Our National Health Service is turning 70 this year. Over the past 70 years we’ve seen some amazing achievements in healthcare and for people with diabetes the NHS has been a life-saving organisation.
We’ve put together some of our all-time favourite low carb lunches to keep your tummy and your blood sugar levels happy. Look forward to lunch but not to that mid afternoon spike! (We warn you – if you’re reading this while hungry, resist the temptation to lick the screen)
The relationship between animals and diabetes has always been significant. The first type of insulin to be administered to humans to control blood glucose levels was animal insulin derived from cows and pigs, after all.
Animal insulin was gradually replaced by human insulin in the 1980s (animal insulin is still available on prescription), but in recent years a wave of stories has emerged detailing complex relationships between animals and the mechanisms of diabetes. The most recent of these is a study reporting that more sociable chimpanzees are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
Being asleep. Being awake. Hot weather. Cold weather. Seems there’s no end to the number of things that can raise your blood glucose levels. No wonder diabetes management can be such an obstacle course.
But it’s not all doom and gloom. For every factor that unexpectedly sends your blood sugars spiralling out of control, there’s an equally unexpected – and often enjoyable – way to keep them under control.
Last week Action on Sugar published a report which found “healthy” fruit snacks actually contain more sugar than sweets with a third of the fruit snacks containing between 15 and 20 grams of sugar.
We have had a look at some of the brands that were included in their report to see just how much sugar was in a recommended portion size. Read More
We heard last week that the General Medical Council is considering taking tougher action on doctors who make mistakes when caring for their patients. Under the plans, the GMC could force complacent doctors to apologise to mistreated patients and restrict practice for doctors that refuse to do so.
Naturally, in patient care, the key word should be care. However, it seems that this is becoming less and less of a priority for the GPs that just want to get us in there for our 10 minute slot and fob us off with the cheapest prescriptions (that’s if they prescribe anything at all) or tell us we’re making it up. Where are we meant to turn when we can’t trust the doctors we’re putting our lives in the hands of?
On the other side of the argument, it’s said that this could and has led doctors to self-harm and even suicide. How are doctors meant to treat us properly when they have so many ridiculous targets to reach and figures to consider? They’re only human too, right?
Have you ever suffered unnecessary trauma due to doctors making mistakes? Tweet us @diabetescouk or leave a comment below.
When it comes to diabetes, few topics get as much heated debate as that of whether we diabetics should lower our carb intake intake or not. There are many books available these days that advocate significantly reduced daily carbohydrate levels and it’s always a hot discussion amongst people with diabetes.
Top down healthcare advice from the public sector relies on research to back up it’s recommendations and steers clear of making any hasty moves.