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Read what things have affected me this week and my thoughts on any recent news articles.

More Bad Publicity!?

There was an article in the Mail about how much people with diabetes are costing the NHS. I think we need to bare this in mind and ensure we are aware of the problem, but I think the article made out as if people with diabetes do not look after themselves and we bring it on ourselves! They do not distinguish between types 1 and type 2 , I think articles like this does not help us educate people. It's a negative article but it does show we are far from ensuring all people diagnosed are educated p...  

Amputations on the increase

I was sent an article from a friend last week about amputations on people with diabetes. I was shocked that the article said the number was increasing I thought this was worrying as it would assume people are not controlling their diabetes well and are having long periods of high sugar levels. The article said the study found that it was amputations in people with type II that was on the increase and this may be due to people not being diagnosed quickly. Again I think this is worrying as I would...  

Being a Mum!

I thought once I had given birth that my sugars would be back under control and the hard part of keeping an eye on them was gone. How wrong I was, I am actually finding it harder now, dealing with a new born baby than coping when I was pregnant. When I was pregnant the I had to keep a close eye on my levels and gradually increase my insulin intake as the pregnancy progressed, I found this relatively easy. Now...  

Insulin Pumps

Keeping your blood sugar level as close to the normal range as possible is important in minimizing the complications that can result after years of diabetes. An insulin pump is a useful device for achieving this control, especially in patients who have a drop in blood sugar during the night, an erratic work schedule requiring flexible therapy, or inadequate control with other methods. What equipment is involved? Just a pump unit and an infusion set. The pump unit is a plasti...  

Diabetes and Ketones

You often hear about ketones and if you have high sugar levels you could get ketoacidosis, but what is it? There are many complications associated with diabetes. Sometimes, diabetics have a problem with ketones in the bloodstream. Left untreated, this turns into a condition known as ketoacidosis. A ketone is an acid that is left in the body after the body has burned its own fat. The body burns fat in diabetics when it cannot get enough glucose to use for energy. If the body has to use too mu...  

Diabetes and your eyes

Article from South Manchester Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Service Diabetes and your eyes Diabetic eye disease (retinopathy) can affect anyone who has diabetes, whether they are being treated with insulin, tablets or diet only. Generally, people don’t notice any signs of retinopathy until it is well advanced. This is why yearly eye examinations are so important for everyone with diabetes. Early detection is the key to successful treatment. Reti...  

Insulin pumps more beneficial than daily jabs for diabetics

WASHINGTON: Using a pump to deliver insulin continuously could be more beneficial than daily jabs for patients with type 1 diabetes, says a new study. Researchers believe that using a pump can be instrumental in gaining better control of blood sugar among people with juvenile diabetes, a condition wherein the patients' pancreas is not...  

JDRF Research: Artificial Pancreas – a new leap forward

I give to a charity called JDRF who do a lot of research for diabetes and finding a cure. I thought this article would be useful for people to read - fingers crossed it brings us some help: "To...  

General Foot Care Advice for People with Diabetes (Low Risk Foot)

We always need to take care of our feet but the cold weather it’s even more important – here is some advice I have been given from my healthcare team… Footwear – Always wear well fitting shoes and have your feet measured - Badly fittin...  

Blood Glucose and Cold Weather

The cold will affect how you manage your sugar levels here's a quote from Dr. Richard Bernstein, author of Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution "The weather can affect your blood glucose control and insulin requirements. Some people experience a sudden decline in their insulin requirements when a long period of cool weather (e.g., winter) is abruptly interrupted by significantly warmer weather. In su...  

Sensational News Articles!

Diabetes is always in the news, some articles are interesting others are there to scare people! I found an article today with the headline “Stopping smoking may increase short-term diabetes risk” this was in the Guardian – surely giving up smoking is always a good thing and will be good on your long term health. I think articles like this do not help people with diabetes and certainly doesn’t help others understand! Link to article  http:...  

Needles and Airport Security!

Since the Christmas Airport security breach there has been a lot of media attention and government discussions on the subject. At the weekend The Mail on Sunday had sent a reporter through airport security with insulin and needles, they were upset that he had not been stopped – so they were calling for better security checks. If he had have been checked he would have been able to show them his medical documents to say he is a diabetic and needs ...  

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone. Welcome to all the new users that have registered over the Christmas period. This New Years Eve was the quietest I have had, with a takeaway and a couple of glasses of wine with the family. It was great. I have found it harder getting my sugars under control now that the baby is here than I did when I was pregnant. When I was pregnant my insulin requirements went up and that was easy ...