Archive - February 2016

6 things that can affect blood glucose readings

Many of us rely on blood glucose testing to stay in control of our sugar levels. But meters can be funny things: there may be times when the readings they provide are inaccurate.

Modern meters have made inaccurate readings less common, but it’s important to know that it can happen, and why.

Bear these six factors in mind when you’re testing your blood.

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The new NICE CGM guidelines: what do they mean for me?

On February 12, 2016, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published ‘Integrated sensor-augmented pump therapy systems for managing blood glucose levels in type 1 diabetes (the MiniMed Paradigm Veo system and the Vibe and G4 PLATINUM CGM system‘. In this 49-page document, NICE outlined recommendations to provide technology to certain people with type 1 diabetes to help them control their blood glucose levels.

We’ve trawled through the recommendations so you don’t have to. In this blog, we’ll answer the big questions surrounding the recommendations: Who is eligible? What exactly are they eligible for? Is it likely that the system will be made widely available in the future?

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Carbohydrate, fruit and blood glucose levels: everything you need to know

Back in September, we published a list of the highest- and lowest-carb fruits. The response was great, but many people were after a more comprehensive list. So here’s a list of common fruits, and how much carbohydrate they contain. Note that the carb content is per 100g, not per fruit, so we can compare them.

Sadly, it’s not as simple as avoiding the high numbers and eating the low numbers. It doesn’t work out like that. Even though 100g of cucumber contains significantly less carbohydrate than 100g of lemon, it’s easy to imagine eating more than 100g of cucumber (a quarter of a cucumber weighs about 90g. You could easily use twice this much in a salad). A kiwi fruit weighs about 50g, so you’d have to eat two to get the carb value of 100g.

So along with the sugar and carb content, we’ve included a rough guideline to how much of each fruit you should eat, and how often.

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How public demand is changing dietary guidelines: the rise of the Public Health Collaboration

The issue of dietary guidelines for people with diabetes has been oft discussed in recent years, especially with the rise in popularity of the low-carb diet, and now it seems that the public are backing calls for change.

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5 worries of having a loved one with diabetes, and how they can be addressed

Many people with diabetes can find daily challenges hard to bear, such as diet management, but you may also be affected to a similar degree if you have a loved one with diabetes.

It may be your partner, child, family member or friend has diabetes, but this doesn’t stop you from worrying about them.

We’ve selected five common concerns among people with diabetic loved ones, whether they have type 1 or type 2 diabetes. We’ll also provide solutions to these worries so that you and your loved one can feel stronger together in managing their diabetes.

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5 reasons you should be eating avocados every day

The avocado is often referred to as a superfood. Its health benefits are plentiful, and its versatility makes it a vital addition to any diet.

The fruit can vary in terms of size, shape, weight and colour, but you can’t go too far wrong whichever type you eat. Avocados are now becoming a widely popular option for people looking to improve their health, and because they are very low-carb, avocados are an ideal food choice for people with diabetes. And of course, they are delicious.

Here are five reasons why you should be eating avocados on a daily basis.

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7 lifestyle changes that can help you deal with restless leg syndrome

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder that can be extremely unpleasant to live with. Similarly to type 1 diabetes, it has no cure, and treatment is aimed at relieving the most uncomfortable of symptoms. There are, however, certain changes you can make which could be very beneficial if you live with RLS.

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Type 1 diabetic woman’s pancreas transplant solves her needle phobia – but is it a cure?

On Friday 29 January, Ms. Sue York, from Lincoln, received a successful pancreas transplant because of a very severe needle phobia. For the foreseeable future, she will not need to inject insulin. Ms. York described the feeling as “incredible”.

This is amazing news. Ms. York’s procedure represents a massive breakthrough in the treatment of type 1 diabetes. Insulin injections, which used to leave her shaking and vomiting, are for now not a concern. But many people have mistaken the transplant for a cure, when in fact it isn’t one. Not quite.

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