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Diabetes

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  1. Can diabetes be cured?
    Similar to high blood pressure, there is no cure for diabetes (both type 1 and type 2), but lifestyle modifications such as maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet and quitting smoking can help keep your diabetes under control.9
  2. How often should I test my blood glucose level?
    The frequency of testing varies depending on the types of medications that you are taking and personal conditions. Some recommendations for self–monitoring of blood glucose are shown below10:

    Ask your doctor to find out how often you should test your blood glucose.

  3. Can I take honey if I have diabetes?
    A study found that consumption of natural honey may provide beneficial effects on body weight and blood lipids of people with diabetes, but it may also increase the level of average blood glucose concentration (glycated haemoglobin [HbA1c]). Therefore, it should be consumed cautiously.11
  4. Can I take artificial sweeteners?
    Artificial sweeteners can be found in diet drinks, baked goods, frozen desserts, candy, light yogurts and chewing gums. Being a replacement of sugar which is known to be high in calorie and carbohydrates, artificial sweeteners have been known to reduce the intake of the same, and reduce your cravings for sweet foods.
    However, you should remember that the sweetening power of artificial sweeteners is at least 100 times stronger than regular sugar. Hence, you should still limit its consumption.12
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