Tag - blood sugar levels

Emmerdale’s portrayal of diabetic character Kerry Wyatt is having mixed success

Kerry Wyatt is among the more well-known fictional characters with diabetes, but her “actions” in an episode of Emmerdale last week painted a particularly bleak picture of diabetes management.

Having experienced an unpleasant sequence of “soap events”, the diabetic character – who also has diabetic retinopathy – was seen gorging on chocolate and wine, prompting a cluster of Twitter users to voice their concerns.

One person wrote: “How is Kerry eating chocolate, junk food and drinking alcohol when she’s meant to be diabetic?”

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What’s the latest with the bionic pancreas?

It was July 2015 when Dr Edward Damiano (pictured) introduced the world to the iLet, a bionic pancreas that could revolutionise type 1 diabetes treatment, but how far away are we from seeing the device bought to market?

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Evita Leter battles back from type 1 diabetes diagnosis to compete in 2016 Olympic Games

Barbados swimmer Evita Leter had to overcome more than just her type 1 diabetes to make it to the 2016 Olympic Games.

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Mr Farenheit – diabetes and another cold virus

Oh dear I sigh, as another virus comes my way and has me coughing my lungs out somewhat. It’s less the drowsy feeling and the pains in the chest whenever I have a real good cough that bother me, it’s the blood sugar levels getting so out of whack that troubles me.

Liver la vida loca

I wish I could tell my liver, “It’s ok, I’ll handle the sugar provision this time. Please don’t drop another two teaspoons of glucose into my blood again!”

But, alas, it’s useless. There my body goes again and dutifully dumps half a sack of sugary non-goodness into my weary arteries. Crazy liver indeed.

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Why aren’t my socks in the fridge? – morning hypos

It seems as though my blood sugar levels have caught up with the milder weather as this week I’ve had two morning hypos.

The first time was somewhat of a pain in the posterior as it meant I was late getting up. Not having enough sugar in the brain seems to render it impossible for me to realise it’s the morning -or impossible to realise that life isn’t one continuous dream is perhaps a clearer way of putting it.

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Is self-testing really no benefit to people with type 2 diabetes?

The issue of self-monitoring for people with type 2 diabetes is a topic I feel particularly strongly about.

I’ve seen the news reports saying that self-testing for type 2 diabetics is not cost effective and I’ve thought to myself, really?!

Also I’ve watched how many people with type 2 diabetes on the diabetes forum have made a huge amount of progress thanks to a bit of education and intelligent blood testing. So why should the research contradict this?

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