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iPhone App

I am currently working on an iphone app to help with carb counting and to monitor sugar levels - similar to the food diary page on the website (http://diabeticfriend.co.uk/) ...  

Hypoglycemia Unawareness

I am lucky when my sugars are getting below 4 I get pins and needles in my tongue or I sweat a little. However some people are not as lucky as me and can not tell when they are going low. If you do have hypo unawareness you are not alone about 17% of people with type one diabetes suffer from this.  If you do suffer make sure you always have glucagon in the fridge and your loved ones know how to use it! Make sure you have your hypo stoppers on you at all times. If a person starts to go low th...  

How I am coping being a new Mum

The baby is now 9 weeks old and I still have really bad days both with settling the baby and with high sugars! I was told once the baby was born my insulin requirements would go back to normal, I thought they had but I keep waking up with high levels (about 10) which never used to happen, I am also getting more high readings in the day. I think I will try and increase my nighttime insulin. Some of this might be my fault as I am not testing as much as I would normally do as I am always busy do...  

A brief history of Insulin

Have you ever wondered how we come to inject ourselves with insulin, this liquid that keeps us alive! I was looking into this and found the following information - taken from www.healthcentral.com article by Ginger Vieira: "The dudes we can thank for our handy bottles of insulin are Fredrick G. Banting, Charles H. Best, J.J.R. Macleod and James B. Collip. They discovered insulin 1921 by extracting it from the islet cells of animal pancreases! Before this, being told you had Type 1 diabetes ...  

Hypo Alert Dogs

I was reading about hypo alert dogs yesterday and thought I would share some information about them. We all know hypoglycaemia itself or the avoidance of it is an acute daily problem for people with diabetes, but when accompanied by loss or partial loss of warnings it can be life threatening and have a distressing effect on the person with diabetes and their families. There can be a great reduction in the quality of life for all concerned. Diabetic Hypoglycae...  

JDRF Artificial Pancreas

I have been hearing a lot about the development of an artificial pancreas, and it does get me excited. However I do know from other people that during the last 30 years there have been many promises of artificial pancreas. So I wanted to know the history of how the artificial pancreas has developed - I found this from JDRF who are researching at the moment: This Month's Question is Answered by Aaron J. Kowalski, Ph.D. ...  

Untreated Diabetes!

I think it's a terrible fact that many people, especially young people do not know enough about being diabetic. It was reported on the BBC website that 3,300 young people were admitted to hospital due to complications with their diabetes. This could have been prevented if they had enough information and support around them. I know some people (young and old) can rebel about their condition but if there was enough awareness then hopefully they would not rebel but know how to deal with it or atlea...  

Diabetes and Heart Disease

Heart disease can be a complication of having diabetes, I knew that the risks are very small if you keep to a health diet and keep your sugars under control - but I found this article that gave more information. I thought everyone might find it useful. How are heart disease and diabetes linked? People suffering from type 1 and type 2 diabetes are more likely to be at risk from heart attacks, strokes and high blood pressure. Vascular problems, such as poor circulation to the legs and f...  

The History of Diabetes

This article was published Diabetes Health December 2009 and I thought it was very interesting. Its quite long but if you have time read it all: For 2,000 years diabetes has been recognized as a devastating and deadly disease. In the first century A.D. a Greek, Aretaeus, described the destructive nature of the affliction which he named "diabetes" from the Greek word for "siphon." Eugene J. Leopold in his text Aretaeus the Cappodacian describes Aretaeus' diagnosis: "...For fluids do not remain...  

Forgetting Insulin

I find it hard to control my diabetes when I do something out of the ordinary. I was unfortunately at a funeral last week and was at the wake for about 4 o'clock where we had a great buffet and gave myself insulin accordingly. However we were still there at 10 o'clock and I soon realised I had no dinner and had a few drinks! My sugars did start to drop, luckily i had some lucozade sweets with me. We were in a restaurant so I should have thought at about 8 o'clock to have something proper to eat....