There I was, playing Bejewelled Blitz, relishing the fact that I’d finally beaten one of my friends, when up popped a notification from the Diabetes Facebook page asking if anyone was interested in blogging. I’m not sure if it was a ‘hypo’, a ‘hyper’ or the sheer exhileration of winning that made me do it, but here I am ‘blogging’!
I’m new to this whole blogging thing, but I felt like I would feel privileged just to talk about diabetes, as over the years I have come to accept it.
So My names chelsea I’m 18 years old and lived with Diabetes since I was 8 years old. I’ve had a lot of problems with my diabetes over the years (I will talk about this at a later date), but one thing I have learnt is that although there will be bad days with it, Diabetes shouldn’t control your life it should be part of you and your identity.
It’s all very well volunteering to write a blog – but sitting in front of a (very slow) computer screen and all of a sudden it’s a pretty daunting task. I suppose the thing to do in this first post is to share my story with you.
I am 56 years old and live in a rural area in Lancashire. I was first diagnosed with type 2 diabetes around 9 years ago. I didn’t consider myself particularly unfit or overweight (15 stones for a 5′ 10″ frame) and my lifestyle was no different or any more unhealthy than my friends. I’m a keen cook and we eat hardly any processed food and although I like a pint I tended to drink only socially – and to excess only about once a month.
It’s great to see stories where people are successfully undergoing islet cells transplants.
Kathleen Duncan has made the news this week for becoming the first woman in Scotland to receive an islet cell transplant.
A number of NHS centres around the UK are starting to roll out islet cell transplantation as a treatment procedure. The Edinburgh Royal Infirmary’s transplant unit, where Kathleen’s transplant was carried out is one of these with other islet cell transplant centres including London, Bristol, Oxford, Newcastle and Manchester.
This week there was news from a small study that showed that Novo Nordisk’s Victoza could serve as a viable treatment for type 1 diabetes, as a supplement to insulin.
People with type 1 diabetes can often find themselves dealing with large swings in blood sugar on a near-to daily basis which can be particularly difficult to control. The study on Victoza indicated that the drug helps to reduce the swings in blood sugar and improved overall blood glucose control.
Chronic disease -this is the charming name that was given for the first appointment I had at my most recent practice.
I do wonder whether anyone thought that this phrase might appear maybe just a tad on the blunt side for what was in reality a simple ‘diabetic review’ appointment. It seems as though common sense has prevailed as they’ve recently changed the name of the appointment to ‘long term illness’.
Cerys is 9 years old and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in January this year. She’s a born star, having raised money for a boy with cancer and, since being diagnosed, for diabetic charities too.
Shortly after her diagnosis Cerys wanted to raise some money for the charity Diabetes UK. Cerys organized a tea party and had about 20-30 people in her front room helping to raise money. Many of her friends, family and even school teachers came along, including the headmaster. Read More
As someone on insulin I have to be particularly careful when driving. More than just testing blood sugar levels before each journey I’m conscious of where my sugar levels may be pretty much throughout the whole journey. I find I tend be pretty much constantly aware of how I’m feeling to make sure I avoid low blood sugars and any danger of an accident. Read More
There are a number of discussions we probably all see going on about how people with type 2 diabetes have made themselves fat and brought it upon themselves.
- “They chose to eat this way, it’s their fault they got diabetes.”
- “People overeating are eating away at our tax money.”
- …and such like.
We know that the effects of type 2 diabetes mean that, unless aggressively countered, a vicious cycle is entered into and it takes at least a long and concerted effort to break out of it.