Archive - August 2015

Top 10: Which country has the highest rates of diabetes in Europe? The UK’s position might surprise you…

Every year, the IDF produces a report on diabetes rates in Europe. The latest, Diabetes In Europe Policy Puzzle: The State We Are In, sheds some interesting light on the worst-affected nations.

These are the 10 nations hit most heavily by rising diabetes rates. The UK’s position might just surprise you…

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Islet cell transplant leaves Gina Marchini, who’s had type 1 diabetes for 24 years, insulin-free

There was a time when, like many people with type 1 diabetes, Gina Marchini thought that a cure would never be developed. Endless insulin injections and constant vigilance over her blood glucose levels seemed inevitable. But now, 24 years after her diagnosis, Marchini’s blood sugar levels have returned to the non-diabetic range.

“I thought diabetes was a life sentence,” said Marchini. “Now, I’m insulin-free.”

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Model behaviour: Why type 1 diabetes isn’t stopping people living their dreams

Inspiring stories make a real difference in diabetes management, and there is one profession that is full of them – modelling.

Diabetes can prevent people entering certain professions, but modelling is not one of them. In fact, this is one career which can make people feel proud to be a member of the diabetes community.

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“Not all patients get what they need” – Dr. Partha Kar discusses the launch of NHS Survival and the NHS’ future

The launch of NHS Survival on Sunday 16 August served as an appropriate precursor to this week’s news that diabetes could supposedly bankrupt the NHS.

A non-profit umbrella group, NHS Survival want change. Co-chaired by Dan Furmedge and Stella Vig, they are calling for an Independent Royal Commission to investigate the NHS. The aim of the commission is to achieve communication between patients, politicians and professionals to form a sustainable NHS.

One day after the launch, a report from Diabetes UK revealed that rising rates of diabetes – specifically, a 60 per cent increase in 10 years – could “threaten to bankrupt the NHS”.

Diabetes.co.uk spoke to NHS Survival advisor and diabetologist Dr. Partha Kar about NHS Survival, Diabetes UK’s report, and what needs to be done to ensure the long-term security of the NHS.

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7 diets for people with type 2 diabetes and their pros and cons

Diet is a crucial aspect of type 2 diabetes management, but it can be hard to assess which diet you think may be best for you.

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6 ways we feel diabetes burnout, and how they can be overcome

Managing diabetes is hard work at the best of times. The constant, relentless need to test, take medication and think about a huge number of factors can become overwhelming. This is even more likely when things are not going right with diabetes or other parts of life.

Let’s then look at six common feelings that can accompany diabetes burnout, as well as what can sometimes help in each situation.

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Dr. David Unwin publishes more evidence of low-carb diet benefits in The BMJ

The low-carbohydrate diet is a hotly disputed management technique for people with diabetes, and a new publication in The BMJ has added further evidence of its benefits.

The case review, reported by Southport GP Dr. David Unwin, followed a patient with type 2 diabetes who came off his medication (metformin, simvastatin, perindopril and aspirin) after adopting a low-carb diet.

Dr. Unwin, who shared his findings on the Diabetes.co.uk Forum, concluded: “The patient steadily lost a total of 16 kg over seven months and successfully stopped all four prescribed drugs, thereby achieving his goal of being medication-free. This was accomplished using a low carbohydrate diet—in his words: ‘more a lifestyle than a diet.’”

The findings from this study are intriguing, and publication in the BMJ, one of the leading worldwide medical journals, provides further credence to the low-carb diet.

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Colin Leggo, the stand-up comedian who lost a leg to undiagnosed type 1 diabetes

The series of events that led to the amputation of Colin Leggo’s leg began in characteristic fashion: he was dressed up as an elf at the time, preparing to star in a children’s show. Like most things the stand-up comedian gets involved with, even this very dark chapter has hidden depths of funny.

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7 things that everyone can do to raise diabetes awareness

The phrase “diabetes awareness” often crops up when we hear stories of diabetes being poorly represented or understood, and we regularly cite the need for awareness to be increased.

Last month, fitness company Crossfit tweeted an ironic slogan for Coca-Cola – “open diabetes”. Three weeks later, an Irish cinema apologised to a nine-year-old boy with type 1 after they prevented him from bringing in his own water to a film screening.

These unfortunate situations arise due to a lack of diabetes awareness, and unless businesses and individuals are highlighted for their errors, more and more frustrating myths about diabetes will continue to be perpetuated.

But what can we actually do to raise awareness? Here are seven great ways to contribute.

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17-year-old girl with type 1 diabetes accused of cheating after taking her blood glucose monitor into driving theory test

17-year-old Lowri Jones left the DVLA offices in tears. She had been thrown out of the theory test, accused of cheating. And all because she has type 1 diabetes.

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