Archive - March 2015

5 times diabetes awareness went horribly wrong

All awareness is good awareness, right? Probably, but these examples are pushing it a bit.

All diabetes awareness campaigns mean well, and many of them have raised significant sums of money for diabetes research. Their hearts are clearly in the right place. But these misguided oversights draw attention to the lack of public knowledge about a very dangerous condition; a knowledge that is just as important as money.
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#Ready2Role – pick our diabetes role models

No matter what attributes you look for in a role model, you’ll be able to find a number of names in the diabetes community that provide inspiration.

Here at, we’ve compiled a list of the DCUK crew’s role models, who explain how their heroes have influenced them and why.

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Surviving the Holocaust with type 1 diabetes: The story of Ernest Sterzer

Ernest Sterzer, born in Vienna, Austria, was three-years-old when diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1928. He began insulin injections immediately following his diagnosis.

When World War II began, Adolf Hitler and the Nazis instigated the Holocaust, a genocide in which approximately six million Jews were killed.

During this time, Hitler’s “Final solution to the Jewish question” saw concentration camps hold millions of prisoners, including Sterzer.

This is the story of how Sterzer survived the Holocaust and what he endured in order to procure the insulin necessary to survive.

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5 things you probably don’t know about diabetes

There is an excessive amount of information to digest regarding diabetes, whether you have it yourself or play a role in caring for someone who does.

The more you absorb, however, the more you begin to understand about the disease, and as your knowledge grows so does your comprehension of how diabetes is managed.

There are some things about diabetes that will you surprise you, though.

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9 Diabetes Superfoods: Fact or Fiction?

9 Diabetes Superfoods: Fact or Fiction?

The internet is inundated with lists of diabetes “superfoods,” consumables that, if the articles are to believed, provide a simple solution to the difficult problems of diabetes management. It would be lovely to think so.

The truth tends to be a little more complex than that. And it is our job to bring you as much truth as we can.

So let’s delve into the nitty-gritty of diabetes superfoods, brush past the rumour and clickbait headlines, and see what we find.

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Diabetes burnout – you are not alone

Diabetes can be frustrating and tiring, especially due to the number of daily considerations and requirements that come with managing the disease.

Consistently medicating, blood testing and concentrating on diet can be challenging, and sometimes lead to people completely disregarding their condition.

This is known as diabetes burnout.

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Sugar in cereal: Who are the worst offenders?

Breakfast cereals contain a lot more sugar now than they did in 2012, according to the public health group Action on Sugar. The sugar content of some cereals has been compared – worryingly, and slightly bizarrely – to seven and a half chocolate fingers.

Of course, that comparison isn’t entirely valid – breakfast cereals contain a lot more nutritional benefits than chocolate fingers – but the figures do indicate a troubling lack of industry regulation. In 2012, Which? surveyed the sugar content of various cereals. Now Action on Sugar have followed it up, and the findings represent a real failure to address the obesity epidemic.

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Patients at the centre of prescription decisions: Will it benefit you?

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended that patients should be put at the “centre” of drug prescription decisions. The guidelines could have a big effect on how diabetes medication is prescribed.

Patient-centred approaches have benefits and drawbacks, advocates and critics. But how will it affect you?

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How to better understand people with diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that people can get very wrong, very easily.

Assumptions that insulin should be used in times of low blood sugar and that consuming sugary products will kill us are wrong, but quite commonplace.

We’ve compiled a few things that can not only help people improve their understanding of diabetes, but also of the people who manage it on a daily basis.

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