Talk Diabetes 2018 – Part II

So here’s my attempt to summarize the latest 2018 Clinical Practice Guidelines from Diabetes Canada (as highlighted by Dr. R. Houlden) at Talk Diabetes 2018:

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Baby Led Weaning – To Prevent Iron Deficiency

Rice cereal as first food? It was an epic failure, not once but twice with my two girls.   One reason rice cereal is recommended as an appropriate first choice of food is because it is fortified with iron to prevent iron deficiency.

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Let’s Focus on Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes

November is Diabetes Awareness Month.  As a pharmacist, I am often asked how to best optimize medications for patient with Type 2 diabetes. There are many medications already available on the market, and there will be many more to be developed. But what I find odd, is that we haven’t spent enough time to focus on prevention, when we know Type 2 diabetes can be preventable.

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Carb Counting should be taught to everyone.

I am currently studying for the exam to be re-certified as a Canadian Diabetes Educator. One of the agonizing parts of the journey is to memorize the carbohydrate contents of the common food items.  It may be a breeze to the dietitians but not so easy for me. I only memorize the information for the exam.

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World Hypertension Day – May 17

It’s World Hypertension Day.  Last year, I talked about how important it is to know your numbers and what they mean. Check out last year’s post here. This year, I want to highlight few simple things you can do to help reduce blood pressure without medications.  The Mayo Clinic has nicely outlined 10 things you can do.

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Healthy Eating on the Go

It can be hectic to be chauffeur for my kids, driving them to different extracurricular activities and to feed them healthy food on the go. Instead of the boring peanut butter sandwich or the unhealthy McDonald meals, I try to ensure there is some healthy food for my kids to eat on the go.

Lately, my girls like sushi but they only eat cucumber rolls.  So I decided to make some cucumber roll with sushi rice and quinoa to see how they turn out.

I think they turn out ok.


Sadly, my girls don’t like the sushi with quinoa.  When I get a chance to socialize with other parents, the hot topic that we always discuss is “what to feed our kids”, or sometimes I call it “how to provide healthy food with sanity”. It seems that kids always gravitate towards unhealthy food – is it our society, our culture or somehow we are missing the right ingredient to ensure a healthy eating habit? It is so important and it does set the stage for how Type 2 Diabetes may develop later in life.

It is a mystery to me. Do you have any wisdom to share?

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