The Sitting Rising Test

Have you heard of this? The sit and stand test is all about sitting down and standing up again from a cross-legged position. Simple, huh? Not so fast… The minute you use your hands, sides of your legs, knees or elbows to help you up, you lose points. There’s a maximum score of ten (five … Continue reading


Diabetes Week

Oops! We forgot to do anything to mark Diabetes Week in the UK (it finishes today), a bit remiss seeing as we’re a blog all about diabetes. So, to make up for our tardiness, here are some interesting facts about diabetes… The earliest known written record that referred to diabetes is thought to be 1,500 … Continue reading

Food / Recipes

Carrot & Almond Soup

Soup, you say, that’s winter fodder, isn’t it? I could eat (drink?) soup any time of the year, so spring doesn’t put me off a big, warm bowl of comfort. But during the warmer months, you might want to lighten up a little. This delicately-flavoured soup is perfect for spring and it full of goodies. … Continue reading

Food / Recipes

Sausage and Onion Frittata

Hopefully, wherever you are in the world, you get to eat outside regularly. As you may know, the authors of this blog live in Scotland where outdoor eating isn’t possible for most of the year. We’ve just enjoyed an exceptionally beautiful May in the West of Scotland, though, and it did present opportunities for al … Continue reading


Scotland ‘Should Take Lead Role in Type 1 Research’

Catriona Morrice of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JRDF) talked to the Scotsman this week about how Scotland could lead the field to cure type 1 diabetes. The Foundation’s development manager cites bioscience expertise where Scottish institutions, scientists and charities are already working in support of this aim, but she believes Scotland’s role could be … Continue reading