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Driver with type 1 diabetes dies during collision with lorry after suffering “diabetic episode”

A 47-year-old man who died after his BMW crashed into a lorry had a “diabetic episode” at the wheel, an inquest has heard.

Paul Hull, who had type 1 diabetes, was travelling southbound down the A46 in Lincolnshire when his BMW 320d collided with an oncoming lorry on October 22, 2014.

An inquest held at the Lincoln Cathedral Centre was told that Mr Hull suffered a diabetic episode that led him to lose control of the car.

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Petition calls for type 1 diabetes symptoms to be included in NHS’ “Red Book”

A petition has been launched to highlight the dangers of undiagnosed type 1 diabetes, and why the symptoms should be made clear to new parents.

The petition, set up by Emma Warrington, calls for the symptoms of type 1 diabetes to be included in the Personal Child Health Record given to parents.

This is also known as the “Red Book”, and is provided by the NHS when a newborn child is roughly 10 days old. It should be used by parents until the child is around four years old, and includes information on immunisations, growth charts, screening and routine reviews.

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Seven-year-old boy with type 1 diabetes dies after “slapping therapy”

Seven-year-old Aiden Fenton was dizzy, vomiting, and hadn’t eaten for three days. Apparently, everything was going to plan.

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Lack of insulin access – a major failing of diabetes awareness

In the UK, insulin doesn’t cost anything for diabetics who require it, but there is an estimated 50 million people worldwide who cannot afford insulin.

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Making sense of NHS services if you have diabetes

The National Health Service (NHS) is continuing to make headlines, with a Lord Ashcroft study revealing on 14 January 2015 that 50 per cent of 200,000 Britons surveyed in November 2014 believe the health service has got worse.

Earlier this month it was also reported that NHS waiting times for A&E are at their worst over the last 10 years. With A&E units under so much pressure, we got to wondering how certain scenarios affecting people with diabetes should be handled to ensure the fastest, most efficient results.

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‘I was unconscious for three days’: Adult-onset type 1 diabetes

Hannah Postles was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 26. She had plenty of symptoms: she was thirsty, despite drinking plenty of water; she’d lost weight; and her vision was blurred. Despite having so many symptoms, her GP dismissed the possibility of it being type 1 diabetes, suggesting that she was too old to develop the disease.

Eventually Hannah was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, but received little in the way of care. She describes feeling that ‘as an adult, you’re pretty much left to get on with it.’

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