Author - Kurt Wood

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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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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Trust me, I’m a doctor: Saccharin, stevia, and time-restricted eating

Wednesday’s edition of Trust Me, I’m A Doctor contained two very interesting segments for people with diabetes. The first concerned  sweeteners, and whether they might actually be worse for us than ordinary sugar.

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Mother calls for routine testing for type 1 diabetes after her son’s unexpected death

***UPDATE, 1 March 2016: Beth has today handed in her petition to the Senedd (the National Assembly of Wales). This article will be refreshed with the latest updates.

A mother has implored the NHS to introduce routine screening for type 1 diabetes after the death of her 13-year-old son.

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American Girl releases diabetes care kit for dolls in response to petition by 13-year-old girl

“I am declaring victory!” announced 13-year-old Anja Busse. In January 2014, Anja, who has type 1 diabetes, started a petition on Change.org requesting that American Girl, a retailer of dolls and toys, produce a “diabetes care kit” for their dolls. She wanted a doll that represented her and the thousands of other young girls with type 1 diabetes.

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9 things most people don’t know about diabetes

Diabetes is one of the most widely misunderstood conditions around, which is surprising considering how widespread it is. Here are nine of the most common myths and misconceptions, and the truth behind each one.

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Bread: the best and worst products for people with diabetes

The truth is, managing your diet can be tedious. Nobody enjoys looking at endless panels of nutritional information. Nobody wants to check every single brand on the shelf to work out which one contains the least carbohydrate. It’s no fun.

Let us do the work for you. Want to know which kind of bread is right for you? Here are 26 products, complete with nutritional information and a verdict.

Note: bread is generally very high in carbohydrate. Generally, we wouldn’t recommend it to people with diabetes. But most people like a little bit of bread. So, when you do partake, this article tells you which ones are a good idea. And, more importantly, which ones aren’t.

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7 ways to get a better night’s sleep

Diabetes can have a big effect on sleep. High blood glucose levels, sleep apnea, night-time hypos – there are a range of ways that diabetes can leave you feeling unsatisfied with your sleep, and tired the next day.

The opposite is also true. Poor sleeping habits can cause type 2 diabetes.

These seven sleeping tips should help you get a better night’s rest.

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