Archive - December 2010

Oh humbug! it’s Christmas again

Christmas when younger …

I would relish Christmas dinner and each follow up dinner for much of the next week. After having tucked into roast potatoes and plenty of stuffing I’d then look forward to my favourite part, the puddings*, which usually consisted of 2 or 3 of the following; Christmas pudding with plenty of brandy butter, trifle, Christmas cake, mince pies and Christmas ice cream -a home made speciality of my father and probably my favourite.

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Are analogue insulins such a waste of money?

The recent news from Channel 4 and the British Medical Journal (BMJ) about whether the NHS is wasting millions of pounds of money by prescribing analogue insulins to type 2 diabetics has provoked a fair weight of discussion on the diabetes forum.

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I’ve lost my long-acting insulin pen, what do I do?

This was the position I found myself in on Friday night. A good night out but somewhere along the line of the evening my insulin pen had gone missing.

Luckily I have a spare pen, unluckily it was safely tucked away in another location.

It’s a bit of a pain that certain insulins don’t work in certain pens or I could have got through the weekend by using one pen for two insulins. I was able to speak to the out of hours doctor who was very helpful and informed that I’d be able to visit the hospital’s ‘walk-in-centre’. However, the nearest hospital was sufficiently far away not to be accessible for me -or at least not without an expensive taxi ride.

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Is self-testing really no benefit to people with type 2 diabetes?

The issue of self-monitoring for people with type 2 diabetes is a topic I feel particularly strongly about.

I’ve seen the news reports saying that self-testing for type 2 diabetics is not cost effective and I’ve thought to myself, really?!

Also I’ve watched how many people with type 2 diabetes on the diabetes forum have made a huge amount of progress thanks to a bit of education and intelligent blood testing. So why should the research contradict this?

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How did I end up here? – a brief history of my diabetes

As a first post, I shall open with a bit of background on myself.

I’m Benedict, the Editor of Diabetes.co.uk. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes aged 11. I felt I had quite an easy time through school as my twice daily injections meant I didn’t have to inject at school and was therefore rarely viewed as ‘the diabetic’. I confess to lying about my numbers to my doctors, to my family and to myself but I felt no guilt in doing so. By the time I went to University, my sugar levels were far from great but I didn’t view them as a problem at the time.

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