Category - diabetes

The gift of buying good Christmas presents for someone with diabetes

Unsure of what to buy either a family member or friend with diabetes this Christmas? Remember one key thing: it all depends on the recipient.

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Diabetes Awareness Month: Myths vs. Reality

In the spirit of Diabetes Awareness Month, we’re busting some myths about diabetes, food and health.

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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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Supporting a loved one: part 4 – supporting a friend

As part of Diabetes Awareness Month, we’re been running a series on how you can support your loved ones to manage their diabetes.

Previously in the series we’ve looked at how you can support a parent, child and partner. In the final part we’re going to look at how you can support a friend with diabetes.

Hearing that a friend has diabetes can be a worrying experience and it can often be difficult to know what to say. You might be wondering what you can do to help and will want to know how best you can support them.

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Developments in diabetes research and technology – from 1921 to the present day

Research into diabetes has rapidly advanced since the 20th century and new technology is being developed each year to help improve diabetes management.

As this month is Diabetes Awareness Month we wanted to shine the spotlight on some of the major breakthroughs from the 1920s until the present day and take a look at the future of diabetes research and technology.

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Supporting a loved one: part 3 – supporting a partner

For someone with diabetes who is either married or in a committed relationship, their spouse or partner is often one of the main sources of support. Having diabetes can be stressful, but working together as a team can support good diabetes control.

Following on from part two in our ‘supporting a loved one’ series last week, where we looked at how you can support a child with managing their diabetes, this week we’ll look at how you can support a partner or spouse.

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Diabetes Awareness Month: Hypo stories and experiences

Treating low blood sugar isn’t easy at the best of times, like when you’re at home with a bottle of Lucozade, but it’s far worse when you’re out and about. Trying to hold a conversation while treating a hypo is a diplomatic art, particularly in situations when you’re, for example, giving a presentation, being intimate or even talking live on radio.

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Supporting a loved one: part 2 – supporting a child

As part of Diabetes Awareness Month we’ve launched a series looking at ways you can support a loved one to manage their diabetes, beginning last week with how you can support a parent.

This week we’re going to be focusing on ways you can support a child. For a child, being diagnosed with diabetes can be confusing and scary and often they look to their parents for reassurance. As a parent, you will want to know how best you can support your child, so we’ve put together some suggestions which you might find helpful.

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Supporting a loved one: part 1 – supporting a parent

November is Diabetes Awareness Month, an annual campaign where people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes come together to share their experience and raise awareness.

For someone with diabetes it can sometimes be stressful or frustrating trying to control their blood sugar levels. Having a support network can make a big difference to their wellbeing and diabetes management.

In our ‘Supporting a Loved One’ series for Diabetes Awareness Month we’ll be looking at how you can support friends and family with managing their diabetes.

In this first week, we’re focusing on how you can support a parent.

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Our favourite Halloween costumes from the diabetes community

Each year we’re blown away by the effort the diabetes community goes to with their Halloween costumes. Some have even used their insulin pumps to inspire their attire!

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