

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ELIZABETH JACKSON: An Australian hospital has come up with a revolutionary new way to treat type one diabetes using mobile phone technology. The new technique involves inserting a small sensor under the skin to monitor glucose levels that information is sent to a mobile phone which then tells a pump to give the right dose of insulin.

The hospital-based trials… Continue

Added by Pastelpainter on July 10, 2011 at 2:13am — 2 Comments

I Won!

I won a Sugar Free Poetry Book in the guess when we get to 20,000 members! The book has not long arrived and I am so enjoying browsing through the poetry. I am thrilled to win too, thank you team Tu Diabetes.

Maybe this is the start of a run of good luck for me. I go to see an endo on Tuesday for tests on my parathyroid glands, one of which, or maybe more, have gone bad and are leaching calcium into my blood, not my bones. The dental abcsess is nearly dealt with (far too expensively… Continue

Added by Pastelpainter on June 25, 2011 at 2:26pm — 7 Comments

Big Morning Tea

The cancer fundraiser was today and I went. I was very proud of myself as I resisted all the goodies, and oh they looked so good. Just restricted myself to half an egg sandwich.

Added by Pastelpainter on May 25, 2011 at 12:59am — No Comments

Dear Diabetes

People ask what diabetes has added to my life. So far it has been all subtraction.

I have had to give up real food for fat free tasteless products

I have had to give up time to dr. visits and blood tests, etc.

I have been soaked to the skin in torrential rain whilst searching for the place to have a special eye test (actually all that rain is really an addition!)

I have had to give up cooking, I love cooking, but it has to be real food I am cooking: food with sauces,… Continue

Added by Pastelpainter on May 11, 2011 at 12:17am — 5 Comments

W Australian Researcher begins World-First Type 2 Diabetes Study

This was in my Diabetes WA Journal.

West Australian Researcher, Assistant Professor Vance Matthews, has begun work to unlock some of the mysteries behind obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Under funding support from the Diabetes Australia Research Trust, Assistant Professor Matthews' research will explore the link between a recently discovered gene and the development of type 2 diabetes.

Assistant Professor Matthews believes that when the expression of the gene is… Continue

Added by Pastelpainter on April 1, 2011 at 4:08am — 1 Comment



From the Diabetes Hands Foundation blog...

DHF Joins Diabetes Advocacy Alliance

Diabetes Hands Foundation is incredibly honored to join the Diabetes Advocacy Alliance, an organization with the drive and potential to affect a powerful, positive impact on diabetes and healthcare policy. Diabetes Advocacy Alliance is a 20-member coalition of leading professional Read on! →

Helmsley Charitable Trust Renews Support for DHF

HELMSLEY CHARITABLE TRUST GRANTS SUPPORT TO DIABETES HANDS FOUNDATION FOR FOURTH YEAR  Funding in 2015 to support major transitions in programs and leadership at Diabetes Hands Foundation BERKELEY, CA: February 18, 2015 – The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Read on! →

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