Archive - June 2015

Diabetes Legends: Dr. Elliot Proctor Joslin – a pioneer of diabetes treatment

Elliot Proctor Joslin is considered a pioneer in the treatment of diabetes. His approach to diabetes – giving the patients responsibility for their own care – was unique at the time.

He is also the founder of the Joslin Diabetes Centre, but why did Joslin have such a big impact on diabetes management?

We look at the story of how a young doctor pursued the field of diabetes after leaving medical school, becoming the first to specialise in it, and saw over 50,000 patients during his career.

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Diabetes Legends: Eva Saxl – who made her own insulin during WWII

Eva Saxl was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1940 at the age of 19. Alongside her husband, Victor, Eva was able to survive World War II by making her own insulin.

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Diabetes management: 14 simple tips to make life easier

It’s the little things. The little frustrations. The lost meter. The miscalculated insulin injections. The quiet feelings of loneliness and burnout. That’s what sometimes feels like the hardest part of diabetes management.

What we need is a few tips. 14 of them, maybe, that could help us work around those little, everyday grievances.

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Live Q&A with Dr. Partha Kar on Sunday 14 June

On Sunday 14 June, will be conducting a live Q&A with Dr. Partha Kar, Clinical Director of Diabetes at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.

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11 aspects of understanding a loved one with type 1 diabetes

Having type 1 diabetes is far from easy, but if your loved one has the condition, it can be useful to know what they are thinking.

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Bacteria and other weird causes of type 2 diabetes

Earlier this month, a study linked prolonged exposure to toxins from a certain bacteria to the development of type 2 diabetes.

With this in mind, we’ve taken a look at some of the more unusual links to the onset of type 2 diabetes, compared to the more well-known causes.

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‘Healthy’ fruit snacks with more sugar than Haribo

Action on Sugar has published a report which found “healthy” fruit snacks actually contain more sugar than sweets with a third of the fruit snacks containing between 15 and 20 grams of sugar.

We have had a look at some of the brands that were included in their report to see just how much sugar was in a recommended portion size. Read More

The version of sugar that won’t affect your blood glucose levels – and why you can’t have it

There is a natural alternative to sugar that’s perfect for people with diabetes. It tastes exactly the same, but it isn’t metabolised the same way, so it won’t spike your blood glucose levels. But it’s never been produced on a large scale.

It’s called L-glucose, and its story begins with a mission to find life on Mars. No, really. This is the first time you’ll hear about sugar and Mars, and not be talking about the chocolate bar.

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German journalist advocating chocolate for weight loss tries to teach lesson about science journalism

Reporters across the world were duped by a German journalist who reported that chocolate will help you lose weight. But how did he do it?

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