Archive - January 2015

Alex’s journey: Running with type 1 diabetes

My name is Alex. I’m 32-years-old and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in July 2014.

I served twelve years in the British Army as an electrical engineer and since leaving I have been working in a call centre. I would like to have been more active over the last few years, but I enjoyed making up for lost time with my two young boys.

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Coleen Nolan gets diabetes all wrong on Loose Women

Loose Women panellist Coleen Nolan may not be appearing on medical documentaries discussing diabetes any time soon.

Nolan got into a bit of a mess on the January 28 2015 episode of the daily ITV chat and gossip show when discussing financial incentives for smoking cessation in pregnancy.

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Making sense of NHS services if you have diabetes

The National Health Service (NHS) is continuing to make headlines, with a Lord Ashcroft study revealing on 14 January 2015 that 50 per cent of 200,000 Britons surveyed in November 2014 believe the health service has got worse.

Earlier this month it was also reported that NHS waiting times for A&E are at their worst over the last 10 years. With A&E units under so much pressure, we got to wondering how certain scenarios affecting people with diabetes should be handled to ensure the fastest, most efficient results.

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Carlos Santana’s nephew Adam Lasher wows American Idol Judges (and raises T1D diabetes awareness with his robotic pancreas)

Over in America yesterday, Adam Lasher was on American Idol. And, although related to Carlos Santana (yes, that awesome guitarist) didn’t need to mention it.

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Killing with insulin: the cone snail’s story

“Rapid-acting” isn’t a phrase readily associated with snails, but the cone snail is capable of producing the shortest insulin ever observed in nature. And it’s used to kill.

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Technology developments to test blood glucose levels

Testing blood glucose levels is a daily, painful chore for people with diabetes, which involves pricking a part of your body with a needle, most often a finger.

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Low carb diets work, so why aren’t they advised?

People with diabetes have been lowering daily intake of carbohydrate as a means to achieve better diabetes control for years but, despite many enjoying great success with this, lower carbohydrate diets have yet to receive large scale advocation from health organisations such as the NHS. Read More

Why aren’t people sticking with DAFNE and DESMOND?

Education: it’s a key word when we talk about diabetes. Patients need to know more, to be equipped with the necessary tools to look after themselves. This focus on education no doubt explains why structured education courses such as DAFNE and DESMOND are considered a core part of diabetes management in the UK.

And yet more and more people are dropping out. Read More

Reversing type 2 diabetes: Low-calorie vs. low-carbohydrate

With self-made billionaire Richard Branson now joining the fight, the battle to reverse type 2 diabetes continues to gain powerful allies.

An interesting dynamic, however, are the different stances being taken in approaching type 2 diabetes, with two practised diets of note being low-carbohydrate and low-calorie.

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15 of the best and worst restaurants for carbohydrate counting diabetics

Counting carbohydrates is done by many people with diabetes, either as a medical necessity or to maximise control over their diet.

For those who require insulin, carb counting helps to match the amount of insulin required for each meal, or snack, in correspondence with the amount of carbs consumed.

This can be done with relative ease at home, once practised, but eating out at restaurants can turn carb counting into a guessing game.

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