Archive - September 2015

Cycling 250 miles in three days with type 1 diabetes: The story of Rod Evans

Cycling across Wales over three days isn’t easy for anyone, but for Rod Evans, a 37-year-old type 1 diabetic, this journey is the latest in a long line of charity rides.

Rod cycled 250 miles between September 3 and September 5. His trek took him from the northern community of Aberegele to the southern town of Abergavenny. On days one and two, Rod rode for 90 miles, and then 70 miles on the final day.

“I knew that I was in for a rough ride,” Rod said, but his meticulous management of his type 1 meant he knew exactly what he was doing before, during and after the ride.

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Sugar and carbs: which fruits contain the most/least?

There’s a long-running debate about fruit. Should people with diabetes eat it? If so, how much?

The short answer is: Yes, a bit. Fruit is full of vitamins and minerals. It provides nutrition that’s essential for anybody, diabetic or not. Don’t leave fruit out of your diet altogether.

That said, fruit tends to be quite high in sugar. Too much, and you may find it difficult to keep blood glucose levels under control.

But which are the best (and the worst) fruits for people with diabetes, in terms of sugar? Let’s take a look.

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Miss Wales 2016 finalist Ruby Parfitt discusses her type 1 diabetes diagnosis: “I thought that my normal life was over”

Ruby Parfitt was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just days before her 14th birthday. Now 18, the singer and Miss Wales 2016 finalist says diabetes management has become second nature to her.

At age 14, Ruby questioned whether she would ever be successful following her diagnosis. “I thought that my normal life was over,” she said.

“One of my first thoughts was that I could never be a successful singer or an actress, which have been my passions since I was small.”

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Fast food consumption makes up 12 per cent of children’s calories in the US, says a new study

Last Thursday, we reported on a troubling story. A three-year-old girl from Texas had become the youngest person ever to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

Now this. A study conducted by the National Centre for Health Statistics finds that American kids get 12 per cent of their calories from fast food. And generally speaking, whenever we see crazy headlines about fast food consumption in the US, the UK isn’t far behind.

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How you can help refugees with diabetes

Amidst all the harrowing images of the refugee crisis, it’s easy to forget how many are living with diabetes. And how few have access to the treatment they need.

It’s an incredibly difficult situation, but it’s not a hopeless one; you can help. Here are just a few things you can do to help.

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Man pushes ball for diabetes awareness

It’s one of the stranger headlines we’ve encountered. A man from Nashville has been spotted pushing a giant ball around in the name of diabetes awareness. Some people would start a petition, or write to their MP; but not Erik Bendl.

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American man dies from diabetes-related complications in a New York City jail, guards blamed

A video published by the New York shows the final hours of a diabetic man who died from diabetes-related complications at Rikers Island jail.

Rikers Island jail, the main jail complex of New York City, has come under immense criticism – particularly, the correction officers – who thought 45-year-old Carlos Mercado was withdrawing from illegal drugs.

Mercado’s insulin had previously been confiscated by the guards. Despite the inmate carrying around a garbage bag of his own vomit around with him, he was not afforded medical help until it was too late.

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New type 1 HbA1c targets – are they too tight?

NICE has recently unveiled their new HbA1c targets for type 1 diabetes –and they’re tighter.

Previously, NICE had given a wider target of 59 mmol/mol (7.5%) with a target of 48 mmol/mol (6.5%) for those that were able to achieve this without risking hypos.

The new guidelines released on 26 August have tightened up the targets to 48 mmol/mol (6.5%) for all people with diabetes, including children.

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