Archive - November 2015

60-year-old Japanese “exorcist” arrested following death of 7-year-old boy with type 1 diabetes

A 60-year-old Japanese man who claims to be an exorcist has been arrested on suspicion of persuading the parents of a 7-year-old boy with type 1 diabetes to cease his insulin treatment.

Shun Imai, a second grader at Utsunomiya elementary school, died at a Tochigu hospital on April 27. Shun’s parents have also been questioned by police on suspicion of negligence resulting in their son’s death.

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Diabetic man who hid condition from DVLA and employer jailed for causing cyclist’s death

A delivery driver has been jailed for over three-and-a-half years for causing the death of a 53-year-old man after having a severe hypo behind the wheel.

Fred Sygrove, 24, started a 44-month jail sentence on Sunday November 22. He was diagnosed with diabetes in 2008, and obtained a driving licence in 2010.

He told Reading Crown Court that he had no recollection of the crash after blacking out and losing control of the vehicle. It was not disclosed which type of diabetes Sygrove has.

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Cinnamon and diabetes: 7 benefits of cinnamon

Cinnamon is a naturally sweet but sugar-free spice that comes from the bark of wild cinnamon trees. Studies suggest that it offers a lot of benefits for people with diabetes.

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11 character-building struggles of living with type 1 diabetes

People with type 1 diabetes can often find themselves fighting myths about the condition, such as correcting those who claim they can’t eat sugar, but there are also several other struggles that can impact day-to-day life.

These are the struggles that can befall people living with type 1 diabetes on a regular basis. They are character-building, and despite the annoyance they cause, they can be helpful in developing patience and resiliency when managing diabetes.

We’ve taken a look at 11 struggles that fit in this category. (Some may also be applicable if you have type 2 diabetes).

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Marathon champion Nicole Michmerhuizen overcomes type 1 diabetes and qualifies for US Olympic Marathon trials

Nicole Michmerhuizen, a type 1 diabetic, won the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon on Saturday 7 November and qualified for the US Olympic Marathon Trials, but admitted she “didn’t think it was really going to happen that day.”

Michmerhuizen, 23, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in the eighth grade. It was two years later during her sophomore high school year (aged 16) that she started running, eventually becoming a NCAA Champion by winning the 2013 NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships.

The Indianapolis Monumental Marathon was Michmerhuizen’s second attempt at the marathon distance. She also won her first marathon, the Bayshore Marathon in Michigan. On race day in Indianapolis, though, Michmerhuizen had doubts – not about her diabetes management – but if she would be able to win the race.

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6 benefits of drinking tea for people with diabetes

We’ve known for years that tea is good for you. In fact, it’s often known as a “superdrink”. But did you know that tea offers specific benefits for people with diabetes (diabeteas)?

Unfortunately for those of us who like a milky brew, the health benefits only come from black or green tea. No sugar, no milk, no herbal tea.

We’ve looked at six benefits of drinking tea for people with diabetes.

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11 low-carb snack ideas for people with diabetes

There’s a perception of snacking as being inherently bad. Any eating done between meals, people think, should be a great source of shame, particularly for people with diabetes.

We disagree. If you make healthy choices, a bit of between-meal munching is no problem at all.

Here are 11 of the most convenient, quick-to-make low-carb snacks around.

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Matthew Powell lost both his wife and daughter to type 1 diabetes

When Matthew Powell’s daughter Katie died, it wasn’t the first time he had lost a loved one to complications of type 1 diabetes. His first wife, Sheridan, had died of diabetes-related kidney disease 17 years earlier, at the age of just 29.

Now Mr. Powell, 47, is determined to raise awareness of type 1 diabetes for everyone who doesn’t understand how serious it can be.

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Guest blog: Charities call for #insulin4all on World Diabetes Day

Insulin, test strips, and other diabetes supplies mean the difference between life and death for people with type 1 diabetes.  That is why the Access Alliance, a group of like-minded organisations that support people with diabetes around the world, has come together for a second year to push for #insulin4all around World Diabetes Day.

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