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Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas are possibly the most adorable couple on the planet, their only competition being Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Nick, AKA one-third of the Jonas Brothers recently spoke out on his Instagram page about suffering throughout his life with diabetes, and Priyanka was ready to back him up.

Type 1 diabetes is a disease which occurs when the pancreas stops producing insulin in the body, which regulates blood sugar levels.

"13 years ago today I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. The picture on the left is me a few weeks after my diagnosis. Barely 100 pounds after having lost so much weight from my blood sugar being so high before going to the doctor where I would find out I was diabetic."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"On the right is me now. Happy and healthy. Prioritizing my physical health, working out and eating healthy and keeping my blood sugar in check." 

He continued: "I have full control of my day to day life with this disease, and I’m so grateful to my family and loved ones who have helped me every step of the way. Never let anything hold you back from living your best life."

"Thank you to all my fans for your kind words and support. Means more than you know. Love you all."

Priyanka, being the stunning future wifey that she is, left a supportive comment underneath the Instagram post that essentially cleared our skin, made us believe in love again and brought N*SYNC back together:

"Everything about you is special, with or without diabetes," wrote Priyanka.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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We're shook from their sheer cuteness. We have now decided that if they ever break up, love is officially cancelled.

Nick Jonas' words are truly inspirational to the many who suffer with Type 1 diabetes, for which there is unfortunately no cure. 

Jonas is a co-founder of Beyond Type 1, an organisation which helps to educate children who live with the chronic disease through social media.

We're so glad to see he has the support of his beautiful fiancé.

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A new study has revealed the damaging effects fasting diets have on your health.

They shared that diets like the 5:2 diet can increase your risk of diabetes.

The 5:2 diet involves restricting your calorie consumption to 25 percent of your energy twice a week, and eating regularly for the remaining five days of the week.

During the two days of fast women typically consume 500 calories, with the average man consuming 600 calories, meaning you can eat three small meals a day.

Some people may fast completely for two days.

During a talk at the European Society of Endocrinology annual meeting, the team revealed that these fasting diets can have a dangerous impact on your insulin.

Author of the study, Ana Bonassa explained: “Despite the weight loss, intermittent fasting diets may actually damage the pancreas and affect insulin function in normal healthy individuals, which could lead to diabetes and serious health issues.”

The team looked at the effects fasting every other day has on the body of adult rats and also looked at their insulin function over three months.

During the study, the team noticed a decrease in the rats’ body weight, however, they also found that the cells that release insulin in the pancreas were damaged.

The team understand that diets like the 5:2 diet work when it comes to weight loss, but they may cause long-term medical issues in the future.

The team said that further research is needed to see how humans would be affected by fasting diets, adding that they will look at how these kinds of diets affect insulin and pancreas function in humans.

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Insulin pens are being recalled in Ireland due to a major safety concern.

Diabetics are being warned to be extremely careful with their medication as reports are emerging about cracking in insulin pens.

According to The Irish Sun, batches of NovoPen Echo and NovoPen 5 that have been distributed in Ireland have been affected which sees the pen crack if exposed to chemicals commonly used in cleaning supplies.

Apparently, the breakage in the pen means that diabetics will not inject the correct amount of insulin needed, which could leave the patient at risk.

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Novo Nordisk, owner of the company, said: Using a device with a cracked/broken cartridge holder can result in the device delivering a smaller dose of insulin than expected leading to high blood sugar levels.

“The risk of experiencing high blood sugar levels with the use of a device with an affected cartridge holder is evaluated to be less than 0.1 per cent, i.e. less than one in 1000 patients will experience high blood sugar levels due to an affected cartridge holder.”

“The warning symptoms of high blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia) normally appear gradually and can be flushed, dry skin, feeling sleepy or tired, dry mouth, fruity (acetone) breath, urinating more often, feeling thirsty, losing your appetite, feeling or being sick (nausea or vomiting).

“You might not experience any physical signs of high blood sugar, but only notice this in your blood sugar measurements.”

Patients are being urged to contact the brand in order for new pens to be delivered.

Novo is also warning diabetics to not stop treatment and to contact their doctors.

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There are few things in this world as genuinely relaxing as a long, candle-lit bubble bath, but did you know your evening soak could actually help you lose weight?

It has long been suggested that bathing allows the mind to unwind, the muscles to relax and the skin to heal, but a new study has revealed that an hour spent in the tub can also burn around 126 calories – that’s as many calories as 30 minutes out walking.

According to The Telegraph, research conducted by Loughborough University found that lying in a 40 degree bath also effectively reduces blood sugar levels.

Authors of the 20 year study – which was actually designed to investigate ways of managing type 2 diabetes – believe that the heat shock proteins released when the body’s temperature is significantly raised caused the noted reduction in blood sugar levels.

The study’s lead researcher Dr Steve Faulkner said: “We discovered the participants who bathed had, on average, 10 per cent lower peak glucose levels in comparison to the exercise, which was completely unexpected.”

“The amount our blood sugar rises after a meal is one of the risk markers for things like developing type 2 diabetes, so keeping it down can be good for our health.”

“We think the reason is that the bath may encourage the release of heat shock proteins, which may help lower blood sugar levels by improving insulin controlled glucose uptake.”

While experts have advised that bathing should not be used as a replacement for a balanced diet and exercise, it sure is good to know that time spent in the tub has so many benefits.

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It seems like things didn't go very well in the Kardashian household over the Christmas break!

TMZ has reported that Rob Kardashian has been hospitalised in LA, near his home in Calabasas.

