Archive - August 2016

11 common reactions someone with diabetes has when people talk about the condition

Anyone with diabetes, whether it’s type 1 or type 2, knows that people have many stupid opinions regarding the condition. More often than not, it is people without diabetes that believe the majority of diabetes myths, therefore asking the questions that nobody with the condition wants to hear.

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Dr Unwin’s latest research into glycemic index could reform diabetes diet advice

Can we all now agree “healthy” starchy foods spike blood glucose?

Carb counting is all well and good, but as a concept it is still one step away from looking at diabetes diet advice in the purest way. This could be of particular importance to the management of type 2 diabetes.

In a new paper, Dr David Unwin, Dr David Haslam and Dr Geoffrey Livesey have converted the glycemic index (GI) of some very common foods into the equivalent teaspoons’ worth of sugar.

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What’s the latest with the bionic pancreas?

It was July 2015 when Dr Edward Damiano (pictured) introduced the world to the iLet, a bionic pancreas that could revolutionise type 1 diabetes treatment, but how far away are we from seeing the device bought to market?

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6 ways that the internet changed diabetes

Today is Internaut Day – a day that recognises the birth of the internet.

In honour of how the internet has changed the world, we take a look at six amazing ways in which the internet has changed diabetes for the better.

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9 dumbfounded tweets in response to the childhood obesity plan

The Government’s Childhood Obesity Plan had stoked controversy even before it was released after being persistently delayed.

Originally slated for publication in December 2015, the plan was eventually put online on 1 August 2016 to the immediate derision from seemingly the whole health sector.

Doctors, charities, researchers and a range of other health campaigners have viewed their dismay over a plan that has been branded with a host of negative reaction from ‘disappointing’ and ‘frustrating’ to ‘RUBBISH’.

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15 thoughts someone with type 1 diabetes has every day

A lot goes through anyone’s mind during day-to-day life… for example, “what do I need to do at work today?”, “I need to remember to arrange a doctor’s appointment” and even “what should I plan for this weekend?”. For someone with type 1 diabetes, on top of all of these thoughts, they need to remember many other things throughout their day.

How many of these 15 ‘type 1 diabetes’ general thoughts have you had already today?

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Free fruit for children – is it really so sweet and innocent?

Okay, I’m going to play devil’s advocate here, and at the risk of sounding picky, is Tesco’s ‘free fruit for kids’ scheme really such a good idea? I’ll do my best to provide clear reasoning for my opinion, below.

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Evita Leter battles back from type 1 diabetes diagnosis to compete in 2016 Olympic Games

Barbados swimmer Evita Leter had to overcome more than just her type 1 diabetes to make it to the 2016 Olympic Games.

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Scottish family of 7-year-old girl with type 1 diabetes raises over £6,000 for charity

A Scottish family has raised over £6,000 for diabetes charities following a barn dance inspired by seven-year-old Lexie Stewart (pictured, centre), who has type 1 diabetes.

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