Category - type 1

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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New Apple Watch includes features valuable for people with type 1 diabetes

Tech giant Apple has broken into the digital health space and is now giving priority to include health and fitness tracking features in their latest gadgets.

Yesterday Apple released the Apple Watch Series 4 which includes new technology which could allow people with type 1 diabetes greater control.

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Dr Ian Lake completes 730-mile run in 5 weeks to demonstrate effectiveness of low carb in type 1 diabetes

Dr Ian Lake is a 59-year-old GP and has lived with type 1 diabetes for 23 years. For the first 20 years he was on a conventional diet. After starting to get diabetes complications, he converted to a very low carbohydrate diet with transformative results.

For the last three years, while following a low carb lifestyle, all of his HbA1c readings have been in the non-diabetic range and for the last 18 months, all but one of his HbA1c reading have been in the normal population range.

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Meet Evelyn Riddell: the model with type 1 diabetes raising awareness and breaking the stigma

Last month the American Eagle-owned brand Aerie was praised for launching a new lingerie campaign featuring female models with disabilities and chronic illnesses.

One of the models featured is Evelyn Riddell. Evelyn has type 1 diabetes and wears an insulin pump and a continuous glucose monitor in her photos.

We were fortunate enough to chat with Evelyn and ask her about her experience as a model with type 1.

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“Our daughter’s need as an individual is not being addressed” – do insulin guidelines need to be more flexible?

Individuality is a core component of managing diabetes. What works for one may not work for another, and flexibility is important. Sometimes though, guidelines can be rigid and as a result individual situations are not catered for.

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