World Diabetes Day

Today is World Diabetes Day – happy diabetes day to my fellow (and female) diabetics the world over. May your blood sugars be stable for today at least. No hypos or hypers are allowed…

Who knows what the next year will bring? There have been lots of exciting developments in the diabetes world over the last 12 months – from the first hybrid insulin delivery system to the NHS’s decision to offer flash glucose monitoring, to the identification of a new biochemical ‘signature’ as a potential early indicator of type 1 diabetes onset, we edge closer than ever before to understanding and properly managing this condition.

One piece of news I spotted recently that has implications for all of us (and is relatively easy to do) was research that has shown that people with type 1 diabetes who are more active have a lower risk of premature death than those who don’t exercise. reported that the Helsinki study. It followed 2,639 people with type 1 diabetes, 310 of them had diabetic kidney disease. They were followed up eleven years later. During the course of the research, some 270 people diets. In the least active group, the death rate was 14.4 percent. Only 4.8 percent died in the group who performed more exercise. Activity seemed to benefit patients who had kidney disease and those who didn’t.

The lead study author, Der Heidi Tikkanen-Dolenc from the University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital, said: “Doctors have always prescribed physical activity for their patients with type 1 diabetes without strong evidence. Now we can say that in patients with type 1 diabetes, physical activity not only reduces the risk of diabetic nephropathy and cardiovascular disease events but also premature mortality.”

Keeping active is a challenge in this day and age. Our governments and big business have unwittingly conspired to create a world where the default way to live is a sedentary one where cheap, nasty junk food is all-too-readily available. Being active and exercising often takes a lot of effort, unlike populations who lived years ago who were active because they had to be.

But the message that exercise can help prevent premature death IS a powerful one. Let’s celebrate World Diabetes Day with a walk!

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World Diabetes Day

world_diabetes_day_logo-svgToday is World Diabetes Day. We send fond greetings to all those with diabetes all over the world.

No doubt, innovations in healthcare continue to offer improvements for we diabetics. When I was diagnosed in the 80s, blood testing wasn’t routine, there were few insulins on the market and logging your results meant writing them down in a little book. [As a teenager, I used to sit in the doctor’s waiting room, filling in the results using different-coloured pens to fool the doctor that I’d been doing tests regularly – did anyone else do this?!]

And now – there’s continuous glucose management, FDA approval of a so-called artificial pancreas and access to tonnes of information about diabetes thanks to the internet. There’s never been a better time to be a diabetic.

On the other hand, levels of type 2 diabetes are soaring. Our healthcare systems will not have the funds to cope with this epidemic. What will happen in the future when there are so many people suffering from diabetes-related complications? What will happen to families, watching people suffer from this condition?

Take time to think about diabetes today. If you have diabetes yourself, we wish you long and continued good health. And if there’s a diabetic in your life, give them an extra hug today.