Top stories of 2019

From the latest fast-acting insulin to your rights and responsibilities when driving, 2019 was an information-filled year for Diabetes Queensland and our members.


With the end of the year approaching, we look back at our most read research and news stories. Here are our most popular online stories of 2019.


10. Introducing Fiasp

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Fiasp, a fast-acting insulin, has featured in many blogs and forums after it was added to Australia's Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). Fiasp was approved for use in Australia in 2017; however, it has only now made its way onto the PBS. This means it will cost the same amount as your other rapid acting insulins. What is the hype about?



9. We asked. You said.

Ndss -cardEarlier this year we asked you to share your thoughts on products you would like to see the Australian Government subsidise through the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS). Thank you to those who provided feedback. Read on to find which areas were of greatest importance to you.



8. Are beans good for diabetes?

BeansDid you know not all carbohydrates are created equal? Beans are rich in complex carbohydrates, dietary fibre, minerals and are an affordable source of protein. Beans topped a list drawn up by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) of beneficial foods for all people, including those living with diabetes. Find out more about the benefits of adding beans to your diet.



7. What is your responsibility when it comes to driving?

Person Driving Steering WheelFinding clear and concise answers to questions regarding your health isn't always straightforward. Trying to understand what your rights and responsibilities are regarding driving and diabetes is a perfect example. Why is it important to consider driving when you are living with a chronic condition?



6. How long do I have to walk to burn off a glass of alcohol?

Wine AlcoholAlcohol is high in kilojoules. Even consumed in small, regular amounts, alcohol can contribute to excess kilojoules in our diet while providing no nutritional value. Regular consumption of alcohol can lead to weight gain. So how do we overcome the excess kilojoules that alcohol provides in our diet?



5. The truth about the so-called 'diabetic diet'

Healthy Food BudgetA diagnosis of diabetes may mean your doctor has suggested you make changes to your diet. This may be a good time to become wiser about your regular eating pattern, but does that mean you need to follow a "diabetic diet"? Here are some tips to help you better understand how to eat to support your diabetes management.



4. Creams to ease your burning feet

Yoga _preventHeat rubs, menthol, methyl salicylate, or arnica creams with massage may provide relief for foot pain and have the added benefit of also improving circulation. Maybe a good excuse to get that foot rub? Here is your friendly reminder to be kind to your feet.

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3. Should you check your blood glucose levels?

bgl uturnPeople living with type 2 diabetes (who don't use insulin) frequently question whether they need to check their blood glucose levels (BGLs). Sometimes people check their BGLs three times a day, others are advised by health professionals not to check at all. This confuses people with type 2 diabetes about if or how often they should measure their BGLs at home.



2. Low dose aspirin and your diabetes

AspirinAspirin has been used throughout the centuries, but only started to be used as a blood thinner in the 1970s. Top tips for people living with diabetes and taking aspirin.

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1. Five questions to help you rule out diabetes distress

woman sitting on couchDiabetes distress is not the same as depression. If you don't know what to look for, you won't know the steps to take to deal with this common emotional state. Sometimes it's important to check in on your feelings and remember that support is available. Here are five simple questions to ask yourself.




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