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A pregnant Indian woman, with gestational diabetes, holding her stomach.
My fight with obesity and gestational diabetes
February 19, 2024
Leena dreamed of becoming a mother, but struggled to conceive for 8 years. The cause? Obesity, leading to polycystic ovary syndrome and gestational diabetes.
Gestational diabetes
Diet
A badminton racket used by Anil Kumar, a type 2 diabetic.
My shock type 2 diabetes diagnosis
February 5, 2024
A pre-surgery blood test confirmed Anil Kumar was a type 2 diabetic. At first, he didn’t believe it. But over time, he’s learned how to manage his disease.
Type 2 diabetes
Diet
Mental health
A pregnant Indian woman, with gestational diabetes, making a heart with her hands over her stomach.
My journey through gestational diabetes
January 22, 2024
Vini was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. But with some simple lifestyle adjustments, she completed her pregnancy and delivered a healthy baby girl.
Gestational diabetes
Diet
Exercise
An older type 2 diabetic woman with a heart problem, relaxing in her village.
Living with diabetes and a heart problem
January 8, 2024
As a diabetic mother of 7 children, when Nazish’s husband died she felt the weight of the whole family on her shoulders. But she found the strength to bear it.
Type 2 diabetes
Mental health
A type 2 diabetic having fun in his workplace.
Learning to thrive in the workplace with diabetes
December 25, 2023
Asim turned his diabetes diagnosis into a transformational journey. And following simple strategies, he secured a supportive work environment around himself.
Type 2 diabetes
Mental health
A smiling, older type 2 diabetic woman looking at the viewer.
How to manage diabetes and hypertension at 60
December 11, 2023
At 60 years old, and already managing hypertension, Haseen was diagnosed with diabetes. But she refused to give up, and has learned to manage both conditions.
Type 2 diabetes
Mental health
Diet
Exercise
A type 1 diabetic child looking at the viewer.
Challenges of being a parent of a 5-year-old type 1 diabetic
November 27, 2023
Sadia is a parent of a 5-year-old type 1 diabetic. She’s faced difficult situations, but has made it her mission to take care of her child.
Type 1 diabetes
Parents
Mental health
The sun rising in Kerala.
Managing diabetes stress and depression
November 13, 2023
Stress and depression led Sugrha to a sedentary lifestyle, and diabetes. But she refused to give up, and has fought her disease for the last 10 years.
Type 2 diabetes
Mental health
A selection of vegetables from a plant-based diet, helping to manage type 2 diabetes.
Following a plant-based diet – My only goal, to manage type 2 diabetes
October 30, 2023
Khushab had a glucose level of 382mg/dl and was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Following a plant-based diet, within 1 month he brought it down to 95 mg/dl.
Type 2 diabetes
Diet
Exercise
A bustling cityscape, with people traveling and going on adventures.
Living with diabetes and preparing for adventures
October 16, 2023
Usama was travelling when he began vomiting uncontrollably. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Now, managing his diabetes, he's happy and travelling again.
Type 1 diabetes
Mental health
A pregnant woman with gestational diabetes, holding her belly.
Diagnosed with gestational diabetes in my 2nd trimester
October 2, 2023
Aisha was diagnosed with gestational diabetes in her 2nd trimester. Acting fast, and with help from her doctor and dietitian, she's kept a healthy pregnancy.
Gestational diabetes
Mental health
Diet
A female type 1 diabetic happily walking alone on the beach.
'Ineligible for Marriage': Frustrations of a female diabetic
September 18, 2023
Lakshmi is a female, type 1 diabetic in her late 20s. And she’s tired of being labelled ‘ineligible for marriage’ because of her disease.
Type 1 diabetes
Mental health
A type 1 diabetic struggling to maintain her energy levels and focus.
Struggling to stay focused: Frustrations of a type 1 diabetic
September 4, 2023
Hira's a type 1 diabetic who manages both her work life and diabetes. But sometimes, she feels like she's falling behind her peers because of her condition.
Type 1 diabetes
Mental health
A type 1 diabetic together with her fiancé.
Finding love as a diabetic
August 21, 2023
Archana is a 27-year-old type 1 diabetic looking for friendship and love. She struggles sometimes, but is determined to stay on track and keep trying.
Type 1 diabetes
Mental health
A type 1 diabetic checking the results of a pregnancy test.
Family planning with diabetes
August 7, 2023
A type 1 diabetic in her late 20s battles with the idea of starting a family. With the complications of a diabetic pregnancy, she needs to make big decisions.
