Author - Benedict Jephcote

The mistakes of misdiagnoses

One problem that can occur in diabetes is if you get misdiagnosed with the wrong type of diabetes. The two main types of diabetes are type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and both have similar symptoms as they share high blood sugar as the main presenting factor.

At Diabetes.co.uk, we are used to seeing people on the Diabetes Forum talking about a misdiagnosis they’ve been through or asking about the possibility that a misdiagnosis may have occurred. To mark Diabetes Awareness Month, we’re exploring the mistakes of misdiagnoses and what you could do if you feel like you have been misdiagnosed.

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‘Low carb’ mortality study asks bigger questions than gives answers

A study has been released which appears to show an association between lower carb diets and a higher risk of mortality.

There have been some provocative headlines in certain media write-ups, such as “Low-carb diets shorten life expectancy”, but this kind of message cannot be backed up by the study.

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Diabetes Week: Talking low carb with healthcare professionals

Healthcare professionals (HCPs) should be helping you towards achieving healthy blood sugar levels as best you can.

Some HCPs are great at this. However, we have heard people with diabetes saying how they’ve been achieving amazing results and perfectly healthy sugar levels through eating low carb, only to be told by someone in their health team that they’re doing it all wrong!

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Diabetes Week: Communicating with partners

This year’s Diabetes Week theme is ‘Talk About Diabetes’ and so I’m looking at how we talk about diabetes with our partners.

Diabetes affects both partners, not just the person with diabetes. The partner will share many of the difficulties and emotions that the person with diabetes does.

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Diabetes Week: Let’s talk about sex

Sex is an important part of life for many of us and probably an area which many of us could benefit from better communication with our partners.

Diabetes can influence sex so talking about it can be good for your partnership and the sex you have.

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Diabetes Week: Embracing questions about your diabetes

Diabetes Week represents an opportunity to help others to understand more about diabetes. I encourage those of you who are ready to, to embrace answering questions on diabetes.

Questions about your diabetes can sometimes feel intrusive for some of us but on the other side of things, they’re also a good chance to help people to better understand the condition we have.

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Soul II Soul singer Melissa Bell passes away from complications of diabetes

Melissa Bell, singer for the acclaimed British group Soul II Soul, passed away on 29 August 2017. Her daughter, former X-Factor winner, Alexandra Burke has paid tribute to her mum. She also took the opportunity to speak of the difficulties brought on by the complications of diabetes.

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Roger Moore, who had type 2 diabetes, has passed away

Sir Roger Moore, who famously played James Bond through the seventies and eighties, has died aged 89.

His charm, deftly timed eyebrow raises and one-liners were a strong part of his appeal which saw him cast in roles including TV series such as Ivanhoe and The Saint as well as seven of the James Bond films.

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Dab4Tommy tributes flood in to raise money for type 1 diabetes research

A 24-hour fundraiser has raised over £2,000 for type 1 diabetes research in memory of Tommy Green who tragically died from short-term complications of the condition.

The Dab4Tommy fundraiser was posted on Diabetes.co.uk’s social media channels on 17 May. For every share over the next 24 hours, Diabetes.co.uk volunteered to donate 5p to JDRF, the type 1 diabetes charity.

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Carbs? – You’re taking the pasty! Jurgen Klopp’s not ‘avin it

A bizarre episode of pass the pasty ensued after Liverpool’s away win at Plymouth.

Liverpool’s entertaining manager Jurgen Klopp was taken aback when a weighty Cornish pasty, larger than a football, was handed to him at a press conference.

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