Archive - October 2015

The sweetener, found in tequila, that’s good for people with diabetes

Earlier in October, we learned that a glass of red wine with dinner could help you control your blood glucose. Just one, mind you. The researchers were quick to point that guzzling bottles of the stuff would do your glucose control no favours at all.

Turns out red wine isn’t alone in this respect. News from Mexico says a sweetener found in tequila might have a similar effect.

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Medical Detection Dogs receives diabetes award for improving patients’ lives

A Milton Keynes charity that trains dogs to help people with long-term, life-threatening conditions has been awarded the 2015 Quality in Care in Diabetes, People’s Award.

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Australian mother who lost daughter from dead in bed syndrome launches CGM initiative

The mother of a girl with type 1 diabetes who died from dead in bed syndrome has launched a campaign to have continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices subsidised in Australia.

17-year-old Danielle Meads-Barlow from Chatswood, North Sydney, died in her sleep four years ago, shortly before beginning her higher school certificate. Unfortunately, little is known about the cause of her death.

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Driver with type 1 diabetes dies during collision with lorry after suffering “diabetic episode”

A 47-year-old man who died after his BMW crashed into a lorry had a “diabetic episode” at the wheel, an inquest has heard.

Paul Hull, who had type 1 diabetes, was travelling southbound down the A46 in Lincolnshire when his BMW 320d collided with an oncoming lorry on October 22, 2014.

An inquest held at the Lincoln Cathedral Centre was told that Mr Hull suffered a diabetic episode that led him to lose control of the car.

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Two brothers listen to Rick Astley on repeat for four days, raise over £6,000 for diabetes charity JDRF

Two brothers have spent four days between them listening to Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up on repeat to raise over £6,000 for type 1 diabetes charity JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).

Jack and James White were inspired to do the 75-hour sponsored silence challenge by their seven-year-old nephew, who has type 1 diabetes.

23-year-old Jack, a choirmaster from Southampton, began the sponsored silence challenge at midday on Friday 16 October. He estimated that by 15:00 on Monday 19 October, he would have listened to Never Gonna Give You Up at least 2,500 times.

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Family appeal to fly home 57-year-old grandmother who entered diabetic coma in Benidorm

The family of a grandmother from Sheffield who fell into a diabetic coma in Benidorm has appealed for donations to bring her back home.

Angela Noriega, 57, had travelled to Benidorm with friends, but was found unconscious in her hotel room on October 4. Angela received severe trauma to the brain after falling down and is currently in an intensive care unit at Marina Baixa Hospital.

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5 innovative developments to make life easier for people with diabetes

Such is the burden of diabetes management, it can be easy to forget that we are living in a very exciting time in regard to diabetes research.

The days of diagnosing diabetes through urine tests alone are long gone, people with type 2 diabetes are able to reverse their condition and life expectancy for people with type 1 diabetes is increasing.

As well as increased scientific knowledge into diabetes, there is a wide range of innovative products that have been developed – or are in the process of being developed – to make life easier if you have diabetes.

Here are five of those pioneering devices.

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Patient receives wrong insulin at Wrexham health centre, investigation launched

An investigation has been launched after a patient was administered long-acting insulin instead of short-acting insulin at a health centre in Wrexham.

This potentially fatal error occurred in August 2015, and due to its severity, was reported as a “Never Event” to the Betsi Cadwaladwr University health board (BCUHB).

According to the NHS, a “Never Event”, which can cause harm or death to a patient, is a “serious and largely preventable incident that should not occur if the available preventative measures have been implemented by healthcare providers”.

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9 struggles of living on a low-carb diet, demonstrated by The Simpsons

Adopting a low-carbohydrate diet can have numerous benefits for people with diabetes, including weight loss and better control of blood glucose levels.

Anecdotal proof of the diet’s efficacy have been reported on the Diabetes.co.uk Forum, while scientific studies continue to provide further credence to the diet.

However, a low-carb diet can have its bumpy moments. Meticulous management is required, and reducing your intake of processed foods and takeaways is important to ensure the fat you eat – which can replace the carbs you lose – comes from natural sources.

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How I lost my hypo awareness –and then got it back

I count myself as lucky in that I’m able to spot the signs of hypos, but it wasn’t always this way, and I went through a number of years with lost hypo awareness that made severe hypos a ticking time bomb in my life.

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