Archive - June 2016

Guest blog: Syrians in urgent need of insulin and diabetes supplies

According to the UN special envoy for Syria, an estimated 400,000 people have been killed in the past five years of civil war. There have been thousands of deaths alone among those trying to cross the Mediterranean to safety.

War and violence damages people’s lives in unthinkable ways. It takes away basic things like shelter, food and other necessities. What if, on top of the horrors of war, you had to find a way to treat and manage your type 1 diabetes amidst the crisis?

Last year, an 11-year-old Syrian girl died after having her insulin thrown overboard a raft by smugglers, while pioneers such as Ernest Sterzer and Eva Saxl survived World War II despite having limited insulin.

As someone with type 1 diabetes myself, I can only imagine the stress, anxiety, and unwell state I would be in without regular access to insulin, syringes, or test strips. We must remember that this is reality for many people.

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The race for faster insulin

If you have had type 1 diabetes for some time, you’ll probably have wished that insulin could be a bit quicker acting.

Unless you have chosen to do a low carb diet, you will likely experience a sharp rise in blood glucose levels followed by a more gradual reduction over a period of up to 4 hours.

This presents a problem in that much of the time between meals will be spent having sugar levels that are higher than healthy levels. So what can we do?

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5 Diabetes Forum heroes of 2016

To commemorate this year’s Diabetes Week (Sunday 12 June – Saturday 18 June), we take a look at five Diabetes Forum heroes of 2016 so far.

This year has seen the Diabetes Forum reach 200,000 members with over one million messages posted. It is Europe’s largest community of people with and without diabetes alike, and the success being achieved is nothing short of staggering.

Our Diabetes Forum users have been able to lose weight, improve their HbA1c and even reverse their type 2 diabetes; it was the success that forum users had with a low-carb diet that inspired us to create the Low Carb Program in 2015.

We’ve selected five success stories from forum users this year that have been particularly inspiring, and serve as tremendous examples of overcoming problems that diabetes can cause.

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Northern Ireland teenager using Olympic dream to improve type 1 diabetes management

A teenager with type 1 diabetes from Northern Ireland who is training as a decathlete has eyes on one day winning an Olympic gold medal.

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5 diabetes heroes of 2016

To commemorate this year’s Diabetes Week (Sunday 12 June – Saturday 18 June), we take a look at five diabetes heroes of 2016 so far.

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Live Q&A with Dr. David Cavan on Thursday 16 June 2016

During Diabetes Week on Thursday 16 June, Diabetes.co.uk will be conducting a Q&A with renowned diabetes expert and author Dr David Cavan.

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Looking after your diabetes during Ramadan

If you have diabetes and are taking part in Ramadan, it’s important to be aware of the risks.

As Ramadan in 2016 is occurring through June and into the start of July, this means that the fasting period is over a long period of the day.

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Diabetes Week 2016 Phone Wallpapers

Diabetes Week has come round again, and for 2016, we wanted to bust the myths of diabetes.

Awareness is incredibly important, and it can be surprising how little people know about the condition, how it develops, and what to do to help someone in an emergency.

Among other things, we will be releasing a video every day, tackling the myths and revealing the truth about many aspects of diabetes, both type 1, type 2, and beyond.

But right now, check out our exclusive high-resolution wallpapers, to show your support of those who overcome diabetes every single day.

To download right click the image and save as.

Click read more to see all of the available wallpapers.

You can purchase Powered by Insulin t-shirts @ bit.ly/DCUKTs
£1 of every t-shirts goes to JDRF.

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