BBC – Hidden disabilities: Pain beneath the surface
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BBC – Hidden disabilities: Pain beneath the surface

Hidden disabilities: Pain beneath the surface Imagine having to inject yourself thousands of times over the course of your lifetime, but never talking about it to anyone. Many people live with hidden disabilities – conditions which don’t have physical signs but are painful, exhausting and isolating. Sympathy and understanding from others can often be in … Continue reading

How does blood sugar control compare between pump users and insulin injecting adults?
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How does blood sugar control compare between pump users and insulin injecting adults?

If adults get the same level of education about blood sugar management there is only a tiny improvement in blood sugar control with a pump compared to a basal bolus injection regime. The REPOSE trial was based in the UK with 315 participants across eight sites. Using small groups the patients were taught the DAFNE … Continue reading

Sheri Colberg: Things that can unbalance your blood sugars
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Sheri Colberg: Things that can unbalance your blood sugars

Physical Activity Is Only One Part of the Equation February 4th, 2017   By Sheri Colberg, Ph.D.   Although a single bout of exercise usually improves insulin action for 2 to 72 hours afterward, the effect also depends on how much you eat before, during, and after working out, how you manage your diabetes medications … Continue reading

What’s new in the prevention of the microvascular complications of diabetes?
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What’s new in the prevention of the microvascular complications of diabetes?

Apart from blood sugar control what’s new in the prevention of the microvascular complications of diabetes?   Retinopathy At diagnosis, 10.5% of type two diabetics already have retinopathy. New research has shown that severe proliferative diabetic neuropathy can be predicted by measuring the size of retinal blood vessels, but this is still being developed in … Continue reading

Rowan Hillson:Diabetes and fracture risk
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Rowan Hillson:Diabetes and fracture risk

Adapted from:   Fractures and Diabetes Rowan Hillson MBE National Clinical Director for Diabetes England 2008-18   Practical Diabetes Jan/Feb 17 Summary Fractures are more likely in diabetics compared to non- diabetics. Metabolic factors, an increased risk of falls, complications, infection, medications and the effects of low blood sugars all contribute. Neuropathy is a particular … Continue reading

Learning and Diabetes: A vicious circle
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Learning and Diabetes: A vicious circle

Learning and Diabetes Rowan Hillson Practical Diabetes Nov/Dec 16 Only 32% of type one diabetics and 78% of type two diabetics are currently offered structural education in England. Even then, not all will attend. Will it have any positive long term effects for those who do? Many issues affect learning. This article discusses some of … Continue reading