It all started over the weekend, when Rob began to feel sick and he was brought into hospital where an abundance of tests were carried out on him. It was then that doctors found out he had diabetes.

E! News is now reporting that Rob is now at home, recuperating from the ordeal with his family.

A source close to the family said that Rob's blood sugar was very high and the doctors recommended a major diet, exercise and weight-loss. 

"It was a wake-up call," said the source. 

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To many of us, the ideal amount of red wine to have everyday is probably leaning towards a bottle, but researchers have apparently nailed the actual ideal amount to consume to keep us alive and kicking. 

Alas, it's not the bottle we dream of, but it's not "you should NEVER EVER drink wine," either. 

Scientists in Israel gathered up a group of 224 people that has type 2 disbetes. The participants had to follow a strict diet plan for two years, and opt to either drink a glass of water, white wine or red wine each night with dinner. 

And the results were actually quite shocking!

The red wine drinkers were noted to have significantly increased their levels of good HDL cholesterol, and both wine drinker were found to have better sleep records than the water drinkers. 

So, the perfect amount of wine to drink everyday is a glass with dinner! Sounds good enough for us!

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A US scientist may have just discovered a cure for diabetes.

Experts are describing new stem cell research which could signal the end of insulin injections as a major breakthrough, possibly even the biggest medical discovery since antibiotics.

According to the research report, published in health journal Cell, Harvard Professor Doug Melton has successfully cured diabetes in laboratory mice by growing insulin-producing cells from ordinary skin cells.

This means that not only could sufferers of the Type 1 strain of the condition potentially forego daily insulin injections, but the new treatment could also prevent them from developing other serious complications such as blindness, strokes and heart attacks.

Naturally it follows that this new treatment would also help Type 2 sufferers, whose condition is brought on by a lack of sufficient insulin being produced by the body.

Melton initially began his research after two of his children were diagnosed with diabetes, promising them that he would find a cure for their illness. And while the treatment has so far only been animal-tested, Cell reports that it is only one step away from being trialled on humans.

Amazing news for those living with the condition. Let’s hope this new treatment can really make a difference.

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The chances are that we have all been told at one point to gorge on grapefruit when we’re feeling fluey, but a new study has suggested that its health benefits may go far beyond that.

New research suggests that grapefruit may lower the potential weight gained from eating fatty foods by up to a fifth, while it may also help in the management of diabetes, by lowering blood sugar and insulin levels.

While this all sounds rather amazing, these findings are actually based on experiments that were carried out on mice, but experts believe that the results definitely warrant further investigation on humans.

It also suggests that the grapefruit diet, also known as the Hollywood Diet – where you consume grapefruit or grapefruit juice with every meal, as part of a balanced diet – may actually be effective.

Interestingly, this study showed that the grapefruit only affected weight gain in this way when the subjects were eating fatty foods.

We know what’s going at the top of the shopping list next week!

We will certainly be looking forward to finding out more about the study and any further investigations that might follow.

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A diabetic beauty queen, who wore an insulin pump attached to her bikini in the swimsuit round, has became a hero after the pageant snaps went viral.

Sierra Sandison said being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2012 had “turn my life upside down”.

But the 20-year-old soon realised she couldn’t let her condition stop her from reaching for the stars!

Not only did she take the crown of Miss Idaho, but she’s also become a role model and started a social media trend.

After the images went viral, other diabetics began tweeting their own pictures with the hashtag #showmeyourpump.

Writing on her Facebook page, Sierra said, “Honestly, it is terrifying walking out on stage in a swimsuit, let alone attached to a medical device. My message to everyone, diabetic or not, is that we all have something that doesn’t ‘measure up’ to the beauty standards set by the media – and that is okay! It does not make you any less beautiful.”

Since then, thousands of people from around the world have posted their own pictures to social media, causing the hashtag to trend on Twitter.

Sierra will now go on to compete in Miss America, supporting Possibilities for Disabilities.

What an inspiration!

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At some stage or another it seems as if everything is bad for us but now it would seem doctors and health experts around the world finally agree on one thing – white refined sugar is killing us.

With a massive rise in obesity and diabetes worldwide and in Ireland, is our massive consumption of sugar the root of these problems?

Sugar is in almost everything that we eat including chocolate, sweets, all fizzy and juice drinks, cereals, even beans and ketchup have high levels of sugar!

While we have learnt to check the calories and grams of fat on the products that we eat, are we ignoring the biggest threat of all to our health – the sugar content?

We can tackle our intake of sugar by checking the foods we eat and trying to eat less processed food and eating more fruit and vegetables. Swap white, refined sugar for raw honey or agave syrup.

Try to avoid sweeteners as they are laden down with chemicals – yuck.

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A new exciting app has just been released onto the Apple apps store that is designed to make the lives of those suffering with type 1 diabetes easier.

Those who suffer from diabetes know it can be both difficult and dangerous to calculate the portion of carbohydrates needed and how much insulin is required. Sick of guesswork and calculations, Health Apps founder and health psychologist Deborah Wilder came up with the Cook & Count Carbs App.

Wilder developed the app after learning how difficult it can be for diabetes sufferers to monitor their carb intake when her son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes age ten years old.

The Cook & Count Carbs App allows quick access information about carbs content of nearly 2000 ingredients and can stop the nightmare of counting and calculating for type 1 diabetes sufferers.

The app can also be useful for those trying to control their weight through low-carb diets such as Atkins or athletes who need to monitor their carb intake.

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