Type 1 diabetes
Mental health
Snacks laid out by a type 2 diabetic fasting for Ramadan.
Fasting with diabetes
July 24, 2023
Maya is a type 2 diabetic who practises fasting. She believes that fasting not only helps her fulfil her religious obligations, but also improves her health.
Type 2 diabetes
Diet
A type 2 diabetic having a cut on his finger bandaged.
A minor cut, leading to diabetes
July 17, 2023
Ubaid is a type 2 diabetic who got diagnosed after a small cut to his finger. He struggles with his diabetes, but stays positive and still feels blessed.
Type 2 diabetes
Mental health
Diet
Exercise
A group of diabetic friends, looking out over a panoramic view after a hike.
How to make friends as a diabetic
July 10, 2023
Being a diabetic can make it hard to build relationships. Here’s how one young woman learned to overcome this challenge, and build a healthy social life.
Type 1 diabetes
Mental health
Diabetic-friendly fritters.
My top 5 diabetic-friendly meals
July 3, 2023
Sana is a 40+ prediabetic who loves to cook. Here are her 5 favourite recipes, that keep both her palette and body happy.
Prediabetes
Diet
A type 2 diabetic getting ready to workout.
My fight against diabetes, coming back from 400mg/dl
June 26, 2023
A type 2 diabetic diagnosed with a sugar level of 400mg/dl decided not to let diabetes rule her life, and made a plan to turn it around.
Type 2 diabetes
Mental health
Diet
Exercise
A type 1 diabetic's hand, with dry skin.
Facing skin issues as a type 1 diabetic
June 19, 2023
Hira's a type 1 diabetic who suffers from eczema, pompholyx and psoriasis. While she knows there's no cure, she's doing all she can to manage these conditions.
Type 1 diabetes
Mental health
A group of people practicing yoga, which can help prediabetics decrease their risk of diabetes.
How to avoid diabetes as a prediabetic young woman
June 12, 2023
Gandhali is a prediabetic young woman. Living in the constant shadow of diabetes, she's worked out effective lifestyle changes to help her avoid the disease.
Prediabetes
Diet
Exercise
A prediabetic Indian woman practicing yoga.
How I manage healthy exercise as a prediabetic with arthritis
June 5, 2023
Sana is a 40+ prediabetic with arthritis. But she’s still found soft exercises she can build into her daily routine, improving her condition and overall health.
Prediabetes
Exercise
A breakfast plate of idli sambar.
My twisted relationship with food, as a type 1 diabetic
May 29, 2023
Hira's a type 1 diabetic who struggled with her relationship with food, leading to eating disorders and anxiety. But with some work, she's overcome it.
Type 1 diabetes
Mental health
Diet
An older male, Indian type 2 diabetic.
Recovering from stressful sugar
May 22, 2023
MI's father is a type 2 diabetic. Overworked and stressed, he collapsed. Fearing for his health, he took steps to get his stress and worklife under control.
Type 2 diabetes
Mental health
A diabetes educator discussing common diabetes questions with a type 2 diabetic.
Q&A with a diabetes educator: 15 common questions answered
May 15, 2023
Ayesha is a certified diabetes educator. She connects with lots of diabetes patients, so she's put together a selection of answers to common questions.
Type 2 diabetes
A 75-year-old Indian type 2 diabetic.
How I take care of my 75-year-old diabetic mother-in-law
May 8, 2023
Sana is a caregiver for her 75-year-old mother-in-law, who struggles with diet and exercise. But together, they've made a diabetes management plan that works.
Type 2 diabetes
Diet
Exercise
Caregivers
A type 1 diabetic and fashion-lover enjoying her new outfit.
How I stay fashionable as a diabetic with fluctuating weight
May 1, 2023
Hira is a type 1 diabetic and fashion-lover. She’s worked out tips and tricks to manage her diabetes weight fluctuations and maintain her personal style.
Type 1 diabetes
Mental health
Tips & tricks
A type 2 diabetic grandmother, enjoying her time with her family.
The importance of mental health when managing a chronic condition
April 24, 2023
Ayesha’s grandma is a type 2 diabetic. But by focusing on her mental health and self-education, she’s kept it under control and become an inspiration.
Type 2 diabetes
Mental health
A selection of diabetic-friendly Indian dishes.
Learning how to be my own diabetic-friendly chef
April 17, 2023
Hira is a type 1 diabetic and passionate foodie. After her diagnosis she learnt to make delicious diabetic-friendly dishes that keep her levels in check.
Type 1 diabetes
Mental health
Diet
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