Archive - June 2015

Travelling with an insulin pump: 7 key things to remember

Going somewhere?

Sorting out a big journey with an insulin pump requires superhuman levels of organisation. You have to remember all the basics – the passports, the money, the tickets – along with your medication – insulin, spare insulin, extra insulin, backup insulin, secret insulin – and any documentation you might need for your pump.

If you are travelling with an insulin pump, there are a few key things to remember.

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7 surprising things that make blood sugar control easier

Being asleep. Being awake. Hot weather. Cold weather. Seems there’s no end to the number of things that can raise your blood glucose levels. No wonder diabetes management can be such an obstacle course.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. For every factor that unexpectedly sends your blood sugars spiralling out of control, there’s an equally unexpected – and often enjoyable – way to keep them under control.

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These 6 weird things could reduce your risk of heart disease

How do we lower our risk of heart disease? It’s a massive question for people with diabetes, who are already at a much higher risk. There’s exercise. There’s diet, but nobody seems to able to agree on which foods help. And then there’s having more orgasms.

Yup. Having more orgasms. And it’s hardly the only bizarre reducer of heart disease risk. Here’s six of them.

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Diabetes Legends: Gladys C. Lester Dull – who trekked 300 miles for insulin treatment

Gladys C. Lester Dull’s extraordinary life began in the harshest of North Dakotan winters.

Gladys lost her parents during a flu epidemic in 1920, at just three years old. She was adopted by neighbours, and went away to live in a farming community.

Before her diagnosis, Gladys remembers feeling sick all the time, and the constant need to urinate. Finally, she made the nine-mile trip from her home in the farming community to the nearest doctor, where she was promptly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. But type 1 diabetes was an obscure disease, rarely talked about, and her doctor didn’t know how to treat it.

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Diabetes Legends: Winsome Johnston – who proved her doctors wrong through good management

Winsome Johnston has made a habit of defying expectations. She was born in 1918. Back then, people with diabetes were lucky to live for a few years, let alone a full and healthy life. Winsome knew this first-hand: her sister had died from type 1 diabetes at the age of 16. So she wasn’t surprised when, upon her own diagnosis at the age of six, doctors told her she wouldn’t live very long.

Winsome is 86 now. Not many have lived longer with diabetes.

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Mackenzie McKee’s diabetes rap song is terrible, but her message is admirable

Watch your back, Iggy Azalea. There’s a new hottest rap star in the world, and she’s singing about diabetes. Ladies and gentleman, meet Mackenzie McKee.

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Diabetes Legends: Robert P. Krause – who lived with type 1 for 85 years

Few people live lives as rich and accomplished as Robert P. Krause, and he did it all while meticulously managing his blood glucose levels. So much so that he lived to the age of 90; few have lived with type 1 diabetes for longer than his 85 years. He’s very much top of my “People who make me feel lazy” list.

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Diabetes Legends: Dr. Robert Daniel Lawrence – the UK’s first prominent diabetes physician

Dr. Robert Daniel Lawrence developed diabetes after a splinter of bone flew into his eye, which led him to dedicate his life in the pursuit of effective diabetes treatments.

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Diabetes Legends: The Cleveland Brothers – living with type 1 for over 75 years

Bob and Gerald, the Cleveland Brothers, spent over 75 years of their lives with type 1 diabetes.

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7 things that someone with diabetes wouldn’t want to hear people say

There are times as a diabetic when some conversations make you very, very annoyed. These could be one-liners, stories or questions, but they will exasperate you.

We’ve taken a look at seven of these triggers. Try not to get angry when you read them.

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